The sick left

The Democrats Continue Their Smear of Paul Ryan

Featured image I wrote here about the Democratic Party’s disgraceful attempt to smear Paul Ryan and Bill Bennett as part of their ongoing fundraising effort. Last week, Ryan appeared on Bennett’s Morning In America radio show and, among other topics, he and Bennett discussed urban poverty. This is what Ryan said, as transcribed by me: Bennett — Fatherless problem is a big one. Ryan — Absolutely — that’s the tailspin or spiral »

Hearken to Harkin

Featured image In “Useful idiots, PBS edition,” I wrote about Ray Suarez’s paean to the glories of the Cuban health care system three years ago on the PBS NewHour. My post was prompted by Mary Anastasia O’Grady’s Wall Street Journal column “A Cuban fairy tale from PBS.” I piled on Suarez together with O’Grady. Now comes five-term Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and his cookie-cutter rendition of the achievements of Communism in the »

Maduro madness

Featured image Henry Hazlitt wrote the classic economics primer Economics in One Lesson, originally published in 1946. The short February 9 news story “Toyota to leave Venezuela” could form the basis of a chapter applying “the lesson” (as Hazlitt does in Part Two of the book): Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro says he wants to speak to Toyota’s top official for Latin America after the carmaker said it would stop production in the »

Was Ellsberg justified?

Featured image I wrote about the interesting Intelligence Squared debate on Edward Snowden in “Was Snowden justified?” Video of the debate is posted at the link. A transcript of the debate is posted here. I thought the debate was interesting in part because it revealed the weakness of the arguments in favor of Snowden by Ben Wizner, a legal adviser to Snowden and an authoritative source on his case, such as it »

What Happened to the Antiwar Movement?

Featured image Barack Obama owes his presidency largely to the Iraq war. It was Obama’s purity on the war–he opposed it when Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and others were voting for it–that endeared him to the Democratic Party’s base. Indeed, one could say that the contemporary American Left owes its vigor, if not its existence, to the Iraq war. Those who lived through the years from 2003 to 2008 won’t forget it–the »

Was Snowden justified?

Featured image The Volokh Conspiracy’s Nicholas Rosenkranz links to the “particularly lively” Intelligence Squared debate this week in New York City: “Resolved: Snowden Was Justified.” Arguing for the motion were Daniel Ellsberg, the guy who delivered the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other media outlets in 1971; and Ben Wizner, legal adviser to Edward Snowden and attorney for the ACLU. Arguing against the motion were Andrew C. McCarthy, the »

What’s so great about America: Ayers vs. D’Souza

Featured image On Thursday night unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers and Dinesh D’Souza engaged on the subject “what’s so great about America?” at Dartmouth College courtesy of Young America’s Foundation and sponsored by The Dartmouth Review. They met on stage before a large audience at Spaulding Auditorium in the college’s Hopkins Center. Katie Pavlich calls it a “must see debate.” Ann Kane provides an interesting assessment here. The Right Scoop offers this rundown »

Michelle Malkin Takes a 2×4 to MSNBC [Updated With MSNBC Apology]

Featured image A few minutes ago one of my daughters texted me, “Michelle Malkin is single handedly exploding Twitter.” She explained: MSNBC tweeted a Cheerios commercial that will play during the Super Bowl and the tweet said something like “right wingers won’t like it, but the rest of us will say awww” the commercial apparently features a biracial family. So Michelle started the hashtag #myrightwingbiracialfamily. CHEERIOGATE! Sure enough, here is the original »

The NY Times Editorial Board: Bitter Opponents of Free Speech

Featured image Yesterday’s New York Times editorial titled “The Koch Party” raises once again the question whether the paper’s editorial board has been hijacked by Democratic Underground: Only a few weeks into this midterm election year, the right-wing political zeppelin is fully inflated with secret cash and is firing malicious falsehoods at supporters of health care reform. Remember the good old days when people called the Times the “Gray Lady”? Now it’s »

Sacred Cows Skewered: Left Goes to DefCon1

Featured image I have a friend who once got a fairly conservative documentary about religious liberty broadcast nationally on PBS.  Naturally the left got mad, and flooded online fora with indignant complaints wondering how such a program got on “our” network. So naturally when “60 Minutes” departs from the script, as it did last night with “The Cleantech Crash,” it was not a surprise to find out today that the left is »

Obama: yes to terrorism abetter, no to little sisters of the poor

Featured image After five years of an increasingly radical presidency, it comes to this: the Obama administration has released Lynne Stewart, convicted of abetting a notorious terrorist, but is litigating in order to coerce a group of nuns who embody compassion. Isn’t this what Communists used to do when they came to power — release the “political prisoners” and harass the deeply religious? President Obama’s supporters say he’s not out to get »

Learning from Lynne Stewart

Featured image In the adjacent post Paul notes that radical lawyer Lynne Stewart has secured a compassionate release from prison in light of her terminal illness. Stewart is walking at this point because the government has joined her motion for release. I want to add a personal note to Paul’s comments. I met up with Lynne Stewart at the national convention of the National Lawyers Guild in Minneapolis in October 2003 and »

Who Funds the Far Left? You’ll Be Surprised

Featured image The Center for American Progress is a left-wing organization that is closely associated with the Obama administration. Its principal product is a web site called Think Progress. Think Progress is part of the internet cesspool that modern liberalism has become. Written by hack left-wing bloggers, it is bitterly hostile to free enterprise. It is a low-rent site that traffics in the most absurd smears and conspiracy theories. Many have wondered »

Where they’re coming from

Featured image David Horowitz appeared with Jamie Glazov on this week’s special edition of The Glazov Gang for two video segments to discuss David’s new book, The Black Book of the American Left. If you’ve enjoyed the excerpts of the book that we posted here a few weeks ago, you’ll enjoy this video. Even if you didn’t make it through the excerpts, I think you’ll find Part 1 (below) of interest. I »

Berkeley on the Hudson?

Featured image My conservative cousin from New York writes occasionally for Power Line about the City in which he has lived his entire life. In this post, he reflects on the election of a new mayor: The landslide election of Bill de Blasio appears at first glance to have changed dramatically New York City’s political landscape. By selecting as Mayor a man of the left, voters may have ended the 36-year dominance »

Collier & Horowitz: Goodbye to all that

Featured image David Horowitz’s Black Book of the American Left was published by Encounter Books this past Tuesday. We previewed it here. The book covers a lot of ground since David left the radical left behind. Among my favorite pieces are those in which he explains how he came to abandon his radical faith. One such essay is the article written with Peter Collier and published as “Lefties for Reagan” in a »

The Black Book of the American Left

Featured image I’ve known David Horowitz for more than 20 years, from the time he came through town with Peter Collier talking about their invaluable book Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the Sixties. As Jay Nordlinger has written, David was a leader of the New Left who became a leader of the fighting Reaganite Right: “He is a thinker and a doer, an intellectual and an activist. His mind ranges widely, and »