Monthly Archives: February 2011

Public Sector Unions vs. America

This video, produced by a group called Minnesota Majority, is sensational. It sums up what is at stake in the current battle between the public sector unions and everyone else. Check it out, and share it with your friends! »

Voters Hate Fleeing Legislators

As we expected, this Rasmussen survey, out this morning, confirms that voters strongly disapprove of the Democratic Party’s tactic of fleeing the jurisdiction so as to avoid carrying out their duties as legislators: [Voters] strongly oppose the tactic by Wisconsin state senators to flee their state to prevent a vote that would limit the rights of such unions. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that only 25% of »

More Mush, Part Deux

Scott beat me to the punch with the recollection of the famous “More Mush from the Wimp” Boston Globe headline about one of Jimmy Carter’s serial expressions of weakness–a headline that the Baltimore Sun‘s Theo Lippman suggests as the second-most famous 20th century newspaper headline after “Wall Street Lays an Egg,” though I think I’d have to place “Dewey Defeats Truman” ahead of both. But Obama’s reaction to events in »

Will Wisconsin Democrats Come to the Table?

If they do, Michael Ramirez suggests, they will have to sit in high chairs. Click to enlarge: A large majority of voters must think that the Democrats who flee their states and hide in motels to prevent legislation from being debated are making fools of themselves. UPDATE: Yes, that’s right–by more than 2 1/2 to 1, voters disapprove of Democratic legislators who flee their states in order to avoid doing »

Inside Libya

The Daily Mail headlines its graphic story: “Revealed: The horrific price Libyan people are paying for freedom as Gaddafi’s bloody grip on power gradually slips away.” Nile Gardiner’s commentary in the Telegraph captures my take on the Washington angle: “The Obama Administration’s spineless response to Colonel Gaddafi’s reign of terror.” Via Lucianne. »

Emily Litella moments with Donald Rumsfeld

I would concede that humor has been a little lacking in my life as of late, but I thought that Andrea Mitchell’s interview with Donald Rumsfeld was funnier than Saturday Night Live in its prime. Andrea Mitchell had nothing on Emily Litella. “You said there would be violins in Iraq.” “Goodness, no, I said there would be violence in Iraq.” “That’s not what Bob Woodward says.” Okay, I made that »

In defense of fake doctors’ notes

Megyn Kelly struggled to get an answer from the president of the Milwaukee teachers’ union yesterday on Fox News. The union man repeatedly ducked the question about the fake sick notes given to teachers at the capitol in Madison. As Kelly noted, he repeatedly offered talking points in lieu of an answer. He doesn’t deny and he can’t defend the fake doctors’ notes. Watch the latest video at Via »

Another Left-Wing Hoax: Is There A Point?

One of today’s fronts in the Left’s war on Charles and David Koch, not to mention Governor Scott Walker and the conservative movement generally, was a hoax call that a liberal blogger made to Governor Walker. The hoaxer introduced himself as David Koch, and, after holding for a considerable time, was put through to the governor. This was not great staff work, obviously. Liberals are crowing about this successful hoax–fine. »

The Left’s War on the Kochs

The most extraordinary story in the news these days is the all-out assault that the Left is mounting against Charles and David Koch and their company, Koch Enterprises. A day doesn’t go by–hardly an hour goes by–without some new attack being launched against these two lonely libertarians. Why? Simply because they are rich–their company is one of the best-run and most successful in the world–and conservative. The Left is trying »

More slush from the limp

President Obama addressed the situation in Libya this afternoon. The reason for his previous silence became apparent. The man has nothing to say. Here is his statement: Secretary Clinton and I just concluded a meeting that focused on the ongoing situation in Libya. Over the last few days, my national security team has been working around the clock to monitor the situation there and to coordinate with our international partners »

Let’s Get Bloody!

Congressman Michael Capuano of Massachusetts told a union rally in support of Wisconsin’s public sector unions, “I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.” The problem with telling union goons to “get bloody” is that to them, it »

Does the Administration Have A Policy on the Middle East?

In today’s press briefing, reporters asked press secretary Jay Carney whether the Obama administration has any identifiable policy with regard to events in the Middle East. The questioning was rather pointed: QUESTION: On Libya, the president’s reaction has been fairly muted and low-key, in terms of what he’s said publicly about it. And I was wondering if you could explain that. When the Egypt unrest was occurring, he made several »

Martin Karo: Thought crime comes of age

We’re stretched a little thin on the legal front, but reader Martin Karo has pitched in to offer this commentary on Judge Gladys Kessler’s Obamacare ruling today: Orwell’s dystopian 1984 vision has come of age. Judge Gladys Kessler of the federal district court for the District of Columbia actually held, on page 45 of her ruling upholding Obamacare, that Congress has the right to regulate mental activity. One wonders if »

Silence of the Bam, cont’d

Lee Smith notes “The president’s deafening silence on Libya.” Bill Kristol finds the administration “Pathetic” and “Even more pathetic,” both in one day. How can Obama’s loquacious approach to Egypt be reconciled with his reticence about Libya? Someone who covers the White House for a living should try to produce an answer. JOHN adds: The silence of Bam–the whole administration, actually–on Libya is getting downright weird. The obvious explanation of »

Sharing cultural space with Ingrid Mattson

Stephen Schwartz covers one aspect of the Shared Cultural Spaces conference opening tomorrow at the University of Minnesota. Chairman Jim Leach’s NEH has sunk $170,000 into this conference, so you know it must be bad. How bad? According to Stephen Schwartz, this bad: Ingrid Mattson, a professor of Islamic studies and Christian-Muslim relations at Hartford Seminary, recently ended a term as the first female and first Muslim convert to serve »

Friend Power Line!

It has been a while since we have promoted various technological enhancements to our site, so here goes. If you have an iPhone or a Blackberry, you can download a free Power Line application. Just go here. Along with our posts, you get a Breitbart News feed, and we plan on adding additional feeds in the near future. If you have an Android phone, never fear–we are working on an »

Pawlenty Sharpens His Message

As regular readers know, I am a big fan of former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty. Some Republicans around the country have the misapprehension that he isn’t conservative enough, but that is only because they haven’t followed his record. Pawlenty has a nice-guy persona, which is appropriate since he is, in fact, a nice guy. But of late he has been sharpening his message. We saw that at CPAC. Today the »