Community Action @50

Featured image As Roger Simon has observed, the events playing out in Ferguson, Missouri right now are a distinct echo of the failures of the Great Society of the 1960s, and today happens to be the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s signing of the Economic Opportunity Act, which set in motion the infamous Community Action Program and was the cornerstone of much subsequent Great Society legislation.  The idea of “maximum feasible participation” was »

Appalling

Featured imagePresident Obama gave a statement this afternoon on the beheading of James Foley by devotees of the Islamic State yesterday. Obama referred to him throughout as “Jim Foley” and “Jim,” seeking for some reason to convey the impression that he was on intimate terms with him, although I would like to think he would have been a little more upset than he was if he had been. The White House »

Dan Sullivan wins Alaska Senate primary

Featured imageDan Sullivan, former Alaska attorney general and director of natural resources, won the Republican Senate primary in Alaska yesterday. He will face incumbent Mark Begich in November. Alaska is a Republican state, but Begich is an excellent politician and won’t be easy to defeat. Indeed, Begich leads Sullivan by 2.8 points in the Real Clear Politics average. Perhaps, this small gap will disappear now that Sullivan is the nominee. Sullivan »

Risk? Did You Say Risk?

Featured imageOne of my favorite financial axioms is that about every ten years or so we experience the worst financial crisis in the last 50 years.  And for the last couple of years there has been no shortage of predictions from clever and successful financiers that we really haven’t solved the banking problems that contributed to the meltdown of 2008—just postponed them for another day, or, worse, building up trouble for »

Rick Perry’s Real Mugshot

Featured imageIf you followed the news you’ll know that Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned up yesterday to be processed for the bogus charges against him, which included taking a mugshot.  Given the old saying about grand juries, one of our readers suggests this in fact ought to be the official Perry mugshot, and it’s so good I didn’t think it could wait until Saturday’s weekly photo spread: »

Bret Stephens: The meltdown

Featured imageCommentary has posted the lead essay from its September issue online. It’s “The meltdown,” by the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens. It’s a tour of the horizon created by Obama’s foreign policy: As I write, the foreign policy of the United States is in a state of unprecedented disarray. In some cases, failed policy has given way to an absence of policy. So it is in Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, »

Green(peace) Weenie of the Week

Featured imageWe’ve noted before that Greenpeace is really bad at currency trading, and financial management in general, as well as being complete hypocrites.  (See below for a fresh example of Greenpeace hypocrisy.)  Add to this our notices lately of how environmentalists waste lots of their cash hoard on expensive ad agencies who produce messages that only Man Men could love. Like these “music” videos about how we need to use green »

Can a Liberal Learn to Shoot?

Featured imageI would have said, sure. In fact, I have taught a couple of liberals to shoot firearms. But when Buzzfeed recruited five young lefties for the experiment, the odds didn’t look good: Pretty entertaining. I would say that only one of the five shows any real promise, and she doesn’t look much like a liberal, either. Maybe we can sign her up for the NRA! »

World of Payne

Featured imageErica Payne is one sick chick who perfectly represents the unloveliness of the contemporary left. Following up on her very personal message to me soliciting criminal abuse of Paul Ryan’s new book at bookstores near me (would that include Garrison Keillor’s, Erica?), she now writes: Hi Scott, Paul Ryan is the front-runner in Iowa, Christie is slipping, Perry may be out, and the consensus among Republican consultants is that Ryan »

Study: Excessive use of force by police is “very rare”

Featured imageEvents in Ferguson, Missouri prompted Rand Paul to denounce the “militarization” of local American police forces. In the context of Ferguson, Paul’s complaint makes little sense. However, it echoed a theme that more thoughtful libertarians have been presenting for some time. Part of that theme is the idea that a heavily armed police force will tend to be a more aggressive police force. “Production for use,” as Hildy Johnson would »

Please Help defeat Mary Landrieu

Featured imageA reader who travels regularly to Louisiana concurs with my assessment that Mary Landrieu, the ultimate political survivor, cannot be written off even in this year’s unfriendly-to- Democrats environment. He writes: I’ve been travelling for work lately and spending a lot of time in the New Orleans area and I have to tell you, [Landrieu] has the most effective negative adds aimed at Bill Cassidy I have ever seen. Push »

Liberal Texas newspaper debunks Dems’ attack on Rick Perry

Featured imageNational Democrats should be grateful to Gov. Rick Perry. Without the massive job creation that has taken place in Texas, the national job growth figures might be even less flattering to President Obama than they are. But Texas’ job creation has, perhaps, made Perry a viable contender for the presidency. And this doesn’t sit well with Democrats. Accordingly, Mo Elleithee, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, sent out an »

What Does “Peace” Mean to a Terrorist?

Featured imageThis is one of the fundamental asymmetries that have persisted for decades in the Middle East: to Israelis, “peace” means what it does here, in the U.S. A time to relax, to raise a family, to focus on one’s job; to take up a hobby or two. A time that one hopes will last forever. But for Islamic terrorists, “peace” means something quite different–more like a time out in a »

Report: More than a dozen witnesses say Brown attacked officer [UPDATED]

Featured imageYesterday, after reciting what appears to the Darren Wilson’s account of his shooting of Michael Brown, I wondered whether any witnesses would back Wilson’s version which, I imagined, would be contradicted by Brown’s friends. Now comes a tweet from Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that “more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop’s version of events in shooting.” I don’t know whether that’s true, but it would »

A window opens onto the left-wing mind

Featured imageErica Payne is the founder of the Agenda Project and cofounder of the Democracy Alliance. John wrote about the Democracy Alliance in “A window opens onto the left-wing conspiracy.” Payne is an integral part of the left-wing machine. I’m not sure how I worked my way onto her email list, but this morning she wrote me an unusual message. I’m in good company, though. The Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper received »

An embarrassment of Democrats: Grimes edition

Featured imageI know Democrats can’t be embarrassed. When I refer to “an embarrassment of Democrats,” I am trying to capture the natural reaction of average Americans to the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the embarrassment of Democrats (as I call them) seeking higher office this November. Among them is one Alison Lundergran Grimes. Grimes seeks to knock off Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from reelection to the seat he »

Inside the Islamic State

Featured imageIn a recent column Jonah Goldberg mentioned VICE TV’s reports from Islamic State-controlled parts of Syria. Jonah encouraged readers to view the reports and commented that “you will quickly see how the word ‘criminal’ is morally, logically and strategically inadequate. They indoctrinate children to become jihadists and suicide bombers. They vow to fly their black flag over the White House.” VICE News has posted the full video of of its »