OPINIONS: Libya’s implosion: Oil panic and 3 other repercussions, # Liberals see the conflict as a battle for power, not income., # Manning Up or Wimping Out: Men Don’t Exist to Serve Women
Libya’s notorious strongman says he’ll die before giving in to pro-democracy protesters. Is there any chance he’ll leave?
Best opinion:NY Times, New Jersey Newsroom, National Review
February 23, 2011, at 11:26 AMIndiana Democrats have followed the lead of their Wisconsin counterparts by leaving the state to delay a vote on anti-union legislation. Will more Dems adopt this tactic?
February 23, 2011, at 10:46 AMEverybody knows it’s unwise to start buying stocks after the market rises sharply, says Carl Richards in The New York Times. So why do we keep doing it?
February 23, 2011, at 9:58 AMAs Libya revolts, Moammar Gadhafi’s fate isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. Here are four critical ways the rest of us might feel the turmoil
February 23, 2011, at 7:00 AMThe tennis star scores a hard-fought victory with a diving stab that is being hailed as one of the greatest shots ever
February 22, 2011, at 6:17 PMFox’s long-running sitcom nails its parody of another animated classic: Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ franchise
February 22, 2011, at 5:46 PMIf only you’d paid more attention to high school Spanish: According to new research, knowing a second language could help delay dementia
February 22, 2011, at 4:10 PMThe first cosmic census of our galaxy says that we are surrounded by 50 billion planets, including half a billion on which life could exist
February 22, 2011, at 3:30 PMA 23-year-old from the University of Wisconsin has created two evocative music videos chronicling the labor unrest in his state
The Week – Tue Feb 22, 5:51 am ET New York – The GOP is cutting spending with the zeal of a party that won a mandate for change. Did the party take the wrong message from its big win last November? Full Story »
The Week – Tue Feb 22, 5:36 am ET
The Christian Science Monitor – Sun Feb 20, 7:05 am ET
The Atlantic Wire – 1 hr 32 mins ago
As recent events in Wisconsin and Indiana have shown, when an election doesn’t go their way, the response of the Democrats is to do everything possible to avoid the consequences of the election.
by Jim Jordan
We still have a chance to kick the spending addiction and keep the American Dream alive.
Documents made available to Pajamas Media prove that the Venezuelan strongman has been selling reformate to Iran.
by Ron Radosh
Liberals see the conflict as a battle for power, not income. (And at PJTV, don’t miss: AlfonZo Rachel Reports From Wisconsin.)
Will George Washington’s historic church end up as a saloon, or a mosque? If the Episcopal Church prevails in court, either outcome is a disturbing possibility.
A union protestor in Wisconsin was caught on camera saying he wants to vote for Castro and his clone, Che Guevara. Of course, there’s no kerfuffle from the MSM or Democratic Party.
by Gary Wickert
Only thirty states have such collective bargaining agreements. These are privileges, not rights, and can be taken away.
President Obama’s offensive budget was just a bargaining position, callously introduced while the country is in peril. Will enough congressmen say “no”?
Another stunning political miscalculation. (Also read: “White House now disavowing involvement in Wisconsin protests.”)
Now that Qaddafi is in the fight of his life, it’s a good time to take another look at just how awful he is.
by Rand Simberg
Forget comparing what’s happening in Madison right now to Greece, Egypt, Guernica, or Jutland. Think Gettysburg.
The government unions’ corrosive behavior now taints Wisconsin’s medical profession. Also read Charlie’s follow-up post, Naming Names, at the Tatler.
by Myra Adams
In or out, it’s all about the Power of Now.
It’s not surprising that Nir Rosen felt he could get away with making offensive remarks about Lara Logan’s attack in Egypt. This time, though, he happened to have hit on a subject that was offensive to leftist sensibilities.
by Phil Boehmke
No longer basking in the glow of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory, my friends on the other side of the Illinois/Wisconsin border are positively beside themselves at the insane behavior of their public servants.
by Dan Miller
The synchronized dancing and swimming demonstrations were remarkable as was the evident rapture of the appreciative spectators.
by Art Horn
The budget battle has come to NASA, where a massive amount of money is being spent on something that has nothing to do with NASA’s mission.
Serving up Israel when the going gets tough is what Arab dictators and demagogues do at regular intervals. The United States should not join them. (Update: US vetoes resolution condemning settlements.)
WI Gov. Scott Walker is facing down Obama’s personal political army, the state Democrats and the unions. As the situation unfolds, America may be meeting a real leader with the courage to face the nation’s fiscal problems. (Also read about where Wisconsin’s Democratic legislators hid out. “We now know what they call ‘Hooters’ in Scotland, apparently.”)
