That Interim Deal with Iran Sure Didn’t Last Long!

Recall the following from my post on the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 (excerpted from this site): Even with improvements, the interim agreement fails to bring Iran into compliance with its key international legal obligations as spelled out in United Nations Security Council resolutions. The agreement comes closest on compliance with the resolutions’ requirement …

I’m Supposed to Believe that the Implementation of Obamacare Is Improving . . .

And I'm supposed to believe it based on reports like this one from Ezra Klein, who tells us the following: A spin through HealthCare.Gov this morning went smoothly. The site loaded quickly. The process progressed easily. There were no error messages or endless hangs. I didn't complete the final step of purchasing insurance but, until then, …

I’ll Know that We Live In a Small Government World . . .

When the federal government doesn't arbitrarily move to destroy businesses like 23andMe. Incidentally, I find the following to be a very good question: Is it relevant that governments themselves, through their law enforcement agencies, run elaborate saliva-, blood- and DNA-collection operations that are hedged with few of the protections of voluntariness, privacy and openness that one finds with 23andMe? You can, of course, …

In Shocking News, Obamacare Continues to Flounder

Let's go through the lowlights: Organizing for America has seen fit to send out talking points telling people how to advocate in favor of Obamacare over Thanksgiving dinner. These people are a laugh riot. More cyber security problems we were assured we would never have to put up with. And still more. Scary sentence of the …

Why the Deal with Iran Is Less than Good

By now, you have likely heard that the United States and five other countries (Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany--also known as "the P5+1 ," with "P5" standing for the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council), have entered into an interim nuclear deal with Iran. The deal's provisions are supposed to expire …

Justification for My “Art of the Day” Interludes

Exposure to art increases intelligence: FOR many education advocates, the arts are a panacea: They supposedly increase test scores, generate social responsibility and turn around failing schools. Most of the supporting evidence, though, does little more than establish correlations between exposure to the arts and certain outcomes. Research that demonstrates a causal relationship has been …

A Better News Media, Please

For those who are still wondering why there was a marketplace for the blogosphere to begin with, consider this blog post and this one, which demonstrate quite clearly that good blogs are needed to correct truly bad reporting on the part of the mainstream media.

Revolutionary Thought of the Day

If a presidential event is good enough to be covered by official White House photographers, it should be good enough to be covered by the press corps. Assuming, of course, that all of this talk about being "the most transparent administration in history" is meant to be taken seriously.