Obama’s Experience

Some people say that Obama has little experience relevant to governing. It was a striking spectacle when Kirk Watson, asked by Chris Matthews to describe Obama’s achievements, couldn’t list any. Here‘s an example of his experience, but I’m not sure it counts as an achievement: The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as … Continue reading Obama’s Experience

“Vindictive pressure groups interfering with news organizations”

That’s how Jon Randal describes the bloggers who exposed the “death” of Muhammad al-Dura as a sham. Anne-Elisabeth Moutet asks how Charles Enderlin and French 2 TV perpetrated a fraud, and finds a culture of unaccountability and closing ranks that has little interest in the truth. Continue reading “Vindictive pressure groups interfering with news organizations”

In Memoriam: Caramel

Caramel was born on March 13, along with four brothers and sisters. He seemed to thrive, growing well and playing with the other kittens. He had the most remarkable blue eyes I’ve ever seen. He also had a sweet, gentle personality. My daughter made him a necklace to match his eyes so that we could tell him apart from his brothers more easily. A week … Continue reading In Memoriam: Caramel

“The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms shall not be Infringed”

The Supreme Court upholds the Second Amendment: Answering a 127-year old constitutional question, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have a gun, at least in one’s home. The Court, splitting 5-4, struck down a District of Columbia ban on handgun possession. Although times have changed since 1791, Justice Antonin Scalia said for the majority, “it is … Continue reading “The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms shall not be Infringed”

Are We Too Good to Win?

That’s Joshua Trevino‘s question as he reflects on our tendency to think that all disagreements can be addressed through dialogue. I’m reminded of Churchill’s motto to The Gathering Storm: “How the West Through Their Unwisdom, Carelessness, and Good Nature Allowed the Wicked to Rearm.” Our virtues may well prevent us from taking necessary action while it is easy. This raises two important questions: (a) Are … Continue reading Are We Too Good to Win?

European Violence and Gun Control

For some time now, rates of violent crime in Europe have been far higher than in the United States. Now, increasingly, it has a racist and religious edge to it, as gangs of North Africans and Turks attack native Europeans. Links to Muslim immigration are obvious, though information suggesting as much is officially suppressed. What strikes me, but Europeans rarely remark upon, is the role … Continue reading European Violence and Gun Control

Religion in America

The Pew Center has released a report on religion in America. Among the interesting findings: A majority of those who are affiliated with a religion, for instance, do not believe their religion is the only way to salvation. And almost the same number believes that there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their religion. I have no objection to these … Continue reading Religion in America

Wretchard on Higher Education

Wretchard (in his new home in Pajamas Media!) writes of the political correctness of academia, with some optimism that it is now around halfway through its life-cycle. Picking up on his theme that higher education functions primarily to sort students by IQ, a commenter remarks that the growth of higher education stems from Griggs v. Duke Power, the case in which the Supreme Court held … Continue reading Wretchard on Higher Education