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October 25, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1357607
(Steven Hayward)

You thought Groundhog Day was in February, right?  No: it’s been moved.  The Obama Administration woke up (if they can ever be said to wake up about anything), saw the groundhog’s shadow up in New York, and realized it means six more weeks of Ebola.  What was that ...

October 25, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1357604
(Steven Hayward)

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Colorado Senator Mark Udall—or Senator “Mark Uterus” as he has been cleverly but accurately dubbed by local media—deserves to lose to Cory Gardner on grounds of his obvious sheer stupidity.  Watch him mangle—but perhaps tell the effectual truth of liberal dogma today?*—the famous ...

October 25, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1357606
(Steven Hayward)

John has already done a good debunking three weeks ago about the latest climate hysterics over walruses beaching themselves on the beach instead of on ice floes, but in case you missed it or would like another helping, our friends at the Global Warming Policy Foundation in ...

October 25, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1357605
(John Hinderaker)

In New Hampshire, Scott Brown has pulled into a statistical dead heat with incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Brown is not a staunch conservative on every issue; if he were, he would not be competitive in purple New Hampshire. But one issue on which Brown is strong is immigration. ...

October 25, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1357603

THE BATTLE OF WESTPORT: 150th Anniversary Exhibition& Reenactment October 23-26, 2014 :: 􏰀6601 Swope Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64132

9 million people living in the Confederacy: 5 million white, 4 million Black.

1.2 million adult white males in the Confederacy. 900,000 served. 75,000 ...

October 25, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1357602

Original mk I Sciroccos are just as apparent. The three decades that separate the volkswagen passat transmission problems a major reduction in fill ups that means. Having access to start-stop without also having to fulfil a host of modern requirements that the Touareg's installation has been in ...

October 25, 2014, 10:18 am, 1357590
(Scott Johnson)

Michelle Malkin performs a case study of Robert Hunter Biden that she dubs “The chronicles of Hunter Biden.” Biden is the younger of Vice President Biden’s two sons. Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy when he flunked a Navy drug test; he tested positive ...

October 25, 2014, 8:18 am, 1357565
(Scott Johnson)

A long-time reader and professional investor responded both to the critical if tentative substance as well as the spirit of inquiry in which I posted “The Age of QE” yesterday. Our reader’s company is devoted to private equity investment and he has asked me to withhold ...

October 25, 2014, 8:18 am, 1357564

Over at Equitable Growth: I think Paul Krugman gets one wrong--or, at least, I need more convincing before I think he gets this one right, in spite of the extraordinary empirical success of my rules (1) and (2):

October 24, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1357497
(John Hinderaker)

In this one-minute clip, trying to shore up the floundering Coakley campaign in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton displays her ignorance of how the world works not once, but twice. First she assures her audience that raising the minimum wage doesn’t cost jobs, it leads to job gains. (“Our entry-level ...

October 24, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1357433

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October 24, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1357431

James D. Hornfischer: The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors:

At 6:35 A.M., as sunrise revealed a grayed-out and hazy dawn, the most powerful concentration of naval gun power the Japanese empire had ever assembled reordered its geometry in preparation for daylight ...

October 24, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1357358
(Scott Johnson)

We have yet to hear from the White House press office in response to our request for a comment on our reader’s report that a major network problem has hit the computers used by staff in the Executive Office of the President. Our source, however, updated us ...

October 24, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1357357

October 24, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1357283
(Steven Hayward)

As Peggy Noonan points out in her weekend WSJ column, the “war on women” theme isn’t working so splendidly for Democrats: “This one is old and mined out.”  Even more cutting is this line:

The advertisement that most captures the 2014 cycle is from Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes ...

October 24, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1357282
(Steven Hayward)

News out of Europe yesterday is that the EU has adopted an ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction target, calling for a 40 percent reduction in GHG emissions by the year 2030. But the announcement was larded with lots of talk of “flexibility” and contains so many contradictory ...

October 24, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1357281
(John Hinderaker)

Rob Stein is the founder of the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella a group that organizes the funding of left-wing causes by rich liberals and interest groups. In The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado by Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer, at page 7, Stein explains candidly ...

October 24, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1357280

This slide is from Mario Draghi’s presentation to the European Union council today. As the caption states, he says it shows that investment is suffering from a lack of confidence. But it perhaps more clearly shows ...

October 24, 2014, 10:18 am, 1357122
(Scott Johnson)

We are approaching the end of year six of the regime of Quantitative Easing (QE) engineered by the Federal Reserve under Fed chairmen Ben Bernanke and now Janet Yellen. In place of responsible economic policy to revive economic growth and employment, we have had QE and the ...

October 24, 2014, 10:18 am, 1357119

Tom Hardy is amazing...

October 24, 2014, 10:18 am, 1357121

James D. Hornfischer: The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors:

The seas rolled calmly, stirred by a gentle easterly wind, when the early risers of the morning watch rose for breakfast at three A.M. to relieve the midwatch at four. Aboard the destroyer Johnston, ...

October 24, 2014, 10:18 am, 1357120

If you had asked me five years ago what iPads would be used for, I would not have said "cash registers"...

They tell me that it's $600 vs. $2000 upfront for an iPad vs. a conventional cash-register system, with similar transaction fees.

October 24, 2014, 8:18 am, 1357046
(Scott Johnson)

The New York Times has our friend Ammo Grrrll is thinking about FRIENDSHIP LEVELS. She writes:

The New York Times – faithful, fawning Boswell to Obama’s Johnson (it’s a literary reference, grow up) – informed us recently that The President is “seething” over his minions’ incompetence! ...

October 24, 2014, 6:18 am, 1356958

Amid great fanfare, the statue of Andrew Jackson was dedicated in Lafayette Park on January 8, 1853, the thirty-eighth anniversary of the battle of New ...

October 24, 2014, 12:18 am, 1356796
(Steven Hayward)

Public approval of Congress is in the single digits, down to blood relatives and pets as the joke goes in Washington. So perhaps the answer to our political troubles is to focus on making Congress more powerful? Yes—that’s the well-reasoned argument my old boss Chris DeMuth makes in ...