The Gun Owner's Bible

The Gun Owner's Bible

The Gun Owner's Bible

Summaries of what's in Time, Newsweek, etc.
June 25 1999 9:00 PM

The Gun Owner's Bible

Click here for Slate's complete Kosovo coverage.

{{economist#31144}} Economist, June 26


The {{cover story#2:}} makes grand but familiar observations about the Internet's impact on business. ("New technologies have always changed the world in unforeseeable ways.") Predictions: Blue-chip companies will use the Internet to transform themselves; business-to-business e-commerce will flourish; and companies will outsource everything but their core functions. ... The magazine {{spoofs#2:}} recent juvenile-crime legislation with a set of 10 "gun commandments." No. 4: "Honour thy father and thy mother, or they will blow thy head off." No. 5: "Thou shalt not kill, except when provoked. But if thou dost, remember that thy gun had nothing to do with it."

{{george#31183}}George, July 1999

A dishy piece names the 10 worst bosses in Congress. Sens. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., throw things; Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., makes staffers buy him lunch but doesn't reimburse them; and Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J., welcomes new aides with a threat to ruin their lives if they ever wrong him. ... Linda Tripp's children take to the pages of the magazine to defend mom: "My mother truly tried to be a friend."

{{tnr#31137}} New Republic, July 12


The {{cover review#2:}} of a new Madeleine Albright biography argues that she had a personal stake in the Kosovo conflict because Slobodan Milosevic represents the two evil forces that shaped her childhood: communism, which her father claimed drove him from his beloved Czechoslovakia, and ethnic hatred, which led to the Holocaust in which three of her grandparents perished. (See A.O. Scott's "{{Assessment#25857}}" of Albright in Slate.) ... An {{article#2:}} calls purported moderate George W. Bush a closet conservative. One example: When Congress passed a law giving states money to cover children without medical insurance, Bush proposed insuring fewer kids than the law allowed, even though Texas has the second-highest percentage of uninsured citizens. ... A {{piece#2:}} argues for a communitarian reading of the Second Amendment. It makes a tricky distinction: The individual does not have an inviolable right to bear arms, but the people collectively do have a right to arm themselves against tyranny.

{{nytm#31039}}New York Times Magazine, June 27

The cover story chronicles how the Soviets lost the race to the moon. The space program was competing with the military, and the Soviet bureaucracy pitted space scientists against each other rather than encouraging them to cooperate. Ironically, the Soviets might have beaten the Americans had their quest been centrally planned. ... Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley is all aura, according to a profile. The former senator, Rhodes scholar, and New York Knick is promising big ideas but does not offer any. In person he is crotchety and condescending. ... An article scoffs at the rise of the credentialed artist. Applications to Masters of Fine Arts programs are rising. The academies provide aspiring artists with community but encourage trendy, theory-laden art.

{{time#30883}} Time, June 28


The {{cover story#2:,3266,27140,00.html}} claims mass killings in Kosovo were part of a systematic Serb effort to crush the Kosovo Liberation Army and rid Kosovo of Albanians. The plan, called Operation Horseshoe, was devised by a high-ranking general and carried out by teams of paramilitaries, special police, and nationalistic locals. In one massacre, an 11-year-old girl watched her father being marched off and later found his charred body. She buried his remains to spare her mother the gruesome sight. ... An article says Republicans gave Al Gore a potent campaign issue by killing gun control in the House. Even better for the veep, Gov. George W. Bush signed a Texas law forbidding class-action lawsuits against gun manufacturers, a bill opponents called the National Rifle Association Protection Act.

{{newsweek#30884}} Newsweek, June 28

Newsweek's Kosovo massacre story runs inside. The {{cover package#2:}} celebrates the century in entertainment with anecdotes told by stars and their hangers-on: Ira Gershwin's brother-in-law describes how he manufactured ketchup (he said "to-may-toes," but his suppliers said "to-mah-toes"); Little Ricky remembers what it was like to grow up as Lucy and Desi's TV son; Barbra Streisand claims she was never a shrew on the set; a Titanic producer tells how Kate Winslet improvised an enduring moment in cinema--spitting in the face of co-star Billy Zane, etc. ... The Kosovo {{story#2:}} details a massacre in which local nationalist Serbs and paramilitaries murdered at least 21 members of one family. A woman was gang-raped, butchered, and left to bleed to death, shorn of her limbs. During the rampage, a mother told her children to pretend they were dead, unaware that two out of four already were. The woman's 2-year-old nephew cried out; he was silenced with a shot to the head.

{{snews#30889}} U.S. News & World Report, June 28


The annual {{retirement guide#2:}} celebrates the rise of the "shareholder nation" but notes the downside of investment mania: profound ignorance. Only one-third of investors know that when interest rates increase, bond prices drop. ... An {{article#2:}} criticizes the stagy kickoffs of the Bush and Gore campaigns. Bush arranged focus groups to evaluate his speaking style, while the Gore organization hired a drama coach. ... A {{piece#2:}} says political contributors think like investors, not like ideologues. Because donors want a guaranteed return, they favor Bush over his primary opponents, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., over Elizabeth Dole. In the worst-case scenario, at least McCain can peddle his influence in Congress, while Dole is unemployed.

{{Left#31008}} {{stand#30890}} Weekly Standard, June 28

The cover story rehabilitates Watergate crook Chuck Colson. Born again while serving his Watergate sentence, Colson founded a prison ministry. His Prison Fellowship draws inmates to Bible study and seminars in 83 countries and has made Colson one of America's most powerful Christian conservatives. ... An article identifies George W. Bush's Achilles' heel: abortion. His effort to straddle the pro-choice/pro-life debate reveals a lack of moral leadership, invites media scrutiny, and allows primary opponents to attack him from the right.

{{forbes#30891}} Forbes, July 5

Bill Gates, surprise, tops the annual list of the {{world's 200 wealthiest billionaires#2:}} (265 billionaires didn't make the list). Gates' fortune appreciated by 76 percent to $90 billion. Two other Microsofties--Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer--make the Top 5. Warren Buffett keeps second place at $36 billion. Cause for most envy: 34-year-old Michael Dell ranks sixth with $16.5 billion. ... An article peeks into Institute Le Rosey, a high school for the international elite. The $40,000 per year boarding school boasts a 2-to-1 student-faculty ratio and a high concentration of royalty. For three months in winter the school moves to a chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, so students may learn how to ski with aristocratic ease.