Union protesters turn thuggish and Democrats flee, rather than come to grips with economic reality.
Every project undertaken by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will involve citizens and activists having their say.
Michael Totten catches up with Stephen Schwartz, who went from being a communist in San Francisco who worked for the Cubans, to becoming a Republican who converted to Islam in the Balkans, writing books and articles for magazines like the Weekly Standard along the way.
The dictum that the “personal is political” is backwards: In reality when something becomes personal, it stops being political. A Guantanamo detainee living in America is political. The same detainee living next door is personal.
by Bruce Bawer
The UK’s Guardian downplays confirmed abuse at a radical British mosque.
President Obama and Harry Reid have used their appointment powers to stop the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ investigation into the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case. (Don’t miss James Poulos’ PJTV interview with von Spakovsky and J. Christian Adams from CPAC.)
The Hispanic Leadership Network, a new organization that seeks to build a bridge between Latinos and the center-right, is being strongly criticized by some conservatives.
Remember when Guantanamo was a gulag, renditions were the stuff of Hollywood movies, and Bush and Cheney were deemed veritable war criminals? Was it all a dream, those nightmare years of 2004-7?
Egypt’s future begins when Egyptians see themselves as Egyptians — not Arabs, and certainly not Islamists.
PJTV delivered the most comprehensive coverage of CPAC 2011 that you will find anywhere. See all the interviews and meet all of the personalities who made up this year’s conference, only on PJTV.
American pundits say that the deposed Egyptian president fomented anti-Semitism in Egyptian society. But on closer examination, the charges again reveal the anti-Semitism of the opposition that toppled him.
Beneath his public outrage lies an outrageous lack of conscience.
The West needs to realize its mistakes and act quickly before any more surprises in the Middle East start to pose threats. (Also read Michael Totten: “North African Dominoes?”)
CPAC erupted into controversy this week over the presence of ACU board of directors member Suhail Khan. He didn’t help the matter by saying something that is provably false.
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Like it or not, George W. Bush was right and Joe Biden was wrong.
One way to tell whether a regime has lost power is when its major symbols are overrun. Think Berlin Wall smashed, or Saddam’s statue toppled. But in the case of Mubarak’s resignation, the singer is gone, but the song remains. (Also read “Obama v. Mubarak” at the Tatler.)
The party staged by Andrew Breitbart for the gay Republican group was as close to a game changer as things get and the most interesting event at CPAC by far, at least to this point.
James Clapper’s astonishing declarations concerning the Muslim Brotherhood are yet another reminder that our “intelligence” experts are blinded by some amazingly politically correct and demonstrably false stereotypes. (Also read Patrick Poole at the Tatler: “Obama’s worst day.”)
Mubarak has stepped down, and no doubt the White House will claim this is a great victory for its Egypt policy. But which Egypt policy? (Also see “Video: Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the unrest in Egypt” at the Tatler.)
Bombshell: Justice Department Only Selectively Complies with Freedom of Information Act (PJM Exclusive)
According to documents PJM has obtained, FOIA requests from liberals or politically connected civil rights groups are often given same day turn-around by the DOJ. But requests from conservatives or Republicans face long delays, if fulfilled at all. (And don’t miss J. Christian Adams’ PJTV interview here.)
The answer to the first question is yes and the answer to the second is: why? (Also read Michael Totten:“Libya’s Legacy”)
by Helen Smith
Kay Hymowitz’s new book wants the current generation of “child-men” to “man up.” But maybe our society shouldn’t have spent decades tearing them down.
Community organizing strikes again. Also read J. Christian Adams’ Tatler post about Neighbor to Neighbor’s vote fraud.
