OPINIONS: See No Evil, How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil

January 14, 2011

Obama Does Best When He Says Nothing
Jack Cashill
In Tucson, on Wednesday evening, we saw President Barack Obama in his full Chauncey Gardiner mode. More

We Beg to Differ
John Fricke
The news rules of civility,

as prescribed by our friends on the left. More

See No Evil
Robin of Berkeley
When liberals refuse to recognize evil, their default is to find scapegoats, projecting all badness outwards. More

Time to Call Out Black Race Exploiters
Lloyd Marcus
Unfortunately, since the election of America’s first black president, black leftists and race profiteers have gorged themselves in a feeding frenzy of race exploitation. More

America Is Losing the Resource Race
Jeffrey Folks
Unlike China, which is pursuing a well-coordinated policy of securing resource rights, America is hobbled by an administration that is ideologically hostile to the exploitation of natural resources More

My Daughter Sarah and the Lack of Civil Dialogue in our Culture »

by David Horowitz

Progressives turn a deaf ear to a call for reconciliation and healing….

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Ahmadinejad Presses His Luck »

by Ryan Mauro

Subsidy cuts grind Iran to a halt….

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Obama’s Economic Shift »

by Tait Trussell

What the president’s economic adviser pick reveals about his fiscal agenda — and the prosperity of the country. …

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The Other (Endless) Massacre »

by Ralph Peters

Tucson tragedy eclipses minority murders….

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Foreclosure Follies »

by Arnold Ahlert

A Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling deals another blow to an already-reeling housing market….

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Is a Muslim Sit-Com the Answer to Our Problems? »

by David Solway

The Canadian television series “Little Mosque on the Prairie” proves otherwise….

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Sounding Presidential »

by Rich Trzupek

Barack Obama sends a message to both parties, but will they pay attention?…

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Obama AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Search for renewal after Tucson tragedy: what Palin missed, what Obama got right

The Christian Science Monitor – Thu Jan 13, 11:18 am ET North Manchester, Ind. – There are few areas liberals and conservatives see eye to eye when it comes to Barack Obama. But both supporters and detractors agree: The president gives a good speech. Full Story »

How Obama Should Negotiate Economic Policy With China

The Atlantic Wire – Thu Jan 13, 2:22 pm ET

A Tawdry Start to the 2012 Election Campaign »

by Arnold Ahlert

What progressives do when they endure a clear-cut rejection of their ideology….

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Sheriff Dupnik Must Resign
E.W. Jackson Sr.
Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, an elected leader entrusted with preserving the rights of the innocent regardless of party affiliation, has made it clear he is unable to carry out his duties in an unbiased manner More

Why Do We Hate Government?

Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman

Expectations of government are sharply divided between Republicans and Democrats.

The Frontier Within

Robert Maynard

While pundits warn that China will outstrip America, but the same claims were made about Japan. Japan now looks to America for economic inspiration…

Blame Righty: A Condensed History

Michelle Malkin

The Tucson massacre was not the first incident that led to progressive politicians and media pundits blaming their conservative opponents for bloodshed.

Media Excuse Obama’s Lies About Shootings

Cliff Kincaid

The same media that proclaimed that the “right-wing” influenced the climate of fear have now praised the president for claiming that nobody knows what triggered the Arizona shootings…

Countdown to a New Lebanon Crisis:

Iran Sends a Signal to Obama through Beirut

Dr. Shimon Shapira

Hizbullah is a puppet of Iran, and when it caused Lebanon’s government to collapse, Iran was taunting the West, showing that it ultimately calls the shots in that country.

Quote of the Day – January 14, 2011

FSM: Quote of the Day

Five years on, have things in “Eurabia” improved?

Media Monsters

Marilyn Penn

The media declares political talk has led to murder and mayhem, while ghoulishly amplifying the horror of the Tucson massacre. Is it encouraging more psychopaths?

