Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with reflections on WALMART’S [ill-timed] AMMO SALE! She writes: Any shooter who hasn’t been in a medically-induced coma for the last two years knows that .22 ammo has been scarcer than functional hard-drives at the IRS. Given the title of my Friday guest column and my “handle,” you can guess that I am known around my Dusty Little Village (DLV) in Arizona for being keenly interested in »

Ex-Presidents and Class

Featured imageJust about the entire Democratic Party is lining up to dump on Obama at the moment, including former President Jimmy Carter, who is obviously relieved that he’s no longer everyone’s go-to model for the worst president in modern memory.  But he’s taking no chances.  So he said recently about Obama’s Middle East policy: First of all we waited too long.  We let the Islamic State build up money, capability, and »

Hamburg Becomes a War Zone

Featured imageHamburg has become the scene of street fighting between Islamic supporters of ISIS and expatriate Kurds: Parts of downtown Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, resembled a war zone after hundreds of supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State [IS] engaged in bloody street clashes with ethnic Kurds. … The unrest began on the evening of October 7, when around 400 Kurds gathered outside the Al-Nour mosque near the central »

The Ebola panic and good sense

Featured imageYuval Levin has a sensible article on NRO called “Lessons of the Ebola Crisis.” Levin believes that the Obama administration is basically right when it says we are not witnessing an outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. and that such an outbreak is unlikely in our highly developed public-health system. However, he also believes that critics are right to say we have witnessed serious failures in the response to the »

Democrats Losing, So They Change the Rules [Updated]

Featured imageThis is hilarious: Scott wrote here about a video contest sponsored by far-left MoveOn and MAYDAY.US. Announcing the contest, MoveOn urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics.” The public could vote on the contest entries. The conservative group American Commitment took MoveOn at its word. They made this terrific video about Tom Steyer, the biggest hypocrite on »

This day in baseball history — take this job and shove it

Featured imageOn October 16, 1964, during a post-World Series press conference, Cardinals manager Johnny Keane announced that he was resigning. On the same day, the New York Yankees, whom the Cards had just bested in the World Series, fired their manager, Yogi Berra. Four days later, the Yankees hired Keane to replace Berra. The Yankees had been talking to Keane for some time. Keane’s move to the Yankees may already have »

Another Reason Obama Knows He’s In Trouble

Featured imageSteve noted this morning that President Obama’s decision to cancel a fundraising trip and give a speech on ebola instead shows that he knows he is in trouble. Here is another clue: the front page of this morning’s New York Daily News, a paper that endorsed Obama in 2008: He’s come a long way from the days when he was telling the oceans what to do. »

The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 76: In the Hot Zone, With Byron York

Featured imageBrian Ward and I were joined last night by Byron York for a fast-paced, entertaining review of this year’s key Senate races. You won’t want to miss it, even if you aren’t an HWX regular. We also covered some of the news of the day, mainly ebola (Brian is horrified, I am not). And we had a Loon and a TWIG. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/ricochet.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/HWX-77.mp3 You can listen to the podcast by playing »

Stocks: Look Out Below!

Featured imageAt last! A stock market I can like! There’s no shortage of opinions on why the market is suddenly swooning—take a sampling of the commentary over at RealClearMarkets if you’d like to take in the waterfront—but of most immediate interest is what the political impact might be if the market continues to fall, or even crash, before election day in three weeks. One more thing Obama doesn’t need right now. »

The Daily Show meets Rich Richman

Featured imageJon Stewart performed a service for his viewers on the Daily Show this week. In the eight-minute segment below, he actually mentioned and mocked Obama’s recent fundraiser at the home of Rich Richman. The segment begins slowly and picks up around the three-minute mark. It continues with a review of the Democrats’ hysterical fundraising email messages this campaign season. John Hinderaker has written about the Democrats’ fundraising emails with more »

The limits of reticence

Featured imageThe Age of Obama will not be known as an age of reticence. The president is, after all, a man of many words, including some that used to resonate widely. But there is one area in which Obama has ushered in a new reticence. Following Obama’s lead, Democratic politicians increasingly flatly refuse to tell to voters what their positions are on key matters. Obama started the trend by voting “present” »

Ebola panic and the limits of political sanity [Updated With Classic Image]

Featured imageNo explanation offered by the White House or the CDC about our refusal to impose a travel ban on Liberian or other visitors from affected west African countries to the United States makes sense, or so it seems to me. Indeed, what has been said (again, so it seems to me) ranges from the nonsensical to the absurd, from BS to balderdash. If a travel ban would serve to protect »

The Ebola panic, the media, and the limits of government

Featured imageThe federal government, like almost any large institution, will nearly always be wrong-footed when confronted by the unexpected, especially if it’s an emergency. The feds will be slow off the mark and too many of their initial decisions will be wrong. We saw this with Hurricane Katrina and we’re seeing it now with Ebola. Conservatives, of all people, shouldn’t be surprised. If the federal government were capable of performing well »

Hispanic Voters Are Reagan Voters!

Featured imageThat’s the message of this hard-hitting new anti-Mark Udall ad in Colorado, which is lighting up the internet this morning. The ad, produced by Conservative War Chest, is playing in both Spanish and English. It is aggressive, to put it mildly; it will be fun to hear the Democrats squawk about it over the days to come. The ad represents the most meaningful effort I have seen to take seriously »

How To Tell Even Obama Knows He’s In Trouble

Featured imageWhen he cancels fundraising trips.  (Though perhaps even Democratic donors don’t think appearing with him before a wipeout election is a good idea.) But also when he gives speeches like this just a few days ago: I actually believe that capitalism is the greatest force for prosperity and opportunity the world has ever known.  And I believe in private enterprise — not government, but innovators and risk-takers and makers and doers »

What is inherent?

Featured imageTwo months into the phony war we are fighting irresolutely against ISIS — or the phony war we are resolutely not fighting — we finally have a name for it. It is Operation Inherent Resolve. Robin Wright reflects on it for the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: The choice–”Operation Inherent Resolve”–has both a loneliness and a longness about it, and even a sadness. It reflects both the dashed hopes of »

Dems Say: Let’s Run on Global Warming and Contraception. Voters Say: Huh?

Featured imageThe Democrats’ two big issues this cycle, to the extent they have been willing to talk about issues, are global warming and contraception. Neither of which the federal government has much, if anything, to do with, which may account for the fact that voters just don’t care. This Gallup chart makes the point visually. It graphs the importance of issues to voters against the Republicans’ advantage on those issues. Note »