Another Shining Example of Liberal Open-Mindedness

Featured image Writing about this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, Frenchman Jean Tirole, the New Yorker’s John Cassidy let’s fly with typical condescension right at the beginning: In general, I’m not a fan of the economics Nobel. Too often, since it was first given, in 1969, it has been used to reward free-market orthodoxy, as evidenced by the plethora of prizes awarded to scholars at the University of Chicago. Apparently »

Ouch!

Featured imageThis is featured on Drudge at the moment: The link goes to this Reuters story: President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. When liberal news outlets talk about Obama in such blunt terms, things are grim. More: Most candidates »

The Priebus proviso

Featured imageI don’t recall hearing anything both witty and true said on one of the Sunday morning gabfests in a long time, but I thought RNC chairman Reince Priebus got it done this morning in his appearance with DNC chairman Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz on FOX News Sunday. Asked by Chris Wallace whether Dems would hold their majority in the Senate, Schultz responded: “We’re going to hold the Senate because over the »

The New Normal and Millenial Voters

Featured imageThe Obama administration is in many respects a more sinister version of the Carter administration. Now, as then, we hear talk of a “new normal.” Pundits and news people who recognize that the economy is lousy, but can’t believe that liberal policies are the cause, conclude that we will just have to get used to slow growth, lower incomes, massive underemployment and a fast-rising cost of living. This “new normal” »

Will Black Voters Turn Out This Year? Why Should They?

Featured imageThere is a lot of buzz today about this article in the New York Times: “Black Vote Seen as Last Hope for Democrats to Hold Senate.” The confidential memo from a former pollster for President Obama contained a blunt warning for Democrats. Written this month with an eye toward Election Day, it predicted “crushing Democratic losses across the country” if the party did not do more to get black voters »

Is it safe to laugh?

Featured imageThe omniscient Glenn Reynolds picked up the image below from a Twitter feed. If Obama’s own incompetence isn’t making him “seethe,” this photoshopped image just might do it. I’m filing this under Laughter is the Best Medicine. All I can say is thanks, I needed that. »

Government case implodes as its former lawyers allege fraud against Holder DOJ

Featured imageThe New York Observer reports that two former Assistant United States Attorneys say the Holder Justice Department engaged in deceit and corruption of justice in connection with the DOJ’s litigation against Sierra Pacific Industries, a California lumber company. As a result of the allegations, a federal district judge has ordered the recusal from the case of every judge in the Eastern District of California. He reasons that the court may »

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NY Times Says: Obama Is Angry at Administration’s Incompetence!

Featured imageToday’s New York Times headlines: “Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe.” Said by whom, one wonders. The answer is as you would expect: “It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. … “He was not satisfied with the response,” a senior official said. … Senior officials said they pushed Mr. Obama to name an Ebola coordinator…. »

The people have spoken

Featured imageAmerican Commitment has claimed victory in the contest sponsored by far-left MoveOn and MAYDAY.US. Announcing the contest, MoveOn urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics.” The public was invited to vote on the contest entries. The public has spoken: American Commitment, a national advocacy organization committed to free markets and limited government, easily won the vote in »

Random Good News on a Friday Night

Featured imageHaving spent the evening at a lovely birthday dinner (not mine), I don’t have much to say about tonight’s news. So here are a couple of favorable data points from this morning. First, here in Minnesota, the KSTP/Survey USA poll has Power Line Pick Stewart Mills leading incumbent Rick Nolan by eight points, 47%-39%. That margin is surprising, but Stewart’s lead isn’t. He is a good candidate and Nolan is »

New frontiers in freedom

Featured imageI may be mistaken, but it has seemed to me for quite a while that the campaign for gay marriage is about something other than “freedom” or “acceptance” or “equal rights.” The point of the campaign seems to me that we are compelled to get our minds right, to borrow the resonant phrase of the jailers in Cool Hand Luke. The proponents of “marriage equality” demand our inner assent. Disapproval »

Tom Friedman Gets One Right

Featured imageMaybe this needs to be filed under the “even a stopped clock is right twice a day” department, but Tom Friedman actually wrote an interesting and probative column a couple days ago about what’s going on with the falling price of oil, and I’m still picking myself up off the floor in amazement. Here are the three key paragraphs: Is it just my imagination or is there a global oil »

“We Are Going To Win the Cold War”—A Conversation with Herbert Meyer, Part 3

Featured imageIn this installment of our conversations with Herbert Meyer (part one here, and part two here), we look back at the end of the Cold War, and especially Herb’s prescience in a memo he wrote in the fall of 1983, since declassified, entitled “Why Is the World So Dangerous?” (PDF link). Here he remarks that this memo was not just controversial, but also unwelcome even among many hard-liners in the »

The Week in Pictures: Quarantine Edition

Featured imageHere’s a thought: how about we quarantine the entire Obama Administration until January 2017?   Wouldn’t this be the greatest: Okay, let’s see who gets this one: And finally, new and improved with no trigger control issues, and special for Halloween! Okay, okay, if you must have real firearms, then let’s have one more salute to the ladies of the IDF:   »

The gathering storm, part CLVI

Featured imageWatching the Obama administration sell us out to Iran, as in the interim agreement entered into late last year, I feel despondent and hopeless. It’s the way I felt when the Democrats cut off American support of the South Vietnamese government and assured its fall to the Communists rolling into Saigon, or, more recently, when Obama withdrew all our forces from Iraq. What is to be done? I have no »

Tim Hauser, RIP

Featured imageWhen Manhattan Transfer came to town this past March for two shows at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, we ran down to catch them both nights. And they put on a completely winning show, starting with “Spain” and ending with “Birdland” (video below) and “Route 66.” In between there were no lulls; it was an unadulterated expression of musical joy. MT won ardent fans all over the world in »