The sick left

How Crazy Are the Democrats? This Crazy

Featured image Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan, whose district includes Madison, Wisconsin, on the House floor. I guess this is his way of defending Obamacare: These people are completely nuts. Via Twitchy. »

Speaking of bitter & sweet

Featured image A recording of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell meeting with his campaign staff on February 2 was released to David Corn at Mother Jones. Corn was last seen bringing us Mitt Romney’s meditations on the “47 percent.” Corn has already turned that scoop into a pamphlet-length ebook titled, logically enough, 47 Percent. For the Democrats, it was 100 percent gold. This time around, Corn fetched fool’s gold and seemed not »

Frackwater and Greenpeace Updated

Featured image Haven’t seen a lot of notice for a recent study of water pollution from natural gas fracking in Pennsylvania, produced by Resources for the Future and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  So far it seems only Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations has shown it much love: The team’s conclusions are fairly straightforward. They find enhanced chlorine concentrations downstream of waste water treatment »

Harry Reid Politicizes Marine Accident

Featured image When Harry Reid told reporters he had heard a rumor that Mitt Romney didn’t pay any taxes, I thought he had sunk as low as a politician possibly can. But I was wrong. Today, Reid outdid himself. He politicized the tragic death of seven Marines in a mortar accident by linking the accident to the sequester: Details are emerging. We really don’t know, the area has been blocked off. As »

Who You Gonna Call? KochBusters!

Featured image You would think the far left would get tired of yammering on and on about the Koch brothers, but no: there must be a steady paycheck lurking there somewhere, because leftists show no sign of abandoning their most tiresome obsession. Hence this program on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 at All Souls Unitarian Church–the Unitarian Church was a religious institution at one time, wasn’t it?–at 1157 Lexington Ave. (at »

Greedy Lying Bastards

Featured image There is a new film out, a purported documentary on the environment, called “Greedy Lying Bastards.” Surprisingly, it isn’t about Al Gore. Nor is it about “green energy” executives who parlay connections with the Obama administration into millions of dollars, leaving taxpayers with the tab. And scientists who collect billions in government subsidies while fudging data to make a bogus case for more government power–what a coincidence!–don’t figure in it, »

Bill Ayers in Moorhead

Featured image Growing up in Moorhead, Minnesota, before my family moved to St. Paul in 1958, may be the happiest I’ve been, to borrow the title of a memorable John Updike short story. My dad managed Moorhead’s Comstock Hotel (destroyed by fire in 1960) and established its all-you-can-eat for $0.50 buffet, still remembered fondly by some Fargo-Moorhead natives. There is a reason why Jeffrey Hart titled his revisionist history of the fifties »

The Radosh Files, parts 1 and 2

Featured image I’m at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s West Coast Retreat. The historian Ronald Radosh — one of my favorites — spoke on a great panel on the culture this afternoon along with Andrew Klavan and Ben Shapiro. After the panel, I caught up with Ron to ask him a few questions on matters of interest to me. I’ve been wrestling with the interaction between iMovie and YouTube to get the »

Getting their minds right at the USDA

Featured image Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch has compelled the powers-that-be to cough up the video of one self-described citizen of the world (Thomas Betances) conducting government-approved, government-sponsored, government funded racial harassment (i.e., “cultural sensitivity training”) at the United States Department of Agriculture. It took the USDA eight months to cough it up, but it was worth waiting for. Judicial Watch plucks out quotable quotes with film clips »

The Weird Phenomenon of Ottoman Empire Nostalgia

Featured image If you hate America and the West generally, but aren’t crazy enough to long for Nazism or Communism, what’s left? Remarkably, many leftists have recently been expressing affection for the Ottoman Empire. Seriously. If you think about it, the Ottomans fulfilled a liberal fantasy: authoritarian so you get to boss everyone around and always get your way, but usually without actually having to murder your enemies. Plus, with no shortage »

How the Left Views the “Cliff” Deal

Featured image Conservatives are generally unhappy with the deal that Mitch McConnell agreed to last night. But it never hurts to put yourself in the other guy’s shoes, and it turns out that the left isn’t very happy with the outcome of the “cliff” negotiations, either. I am on lots of the Democratic Party email lists, including MoveOn’s. This is the hysterical email I got from them today: From: “Ilya Sheyman, MoveOn.org »

Reliving the Left-Wing Terrorism of the 1970s

Featured image In many ways, it feels like we are reliving the 1970s, with the awful difference that Jimmy Carter has been re-elected. This story stimulates a sick sort of nostalgia; a hung over feeling, even though New Year’s Eve hasn’t even started yet: The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend — a Harvard grad and Occupy Wall Street activist — have been busted for allegedly having a »

Sean Penn: Bard for Our Time

Featured image There are a handful of writers, Shakespeare being the best example, whose works best come to life heard aloud rather that read silently on the two-dimensional page.  Sean Penn, the actor and, as the Puffington Host reminds us, “Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti,” is another such bard for our time.  He has a piece up right now at the PuffHo, enticingly titled “Breached Pinatas,” that will surely take its place in the »

“How I lost to Cornel West”

Featured image At the Telegraph Daniel Hannan reflects on a painful experience: At the Oxford Union the other day, I was comprehensively outperformed by this man: Dr Cornel West. If you’ve heard him live, you’ll know that he speaks in the manner of a charismatic preacher, and that the timbre of his voice captivates almost any audience. The motion was This House would occupy Wall Street. He won. For a while, I »

them again

Featured image In “them” (the title of her award-winning 1969 novel) I noted the fantasy of violence that prominent liberal novelist Joyce Carol Oates projected onto NRA members in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre. Oates took to Twitter to announce: If sizable numbers of NRA members become gun-victims themselves, maybe hope for legislation of firearms? Words being her stock in trade, Oates has now circled back to clear up any »

New Jersey Liberal Threatens to Kill Republicans

Featured image Anyone who has observed the hateful rhetoric that Democratic politicians and media figures have directed at Republicans over the last few years must have wondered whether Democrats’ over-the-top hate speech would lead to violence. So far, mercifully, it hasn’t; not lethal violence, anyway. But a pro-gay marriage activist named Ronnie McMillian, from Hawthorne, New Jersey, shows how liberal loyalists can be whipped into a homicidal frenzy by liberal hate speech. »

them

Featured image The Newtown massacre has given rise to something like mass hysteria on the left. Illogic and misinformation aren’t the worst of it. Out of the leftist id fantasies of violence have have erupted as well. Novelist Joyce Carol Oates, for example, has taken to Twitter to vent her fantasy: If sizable numbers of NRA members become gun-victims themselves, maybe hope for legislation of firearms? (More here.) Now that is sick, »