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August 23, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1323527
(Steven Hayward)

Nothing speaks confidence and clarity like having the President refer to the surging ISIS battalions in the Middle East as the “JV team,” while your special forces—our varsity squad—are unable to rescue American hostages. Maybe that’s because we have a JV President. I was recalling yesterday Russell Kirk’s ...


August 23, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1323526
(John Hinderaker)

You might think that Democratic Party donors would close their wallets this cycle out of embarrassment, but you would be mistaken. As Kim Strassel reports in the Wall Street Journal, the Democrats are winning the money race.

Kim argues that the Democrats’ incessant attacks on Charles and ...


August 23, 2014, 10:18 am, 1323498
(Scott Johnson)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized yesterday. Not for his false and defamatory attacks on Mitt Romney or the Kochs, but for the putative offense taken by someone somewhere at his slightly off-key “Asian-themed jokes” before the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. No offense was ...


August 23, 2014, 10:18 am, 1323499
(Scott Johnson)

I believe that Hamas killed more Gazan Arabs than Israel did on Friday. You may have read that Hamas summarily executed 18 Palestinians on Friday, as in this YnetNews report. The YnetNews report combines Reuters, AFP, and AP reports with its own reportage and includes ...


August 23, 2014, 10:18 am, 1323497

John Maynard Keynes (1926): The End of Laissez-Faire } "Panarchy - Panarchie - Panarchia - Panarquia - Παναρχία - 泛无政府主义: I The disposition towards public affairs...

...which we conveniently sum up as individualism and laissez-faire, ...


August 23, 2014, 10:18 am, 1323496

From David Leonhardt's The Upshot:

Claire Cain Miller: Will You Lose Your Job to a Robot? Silicon Valley Is Split: Following are a sampling of the points of view expressed in the Pew report.

Most utopian: “How ...


August 23, 2014, 2:18 am, 1323390
(John Hinderaker)

President Obama’s bizarre performance on Wednesday, when he took a brief break from his vacation to make a statement on James Foley’s murder and then teed off minutes later, grinning and fist-bumping, has drawn criticism from just about everyone–even the New York Times. I wouldn’t have thought the ...


August 22, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1323379
(John Hinderaker)

Probably we should all be past being shocked at what goes on in the public schools, but I confess that an email I got today from Devin Foley of Better Ed shocked me. It quoted descriptions, written by Twin Cities area high school teachers, of how their ...


August 22, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1323378
(John Hinderaker)

Maybe it’s a sign of a warped sense of humor, but I found this headline from the AFP hilarious:

Living Forever May Never Be Possible: Study

What would we do without studies?


August 22, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1323304
(Scott Johnson)

I first heard the late Kenny Rankin back in the day on Minneapolis’s KQRS when it was a freeform FM radio station, in the late ’60 or early ’70s. I liked what I heard (probably his “Peaceful” or one of his many covers of Beatles songs), but ...


August 22, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1323303
Marmot licks GoPro: Interrupts Time-Lapse Photography:


August 22, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1323227

Janet L. Yellen: Labor Market Dynamics and Monetary Policy: "In the five years since the end of the Great Recession...

...the economy has made considerable progress in recovering from the largest and most sustained loss of employment in the ...


August 22, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1323149
(Steven Hayward)

Last week John noted that he went out shooting for recreation. I chase after ocean-going wildlife.  But somehow I keep forgetting my harpoon.  Anyway, here’s two short highlight reels of the action this week.  Call the first one “The Porpoise-Driven Life.”  Okay, groan if you want to. ...


August 22, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1323076
(Paul Mirengoff)

Rand Paul was in Guatemala this week. Eliana Johnson reports that during his visit, Dr. Paul worked with a team of surgeons to perform eye surgeries at Salama’s Hospital de Ojos.

Paul opined that doctors are superior to lawyers when it comes to serving in political ...


August 22, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1323074
(Paul Mirengoff)

Kellyanne Conway has released the results of a new poll on immigration. The poll takes a deeper look at the issue than any survey I recall seeing. It finds that (1) immigration has become a massive issue, (2) neither political party has an edge ...


August 22, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1323075
(Steven Hayward)

Liberals who defend Obamacare used to point to the VA as an example of how the government could provide universal health coverage just dandy. Well, that talking point has rather disappeared down an Orwellian memory hole.

Another favorite talking point was that the government’s low administrative costs for ...


August 22, 2014, 10:18 am, 1322996
(Scott Johnson)

The British press has mocked President Obama’s golf game immediately following his statement on the beheading of James Foley. The Daily Mail story includes a photo of Obama giving a fist bump for the ages. At this point, a killer rabbit would be a decided ...


August 22, 2014, 10:18 am, 1322995
(Scott Johnson)

Chris Gibson represents New York’s Nineteenth Congressional District. He is an Iraq war vet and a Republican. He was elected to Congress in the wave of 2010. It’s a D+1 district, so Gibson’s reelection is far from a gimme.

I don’t know him, but Gibson ...


August 22, 2014, 10:18 am, 1322994
(Scott Johnson)

Today our friend Ammo Grrlll continues her series deriving from her recent high school reunion in ON THE ROAD – Part Dos – Or, Are We There Yet?

I believe it was French philosopher Alexis de Toqueville who said, “This is one big-ass country,” but I could be ...


August 22, 2014, 10:18 am, 1322993

August 22, 2014, 8:18 am, 1322916

Over at Equitable Growth: Robin: Stock and flow: "Flow is the feed...

...It’s the posts and the tweets. It’s the stream of daily and sub-daily updates that remind people that you exist. Stock is the durable stuff. It’s ...


August 22, 2014, 8:18 am, 1322915

LIFE at the Liberation of Paris: A Photographer’s Story:

LIFE photographer Ralph Morse, now 94 years old, recalls being outside Paris in a press camp — he was covering George Patton’s Third Army and its sweep toward the ...


August 22, 2014, 12:18 am, 1322761
(Steven Hayward)

What caused the recent outbreak of ebola? Would you believe—why of course you would, it’s flippin’ obvious isn’t it? Climate change!

Ebola outbreaks may become more frequent because of climate change, scientists have warned, as the deadly disease ravages four countries across West Africa. . .

Some scientists believe ...


August 22, 2014, 12:18 am, 1322762
(Paul Mirengoff)

Gov. Rick Perry stopped off in Washington today, on his way to New Hampshire, to give a speech at the Heritage Foundation. His address came at the conclusion of a panel discussion (which Perry did not participate in) called “The Border Crisis and the New Politics of ...


August 22, 2014, 12:18 am, 1322760

Mark Frauenfelder: Buttle/Tuttle mixup: Cops tell innocent woman she is dead, then throw her in jail "Shannon Renee McNeal... has filed a lawsuit against St Louis police and court personnel...

...after they falsely arrested her on felony drug possession charges that were meant ...