Archive for May, 2009

Kim Jong-Who?

Kim Jong-Who?

| May 31, 2009 | Reply

Mark Steyn on the most under-reported story of the week. What does a nuclear madman have to do to get America’s attention? On Memorial Day, the North Koreans detonated “an underground atomic device many times more powerful than the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” as my old colleagues at the Irish Times put it. […]

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Infamous Abortionist Murdered in Kansas (with Updates and Unhinged Reactions from the Left)

Infamous Abortionist Murdered in Kansas (with Updates and Unhinged Reactions from the Left)

| May 31, 2009 | 90 Replies

There’s a story breaking today in Kansas that abortion doctor George Tiller was shot and killed outside his church this morning. Stacy McCain is the go-to guy for updates and blogospheric reactions on the story as it continues to develop. My opinion on this is, unfortunately, complicated. George Tiller was, to my thinking, a monster […]

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Out: The Highest Form of Patriotism. In: Government Control

Out: The Highest Form of Patriotism. In: Government Control

| May 30, 2009 | 2 Replies

Ah, for those halcyon days of 2008 when criticizing the government was “speaking truth to power” and railing against the spending excesses of the President was a brave exercise in patriotic dissent. Well, that was then. Today, we have a new leader and he has kindly invited us all to take a big swig from […]

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President SSDD

President SSDD

| May 29, 2009 | Reply

So much for “smart diplomacy”, unless we’re now defining the term to mean “diplomacy conducted by wealthy campaign contributors instead of experienced diplomats” . I’m not saying here that our President is the first to pay off big contributors with ambassadorships. The practice of quid pro quo has a long and sordid history in government. […]

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Breaking: People in High-Pressure Job More Prone to High Blood Pressure

Breaking: People in High-Pressure Job More Prone to High Blood Pressure

| May 28, 2009 | Reply

CNN seems baffled by the discovery that professional football players are more prone to high blood pressure than other American men. The mystery lies in the prevalence of borderline high blood pressure among NFL players and neither the reporter nor the doctor who conducted the study seem to be able to figure out why. “So […]

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So What Happens if You Cross the Empathy of Sotomayor with the Politics of Cheney?

So What Happens if You Cross the Empathy of Sotomayor with the Politics of Cheney?

| May 28, 2009 | Reply

My newest post is up at the American Issues Project blog. I have been thinking about Judge Sotomayor’s “the law is what I say it is” attitude and where that could lead. As it happens, that place isn’t pretty for conservatives or progressives. If you want to have a bit of fun today, try out […]

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So…Sotomayor, Huh?

So…Sotomayor, Huh?

| May 27, 2009 | 2 Replies

There is a good amount of smart commentary on the President’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, so I won’t add a lot more of my own. There are a few points I want to touch on, though. If you need a one-line summation of Judge Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy, it seems to […]

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America is Getting Fed Up

America is Getting Fed Up

| May 26, 2009 | 8 Replies

I like the way Smitty put this: This administration needs to become the Battle of the Bulge for the collectivists, the time where they threw in everything to the last union, acorn, and unicorn but couldn’t quite crush the American spirit. Smitty links to this Peter Robinson column in Forbes that I recommend you read […]

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Diplomacy So Clever, You Could Pin a Tail on It and Call It A Weasel

Diplomacy So Clever, You Could Pin a Tail on It and Call It A Weasel

| May 26, 2009 | 3 Replies

You know what we could really use right about now? We could use a revision to our tax laws so Byzantine that foreign banks would consider not letting Americans open accounts with them for fear of running afoul of our IRS. That sort of thing would instill heaping loads of confidence in our economy when […]

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It’s Easier to Tax the Rich When They Can’t Leave

It’s Easier to Tax the Rich When They Can’t Leave

| May 25, 2009 | 5 Replies

You know that whole “tax the rich” philosophy of the left? Well, it doesn’t work. The reason it doesn’t work is that the rich didn’t get that way by being stupid. They are pretty good at using the dastardly invention known as an “automobile”. When a bunch of Democrats concoct a scheme to take more […]

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