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25 Sep 2010

Antiwar or Pro-Hezbollah?

During the Vietnam era, the "antiwar" movement was misnamed. Its leaders, for the most part, were not against war at all; they were just on the other side. Today a series of raids in Minneapolis and Chicago suggested that the same might be true of today's antiwar movement. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: "FBI raids homes of several Twin Cities war protesters."  
During the Vietnam era, the "antiwar" movement was misnamed. Its leaders, for the most part, were not against war at...

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15 Sep 2010

Another One Biting the Dust?

PAUL adds: The conventional wisdom, reflected by polls, is that Ayotte is a solid favorite to win in November, while Lamontagne is a slight underdog. Unlike O'Donnell, Lamontagne is a "viable" candidate. But the ideological gain from nominating him is considerably less than the ideological gain from nominating O'Donnell in Delaware.
PAUL adds: The conventional wisdom, reflected by polls, is that Ayotte is a solid favorite to win in November, while...

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14 Sep 2010

Did Castle Vote to Impeach Bush?

The madness continues, as activists who support Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Senate primary have stepped up their attacks on Mike Castle by alleging that he voted to impeach President Bush. That will come as a surprise to those who wonder how they missed such a vote, but Dan Riehl assures us that it is true. Not only that, he explicitly ties this claim to radio talk show host Mark Levin's attack on us; he titles his post "Paging Powerline." He says that he would "like to hear from Powerline as to why they are supporting someone who signed on to such 'moonbattery' and did such damage to our country."
The madness continues, as activists who support Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Senate primary have stepped up their...

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23 Jun 2010

Sharia Comes to Michigan

Under Sharia law, it is forbidden to proselytize to Muslims, and no Muslim can leave the faith. Dearborn, Michigan, is home to a substantial Muslim population, and there is strong evidence that local authorities now enforce sharia in preference to the Constitution of the United States. Thus this Associated Press story about the arrest of four Christian missionaries that took place on Friday: Police in the heavily Arab Detroit suburb of Dearborn say they arrested four Christian missionaries for disorderly conduct at an Arab cultural festival. Police Chief Ron Haddad says his department made the arrests Friday. The four are free on bond. Here is video of the arrest. The "disorderly conduct" consisted of handing out copies of the Gospel of John outside the festival. Note the police demand that one of the group stop filming the arrest: Many people seem to believe that concerns about creeping sharia are exaggerated or misplaced. This incident demonstrates, I think, the contrary. Under Sharia law, it is forbidden to proselytize to Muslims, and no Muslim can leave the faith. Dearborn, Michigan, is...

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22 Jun 2010

The McChrystal Flap

It's another severe embarrassment for the Obama administration, as the general the President hand-picked to run the war in Afghanistan gave remarkable access to a reporter from Rolling Stone (!) who recorded any number of ill-considered comments General McChrystal's aides made about members of the administration, including Joe Biden ("Bite me!"), General Jim Jones, and Obama himself. For the most part, the contemptuous comments came from McChrystal's aides, and the general could perhaps have distanced himself from them, but for this gem that was attributed to McChrystal himself
It's another severe embarrassment for the Obama administration, as the general the President hand-picked to run the war...
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17 Jun 2010

Obama Plumbs New Depths Of Unpopularity

In Great Britain, anyway. Nile Gardiner writes in the Telegraph: "Barack Obama: the most unpopular man in Britain?" It's hard to believe that any politician could become more disliked in the UK than Gordon Brown, but Barack Obama is achieving that in spades. ... The key catalyst for rising anti-Obama sentiment in the UK has been his disastrous handling of the BP issue, and his relentless desire to crush Britain's biggest company. There is no doubting BP's responsibility over the Gulf oil disaster, and it is right that the firm is being held to account for its failures. But the brutal, almost sadistic trashing of BP by the imperious Obama administration, which has helped wipe out about half its value, threatens its very future, as well as the pensions of 18 million British people and the jobs of 29,000 Americans. There is now the very real danger of the bankrupting of a great British enterprise, and the prospect even of a Chinese or Russian takeover. Instead of adopting a constructive, statesmanlike approach, Barack Obama's decision to launch a "boot on the throat" campaign, while adopting a thinly veiled Brit-bashing agenda, has generated significant bad blood in America's closest ally. At the same time, the president has inexplicably rejected offers of help from the UK and an array of European countries, no doubt out of both pride and protectionism. President Obama's handling of BP is part of a far bigger problem. This is an administration that has consistently insulted Britain, and has even sided with her foes in some cases, most notably in its wholehearted support for Argentina's call for negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falklands, a position that has been strongly backed by Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez. Time and time again, the Obama team has undercut America's key allies, from London to Prague to Jerusalem, while kowtowing to the enem
In Great Britain, anyway. Nile Gardiner writes in the Telegraph: "Barack Obama: the most unpopular man in Britain?" It's...

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11 Jun 2010

America: Still Rising

In January, a friend sent us video called America Rising. I put it up here. We don't know who created the video, but it is skillfully, perhaps professionally, done. The response was remarkable, not in the form of links, but rather emails. People started emailing the link to our post to their friends, and the video went viral. As many as 40,000 people a day have gotten the video via email and watched it on Power Line. It died down for a while, but then came back strong. As of today, more than 2,000,000 people have followed email links to our post and watched the America Rising video on Power Line.  
In January, a friend sent us video called America Rising. I put it up here. We don't know who created the video, but it...

