Monthly Archives: November 2009

Israel’s settlement freeze

I don’t think we’ve commented on the announcement last week that Israel will implement a 10-month freeze on private building in the West Bank. The key to understanding this decision, I think, is to recognize the limited nature of the »

Nice kid you got there

The Washington Post is showing great interest in the Republican Party these days. To me, that’s a bit like Leopold and Loeb showing great interest in one of your children. Unlike some entries in the Post’s series of occasional “whither »

Mad As Hell

If you were a Congressman, these numbers would make you tremble: Scott Rasmussen finds that an astonishing 71 percent of voters describe themselves as angry at the current policies of the federal government. That’s up five percent since September. A »

Who failed whom?

During the last presidential primary season, we wrote extensively about Mike Huckabee’s excessive use of his power, as governor of Arkansas, to issue pardons and commutations, and his role in influencing the parole process. In one particularly egregious instance, Huckabee »

Judaism: A word from David Gelernter

David Gelernter is a Renaissance man. He is a professor of computer science at Yale University and the author of books that suggest a kind of Herodotean interest in everything human. His books include Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber, Mirror »

The supremacy of Honduras

According to today’s Wall Street Journal, 61 percent of Hondurans turned out to vote in the country’s presidential election yesterday. By a wide margin Hondurans elected conservative rancher Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo to their presidency. The Journal reports: “The results gave »

The scientific method isn’t what it used to be

I confess to being less of a “global warming skeptic” than I believe my fellow Power Liners, John and Scott, are. But I become pretty skeptical pretty quickly when I read that scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climate »

The Obama-Holder Justice Department turns a blind eye to ACORN

As I noted yesterday, ACORN caught a break from the Department of Justice when DOJ decided, based on a strained reading of the applicable statute, that the Obama administration can lawfully pay ACORN for services provided under contracts signed before »

Today’s Cartoons

Chris Muir’s assessment of the Obama administration may be a little harsh–I don’t think they actually planned for things to go this badly–but it’s fun anyway; click to enlarge: And Michael Ramirez comments on the global warming scandal: There’s no »

Miss World 2009

The finale of the Miss World pageant will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 12, but the competition has actually been underway for a while. Miss World has a unique system of preliminary rounds, the winners of which »

Iran to World: Drop Dead!

All those harsh measures that the “international community” has been threatening have really taughtIran’s mullahs a lesson: Iran’s Government today announced plans to build ten new uranium enrichment plants and said work would start within two months. Each site will »

The University of Minnesota redesigns teachers

Everybody is familiar with the vulgar Marxism in which race is substituted for class. In one form or another, it is ubiquitous in the academy, though its racism pervades every form. It has given rise to stultifying orthodoxies in doctrine, »

Paul Rahe: Is Obama a one-trick pony?

Hillsdale College Professor Paul Rahe writes: I am not a great admirer of Peggy Noonan as a journalist. Most of the time, she aims at capturing a mood, and I generally find the lack of analysis and the sentimentalism so »

The Holder Justice Department twists the law ACORN’s way

The Holder Justice Department has concluded that the Obama administration can lawfully pay Acorn for services provided under contracts signed before Congress banned the government from providing money to the group. Here is the Office of Legal Counsel memo reaching »

East Anglia to Make Climate Data Public

Shaken by Climategate, the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit has reversed its long-standing policy and agreed to make its climate database public so that other researchers can check the conclusions that have been reached by global warming alarmists »

Ohio taxpayers footing bill for defense of “Joe the Plumber” attackers

Last fall, during the peak of the presidential campaign, three Ohio state employees used their positions to target, Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber” by searching state records in the hope of finding material with which to smear him. Ohio’s »

That’ll Show ‘Em!

You almost have to laugh at the way the media cover the “international community’s” kicking of the Iran can down the road. The board of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which a few days ago acknowledged that its policy toward »