Sometimes the best deals are the ones you’ve already made

Featured image There’s a saying in sports that sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make. This, I suppose, is the sports version of “don’t do stupid [stuff].” For Everton football club, the best deals it made this offseason were the purchases of two players who were with the team last year. The players are Gareth Barry (who was on loan last from Manchester City) and Romelu Lukaku (on loan »

Rick Perry and the Democrats’ pattern of “lawfare” against rising Republicans

Featured imageJohn and Scott have commented on the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry. As they note, it fits a pattern of politically motivated indictments of prominent Texas Republicans. The Perry indictment also fits a pattern of harassment via the legal process of prominent Republican governors: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and now Perry. What do these four have in common? Why, they all are (or were) potentially viable candidates for »

The Week in Pictures: Quel Horreur! Edition

Featured imageA few years back I got seated next to former Clinton consigliere Lanny Davis on a coast-to-coast plane flight.  It was . . . a very long flight.  I imagined the only worse possible fate would be having to sit next to James Carville for a cross-country flight.  But now I’ve heard something worse: John Kerry, our comic relief secretary of state, had to fly commercial earlier this week when »

Woodstock Redux

Featured imageThere seems to be a flourish of 45th anniversary observations of Woodstock going on this weekend, as though it was a slow news period right now.  (Perhaps too many editors and beat reporters are on vacation up in Martha’s and the Hamptons right now.)  Why the 45th anniversary?  Perhaps because of the typical baby boomer fear that a lot of folks won’t make it to the 50th anniversary?  Then, too, »

An embarrassment of Democrats (1)

Featured image“One of the many oddities of the English language,” it has been noted, “is the multitude of different names given to collections or groups, be they beasts, birds, people or things. Many of these collective nouns are beautiful and evocative, even poetic.” You’ve got your gaggle of geese. You’ve got your pack of dogs. You’ve got your stuck of jellyfish. You’ve got your colony of ants. And many, many more. »

When they harassed Hutchison

Featured imageMany of us recall the baseless indictment of then House Majority Leader Tom DeLay by then Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle in connection with the indictment of Governor Perry yesterday, but does anyone recall the earlier case against Kay Bailey Hutchison brought by Earle? Earle is the predecessor of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose drunk driving escapades initiated the chain of events that has now culminated in »

Ferguson: An Inflection Point?

Featured imageThere is something interesting and potentially significant occurring in the reaction to the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri: large amounts of general criticism of contemporary police practice from conservatives and libertarians.  No one is suggesting, as liberals did in the 1960s (“I could start a pretty good riot myself”—Hubert Humphrey), that the rioting is justified, or still less looting.  Nor is anyone jumping to the conclusion that the officer who fired »

The Democrats’ Latest Koch Smear Falls Flat

Featured imageLeft-wing political operative David Brock’s group, American Bridge, released a report today titled “Legacy of Loss: Koch Industries’ Layoffs and Environmental Harm in Battleground States.” The reference to battleground states eliminates any doubt as to the report’s purpose; it is basically a pastiche of news stories and rumors cobbled together from an internet search or two, intended for this year’s Congressional campaigns. The quality of the report, as one expects »

Rick Perry Indicted: Another Democratic Party Dirty Trick

Featured imageA grand jury in Travis County, Texas, indicted Governor Rick Perry today. Why? For exercising his constitutional prerogative by threatening to veto, and then vetoing, an appropriation to support the public corruption unit in Travis County’s district attorney’s office. This followed the arrest of the county’s district attorney, Democratic Party activist Rosemary Lehmberg, for drunk driving, after she was found “with an open bottle of vodka in the front passenger »

When Shot, Michael Brown Had Just Committed a Robbery

Featured imageA major development today in the Michael Brown case: the Ferguson Police Department has released files, including surveillance video stills, indicating that Michael Brown and his companion, Dorian Johnson, had robbed a convenience store just ten minutes before Brown’s altercation with officer Darren Wilson. Brown and his friend stole a box of cigars worth around $50, and Brown assaulted a store clerk. Officer Wilson presumably was following up on the »

Steyer’s liars come to Iowa

Featured imageWe have Tom Steyer’s number. He is a liberal billionaire who, having made a fortune investing in old-fashioned energy companies, now styles himself a scourge of global warming. Nevertheless, judging by the temperature under my own collar, he is still contributing to it in his own way. Steyer is a monstrous hypocrite. See John Hinderaker’s post “The epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer,” as well as the follow-up “New York Times »

Photo Essay: The Implausibility of the Hillary Candidacy

Featured imageOne of the axioms of modern presidential politics is that successful candidates need to be appealing personalities, nay, even good looking.  This is why we’re unlikely ever to see another presidential nominee who is bald. Does this apply to the first plausible female nominee, Hillary Clinton?  Maybe not, and yes it is unfair to judge a person by his or her appearance, but then it would be a double-standard for »

Is Nancy Pelosi a crook?

Featured imageLachlan Marklay, writing in the Washington Free Beacon, reports that Nancy Pelosi steered more than a billion dollars in subsidies to a light rail project that benefitted a company run by a high-dollar Democratic donor and in which her husband is a major investor. Here, according to Marklay, is how the scheme operated: Pelosi has worked for more than a decade to steer taxpayer funds to a light rail project »

Leading ISIS fighters were former terrorist detainees

Featured imageToday’s column by David Ignatius contains this line: “Most of al Qaeda in Iraq’s leading fighters were imprisoned by U.S. occupation troops, but incarceration was a school for jihad, and they emerged tougher, better connected and more dedicated.” Al Qaeda in Iraq is the original name for ISIS. I’m not sure what Ignatius’ point, if any, is. My point would be that the “incarceration as a school for jihad” theory »

The Democrats Are Begging For Money

Featured imageThey said it, I didn’t. This email went to Democratic Party supporters yesterday: We’re out of people to email you. In the last two days, you should have received an email from: – President Obama – Vice President Biden – Nancy Pelosi True. I received emails that ostensibly came from all of them. That’s how important this is! We’re getting massively outspent by Republican groups. And we’re fighting desperately to »

Will ISIS be defeated in Iraq and will it attack the U.S.?

Featured imageYesterday, I attended a conference at the Heritage Foundation. The topic was Iraq and Obama’s approach to dealing with the current crisis. The panel consisted of Steven Hadley (formerly, President Bush’s National Security Adviser), Mary Habeck (of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies), and Steven Bucci (of Heritage and a retired Special Forces Colonel). The panel quickly agreed on two things. First, President Obama will not commit a »

Media management, Hamas style

Featured imageFollowing up on “The Tapper turgidity,” I want to bring to your attention the video below (posted here), picked up yesterday from Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) and translated by the invaluable MEMRI. The video presents an excerpt of an interview with Isra Al-Mudallal head of foreign relations with the Hamas information ministry. Mudallal is obviously an interesting person in her own right. Spiegel profiles her here. When it comes to media »