China: A Distant Mirror Across The Sea.
When Historian Barbara Tuchman wrote A Distant Mirror, she described 14th Century France as an apt analogue to much of what she saw wrong with the 20th Century in which she lived. The people back then were very different than moderns, yet the similarities she documented lead to one of the most compelling historical tomes ever written. A post by blogger Charles Hugh Smith entitled | Read More »
Law and Order and the 2012 Election
It was the day after Memorial Day Weekend. The weekend had been violent, and Matt Drudge knew just how to bring the story to the attention of his Internet audience. The entire top quadrant of his website consisted of stories about rioting youths and ensuing chaos. The reaction to this mayhem unfortunately involved race-baiting and political gamesmanship. Those who opined failed to recognize that America | Read More »
Some GOP Candidates Have Uninformed Beliefs on the Environment and Energy.
We hear recently from GOP Candidate Mitt Romney. He tells us the following: I’m told that we use almost twice as much energy per person as does a European, and more like three times as much as does a Japanese citizen. We could do a lot better. I’d like to see our vehicles, and our homes, and our systems of insulation and so forth become | Read More »
How The GOP Sabotages Obama’s Brilliant Economy.
And now Obama says he’s not worried about a double-dip recession. Easy for him to say: For Americans not feeding at the government trough, the first recession never ended. We are witnessing the total failure of academic Keynesian economics, with its heavy emphasis on high taxes and exorbitant government spending. -Michael A. Walsh (NY Post) So Harry Blodget of Business Insider asks what the Democratic | Read More »
Rick Santorum Knows How To Fix Global Warming.
In case anyone was wondering, Global Warming is a problem. It is a problem because people are poorly informed by the media and believe the “settled science.” This science consists of “known facts” designed to alarm us into making economically stupid decisions that give way too much power to dictatorial bureaucrats. But there is a way for us to save our beleaguered planet. GOP Candidate | Read More »
Voter ID and Voter Contempt.
It is hard to imagine a more demeaning statement about black America than labeling demands that all voters show a photo ID anti-black. – Dennis Prager (HT: National Review) Wow! Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations. Democrats across America have risen en masse to fight Voter ID laws. Their talking points all read in a depressingly similar fashion. The quote-zombies vary in location, | Read More »
The Cost of Political Pseudo-Science Shown In Two Examples.
Surely it’s time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies. – Richard Glover (HT:National Times.Com) Richard Glover and Dr. Donald Brown are two very different men, in different nations, who work towards a common goal. Each man believes that human pollution has driven a series of chemical and physical changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. Each man believes this will damage | Read More »
Thou Shall Not Steal, Thou Shall Not Covet
You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour. Exodus 20.17 – (HT:Oremus.org) Gallup may have identified yet another fault line that divides the American People into two ideological camps. They recently polled as to whether the rich should be heavily taxed to provide | Read More »
Barack Obama’s Promises and the Geraghty Effect
As I may have mentioned a time or two, all statements from Barack Obama come with an expiration date. All of them. – Jim Geraghty (HT:NRO) Like the warranties sold by Radio Shack or a put option on the NYSE, Barack Obama’s solemn political promises are heartfelt. Also, like the warranties or the aforementioned put options, Barack Obama’s solemn promises have a sunset date. The | Read More »
We Can Now Afford One of the Two Americas, But Not Both
Redstate Colleague Moe Lane gives us an exquisitely humorous explanation of how Democrat Peter Welch got exactly the vote he wrote Speaker Boehner and requested in the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives voted 318-97 against adding $2.3Tr to the US debt ceiling without offsetting reductions in Federal expenditures. Rhetorical idiocy soon ensued. President Obama’s Baghdad Bob, Jay Carney, issued the following officially sanctioned | Read More »
The Political Gnosticism of “Yes We Can!”
Don’t Immanentize the Eschaton. – William F. Buckley (HT: Culturewars.com) A lot of people think Barack Obama has pretty much performed a shameful act of biotic reproduction with the poodle when it comes to his reelection bid. The logical reasoning goes as follows: A) Barack Obama has failed to solve our economic crisis. B) People are sick and tired of hearing him whine about “This | Read More »
War Is Preferable In the Middle East To The Peace Most Likely To Be Imposed
It was the former Beatle, John Lennon, who famously sung in his Christmas Carol “Happy Christmas” “War is over, if you want it.” His sentiment, I believe was genuine and decent. John Lennon was generally a good, yet misinformed person; who hated seeing people getting blown up by airstrikes on the TV News. However, his lyric contained a vital logical fallacy. He concluded correctly that | Read More »
Tornadoes And AGW?
“And you know look – yesterday, or the day before yesterday, we had the tornado in Minneapolis,” Roker said. “We have had these tornadoes and earlier this week we had a tornado in Philadelphia. And so, you know our weather, or climate change is such now that we are seeing this kind of weather not just in rural parts of our country, but in urban | Read More »
Sarah Palin Hits David Gregory’s Best Curveball Out Of the Yard
Newt Gingrich got one thing magnificently right last week. He called Barack Obama “The Food Stamp President.” Newt’s old; a bit behind the times. It should have been “The EBT-Card President.” Still, the shoe fits, and Obama should get stuck wearing it in November 2012. The American Left, with its typical intellectual brilliance, assumed that Newt Gingrich only called Barack Obama “President Food Stamp” because | Read More »
The Two Amerikas of Obamacare
I have a nagging sense, and think I have accurately observed, that many of these people have made a separate peace.…I suspect that history, including great historical novelists of the future, will look back and see that many of our elites simply decided to enjoy their lives while they waited for the next chapter of trouble. And that they consciously, or unconsciously, took grim comfort | Read More »