The Atlantic Wire – 1 hr 49 mins ago
WASHINGTON, DC – Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago Tuesday night, winning an 55 percent of the vote. The election of the short, foulmouthed, nine-fingered ex-ballerina marks the end of the Daley era–Richard J. or Richard M. ran the city for 42 of the last 55 years. Full Story »
The Christian Science Monitor – 2 hrs 2 mins ago
San Francisco – Question: Would you want a small handful of government officials controlling America’s entire food supply, all its seeds and harvests? Full Story »
The Atlantic Wire – 2 hrs 24 mins ago
WASHINGTON, DC – Did Google just become evil? The search giant created an art contest for kids called Doodle-4-Google, which sounds all cute and sweet and everything until you realize that it might have been a horrible ruse to get the Social Security numbers of thousands of our nation’s innocent youth! Bob Bowdon, director of the education-corruption documentary The Cartel, noticed that to enter the contest, parents had to fork over their kids’ birthday, city of birth, and last four digits of their Social Security number. With those three pieces of data, it’s apparently relatively easy to guess someone’s full number. Full Story »
The Week – Wed Feb 23, 5:46 am ET
New York – Everybody knows it’s unwise to start buying stocks after the market rises sharply, says Carl Richards in The New York Times. So why do we keep doing it? Full Story »
The Week – Wed Feb 23, 5:34 am ET
New York – Wisconsin conservatives say public employees are breaking the bank with their bloated compensation. No, counter liberals: If anything, these staffers are underpaid Full Story »
Labor Battles Spread Across Midwest – Tavernise & Sulzberger, NY Times
Obama’s Agenda Facing a Governors’ Revolt – Noemie Emery, DC Examiner
WI Only Part of GOP War on Unions – Harold Meyerson, Washington Post
Public Unions: A 50-Year Mistake – Jonah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times
GOP’s War on Labor Unions Will Backfire – Markos Moulitsas, The Hill
New Law Already Damaging Health Care – Lloyd Krieger, Wall St. Journal
No Better Time to End America’s Oil Addiction – Tom Friedman, NY Times
When Pretending Fails to Hide Bankruptcy – Laurence Kotlikoff, Bloomberg
The Rise of Reality-Based Politics – Tony Blankley, Washington Times
In 2012, Obama Faces Strategic Choice – William Galston, The New Republic
The Shifting Partisan Landscape – Jay Cost, Weekly Standard
From Hope and Change to Status Quo – Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
GOP Acts Out of Revenge Fantasy – Bill Schneider, Politico
‘Gimme’ Culture Imperils Nation – Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Democracy Does Not End on Election Day – John Nichols, The Cap Times
Fleeing Dems Are Real Threat to Democracy – Ed Morrissey, The Week
Chicago Got the Strongman It Wanted – John Kass, Chicago Tribune
The Week – Wed Feb 23, 4:58 am ET
New York – As Libya revolts, Moammar Gadhafi’s fate isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. Here are four critical ways the rest of us might feel the turmoil Full Story »
Brent Bozell III – Wed Feb 23, 3:00 am ET
Creators Syndicate – The battle in Madison, Wis., between new Gov. Scott Walker and the public-sector union hacks offers an amazing study in journalistic double standards. The same national media that have spent the last two years drawing devil’s horns and Klan hoods on the tea party protesters have switched sides with lightning speed. In the Wisconsin protesters, they find sweetness and light, “hope and change.” Full Story »
Michelle Malkin – Wed Feb 23, 3:00 am ET
Creators Syndicate – First lady Michelle Obama said, “Let’s Move!” Who knew Democratic politicians in Wisconsin and Indiana would take her literally? Full Story »
Susan Estrich – Wed Feb 23, 3:00 am ET
Creators Syndicate – There has been a whole spate of memoirs lately by young mothers searching for meaning. Full Story »
The Week – Wed Feb 23, 2:30 am ET
New York – The discount-retailing giant’s sales fell for the seventh straight quarter. Here are four key factors behind Walmart’s struggles Full Story »
Ted Rall – Tue Feb 22, 8:02 pm ET
Turmoil from Mideast to Midwest Full Story »
Maggie Gallagher – Tue Feb 22, 8:02 pm ET
After same-sex marriage, what next? Full Story »
- The real threat to democracy in Wisconsin
- The cat burglar who’s actually a cat
- The last word: Why old dogs are the best dogs
- How writing by hand makes kids smarter
- The pregnancy trap
- Does speaking a foreign language stave off Alzheimer’s?
- Glenn Beck’s war on Google
- The baby boomer ‘nest-egg myth’: By the numbers
- The ‘massive’ solar storm: 4 possible repercussions
- Oregon Democrat David Wu’s ‘bizarre’ tiger-suit ph
The Nation – Tue Feb 22, 5:03 pm ET
The Nation — Two days ago, thousands of young people held simultaneous street protests throughout Morocco to demand constitutional reforms and a transition to a parliamentary monarchy. Reports from the ground are now trickling in, giving us an idea about the turnout and its impact. In the Wall Street Journal, Marc Champion writes: Full Story »
Will Senate Republicans Snatch Budget Defeat from the Jaws of Victory?
