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Same-Sex Marriage: Too Big a Job for the Court

By 1.21.15

A grand misconception is embedding itself in the public brain: To wit, the Supreme Court soon will clue us in to the true meaning of marriage.

Nope. No way. Isn’t so. Can’t be so.

This despite the court’s intention, announced last week, to decide whether gays and lesbians merit constitutional entitlement to wed. I am obliged to note the discrepancy between, on the one hand, what commentators blatantly suggest is going on here and, on the other hand, what the most solemn assemblage of judges you ever set eyes on has actual power to do.

The justices of the Supreme Court have no power to recast marriage as something other than civilization, especially the civilization of the West, in which we live and move and have our being, has forever understood it to be. That thing is the union of man and woman, conceived as opposite, yet complementary, beings.

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Amelia's Kitchen

RECIPE: Jeb Bush Chocolate Orange S’mores

By 1.21.15

In this installment of Amelia’s Kitchen, we will take on Jeb Bush. We’ve already had President Bush — twice. I voted for the latter — twice. (I wasn’t old enough to vote for the first, but I would have.)

Have we already kind of had it with President Bushes? Or do we want s’more?

JEB BUSH CHOCOLATE ORANGE S’MORES

Orange gives this classic dessert a Florida twist. What you’ll need:

• Large Marshmallows
• Skewers
• 3 fresh oranges, or dried orange zest
• 2 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/3 cup honey
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup milk

First, let’s make the orange graham crackers:

• Combine flours, baking powder and baking soda and set aside.
• In a medium bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and honey.

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Free Market Accountability Project

President Obama’s FCC Overreaches Yet Again

By and 1.20.15

President Obama’s State of the Union Address is tonight. Along with his expected calls for higher taxes on the rich, the president’s agenda for 2015 will also include the expansion of his administration’s regulatory overreach. As President Reagan might say, “There he goes again.”

Lacking support of the people’s representatives, President Obama’s administration has usurped congressional authority and has, effectively, attempted to rule by presidential decree enforced through regulatory agency mandate.

For instance, the EPA has claimed authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions even though Congress has explicitly rejected the regulatory proposals the EPA is trying to implement.

Then there is the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). There are numerous examples of the Obama administration unilaterally changing the statute’s regulations without gaining the necessary and appropriate Congressional authority.

Now, it’s the FCC’s turn to play rogue agency.

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A Further Perspective

‘Diversity’ in Action

By 1.20.15

Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and European governments’ counter-attacks are more than just a passing news story.

Europe is currently in the process of paying the price for years of importing millions of people from a culture hostile to the fundamental values of Western culture. And this is by no means the last of the installments of that price, to be paid in blood and lives, for smug elites’ Utopian self-indulgences in moral preening and gushing with the magic word “diversity.”

Generations yet unborn will still be paying the price, whether in large or small installments, depending on how long it takes for the West to jettison Utopianism and come to grips with reality.

Meanwhile, in the United States, no one seems to be drawing any lessons about the dangers of importing millions of people from fundamentally different cultures across our open border. In America, “diversity” has still not yet lost its magical ability to stop thought in its tracks and banish facts into the outer darkness.

Perhaps here, as in Europe, that verbal magic can only be washed away in the blood of innocent victims, many of them yet unborn.

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The State of the Union

What’s Wrong With a Little Political Theater?

By 1.20.15

When the State of the Union speech comes upon us each year, someone invariably makes the argument that this ritual should be put out of its misery.

This year it’s Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review Online’s turn to write, “As a matter of basic constitutional propriety, there is something unutterably rotten about the State of the Union.”

Well, not really. Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution begins, “He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

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Special Report

The War for Lake Chad

By 1.20.15

One of the contenders for this year’s foreign film Oscar — the Pulitzer Prize of movies, I am told by a source in Hollywood — is Timbuktu, by the great Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako. The film, which could not be shot on location due to the continuing civil strife in northern Mali, relates the story of a family and a community hit by tragedy. A dispute over a cow that leads to an accidental death would be shattering by itself. It is made worse by the conquest of Timbuktu and the surrounding villages by al-Qaeda-affiliated Tuareg tribesmen, as in fact happened in 2012.

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History

Selma and LBJ

By 1.20.15

Lyndon Johnson — fireman? Or arsonist? Unintentionally, the movie Selma has highlighted a past that the Democratic Party and LBJ aides would prefer not be understood.

The film Selma has been nominated for two Oscars, best picture and best song. This means, to Al Sharpton and some other liberals, that the story of Martin Luther King and Bloody Sunday — the famous civil rights march that was met by billy-club wielding troopers and deputies dispatched by Democratic Governor of Alabama George Wallace and the local sheriff, also a Democrat — was snubbed. No nominations for best director, best screenplay, or best actor. “The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains,” the Reverend Al says. “The higher you get, the whiter it gets.”

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Culture Vultures

How to Lose a Feminist in Ten Days

By 1.20.15

If you’ve been clamoring for just the right way to ask out that Women’s Studies major you've had your eye on recently, Lisa Bonos of the Washington Post has penned a do-it-yourself guide to how to snag yourself a feminist. Or, at least, how to snag yourself a feminist boyfriend. 

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The Obama Watch

Obama’s Strange Iran Negotiations

By 1.20.15

Two senators, Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Bob Menendez, have authored a bill to impose tougher economic sanctions on Iran if it ultimately refuses to honor the demands of the international community as regards its nuclear weapons program. President Barack Obama has now pledged to veto that bill. A few points to consider before trying to make sense of this news:

1. Obama himself has said inducing Iran to surrender its capability to produce nuclear weapons will be a difficult task; an understatement if ever there was one.

2. We are to believe that sanctions can work as a means of harnessing the behavior of an irrational actor like Iran, and we’re told specifically that sanctions helped bring the Iranians to the negotiating table.

3. States like Iran — ones that are unburdened by the niceties of Western diplomacy — negotiate on the basis of ruthless pressure. We saw an example of this when the Cubans used an imprisoned American aid worker as a hostage to secure favorable negotiating terms. To sit down across the negotiating table from such people requires the willingness to apply hard pressure in kind.

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Amelia's Kitchen

RECIPE: Mitt Romney Thrice-Baked Potatoes

By 1.20.15

We're just barely into 2015, but the race for the Republican presidential nomination is already heating up. Incidentally, so is my oven. Throughout this Republican primary season, I'll be offering politically themed recipes tasty enough to tantalize the taste buds of even the most picky primary voter. To begin, here's a little number that embodies one of the first Republicans to dip his toe into the presidential pool: Mitt Romney.

Wait, Mitt Romney? Haven’t we been here before? Yes, but the dashing dude isn't ruling out a 2016 bid. He might not be new and exciting, but he’s a classic and hearty staple of the Republican diet. Therefore, I bring you…

Mitt Romney Thrice-Baked Potatoes

What You’ll Need:
• 2 Large Baking Potatoes
• 6 ounces cream cheese
• 6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
• 3 ounces heavy cream (more if necessary)
• 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
• Salt
• Pepper

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