Cracking Open ACORN

Michelle Malkin does a wonderful job of detailing some of the most noxious qualities of ACORN, the radical group with close connections to Barack Obama. ACORN, in my experience, consists of hard-left types who are utterly unprincipled, willing to break any law, manipulate any media, shut down any democratic process, in order to get what they want. And, they receive a lot of public money! … Continue reading Cracking Open ACORN

The Greatest Modern Day Thinker

Who is the greatest modern day thinker? Most of the responses are silly—Homer Simpson, Stan on South Park, L. Ron Hubbard, etc. The striking thing is that so few people nominate anyone contemporary philosophers tend to take seriously. Depending on how loosely one defines “modern day,” within philosophy Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rudolf Carnap, W. V. O. Quine, Wilfrid Sellars, Saul Kripke, and David Lewis … Continue reading The Greatest Modern Day Thinker

Fighting Terrorism

On many issues, John McCain’s position is far enough to the left, and Barack Obama’s position is muddy enough, that it’s hard to draw sharp distinctions between them. That, I think, will be McCain’s most serious liability throughout the campaign. On some issues, however, they differ starkly. Fighting terrorism is one. Obama wants to return us to the 1990s model of treating terrorism as a … Continue reading Fighting Terrorism

Conservatives are Happier—AND Nicer

Peter Schweitzer summarizes the research on British subjects, which confirms what American researchers have found: There is plenty of data that shows that Right-wingers are happier, more generous to charities, less likely to commit suicide – and even hug their children more than those on the Left. In my experience, they are also more honest, friendly and well-adjusted. Much of this springs from the destructive … Continue reading Conservatives are Happier—AND Nicer

Iraq’s Facts

Jennifer Rubin reports on a Brookings Institution briefing on the current situation in Iraq, which seems to be improving dramatically. Pollack echoed these observations, saying that “The headline was the emergence of Iraqi security forces.” He explained that the fundamental shift from Americans leading with Iraqis in support to Iraqis leading not just “hold” but “clear” operations is now “well underway.” He observes that sectarian … Continue reading Iraq’s Facts