The essential problem with the Chuck Hagel nomination.
It’s actually… pretty simple: Chuck Hagel is a bit of a schlemiel. I’m not actually trying to reference Hagel’s Jewish problem*, here: it’s just that Yiddish has an excellent word to describe a sad-sack bungler, and English wants the useful words. It wants all the useful words. …Anyway, Hagel is a schlemiel. Now, I know what people are thinking: they’re thinking “But… but… but being | Read More »
So, when we invade Antigua in 2014…
…and topple the government there, here’s the actual reason. On January 28, 2013, the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) authorized the small, Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda (Antigua) to suspend its obligations regarding American intellectual property rights. As a result, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda will be able to authorize the sale of products of innocent holders of copyrights, | Read More »
Tech at Night: Our Broken Patent System. Connecting the dots on pro-regulatory hypocrisy.
Hey Mark Cuban: We both know that when Obama signed the American Invents Act, crushing small businesses was a feature, since it meant a) more work for lawyers who backed the bill and b) easier competition for the big businesses who backed the bill.
I see the vultures using Aaron Swartz’s dead body for political purposes are now going full Weekend at Bernie’s on this. It’s amazing.
And yet nobody reconciles the Democrat outrage at this, with Democrat plans to ignore the Constitution and use Executive Orders on cybersecurity. If we allow stuff like what Swartz did, we’re letting cybersecurity threats go unpunished, sorry.
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Senate Democrats, please listen carefully to the New York Times
a href=”http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/02/01/senate-democrats-please-listen-carefully-to-new-york-times/?test=latestnews”>I have made my debut at Fox News with a column on FoxNews.com encouraging the Democrats to listen to the New York Times Editorial Board.I think they really should.I think they should try to do exactly as the New York Times commands.You can see why here.
Chuck Hagel – The Nietzschian Last Man
It’s as if Barack Obama just got done reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis and has now dedicated his remaining time in office to doing the exact opposite of what Billy Bean would do. It’s a shame the one of the two with actual talent is running a baseball club. You see, Moneyball was really a book about how Billy Bean figured out how to hire | Read More »
Reflections on the American Revolution: The Militia
How did thirteen colonies, with a barely functioning central government and a thrown-together, underfunded and poorly supplied army of constantly fluctuating size and composition, win the Revolutionary War? One reason was the colonies’ ability to rely on their common citizens to supplement the Continental Army with local militia. I’ve looked previously at the demographic and physical conditions and foreign alliances that shaped the war and | Read More »
White House job council closes as unemployment rate increases.
…Oops? Andrew Malcolm is quite blunt: As the Labor Department today reported more disappointing hiring news for January, including an unexpected jump in the unemployment rate, President Obama joined thousands of other American employers and let his own White House jobs council go. The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness expired in obscurity Thursday in an unmarked bureaucratic grave. Created two years ago to display | Read More »
Schumer: Indeed Enforcement is Not a Precondition to Citizenship
All things equal, when preparing to compromise on a policy issue, it is better for conservatives to first work together to craft a statement of principles, conditions, and red lines before signing onto a plan enthusiastically backed by the left. That is why it is so disconcerting that the statement of “conservative principles” on the issue of immigration was first crafted with Chuck Schumer. When | Read More »
Wall Street’s Reality Is Divorced From Our Own
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss January unemployment numbers, Q4 GDP, and why Wall Street’s reality is so drastically different from Washington and main street.
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Thanks to Democrats, poor families getting squeezed on Obamacare exchanges.
They’re calling it a “glitch.” Goodness gracious: Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what’s being called a glitch in President Barack Obama’s overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president’s plan had hoped. As a result, some families that can’t afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job | Read More »
Light may not have mass, momentum, charge or a chemical formula, but it now shares an important distinction with many elements found on The Periodic Table. In France, light is being regulated as a pollutant. The Guardian UK shares details below.
Shops and offices throughout France will be forced to turn off their lights overnight in a bid to fight light pollution, the country’s environment ministry has announced. Under the new law, which comes into effect on 1 July, lights in shop window displays will be turned off at 1am. Interior lights in offices and other non-residential buildings will have to be switched off an hour after the last employee leaves.
The goal of the law is actually to prevent CO2 emissions which French Ecology Minister Delphine Batho seems to believe are harming the planet. The proponents of this tactical retreat to ages before Edison claim it will save enough energy to power 750,000 French households every year. It once again amazes me what depredations of liberty are possible when they are sold as environment-friendly policy.
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Reflections on the American Revolution: The Generals
How did America win its independence? In Part I of this essay, I looked at the population trends, foreign alliances, and equipment and weather conditions under which the American Revolution was fought. Let’s add some thoughts on the leaders of the principal combatants: the American and British generals. The American command was far from perfect – but the war could have turned out very differently | Read More »
We Can Win (If We Start Doing the Right Things)
Conservatives, we can talk all we want about fixing the message and following principles, but even if we fix both—we can’t win elections if we keep using campaign tactics like it’s 1999. For a real conservative comeback, we don’t need to become Democrats. We need to become conservatives with brains. Right now, conservatives’ technological lifeblood could use a dose of digital steroids. But, some of | Read More »
Obamacare Exchanges Clash with State Laws
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Goldwater Institute attorney Christina Sandefur to discuss the Idaho Health Care Freedom Act, how it clashes with new efforts to set up an ObamaCare exchange, and where else this problem may arise.
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Baltimore Police Chief Johnson: The Folly of a Blue City Politician
At yesterday’s Senate hearing on gun control, Ted Cruz once again stood out as an articulate voice for commonsense. After declaring the Senate to be a “fact-free zone,” he went on to destroy the myth that there is a consequential difference between an “assault weapon” and a regular semi-automatic rifle. You can watch him in action for the first 3.5 minutes of the clip. Beginning | Read More »