Friday, January 27, 2012

Mark Krikorian:
Mexico’s successful evolution into a modern industrialized democracy is the most vital foreign-policy interest we have — way, way more important than which gang of goat-herding barbarians rules the Hindu Kush or anything that happens in Syria or Yemen or Libya or Belarus or Burma or Uganda or even Iran. And yet Mexico’s an afterthought, both for the media and for policymakers, unless someone’s head gets chopped off — the president didn’t even mention it once on Tuesday [in the SOTU].

Friday, January 20, 2012

Jonah Goldberg* on "this 'national conversation about race' liberals keep clamoring for":
As I've written a million times now, the pattern goes like this. Liberals insist that we must talk openly and honestly about race. A conservative says something open and honest about race. Liberals scream "Racist!" and try to destroy him for saying what liberals hoped he would say.
And it will never end.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Theodore Dalrymple on courage, culture and the Concordia.

Friday, January 13, 2012

I'm glad I don't have to fly.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Dave Barry's "Year in Review" is up, and very funny, as always.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Mark Steyn's column this weekend, on our fiscal profligacy, is one of his best. Two passages among many worth quoting:
Public debt has increased by 67 percent over the last three years, and too many Americans refuse even to see it as a problem. . . . Look into the eyes of Barack Obama or Harry Reid or Barney Frank, and you realize that, even as they’re borrowing all this money, they have no serious intention of paying any of it back. That’s to say, there is no politically plausible scenario under which the 16.4 trillion is reduced to 13.7 trillion, and then 7.9 trillion, and eventually 173 dollars and 48 cents. At the deepest levels within our governing structures, we are committed to living beyond our means on a scale no civilization has ever done.

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At this stage in a critical election cycle, we ought to be arguing about how many government departments to close, how many government programs to end, how many millions of government regulations to do away with. Instead, one party remains committed to encrusting even more barnacles to America’s rusting hulk, while the other is far too wary of harshing the electorate’s mellow.