On Friday the 13th, no less. The Irish have voted “No!” on the Lisbon Treaty. Good for them, and for Europe. Of course, the elites are likely to find another way…. Continue reading The Luck of the Irish
“Civilizations die by suicide, not by murder.” I’ve been thinking about Toynbee’s dictum over the past few days, recalling as well the title of Paul Johnson’s chapter on the sixties and seventies in Modern Times: “America’s Suicide Attempt.” I’ve been concerned for some time that we’re repeating the mistakes of the 1970s. I now think we’re embarking on another suicide attempt. Daniel Henninger writes of … Continue reading Another Suicide Attempt
Well, the journey to the dark side is complete. George W. Bush decides his critics have been right about him, and, in an infuriating turn of events, awards Donna Shalala a Medal of Freedom. Good grief. As Paul Mirengoff observes, “President Bush seems determined to drive his approval rating down to roughly zero percent.” Continue reading George W. Bush, Liberal
It’s dropping temperatures here into the high 90s. Continue reading A “Cold” Front!
Barack Obama seems willing to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, while eliminating American missile defense plans and seeking to eliminate the American nuclear arsenal: “…I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems…. “Third, I will set a goal … Continue reading The Balance of Power
Rick Hills distinguishes technical abbreviations, which are helpful and often necessary, from shibboleths, which are designed to be unhelpful. Technical abbreviations function to express complex information efficiently by speeding communication. Shibboleths function to keep outsiders away by making communication difficult. Continue reading Two Kinds of Technical Vocabulary
Lawrence Solomon, that is, who challenges the idea that global warming is a bad thing. The earth was warmer than it is now back in the medieval warm period; the result was increased plant life, increased agricultural production, (relative) peace, prosperity, and a flowering of civilization. The Little Ace Age occurring around 1700 was a time of reduced production, famine, increased warfare, and financial difficulties. … Continue reading The Wisdom of Solomon
Wretchard‘s asking, too. Continue reading Who Sent Barack Obama?
Does that mean Austin is Knoxville with hype? (HT: Glenn Reynolds, Michael Silence, and Brendan Loy)) Continue reading Knoxville is “Austin without the hype”
Iran has shelled two Iraqi villages, and has been caught by India importing nuclear material. Continue reading Iran on Offense