The Economy in Pictures

Featured image Paul helpfully noted here Friday the Josh Barro article about why the economic recovery under Obama has been the weakest on record. (Shorter Barro” “It’s the Obama, stupid!”) The good folks at The Daily Shot offer some interesting charts that help visualize the story. Usually after a recession the housing sector contributes significantly to an economic rebound. This did not happen after the crash of ’08, and as you can »

For the House, Brian Mast

Featured imageBrian Mast, one of our six Picks for the 2016 cycle, is running for Congress in Florida’s 18th District. The seat is open, as incumbent Democrat Patrick Murphy is leaving the House to run against Marco Rubio for the Senate. Mast beat five other Republicans in a primary to win the nomination, and is now facing Randy Perkins, an undistinguished wealthy liberal. Mast is a 12-year veteran of the Army, »

There’s something about Hillary’s health

Featured imageReaders who have been following the saga of Hillary’s dubious health will remember that Dr. Lisa Bardack is Clinton’s personal physician. At Tom Lifson’s American Thinker site, Jay Michaels gives Dr. Bardack’s letters testifying to Hillary’s good health the kind of close reading that Leo Strauss brought to Plato’s dialogues. Michaels’s post comes with the suitably literary heading “Dr. Lisa Bardack’s Faustian bargain.” Pursuing a theme we have articulated here »

The Next Environmental Scare?

Featured imageIt’s been a parlor game for a while to decide what apocalyptic scare environmental doom mongers would come up with once climate change settles down into a normal problem. I’ve been nominating the weakening of the polar magnetic fields, which would be a Really Bad Thing for life on the planet. Sooner or later some environmentalist will blame mankind’s electrical grid for this potential calamity. (Think of the cell phone »

Statesmanship: Obama versus Bibi

Featured imageWalter Russell Mead assesses the statesmanship of Barack Obama versus that of Benjamin Netanyahu in the American Interest post “The real Middle East.” The subhead provides this précis: “Precisely because he has a colder view of international affairs than Obama, Netanyahu’s leadership has made Israel stronger than ever.” In the heart of this post he writes: There is perhaps only one thing harder for the American mind to process than »

My mother declared my bedroom a disaster area

Featured imageThe Wall Street Journal’s Notable & Quotable column runs a 1984 letter to President Ronald Reagan, and a draft of his reply, as published in the second volume of Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, compiled by Shaun Usher, out next month from Chronicle Books. Usher also has a related Letters of Note site. Reagan letters including the one below are accessible here. »

Aleppo hammered, Kerry’s “cease-fire” agreement notwithstanding

Featured imageJohn Kerry’s Syria “cease fire” agreement was a farce from its inception. Even optimists of ordinary intelligence realized it was dead when a Russian (or conceivably a Syrian) jet attacked a U.N. convoy near Aleppo earlier this week and Syria declared the agreement over. But John Kerry insisted otherwise. He declared that the agreement is “not dead,” and called for more talks with Russia. Kerry got more talks; Aleppo got »

Mark Cuban and Gennifer Flowers to Square Off at Monday’s Debate? [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageYou’ve no doubt heard the news: the Clinton campaign invited Mark Cuban, a vicious Trump-hater, to attend Monday evening’s debate and sit in the front row. I think Austin Bay interprets Clinton’s motivation correctly: ABC News called Cuban a dedicated Trump-troller and he’s been touting his front row ticket. Cuban hasn’t said he intends to disrupt Trump but the touts are meant to suggest he might. Team Hillary has calculated »

How’s the Coverup Going, Hillary?

Featured imageYesterday the FBI did another Friday afternoon document dump, consisting of more documents relating to its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email security breaches. The Washington Examiner spotted this hilarious item from an interview of a Platte River Networks employee who referred in 2014 to “the Hilary coverup operation.” Which of course brings to mind this famous cartoon. Click to enlarge: The difference being, of course, that that was just a »

The Week in Pictures: Narrative Riot Edition

Featured imageThe comically named (but humor-challenged) White House spokesperson Josh Earnest beclowned himself a few days ago with the remark that we’re in a “war of narratives” with ISIS. Actually, he may be on to something. We may well be able to defeat ISIS by unleashing English lit majors on them. One whiff of postmodern narrative jargon from a poet laureate of Bennington College might well reduce the most hardened jihadist »

Why the Obama recovery was so weak

Featured imageWhy has the economic recovery since 2009 been so weak? President Obama and his supporters claim that the weak recovery is due to the recession’s severity and the fact that it was accompanied by a major financial crisis. However, Harvard economist Robert Barro, writing in the Wall Street Journal, finds these excuses unpersuasive. Barro’s view is based on a study he and Tao Jin performed of economic downturns in the »

Our under-incarceration problem, Charlotte edition

Featured imageNearly lost in the controversy over the events leading to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a black police officer in Charlotte is the killing of another black man during the ensuing protests. The victim was Justin Carr. Mr. Carr had wanted to tell his grandmother, who marched with Martin Luther King, that he took part in the protest. Who shot Carr? Relying on video evidence, the police have »

Cruz to vote for Trump; some freak out

Featured image“Ah, friends once more: Ted Cruz endorses Trump, who says he is honored.” With this headline (in the paper edition), the Washington Post signals its disgust with Sen. Cruz for saying he “will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.” The headline is stupid. Cruz’s tepid endorsement of Trump by no means suggests that he is “friends once more” with the obnoxious tycoon. Rather, as Cruz explained, though he has »

Scandal management with the FBI

Featured imageLike everything touched by the Clintons, the FBI has now been compromised and slimed. We saw it in FBI Director James Comey’s absurd statement announcing Hillary Clinton’s get-out-of-jail-free pass. We saw it in the FBI’s holiday weekend document dump of 302 interviews in the case. We saw it again again late yesterday afternoon with more of the same. These Friday afternoon document dumps come straight from the scandal management playbook »

Under investigation [With Comment By John]

Featured imageAs rioters and looters went on the rampage in Charlotte on Wednesday evening, WBTV News reported live via Twitter that “protesters” (my quotes, not WBTV’s) on I277 were “stopping traffic and surrounding vehicles. AVOID.” Glenn Reynolds retweeted the item and commented: “Run them down.” Falling into the category of “What oft was thought, but ne’er so well express’d,” I found that cathartic. The powers-that-be at Twitter, however, were having none »

National Review Infiltrates San Francisco

Featured imageSplendid evening last night in San Francisco, at the annual William F. Buckley Prize dinner hosted by National Review Institute, this year honoring the great George Shultz, secretary of state under Ronaldus Magnus, and Michael Grebe, the long time head of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Shultz is 95, but still has it going on, telling some of the great old stories about bringing down the Soviet Union back »

Hillary: The Third World Has a “Right” to Move to the United States

Featured imageOn Monday, Donald Trump gave a speech on terrorism and immigration in which he said: We want people to come into our country, but they have to come in legally, through a process…. No one has a right to immigrate to this country. That should be a truism. But, as Byron York points out, Hillary Clinton responded in a retweet that she disagrees: "No one has the right to immigrate »