Lame Duck Obama Gets Old-time Left-Wing Religion

Featured image White House officials have leaked a preview of President Obama’s State of the Union speech. ABC News described the centerpiece of the president’s wish list: “Obama to Propose Capital Gains Tax Hikes to to Benefit Middle Class.” Specifically, Obama will propose raising the top capital gains rate from 20% to 28%. This would be paired with increasing inheritance taxes and imposing new taxes on banks. How will all of this »

Intelligence Tests for Liberals

Featured imageAmerican Sniper has lit up the box office over the weekend, with packed theaters having to turn away moviegoers. Selma, not so much. The total box office for American Sniper may well top $100 million by the end of the weekend. And guess who really really hates the success of this movie? Liberals. Like Guardian columnist Lindy West: “The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Why are simplistic patriots »

Less Taylor, More Bond

Featured imageOur friend Pete Hegseth gets the last word on the Obama administration’s farcical deployment of folk singer James Taylor as an emissary: »

Making sense of Obama’s counter-intuitive approach to negotiations with Iran

Featured imageLast week, President Obama and British Prime Minister Cameron pleaded with Congress not to pass new sanctions legislation against Iran. Such legislation, which has strong bipartisan support, could undermine ongoing negotiations, they argued. “Just hold your fire” until we complete negotiations, Obama urged. But Obama’s position seems nonsensical on its face. The sanctions legislation Congress contemplates passing does exactly what Obama instructs Congress to do. As the Washington Post’s editors »

Politics Invades the Miss Universe Pageant

Featured imageA week ago, Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, posted this nice photo of herself with Miss Lebanon, Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan on her very active Instagram account: Nothing happened immediately, but the picture began attracting negative attention in Lebanon, where some criticized Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, for appearing in a photograph with an Israeli. That led Greige to disown the picture. She wrote on Facebook: To all my supporters and »

Can We Get an Injunction Against Ignorance?

Featured imageMany weeks back I wrote here about the polls from the 1990s in which a majority of Democrats favored repealing the Public Affairs Act of 1975 because Bill Clinton was said to recommended repeal, with the punch line being that there is no such thing as the Public Affairs Act of 1975. It was a contrivance of pollsters to check on public ignorance. Well, some merry pranksters at Oklahoma State »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageLive From Daryl’s House originated online but is now carried by the Palladia cable channel. The show features Daryl Hall and his highly proficient band playing with various musical guests. The whole series, now running to more than 80 episodes, is archived online here. I love the series and thought some readers might find it of interest. For an excellent sample of what it has to offer, including the show’s »

Christians Burned Alive: Where’s the Outrage?

Featured imageFrom Pakistan, another in a long series of horrifying news stories: because of a (presumably false) rumor that they had burned pages of a Koran, a Christian couple was burned alive by a mob of Muslims: Sajjad Maseeh, 27, and his wife Shama Bibi, 24, were set upon by at least 1,200 people after rumors circulated that they had burned verses from the Quran, family spokesman Javed Maseeh told NBC »

Beauty Queens for Free Speech

Featured imageWe have written here and here about the Miss Universe pageant, the finale of which takes place a week from tomorrow. Earlier today Miss Israel joined Miss France in expressing support for free speech and opposition to Islamic terrorism: Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, posted the picture on her Instagram feed with these words: I am against every murder. The murder in France and the murder of Jews in the grocery »

The Week in Pictures: Arms Are For Hugging Edition

Featured imageNo sooner does Les Gelb say the Obama Administration is incompetent at foreign policy than the Obama Administration goes out to prove Gelb right in spectacular fashion.  If you’d pitched The Onion the scenario of John Kerry going to Paris to offer France “a big hug,” and be serenaded by James Taylor, they would have thrown you out for being too ridiculous even for them.  It’s enough to make Joe »

The racial politics of seating white sex offender in state legislature

Featured imageLast month, Joseph Morrissey was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a 17-year-old girl with whom he had a sexual relationship. The girl worked as a receptionist in Morrissey’s law office. At the time of his conviction, Morrissey was a delegate to the Virginia General Assembly. He promptly resigned, and then mounted a campaign to fill the vacancy his resignation created. In a special election, with light turnout, the »

Obama’s donation, behind closed doors

Featured imageRecent developments involving the Islamic Republic of Iran can fairly be characterized as grave. Iran has announced that it has begun construction on two more nuclear plants, and the authorities have imprisoned a Washington Post journalist on mysterious charges. Iran’s actions are provocative. The gravity of the regime’s provocation is compounded by the complacent attitude of President Obama and his administration. According to the State Department, the new nuclear reactors »

Hillary Clinton n’est pas Charlie

Featured imageJohn McCormack of the Weekly Standard notes that Hillary Clinton has not commented about the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris that occurred more than week ago. Why hasn’t she? McCormack believes Clinton has remained silent because of her past failure to defend free speech in the face of Islamist violence. I believe McCormack is right. Clinton’s deplorable record on the issue is undeniable. McCormack reminds us: Three days after the »

On Firearms, Liberalism Breeds Confusion

Featured imageFrom Atlanta, the inspiring story of a pizza delivery woman who defended herself against a would-be carjacker: While delivering a pizza, the employee — whose name has not been released — walked into what is now believed to be a setup for a carjacking and heist. When she arrived at the delivery address, a man approached her car and pulled a gun out. He forced her out of the car »

If You Had a Friend

Featured imageWhile James Taylor was serenading our French friends with “You’ve Got a Friend” yesterday, President Obama was holding a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron (video below). In his remarks Obama subtly alluded to the old Communist Pete Seeger’s progressive classic “If I Had a Hammer.” To understand the Obama administration — not that you need the help — James Taylor is a distraction; Pete Seeger is »

Was 2014 Really the Warmest Year Ever?

Featured imageThe New York Times features one of the most misleading headlines ever: “2014 Was the Warmest Year Ever Recorded on Earth.” The first paragraph drives the hysteria home: Last year was the hottest in earth’s recorded history, scientists reported on Friday, underscoring scientific warnings about the risks of runaway emissions and undermining claims by climate-change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped. It would be hard to pack more misinformation »

Strangest Diplomatic Initiative Ever: You’ve Got a Friend!

Featured imageThe administration has acknowledged that it erred by not participating in a meaningful way in the giant pro-free speech demonstration in Paris, so it has tried to make amends by sending John Kerry to France. Apparently thinking that he needed reinforcements to convey a full sense of the administration’s symbolic support, Kerry brought along…James Taylor. For you youngsters, Taylor is a folk musician whom people our age listened to in »