Monthly Archives: January 2011

SOTU: A Coda

I hadn’t intended to say anything more about President Obama’s State of the Union speech, but this excellent post by the Blogprof reminded me of one of Obama’s most offensive pronouncements: If we truly care about our deficit, we simply »

Florida Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

Federal district court judge Roger Vinson issued his ruling today on summary judgment motions in the Florida case, State of Florida v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, in which 26 states allege that Obamacare is unconstitutional. Judge »

Unholy Alliance

If the Mubarak government collapses, the Muslim Brotherhood is the organization most likely to fill the vacuum. Haaretz reports: “Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood eyes unity gov’t without Mubarak.” Gamal Nasser, a spokesman for the Brotherhood, told DPA that his group was »

How not to think about Egypt

Anne Applebaum is the author of Gulag: A History and one very smart cookie, but this is stupid: “We should smile and embrace instability. And we should rejoice–because change, in repressive societies, is good.” The counterexamples spring to mind. Applebaum »

The report on the NBPP case

The report of the Commission on Civil Rights on the New Black Panther Party case is out. John took a look at the report in this post. Jennifer Rubin took a look at the report this post. So far as »

Bill Katz: David Frye, RIP

Bill Katz is the proprietor of Urgent Agenda and our occasional contributor. Bill draws on his experience as a talent coordinator at The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to recall David Frye: David Frye is dead. Make no mistake about »

Bird’s Eye View of Cairo

This video, which was uploaded 16 hours ago, shows one of the better views I’ve seen of confrontations between protesters and police in Cairo. The battle ebbs and flows across a bridge: »

A Uniquely Vicious Corruption, Part 2

In this post, I described Obamacare as a uniquely vicious form of corruption. Harsh words? Definitely, but I think justified: [T]he vicious strategy at the heart of Obamacare [is to] pass terrible legislation, and then collect a toll by exempting »

A History Lesson

Egypt is conventionally described as our biggest ally in the Arab world. We give Egypt over $1 billion in aid annually, much of it military. Have you ever wondered why? Claire Berlinski writes: Two days ago a friend said to »

Welcome to Steven Hayward

As you probably know, Paul Mirengoff has taken a leave from blogging and has, for now anyway, resigned from the Power Line masthead. We’ve decided to fill the hole left by Paul’s departure by recruiting a series of guest posters. »

What Would Browner Think?

It’s a huge honor and thrill to be invited to join the ranks of the original Pajamahadeen at Power Line, and I’ll try hard to live up to the standard Paul Mirengoff and the rest of the troika have set. »

Was 2010 the Warmest Year Ever?

It is widely being reported that, based on surface-temperature data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2010 was tied for the warmest year on record. What is not so widely »

Kucinich’s case of the eggshell skull

Tort law includes the eggshell skull rule under which a party whose negligence harms another is responsible for the direct consequences of his acts, even in the case of one who was unusually prone to injury. In other words, you »

Sunday morning coming down

You may never have heard of the Boston-based sixties group Orpheus, but you may nevertheless recall its one hit — it only reached number 80 nationally, though it went to number one in some local markets — “Can’t Find the »

Chris Matthews’s Obsession

Sometimes you get the feeling that liberal pundits are all going around the bend together, in a grand carnival of craziness. Take Chris Matthews, who began his report on the riots in Egypt with this rant: Here is the transcript, »

The revolt in Egypt and US policy

Barry Rubin has filed a special report on “The revolt in Egypt and U.S. policy.” It begins: There is no good policy for the United States regarding the uprising in Egypt but the Obama Administration may be adopting something close »

Hamas Joining Forces With Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt?

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in the 1920s and is the source of pretty much every extremist Muslim group, including Hamas. The Muslim Brotherhood continues to be active in Egypt and is the most obvious alternative to the »