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Technical Problems 1/21/15

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February 26, 2015, 10:18 am, 1429510
(Scott Johnson)

Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In response to a question posed by Rep. Gerald Connolly, Kerry raised questions about the adverse judgment rendered by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the deal in process with Iran. As described by ...


February 26, 2015, 8:18 am, 1429434
(Scott Johnson)

Sharyl Attkisson asks herself how the media would treat a given behavior if it were practiced by a Republican. If the media would go ballistic, Attkisson suggests, the same behavior ought to be deemed newsworthy when a Democrat practices it. She calls it The Substitution Game.

Now ...


February 25, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1429195
(John Hinderaker)

Three men, two in Brooklyn and one in Florida, have been arrested as two of them were about to depart for Turkey to join ISIS. Their names are Abror Habibov, Abdurasul Juraboev and Akhror Saidakhmetov; Juraboev and Habibov are from Uzbekistan, while Saidakhmetov is from Kazakhstan. Saidakhmetov ...


February 25, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1429194
(John Hinderaker)

It has long been remarked that a certain Dogpatch air hangs over Bill and Hillary Clinton. They have, apparently, led separate lives for quite a few years, but one quality that they share is greed. Indeed, they seem unable to restrain that grasping instinct even when it undermines ...


February 25, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1428922
(Steven Hayward)

Let’s start by axing a simple question: If I say “two plus two equals four,” does the truth of that proposition depend on whether I’ve received a grant from the Charles G. Koch Foundation? Apparently it does for Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the House ...


February 25, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1428843
(Steven Hayward)

Following up on my first installment a few days ago from Michael Oakeshott’s classic essay “On Being Conservative,” herewith my second-favorite passage from the essay, which I find can be effective in getting students to understand why Aristotle (among others) thinks the young are unsuited to the study—let ...


February 25, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1428844
(Scott Johnson)

In its annual Dubious Achievement Awards, Esquire magazine never failed to include a photo that captured Richard Nixon in an uncharacteristically humorous moment with the caption: “Why is this man laughing?” It was a joke of which Esquire never tired.

Someone needs to bring the joke back in ...


February 25, 2015, 8:18 am, 1428672
(Scott Johnson)

Ray Stevens has been creating novelty hits since I was a child; his recording career dates back to 1957. I haven’t heard about Stevens for a long time and didn’t know his creative juices are still flowing. I was therefore delighted to discover when we received ...


February 25, 2015, 8:18 am, 1428671
(Scott Johnson)

Secretary of State John Kerry testified yesterday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an appropriations subcommittee. The Washington Post covers his testimony here. The Post reports:

Much of the questioning was about negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Kerry denied media reports here and in Israel ...


February 25, 2015, 12:18 am, 1428480
(Steven Hayward)

We reported here over the weekend that Rajendra Pachauri, the railroad engineer and sometimes smut novelist who somehow headed the UN’s IPCC climate change circus, was in trouble for some kind of chakra-releasing problem.  Today he resigned as head of the IPCC: