Weasel words from a weasel

Featured image ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos failed to disclose his $75,000 in contributions and other connections to the Clinton Foundation as he interrogated Peter Schweizer regarding his book Clinton Cash. He didn’t mention his work as a campaign operative and administration official on behalf of Bill Clinton either, but ABC viewers are apparently assumed to bring that knowledge to the table. (Wrong, but who are we to judge?) When Stephanopoulos’s contributions »

Blue-State Infrastructure

Featured imageLast week’s Amtrak crash and the Democrats’ shameful effort to blame it on Republicans have focused attention on the nation’s infrastructure. Which makes Joel Pollak’s piece at Breitbart’s Big Government timely. Pollak writes: The next time a lefty claims that the greedy Republicans in Washington are starving our nation’s infrastructure, look no further than the Democrats in Sacramento. California is a one-party state in which Democrats can do almost anything »

How Republican Candidates Should Answer Questions About Iraq

Featured imageLately reporters have been asking Republican presidential candidates to admit that the Iraq war was a mistake. The candidates have handled such questions with varying degrees of deftness. But so far, none has responded with: “You are asking whether I think Hillary Clinton made a mistake in voting for it?” After the necessary backing and filling by the interviewer, the candidate can proceed with this answer: “No. The mistake was »

Obama takes a softer tone on Israel, but why?

Featured imageHerb Keinon of the Jerusalem Post finds that President Obama has recently adopted a softer tone towards Israel. For example, over the weekend, Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, a reporter for a Saudi-owned pan-Arab television network, asked Obama who bears responsibility for him not having reached a deal that would usher in a Palestinian state. Obama’s answer was uncharacteristically balanced. He responded that “the politics inside of Israel and the politics among the »

What Stephanopoulos still hasn’t disclosed

Featured imageGeorge Stephanopoulos has admitted, under pressure, that he is a donor to the Clinton Foundation. He has also acknowledged that he should have so informed his viewers before attempting to light into Peter Schweizer and feebly trying to discredit Peter’s reporting about the Clinton Foundation on the grounds that he worked (for a few months) as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush. But there is much Stephanopoulos has yet »

ISIS loses a bigwig, gains Ramadi

Featured imageThere are two big stories about ISIS this weekend. U.S. forces have killed an ISIS leader in Syria and ISIS has taken control of Ramadi, just 80 miles from Baghdad. The first story seems to be getting most of the press; it’s the headline story in today’s Washington Post. But the second strikes me as more significant. In my view, the most notable thing about the killing of Abu Sayyaf, »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageBlues giant B.B. King died this past week at the age of 89. Tim Weiner covers his life and works in a good New York Times obituary. King lit out from Mississippi for Memphis in 1947 to undertake the career of a professional musician. In Memphis he connected with Sonny Boy Williamson (one of two) and landed a job at WDIA in which he hustled the patent cure-all Pep-ti-kon. “If »

Yesterday in soccer history

Featured imageOn May 15, 1985, Everton defeated Rapid Vienna 3-1 to win the European Cup Winners Cup. The competition featured the winners of the top domestic cup in all European football leagues. It no longer exists — the cup winners now play in the Europa League. Most Everton fans viewed the final as almost anti-climactic. We thought the hard work had been done in the semi-final against German giants Bayern Munich. »

Show Hillary the money

Featured imageBill and Hillary Clinton have made $25 million from speeches alone since January 2014, according to financial disclosures they filed pursuant to federal law. During this period, they made a combined total of 104 speeches — 3.25 speeches a month each. No one who has been paying attention will be shocked by these numbers. However, plenty of folks who haven’t paid attention may be put off by them when they »

The other side of vanity

Featured imageI wrote about President Obama’s press conference following his meeting with representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David this week in “An uncertain kazoo, cont’d” and John followed up in “Obama’s revisionist history on Syria.” The White House transcript of the entire press conference is posted here. I want to pause briefly over the question Obama took on Syria and the preface to his substantive, extremely misleading response. »

Jury gets it right, sentences Tsarnaev to death

Featured imageDzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by the jury today. Unless one supports total abolition of the death sentence, this was clearly the right outcome. It wasn’t always clear, however, that Tsarnaev would receive the death sentence. For one thing, the trial was held in Massachusetts, one of our most liberal states. In the immediate aftermath of the bombing seven in 10 Americans said they supported the death penalty for »

Netanyahu on the Lausanne framework, &c.

Featured imagePrime Minister Netanyahu gave a speech in Israel’s Knesset last week on the seventieth anniversary of VE Day. As is his custom, Netanyahu drew the lesson for today. The Jerusalem Post reported on and quoted from Netanyahu’s speech: The lesson from World War II is not to back down from an extremist regime whose platform includes genocide and conquering other states, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, referring to »

Will the Arctic Become a Temperate Zone?

Featured imageSea ice has been shrinking in the Arctic (although that trend has reversed in the last couple of years) while ice has been expanding in the Antarctic. But here is a dramatic prediction for the Arctic region: This article [headlined "Indications Arctic May Become Temperate Zone," with subheading "Ice Fields Disappear"] predicts a long term dramatic change may be possible in the Arctic, describing “unheard of temperatures reported in the »

Have Hostile Governments Stolen Hillary’s Emails?

Featured imageHillary Clinton’s illegal use of a personal email server while she was Secretary of State is scandalous on several levels, but one obvious concern is that she can’t possibly have had adequate security. Yesterday our friend Hugh Hewitt, who has been making a lot of news lately, had as a guest former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell. They were talking about Morell’s new book, The Great War of Our Time, »

Who killed Alberto Nisman? part 4

Featured imageThe Wall Street Journal devotes a good page-one story to a review of the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman. By Taos Turner and Reed Johnson, the story is “A body, a pistol, and few answers in Argentina” (accessible here via Google). It is an extraordinary and maddening case. The Journal story derives in part from the independent investigation of Nisman’s death commissioned by Nisman’s former companion, Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado. »

The Week in Pictures, or “This Weak, with George Stepalloverus”

Featured imageSo George Stepalloverus has been re-exposed as a Clinton toady (people around in the 1990s remember this). If he survives at ABC News it will confirm that the major media outlets are a small club dedicated to protecting Democrats—but we knew that, too. Meanwhile, we’re now up to more than three weeks that Madame Hillary has disdained to answer any  media questions. Another 500 days or so, and she’ll be »

Obama Insults Christians, Apparently Out of Ignorance

Featured imageBarack Obama says he is a Christian. The rest of us can only take him at his word, but for a believer, he seems remarkably ignorant of both Christians and Christianity. At the Weekly Standard, Mark Hemingway writes on “Obama’s Casual Slander of American Christians.” Hemingway begins by talking about sociologist Robert Putnam, who said: [O]ver the last 30 years, most organized religion has focused on issues regarding sexual morality, »