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    Rand Paul Bails on Bringing Change to Washington

    Rand Paul enjoys talking a big game about being a fundamental change agent in Washington. He likes to line up for publicity stunts like filing a lawsuit against the NSA which will almost certainly be dismissed (and send out handy list-building emails based on these publicity stunts), or staging an almost completely pointless filibuster on drones, but  when it comes to actual accomplishments that have | Read More »

    Democrat Memo: Republicans Oppose Obamacare Because They Support Domestic Abuse

    This is not a joke or a parody. According to Politico, that is literally the message the Democrats are planning to roll out on the campaign trail this fall. I am not at all kidding. Democrats know their biggest problem in this year’s midterm election is Obamacare. So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP’s advantage: Tell voters Republicans would make | Read More »

    John Cornyn’s New Ad is Quite Good

    John Cornyn's New Ad is Quite Good

    I’m a big fan of improving our position in the Senate and within the Senate GOP caucus wherever we have a feasible opportunity. This year, we do not have such a feasible opportunity in the TX-Sen race, where John Cornyn is currently facing a challenge from the unserious Steve Stockman. I know that a great many people have problems with Cornyn despite his conservative voting | Read More »

    “We Will Brand Your 8-year-old Kid a Racist for Life.”

    "We Will Brand Your 8-year-old Kid a Racist for Life."

    Via Daniel Hannan comes this horrifying story of parental bullying via some school in the UK called the “Littleton Green Community School.” Apparently last week, parents in this school district received the following letter sent home (of COURSE in Comic Sans): Now, just to say up front, if I had faith in this particular school district, I would probably have zero problem with my child | Read More »

    The New York Times Equates Opposing Obamacare With Slavery

    The New York Times Equates Opposing Obamacare With Slavery

    One does not expect to find insightful, cogent, or fair commentary on the editorial pages of the New York Times. Banal liberalism, provincialism, and insulation from the beliefs of flyover America are standard fare and thus to be expected. But every once in a while, a piece comes along which is so utterly devoid of reason, taste, or linear thought that it deserves to be pointed | Read More »

    President Obama’s “Administrative Fix” Will Make the Problem Worse

    By now you have no doubt heard that President Obama, in a disastrous and meandering news conference, has announced that he will attempt, via executive fiat, to implement something very similar to the Upton Plan, which will purportedly allow (but not require) insurance companies  to continue to offer plans that were made illegal by Obamacare. Without wading into the politics of this move, as a | Read More »

    If This Lunch Isn’t Free, I’m Writing My Congressman

    If This Lunch Isn't Free, I'm Writing My Congressman

    Meet Margaret Davis, who is the reason we can’t have nice things in this country: Margaret Davis of West L.A. voted for President Obama and appreciates the ideas behind theAffordable Care Act. She agrees that everyone should have access to healthcare and no one should be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. But here’s the problem: She knows firsthand, as the new law of the | Read More »

    The End of Expectations

    The End of Expectations

    With apologies to non sports fans, allow me to introduce you to the dumbest controversy to hit America since the furor over whether John Bolton once put his hands on his hips while talking to a subordinate. I am talking, of course, about the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito Miami Dolphins controversy. Details at this point are still somewhat sketchy, but the basic outlines of the story | Read More »

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sports Media

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sports Media

    The media is liberal. No one who is not paid by George Soros to say otherwise disputes this any longer. But it is not enough to note that the media is liberal; this is correct, but it is incomplete. They are also lazy, and incompetent at their jobs. I cannot remember the last time I read a news story about a legal case and wasn’t | Read More »

    12 Years a Slave: A Review

    12 Years a Slave: A Review

    Movies, generally speaking, are supposed to be rewarding experiences for their audiences. Different kinds of movies provide different sorts of rewards – whether it be the thrill of action, the vicarious experience of romance, or the release of comedy – all provide some positive emotional feedback for the audience. Most movie reviews could fairly judge a movie based on its success in eliciting one of | Read More »

    Adding to the Infantry

    Adding to the Infantry

    Regardless of your perspective on the tactics and strategy employed by the various factions in the recent shutdown fight, I think all reasonable people will agree with one unassailable conclusion: We’d have gotten better results with more conservative Republicans holding office. Even the folks who roundly criticized Cruz, et al did so specifically because of their belief that Republicans had insufficient clout to have any | Read More »

    Dancing with Mary Jane

    Dancing with Mary Jane

    Gallup reported yesterday that for the first time, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the recreational use of Marijuana. For those who have followed the polling on this issue, this was not a surprise, as trend lines have been moving in this direction for years. What is a surprise is that the question was not particularly close, with marijuana legalization winning by an astounding 58-39 margin. | Read More »

    Another Way to Look at the Jobs Report

    Another Way to Look at the Jobs Report

    A lot of digital ink has already been spilled on the late September jobs report, which showed that a disappointing 144K jobs were added to payroll (versus an expected 180K). Deciphering what to make of each month’s job report has become a monthly game of political football that is designed (at least on the part of the Democrats) to confuse average voters into not knowing | Read More »

    Ben Bernanke and the First Rule of Holes

    Ben Bernanke and the First Rule of Holes

    I get that monetary policy is not really the sexiest or most interesting topic out there, especially in the midst of the Obama administration’s current scandalpalooza. But the signs are mounting that the Fed’s current course of action ought to start causing alarm for even the most casual consumer of news; and what’s worse, the Fed appears to have no exit strategy at all from | Read More »

    Black Keys Concert Review

    I went to see the Black Keys live at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville last night, with the Flaming Lips.  As a substantial part of what I have to say will sound negative, it is important to emphasize that it was not by any means a bad show. The band played a pretty amazing amount of material and were definitely energetic and engaged. It was not, | Read More »