Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Abe Greenwald and Evelyn Gordon on some musicians / human-rights poseurs.
Headline of the year so far:
Drunken elk hides kids' swing set in a tree
(Via Dave Barry.)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago predicts that under Obamacare and the HHS mandate, “unless something changes,” in two years all Catholic hospitals will have shut down.

Ace observes,
The state would have to come in and take over, right? I mean, they'd have to. Something Must Be Done, and ergo the state gains new powers, somehow. To fix its previous mistakes.

The real genius of socialism is that it is filled with mistakes and poor decisions, and those very mistakes and poor decisions then supply the justification for additional assertions of power, to fix problems their last power-grab created.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Heather Mac Donald on "the distortions of discourse that flow from affirmative action."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mark Steyn, prompted by the furor over Foster Friess's now-infamous joke,* quotes a New York Times article, "For Women Under 30 Most Births Occur Outside Marriage":
Amber Strader, 27, was in an on-and-off relationship with a clerk at Sears a few years ago when she found herself pregnant. A former nursing student who now tends bar, Ms. Strader said her boyfriend was so dependent that she had to buy his cigarettes. Marrying him never entered her mind. “It was like living with another kid,” she said.

When a second child, with a new boyfriend, followed three years later — her birth control failed, she said — her boyfriend, a part-time house painter, was reluctant to wed.
Steyn comments,
If, as I do, you live in the country, you have dozens of neighbors like Miss Strader – nice high-school girls who babysit your kids; you lose touch, they move to the next town, and you bump into them a couple of years later doing the late shift at the diner or the general store; they’re 23 or 24, with three kids by three different guys. And they’re still nice, and still kinda pretty, if aged beyond their years. But life and its opportunities are fled. If you’re Britney Spears and you wake up after an almighty bender next to some guy you’d rather not face the grey morning after with, there are high-priced lawyers and managers and minders to make all the bad stuff go away. If you’re Britney at the KwikkiKrap, it’s not so easy. . . .

A country in which Foster Friess’ line rouses more concern than that
New York Times headline is not one you’d want to bet on.
*"You know, back in my days, they’d use Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. . . . The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly."

(Edited since originally posted.)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Jay Nordlinger:
I have said it for decades, ever since being exposed to the Arab world while in high school: The region will never, ever progress until the fever breaks — until the culture of the lie, the culture of nutty paranoia, dies or weakens. More than poverty or anything else, it’s lunacy and lies that hold the Arab world back.

Many Arabs will tell you this, when they think it’s safe to do so.

Quick story — a repeat: On 9/11 or 9/12, I received an e-mail from an Egyptian acquaintance, who lectured at the university in Alexandria. Very well-educated, Westernized woman. She said (in essence), “I hope you’re okay. And please know it couldn’t have been Arabs who did this — it must have been the Jews.”

If she could do no better than that — what hope was there for the man who emptied her trash at the university?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Carol Iannone:
[A]t a talk some time ago by a South African scholar, also attended by members of his family, I discovered that they are afraid to walk around their city; whites and Jews are subject to quotas in medical and other professional schools; and many young people are hoping to leave the country never to return.
As in Iraq between the toppling of Saddam and the surge, freedom from an oppressive regime can bring new oppression.
From Michael Potemra, on memory and grief.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sen. Tom Coburn on today's tax-cut deal: "Washington at its worst."
David Pryce-Jones finds in Germany's current treatment of Greece ominous similarities to the Axis occupation of the 1940s.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

From Yuval Levin, an excellent, bleak post on Obama's budget proposal.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thomas Sowell:
[T]here needs to be some understanding of the reckless accusations that have become part of the all-out attempt to destroy Newt Gingrich, as so many other political figures have been destroyed, by non-stop smears in the media. . . .

[T]he poisonous practice of irresponsible smears is an issue that is bigger than Gingrich, Romney, or any other candidate of either party.

There have long been reports of people who decline to be nominated for federal judicial appointments because that means going before the Senate Judiciary Committee to have lies about their past spread nationwide, and the good reputation built up over a lifetime destroyed by politicians who could not care less about the truth.

The same practices may well have something to do with the public’s dissatisfaction with the current crop of candidates in this year’s primaries — and in previous years’ primaries. Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud.

There is no law against it, so it is up to the voters, not only in Florida but in other states, to punish it at the ballot box — the only place where punishment is likely to stop the practice.