Is Obama’s bombing campaign a side show?

Featured image President Obama should be commended for yesterday’s air attacks against ISIS. In addition, his decision to bomb the jidhadist Khorasan group, which is believed to be plotting attacks against the West, is praiseworthy. As to this affiliate of al Qaeda, Obama seems, for once, to be acting rather than reacting. Even so, I tend to agree with Max Boot who argues that the most consequential news from the Levant yesterday »

This day in baseball history — Reds sweep Phils; Yanks pull away

Featured imageOn September 23, 1964, the Cincinnati Reds completed a three game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. They thus pulled to within three and half games of Philadelphia. St. Louis and San Francisco were both five games back. The most exciting game of the Reds-Phillies series (played at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia) was the opener. The Reds won that contest 1-0 behind the shutout pitching of journeyman John Tsitouris (9-13 »

Now is the time to support Tom Cotton

Featured imageI share John’s uneasiness about the November elections. Republican chances of gaining control of the Senate have been downgraded to less than 60 percent by Nate Silver, whose track record as a political forecaster is outstanding. One reason for the downgrade is the emergence of pseudo-independent Greg Orman in the Kansas race. If he defeats Republican Pat Roberts, and the polls give him a clear lead, the GOP will have »

Too cool for school — Obama’s latte salute

Featured imageThe video below speaks volumes about President Obama, not only concerning his underlying disdain for our military, but also as regards basic decency. In my opinion, a president who thinks he’s too cool properly to return a salute from our servicemen is presumptively unfit to command them. By the way, I received this video clip via a lawyer who was badly wounded serving in Iraq. He was offended by Obama’s »

How Dumb Is The New York Times?

Featured imageDoes the New York Times still employ any managing editors or copy editors who know anything?  First, today’s story on “corporate inversions.”  Check out the hed carefully: But what example do they feature in the photo in the story? So I guess Canada now counts as “overseas” for the NY Times. The Times is apparently more ignorant of Christianity, which, last time I heard, was a major religion even in »

Climatistas Don Their Brownshirts

Featured imageApparently yesterday’s rant about the Koch brothers wasn’t enough for Little Bobby.  Here he is calling for the jailing of the Koch brothers, and possibly politicians who “deny” climate change, when all they’re really denying is the will to power of brownshirts like Little Bobby.  (John referred to this rant yesterday, but here’s the tape.)  He cites “reckless endangerment” as the legal cause of action for jailing the Kochs, who »

How Reporters Try to Rewrite History

Featured imageOn September 10, the New York Times published a major story on President Obama’s speech announcing his plan to attack ISIL. The paper’s front-page account included this ludicrous claim: Unlike Mr. Bush in the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has sought to surround the United States with partners. In fact, the Iraq war of 2003 was conducted by a coalition of more than 40 countries–compared with the five mustered in support »

Beyond Catalist, perhaps

Featured imageLast week J. Christian Adams posted an important and informative column on “‘CATALIST’: The Democrats’ database for fundamentally transforming America.” This was all news to me, I confess, and I am grateful to have it brought to my attention. Please check it out. Catalist, as I understand it, is the database that, among other things, helps Democrats microtarget voters. Adams points out that Mitt Romney won independents in the 2012 »

U.S. launches air strikes in Syria

Featured imageThe United States has expanded its war against ISIS into Syria by launching air attacks against an array of ISIS targets in that country. President Obama should be commended for ordering these attacks. The attacks don’t rise to the level of “shock and awe” but as described, they sound like a good start. Apparently, they involve a mix of fighter jets and bombers plus Tomahawk missiles delivered from ships. The »

Obama’s “Yemen model” is failing in Yemen

Featured imageIn his address to the nation about countering ISIS, President Obama said that the will model for his strategy will be the one we have employed in Yemen against al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). That strategy consists of relying on the Yemeni government to combat AQAP on the ground and pitching in with targeted air strikes to degrade that terrorists’ leadership. On its face, the applicability of the »

Now Is the Time to Support the Power Line Picks

Featured imageThere are only something like 44 days left before the election, which means time is running out to give candidates meaningful support. If candidates are to buy additional advertising time, order mailers, organize get out the vote efforts and so on, they need to have the money now. At this point, with every day that goes by, donations become less helpful. So we urge you to check out the Power »

Add some music to your day

Featured imageI had not heard of Ann Hampton Callaway before her audacious 1999 recording To Ella With Love, but I’m glad I took a chance on that disc. Ella led me eventually to Ann’s superb show at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York when I stopped over on my way to Israel in June 2007, and then to the rest of her recordings. There is no arguing about taste, »

Democrats Are Winning the Money War

Featured imageI am uneasy about November’s election, partly because I don’t think Republicans have succeeded in nationalizing (or even drawing much attention to) the election, partly because any coherent themes are being drowned out by various “squirrels” (Ray Rice and the NFL, for instance), and partly because the Democrats are raising an astonishing amount of money to defend the dysfunctional status quo. Politico headlines: “Democrats relying on big donors to win.” »

High Noonan

Featured imagePeggy Noonan joined the crowd that turned on George W. Bush in what I thought was (in Noonan’s case) a grossly unfair manner in 2008. I wrote critically about one of Noonan’s weekly Wall Street Journal columns in which she identified with the public disapproval of Bush that April in “Season of the witch.” Having turned on George W. Bush, Noonan moved on to support the election of Barack Obama »

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Liberals Want to Throw Us All In Jail. Or Worse.

Featured imageThe totalitarian impulse is all too familiar: since I represent Progress (and, of course, everyone who acts in the political realm fervently believes that he represents Progress) those who stand in my way are retrograde–evil, really–forces, that belong in the dustbin of history. Therefore, I might have to lock them up or kill them to ensure that Progress prevails. Until recently, the totalitarian impulse has been blessedly absent from American »

As our military commitments expand, the military shrinks

Featured imagePresident Obama has found uses for the U.S. military in spite of himself. Max Boot points out that he has just sent 3,000 troops to Liberia to “fight” Ebola; 1,500–and counting–to Iraq to counter ISIS; and hundreds, possibly thousands, more to Eastern Europe to deter Russia. In addition, Obama sent more than 150 troops to Africa to fight Joseph Kony. And he keeps sending troops to carry out various Special »