Are We Becoming a Banana Republic?

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?

Talking Cures

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

The Queen of YouTube

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

The 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

“I Hope He Fails”

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”