Sprechen Sie “Green Energy”? ¡No Más!
Consider the Green Energy experiments of Spain, Germany and Australia: Why would any thinking person follow down that same road?Read More »
NLRB General Counsel Nominee’s Union Gave Nearly $1 Million To Lawmakers In June
One day after the constitutionally-challenged NLRB member Richard Griffin was supposedly ousted as part of Senate Republicans’ giving in to Harry Reid’s threat to use the “nuclear option,” Griffin was nominated to become the NLRB’s general counsel. One might wonder, how many were in on the deal before it was made and at what price? The surprise announcement of Griffin’s new nomination was made on | Read More »
Detroit files for bankruptcy (with apologies to William Butler Yeats).
So. Detroit has filed for bankruptcy. Ahem. Deeper and deeper in its gathered regret The city cannot bear its crushing debt; Things fall apart; Blue Models cannot stand; Smith’s virtuous Fist is loosed upon the land, The bankruptcy is loosed, and everywhere The solvency of proud Detroit is drowned; The Left lacked all competence, while the Right Was kept away, per standard policy. Surely some | Read More »
Judge Hyatt Ruled In Favor of Colorado Recall Efforts
Today, Denver Chief District Judge Robert Hyatt ruled against the legal challenges to the Colorado recall efforts and allowed for the recalls to continue against Senator John Morse and Angela Giron.Read More »
How to be stupid
Scientists spend a lot of time studying intelligence, and arguing over how it can be measured. They should invest more effort in studying stupidity. Intelligence is largely potential and theoretical, but stupidity is practical. As a great philosopher once explained to her son, “Stupid is as stupid does.” The key ingredient in applied stupidity is lack of effort. Intelligence without effort is a high-performance engine | Read More »
The Delay and Defund Strategy for Obamacare
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss House passage of Obamacare delay bills, how a delay could impact 2014 and 2016 elections, and why the New York Times got an Obamacare article so terribly wrong.Read More »
On The Cover Of A Rolling Stone
The year was 1972 and the Rock Group Dr. Hook paid light-hearted homage to the media presence that was then Rolling Stone Magazine in the video above. Getting your picture on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine was a significant career milestone. It differentiated rock stars from journeyman acts that hadn’t quite made it all the way up the ladder quite yet. In the year AD 2013, it appears the standards have fallen precipitously.
As you can see in the picture above, this month’s issue features a murderous, delusional welfare bum who probably couldn’t figure out how to connect a Fender Strat-O-Caster to it’s attendent amp. Making it to the cover of the Rolling Stone Magazine is yet another place where societal decline has set in and we all have to just accept a certain haunting sense of ennui. We should make allowances for the inevitable lowering of norms that comes with sacrificing previous cultural maxims to the vital and necessary dogmas of multicultural acceptance and diverse, coexistence within…WRRRRIIIPPP!!!!!
The Fix Was In: Ousted NLRB Member Offered NLRB General Counsel Job A Day After Senate Deal
The Tuesday Senate deal cut by Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday to avoid the “nuclear option” just keeps getting better and better…for union bosses.Read More »
Tech at Night: How not to NSA-proof your email. ECPA reform doesn’t hinder FISA. Ajit Pai on E-Rate Reform.
Update on ECPA reform: Last time I commented that it was problematic to give such strong protections to terrorist emails on American corporate-run servers. Well, it turns out ECPA reform backers are listening, and have pointed out to me that FISA will work just fine in those cases. Fair point. I still don’t think the law makes sense, but at least it’s not too terribly harmful.
This tutorial to “NSA-proof your email” is all wrong. All wrong. You NSA-proof your email by using end-to-end encryption, not by using transport level encryption. Hosing your own email is a great idea, mind you (it makes the ECPA-related issues moot), but NSA can still spy on you all they want if you follow that webpage’s instructions.Read More »
The Debasing of Marriage
Up front I’ll tell you that I am opposed to homosexual marriage. But I have to agree with many homosexual marriage supporters that it is heterosexuals who have succeeded in debasing marriage and we shouldn’t be surprised when the course we’ve charted for marriage over the past seventy or so years arrives at its logical conclusion in which marriage is treated as the punch line in a gay sex joke.Read More »
Fear of the Missing White Voters
RealClearPolitics election analyst Sean Trende has come under coordinated red-hot rhetorical fire from the Left for his thesis that one of the major causes of Mitt Romney’s loss in 2012 was that a disproportionate number of white voters – mostly downscale whites outside the South – stayed home. Much of the criticism of Trende’s thesis is based on deliberately misreading his policy prescriptions – but | Read More »
‘This Town’ Needs an Enema
Mark Leibovich of the New York Times has written a pretty scathing book about Washington, DC, called This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital. It is a pretty accurate portrayal of the Washington, DC more and more Americans have come to hold in contempt. There exists in Washington a new aristocracy where, for example, a poor boxer from | Read More »
Prince George’s County, MD under severe water shortage…
[UPDATE: A friend of mine has put together... something that's between an explanation and a rebuttal... in comments here. I vouch for my friend's honesty, but I think that he's far kinder to the state government than I would be.] …and I mean severe. Sections of southern Prince George’s County will be without water for the next several days while the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission | Read More »
House Conservatives Beware the New Whipping Strategy
Over the past few years, the number of conservatives in the House has grown exponentially. Well, at least to the extent that you can’t count them on your fingers. Unfortunately, House conservatives are about to become a victim of their own successes if they fail to change course. In a sane world, Republicans would have more leverage than the Democrats over the legislative process. They | Read More »
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Matthew Lee Anderson to discuss his new book, why today’s Christians are asking so many questions about faith and if doubt is a sin.Read More »
Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, have given up the filibuster for executive nominations. Under a deal struck, the Democrats will not deploy the nuclear option, but the Republicans will let the President fill a number of positions the GOP has been blocking. Among the positions will be the ever important National Labor Relations Board, which has pursued a disastrous anti-free market agenda. As Senator | Read More »
There Are No Indispensable Men
There are no indispensable men, but go to Washington and everyone treats everyone else as indispensable.Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have been in the United States Congress since 1985. In that time the national debt has grown from $1,823,103,000,000.00 to $16,066,241,407,385.89. In that time the GOP went from being the part of small government to the party of slightly smaller than the Democrats. No Child | Read More »
Jobs are the answer to social questions
In this hour of social unrest, let me take a moment to trumpet free-market capitalism as the answer to most of the big vexing questions. Capitalism is the practical expression of freedom. It is also fertile soil for cooperation. Cooperation is the universal solvent for unrest. People who are cooperating are not at war with one another. They may still harbor unfriendly thoughts about each other, but | Read More »
Compromise, Senate GOP Style
Who could have predicted the outcome of the latest filibuster imbroglio in the Senate? Republicans paid the full ransom. What else is new? Once again, Mitch McConnell outsourced his leadership position to the McCain-Graham duo. He tapped them, along with Bob Corker and Roger Wicker – all from solid red states – to negotiate a compromise with Reid and Schumer over the filibuster and executive | Read More »
UPDATED: Senate Republicans Cave: Filibuster ‘Compromise’ Keeps NLRB Firmly Under Union Control
Well, the fix is in–and, frankly, it looks as though Senate Republicans have caved in on everything–and have little to show for it.
In their effort to “save” the filibuster, according to Politico, Senators John McCain (RINO-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) brokered a deal that gives Democrats nearly everything* they wanted.
In sum, here’s how it shakes out: Harry Reid gets to keep the threat of using the nuclear option at some later point. In exchange, the GOP gets to keep the pretense of having the ability to filibuster in return for caving in on five out of seven of Obama’s controversial appointments:Read More »