Hottest Year Never

GlobalWarming

Here is a good collection of links on the current push by the US government and media to convince us that 2014 was the “Hottest Year Ever,” ignoring the actual satellite data. And some other thoughts on the topic, not well-researched, but with perhaps a surprise or two. […]

Israel and MLK

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It is interesting to me that so many on the Left are hostile to the nation of Israel, and willing to line up on the side of Palestinian terrorists. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, his thoughts on Israel are significant: […]

Politics and Evolution

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I am a bit reluctant to get into this topic, because many of the people whose fellowship (and political alliance) I value are creationists of one form or another. Generally, they’re often better people although not specifically for that reason. But, here goes:

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Magical Islam

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President Obama has famously declared that the Islamic State is not Islamic. Andrew Klavan had some fun with this. The Obama administration is going to extraordinary lengths to assert that Islamic terrorism (they will not use that phrase) has “nothing to do with Islam” (a phrase Obama and company use frequently). I was struck by various aspects of this “nothing to do with Islam” assertion. […]

Protected Group

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In another forum, a commenter is arguing that the media is always quick to mention the criminal’s race if he’s black, but never if he’s Jewish. (There is some confusion there about “race.”) As he summed it up, after many comments and much argument: After the arrest. Black crime is racialized White crime is indivdualized Jewish crime is not mentioned. This struck me as rather far from the mark. I replied: […]

Presidential Economy

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Do presidents really have an effect on the US economy? That question was put to me. Here’s my reply. The Clinton era was an utter and complete financial disaster — to the point where Republicans won the midterms in a landslide, and were able to force through tax reductions and other Federal constraints. […]

Treasonous North?

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No, this is not a post about the Civil War. But I thought that I would interrupt this dreary business of apostasy in Islam, where they cut off your head if you change your mind, with a response I made today to someone asking about events during President Reagan’s terms in office. His contention was that Lt.Col. Oliver North committed high treason, and that Ronald Reagan ignored the rise of jihadism. I was familiar enough with the circumstances to respond from memory: […]

Most Hated President

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Indulge me, if you would, in a quick bit of history: Who was the first president to be regarded by historians as the United States’ most hated president? Answer: George Washington. Some of his policies were vehemently hated during his time in office, which will sound strange to us centuries later. His successor John Adams was also bitterly hated, but you couldn’t say that at the time; he enacted laws that made it illegal to criticize the President or Congress. Benjamin Franklin’s grandson, who had followed the family tradition of newspaper publishing, died in jail after having written harshly about President Adams. Let’s go forward a bit in history: Who was the first Republican president to be assassinated in office? (Trick question!) […]

Redistribution

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President Obama is already on record stating that even if higher taxes bring in less revenue, he is in favor of imposing them anyway, out of “fairness.” And he has long complained that the US Constitution has no clear provision for socialist redistribution of wealth: […]

Like Cuba Without the Sun

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The new Prime Minister of France in 2012 astounded the world, and pleased President Obama, by imposing a 75% income tax on high earners. Obama invited him over, took him in as a new best buddy, and White House photographs featured the smiling pair together at Camp David. […]