The Muslim Brotherhood Path to Victory: Part Three (of Three)

International Influence

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld

In the concluding part of this series, the truly global reach of the Muslim Brotherhood movement is documented, a reach that extends even into government.

ICE, Illegal Aliens and Fingerprint Checks

Michael Cutler

An ICE press release declares that criminal aliens in custody will have their fingerprints taken to identify them. When illegals never gave fingerprints upon entry, the system is flawed.

Seven Absurdities of The Arizona Shooting Accusers

Gabriel Garnica, Esq.

This week’s media hysteria has turned conventional standards of fair commentary upside down, and shows how people are exploiting tragedy to promote their own dogma.

A Way To Get Out Of This Real Estate Recession…

(A modest proposal, with apologies to Adam Smith)

Frank Hill

Government efforts to stabilize banking have so far failed. If a price floor is re-established under the housing market, with alternatives to foreclosure, this market could stabilize.

Memorial Service?

Shirts sit on the back of chairs before a memorial service for the victims of Saturday’s shootings at McKale Memorial Center on the University of Arizona campus Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz.

Today’s Hot Topics

We choose, you peruse.

  1. One Million U.S. Homes Repossessed in 2010 (AP)

  2. Lawsuit filed against Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero (JIHAD WATCH)

  3. Ethics Committee debates hiring outside counsel for Waters investigation (THE HILL)

  4. 34,612 Deaths in Mexico’s Drug War in 4 Years, Mexican President Says (AP)

  5. Pope’s call for Middle East to protect Christians sparks Egypt fury (GUARDIAN)

  6. Russia: Drunk Polish Official Caused Jet Crash (AP)

  7. Two Events In Tucson – The difference between performance and leadership. (HUMAN EVENTS)

  8. Tucson Speech Undercuts Federal Charge For Judge’s Murder (POLITICO)

  9. WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange ‘could face the death penalty in the U.S.’ (DAILY MAIL)

  10. Bomb Attack at Pakistan Police Station Leaves 20 Dead (FOX)

Time’s Running Out for TIME
Mark Cantora
A journalistic institution jumps the shark. More

US bonds may be downgraded
January 14, 2011
Another sign of trouble down the road. More

Study rewards schools for squandering tax dollars
January 14, 2011
Schools should not be penalized for efficiency. More

  • Blood Libel

    Susan Estrich – Fri Jan 14, 3:00 am ET

    Creators Syndicate – Alan Dershowitz isn’t offended. He says it’s OK for Sarah Palin to invoke one of the most anti-Semitic images of our time in attacking those who have been critical of her putting crosshairs over the name of the congresswoman who was later shot. Full Story »

  • No Tucson Lectures for “Artists”

    Brent Bozell III – Fri Jan 14, 3:00 am ET

    Creators Syndicate – Within minutes of the news breaking that Jared Lee Loughner had killed six and wounded 14 in a rampage outside a Tucson Safeway store, including a critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the news media immediately leaped to the conclusion that the harsh tone of our political discourse — led by conservative talk radio — surely must be to blame. Full Story »

  • Is Obama Leaving the Left Behind?

    Pat Buchanan – Fri Jan 14, 3:00 am ET

    Creators Syndicate – The day that President Obama departed for Arizona to address the nation on the Tucson massacre, Washington was abuzz. Full Story »


    Georgie Anne Geyer – Thu Jan 13, 7:55 pm ET

    WASHINGTON — The demonstrations and then riots in Tunisia these last few months were bad enough — indeed, nearly inexplicable — when seen only through the lens of the Tunisians inside this until-now model Arab country. No one could believe that the economic and social successes of this North African country could be so trampled under the feet of thousands of angry young Tunisians. Full Story »


    Ann Coulter – Thu Jan 13, 6:30 pm ET

    After the monstrous shooting in Arizona last week, surely we can all agree that we’ve got to pass Obama’s agenda immediately and stop using metaphors. Full Story »

  • Does Duke Sex List Really Tell Us About Feminist Failures?

