Monthly Archives: March 2009

The shout heard ’round the world

I’d never heard of Daniel Hannan before I saw a brief interview with him on FOX News earlier this week. In the face of the government juggernaut led by President Obama, Hannan encouraged Americans to stand up and be Americans. Hannan had caught the attention of FOX News because his video takedown of Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the European Parliament — of which he is a Conservative member — »

Support your local terrorist

DNI Dennis Blalir held his first press conference on Thursday (transcript here), and he even managed to make news. The Associated Press buries the news in a story headlined “Official: Mexico not in danger of collapse.” The AP blandly attributes the assessment of Mexico to an “official” because nobody knows who Dennis Blair is. Not yet anyway. If you consume your news on the Internet, you might know Blair as »

Women Like Fast Cars

It’s true; we always knew it. Sociological data tell us that what women really like is expensive cars, be they fast or slow: Psychologists proved what car-dealers have boasted for generations: the car one drives is key when it comes to turning a woman’s head. The university team showed women pictures of the same man sitting in two cars – a £70,000 silver Bentley Continental and a battered Ford Fiesta. »

Hannity joins the party

As Glenn Reynolds has repeatedly noted at Tea Party Central, the media treatment of the Tea Party phenomenon has largely been a case of studied neglect. Now the picture may be changing. The Tea Parties scheduled to occur on April 15 will not go unnotced. On his FOX News show tonight Sean Hannity just announced that he will be covering the Atlanta Tea Party live on Tax Day. He will »

Harry Reid, Smear Merchant

No sooner had I finished a post on Nancy Pelosi’s unpopularity as the most visible Democrat in Congress than I came across this bizarre outburst by Harry Reid: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that John Roberts misled the Senate during his confirmation hearings by pretending to be a moderate — and that the United States is now “stuck” with him as chief justice. “Roberts didn’t tell us the »

The Face of Congress

It took until close to election day last year before most voters actually understood that the Democrats are now running Congress. As voters have associated Congressional policies with Democratic leaders, those leaders’ approval ratings have sunk to gratifying lows. Nancy Pelosi, especially, is increasingly reviled by most Americans. Rasmussen Reports has the latest numbers: Sixty percent (60%) of U.S. voters now have an unfavorable opinion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, »

The Wrath of Helen

One of the nice things about being out of power is that Helen Thomas is now the Democrats’ problem. I doubt that her face ever launched any ships, but by now she must have alternately confused and terrorized close to a thousand White House press secretaries. Today, at Robert Gibbs’ White House press conference, she teed off on the President’s plans for Afghanistan and Pakistan (the transcript doesn’t identify the »

False Pretenses

Byron York catches up with John McCain to revisit the distant past–late 2008–when Barack Obama was a budget hawk: Barack Obama used to get very upset about federal budget deficits. Denouncing an “orgy of spending and enormous deficits,” he turned to John McCain during their presidential debates last fall and said, “We have had, over the last eight years, the biggest increases in deficit spending and national debt in our »

A strike in Sudan

CBS News reports that Israeli aircraft carried out an attack on an Iranian weapons convoy being trucked through Sudan, heading north toward Egypt, where they were to cross the Sinai and be smuggled into Hamas-held territory in Gaza. Carl in Jerusalem collects news accounts on the strike here. What to make of the strike? Amos Harel comments here. »


The rising of the Red River continues to threaten death and destruction in Fargo, North Dakota. In a long article, the AP reports that “New estimate raises ND flood higher than sandbags.” The photo below gives some sense of the adverse conditions with which those those who are sandbagging the river’s banks are contending. In south-central North Dakota, Bismarck has also been the victim of bad flooding due to the »

The case of Roger Cohen

Roger Cohen is the prominent former European reporter for the New York Times, now a Times columnist. He is the author of serious books including Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo. I saw Cohen speak about the book at the old Hungry Mind Bookstore in St. Paul shortly after it was published in 1998. At the time Cohen was an an ardent advocate of the Clinton doctrine promoting American military »

How Non-Political Can You Get?

Democrats criticized the Bush administration for “politicizing” the Justice Department, a claim that was almost entirely false. Already, however, there are signs that Barack Obama and Eric Holder intend to do exactly what they accused the Bush administration, falsely, of doing. The latest comes from Hans von Spakovsky at The Corner, who has come into possession of an email to DOJ employees: But an e-mail and flyer recently circulated to »

UN Body Urges Ban on Criticism of Religions

The U.N. Human Rights Commission adopted a resolution earlier today calling on member states to ban criticism of religions: The U.N.’s top human-rights body approved a proposal by Muslims nations Thursday urging passage of laws around the world to protect religion from criticism. The proposal put forward by Pakistan on behalf of Islamic countries – with the backing of Belarus and Venezuela – had drawn strong criticism from free-speech campaigners »

Persistence, Part II

As Scott noted here, Barack Obama has vowed that a hallmark of his foreign policy will be persistence. Scott wrote: From the mullahs’ perspective, Obama’s philosophy of persistence perfectly complements the mullahs’ own. It gives them all they need to succeed in meeting their objective. All they need is a little more time. Obama’s declaration of his philosphy is deeply meaningful to them. It tells them that he will leave »

The Truth Catches Up, Probably Too Late

In the aftermath of Israel’s incursion into Gaza, there was widespread criticism of the conduct of Israeli troops. News outlets in Israel printed accounts of alleged killings of civilians that originated with left-wing activists. Those stories were quickly repeated in the American press, including the New York Times, which reported on March 19: Now testimony is emerging from within the ranks of soldiers and officers alleging a permissive attitude toward »

Oops, Never Mind

The Associated Press reports that “Washington is losing its zeal for an all-out fight over hefty executive bonuses.” The Senate has quietly shelved its version of the AIG bonus tax, which means, presumably, that the House’s measure will never be enacted into law and can be put down to pure grandstanding. Beyond that, Democrats from the White House to Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank have toned down their anti-AIG, anti-Wall »

Red River

The Red River is once again threathening to flood the Red River Valley area of the upper Midwest including Fargo, North Dakota. President Obama somehow finds the situation relevant to the Atmospheric Contingency Operation known as global warming. The Star Tribune reports: President Obama used the flooding in the Red River Valley to insist that society needs to take global warming seriously. In a White House interview with a handful »