Will Hillary Clinton get the moonbeam treatment?

Featured image Will Hillary Clinton face a serious challenge from the left if (as seems almost certain) she seeks the Democratic nomination for president? I assume she will face a challenge. The hard left represents a major component of her party, and is unlikely to be without a champion during the primary season. But a serious challenge requires a serious challenger. Who fits that description? Not Socialist Bernie Sanders. Not former Maryland »

#Grubergate for dummies

Featured imageWhat is Grubergate all about? It’s about more than Gruber’s obnoxious account of the passage of Obamacare, an account that exposes the illegitimacy of the law’s enactment. It is about more than the corruption through which he has profited handsomely in selling the law. It is about more than the sewage intended for the consumption of the American public that he pumped out for distribution by the White House, by »

Midnight Sun

Featured imageToday is the anniversary of the birth of Johnny Mercer. With the publication of The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer during the centennial of his birth in 2009, Mercer’s place in the pantheon of artists responsible for the great American songbook was newly secured. Mercer was an utterly brilliant lyricist. Among the more than 1,000 songs for which Mercer is known to have written the lyrics are “That Old Black »

CRB: I feel your pain

Featured imageIf I were to name three books of the year for conservatives, one of them would surely be The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion, by William Voegeli. I contributed a blurb with my assessment of the book that I posted in “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Compassion?” I posted Bill’s account of the book in “A word from the author.” Bill’s previous book was Never »

What happens if we dont reach a nuclear deal with Iran?

Featured imageIf, as seems likely given that the mullahs have already gotten so much of what they want from the West, no nuclear deal is reached with Iran by the upcoming deadline, what happens then? Mark Dubowitz and Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies considered the question in a column for the Wall Street Journal. They discuss five scenarios. First, the U.S. might give up on diplomacy »

About Gruber, I Have One Question

Featured imageIf Jonathan Gruber had hardly anything to do with Obamacare, as the Democrats are now telling us, can we taxpayers get our $1.5 million back? UPDATE: See comment from James Dill below. If his updated numbers are correct, it is more like $6 million. I am old enough to remember the days when that was a lot of money. »

Jonny, I knew ye well enough to steal liberally from ye

Featured imageIn the latest video to emerge from the crazy, mixed-up video files of Jonathan Gruber, President Obama’s attempt to distance himself from the obnoxious godfather of Obamacare meets a new challenge deriving from a 2006 flashback. In this golden oldie, Barack Obama pays tribute to the man who (video below)… The Washington Free Beacon reports: During a Brookings Institution panel in April 2006, then-Sen. Barack Obama claimed he had “stolen” »

Erdogan and Harvard: Muslims Discovered America!

Featured imageYou likely have seen that Turkish President Recep Erdogan told a gathering of Latin American Muslim leaders in Istanbul that America was discovered by Muslim sailors: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there. “Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, »

Surprise: Obama Once Knew Law of Supply and Demand Applies to Immigration

Featured imageIn his 2006 book The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama anticipated the current Republican critique of his plan for amnesty and a drastically increased flow of low-skill immigration. The Daily Caller reports: “[T]here’s no denying that many blacks share the same anxieties as many whites about the wave of illegal immigration flooding our Southern border—a sense that what’s happening now is fundamentally different from what has gone on before,” then-Senator »

Another nondenominational beheading [With Comment by John]

Featured imageYou undoubtedly have read about the beheading of the American Peter Kassig by the devotees of the Islamic State as featured in yet another high-definition IS video. The beheading has been widely reported in the media. The victim has been identified widely in the media reports under his given name of Peter Kassig, as in this Los Angeles Times article, to choose just one such report at random. Conforming to »

The spike, Obamacare edition

Featured imageI hadn’t heard of Fox Business News anchor Melissa Francis before she devoted a segment to the Obamacare spike she experienced while working for CNBC during the Obamacare debates of 2009-2010. She reports that she was ordered by CNBC management to avoid criticism of the mystical math of Obamacare in deference to respect for the president. The video below excerpts her introductory personal account from the larger segment. Could Francis’s »

Gruber Gets the Remy Treatment

Featured imageHaving reached my quota of “Hitler Learns About” parodies for this month, the only thing left is for the incomparable Remy Munasifi to step up with this video, complete with topical Bill Cosby and Lena Dunham references just for fun.  (Only 1:30 long.) »

Interstellar and the Climate-Culture War

Featured imageAlthough I am a sucker for high concept sci-fi movies (I actually made my mother take me to see 2001: A Space Odyssey at Grauman’s Chinese Theater the Cinerama* in Hollywood when I was just 10 years old—I think I understood it better then than I do now), I haven’t seen Interstellar yet, so there won’t be any spoilers in this post. Instead, I’m spoiling for a fight about how the »

Don’t tell ‘em (Obamacare version)

Featured imageIf Steve Hayward were available, he would say something like this: Oh, yeah, you knew this was coming. Our hero Remy Munasifi and our pals at Reason TV are out this morning with a short video that gives jaunty musical life to the deep thoughts surfaced in the Grubergate videos. This one is “Don’t tell ‘em (Obamacare version)” (video below). In that Steve is temporarily unavailable, I will say it »

The odds are against a nuclear deal with Iran, thankfully

Featured imageThe Washington Post reports that, as the “deadline” for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, there is major doubt about whether such a deal can be reached. Michael Ledeen shares that doubt. Michael reasons that, although Obama wants a deal for the usual, narcissistic reasons, “Supreme Leader” Khamenei does not want one. Iran’s economy is doing well enough now that sanctions regime has started to crumble. Why come to terms »

Mary, Mary, what you’ve come to

Featured imageIt’s a gloomy, rainy Monday in Washington, D.C. But the rain hasn’t deterred protesters from descending on Mary Landrieu’s stately Capitol Hill townhouse to protest the Louisiana Senator’s support of the Keystone XL oil pipeline (photo below). The protesters reportedly are standing in Landrieu’s yard. They have also deposited an ugly mock black plastic pipeline on her property. The police are on hand, but have done nothing to keep the »

CRB: Bridge to nowhere

Featured imageOur friends at the Claremont Review of Books (subscribe here for $19.95 and get immediate online access thrown in for free) have given us a look at an advance copy of the Fall 2014 issue, scheduled for release later this week. I read my favorite magazines — National Review, the Weekly Standard, Commentary and the New Criterion — front to back, because (next to the books themselves) I most enjoy »