Archive for the ‘World Affairs’ Category

Fine Quote

Free world leaders are elephants being pushed around by mice and rats. Dictators don’t play by the rules and exploit those who do.
Garry Kasparov

British Soldier Beheaded in the U.K.

Two Islamists in the U.K. drove their BMW 3 series onto a sidewalk and hit an off duty, out of uniform soldier.  Then they beheaded him and dropped his body in the street while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”  To top it off, the police took 20 minutes to respond.
Think any of this will get serious coverage [...]

Progressivism Inevitable Failure

A government, like a family or a corporation, can support some number of economically unviable undertakings.  But at some point, no matter how pleasurable or good intentioned they are, piling on too many economically unviable endeavors threatens those that are viable.  The problem with Progressivism is that it cannot, even in theory, limit itself to [...]

Question For Our Friends On the Left

If higher tax rates are the answer to our debt crisis, why is Europe in such serious trouble?

Oh, The Irony

Jon Corzine, the leftwing former governor of New Jersey, whose high tax, big spending, overly regulatory policies helped drive the state towards bankruptcy, has now driven his investment firm into bankruptcy because he over-invested in the bonds of European countries that, as a result of following his preferred leftwing high tax, big spending, overly regulatory [...]

The Left Proven Wrong - Again

Apparently, before he was sent to a watery grave, Osama bin Laden complained that Al Qaeda had an image problem: it didn’t appear religious enough.  So, Bin Laden proposed renaming Al Qaeda to “Restoration of the Caliphate Group.”
This is buried in the middle of an AP piece but it is, I think, quite significant.  The [...]

Honest Broker?

In the aftermath of Obama’s recent proposal that Israel’s borders should be redrawn to something resembling its 1967 borders, I have seen several commentators argue that we have not been an honest broker between the Israelis and Palestinians.  They mean, of course, that we have favored the Israelis over the Palestinians.
If you consider the conflict [...]

National Self-Defense vs. Personal Self-Defense

There has ben a lot of discussion by the academic left about whether the killing of Osama Bin Laden was justified.  The people questioning the OBL killing don’t seem to question that a nation has a right to defend itself from a direct attack, but are raising the question of whether that is applicable here.
I’m [...]

Cognitive Dissonance

The head of the IMF is a socialist?  I should know better than to be surprised.

Stealing From The Poor

Ask yourself this: is it better to be poor in a rich country or poor in a poor country.  The answer, I think, should be clear.  If you take the time to understand why it’s better to be poor in a rich country, you will recognize that it has profound implications.
Policies that depress economic growth [...]

Government Healthcare - Deadly and Inhumane

A report was recently released detailing the truly appalling treatment of the elderly by NHS in the UK.  You can scratch the word “elderly” from the real world conditions I suspect.  People who will do the types of things documented in the report will not limit their cruelty to senior citizens.

Joe Biden on Egypt

The media have long ignored the epic wrongness of Joe Biden, probably because they agree with him and he sounds authoritative.  His latest blunder was saying that Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak wasn’t a dictator.
It was reported matter-of-factly here and there without fanfare.  But ask yourself this: what if Sarah Palin said that?  We’d be hearing [...]

The Epistemic Closure Yawn

Jonathan Chait, referencing a Washington Post article, is accusing conservatives of epistemic closure in their treatment of Obama’s comments on American Exceptionalism.  Please.
First of all, the description of of American Exceptionalism as “the idea that the United States is inherently superior to the world’s other nations” is wrong.  It would better be described as “the [...]

Foreign Policy Weakness

The left likes to indulge in the idea that is follows a principled foreign policy, as opposed to those horrible, belligerent conservatives.  Among the multitude of problems for the left is that in the real world, their stance is not perceived as principle but as weakness.  Weakness in the face of an aggressive and hostile [...]

Obama-Holder Axis of Fail!

Well wouldn’t you know it.  The first civilian trial a Gitmo detainee ended disastrously for the Justice Department.  Ahmed Ghailani was acquitted on 280 or so counts.  The only conviction was on a conspiracy charge.
So despite all the promises from Obama, Holder and the left that there would be no problem with civilian trials, there [...]

A Case Study in Leftwing Thought

Oklahoma voters approved an amendment to their constitution that bans the use of Sharia law (as well as international law) in its state courts.  A federal judge promptly put issued a temporary restraining order.  I find the left’s reaction to it informative.
Politico has a nice concentrated dose of leftwing thought by people who are supposed [...]

Not Dangerous Art vs. Dangerous Art

So, it seems there’s an artist who as a very political piece that involves Jesus having sex.  A lot of people are understandably offended.  It’s worth noting, however, that they are expressing their annoyance without riots, deaths and violence throughout Christendom.  The artist has not gone into hiding.  He is not under 24 armed guard. [...]

Peace, Love and Firebombs

You may recall that a few months ago a Malaysian court ruled that Christians had the right to use the word “Allah” in their publications.  The response, predictably, was outrage and violence by Muslims.  Well it turns out that the Ground Zero mosque imam, Faisal Rauf, had something to say about this.
I’m sure you’re thinking [...]

About that Ground Zero Mosque…

You know.  The one Obama likes so much.
Would it be okay for the Sons of Confederate America to build a facility next to where Martin Luther King was assassinated?
Would it be okay for the Mormons to build a church near where Matthew Shepherd was murdered?
Would it be okay for the Klan to sponsor the upkeep [...]

Anti-Intellectual?

You know conservatives are landing punches when the left starts trotting out the “conservatives are anti-intellectual” argument.  The ever-predictable EJ Dionne pulled this one off the shelf today.
It’s not that we’re against the systematic study of ideas.  We’re all for it.  But for too many intellectuals “systematic study” involves “systematically ignoring” anyone to the right [...]