    The Atlantic Wire – Thu Jan 13, 6:21 pm ET

  • Video: Floodwaters Sweep Away Row of Cars

    The Atlantic Wire – Thu Jan 13, 6:13 pm ET

    WASHINGTON, DC – As Wire readers know, the consequences of Australia’s rising floodwaters are vast. Thousands have been made homeless, the death toll is still uncertain, the Great Barrier Reef could be harmed and even mosquito-born illnesses pose a threat. In a chilling homemade video, a pair of Australians document a gushing torrent of water sweeping away a row of automobiles (The Washington Post has more here): Full Story »

  • Quote of the Day: ‘Even Amongst Lowlifes There Is Some Kind of Code’

    The Atlantic Wire – Thu Jan 13, 6:05 pm ET

    WASHINGTON, DC – “Some years ago, I was representing a family of gangsters. Make that, ‘They allegedly had ties to organized crime,’ … The boy who I was representing is explaining he had this affair: when his wife was away, he brought this woman to his home in Bay Ridge. And his father stood up and slapped the boy’s face and said, ‘Certain things you don’t do.’ So even amongst lowlifes there is some kind of code.” Full Story »

  • Top Tweets: Welcoming Atul Gawande Edition

    The Atlantic Wire – Thu Jan 13, 5:58 pm ET

    WASHINGTON, DC – Musician Robinson Meyer was unrestrained in his criticism .bbpBox24683187888193536 {background:url(http://a0.twimg.com/profile_background_images/107949502/4441860996_7fbcd41024.jpg) #ffffff;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block} .@Atul_Gawande is what, five tweets in to his career? And he’s already proved to be just as eloquent in tweets as he is in longer works.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhoneRobinson Meyeryayitsrob Full Story »

  • Anti-Choice at the End of Life

    The Nation – Thu Jan 13, 5:52 pm ET

    The Nation — Last week a regulation to provide Medicare coverage for advance care planning counseling—that is, offer reimbursement to doctors for time spent talking to patients about end of life care—was abandoned… for the second time. Full Story »

  • Tunisian Protestors Reach Capital

    The Atlantic Wire – Thu Jan 13, 5:38 pm ET

    WASHINGTON, DC – As Tunisian protesters make their way to the capital, the government is attempting to take action. According to The New York Times, an effort to appease the protesters by firing the country’s interior minister was unsuccessful, as the frustrated demonstrators demanded the removal of the president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Unrest has taken over the North African country for three weeks now, sparked by the self-immolation of a young college-graduate whose only source of income, a fruit cart, was confiscated by police. Full Story »

U.S. Receives Credit Rating Warning – Graham Bowley, New York Times
Wisconsin 1, Illinois 0 – Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal
Obama’s Olive Branch to Big Business – Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post
Health Budget Illogic at the CBO – Diana Furchtgott-Roth, RealClearMarkets
A Tale of Two Moralities – Paul Krugman, New York Times
Oy Vey! Indignation Over ‘Blood Libel’? – David Harsanyi, Denver Post
How the Media Botched the Arizona Shooting – T.A. Frank, New Republic
Obama Soars Above Political Debris – Robert Robb, Arizona Republic
Time for Obama to Man Up on Guns – Judith Miller, New York Daily News
Avoiding a U.S.-China Cold War – Henry Kissinger, Washington Post
Al-Qaeda’s Resilient Global Reach – Bruce Riedel, Los Angeles Times
To Save the Euro, Local Autonomy Must End – Peter Oborne, The Telegraph
GOP Should Wait to Tackle Entitlements – Ramesh Ponnuru, NY Times
Government Support of Autos Worked – Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Detroit News
Modesty Is the Source of Civility – David Brooks, New York Times
Free Speech Can’t Exist Unchained – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
Two Phenomena Explain Weird Weather – Eliott McLaughlin, CNN


