Jonathan Gruber’s Disastrous Congressional Testimony

It was awful beyond imagining. Behold a snippet: This little political skirmish was Jonathan Gruber's Little Bighorn moment in which he didn't play the role of Sitting Bull. Gowdy owned the debate--and Gruber--not only because he is a much more skilled and adept verbal interlocutor than is Gruber (who desperately grasps for the saving power …

Funny ‘Cause It’s True

Via John Podhoretz, via social media, comes the following humorous and accurate appraisal of media coverage of the Middle East:A CNN Reporter, BBC Reporter, and an Israeli commando were captured by terrorists in Iraq. The leader of the terrorists told them that he would grant them each one last request before they were beheaded.The CNN …

Lots of Israel-Related Links to Go Through

So let's go through them.1. In non-shocking news, a serious amount of anti-Semitism actually does exist in the West:The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July …

Brandeis University Should Be Embarrassed

David Bernstein and John Podhoretz have the details. Money quote from Podhoretz: My late uncle, Marver Bernstein, served as the university’s president from 1972 to 1983. I know Marver would have been appalled beyond belief at his shameful successor’s monstrous capitulation to the screaming voices of unreason. As should we all be. Here is Ayaan Hirsi Ali's …

The State of Speechmaking about the State of the Union

Last night's State of the Union address was replete with platitudes, buzzwords, lame rhetorical tricks, and the same old same old. There was nothing, new, path-breaking or consequential that came out of it. Given former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's admission that President Obama "stopped trying to change Washington years ago," I suppose that none of …

The Worst Explanation for the “Knockout Game” in the History of Ever

According to Laurie Cumbo, a New York City Council member from Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood, the "knockout game" is occurring because many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes. I …

Congressional Republicans Are NOT Retreating. They Are Simply Advancing in Reverse. And Don’t Anyone Dare Claim Otherwise.

Those who carefully peruse this op-ed by Paul Ryan will find upon careful reading--or via the Ctrl-F option--that the word "Obamacare" is not used once by Ryan. In writing on how Republicans and the Obama administration can come to some sort of agreement that will get the government open again, Ryan proposes the following: Here …