News you can use

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Tomorrow Morning

Featured image I’ll be on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show tomorrow morning at 7:30 Eastern time to discuss the Obama Administration’s climate policy proposal released today and referenced here this morning.  I’ve spent much of the day trying to make sense of the 645-page “rule” and the accompanying 345-page “regulatory impact analysis.”  The whole thing is opaque (on purpose), and is a farce in many ways.  But also deeply sinister. »

News for Denver/Boulder Peeps

Featured image The spring semester may be all finished as of this week, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over!  No indeed—starting next week, I’ll be offering three informal evening lectures on the following topics, all free and open to the public: May 13: The Lost Art of Statesmanship, from Max Weber to Winston Churchill Everyone craves the “statesman,” but not only is a precise definition or clear understanding nearly impossible (“A »

Media Alert: Kudlow Report Tonight

Featured image I’m booked on the Kudlow Report on CNBC for the 7 pm (eastern) hour tonight, to talk about the global warming that isn’t exactly happening right now.  Not sure when during the hour I’ll appear, and I may not have a chance to update between meetings and rushing to a Denver remote studio this afternoon.  But you’ll already have your TV on getting the dip mixed and chips out for »

Who Reads Power Line? [With Comment By John]

Featured image Rush Limbaugh, that’s who.  He’s picked up our posts before, but it’s nice he liked my recent post on the long-term prospects for the current fracas in Washington, even if the GOP loses the immediate battle.  I especially like his bit here about how “charts are useless on the radio”: Now, I mentioned a piece in Power Line earlier. I don’t mention Power Line much, but here’s a piece by »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image With the October 1 rollout of the portal for Obamacare, the fun is just beginning. Readers are sampling and experimenting. One of them writes: As you say, the technical issues of Obamacare rollout do not go to the root of the evil. Even so, I decided to have a peek at the site and try to sign on. I gave it up after the first little hiccup, which I »

A note on Mosaic

Featured image Mosaic is the online magazine that succeeded Jewish Ideas Daily. The editor of Mosaic is Neal Kozodoy, the formidable former editor of Commentary following the retirement of Norman Podhoretz. In a recent message Neal explains that “Mosaic launched in June. We do one long-form essay a month, accompanied over the course of the month by solicited responses and then a reply by the author. The essays focus on themes and »

Media Alert: Bennett Show Tomorrow

Featured image So I’m scheduled to be on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” show tomorrow at 7:05 eastern time to talk about the IPCC climate report, but probably a lot of other things, including the government shutdown, my time here as an inmate at the University of Colorado, football, who knows?  Do tune in–and call in–if you can!  If the show isn’t on your local radio, you can tune in online. »

The unbearable lightness of Gravity

Featured image We enjoyed the 3D version of Gravity at the local cineplex last night. The 3D effects are spectacular, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock charismatic, but the story is a little lightweight (and not at all unbearable) as it works through the challenges faced by the two astronauts who survive the disaster with which the story begins. It seems to me to provide a modestly feminist update on The Perils of »

Breaking Glad

Featured image Former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio served a 64-month prison sentence that recently ended with his release. (Nacchio served time following conviction on 19 counts of insider trading. The convictions were reversed by a panel of the Tenth Circuit and reinstated by the full court.) The Wall Street Journal reports on Nacchio’s time behind bars in “Tales from a white-collar prison sentence” by Dionne Searcey (behind the Journal’s jealously guarded paywall, »

Road & Track in the rearview mirror

Featured image Daniel Gelernter is the chief executive officer of the tech startup Lifestreams. Dan writes: Road & Track was looking for a cute analogy to use in their July 2013 review of the Jaguar F-Type. So they said the car was so great, “only someone with the insensitivity of a Guantanamo guard” wouldn’t notice it right away. As it happens, I have a friend who was an Army MP down in »

A few NR cruise notes

Featured image We returned from our National Review cruise of the Norwegian fjords yesterday afternoon. I want to offer a few notes for interested readers. We loved the cruise for all the obvious reasons. The programming was great and our fellow NR cruisers were outstanding. We met people we liked every day. The cruise is expensive and many of the cruisers are retired or of retirement age, but its therapeutic value all »

Reporting from Amsterdam: Impressions

Featured image Amsterdam is a beautiful city whose canals and bridges are the outward signs of the engineering feat that created it. We are told it sits on millions of wooden pilings dating from the seventeenth century. The city was essentially created by a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town, accompanied by the repositioning inland of »

Reporting from Amsterdam: The Anne Frank Museum

Featured image I last visited the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam 50 years ago, as a kid. It’s a different experience for me now as an adult father of three daughters, but the museum has become a phenomenon (along with Anne’s diary) of universal appeal. It now draws large crowds of visitors from all over the world. How many of these visitors have any sympathy for the state of Israel or the »

Blogs to Log

Featured image Aside from Power Line, where else do you find worthy blog action these days? I like to take in the Post-Modern Conservative blog, which is a project of the good people at First Things.  I’m not convinced that “post-modern conservatism” (a project of one of the main contributors to the site, Peter Lawler of Berry College) isn’t an oxymoron, or at least hugely problematic, but the entries on this site »

A national park on the moon?

Featured image While we worry over the future of the United States, Democratic Reps. Donna Edwards and Eddie Bernice Johnson are somehow able to keep their eye on the big picture. The Hill reports that they have proposed a bill to establish a national historical park on the surface of the moon to mark where the Apollo missions landed between 1969 and 1972. The Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park is to »

Bottom Stories of the Week

Featured image With the Obama IRS scandal news and other above-the-fold stories dominating our attention, it is easy to miss some one-offs that deserve notice.  Such as the Germans doing away with the longest word in the German language. »

Yesterday’s news this morning

Featured image Ed Driscoll reviews the news of the day yesterday under in “Through the looking glass.” He quotes David Burge, who condenses much of it in fewer than 140 characters: “Bombing at Boston Marathon, mushroom cloud over Texas, Elvis ricin attack, presidential temper tantrum. #newsinbrief.” Our prayers for all those suffering in the ordeal of the Texas fertilizer plant to which Burge refers. Missing from Burge’s summary is Jenny Sanford’s confirmation »