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Putin’s Apologists

I had no idea such a ridiculous movement of Russian apologists had reformed, but I suppose Vladimir Putin has his “useful idiots” as much as Stalin or Lenin did. Here’s the commentary by Bret Stephens. Russia is a big country. In case you didn’t know. A flight from New York to St. Petersburg will cover […]

King Obama’s Obamacare exemptions

Don’t like ObamaCare? Tough. Law of the land. Passed in both houses. Upheld by the Supreme Court. Isn’t that what we’ve all been told for years? “Shut up!” they explained. We know what’s good for you. Our legislative experts who admitted to not reading the 2,000-page bill prior to passing it arrogantly determined that they […]

Snowden story has no good guy.

In a recent newsletter Jim Geraghty made some very good points regarding damaging leaks that Edwin Snowden has made that have nothing to do with being a “whistle blower” or acting in some kind of patriotic civil libertarian fashion. I’ve found myself waffling on Snowden, because he has at a minimum forced a discussion on […]

Militarization of our police.

Reason’s Radley Balko, writing in the Wall Street Journal, writes on the disturbing trend of the militarization of our civilian police forces. The country’s first official SWAT team started in the late 1960s in Los Angeles. By 1975, there were approximately 500 such units. Today, there are thousands. According to surveys conducted by the criminologist […]

FBI ignoring IRS misdeeds.

Angela Hunt makes a strong case that there needn’t be a “smoking gun” in the form of a White House memo directing IRS officials to target conservative groups for audits. Instead President Obama used words associated with conservative groups “in at least 33 separate public addresses to condemn conservative political advocacy groups before and during […]

Holder spying on Congress?

Here’s Mark Steyn:  Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois asks the attorney general if he’s spying on members of Congress and thereby giving the executive branch leverage over the legislative branch. Eric Holder answers: “With all due respect, senator, I don’t think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss that issue.” Senator Kirk responded […]

Our (cold) Civil War.

Peggy Noonan on the IRS scandal — she’s right too. It’s a game changer, affirming everything everyone fears about the tyranny of the leviathan state, unchecked power, unending growth and the bureaucrat’s tendency for self-preservation and self-aggrandizement. But this scandal is different and distinctive. The abuse was systemic—from the sheer number of targets and the […]

A 501(c) primer.

WSJ: Oh, yeah, before getting started we can thank Sens. John McCain and Russ Feingold for this convoluted but utterly predictable mess that the campaign finance laws gave us. It’s another lesson in government hubris and the limits of power — money, like rivers of water, will cut their own path when blocked. It’s arrogance […]

IRS vs. the Engelbrechts.

Peggy Noonan puts a human face on the IRS abuses: But the most important IRS story came not from the hearings but from Mike Huckabee’s program on Fox News Channel. He interviewed and told the story of Catherine Engelbrecht—a nice woman, a citizen, an American. She and her husband live in Richmond, Texas. They have […]

It’s more than just the scandals.

The WSJ provides a view of the forest rather than the trees, which underscores the repeated point that the Obama scandals have done more to champion the cause of limited government than could 1,000 tea parties. If the scandal is showing anything, it is that the White House has a bizarre notion of accountability in […]