Scotland rejects independence

Featured image The Scots have voted not to become independent from Great Britain. I haven’t seen a final count, but it looks the “no” tally will slightly exceed 55 percent. That’s not as close as some expected, but probably close enough to induce more pandering to the Scots in order to avoid a different result in a future referendum. I would like to have seen Scotland vote to go it alone for »

Our military leaders’ frustration with Obama boils over

Featured imageIt’s become so obvious that the Washington Post feels compelled to report it — “Rift widens between Obama, U.S. military over strategy to fight Islamic State,” says the Post headline. The main rift is over President Obama’s insistence that he will not use ground troops to fight the “Islamic State.” As the Post notes, “Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took the rare step of »

Scottish independence from Britain and British independence from Scotland

Featured imageI don’t think we’ve written recently about today’s vote by Scotland on whether to become independent from the United Kingdom. However, I presented my views back in March. The March post continues to reflect my opinion as to (1) what is driving the independence movement and (2) whether Scottish independence would be desirable. Accordingly, I will repost what I wrote back then about this: What is driving the move for »

Rand Paul and the Foreign Policy Delusions of Libertarianism

Featured imageRand Paul spoke today on the Senate floor, opposing the administration’s proposal to arm and train moderate Syrian elements. In recent months, Paul has tried to position himself in the mainstream on foreign policy, and has objected bitterly to being called an isolationist. Yet the very first words of his speech encapsulated the Libertarian delusion: that problems in the world are the result of American actions, and that by remaining »

Begich draws the short straw on amnesty [With Comment by John]

Featured imageThe Senate divided 50-50 today on whether to vote on an amendment by Sen. Jeff Sessions to block the executive amnesty President Obama intends to grant many illegal immigrants after the election. The amendment thus failed. To block Sessions’ amendment the Dems needed the vote of one of the following endangered Democrats — Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan, Jeanne Shaheen, or Mark Begich. One of them, in other words, »

Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Yale: The speech they didn’t want you to hear

Featured imageThe William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale has just posted the video of its entire September 15 event featuring Ayaan Hirsi Ali. WFB Program president Rich Lizardo tells the story of events that followed the WFB Program’s public announcement of the event in the Yale Daily News column “We invited Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak at Yale–and outrage ensued.” Following the public announcement, the Muslim Students Association at Yale »

Why the NFL should lighten up

Featured imageIn writing about the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice matter, my position has been that the commissioner should not be meting out discipline to players for personal misconduct. Non-football related misbehavior should be an issue for the player’s employer (his team) and, in appropriate cases, law enforcement. It also seems to me that if the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hadn’t taken to issuing discipline for personal conduct, he would »

The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People: Malcom Gladwell Edition

Featured imageIf I have made any contribution to following Orwell’s advice to banish all clichés from our writing (because clichés usually represent sloppy thinking) it is my occasional use of “a perfect storm of tipping points!”  (Usually in reference to climate hysterics, since they are awash in “tipping points” and “perfect storms.”)  This two-minute video cutting Malcolm Gladwell, whose genius lies in inventing one-word clichés, down to size is so awesome I nearly »

Rumors of terrorism

Featured imageHave individuals with known terrorist ties been apprehended trying to cross illegally into the United States through Texas? It seems like a straightforward question to address to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Asked the question by Rep. Jason Chaffetz at a House Homeland Security hearing yesterday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson took the phlegmatic approach and vaguely denied awareness of such a case. Asked directly if he was aware of four »

Elizabeth Warren: It’s “Fair” to Compare Israel to Nazis

Featured imageElizabeth Warren is a heroine to many liberals, who hope she will challenge Hillary Clinton from the left. Even apart from the concept of anyone being to Hillary’s left, this seems bizarre to me. Warren parlayed the false claim that she is an Indian into academic success as an alleged bankruptcy expert. (I am sure that I have several partners who know more about bankruptcy law than Warren does.) Now, »

This day in baseball history

Featured imageOn September 17, 1964, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to stretch their lead over the idle St. Louis Cardinals to six and a half games. The Cincinnati Reds, 7-5 winners over the Chicago Cubs, remained seven and a half games behind. The Phillies won the game in the ninth inning when Ruben Amaro scored from third as the Dodgers tried unsuccessfully to complete a double play on »

Obama’s Real ISIL Strategy

Featured imageI think President Obama sold himself short when he said, repeatedly, that he didn’t have a strategy to deal with ISIL. I think he has an objective, in support of which he has a clear strategy. His objective is to get past the midterm elections without paying a price for the chaos in the Middle East that his fecklessness has produced. His strategy is to “do something” in the form »

Blaming Blabbermouth

Featured imageThe lead story at Politico is Edward-Isaac Dovere’s “Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz.” Better known among listeners to Rush Limbaugh as Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz, the lady is Obama’s handpicked chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Ann Althouse asks: “[W]hat is going on here?” Good question. Ann has her own thoughts, always worth taking into account. The story reads like a catfight on the left. If only for that, I »

Ball’s bombshell: Tom Cotton digs Publius!

Featured imageWhen Atlantic political reporter Molly Ball called me a couple of weeks ago to ask me about Rep. Tom Cotton, now opposing Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Pryor in the election for the Arkansas seat that is on the ballot this November, my guard was up. I think Tom is a man of great courage and conviction. I support his election. I wanted not to say anything that could be used »

Hamas’ famous victory

Featured imageHamas claims that it won a famous victory over Israel in the recent war in Gaza. But what are the fruits of that “victory”? According to the U.N., as reported in the Washington Post, they are: (1) approximately 108,000 residents of Gaza left homeless, (2) more than 60,000 displaced residents living at schools run by the U.N., and (3) almost half a million residents without access to municipal water. Even »

Is Obamacare Collapsing In Minnesota?

Featured imageObamacare in Minnesota is called MNSure. The state had the usual problems (worse, I believe, than in most states) getting its system and its web site up and running. Once the enrollment period got underway, the dominant insurer turned out to be PreferredOne. Reportedly offering the lowest premiums in the nation, PreferredOne signed up nearly 60% of all MNSure participants. So it was a bombshell when PreferredOne announced earlier this »

Another Falling Bridge

Featured imageWhile we await some new Rick Perlstein news (coming next week, stay tuned), it is worth noting another highly critical review of the book from the left. Jacob Weisberg takes aim in The Invisible Bridge in the Democracy Journal, a smart liberal journal edited by Michael Tomasky. Here are a couple of samples: [T]he reader finishes Perlstein’s very long book with the unsatisfying feeling that the author has not only »