What Menendez said

Featured image Senator Robert Menendez is the ranking (Democratic) member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This morning at a committee hearing he said this to Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Under Secretary (and prospective CIA deputy director) David Cohen: “I have to be honest with you, the more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of »

Barack Obama, raging bull

Featured imageDrew Pearson, a prominent liberal columnist during the 1950s and 60s, owned a farm that sold manure. He would advertise the manure on his radio program, using the slogan “all cow, no bull.” President Obama’s speech last night, the transcript of which I read this morning, stood Pearson on his head. It was raging bull. Jay Cost presents a more clever “raging bull” reference. He compares Obama to the boxer »

After last night, detoxify here

Featured imagePeter Robinson recorded the current edition of Uncommon Knowledge last month with Thomas Sowell (video below). Sowell is a one-man antidote for the evasions and prevarications retailed by Barack Obama along with his supporters and enablers. If you subjected yourself to Obama’s State of the Union Address last night, a dose of Sowell may help detoxify you. If you took a pass, it will edify you. The series summary states: »

Never let a mild recovery go to waste

Featured imageWhen President Obama took office during a sharp economic downturn, the administration’s mantra was “you never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Instead, you use the ensuing panic to push through reforms too radical to enact during ordinary times. Six years later, declaring that the “shadow of crisis has passed,” Obama wants to use the ensuing sense of relief (if any) to push through leftist reforms he couldn’t enact »

This crisis persists

Featured imagePresident Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address last night. The White House has posted the text here; the video is below. Obama declared: “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” In every relevant respect, on matters both foreign and domestic, a deep dishonesty permeated the speech. The crisis of BS hung heavy over every word, including “and” and “the” (to »

Obama’s bogus Yemen success story

Featured imageAs John wrote earlier this evening, the government of Yemen, a significant U.S. ally in the war against Islamic extremism, is teetering on the brink of collapse. The situation is so dire that two U.S. Navy warships have moved into the area, ready to evacuate Americans from the U.S. embassy if necessary. Ships may be required for an evacuation because, in the wake of an embassy car being attacked today, »

Dabbling in higher education — Obama’s latest “free stuff”

Featured imageState of the Union addresses are nearly unwatchable even when one likes the president giving it. Given my view of President Obama, I don’t intend to watch tonight’s spectacle. We know in advance that Obama will use the speech to tout his proposal that two years of community college be made available for free to all “responsible” students, with funding to come primarily from federal taxpayers. This is another one »

Yemen on the Brink of Collapse?

Featured imageAs President Obama indulges in irrelevant, politics-driven trivia–free community college! higher inheritance taxes!–serious events are taking place half way around the world. The government of Yemen, a significant ally in the war against Islamic extremism, teeters on the brink of collapse. The immediate threat comes from the Iran-supported, Shia Houthi group. But al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is waiting in the wings. Tonight, the news appears grim: Fighters from »

Stuff Hillary says

Featured imageIf you’re going to give yourself a break and skip el presidente‘s State of the Union address tonight, you may want to compensate for the break by punishing yourself with the Hillary highlights compiled by the Free Beacon’s David Rutz in the video below. My view is that we are obligated to suffer at least a little each day to earn our way out of the Age of Obama. If »

House Immigration Bill Falls Far Short [Updated]

Featured imageTomorrow the House Homeland Security Committee will take up H.R.399, the Secure Our Border First Act of 2015, which I take it has the support of House GOP leadership. Sadly, the bill will do little to solve our illegal immigration crisis. The Center for Immigration Studies points out some of the bill’s many defects. Here are a few of the highlights: * The bill mandates just 27 miles of fencing, »

Who killed Alberto Nisman?

Featured imageCircumstantial evidence suggests that Alberto Nisman committed suicide at his Buenos Aires apartment on Sunday. Within Argentina, however, this circumstantial evidence has been treated with substantial skepticism. The New York Times conveys the suspicions in an article by Jonathan Gilbert and Simon Romero: “Puzzling death of a prosecutor grips Argentina.” Christopher Dickey’s Daily Beast article puts Nisman’s death in the context of the ongoing war between Israel and Iran. Next »

Say It Ain’t No-Go, Bobby!

Featured imageIt is common knowledge that in various parts of Europe–France is notorious in this regard–there are Muslim enclaves where the writ of the law does not necessarily run. In these “no go” zones, police and fire protection are iffy or nonexistent, and Sharia law is often enforced on a de facto basis. Until today, it hadn’t occurred to me that there was any dispute about this. If you want to »

Media Alert: SOTU, So You Don’t Have To

Featured imageSo I’m up to my neck in show prep for tomorrow morning’s Bill Bennett radio show, which will be devoted—all three hours—to “deconstructing” (time we used the academic left’s terminology against them) Obama’s State of the Union speech.  By all means you should skip it.  I’m watching it so you don’t have to.  Also radio.  So do tune in to the show in the morning if you can; I’ll have »

112 Broken Promises In 12 Minutes

Featured imageIt seems extraordinary that the Democratic Party press is trying so hard to generate enthusiasm for tonight’s State of the Union speech, given that everyone knows nothing Obama proposes will happen. If you want to save yourself some time, skip tonight’s speech and spend 12 minutes watching this montage of 112 of Obama’s broken promises from prior SOTU’s, going back to 2009 when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and »

In what sense are we “Charlie”?

Featured imageCharlie Hebdo is a disgusting publication. Take away the crude sex and the over-the-top hostility to religion, and we are left with very little. In what sense, then, are we Charlie? We are Charlie in the important sense that Islamists want to kill us whether or not we express crude anti-Muslim sentiments. And we are Charlie because we flourish under, and should insist upon, the regime of freedom that permits »

A backgrounder for Matt Apuzzo

Featured imageNew York Times reporter Matt Apuzzo joined the Times in 2012. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, but his article on the testimony of Condoleezza Rice at the trial of Jeffrey Sterling last week suggests he doesn’t know much about the Times. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Rice met with Times editors to persuade them not to publish James Risen’s draft article disclosing the highly classified CIA program »

SOTU: You’re excused

Featured imageBill Kristol writes in his weekly email message to readers: Many of you have asked whether, as conscientious citizens, you have to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday. The answer is no. In fact, you have my complete and unambiguous permission to skip it. You might want to tune in after the speech for Joni Ernst’s GOP response–if she does well maybe we’ll include her in the »