How to Replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – Washington Post
The Illinois Tax Hike: Here’s the Roll Call – Chicago Tribune
We Should Pursue Stricter Gun Control Laws – San Francisco Chronicle
Lebanon: A Dangerous Moment – Daily Telegraph

  • World Terrified of Jeopardy-Dominating Supercomputer

    The Atlantic Wire – Thu Jan 13, 5:34 pm ET

    WASHINGTON, DC – In a breakthrough for artificial intelligence, IBM’s Watson supercomputer has trounced Jeopardy! legends Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in an exhibition round of Jeopardy! The round took place today ahead of this weekend’s man vs. machine competition airing February 14, 15 and 16. Jennings and Rutter (described by one blogger as mankind’s “last, best hope” against our robot overlords) will take on the supercomputer named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson. The powerful machine was built by a team of 25 IBM scientists over four years. It has consumed the data-equivalent of over one million books and even knows its way around puns. Here’s a video of Watson owning everyone followed by the fears and anxieties of lowly humans: Full Story »

  • Pawlenty Says He’d Reinstate Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

    The Atlantic Wire – Thu Jan 13, 4:55 pm ET

    WASHINGTON, DC – If elected president, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty would bring back the ban on gays in the military, he told radio host Bryan Fischer Thursday. The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell passed with several Republican votes, so a hypothetical President Pawlenty might have a tough time getting a repeal of a repeal through Congress, The Hill’s Michael O’Brien reports. Full Story »

  • The Search for BP’s Oil

    The Nation – Thu Jan 13, 2:17 pm ET

    The Nation — “Dolphins off the bow!”   I race to the front of the WeatherBird II, a research vessel owned by the University of South Florida. There they are, doing their sleek silvery thing, weaving between translucent waves, disappearing under the boat, reappearing in perfect formation on the other side. Full Story »

CAIR scrubs poster, claims ‘subject to misinterpretation’
January 13, 2011
How do you misinterpret “Don’t talk to the F.B.I.? More

Sometimes a word is just a word
January 13, 2011
A lesson for liberals. More

WaPo distorts history to libel Israel
January 13, 2011
Akin to leaving Pearl Harbor out of a history of WW II. More

The answer is: Those without shame
January 13, 2011
I’m retired now, but once upon a time, as a church pastor, I was called on to conduct funerals and memorial services. All too often. More

Gun control fanatics glum that White House won’t use tragedy for their issue
January 13, 2011
No mention of the Second Amendment. More

Krugman tries to move on, stumbles
January 13, 2011
Paul Krugman is back to discussing income inequality on his blog, following a very negative reaction to his disgraceful column on the Tucson shootings More

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Gov. Rick Perry Blogs the Opening of the Texas Legislature’s 82nd Session at the Tatler

by Gov. Rick Perry

Over at PJM’s new Tatler blog, Texas Gov. Rick Perry joins the fray, blogging the beginning of the Lone Star State’s 82nd legislative session. Gov. Perry will appear in the Tatler once in a while to update us on news and issues of importance to the state and the nation.

Verbal Hodgepodge of Hate at ‘Nonpartisan’ Oakland Vigil for Tucson Victims

by Zombie

At the Tatler: Video and transcript of an emotional moment destroyed by political venom.

Russian Justice Under Putin, Again

by Michael J. Economides

Under Putinocracy, there is not even a disguised attempt to spray a semblance of perfume at the obvious stench of state cruelty.

The Sixties Were Violent in America, Not 2011

by Roger L Simon

In a very real way the media were the secret sharers of the radical left of the 1960s, and their nostalgia for that era dies hard.

Obama — Making It Up as We Go Along

by Victor Davis Hanson

Obama has temporarily jettisoned his liberal agenda for seemingly no agenda.

We Don’t Fetishize the Constitution; We Dread Tyranny

by Stephen Green

Still though, I can’t be the only one who, when constantly accused of fetishizing the Constitution, pictures a very old piece of parchment decked out in a black leather merry widow and stiletto-heeled boots, right?

