Obama and Francis: Authoritarianism is Bad, Until it’s Fine

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So, I'm watching Obama single-handedly alter our relations with Cuba, and we're reading from Politico that the president is feeling liberated and ready to be the president he always wanted to be -- that is, a president who doesn't deal with Congress and pretty much does as he damn pleases.I used to say Obama didn't want to be president, with all of its haggling and jawboning; he just wanted to be the ceremonial prince, making speeches about end-results. Seems, though, that what he has always … [Read more...]

3-Minutes Hate; Anti-Sex League; Doubleplusungood!

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Golly I just took a look at Hot Air, and saw these two stories: University of Michigan Prof: It's OK to hate Republicans and Defining Nearly All Sex as Rape, a notion with which one of my own Senators seems enthralled:During an MSNBC-hosted panel discussion on Monday at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Gillibrand said she was considering taking the “yes means yes” law to the federal level.“I definitely have been studying it and looking at it,” she said. “I think there's something the … [Read more...]

Obama, “showing his shortcomings…”

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As David Niven once said, "Ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen."Yes, I suppose it was unavoidable.Although very likely we all hoped, sincerely had hoped, that it would be otherwise, President Obama could not find anything like grace, maturity, professionalism, magnanimity or humility when responding to the undeniable drubbing his party took -- largely, it would seem, due to the weight of his own hubris-laden anchor -- in yesterday's election.Despite the … [Read more...]

New York is Still Competent, Even if Ebola Comes

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The ever-gleaning Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has caught wind of a troubling possibility being discussed.“New York City is a frequent port of entry for travelers from West Africa, a home to communities of West African immigrants who travel back to their home countries, and a home to healthcare workers who travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients,”. . .New York is well prepared for detecting the virus, having faced many other similar situations in the past.Already, the city’s D … [Read more...]

Churchill’s Words on Obama, Congress, World

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His scorn was withering. . .He had described his foes in Parliament as "good, honest men who are ready to die for their opinions, if only they knew what their opinions are." Of Baldwin's government, he said: "So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift...all powerful to be impotent." - Leo Rosten, on Winston Churchill**Well, I read that last night and thought, were Churchill around here, he might rerun those sentiments about … [Read more...]

Organize the Arab World: Obama’s Sudden Ambition?

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On his way to a Wales-hosted NATO summit, President Obama stopped into Estonia -- he took the scenic route -- and gave a press conference chock full of leadershipy ideas. One of them is that we -- meaning the world -- will apparently whittle down ISIS until it is a "manageable problem" (see: "New Normal", here) and another is that we -- the whole world, again -- will need to "[organize] the Arab world", the Middle East, the Muslim world along with the international community to isolate this … [Read more...]

Unhappy Nation America: Not a Family, Not a People

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America is not happy. However it might look on paper, in reality we are not getting along. We are e pluribus unum, no more.I wrote that, and later struck it as being too harsh, for my latest column at First Things, which was written after an evening's troubling conversation with an African American friend who is feeling done with everything and everyone. The militarized police in Ferguson so strained his basket of disciplined goodwill that I suspect one more straw, no matter how light, will … [Read more...]

Editorial: “The World Can’t Afford US Gov’t This Bad for So Long!”

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Wow, first Dana Milbank, then Richard Cohen, then New York Magazine and now this*:After [the president's] truth-challenged oversell of the Affordable Care act, the unconscionable overreach of his CIA and his disastrous indecision on so many foreign policy issues, it's unnerving to realize that his presidency still has two more years in office. An administration with no agenda and no competence would be hard enough to live with on the domestic front. But the rest of the world simply can't … [Read more...]

Bishop asks Admin for Aid to Iraq; Admin asks Congress to Repeal Troop Authorization

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I am sorry to be writing so frequently about the terrible situation in Iraq and Syria, but it needs talking about.The USCCB has just released a pdf of Bishop Pates' letter to White House national security adviser Susan RiceLast month I wrote to you about the escalating violence in Iraq that targets Christians and otherreligious communities. I asked that the U.S. government urge Iraqi political leaders to form aninclusive government representative of all ethnic and religious groups, thus … [Read more...]

Noonan Sees It: Obama Past Caring. Happy Independence Day!

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Peggy Noonan has written an excellent, some might say worrisome piece re Barack Obama's historically rather perverse presidency. You'll want to read it.I have for a while, now, wondered if the president's disengaged "check-out", and the "so, sue me" smugness -- the absolute lack of concern for anything, including his own legacy or the "future of the party" -- has less to do with a conceit that he possesses the ethereal, above-merely-human-detachment of a godling, and more to do with an … [Read more...]


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