Harry Jaffa on the Famous “Extremism” Speech

Featured image Paul noted yesterday the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater’s famous—or infamous—convention speech in 1964.  Has there ever been another convention speech before or since that is as well recalled for a single line?  Only William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech comes close. Harry Jaffa, who turns 96 in a few weeks, reflected some time ago about the famous line—”Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice”—and his role in »

Ernst and Braley tied in Iowa

Featured imageA new NBC/Marist poll of the Iowa Senate race finds Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst tied at 43 percent. The poll is of registered voters. The NBC/Marist result is in line with the findings, viewed collectively, of three surveys conducted last month. A Quinnipiac poll had Braley ahead by 4; a Loras College poll had Ernst up by 6; and a Rasmussen poll gave Ernst a 1 point »

The Wagner case decision

Featured imageThis past February Paul wrote about the case of Teresa Wagner v. Carolyn Jones, Dean of the University of Iowa College of Law in this post. Like Paul, I had read Peter Berkowitz’s Wall Street Journal column over the previous weekend and noted that the oral argument in Ms. Wagner’s appeal was scheduled before the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul the following Thursday morning. TaxProf Paul Caron picked up on »

Annals of Democratic insanity

Featured imageIt’s a little late in the day to start keeping track of instances of Democratic insanity, but what is to be done with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s continuing effusions? Yesterday Reid gave his best impersonation of Baghdad Bob, assuring all within his hearing that “the border is secure.” Speaking after the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch, Reid expanded on his assertion: “[Sen.] Martin Heinrich [(D-N.M.)] talked to the caucus »

The case for an Israeli incursion into Gaza

Featured imageNow that Hamas has rejected the cease fire proposed by Egypt, the next logical step is for Israel to move into Gaza and capture and dismantle Hamas’ arsenal of rockets. It’s not clear, however, whether this is what Prime Minister Netanyahu has in mind. Netanyahu says that “when there is no cease-fire, our answer is fire.” But this could mean a continuation of Israel’s air attacks on Hamas’ arsenal, rather »

Media Alert

Featured imageDon’t forget to tune in tomorrow morning, 6-9 Pacific, 8-11 Central, 9-12 Eastern, as I will be guest hosting the Laura Ingraham show. We have a terrific lineup of guests, and much to talk about. If you don’t know where to find Laura’s show on your local radio dial, there is a station finder here. »

Sessions Warns Of “Threat to the Foundations of Our Constitutional Republic”

Featured imagePresident Obama’s deliberate subversion of the nation’s immigration laws is one of his administration’s gravest failures. Yesterday, Senator Jeff Sessions had this letter hand-delivered to every member of Congress. While Sessions mentions in passing the president’s current request for billions of dollars in funding for the most recent wave of illegal immigrants, his broader point is that Congress must stand up to the administration’s lawlessness: Sen. Sessions Dear Colleague PDF »

The scandal of part-time America

Featured imageMort Zuckerman, writing in the Wall Street Journal, notes the deceptive nature of the hype surrounding the June jobs report showing the addition of 288,000 jobs. In reality, full time jobs decreased by 523,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — a shocking number that is obscured, but hardly offset, by the addition of 800,000 part time jobs. Following the release of the June report, President Obama proclaimed, “Make »

This week in conservative history — Goldwater’s acceptance speech

Featured image50 years ago this week, Barry Goldwater accepted the Republican nomination for president with this speech. Today, it makes for a great and timely read. But the speech should really be viewed (and can be here; watch for Richard Nixon’s reactions) in order to understand its impact. The main impact of the speech, unfortunately, was to scare Americans. Indeed, although Lyndon Johnson’s campaign did a masterful job of scaring Americans »

A book for all seasons

Featured imageThomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is the book of the season. Published by Harvard University Press, it is a surprise best-seller. At the time of its publication earlier this year it neatly fit Obama’s theme of the moment on income inequality. Readers seem to have abandoned the book at page 26, as Obama seems to have abandoned the theme of income inequality. As the title of his book »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show Wednesday morning, day after tomorrow, from 8 to 11 Central, 9 to 12 Eastern. It is a nice opportunity, as I have only been on Laura’s show a couple of times as a guest. I have been working on lining up guests. Here is something you might not realize: prominent politicians (Jeff Sessions, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton) work like dogs. Their »

Whew! We’re Back

Featured imagePower Line was down for a while, apparently because of a denial of service attack. Thanks to Joe Malchow and the folks at Rackspace, we were not inaccessible for long. Joe is trying to get more information about the source of the attack and we will update if we learn where it came from. But I suppose we can pretty well guess. »

Berkeley Finally Achieves Complete Utopia

Featured imageI checked, wondering if this story was some kind of Onion-like parody site.  (Look: the Los Angeles Times is something of a joke these days; who’s to say they didn’t decide to jump the shark overnight?)  Nope; it appears to be on the level. Berkeley dispensaries must give free pot to poor members, city says Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley must give some of their pot free of charge to low-income »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured imageLast month we noted the epic hypocrisy of Greenpeace flying a senior executive to and from his home in Luxembourg to company HQ in Amsterdam.  No worries about carbon footprints for him: he’s too important. Today there’s an even better story out of the UK reported in The Telegraph: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Use More Electricity By Matthew Holehouse People who claim to worry about climate »

The ISIS-Assad alliance

Featured imageMy last post about ISIS contained this passage from a report by John Rogin: “ISIS and the regime are working together [Der al Zour], and ISIS controls the suburbs without any fear of attacks from the Syrian Arab Army.” The reported collaboration cuts against the conventional narrative in Syria. ISIS has been considered the sworn enemy of Assad — indeed, his most radical opponent. But ISIS and the regime have »

Ten days that shook the United States

Featured imageI took a look back at the current crisis of illegal Central American minors in the Weekly Standard article “Disorder at the border,” published this past Friday in the new issue of the magazine. In retrospect, I think that the events of the preceding days fixed these issues in the public mind and culminated in President Obama’s notable address following his meeting in Dallas with Governor Perry. Obama had resisted »

Watch the “Beasts” Spare Children

Featured imageI wrote earlier today about the predictable hysteria over Israel’s effort to defend itself against rocket and missile attacks. In Germany, Muslim demonstrators carried a sign saying “You Jews Are Beasts.” And, of course, the demonstrators screamed that Israelis are “children-murderers.” Funny thing about that. Hamas stations its missile launchers and other military apparatus in houses, next to schools, and so on, hoping that military strikes will inadvertently kill Palestinian »