John Hinderaker thinks so: If the Pelosi bill is actually enacted into law (which I still think is doubtful) and upheld by the courts, there is no limit to the arbitrary power of Congress. In that event, we have no property rights and there is no Constitution–no equal protection clause, no due process clause, no impairment of contracts clause, no bill of attainder/ex post facto … Continue reading Are We Becoming a Banana Republic?
Dr. Sanity talks about the irrational confidence that talking can cure all our troubles. Christians attempt to conduct interfaith dialogues with Muslims, convinced that if only we could all understand each other, we’d be at peace. President Obama plans to talk to Hamas, Iran, and any other global tyrant, convinced that if only they could see that we mean them no harm, they’d put down … Continue reading Talking Cures
Natalie Tran is a 23-year-old Australian whose YouTube videos have accumulated more than 64 million hits for their quirky humor. If you haven’t seen one of them, treat yourself! Her phenomenal success, coupled with the impending death of newspapers, suggests we are about to witness a fundamental transformation in the media environment—and that it’s not easy to predict what the resulting configuration will be like. … Continue reading The Queen of YouTube
It’s the first day of spring! Hershey and I have spent the afternoon outside. She seems blissfully unaware of the AIG bonuses and my worries about the proper relation between logos, ethos, and pathos. Continue reading Canine Friday: Hershey
Prohibit the women from going shopping. Good grief. Continue reading Now Here’s a Way to Destroy an Economy
For the first time since the inauguration of the One, a breath of optimism has reached Wall Street. I’m not surprised. I don’t want to minimize the economic difficulties that face us—there’s been a lot of bad news, and there’s going to be more—but, as the One has now proclaimed, despite having mocked John McCain for making the same point, the economy is fundamentally sound. … Continue reading The Economy
Roger Scruton brilliantly outlines seven features of Western Civilization that differentiate it from Islam and that are very much worth defending. Read it all. Alcohol is involved. Continue reading Seven Wonders of Western Civilization
If you were give President Obama a grade on his performance so far, what would it be? MSNBC asked that question, and the results are remarkable. Initially, and with over 100,000 votes collected, 60% gave him an F. Now, left wing sites have mobilized their people, and, with over 300,000 cast, 39% give him an F. Professional economists, on a scale of 0-100, give him, … Continue reading “Way to Go, Bucko!”
Jeff Goldstein writes about clarity of expression and modern journalism, discussing the controversy over Rush Limbaugh’s “I hope he fails” remark. He provides the context. Rush said: I got a request here from a major American print publication. “Dear Rush: For the Obama [Immaculate] Inauguration we are asking a handful of very prominent politicians, statesmen, scholars, businessmen, commentators, and economists to write 400 words on … Continue reading “I Hope He Fails”
Quid Nimis disputes my allegations of idiocy, and chalks Obama’s problems up to laziness. She makes an interesting case. But I wonder whether anyone who endures the rigors of a Presidential campaign can truly be called lazy. Intellectually lazy? Now that I can believe. Continue reading Laziness?