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Fateful Fortnight of Denial

By 7.14.15

A fortnight overseas brought sunshine on the lovely Greek Isle of Naxos and gustatory classics in Provence, all enjoyed with stellar companionship of friends old and new. But in the background were ominous events that augur ill for global and domestic stability.

In the forefront was the declaration of bankruptcy by Greece’s far-leftist populist president, backed by a rousing 60 percent “no” to European central banks in a referendum on a reconstruction plan. That Athens was peaceful on referendum Sunday made for a pleasant visit strolling around the Acropolis and a lovely café dinner afterward, all the while surrounded by smiling Greek faces. The latest accord defers the eventual reckoning arising from the financial meltdown facing Greece—and for the European Union.

Across the Eurasian landmass China’s stock markets declined vertiginously, with one Wall Street Journal analysis noting that the classic signs of a bubble were all at their historical extremes: 

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OBAMAKILL: End of Life Counseling

By 7.13.15

Look out, Grandma.

Medicare said last week it wants to start paying for end-of-life counseling.

It’s being sold as “death with dignity,” but it’s more like dying for dollars. Seniors are pressured to forego life-sustaining procedures  to go into hospice. That enriches the booming hospice industry and also frees up dollars for the left’s favored social causes.

Why is the government meddling with how we cope with death? The  Institute of Medicine doesn’t mince words. Scrimping on seniors will free up money “to fund highly targeted and carefully tailored social services for both children and adults.” Just like Obamacare. Robbing Grandma to spread the wealth.

In 2009, President Obama said seniors are getting too many procedures and maybe they’re “better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.” Obama’s health guru Ezekiel Emanuel argues the elderly should be a lower priority because “they have already had more life-years.”

It’s the perfect storm of ideology and industry greed, with hospice providers lobbying lawmakers to make end-of-life counseling the standard.

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Hitler and Gun Control

By 7.13.15

Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”
By Stephen P. Halbrook
(The Independent Institute, 280 pages, $22.95)

One of the issues that liberals and gun control advocates are most loath to discuss is how heavily and effectively totalitarians and mass murderers have relied upon gun registration and other firearms controls to round up “enemies of the state.” Hitler, Stalin, Castro, and Mussolini all seized upon gun laws to punish, incarcerate, and even exterminate their opponents, while permitting their own evil cliques to expand and strengthen the state and party monopolies on gun ownership.

Stephen P. Halbrook, an attorney and Research Fellow with the Independent Institute in California, has written a remarkably well-documented analysis of how Adolf Hitler and his Nazi henchmen in the government made private, “unauthorized” gun ownership a capital crime, while using registration records to effectively turn ordinary Germans into instant criminals.

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Six Reasons Why Scott Walker Will Be Elected President

By 7.13.15

Shortly before Scott Walker was re-elected Wisconsin’s Governor for the third time in four years, I made the case that if Walker prevailed Republicans should nominate him as their presidential candidate right then and there. Since January, Walker has been at or near the top of most public opinion polls of preferred standard bearers for the GOP in 2016, and today he officially launches his White House bid, making him the 15th Republican to join the field. While this field is quite crowded, I believe it will soon become apparent that Scott Walker stands out head and shoulders above the rest. Here are the six reasons why I believe Walker will not only win the GOP nomination, but be elected President in November 2016.

1. He’s Part of the Middle Class (or He Actually Shops at Kohl’s and Sears)

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Donald Trump Is GOP’s Dark Lord Voldemort

By 7.13.15

Donald Trump is the GOP’s Voldemort, the Dark Lord and villain of the Harry Potter children’s book series. To thinking Republicans who don’t want to go through another circle of hell like the 2012 presidential primary, Trump is He Who Must Not Be Named. When a partisan mistakenly utters his name, media dementors — soulless creatures who sail through the airwaves — pop out from nowhere and suck the oxygen out of the hapless offender. Helpless and filled with dread, some victims die, while others slip into nothingness. The dementors will not relent. They want to turn the primary into a pain-inducing referendum on the Dark Lord.

Mexicans are Trump’s muggles — that’s author J.K. Rowling’s word for humans with no knack for magic. Trump, 69, rants about Mexicans and undocumented immigrants all the time. When he announced June 16 he was running for president, he called them criminals, drug dealers and rapists.

