From April, 2015

Chipotle’s Absolutely Worthless Stance against GMOs

Detailed here. Of course, it ought to go without saying that there is no scientific support whatsoever behind Chipotle’s move, but even if we put that to the side, we see that the company only serves to make itself look ridiculous with this latest publicity gambit:

Hypocrisy, Thy Television Station of Choice is MSNBC

If you run a news organization that is dedicated to the proposition that paying taxes is A Good Thing, then I suppose it behooves you to ensure that the public faces of your news organization . . . um . . . pay their taxes. For certain people on MSNBC, however, consistency is the hobgoblin of unwilling wallets:

Quote of the Day

Mohammed Rahman doesn’t know it yet, but his small farm in central Bangladesh is globally significant. Mr. Rahman, a smallholder farmer in Krishnapur, about 60 miles northwest of the capital, Dhaka, grows eggplant on his meager acre of waterlogged land. As we squatted in the muddy field, examining the lush green foliage and shiny purple fruits, he explained how, for the first time this season, he had been able to stop using pesticides. This was thanks to a new pest-resistant variety of eggplant supplied by the government-run Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute. Despite a recent hailstorm, the weather had been kind,…

Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice. But Extremism Can Be a Vice Sometimes.

Apparently, those of us who think well of Jeb Bush–and might even formally endorse his soon-to-be candidacy for the presidency of the United States–are supposed to be deeply upset by the fact that he sometimes has nice things to say (gasp!) about the Obama administration. I recognize that candidates and campaigns get nitpicked all the time, but this latest critique against Bush borders on the absurd, and in the past, Bush himself has ably explained why:

There Was Never Any “Team of Rivals” in the Obama Administration

Richard Holbrooke was always one of my favorite Democrats–brilliant, dynamic, a fascinating personality, and a diplomat with actual, substantive accomplishments to his name (unlike a certain former secretary of state who is currently trying to convince us that she should be the next president of the United States). If life were fair, Holbrooke would have served as secretary of state in a Democratic administration (again, unlike a certain presidential candidate who actually did serve as secretary of state, despite the fact that she has no substantive accomplishments to her name), but alas, life is not fair. I bring up Holbrooke…

The Word You Are Looking for Is “Genocide”

Comes now the part of the year when attention turns to the ethnic cleansing of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Turkey in the aftermath of the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama pledged that he would call these massacres what they were–genocide. Times have changed: