From January, 2015

Please Stop Saying that Americans Don’t Like Political Dynasties. It’s Just Not True.

It isn’t 2016 yet, but I am already sick to death of all of the claims that Americans do not like political dynasties. We have heard a fair amount of that talk in light of Hillary Clinton’s very likely candidacy for the presidency, and now that Jeb Bush appears to be getting ready to run for president as well, we are hearing even more such talk. The problem is that the talk in question is absurd. Americans may pretend to dislike political dynasties, but in fact, efforts to perpetrate such dynasties have been remarkably successful throughout American history. John Adams…

Head, Meet Desk

Oh boy: A recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics finds that over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” about the same number as support mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” We really do need better science education in this country. And incidentally, is it any surprise whatsoever that there is a Venn diagram intersection between people who support mandatory labeling of GMO foods and people who support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA”?

Immigration Policy Blunders

For those who wonder why it is that I hate, abhor and utterly detest our current immigration policies, be sure to read this. Read it in full. Read it twice. Read it three times. Heck, read it five times; it’s that important. Why is it that important? Because no nation, no matter how great, can continue to be great if it kicks out, rejects and punishes extraordinary talented people with laudable work ethics who want to weave themselves into the fabric of that great nation’s life, and who are willing to contribute to that nation’s continued greatness as long as…

Good for the Obama Administration

And credit where it is due: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs. Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing. The program has enabled…

An Outrage in Mississippi

Carroll Frazier Landrum is a doctor in Mississippi who will see patients even when they cannot afford to pay for his services, no matter where they are, even if the meetings have to take place in Landrum’s car. He is, by all accounts, a superb physician and he is filling a need by providing his services. On these matters, there is no dispute whatsoever. The state of Mississippi has responded to Landrum’s good work by threatening to take away his medical license. Supposedly, Landrum is “incompetent” because he sees patients in his car. The charge is ridiculous, vague and overbroad,…

Let’s Put Matters Bluntly

The Charlie Hebdo murders were caused by Islamist terrorists. They were not a false flag operation. Anyone who says otherwise is a lunatic. Any group of people who publish that particular anyone’s claims that the Charlie Hebdo murders were a false flag operation may be considered a group of lunatics. Any former politician whose name is used by that particular group of lunatics to also name the institute of the lunatics in question may have some ‘splainin’ to do. And finally, any son of the former politician in question who doesn’t say something along the lines of “the lunatics who…

Pope Francis Blunders

I actually like the pope. But this is just awful commentary: Pope Francis said there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith, in comments that the Vatican later said Friday did not mean justifying the attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines on Thursday, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good. But he said there were limits. By way of example, he referred…

Good for Arizona

Civics education in the United States is nothing short of shameful, and something has to be done to improve it. A high school test won’t solve all the problems, but it would not hurt in the slightest to make high school kids learn civics and be forced to pass a test on civics before graduation. So, Arizona has gone ahead and passed legislation requiring just that. I certainly approve. And to those who criticize this move by saying that requiring that high school students pass a civics test won’t necessarily make for better citizens, I say “you are right.” But…

More on the Charlie Hebdo Murders

Let’s run through a list of news updates . . . 1. Al Jazeera is not a real news organization: As journalists worldwide reacted with universal revulsion at the massacre of some of their own by Islamic jihadists in Paris, Al Jazeera English editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent out a staff-wide e-mail. “Please accept this note in the spirit it is intended — to make our coverage the best it can be,” the London-based Khadr wrote Thursday, in the first of a series of internal e-mails leaked to National Review Online. “We are Al Jazeera!” Below was a list of “suggestions” for how anchors and correspondents…

Don’t Know Much about History (Paul Krugman Edition)

Look I understand that Paul Krugman is loath to give Ronald Reagan credit for anything good. But when he goes and makes things up about Reagan’s economic record, someone should really call him on it. Preferably someone at the New York Times who is actually in charge of editing and fact-checking. Or doesn’t the Times employ those people anymore?