White House Cowardice: Not a Word Spoken in Defense of Boris Nemtsov

by Kim Zigfeld

The Russian opposition journalist — whom Obama has personally met — did not receive a word of support after his recent jailing for speaking against Putin.

Loughner and How America Treats Its Mentally Ill

by Benjamin Kerstein

I have no sympathy for what Loughner did. Nonetheless, as someone with a mild form of mental illness, I can speak from personal experience about how badly America deals with its mentally ill.

Politics and the Schizophrenic’s Language

by Neo-Neocon

Do mere words have the power to ignite acts such as Saturday’s shooting?

Another Stupid Idea from the Donkey Side of the Aisle

by Roger Kimball

Making language or symbols that are perceived as “threatening” against the law is a bad idea.

Will Conservative Media Elites Defend Lars Hedegaard?

by Andrew G. Bostom

It is long past time for our media figures to pay attention to the “hate speech” prosecutions of our brethren in Denmark.

A Feminist Look at Palin’s Military Jargon

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

The left-wing jabs at the Palin piñata in the wake of a horrible tragedy ought to be enough to convince more Americans of the moral vacuity of the “progressive” community.

How to Turn a Tragedy into an Emetic

by Roger Kimball

A question for the metaphysicians and cultural pathologists: just how low can former-economist Paul Krugman, hysteric-in-chief for the New York Times, go?

Obama’s Irrelevant Bid for Mideast Peace

by Benjamin Kerstein

The status quo hands the president a Mideast defeat.

The Top 15 Immigration Lies

by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

Let’s put our cards on the table and have a nice clean game.

Shooting in Tucson

by Ed Driscoll

A horrific shooting incident on Saturday has left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) critically wounded, Federal Judge John M. Roll and five others dead, and 11 others wounded. For Pajamas Media’s coverage of the incident, don’t miss:

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The Iranian War of All vs. All

by Michael Ledeen

Having lost legitimacy in the eyes of their own people, Iran’s leaders lash out at real and imagined enemies.

‘Michele Bachmann for President’ and Other Strange but True Stories

by Jazz Shaw

She can raise a ton of money and has national name recognition, but has no legislative record and carries a reputation as a bomb thrower.

Meanwhile, Back in Old Media…

by Ed Driscoll

The movie and music industries are both rapidly aging mediums with record low sales in 2010. Aging stars and contempt towards their audiences aren’t helping their woes.

Asleep at the Scalpel

by Theodore Dalrymple

Is it better to have a tired doctor, or no doctor at all?

Debt Ceiling Russian Roulette

by Rick Moran

Senator DeMint wants to play the game with a slight variation: load five chambers with bullets while leaving only one empty, and pull the trigger.

Why the Constitution Is Relevant Today

by Barry Rubin

Those who mock the Constitution have it backwards.

The Outsider

by Richard Fernandez

Without quite realizing it, Western liberals have turned out the lights; they should rightly fear what lurks in the shadow.

Democrats’ New Strategy: Keep the Same Leaders, Defend Their Bad Legislation (Updated)

by Bryan Preston

The Republicans should welcome the fight. UPDATE: Link to the Democrats’ talking points added.

The New PJM ‘Transparency Project’: Questions for Our Readers

by Roger L Simon

President Obama promised his administration would have an “unprecedented level of openness.” Perhaps the readers of PJM and the viewers of PJTV can lend a hand.

New Year’s Leap of Faith

by Claudia Rosett

If my uncertainties about looming healthcare, Internet and environmental regulations are in any way typical, then a lot of working Americans are living with a staggering degree of uncertainty right now.

Israel’s Stand Against Islamism Holds

by P. David Hornik

An outstanding new volume explains the sources of its success.

The Spaghetti Strategy: Advice to Republicans

by Chris Salcedo

A strategy to advance freedom by keeping President Obama and his radical appointees on the defensive.

The Problems and Pitfalls of Child Porn Laws

by Clayton E. Cramer

Laws protecting children may be in need of revision.

