Monthly Archives: April 2011

Americans Are Ready to Take On the Deficit

A reader pointed out these remarkable numbers from a Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll conducted April 21-25. Respondents were asked whether they think the federal budget deficit is a major problem that must be addressed now; a major problem that should be addressed when the economy improves; or not much of a problem: Major problem that must be addressed now: 81% Major problem that should be addressed when economy improves: »

Birth Certificate Postscript

The New York Times editorializes on the Obama birth certificate today, in predictable fashion. For the Times, the controversy was mostly about race: It was particularly galling to us that it was in answer to a baseless attack with heavy racial undertones. … That’s because the birther question was never really about citizenship; it was simply a proxy for those who never accepted the president’s legitimacy, for a toxic mix »

Birth of a negation

From day one of the Obama administration, Glenn Reynolds has asserted that a rerun of the Carter era is a best-case scenario. Obama’s Middle East diplomacy provides a striking illustration of Glenn’s proposition. Carter’s bumbling support of an all-party peace process including the Soviet Union seemed to have something to do with Sadat and Begin seizing the initiative to come to terms on their own and cut the ground out »

How Great She Is

Most of what I know about music, I learned from Scott. He introduced me to Alison Krauss, Elvis Presley, Vince Gill and many more. One year, Vince Gill appeared at the Minnesota State Fair, and Scott and Sally got special tickets that conferred backstage access, which they shared with us. Somewhere, I have a photo of my family with Gill that was taken on that occasion. Vince Gill is a »

Credit Where It’s Due

Full disclosure: quite a few years ago–mid-1960s–I was a fan of Playboy magazine. Not that I often saw one; they were kept under the counter. But teenage boys somehow got our hands on them, and I can still remember the names of a few favorite Playmates. But that was a long time ago, and Playboy has gone badly downhill. Hugh Hefner is a disgusting old man, and the Playboy Mansion »

No Justice, No Peace!

The Streetwise Professor, Craig Pirrong, makes an excellent point about the Obama administration’s perverse energy policies: The EPA has a made a big deal of “environmental justice”: Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons »

The U.N. Adds Insult to Injury

Guess who will be elected the latest member of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council on May 20? That’s right: Syria. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has no comment on Syria’s fitness for the Council, other than to say that its selection is “for other member states to decide.” Anne Bayefsky comments: “[T]he question for the Obama administration is not how do we keep Syria out, but why is the United States »

Those Birds You See Are Obama’s Energy Chickens, Roosting

President Obama said yesterday that he has “urged world oil producers to lift crude output.” “They need to increase supplies,” Obama told CBS affiliate WTKR in Hampton Roads, Virginia. “We are in a lot of conversations with major oil producers like Saudi Arabia.” So Obama understands that increased production of crude oil will bring down the price of gasoline. But does he not understand that the United States is the »

The Party of Fairy Tales

Michael Ramirez depicts President Obama as a sort of green Tinkerbelle. Unfortunately, we can’t run our cars or heat our homes with pixie dust. Click to enlarge: Come to think of it, the Democrats are peddling fairy tales on a number of fronts these days. High gas prices are the fault of nameless “speculators.” We can keep Medicare as is without breaking the bank. More government spending is the key »

“Birtherism,” RIP

Today, President Obama finally released his “long-form,” or official, birth certificate. There has never been any doubt about the fact that Obama was born in Honolulu. The local newspapers reported it; case closed. Therefore, he is a natural-born American citizen and is eligible for the presidency. The mystery has always been, why was Obama so reluctant to release his long-form birth certificate? There have been two possible explanations: 1) the »


In his own engaging style Jay Nordlinger makes a few points we have tried to make here. Here is how Jay says it: I want to quote this report from Syria: “They opened fire from roof-tops as mourners marched from a mosque to a cemetery . . .” What sort of people would do such a thing, gun down innocents as they march in a funeral procession? Such people can »

Dawn of the unbook

Over the past few weeks we’ve featured a series by William McGowan, the prominent journalist and author, most recently, of Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America. The book authoritatively covers the important and interesting subject suggested in its subtitle. In his series of posts for us Bill has examined the Times‘s treatment of national security issues. In the concluding installment »

Uncommon Knowledge with Andrew Ferguson

Last week we posted Peter Robinson’s interview with Andrew Ferguson. Given our format, the interview rotated off the site after a few days. We’ll have another installment of Uncommon Knowledge next week. In the meantime, here is the interview with Ferguson, once more once, after a brief introduction. Andrew Ferguson is the native Illinoisan, conservative luminary, Weekly Standard senior editor, and author of Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe’s America. »

Cheerleading For America

We got home a few minutes ago from the Freedom Club’s annual dinner. The Freedom Club is an organization of Minnesota businesspeople that supports conservative candidates and causes. Over the years, it has had a considerable influence on Minnesota politics. Most recently, the club has run this ad on statewide television. There is evidence that the ad has had a perceptible impact on public attitudes toward the current budget battle »

This Day In Baseball History

Our 1961 baseball season beat writer filed this report: On April 26, 1961, Roger Maris hit his first home-run, and first extra base hit, of the season. It came in his 11th game and his 33rd at-bat. Maris wasn’t just having a bad start in terms of the long ball, either. His batting average coming into the April 26 game was .161. He had, however, walked seven times, giving him »

Senate Republicans Call For Budget Accountability

Senate Democrats are doing everything possible to frustrate transparency in the budget process. So far, they have offered no budget, and it is not clear whether they will do so or whether the Democrats will decide not to enact a budget at all, as in FY 2011. Further, there are rumors that they may bypass the Senate Budget Committee to avoid public scrutiny in the event that they do offer »

Gas Pains and Infinite Liberal Stupidity

The Obama Administration is clearly the most anti-energy administration ever. Will Collier has a noteworthy item up today over at PajamasMedia on soaring gasoline prices and the Obama Administration’s hypocritical policy of paying lip service to increased oil production at home while doing everything possible to hinder any real increase in domestic oil production. (For example, Greg Pollowitz notes over at NRO’s Planet Gore that the Obama EPA has once »