Headlines highlight Obamacare’s abysmal state

Featured image As most of our readers know, this week the nation’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth, threatened to stop offering insurance plans to individuals through the public exchanges established by Obamacare. Low enrollment and high usage have made participation a losing proposition for the company. If UnitedHealth exits, more than a half million people will have to find other coverage. But this might not be easy. As Katherine Hempstead, who heads the insurance »

Democrats Unveil New Strategy: Take Unpopular Positions

Featured imageIn recent days, Democrats have blasted Republicans on a number of issues, staking out positions that have one thing in common: they are unpopular with voters. The DNC put out an ad attacking Republicans for talking about “radical Islamic terrorism,” which the Democrats said was “inciting fear.” Just one problem: 60% of voters say we are at war with radical Islamic terrorism. Then there are the Syrian refugees. President Obama »

Koch, Exxon, Dow Chemical Get Demoted!

Featured imageIt’s getting so hard to keep up with the serial beclownings on the college campuses that I’m having to take anti-dizziness medication. But there’s one little snippet from the ongoing disgrace at the Claremont Colleges (where the presidents of the five undergraduate colleges in the cluster seem to be in a competition to see who can cave the farthest the fastest) that bears special note. According to a fine report »

Your One-Stop Hate Crime Hoax Database

Featured imageJohn has already updated his previous post with Heather McDonald’s case that the latest “hate crime” at Harvard Law School is likely a hoax, but even if it is genuine, most such incidents on campus are hoaxes, and they won’t stop until hoaxers are dealt with seriously, instead of indulged because it fits “the narrative.” Fortunately, there is now FakeHateCrimes.org, which will keep up a database of hate crime hoaxes »

Sanders’s socialism in one country

Featured imageBernie Sanders gave his supposedly long-awaited speech on Democratic Socialism in the United States at Georgetown this week. We are not the ones who’ve been waiting for it, but the folks at Mother Jones are pretty excited about it. Sanders’s democratic socialism isn’t socialism. He disclaims public ownership of the means of production. Sanders’s socialism is Franklin Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights, only more so. It’s the welfare state above »

The Week in Pictures: Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee Edition

Featured imageThe question of accepting refugees threatens to become a petty squabble (heh), but the fact that so many Democrats headed for the tall grass on the House vote this week shows that at least a few understand that a large number of Americans simply have no confidence that the government has any of this in hand. Gee—I wonder what could ever give them that idea. After all, ISIS is contained! »

Recite from the Koran or die

Featured imageHillary Clinton and Team Obama like to pretend that the terrorism perpetrated throughout the world by Muslims has nothing to do with Islam. Maybe they should tell this to the families of those killed today at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. According to reports, the terrorists took a large number of hostages, but then released those (reportedly around 20 in number) who could recite a verse from the »

A Campus Backlash?

Featured imageIn 1968, Richard Nixon campaigned on behalf of the “silent majority,” and for a time it put his enemies on the defensive. Likewise, I think there is an equivalent “silent majority” on college campuses who disagree or have contempt for the politically correct mob. But just as mobs are hard to oppose when they reach critical mass, there aren’t many ways of bringing effective opposition to the PC mob—especially when »

Green Weenie of the Week: EPA’s Top Climate Strategist

Featured imageIn 2013 President Obama named Janet McCabe to head the EPA’s Of­fice of Air and Radiation, which oversees the EPA’s ambitious “Clean Power Plan” to suppress greenhouse gas emissions and stop globul worming. But E & E News reported recently: When her workweek winds down, McCabe returns to her home in Indianapolis, where she has lived since 1993 and from where she commutes to Washington, D.C., every week. “My mind is »

Hate Crime at Harvard Law School? [Updated]

Featured imageThese are tough days for my alma maters. Dartmouth has been roiled by the administration’s feeble response to a Black Lives Matter protest that disrupted the library and involved, among other things, the screaming of racial epithets at white students. Meanwhile, Harvard Law School has been the scene of a supposed hate crime. The back story is that the money that founded the law school came from a man named »

Non-Muslim Terrorists Seize Hotel In Mali, Take Hostages [Updated]

Featured imageTerrorists having nothing to do with Islam, armed with AK-47s and hand grenades, screamed “Allahu akbar!” as they attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. The non-Muslim terrorists have killed at least three people and are holding approximately 170 hostages. In an ecumenical gesture, the terrorists allowed hostages to leave if they were able to recite from the Quran. American and French special forces are now reported to be »

Deep thoughts by the DNC

Featured imageThe ad posted by the Democratic National Committee (video below) has a Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey feel to it. Like Handey’s deep thoughts, it is laughably stupid. In this case, however, the laughter evoked is unintentional. The stupidity reflects the current line of Madam Hillary and the Democratic Party. Condemnation of “radical Islam” is equated with condemnation of “Islam” and bigotry is imputed to those who identify “radical Islam” »

The price of peace at Princeton

Featured imageThis week, talking with a fellow Dartmouth alum about how the College’s president Phil Hanlon might respond to the grossly abusive behavior of African-American students in Baker Library, I quipped “Hanlon will feel that he can’t discipline anyone so instead he’ll probably spend $5 million on some diversity initiative.” My point was that the objective of college presidents like Hanlon who face angry Black students with no sense of decency »

The Trouble With the Truth

Featured imageThere are several problems with the movie Truth. The first is that, notwithstanding its title, it is a pack of lies. The second is that a large segment of the public knows that Truth is a lie, and has no desire to see it for that reason. The third is that apparently–I haven’t seen the film, and won’t–Truth is a crashing bore. So it’s no surprise that Truth is a »

Groucho for (College) President

Featured imageHow about Groucho Marx for college president? Maybe instead of saying “horsefeathers!” to all the nonsense on campus, we should just do a screening of Horse Feathers. But I’m sure it would require a trigger warning. President Groucho: “We’re neglecting football for education!” “Where will the students sleep?” “Where they always sleep—the classroom!” “I think you know what the trustees can do with their suggestions.” »

Occupy the Campus

Featured imageNews this morning is that Princeton University is going to “consider” student demands that Woodrow Wilson’s name be removed from the campus. The New York Times reports: The document held administrators to a series of spoken statements they had “verbalized” during the sit-in and committed them to write emails “to initiate the process to consider removal” of a mural of Wilson from a cafeteria in a residential college named after »

Coates’s moment

Featured imageTa-Nehesi Coates was awarded the National Book Award (non-fiction) for Between the World and Me on Wednesday night. It is an utterly abominable book. I wrote about it in the City Journal column “An updated racial hustle.” Christopher Caldwell nailed it in the Weekly Standard. Anthony Daniels administered justice to it in the New Criterion. Most recently, Bill Voegeli took a learned whack at it in the Claremont Review of »