Are the Senate Republicans going wobbly, again? More
The View from Wisconsin
For those outside the state to fully appreciate the significance of what is happening in Wisconsin, it is necessary to understand the local political situation over the past decade. More
The Party of Big Government
There is only one major party in this country. It is the Party of Big Government. Democrats are the hardliners while the GOP stands for the more moderate wing. More
The inflation disaster is near
February 23, 2011
Five dollar a gallon gas will shatter the Federal Reserve’s tightly constrained lid on inflation and accelerate the other half our long anticipated “double dip” recession. More
Rats leaving sinking ship: DOE loses a crony capitalist
February 23, 2011
Getting out of Dodge before receiving subpoenas from Rep Issa? More
Gadaffi clings desperately to power, vows to die a martyr. …
by Daniel Flynn
A disabled war hero gets heckled — and phony excuses to ban the ROTC from elite colleges keep coming….
Ronald R. Cherry M.D.
There is concern about expansion of Federal Government beyond the bounds of the Constitution. Here, clearly explained, is the Constitutional background to Nullification and Amendment.
Why is the administration playing down the role that the Muslim Brotherhood is carving out for itself in the new post-Mubarak political landscape of Egypt?
By hiding out in Illinois to prevent Republican fiscal reform in their home states, are Democrat legislators discrediting their own party in the eyes of the voting public?
The media seem certain that Gaddafi had a daughter who was killed in 1986, even though she appears to have been adopted posthumously, yet are vague about other details of that raid.
And the winner is…
The real prize, and the best foundation for U.S. interests, is freedom.
The first duty of the tolerant man is to exercise intolerance for intolerance, but multiculturalism legitimizes tolerance of the intolerant…
Written by someone “on the ground,” this account of Bahrain’s Shia insurrection is placed within the context of wider events and politics.
Invoking the Will of Allah to explain away “bad things” is not only an abnegation of responsibility, it could be contributing to conflict in the Middle East.
On issues of Middle East policy, clinging on and hoping for the best is no substitute for decisiveness. At home, the administration is faring little better…
Gary H. Johnson, Jr.
How useful is Dr. Walid Phares’ book as a guide to the background of the current conflicts erupting across the region?
Four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates have been murdered. U.S. forces responded to gunfire at approximately 1 a.m. today only to find that all four hostages had been shot and executed by their pirate captors.
Some commentators have claimed that Twitter and Facebook have been instrumental in recent revolts, but in Iran in 2009, despite organized social media networks, the regime won the day.
The Muslim Brotherhood continues its behind-the-scenes rôle as fomenter and instigator of Islamist trouble in Turkey, Egypt, Gaza and Yemen.
The IRS will be employing additional staff, including those whose prime purpose is to ensure that ObamaCare regulations are enforced.
Al-Jazeera has engaged in Islamist propaganda and gives a platform for the hate-filled rants of Muslim Brotherhood imam, Yusuf al-Qaradawi. But the NYT ignores Qaradawi’s anti-Semitism.
In the name of banning DDT, Global Environment Facility bureaucrats are consigning millions to death from malaria.
James Delingpole explains why he uses expressions like “Eco-Nazis” and “Eco-Fascists” when talking about the Green movement.
by David Solway
Multiculturalism in Canada: another failed — and disastrous — experiment….
by Alan W. Dowd
Our nation’s looming self-imposed exile from space….
by Ryan Mauro
New Senate report shows how political correctness paved the road for Nidal Hasan’s massacre….
A report details disturbing bureaucratic waste and lack of accountability….
The revolution reveals its true yearnings. …
A despot’s brutal crackdown….
Union goons who would make Mao’s Red Guards proud. …
by Ryan Mauro
Middle Eastern unrest escalates and spreads to China….
The Wisconsin Numbers that Democrats are Ignoring
February 23, 2011
The way the left is attacking Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and claiming to be in favor of “democracy” could make one think that the Republicans are the ones who lost the November election there. More
Fed Judge: Now the Commerce Clause covers ‘mental activity’
February 23, 2011
According to federal Judge Gladys Kessler of the DC US District Court, the powers granted to the federal government on the Commerce Clause extend to regulating “mental activity.” More
If anyone cares – and few do – the UN sorta condemns Libya
February 23, 2011
“Too soon” for sanctions, they say. More
New Intel Report on the Threat of Chinese Air Power
February 23, 2011
Meanwhile, our own aircraft development lags. More
Mitch Daniels caves
February 23, 2011
Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana dealt a serious blow to his chances for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, when he caved in to the walk-out by Democrats in the Indiana House More
Wisconsin Students Scored Shamefully Low in Reading
February 23, 2011
Two-thirds of Wisconsin eighth graders “cannot read proficiently.” More