Jews Told to Register In Eastern Ukraine

Featured image More evidence that we are living through a reprise of the 1930s: Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a »

Al Qaeda’s day out

Featured imageAmericans may have lost interest in terrorism, but terrorism remains interested in us. For example, the Washington Post reports on a video that surfaced on Islamist websites showing a large group of al Qaeda terrorists, including high ranking ones, taking part in an open-air gathering in Yemen. Describing the outing as “brazen,” the Post notes that the terrorists make no apparent effort to avoid detection by U.S. drones. The terrorists »

When Turner was right

Featured imageCelebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel earlier this week, I noted that I was a little vague on how Ted Turner came to own the rights to nearly every worthwhile movie ever made. A reader wrote to offer a look back at the ancient history that provides the answer: Back in 1985 I was working as a senior consultant for the entertainment division of a »

Decrying “Extreme” Behavior at Dartmouth

Featured imageThe Washington Post reports today that the president of Dartmouth, Philip Hanlon, is decrying “extreme behavior” on the campus.  Is he taking proper note of the students who occupied his office with their extreme demands for preposterous things?  That would be a “No.”  Instead: Dartmouth College’s president lamented Wednesday that the Ivy League school’s promising future “is being hijacked by extreme behavior,” including sex assaults, parties with “racist and sexist »

Essence of the Constitution

Featured imageIn his column today, George Will lauds a short new book by Timothy Sandefur, The Conscience of the Constitution: The Declaration of Independence and the Right to Liberty. Will provides a short course in the original understanding of the Constitution and the Progressives’ effort to remake it in the name of “democracy.” Please check out his column. The column presents a useful reminder of the difference between modern liberals and »

Today’s IRS Documents: What Do They Show?

Featured imageEarlier today, Judicial Watch made public a batch of documents that it received from the IRS in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents consist of a series of emails relating to the IRS’s treatment of applications for 501(c)(4) status from “Tea Party” or otherwise conservative organizations. I am still working my way through the emails, but have a few preliminary observations. First, the most significant ones »

Where Do We Turn For Wisdom on Foreign Policy?

Featured imageYou know it’s an upside-down world when editorial cartoonists have a more sober understanding of national security realities than the administration’s foreign policy team. Click to enlarge: »

Krugman to the Rescue!

Featured imageThere’s hardly anyone who can top former Enron adviser (TM James Taranto) Paul Krugman in the sweepstakes for bemoaning income inequality, and so it makes perfect sense that City University of New York would hire Krugman for $25,000 per month to be a grandee at its new center to study the problem.  The Onion and The Daily Show may as well take the rest of the day off. The offer »

The lies of Obamacare: Census Bureau edition

Featured imageHigh among the list of Obamacare’s most embarrassing failures is the fact that it will not meet its stated purpose of reducing to a low level the number of Americans who lack health insurance. This goal was the justification for the massive disruption of the health care system that Obamacare has imposed. The millions and millions of Americans who will lose their health insurance plan and/or their doctors, and/or will »

Sympathy for Bundy; respect for the rule of law

Featured imageI agree with John that we should be sympathetic toward Cliven Bundy. I’m sympathetic toward anyone who is gouged by the federal government — a class, arguably, of millions. And the gouging of Bundy seems like a particularly egregious case. But beyond the matter of sympathy lies the question of whether Bundy and/or his supporters would be justified in engaging in armed resistance if the federal government attempts to carry »

On Evaporation, the Scientific Battle Rages

Featured imageSince they lose pretty much every argument, the global warming fraudsters try to tell us that the science is settled, and we should all just shut up. In fact, however, debates over various aspects of climate science are constantly raging. This one is a great example: “Major Errors Apparent in Climate Model Evaporation Estimates.” But first, let’s set the stage. It is generally accepted that ceteris paribus, increasing the concentration »

When it comes to spying, secrecy and accountability are not mutually exclusive

Featured imageBarton Gellman, who led a Washington Post team that revealed NSA surveillance measures, has argued that our interest in “self-government” requires that the public know “the secret policy decisions the government is making for us.” I have responded that our interest in self-government is sufficiently vindicated in cases like spying that require secrecy as long as the political process determines who makes the secret decisions and provides for checks against »

The Fraud of Mary Landrieu

Featured imageBy now news has traveled far and wide that Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu faked a Senate hearing in a TV ad in order to make herself look less bumbling.  Pretty cheesy, yes, but it ought to raise a larger point: What else is she faking? Well, everything really.  This is going to be one of those years where Democrats conveniently leave off their party affiliation in TV ads, and affect »

Dems get that sinking feeling in FLA-13

Featured imageThere will be no replay this November of that closely-watched special congressional election in Florida last month in which Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink. The Democrat says she will not run. This leaves the Dems searching for a respectable candidate to challenge Jolly. Meanwhile, Jolly can accrue the advantages, financial and otherwise, of incumbency. Rep. Steve ( “Not all Republican law makers are racists”) Israel, the Democratic Campaign »

Eisenhower Memorial update

Featured imageThe National Capitol Planning Commision recently rejected the proposed design by starchitect Frank Gehry for the Eisenhower Memorial to be built on the National Mall. Over four acres in size and featuring eight-story “columns” and gigantic metal screens, the design has been ridiculed from the get-go. Many millions of dollars have already been spent on the project. Through the efforts of Senator McConnell, our friend Bruce Cole was appointed to »

Annals of journalistic self-aggrandizement and congratulation

Featured imageThe Washington Post has received a Pulitzer public service medal for its role in revealing secrets of the National Security Agency (NSA). It’s natural that journalists and those associated with them wish to celebrate this sort of disclosure. Their interest is in selling newspapers, conferring status on their profession, and influencing public policy (not necessarily in that order). Even assuming that they are also interested in promoting national security, any »

Trotsky Was Right

Featured imageI am no fan of Trotsky, but he was right about one thing: “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” Many Americans seem to think that they can swear off foreign policy, but it isn’t that easy. I wrote on Sunday about Iran’s inexorable march toward nuclear capability, as proclaimed openly by its own leaders. In Ukraine, events seem to be moving toward a »