When Leftists Rage Against ‘Them’ (UPDATED)

by Victor Davis Hanson

Who is really to blame for wrecking Greece, ruining California, subverting the climate change movement, and discrediting mega-deficit spending? (Update: Don’t miss Ed Driscoll and Richard Fernandez, for their takes on VDH’s latest post.)

How Obama Gets to 270 in 2012

by Myra Adams

It’s all in the math — and the numbers aren’t looking good for the GOP.

PJM Political: All Good Things…

by Ed Driscoll

PJM Political sadly concludes its run, with a look back at the man of the year of 2010, and highlights from the show’s guests over the past three years.

Good Riddance to 2010: What’s Going to Happen in 2011?

by Frank J. Fleming

Amazing predictions of major events that will almost certainly, probably, mostly occur in 2011 unless nothing happens.

‘European Anarchists Grow More Violent, Coordinated’

by Richard Fernandez

Pace the unintentionally ironic USA Today headline quoted above, it is impossible to understand the politics of the Left without grasping that it is all about deniable intimidation.

Happy New Year, Ahmadinejad…from Bristol Farms, Amazon and The Chef’s Warehouse!

by Roger L Simon

Why are big-name American retailers putting money into the hands of the Iranian mullahs?

Sarah for President?

by David Solway

There is probably no one more qualified for the White House than Sarah Palin. But is she electable?

Denis Dutton, R.I.P.

by Roger Kimball

I can remember when 66 seemed almost venerable. It seems absurdly young now for the editor of the renowned Arts & Letters Daily website to have passed away this week.

Democrats Force ‘Birther’ Issue to Rise Again: What Gives?

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

I believe that the president was born in Hawaii. But am I the only curious cat who thinks it’s rather odd for that state’s newly-elected governor, plus Chris Matthews of MSNBC, both liberal Democrats, to have just forced the “Birther” issue to rise again?

The Ground Zero Mosque’s Imam: Now On Tour!

by Ryan Mauro

Brace yourself for a slick sensitivity roadshow.

Is There a Cure for Liberalism?

by Bryan Preston

Yet another study says biology may lurk in our political beliefs.

Is the Three-Day Holiday a Right?

by Michael Swartz

Roll back the government worker three-day weekend bonanza.

The Obamas Police Food and Football (Updated)

by Bryan Preston

Why their comments on Michael Vick and school lunches make us queasy.

How Did All That Happen?

by Victor Davis Hanson

How did villains become heroes, global warming become “climate change,” and the most liberal senator become a “bipartisan” president?

Question Insanity: What to Ask Progressives

by Oleg Atbashian

An ex-Soviet immigrant goes Socratic on his liberal American critics.

PJM Political: Christmas in Poliwood

by Ed Driscoll

A special Christmas-themed edition of PJTV’s Poliwood, featuring Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd. Plus the return of the prodigal blogger, Bill Whittle, to the virtual set of Trifecta. And Joe Hicks on the Pigford Settlement. Hosted by the VodkaPundit himself, Stephen Green.

Exclusive PJ Institute Video: ‘The Holocaust Would Not Have Happened Without People Like Him’

Special undercover interviews of a Nazi officer, one of Himmler’s inner circle, who was at the trigger point of the Holocaust in 1941. This exclusive video is from the PJ Institute, the education and research arm of Pajamas Media and PJTV.

WikiLeaks Cables Confirm Worst Fears of Climate Skeptics

by Charlie Martin

Domestic political considerations far outweighed any scientific basis for the Copenhagen Accord.

It’s the Jews, Stupid! (What Was the Question?)

by Michael Ledeen

Trying to get to the bottom of this week’s events, with the aid of a Ouija board.

Sarah, She Wolf of the GOP

by Zombie

Is the reason liberals obsess about Sarah Palin their need to be dominated in a psycho-sexual way?

