James Pethokoukis, the Dewitt Wallace Fellow and “Money & Politics columnist-blogger” for the American Enterprise Institute, is a frequently interesting analyst and polemicist … when he doesn’t mar his commentary with unseemly snark. That snark factor rose to radioactive in his recent connivance, at AEIdeas, in a […]
Guess which gender makes more money?
“Equal pay for equal work!” the mantra goes. “Women get only 73 cents on a man’s dollar!” These are oft-heard slogans, and we may well hear them again during the fall campaign with the War on Women afoot. Now, going beyond […]
Egyptian president Abdel El-Sisi
If you want to bomb ISIS (Islamic State In Syria aka IS, aka ISIL) from the air, go for it and if you want to put troops on the ground, knock yourselves out. It might be effective or it could […]
Perhaps lost in the incessant, rolling bad news shuffle that is the Barack Obama Administration are the ongoing Hong Kong protests of rising Chinese domestic interference.
This is exactly the sort of thing we freedom lovers and free marketeers feared when in 1984 the […]
Tennis fans worldwide tuned in to the U.S. Open in September and saw stars such as Marin Cilic and Serena Williams trounce their rivals in the last Grand Slam event of the season. The most important action, however, took place before the matches even started, when U.S. […]
It is not wisdom but authority that makes law.
During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man.
There once was a land, a magical land, with a chicken in every pot. And in this land, which was called Progressitopia, there were two peoples. There were those who saw the world as it was, and there were those who saw the world as they oh-so-very-much […]
A dubious editorial pastime these days involves political progressives offering their suggestions about rescuing the Republican Party from extinction. Of course, one might be suspicious about a political opponent offering constructive advice in the first place, but even if it is sincere, it would just be suggestions […]
Sly totalitarian challengers exploit our liberties that they abhor.
It is a natural inclination to endeavor to assess threats, whether immediate or only discernible to those with a vision. Such calculations are made in terms of the foe’s inclinations, and physical means. These estimates like to […]
The concept of a totalitarian state was an invention of the twentieth century. The notion of a state or nation whose government could control virtually all aspects of its citizens’ lives was not conceivable in prior times. It is certainly true that in monarchies throughout history, the average subject had little capability to individually alter […]
It is bewildering that so many on the right, particularly normally fiscally prudent libertarians, continue to advocate for toll roads. In fact, some are even criticizing conservatives who oppose them. Terri Hall, founder of the group TURF (Texans United for Reform and Freedom), found herself under […]
John Edwards’ mistress Rielle Hunter
Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, one of the most brilliant conservative political writers of the modern era, was sentenced by a judge last week to eight months in a halfway house and probation. He was also ordered to pay […]
As mankind continues to relentlessly explore those uncharted regions of his Labyrinth of Horrors, have we any inkling of what we have bartered for his final tumultuous Main Event? We, who have grown anesthetized to the anthropomorphic-spawned tremors of the world, would marvel at the vertigo […]
It long ago became clear to me that, despite all the pretense, protesting and politicking, no one who has ever seriously thought about equality actually believes in it. When making this case, one could point to how Eric Holder’s DOJ is currently suing the Pennsylvania State Police […]
The Democratic Party has made “income inequality” a signature issue for the 2014 (and, presumably, 2016) election cycle. Democrats, en masse, shout “J’accuse!” at Republicans. There is a very different story to tell.
“Income inequality” is a crude, and twisted, heuristic for stagnant median family income. “Income […]
We had some inordinately interesting recent Congressional testimony from David L. Hunt – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Inspector General (IG).
IG Hunt appeared on Wednesday, September 17 before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The topic? “Oversight of FCC Budget and Management.”
It is funny seeing all these losers protesting for higher wages. Because big brother keeps shelling out all this money, they just think everyone has money to shell out. At least that is what commie’s like Obama and Hillary want them to think.
But I have the […]
It is better to be feared than to be loved.
I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.
Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian Renaissance writer, humanist, diplomat, philosopher, historian, and politician, centered in Florence. […]
This week, President Obama made headlines for his exiting of Marine One in New York when he half-saluted a saluting marine while holding a Styrofoam cup in his right hand. The controversy stems from military protocol which states one should not salute while holding an object in […]
Back when Eric Holder was nominated for Attorney General of the United States a non-attorney acquaintance asked me for my opinion of the appointment. Did I think he would be a good man for the job? My reply, took them rather aback. Holder, I said, was absolutely the wrong man for the job. I cited […]
Eric Holder, perhaps the most anti-gun Attorney General ever, announced this morning that he will be stepping down from the position. Many Americans believe he covered up criminal actions by the Obama administration. A longtime employee of the Justice Department said Holder had “radicalized and radicalized” the […]
So I take it Rand Paul opposes arming the Syrian opposition, but supports US air strikes against ISIS. Fortunately, his libertarian fans see through his blatant difference splitting and are not happy about it. The linked article describes Rand’s weaseling but otherwise is a typical Daily Beast snarkfest.
On Thursday afternoon, Paul took the Senate […]