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Clearing my spindle

Featured image When we redesigned this site, we added the “Picks” feature above so that we could note news as it was breaking, bring items of interest to the attention of readers about which we didn’t necessarily have anything to say, or take note of pieces that were otherwise worthy of your attention. For some reason I am unable to add Picks this morning. It’s the kind of software glitch that seems »

This, That, and the Other Thing

Featured image So this is a catch-up post, updating and extending some previous stories here, and with a few new short items worthy of note. When I wrote my Commentary magazine cover story in October on how liberals were abusing the legacy of Ronald Reagan (especially the gross distortion that “Reagan raised taxes” as a predicate for Obama’s design to raise income taxes today), a friend remarked to me that I’d be »

Media Alert

Featured image So I’ll be turning up on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning around 7:35 am (eastern time) to talk energy, Iowa caucuses, the conservative movement, and whatever else we can get to in two segments.  You can look up your local station, or listen live-stream through the magic of the Interwebs, at As a preview, I’ll have a long post up tomorrow morning with my pre-Iowa caucus observations, how »

Bagless in Seattle: Resistance is not futile

Featured image A reader from Lincoln City, Oregon, writes in response to “Bagless in Seattle: Victory is at hand” about creative workarounds for the Seattle plastic bag ban: The Oregon coast town I live in is also currently considering a plastic bag ban. One gets the feeling after listening to these ardent loonies that collecting that 5-cent per paper bag extortion fee (to fund more green sillines) is vastly more important than »

Spread the Wealth Around

Featured image As John noted, the left has given us the first-person shooter game Tea Party Zombies Must Die. Power Line reader Philip Guthrie offers a game of a different stripe: Spread the Wealth Around: The Unauthorized Obama Board Game. Phil’s site describes the game as follows: Spread the Wealth Around exists to train you bitter clingers to practice the art of class warfare, dodge death panels, cheat on your taxes and »

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Featured image I had never purchased an iPhone app before the Obama clock arrived on the scene. Having first read about it at No Left Turns and Hugh Hewitt, I immediately sought it out and shelled out $0.99 for it. The app provides regular updates of Obama’s approval rating, the national debt, the unemployment level, the average price of regular gasoline per gallon, and the movement in the housing price index. And »

The ABC’s of Reg CC

Featured image Christopher Caldwell comes to praise former Obama administration czarina Elizabeth Warren in his Weekly Standard article “Elizabeth Warren, closet conservative.” Warren is the Harvard Law School professor who dreamed up the abominable Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that went into operation last month. Yesterday I quoted Professor Todd Zywicki’s devastating explication of the statistical shenanigans that hoodwinked Caldwell. I noticed that Caldwell also made this statement in his article, finding another »