From March, 2015

George Shultz on How to Deal with Climate Change

It is nice to see that more Republicans have accepted the reality of climate change, and are calling for action. Add George Shultz’s name to the list of those who believe that something has to be done. After showing what the current climate trends are, and showing why they should alarm us, Shultz–who along with Henry Kissinger and James Baker can lay claim to being the best secretary of state in my lifetime–tells us how Ronald Reagan would deal with the climate change issue: I am also impressed by an experience I had in the mid-1980s. Many scientists thought the ozone layer…

Recent Nonsense from the Camp of the Putative Next President of the United States

Look, I really don’t want to make my blog into Clinton E-mail Central, but there really cannot be enough emphasis on this story, or on the fact that Hillary Clinton has no business being the next president of the United States, and her camp has no business having any proximity whatsoever to political power. Let us examine the latest reasons why: James Carville admits that Clinton deleted her e-mails because she wanted to frustrate congressional review and oversight of those e-mails. For the words “congressional review and oversight,” Carville uses the name “Louie Gohmert,” but of course, Congress does have 534…

Obstructionists

I write this blog post to condemn and denounce a faction of Congress that seems bound and determined to prevent the passage and implementation of a host of Obama administration policy initiatives. It seems like on a regular basis, this particular faction–which of course is substantially represented in Congress–tries to throw a plethora of monkey wrenches into just about any Obama administration proposal. Frankly, the whole thing is unseemly and appalling; doesn’t this group of representatives and senators have anything better to do than to reflexively oppose the president and his policies? The faction I am condemning and denouncing is,…

Quote of the Day

As a rule, these are words no politician wants to be speaking in the days leading up to the launch of a major campaign: “What I did was to direct, you know, my counsel to conduct a thorough investigation …” “I fully complied with every rule that I was governed by.” “They were personal and private, about matters that I believed were in the scope of my personal privacy.” As a rule, a candidate wants to take flight on outstretched wings of hope, not scramble in the dirt on the crabbed limbs of legal compliance. Every day spent saying “Trust…

Hillary Clinton’s Political Pain Hasn’t Ended

To wit . . . Democrats are panicking about the state of her campaign. The Associated Press is suing the State Department in an effort to gain access to Clinton’s e-mails. This alone guarantees continued press interest in this story, which means that the story is not going away. “Tuesday, Hillary Clinton projected the stoicism of a person who really, truly hates what she’s doing, and does it anyway.” Yeah . . . that kind of attitude ain’t gonna win elections, folks. If you give even one scintilla of a damn about preserving the security of cabinet-level communications in the federal government,…

Social Media: Not the Place to Go for Sober-Headed Legal Analysis

There has been a lot of debate about the letter sent by 47 Republican senators to the Iranian regime regarding the negotiations over nuclear energy use–likely for weapons–by Iran. I happen to think that sending the letter was a bad idea; foreign policy has been found to be the province of the executive branch, with a few exceptions, and I generally don’t like it when people of either party freelance in opposition to any White House when it comes to foreign policy–even if I disapprove of the White House’s foreign policy. But while it is one thing to disapprove of…

Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Know the First Rule of Holes

The former secretary of state and putative next president of the United States held a press conference today to explain that thing about her e-mails. It . . . um . . . didn’t go well. Clinton now admits that yeah, maybe it would have been a good idea to use two e-mail accounts; one for official business and one for personal correspondence. We are supposed to believe the following explanation for why she didn’t: Clinton said she exclusively used her private e-mail account out of “convenience,” so as not to have to carry two phones. But she conceded that it…

Quote of the Day

At least part of the reason French waiters have such a bad reputation can be chalked up to cultural differences. The French garçon de café will not hesitate to correct your pronunciation, for instance, because he thinks you want to pronounce things correctly. He will not bring your check unless you ask him, because he considers it rude to intrude upon your party. He may speak to you with what—particularly to American ears—appears to be impenetrable coolness, because he is there to serve you, not to be your pal. Which is why, in mid-2013, the Paris tourism board launched its “Do You…

Venezuelan Humor Has Turned Mordant, which Means that the Venezuelan Political Landscape Could Be Ripe for Change

Nicolás Maduro had better be worried. Jokes like this one have become popular: An Englishman and a Frenchman are at a museum, admiring a Renaissance work depicting Adam, Eve, and the apple in Eden. The Briton observes that Adam sharing the apple with his wife shows a particularly British propriety. The Frenchman, unconvinced, counters that the pair’s obvious comfort with their nudity clearly marks them as French. A passing Venezuelan, overhearing, remarks candidly, “Sorry to intrude, caballeros, but these are obviously Venezuelans: they have nothing to wear, practically nothing to eat, and they are allegedly in Paradise.” Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez, the writer of the…