Speaking of the Iran deal (12)

Featured image Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke via live webcast this afternoon about our deal with Iran. I understand that the recorded video will be available later this afternoon. If it is embeddable I will post it here. Please check back later. The webcast was sponsored by and addressed to members of the Jewish Federations of North America. Thousands tuned in. The show got on the road 30 minutes later than scheduled. I »

5th Planned Parenthood Video Discusses “Intact Fetal Cadavers”

Featured imageI have suspected from the beginning that the ten or more videos of Planned Parenthood personnel discussing the selling of infant organs would get progressively worse (for PP), and there have been rumors that one or more might contain evidence of intact fetal cadavers or even confirmation of a live birth terminated outside the womb (what normal people would call “infanticide”). Today the Center for Medical Progress released the fifth »

Obscure no more

Featured imageWhen Professor Lesley Goodman left St. Paul to undertake her new responsibilities in the English Department at Union College, she left a long reading list of Victorian novels and modernist literature for me to continue my pursuits. I am slowly following up, though I greatly miss her helping hand. She is an inspired teacher of literature. In her course on the Victorian novel at Macalester College I reveled in George »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will appear this afternoon on the Federalist Radio Hour, hosted by Ben Domenech. We will be discussing the First Amendment as it relates to injunctions barring the release of videos about the selling of fetal tissue. The program will air in Chicago from 3:00 to 4:00 (Central Time) on WCGO. It will also be available by link, which I will post on receipt. »

Scenes from the Reich

Featured imageLast week we featured observations from Angelo Codevilla, author of The Ruling Class, on the deeper sources of Trump’s appeal, namely, that Trump is talking back to the ruling class in a way no other candidate can or will. Yesterday Robert Reich came in on the same theme from the left in the Christian Science Monitor, examining the appeal of Trump and Bernie Sanders: Yet as enthusiasm for the bombastic »

Friedman’s greatest hits

Featured imageIn honor of what would have been Milton Friedman’s (103rd) birthday this week, John Hawkins has culled “20 best quotes” from Friedman’s work. Friedman was of course a deserving winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1976. Reading through the quotes, I recall that Friedman also had a Newsweek column. He had one or more series on PBS. He wrote books promoting freedom for a popular audience. One or »

Hillary’s Supporters Want to Repeal the Bill of Rights

Featured imageThis is a man in the street video filmed by Mark Dice in San Diego. I don’t know anything about Dice, but these Hillary supporters have got to go: if you tell them that Hillary wants to repeal the Bill of Rights, they are on board. No one ever said democracy would work if people are stupid. Still, no matter how low your expectations are, this is painful: »

White House adds to Joe-mentum

Featured imageAppearing this morning on MSNBC, White House press secretary Josh Earnest seemed to be doing all he reasonably could to promote a Joe Biden presidential run. Asked by Mika Brzezinski: “Does President Obama want Joe Biden to jump in the race for president and will he support his vice president, Earnest responded: It certainly seemed to generate some news in the last 24 hours, didn’t it? What the president has »

Media Alert [Updated: Chris Christie?]

Featured imageGuest hosting today’s Laura Ingraham show was great fun, with excellent guests and lots of callers. Tomorrow’s show promises to be a blockbuster: guests will be Victor Davis Hanson, our own Steve Hayward, and Ann Coulter, talking about her dynamite book Adios, America!. If at all possible, you should tune in. The show is 9 to 12 Eastern. You can go here find a station in your area. If you »

Question of the Day

Featured imageNational Review‘s Jay Nordlinger wins the Internet for today with this great question: Idle question: If the Norwegian Nobel Committee gives John Kerry the peace prize for the Iran deal, and Iran goes nuclear, will he throw away his Nobel medal? Jay goes on to note that Henry Kissinger did indeed try to return his Nobel Peace Prize from 1973 after North Vietnam shredded the peace accord, but that the »

Speaking of the Iran deal (11)

Featured imageI have said repeatedly here that the Iran deal is distinguished from the Munich Agreement in part by the state of public opinion. As Churchill acknowledged in his great speech opposing the Munich Agreement, the agreement was hugely popular in Great Britain; it reflected public opinion. By contrast, Americans (on average) resist the deal with Iran. They understand the sinister nature of the Iranian regime and they understand that the »

Republican field passes debate warm-up test

Featured imageIt’s not difficult to find fault with the individual members of the huge GOP presidential field. But watching nearly all of them (Trump, Huckabee, and Gilmore were no shows) participate in the first candidate’s forum of the cycle, I was impressed with what I saw, and more inclined than I have been for some time to agree that the GOP does have a pretty deep bench. (We don’t get to »

Can Rand Paul use the Cleveland debate to make himself relevant?

Featured imageRand Paul has become a diminished force in the presidential race, to the point that we have wondered “where did Rand Paul go?” Thursday’s debate will give Paul an opportunity to roar back into the consciousness of Republican voters. But to do so, Dave Weigel of the Washington Post suggests, he will have to take a page out of his father’s playbook and swing for the fences as an ardent »

Obama Announces Global Warming Plan: We’re Saved!

Featured imageSo today Obama released the EPA’s final rule for the “Clean Power Plan” that gives the EPA the power to restructure our electric utility industry nationwide. By their own admission, full implementation of the emissions targets will avert only 0.018 degrees C of warming by the year 2100. I’m sure we’ll all notice that much change in temps! But at least now we’ve “taken action” to “save the planet.” The »

Minimum Wage, Maximum Folly

Featured imageInteresting news on the minimum wage front this weekend. First, the Brookings Institution, perhaps better known as the Hillary Clinton administration-in-waiting, put out a note by an economist who served in the last Clinton administration that is highly critical of the proposal for a national $15-an-hour minimum wage: A $15-hour minimum wage could harm America’s poorest workers By: Harry J. Holzer Many economists worry minimum wage increases tend to reduce »

Lindsey Graham’s charmed military career

Featured imageThe Washington Post’s practice of trying to dig up ancient dirt on Republican presidential candidates — e.g., from Mitt Romney’s prep school days and Chris Christie’s high school baseball career — has finally delivered the goods. Unfortunately for the Post, its victim, Lindsey Graham, is in 15th place in the polls, with the support of 1 out of every 200 Republicans surveyed. The Post shows that as a military reservist, »

My Coates problem–and ours

Featured imageI refashioned my posts about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book Between the World and Me into a column for City Journal. The column has now been published under the heading “An updated racial hustle.” Please check it out if you have any interest in the subject. Dreadful as it is, Coates’s book remains at the top of the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list this week. Culture matters, and this book is »