Sympathy for Bundy; respect for the rule of law

Featured image I 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 »

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 »

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 »

We Need Another Koch Brother!

Featured imageThe Associated Press tabulates Federal Election Commission findings, and finds that Democrats have opened up a big advantage among outside groups: Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to influence November’s elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark, according to financial reports still being filed Tuesday evening. … Democrats, at least for the moment, seem to »

Nice Break If You Can Get It [With Dissent by John]

Featured imageI know I wasn’t alone when I heard the news last year that Francis Bacon’s triptych “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” had sold for a staggering $142 million at an art auction.  Who could have been the buyer?  Surely a Russian oligarch, or a Silicon Valley techillionaire.  Turned out to be Elaine Wynn, the ex-wife of casino magnate Steve Wynn.  (That must have been some divorce settlement.) The next bit of »

Is Paul Appealing–Or Appalling?

Featured imageWe’ve got a link in our “Picks” section this morning to Bret Stephens’s Wall Street Journal column mockingly titled “Rand Paul for President,” whose subhed suggests that perhaps the GOP, like Democrats in the 1980s, needs to suffer a landslide defeat to get its head on straight.  Stephens thinks Rand Paul’s “bark-at-the-moon lunacy” would be just the ticket. Paul’s partisans will discount Stephens as part of the neocon conspiracy.  But »

Premium rates soar under Obamacare

Featured imageFox News reports on a recent survey of 148 insurance brokers which shows that Obamacare is sending premiums upwards at the fastest clip in decades. The survey, conducted by Morgan Stanley, shows an increase in premium costs nationally of about 12 percent. California experienced a 53 percent increase; in Florida the increase was 37 percent; Pennsylvania’s was 28 percent. According to Fox, analysts attribute the higher costs primarily to Obamacare: »

Media Alert

Featured imageI was on the Bill Bennett show this morning talking about the Bundy Ranch confrontation, when suddenly the power went out. So we didn’t get to finish the conversation. Therefore, I will be on again tomorrow at 7:05 EST, 6:05 CST, and we will take it from the top. It should be fun. If you don’t know where to tune in Bill’s show where you live, you can listen online »

Just In Time for Tax Day: Remy to the Rescue

Featured imageSo it’s everyone’s favorite day of the year tomorrow.  Just in time, our pal Remy Munasifi and ReasonTV bring you a remake of Pharrell Williams’ tune “Happy.”  Lyrics at the link to the left.  About two minutes long. »

Get Your Munch With Your Crunch

Featured imageWhen Colorado and Washington state moved to legalize consumer use of marijuana, it seemed obvious to me that setting up snack food carts (and Girl Scout cookie stands) outside of pot dispensaries was the obvious growth industry.  Well behold–the nation’s first pot vending machine, coming soon to Avon, Colorado.  So now you will be able to get your munchies next to your crunchies. But wait! Like ATM’s, won’t pot vending »

Is Scott Walker on his way to 2016 front-runner status?

Featured imageScott Walker has a 16 point lead (56-40) among likely voters in his race for governor, according to a poll from Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert’s. Among registered voters, his lead is essentially the same (55-40). The survey was conducted between March 24 and April 3. A Marquette University survey conducted between March 20-23 also showed Walker with a nice, though smaller, lead. In that poll, Walker outdistanced Democrat Mary Burke »

TCM at 20

Featured imageThe TCM (Turner Classic Movies) cable channel celebrated its twentieth anniversary yesterday. It did so in grand style, rebroadcasting movies from its first day on the air (Gone With the Wind and It Happened One Night). After GWTW, TCM broadcast an interesting interview with host-for-life Robert Osborne conducted by Alec Baldwin. I have been a high volume consumer of TCF roughly since day one. I am a little vague on »

Happy Birthday, Mustang

Featured imageThe Ford Mustang turns 50 years old this week.  Ford’s financial wizards projected that it would sell 100,000 to 125,000 units in the first year.  Even though the car got good advance reviews from the trade press, Ford’s bean counters were unenthusiastic about the Mustang because they feared the Mustang would cannibalize sales from other Ford models.  The Mustang sold 418,812 units in the first year, earning Ford over $1 »

Why You Should Be Sympathetic Toward Cliven Bundy

Featured imageOn Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of »

The Hillary-Boeing-Russia triangle

Featured imageWe will, I suspect, be reading other stories about Hillary Clinton like this one, if the mainstream media is willing to pursue them. From today’s Washington Post, under the headline “For Clinton and Boeing, a beneficial relationship”: On a trip to Moscow early in her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton played the role of international saleswoman, pressing Russian government officials to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy »

Lilly Ledbetter and the lie that will not die

Featured imageWhen a lie becomes an article of faith not just for a movement for an entire political party, that lie is probably here to stay. So it is with the Lilly Ledbetter lie, repeated most recently by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post. Ledbetter, who danced with President Obama at his first inaugural ball and has had a federal statute named after her, lost her pay discrimination case because she »