Why the phantom fatwa?

Featured image I wrote about President Obama’s March 19 statement on the Persian new year in “Our Supreme Leader is a Supreme Fool.” In the statement Obama asserted: “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons, and President Rouhani has said that Iran would never develop a nuclear weapon.” Obama’s assertion follows closely on Secretary of State Kerry’s assertion to the same effect. I quoted »

Unsupported charges of racism in Charlottesville

Featured imageAfrican-American students at the University of Virginia are alleging a pattern of racial bias at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville, according to the Washington Post. The allegation stems from an incident in which a Black student apparently had his face pressed into the pavement by law enforcement officers when they arrested him on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and obstruction of justice. The student ended up with a »

The Week in Pictures: Bibi Gun Edition

Featured imageOn Thursday it was announced that President Obama started wearing a fancy Fitbit on his right wrist—the kind that tracks everything including your heartbeat rate, sleeping, probably blood pressure, as well as playing tunes if your smart phone is nearby.  (And if Obama does have a smart phone, it would be the only smart thing in the White House.)  I’m guessing the White House physician ordered the Fitbit as a »

The Week in Starbucks

Featured imageAs John noted yesterday, without question the most obnoxious story of the week was Starbucks proposing to have its baristas engage customers in a “conversation” about race, even though all such “conversations” amount to “agree with us or shut up.” I suspect underneath this is confirmation of my thesis that most majors in ethnic & gender studies find that Starbucks is their best employment opportunity with said degrees, so why »

Dems traffick in cynicism

Featured imageThe Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support when it was passed out of committee with the sponsorship of Senators Cornyn (R, TX) and Klobuchar (D, MN). Senator Klobuchar’s operative principle is “keep your head down” and it has served her well so far. Nevertheless, something funny happened on the way to passage of the bill in the Senate. As the Wall Street Journal’s Kim »

In which we mourn the passing of Rouhani’s mother

Featured imageAs the Obama administration arrives at the verge of a catastrophic deal to bless the bulk of Iran’s vast nuclear infrastructure, the talks adjourned yesterday in light of the death of the mother of Iranian President Rouhani. It is reported that “the negotiations had been tentatively extended to go into Saturday. But the Iranian delegation decided to depart for home to allow negotiators, including Mr Zarif and Hossein Fereydoon, a »

Let’s Talk About Race!

Featured imageRemember when Eric Holder said that Americans are cowards about race, and we should have an honest conversation? Heh. Seems like a lifetime ago. Now it’s Starbucks, announcing that its baristas will try to engage coffee customers in deep conversations about race relations. Many have commented on the stupidity of Starbucks’ “#RaceTogether” campaign, and I don’t have much to add. In my experience, getting coffee at Starbucks is an exercise »

MSNBC on Life Support: An Unbiased View

Featured imageMSNBC has been in a state of decline for as long as I can remember. In its latest iteration, the network apparently decided it hadn’t been left-wing enough during the Keith Olbermann days, so it “leaned forward”–I never understood what that meant–until it did a face-plant. What makes this Media Post article on the troubled news network interesting is that it is non-political. MSNBC’s decline is assessed from a strictly »

Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

Featured imageThere are a few torch songs that lament the coming of Spring. This time of year, if you’re tuned to one of the right stations, you may well find yourself listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s memorable rendition of “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.” The song is a buried treasure on Ella’s 1961 quartet-backed jazz set Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! (I love the Amazon review that rates it »

Because Nothing Says “Fun” Like Hillary Clinton

Featured imageSatire is nearly impossible with stories like this, from ABC News: Why Hillary Clinton Thinks America Has a “Fun Deficit” “There’s a huge fun deficit in America,” Clinton said during remarks at the American Camp Association conference in Atlantic City. “We really need camps for adults.” With a wink and a nudge to Congress, Clinton made the case that if more adults — and perhaps politicians — had more fun, »

Our Supreme Leader is a Supreme Fool

Featured imageI know that Barack Obama fancies himself a grand strategist the likes of which the world has never seen. (Okay, that may be true, but not in the way he thinks.) In an important essay last month at Mosaic, Michael Doran drew a revealing portrait of “Obama’s secret Iran agenda” that cast light on dark corners. If you want to understand Obama’s strategery, Doran’s essay is the place to go. »

Assad crosses Obama’s imaginary red line

Featured imageDon’t look now, but the Assad regime is once again using chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war. Reports are that it has dropped chlorine gas on civilians in recent days. Readers will recall that President Obama, working with Vladimir Putin, negotiated a deal to strip Assad of his chemical weapons. Unfortunately, chlorine was not part of the deal. This is odd because, as Max Boot reminds us, chlorine is »

Mandatory Voting? Is This a Joke? [Updated]

Featured imagePresident Obama, bemoaning the fact that Democrats have recently tended to stay home during off-year elections, has seriously floated the idea that Americans should be legally required to vote: President Obama, whose party was trounced in last year’s midterm election due in part to poor turnout among Democrats, endorsed the idea of mandatory voting Wednesday. “It would be transformative if everybody voted,” Mr. Obama said during a town-hall event in »

House Prepares to Join Senate on Iran

Featured imageThe White House tried to demonize 47 Senate Republicans as traitors because they wrote an open letter explaining the important role that the Senate plays in any binding treaty. It looks as though the “traitor” list is about to get much longer, as a bipartisan group of over 300 Congressmen are preparing a letter of their own, reminding President Obama of the role that Congress must play in any meaningful »

Federal judge asks, “Can I trust what the president says?” DOJ lawyer gives wrong answer

Featured imageJudge Andrew Hanen, the federal judge who blocked President immigration executive action, suggested yesterday that he might order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules that it misled him about when the administration began implementing one of its immigration measures. Judge Hanen is concerned that the Justice Department misled him into believing that a key part of Obama’s amnesty program would not be implemented before he made a ruling »

How feminism became boring

Featured image45 years ago, I found feminists to be intellectually interesting. Perhaps this was due to the fact that they were more intellectually interesting than the Marxists I hung out with, but I think there was more to it than that. I now find most feminists boring even compared to Marxists. But Camille Paglia remains extraordinarily interesting. Paglia delivers a virtuoso display in this interview with Nick Gillespie. Among other things, »

Playing the race card against Netanyahu

Featured imageThe West seems to be in the process of switching sides when it comes to Israel and Iran. Negotiations that will lift sanctions on Iran are in the final stages; meanwhile European leaders are discussing the imposition of sanctions on Israel. Moreover, under President Obama, the U.S. is no longer committed to ending Iran’s nuclear weapons program which represents an existential threat to Israel. Instead, it is prepared to sign »