Saturday, July 28, 2012

Daniel Henninger:

Liberals and Democrats who work on human-rights issues won't like to hear this, but with the Obama presidency, human rights has completed its passage away from the political left, across the center and into its home mainly on the right—among neoconservatives and evangelical Christian activists. . . .

Barack Obama is not a traditional, internationalist Democrat in the mold of such party elders as John Kerry or Joe Biden. Mr. Obama is a man of the left. His interests are local. The Democratic left can only be understood on any subject if placed inside one, unchanging context: the level of public money available for their domestic policy goals.

It's never enough. And standing between them and Utopia is a five-sided monument to American power across the Potomac. . . .

The Obama White House put a bull's-eye on the defense budget from the start. . . . That's their untapped pot of domestic gold.

(Via Benjamin Weinthal.)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Glenn Reynolds on the Chick-fil-A rumpus:
What I think is funny is that if you have the same view on gay marriage that Obama had when he was elected, now you’re an enemy of humanity or something.
We have always been at war with EastAsia supported gay marriage!
It does seem that 1984 is growing more timely (see e.g. this). Not a good development.
Our nation's finest investigative journalist, Dave Barry, is filing from London, where apparently some sort of sporting competition is to occur. Three pieces so far.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Terrific five-minute TED video: "How Containerization Shaped the Modern World."

Via Craig Newmark, who observes, "Another instance of the benefits of the market."

On "You didn't build that": Obama was referring to infrastructure ("this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges"), not "a business." The whole passage is dreadful, though. Had our forefathers shared Obama's attitude toward industry and government there'd be no "unbelievable American system" and far fewer "roads and bridges" today.

(Via Glenn Reynolds.)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Pelosi also weighed in on the pressure on presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney to release additional years of tax returns.

“The American people seem to want to know,” Pelosi said. “His father set the standard for transparency. ... This is a tradition that he is breaking not only personal in his family but for candidates for president of the United States. You want to run for president, the ante is upped.”


Facing questions about why she and other top Congressional officials won’t release their tax returns, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) downplayed her previous demands for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to release his, calling the issue a distraction. . . .

“We spent too much time on that. We should be talking about middle-income tax cuts,” Pelosi said after answering two questions about the issue. . . .

“Some people think the same standard should be held to the ownership of the news media in the country who are writing these stories about all of this. What do you think of that?” she asked.


Congressional leaders were defiant Thursday that Capitol Hill lawmakers should not release their tax returns — even as Democrats kept demanding Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney release his.

“When I run for president of the United States, you can hold me to that standard,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who refuses to disclose her returns, told reporters during a tense news conference. . . .

[S]he reacted testily when asked whether she and members of Congress should abide by such rules.

“There are no rules. There are no rules. There’s no rule about releasing his tax return, so what rules are you referring to?” she asked, growing clearly frustrated. Asked about the standard she had cited for a presidential candidate, Pelosi said: “It’s up to the American people. The American people are the judges of that.”

After being questioned about why her demand for more transparency from Romney shouldn’t apply to Congress as well, she briefly changed course and said the issue of tax returns was not important.

“The tradition that was honored by this same person’s father,” Pelosi said, recalling how George Romney released several years of his tax returns when he ran for president in 1968. “Now I’m not here, this is not important to me, let me say this: What’s important to me are jobs and the rest,” Pelosi said.


LATER: If I used post titles (and I'd thought of it in time) I'd have omitted my single-word summation and called this one "Three Days of the Jackass."

Monday, July 9, 2012

Glenn Reynolds and Mark Krikorian link to this article about the difficulty scientists are having in finding work. One feels for the scientists, and yet . . . do they speak out when politicians criticize drug companies' profits? (A non-rhetorical question; I'd like to know.) It’s those profits that enable R&D, and R&D that permits the retention and hiring of researchers. If they want jobs in the field, then I hope they forthrightly defend the profits that create those jobs.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Excellent post by Yuval Levin on Obamacare, Paul Ryan's plan and "the left’s basic conceptual error in the health-care debate."

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day.

It was all very well sitting there on her verandah thinking about the problems of others, but it was getting late in the afternoon and there were things to do. In the kitchen at the back of the house there was a packet of green beans that needed to be washed and chopped. There was a pumpkin that was not going to cook itself. There were onions to be put in a pan of boiling water and cooked until soft. That was part of being a woman, she thought; one never reached the end. Even if one could sit down and drink a cup of bush tea, or even two cups, one always knew that at the end of the tea somebody was waiting for something. Children or men were waiting to be fed; a dirty floor cried out to be washed; a crumpled skirt called for the iron. And so it would continue. Tea was just a temporary solution to the cares of the world, although it certainly helped.
Alexander McCall Smith, Blue Shoes and Happiness

There is no question that God is an American. God may have started out in Europe but he came to America as soon as he noticed that we were basically goodhearted people who bathed regularly and would someday invent central air-conditioning.

Bubba says people who sometimes have doubts about God being an American just need to remind themselves of where cold meatloaf sandwiches and college football came from.

Bubba loves God and tries to go to church every Easter. He also prays to God in his own quiet way, usually in those moments when he would dearly like to put a tee shot in the fairway on a long Par-4 or badly needs a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

But he understands completely that there will be those occasions when God is in Palm Springs with his phone off the hook.

Dan Jenkins, Bubba Talks