Obama sends 1,000 paratroopers to Iraq to provide advice

    Despite his repeated assertions that there will be no new US ground involvement in Iraq, Obama has definitely entered slippery slope territory. About 1,000 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq in late January, the Defense Department announced Friday. The soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team will train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, said Pentagon | Read More »

    BREAKING: 2 Cops Shot Dead in Brooklyn. UPDATE: Was it connected to Garner or Brown Killings?

    The police have been in the news a lot lately, but whatever one’s opinion of them, there is no justification for this. News outlets are reporting that two Brooklyn police officers have been shot dead in an execution style shooting. Some stories have reported that only one was killed, but both were evidently pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital. Here’s what the New York | Read More »

    Tech at Night: This is why we need the NSA

    Tech at Night: This is why we need the NSA

    It’s not often a Tech at Night issue gets wide play on the Internet, but this one has. North Korean attackers broke into Sony systems in the US (Sony being a Japanese firm but Sony Pictures Studios being a major US-based movie studio, at the old Paramount lot) in order to intimidate them into pulling a movie, The Interview. Some are trying to dismiss this | Read More »

    Buried lead: Barack Obama comes out in favor of Citizens United!

    Buried lead: Barack Obama comes out in favor of Citizens United!

    Dear God but this man is unaware of the universe. (2:45, if it doesn’t work) Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they’d start doing if they see a documentary that they don’t like… Actually, we don’t have to imagine what they’d start doing.  You see, in 2008 a federal court decided that a documentary called Hillary: the | Read More »

    Collectivism and the presumption of guilt

    Back in March of 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama told a charming and funny story about how she supposedly slipped out to a Target department store on an undercover shopping run.  (The Obamas are both shameless phonies, so of course this bit of Princess-and-Pauper mingling with the Little People was actually a staged publicity stunt – there just happened to be press photographers standing by to snap pictures | Read More »

    George Clooney discovers the essential uselessness of the Hollywood he helped create.

    George Clooney discovers the essential uselessness of the Hollywood he helped create.

    Oh, God, while the Sony situation isn’t funny George Clooney’s reaction to it certainly is. Well, not Good Funny.  This is Bad Funny… anyway, let’s go over who Clooney blames, shall we? The press. “They played the fiddle while Rome burned.” They should have mentioned that this was blatantly a North Korean-friendly (at least) operation, based on the very name (I freely admit that I missed the | Read More »

    ISIS Continues their Brutal Barbarism in the Middle East

    ISIS Continues their Brutal Barbarism in the Middle East

    In this image (obtained from Wikipedia), the gray area is the territory controlled by ISIS. A couple of weeks ago, ISIS made news for martyring children who refused to renounce their Christian faith. This story was hardly surprising, and in fact, it was depressingly only one of the smaller outrages against humanity they’ve committed. Not content to stop there, we’ve received news this week of | Read More »

    IRS Commissioner: cutting our budget means civilization is doomed

    Bad news. The IRS says it may have to furlough workers because it doesn’t have enough money to operate. The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said furloughs — forced unpaid days off for employees as part of an IRS closure — is one idea reluctantly being tossed | Read More »

    There They Go Again

    There They Go Again

    With metronomic precision each year the national press corps begins running columns by “religion scholars” who wish you to know that Jesus Christ is a fictional character. Mind you, no newspaper of note in the world is brave enough to run a similar story about the Prophet Mohammed. The latest comes from a “lecturer in religious studies” from Australia named Raphael Lataster. The Washington Post | Read More »

    Barack Obama not yet understanding that he needs to be irrelevant to 2016.

    Barack Obama not yet understanding that he needs to be irrelevant to 2016.

    This should be fascinating to watch: “In recent weeks, Democratic operatives have begun to voice concerns that the 2014 midterms made plain the limits of an approach that failed to reach beyond minority groups or those who are reflexively liberal. And yet what should come next is not yet totally clear.” Largely because it’s essentially futile.  The Democrats will not have control over their message in 2016, | Read More »

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms: The Detroit Project, The Interview, and Cuba #BATF

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms: The Detroit Project, The Interview, and Cuba #BATF

    In tonight’s episode of The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends, the guys are joined by Ben Howe to discuss their favorite holiday season adult beverages, Ben’s upcoming Detroit film project, the controversy over The Interview movie, the normalization of Cuban relations, and the kerfuffle. Tune in via Google Hangout to interact with the group or watch via YouTube below. BIG NEWS: The Bureau is | Read More »

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    How to Lose a Cyberwar with North Korea

    In the past twenty-four hours, United States intelligence officials definitively confirmed that the recent cyberattacks against Sony Pictures Studios and the explicit threats to terrorize movie theaters showing its film, “The Interview,” are indeed the work of North Korean state actors.  Sony, of course, canceled the global release of “The Interview,” which threatens to ex ante effectuate some of the most outright perverse incentives in geopolitics that | Read More »

    I Love Santa

    What is this idea that Santa Claus somehow detracts from celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ? I grew up in a Christian household that loved Santa and, as pretty much anyone who knows me or follows me on Twitter can attest, I still really like Jesus. Believing in Santa Claus and loving Jesus are hardly mutually exclusive.

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    America’s Desperate Need for Prison Reform

    America's Desperate Need for Prison Reform

    It is difficult for a variety of reasons to get politicians to focus on this issue, for fear of being labeled “soft on crime,” but right now in America there is a significant amount of rot that permeates virtually every aspect of our criminal justice system and that desperately needs to be addressed. Kevin D. Williamson has a great article in NRO today about the | Read More »

    Engaging Cuba Is the Right Move

    For too long the United States’ only policy toward Cuba consisted of sanctions and non-engagement. Engaging Cuba is the right thing to do. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama is doing it the wrong way. When Cuba fell to communist control, the United States began covert operations to destabilize the regime and aid anti-communists seeking to overthrow their hardline overlords. For the most part, CIA-backed efforts to | Read More »