Just as Voldemort thought he could get some intrepid students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to follow him even after he schemed against them, Trump believes he can win over the Latino vote, or so he told NBC.

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Why Krugman Lies About Obamacare

By 7.13.15

We have all known someone who, having paid an exorbitant sum for a car that seems to spend a lot of time in the shop, insists it’s the best automobile he’s ever owned. That's Paul Krugman where Obamacare is concerned. His psychological and professional investment in the perversely titled Affordable Care Act is such that he cannot bring himself to admit that he bought a lemon. And like the guy with the pricey car that keeps breaking down, his claims about the dysfunctional law are becoming so preposterous that they are literally provoking laughter when he makes them in public.

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Radar Love

By 7.10.15

A bullet-proof vest does not mean you’re bullet-proof. It just means most bullets won’t penetrate the vest.

But some will.

Same with radar detectors. You’ll be less vulnerable — but you won’t be able invulnerable.

Probably the greatest threat — the one radar detectors are least able to protect you from — is so-called “instant-on” radar. The problem isn’t that your detector won’t detect that you’ve been targeted. The problem is not detecting the radar in time to do much about it.

Here’s how it works:

Revenue collector parks on the shoulder or some other such place where — ideally, from his point of view — he can see oncoming cars before they can see him. He waits, finger on the proverbial trigger. His radar gun’s trigger. When he sees you coming, he pulls the trigger and a brief burst of radar emanates from his gun. Just as your radar detector detects the signal, it’s already bounced back to him, giving up your speed. You hit the brakes, but it’s too late.

He’s got you.

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Stuff White People Did

By 7.10.15

MTV later this month premieres White People, a documentary that, as the trailer informs, exposes “what white people have done in America.” Illegal alien Jose Antonio Vargas hosts the program. Some people miss their own irony.

Pale faces in America invented the Internet, the telephone, the airplane, and the computer. They took the maiden flight across the Atlantic and first stepped foot on the moon. Crackers developed vaccines for yellow fever and polio. They forged a nation united by neither ethnicity nor a religious sect but a commitment to freedom.

Whites also killed nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina church, dropped atomic bombs on unsuspecting yellow people, and believed on a cable channel for several years in the early 1980s that Eddy Grant and Joan Armatrading represented the sum of black music. One gleans the impression from the trailer that Mr. Vargas eliminates the positive and accentuates the negative — at least sins of the non-sonic variety — in the MTV documentary.

The Great American Saloon Series

The Whiskey Rebellion And The Bourbon Restoration

By 7.10.15

I confess: I used to be a whisky snob. I always spelled whisky without the “e” — as they do in Scotland, land of elegant single malts.

I was willing to acknowledge that Ireland has begun to distill a few good spirits. Also Japan — hard to believe as that may be for those of us old enough to remember when “Made in Japan” suggested transistor radios and underpowered motorcycles.

But when I thought of American whiskey, what came to mind was a cowboy strutting through the swinging doors of a saloon, ordering a shot of rye, downing it in a gulp, and then grimacing like he’d swallowed a cockroach dipped in Tabasco. Or cloying bourbons suitable only for mixing with sugar and mint and serving to ladies wearing oversized hats on Derby Day. Or Canadian Club, a libation favored by Mad Men — guys interested only in a speedy alcohol delivery system.

Lifestyles Left and Right

Progressives Push ‘Per-Mile’ Tax on Electric Cars

By 7.10.15

Owners of electric cars see themselves as virtuous — and in some cases, seriously righteous — for leaving a smaller “carbon footprint” than their latter-day Neanderthal neighbors who drive those repulsive, “fossil fuel” powered vehicles. At least that’s how the advertisements for these green cars portray the state of affairs in Obama’s America, circa 2015.

But now the levelers of liberalism are riding close on the taillights of their fellow progressives.

Electric vehicle owners, it seems, have been engaging in some decidedly un-democratic behavior, as they have not been paying their “fair share” of car-related taxes to the state.

Owners of gas-powered cars — you and me — pay local, state, and federal gas taxes at the pump, every time they refuel.

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