The Coming War in the Middle East

Over the past couple of months I’ve been astounded by the stock market’s rise.  Some of my reasons for doubt are outlined by Nouriel Roubini in Forbes.  But my biggest worry isn’t any of those.  Nor is it just that “the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed,” as Pravda warns (!).  It’s that a Middle East war now seems inevitable. Caroline … Continue reading The Coming War in the Middle East


Doug Ross and Gateway Pundit have been hammering the theme that the choice of Chrysler dealerships to close has been driven by politics.  Read the statistical and anecdotal evidence here. Then compare the smug dismissal of all this on the left.  88% of auto dealers’ political contributions have gone to Republicans over the past few years; 92% of the contributions of the dealerships slated to … Continue reading Dealergate

South Park and Obama Logic

Bret Stephens illumines Obama’s logic on, well, just about everything: Consider the 1998 “Gnomes” episode — possibly surpassing Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose” as the classic defense of capitalism — in which the children of South Park, Colo., get a lesson in how not to run an enterprise from mysterious little men who go about stealing undergarments from the unsuspecting and collecting them in a … Continue reading South Park and Obama Logic

Lindheimer Senna

Some idiot in my neighborhood has been going around ripping out all the Lindheimer Senna growing wild near the end of our street.  I’m trying to save it—gathering the uprooted plants, putting them in water, and then replanting them—but I don’t know how successful I’ll be.  Lindheimer Senna is a beautiful native plant with delicate, velvety, silver-tipped leaves and lovely yellow flowers. It’s dangerous for … Continue reading Lindheimer Senna

Seven Tenets of Liberalism

Teh Resistance lists seven tenets of liberalism: 1) Self Loathing – Liberals hate the West. The West is always WRONG (unless it’s white Europeans aligning themselves against the United States). Liberals hate America. Liberals hate our Founding. Liberals hate the traditional family. Liberals hate the military, the police, and anything else traditional, good, or fair. Is this grounded in reason? No, it is grounded in … Continue reading Seven Tenets of Liberalism

Tiger Down

Wretchard, writing about the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, says down in the comments something that I think needs to be taken seriously by those squabbling over waterboarding: Although I not entirely sure the facts as reported are accurate, the Sri Lankan civil war may turn out to be a textbook example of how to turn favorable position into a fiasco. The West should have … Continue reading Tiger Down

Obama the Orator

The past few days have witnessed dueling speeches between President Obama and former Vice-President Cheney.  The guys at PowerLine have dissected Obama’s speech, pointing out its absurdity here, here, and here.  Even without that level of detail, it’s easy to see that there’s something ridiculous about bashing your predecessor’s anti-terror policies while announcing that you’re continuing them.  Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue, … Continue reading Obama the Orator