Former PJM DC Editor to Washington Post

by Ed Driscoll

Congratulations to Jennifer Rubin, formerly of PJM, PJTV, Commentary and the Weekly Standard, now the WaPo’s newest blogger.

January 14, 2011

Toward a New View of Civil Marriage

Federal marriage policy establishes many different rights and obligations – by one estimate, over 1,100. One appealing response to federal involvement in marriage is to say that all of these should be abolished. But in a new paper, Cato scholar Jason Kuznicki argues that marrying is a fundamental right, and the federal government may well need to recognize that fact, the better to get out of the way. “Some federal recognition of marriage,” says Kuznicki, “may strengthen families, prevent outside interference, and even save taxpayers money.”

Improving the Employment-Based Visa System

Efforts to reform immigration are, at a minimum, delayed because of lack of support in the U.S. Congress. Attempts to impose more restrictive measures are expected in the coming year. Whether new legislation is pro-immigration or anti-immigration, it is important to understand the rules, quotas, and reality of the current employment-based immigration system if we are to avoid reforms that do more harm than good.

The Importance of Civil Debate

In the wake of Saturday’s horrific murder spree in Tucson that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords gravely wounded, some are using this tragedy to try to delegitimize opinions that they disagree with. Others would go even further to stifle debate. In a recent op-ed, Cato scholar Michael D. Tanner argues, “This country faces serious problems, and there are profound disagreements about how to solve those problems. …If we believe in the merits of our argument, let’s make it on its merits — without invective, personal attacks, or impugning the motives of our opponents.”

‘No Pressure’: Fascistic New Video Red-Lines the Eco-Insanity Meter

by Ed Driscoll

England’s Green Police takes capital punishment for heretical thinking seriously.

Studying the Washington Post and Newsweek Kremlinologist-Style

by Ed Driscoll

Or even Nixonologist-style: a modern-day equivalent of Woodward and Bernstein would have lots of fun tying together all of the strange stories that have circulated recently from the former home of Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham.

Health Care Reform: Death by a Thousand Cuts or Repeal and Replace?

by Rich Baehr

Repealing ObamaCare will be a larger undertaking than most realize, and it would help if the GOP had an alternative ready to replace it.

At Public School, Anti-Americanism Hides in Plain Sight

by Barry Rubin

A father files an eye-opening report from the front lines.

The Green Hornet: Nice Buzz, No Sting

by John Boot

Unlike the old ABC TV series, this isn’t so much a superhero movie as a goofy Austin Powers-ish postmodern critique of same.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Krugman?

by Ed Driscoll

He’s bad news for Democrats—and for everybody else, too.

Reaganomics vs. Obamanomics: It’s Reagan in a Rout

by Tom Blumer

Reagan’s policies created 10 times more jobs in the first 6 quarters after his recession ended than Obama’s.

Democracy Imperiled?

by Herbert London

Six reasons our democratic republic is in trouble.

Why Liberals Hate the Constitution

by Frank J. Fleming

No matter how much liberals try to mystify the Constitution and obscure its meaning, hearing the actual text of the document quickly destroys that fiction.

A Candidate for RNC Chair and His Anti-Constitutional Ideas

by J. Christian Adams

Saul Anuzis wants to alter the way we elect presidents by supporting the Soros-financed National Popular Vote movement.

Lebanon in Crisis

by Richard Fernandez

Lebanon’s year-old unity government has collapsed, ushering in the country’s worst political crisis since 2008. What happens next?

Was that a memorial service a or a pep rally?
January 13, 2011
What should have been a somber occasion for reflection turned into another Obama pep rally. More

Wisconsin Republicans move to restore electoral integrity
January 13, 2011
The new Republican legislature isn’t wasting any time in cleaning up the political process in the Dairy State. More

Is Donald Trump running for president?
January 13, 2011
Sounding like a candidate. More

Tell us everything about yourself so we can discriminate against you
January 13, 2011
If you think affirmative action in the United States is ridiculous discrimination in the name of equality, you ain’t seen nothing yet. More

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