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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Bizarro World.

According to the State Department, terrorists in Guantanamo are “refugees,” and the Empire State Building will be lit up in red and yellow to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Communist China. As Michael Goldfarb notes, “Hey, the Red Chinese only killed 50 or 60 million of their own people, why not celebrate that achievement with […]

Polanski apologists.

I’d love to see a poll showing if the same people who think Gore Vidal is a genius also think Roman Polanski’s drugging and raping of a 13-year-old girl is no big deal (or what Whoopie Goldberg said “wasn’t rape-rape.“) The argument seems to be, “a lot of time has passed, the victim doesn’t want […]

Loony leftist projection.

Gore Vidal is so washed up and irrelevant it’s kind of a waste of time to further comment on his angry contradictory ramblings. But I’m posting this because to me it’s a typical attitude of the Sixties hard-core leftist to project their shortcomings onto others — in this case, that America will decline into a […]

Friedman unhinged.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman draws a comparison to the political climate today to that which led to the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. Friedman bases this on, among other things, a recent Facebook poll that asks if President Obama should be killed because his health care proposal (which is […]

Disincentivising medical insurance.

Here’s Michael Leavitt, Al Hubbard and Keith Hennessey on how the Obama health care plan would actually cause the young to not bother getting insured until it’s too late. Insurance protects against the risk of something bad happening. When your house is on fire you no longer need protection against risk. You need a fireman […]

Counterinsurgency, not counterterrorism.

Bruce Riedel and Michael O’Hanlon explain in USA Today why the strategy of “offshoring” operations in Afghanistan, championed by many on the Left and some on the right, most recently George Will, will not work. The Offshoring is essentially counterterrorism, a strategy more reactionary based where the U.S. relies on technology and human assets not […]

$50 trillion to save $1 trillion?

Here’s Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist: Imagine for a moment that the fantasists win the day and that at the climate conference in Copenhagen in December every nation commits to reductions even larger than Japan’s, designed to keep temperature increases under 2 degrees Celsius. The result will be a global price tag of […]

Shut up and drink your climate change Kool-Aid.

President Obama is taking the Al Gore approach to climate change — that is, “shut up, he explained.” It’s a big problem, time is running out, be very afraid, just do what I say and don’t try to debate, or use facts, or logic, or reason, or anything other than slanted and predetermined computer models […]

Cost worse than supposed problem.

Here’s former Greenpeace activist Bjorn Lomborg: Research by climate economist Professor Richard Tol shows that carbon cuts big enough to keep temperature rises lower than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)–a target that the G-8 and many others argue is necessary–could cost a staggering 12.9% of global GDP in 2100. That is the equivalent of […]

To kill medical innovation.

Here’s Newt Gingrich: A 3-year-old boy was recently diagnosed with a rare, aggressive, soft-tissue cancer in his bladder. Radiation treatment would have stunted the growth of his pelvic bones, hips and bladder and left him disabled. Radical surgery could remove his bladder, prostate and portions of his rectum. That would have left him impotent, using […]