Sen and Sensibility on Climate

Featured image I’ve never quite made up my mind about Harvard’s Amartya Sen, the Nobel Prize winner in economics who also traffics in philosophy—a rather rare combination. Sen has an article in the current issue of The New Republic with the promising title “Stop Obsessing About Global Warming,” noting sensibly (or should that be “Sen-sibly,” just as we used to say Irving made everything “Kristol-clear”) in the subtitle that “Environmentalists are ignoring »

Will Democrat Money Avert a Republican Sweep?

Featured imageYou might think that Democratic Party donors would close their wallets this cycle out of embarrassment, but you would be mistaken. As Kim Strassel reports in the Wall Street Journal, the Democrats are winning the money race. Kim argues that the Democrats’ incessant attacks on Charles and David Koch have worked. Those attacks have two purposes: to stir up Democratic donors, and to intimidate Republican donors. Both goals, she thinks, »

Two Wongs don’t make a…

Featured imageSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized yesterday. Not for his false and defamatory attacks on Mitt Romney or the Kochs, but for the putative offense taken by someone somewhere at his slightly off-key “Asian-themed jokes” before the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. No offense was taken by the group or, so far as we can tell, by the audience, but the ritual apology issued when America Rising posted video »

The Week in Pictures: Junior Varsity Blues Edition

Featured imageNothing speaks confidence and clarity like having the President refer to the surging ISIS battalions in the Middle East as the “JV team,” while your special forces—our varsity squad—are unable to rescue American hostages. Maybe that’s because we have a JV President. I was recalling yesterday Russell Kirk’s great line dismissing the John Birch Society charge that Eisenhower was a Communist: “Ike isn’t a Communist, he’s a golfer.”  If Kirk »

Hamas at work

Featured imageI believe that Hamas killed more Gazan Arabs than Israel did on Friday. You may have read that Hamas summarily executed 18 Palestinians on Friday, as in this YnetNews report. The YnetNews report combines Reuters, AFP, and AP reports with its own reportage and includes chilling photographs such as the one below that you may not have seen elsewhere, even if you caught up with an article on the killings. »

White House Violates First Rule of Holes

Featured imagePresident Obama’s bizarre performance on Wednesday, when he took a brief break from his vacation to make a statement on James Foley’s murder and then teed off minutes later, grinning and fist-bumping, has drawn criticism from just about everyone–even the New York Times. I wouldn’t have thought the White House could make the embarrassment any worse, but deputy press secretary Eric Schultz, who is with Obama on Martha’s Vineyard, achieved »

What Are Your Kids Learning In School? [Updated]

Featured imageProbably we should all be past being shocked at what goes on in the public schools, but I confess that an email I got today from Devin Foley of Better Ed shocked me. It quoted descriptions, written by Twin Cities area high school teachers, of how their schools teach literature classes. This one comes from Edina High School, which was once known as an excellent institution: Acceptance and inter-cultural understanding »

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Featured imageLast week John noted that he went out shooting for recreation. I chase after ocean-going wildlife.  But somehow I keep forgetting my harpoon.  Anyway, here’s two short highlight reels of the action this week.  Call the first one “The Porpoise-Driven Life.”  Okay, groan if you want to.  The second one has some great whale-on-whale action: »

Fraud? Did You Say Fraud?

Featured imageLiberals who defend Obamacare used to point to the VA as an example of how the government could provide universal health coverage just dandy. Well, that talking point has rather disappeared down an Orwellian memory hole. Another favorite talking point was that the government’s low administrative costs for Medicare proved that private insurance, with their higher overhead, were inefficient profiteering price gougers, etc. That was one reason for Obamacare’s mandate »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageToday our friend Ammo Grrlll continues her series deriving from her recent high school reunion in ON THE ROAD – Part Dos – Or, Are We There Yet? I believe it was French philosopher Alexis de Toqueville who said, “This is one big-ass country,” but I could be mistaken. It might have been the Texan next door who likes Whataburgers and French Fries. An understandable confusion. If you only fly »

When Barry gets blue

Featured imageThe British press has mocked President Obama’s golf game immediately following his statement on the beheading of James Foley. The Daily Mail story includes a photo of Obama giving a fist bump for the ages. At this point, a killer rabbit would be a decided improvement. But it’s not just the British press. The New York Daily News captured the reaction of sentient Americans with its “Bam’s golf war” cover. »

Headline of the Day

Featured imageMaybe it’s a sign of a warped sense of humor, but I found this headline from the AFP hilarious: Living Forever May Never Be Possible: Study What would we do without studies? »

Add some music to your day

Featured imageI first heard the late Kenny Rankin back in the day on Minneapolis’s KQRS when it was a freeform FM radio station, in the late ’60 or early ’70s. I liked what I heard (probably his “Peaceful” or one of his many covers of Beatles songs), but forgot about him for a long time until I heard John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey talking him up and playing his music on »

What do Americans believe about immigration?

Featured imageKellyanne Conway has released the results of a new poll on immigration. The poll takes a deeper look at the issue than any survey I recall seeing. It finds that (1) immigration has become a massive issue, (2) neither political party has an edge on immigration, but (3) the issue represents a major opportunity for Republicans if they adopt a stance that favors American workers over immigrants. A majority of »

Rand Paul’s self-serving version of identity politics

Featured imageRand Paul was in Guatemala this week. Eliana Johnson reports that during his visit, Dr. Paul worked with a team of surgeons to perform eye surgeries at Salama’s Hospital de Ojos. Paul opined that doctors are superior to lawyers when it comes to serving in political office: I personally think that if we got rid of all the lawyers and replaced them with all the doctors our country would be »

An embarrassment of Democrats (3): Eldridge edition

Featured imageChris Gibson represents New York’s Nineteenth Congressional District. He is an Iraq war vet and a Republican. He was elected to Congress in the wave of 2010. It’s a D+1 district, so Gibson’s reelection is far from a gimme. I don’t know him, but Gibson is the kind of guy who makes me proud to be a Republican. His campaign site is here. The site includes a profile of Gibson »

More Climate Change Awesomeness

Featured imageWhat caused the recent outbreak of ebola? Would you believe—why of course you would, it’s flippin’ obvious isn’t it? Climate change! Ebola outbreaks may become more frequent because of climate change, scientists have warned, as the deadly disease ravages four countries across West Africa. . . Some scientists believe global warming—and the subsequent increase in extreme weather—could be a factor behind in the virus’s ascendance. Well that just settles it »