Obama’s Exodus

The Obamas have resigned from Trinity United Church. There’s a list of reactions here. Peter Wehner: Barack Obama’s resignation from Trinity United Church of Christ over, in part, “a cultural and a stylistic gap” raises additional doubts about him. The obvious question is what “cultural and stylistic gap” exists now that hasn’t existed during the last two decades, when Obama was a member of Trinity … Continue reading Obama’s Exodus

Remember Constantinople

Five hundred fifty five years ago today, Constantinople fell to the invading Muslim armies, which would eventually overrun most of Eastern Europe and, in 1529, 1566, and 1683, threaten Vienna and the rest of Europe. My own ancestors (on my father’s side) were already under Muslim domination, where they would remain for almost five hundred years. Black Tuesday, “the last day of the world,” was … Continue reading Remember Constantinople

Mankiw on Free Trade

Greg Mankiw defends free trade against Robert Driskill’s attack. I’d add one more argument. Driskill claims that the benefits of free trade go to the few, the costs go to the many, and there’s no redistribution of the benefits to compensate them. Not only is there redistribution by way of the progressive tax system, as Mankiw notes, but the benefits of free trade extend much … Continue reading Mankiw on Free Trade

News from the Church of England

Maybe the Archbishop of Canterbury was right. The Church of England sees an Islamic future—and sees the government as the chief cause. If recent reports of trends in religious observance prove to be correct, then in some 30 years the mosque will be able to claim that, religiously speaking, the UK is an Islamic nation, and therefore needs a share in any religious establishment to … Continue reading News from the Church of England

Steyn in Vancouver—One Time Only!

Wretchard quotes Mark Steyn, speaking in Vancouver before he goes on trial: What we’re up against is not primarily defined by what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those are still essentially military campaigns and we’re good at those. … it might be truer to say that this is a Cold Civil War – by which I mean a war within the west. The real … Continue reading Steyn in Vancouver—One Time Only!

Safer

John Hinderaker compiles the record of coordinated terror attacks against the United States and Americans abroad, conclusing that we are indeed safer now than we used to be. On the stump, Barack Obama usually concludes his comments on Iraq by saying, “and it hasn’t made us safer.” It is an article of faith on the left that nothing the Bush administration has done has enhanced … Continue reading Safer