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July 28, 2014, 10:18 am, 1306472

Emperor Franz Joseph:

Ischl, July 28.

Dear Count Stürgkh:

I have resolved to instruct the Ministers of my Household and Foreign Affairs to notify ...


July 28, 2014, 10:18 am, 1306471

Ken Thomas: Middle Class Political Economist: Stephen Moore (Heritage, of course) can't even get his cherry-picked data right: "If you have had the stomach to read the malarkey that the Heritage Foundation puts out...

...you have ...


July 28, 2014, 8:18 am, 1306397
(Scott Johnson)

In the spirit of David Bernstein’s “Some Israel-Gaza notes” at the Volokh Conspiracy, I would like to add my own summarizing points I have been making here, some of which Bernstein also makes.

1. Hamas has promoted phony casualty statistics as a propaganda tool and the ...


July 28, 2014, 8:18 am, 1306398
(Scott Johnson)

My young friend Katie Kieffer is one of two beautiful and conservative Katies with books out this summer. Katie Pavlich is the author of Assault and Flattery:The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, seeking to corral women to the conservative cause. ...


July 28, 2014, 12:18 am, 1306229
(Paul Mirengoff)

The baseball Hall of Fame inducted six new members today. Among the inductees were managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, and Bobby Cox (the others were Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine).

One thing about inducting managers: you don’t have to worry about whether ...


July 27, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1306226
(John Hinderaker)

In her polemical novel Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand imagines a world in which the most productive citizens–business magnates, mostly, creators of wealth and generators of progress–go on strike. Tired of being blamed for the world’s ills by parasitic liberals in the press, academia, popular culture and government, ...


July 27, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1306225
(Paul Mirengoff)

It’s not getting much attention, but Ukraine continues to make military progress against rebel separatists. The Washington Post reports that the Ukrainian military has pushed the rebels out of a series of villages and towns in the East, and now has its sights set ...


July 27, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1306221
(John Hinderaker)

Matt Drudge is promoting this CNN poll, out today, in which respondents were asked whom they would vote for if the 2012 election were re-run today. Romney beats Obama, when “leaners” are counted, 53% to 44%. And that’s not all: lots of Obama’s numbers are quite ...


July 27, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1306213
(Paul Mirengoff)

The World Cup ended two weeks ago, which means that it’s high time for me to offer my World Cup all-star team. But first, a word about the tournament.

The consensus among those who covered it is that this was the best World Cup in modern memory. ...


July 27, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1306202
(Steven Hayward)

The New York Times Magazine today carries a cover story about why math is hard, and perhaps that helps explain widespread economic illiteracy. Maybe the Times should do a sequel on this very topic, except that it might expose too many of its premier columnists (not mentioning any ...


July 27, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1306201
(Scott Johnson)

The IDF has investigated its possible role in the deaths that occurred at the UN school in Gaza. The Times of Israel’s Mitch Ginsburg files this update:

The Israeli army concludes its inquiry into the fatal incident at the UN facility in Beit ...


July 27, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1306194
(John Hinderaker)

A federal court in the District of Columbia has held that the District’s ban on carrying weapons, either openly or concealed, violates the Second Amendment. The case is Palmer v. District of Columbia. While the holding is by no means unexpected–I believe the District was the last ...


July 27, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1306193
(Paul Mirengoff)

For decades, diplomats and pundits have been saying that “everyone” — by which they mean their fellow diplomats and pundits — knows what the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute would look like. It would look, they say, like two states with something similar to the re-1967 ...


July 27, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1306192
(Scott Johnson)

William Henck has worked inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel as an attorney for over 26 years. We posted his personal account, including his testimony to a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him, this past February in “Inside the IRS.” ...


July 27, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1306191

Over at Equitable Growth: I have said this before. But I seem to need to say it again...

The very intelligent and thoughtful David Beckworth,


July 27, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1306167

Sir Edward Grey:

Count Mensdorff told me by instruction to-day that:

the Serbian Government had not accepted the demands which the Austrian Government were obliged to address ...


July 27, 2014, 10:18 am, 1306143
(Scott Johnson)

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over”) was John Lennon’s 1971 Christmas single with Yoko Ono. “War is over! If you want it,” went the song. Barack Obama is thinking along the same lines, and he he wants the war over. He has requested that Congress ...


July 27, 2014, 8:18 am, 1306107
(Scott Johnson)

In the adjacent posts John and I draw on the commentary of David Horovitz and Barak Ravid on John Kerry’s promotion of a ceasefire that toes the Hamas line in Gaza. Hamas is a genocidal terrorist organization with which Kerry is prohibited from dealing ...


July 27, 2014, 8:18 am, 1306106
(Scott Johnson)

Walter Russell Mead headlines his commentary on the evacuation of our embassy in Libya — “As Libya implodes, ‘smart diplomacy’ becoming a punch line” — draws at length on the State Department travel advisory on Libya:

The security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and ...


July 27, 2014, 12:18 am, 1306015
(John Hinderaker)

Haaretz is Israel’s establishment, liberal newspaper. Scott once described it to me in shorthand as the New York Times of Israel. So the paper is a natural ally of a Democratic U.S. administration.

That is what makes this article by Barak Ravid remarkable. It is titled