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10 Jun 2010

Clueless About Gaza

President Obama held a media availability today with the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas, and answered questions about the Mavi Marmara incident. His comments were about what you would expect, which is to say, vapid: I think everybody, people in Israel, people in Turkey, people within the Palestinian territories, certainly people here in the United States, want to know the facts of this tragedy -- what led to it, how can we prevent it in the future. And I think -- I've said to the Israelis directly and certainly my team has communicated the fact that it is in Israel's interest to make sure that everybody knows exactly how this happened so that we don't see these kinds of events occurring again. And we expect that -- the standard that was called for in the U.N. Security Council to be met. Actually, what happened aboard the Mavi Marmara is now well known; what we need is not an international investigation, but rather a leader who is willing to tell the truth about Hamas and its supporters. Obama continued: The question now is how do we create a different framework so that people in Gaza can thrive and succeed, so that extremists are isolated as opposed to having an excuse for engaging in violent activities, but also how do we do it in a way that Israel's legitimate security concerns are met. But of course, extremists don't need an excuse to commit violence; and in Gaza, terrorists are not isolated, they are popular. More of this in a moment. With respect to the broader issue of lifting the blockade, as I said before, I think the key here is making sure that Israel's security needs are met but that the needs of people in Gaza are also met. And it seems to us that there should be ways of focusing narrowly on arms shipments, rather than focusing in a blanket way on stopping everything and then, in a piecemeal way, allowing things into Gaza. As so often with Obama, you wonder
President Obama held a media availability today with the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas, and answered questions...

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7 Jun 2010

Is Higher Education A Bubble?

That's what Glenn Reynolds says. Which requires some courage, given that he is a professor. I would have been skeptical, but this number does sound very much like a bubble: College has gotten a lot more expensive. A recent Money magazine report notes: "After adjusting for financial aid, the amount families pay for college has skyrocketed 439 percent since 1982. ... Normal supply and demand can't begin to explain cost increases of this magnitude." Consumers would balk, except for two things. First -- as with the housing bubble -- cheap and readily available credit has let people borrow to finance education. They're willing to do so because of (1) consumer ignorance, as students (and, often, their parents) don't fully grasp just how harsh the impact of student loan payments will be after graduation; and (2) a belief that, whatever the cost, a college education is a necessary ticket to future prosperity. Bubbles burst when there are no longer enough excessively optimistic and ignorant folks to fuel them. And there are signs that this is beginning to happen already. I have children in the relevant age group, and, for what it's worth, it seems to me that kids are becoming more sensitive to college costs and more wary of debt. That's what Glenn Reynolds says. Which requires some courage, given that he is a professor. I would have been skeptical,...

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6 Jun 2010

Iran Ups the Ante

As we and many others have written, the "freedom flotilla," the Rachel Corrie, etc., are all about Iran's effort to supply rockets and other arms to its creature Hamas in Gaza so that Israel can be more effectively attacked and the Jews, some day soon, exterminated. Iran apparently is frustrated that its efforts to break the Gaza blockade have so far failed, and now threatens to up the military ante: Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are ready to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday. "Iran's Revolutionary Guards naval forces are fully prepared to escort the peace and freedom convoys to Gaza with all their powers and capabilities," Ali Shirazi, Khamenei's representative inside the Revolutionary Guards, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news agency. The prospect of a Revolutionary Guards escort tells you all you need to know about the "peace and freedom convoys." If Iran follows through on this threat, it would seem that the prospect of war will become very real. One wonders what could have happened on the international scene over the last sixteen months to embolden Iran to threaten such a provocation. As we and many others have written, the "freedom flotilla," the Rachel Corrie, etc., are all about Iran's effort to...
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5 Jun 2010

The Forgotten Rachels

Israeli troops have boarded the Rachel Corrie, an Irish vessel participating in the "Freedom Flotilla" and purporting to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza. Thankfully, the pro-Hamas activists on board did not initiate violence, and the ship is being taken peacefully to Ashdod, where the cargo will be inspected before being forwarded to Gaza. The incident has brought Rachel Corrie's name back into the news. Time, for example, offers a tribute to her here. Corrie was a young American woman who foolishly got herself killed in Gaza in 2003 by kneeling in the path of a bulldozer. Since then, she has been the subject of much adulation. In fact, however, she was not so much a human rights activist, as she is portrayed in the press, as a hater who was closely allied with terrorists. In this photo, taken a month before her death, she was burning a fake American flag at a Hamas rally: At The Corner, Mark Steyn brings our attention to this piece by Tom Gross called "The Forgotten Rachels." Written in 2005, it is even more timely today: Rachel Thaler, aged 16, was blown up at a pizzeria in an Israeli shopping mall. She died after an 11-day struggle for life following a suicide bomb attack on a crowd of teenagers on 16 February 2002. Even though Thaler was a British citizen, born in London, where her grandparents still live, her death has never been mentioned in a British newspaper. Rachel Thaler is not the
Israeli troops have boarded the Rachel Corrie, an Irish vessel participating in the "Freedom Flotilla" and purporting to...

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5 Jun 2010

Sestak Scandal Hurting Sestak?

I haven't followed closely the mini-scandals involving White House job offers to Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff. I don't actually think there is anything wrong with a White House offering a politician a job if he will stay out of (or get into) a race. It may be technically illegal, but I don't believe it is the sort of conduct that the federal statute was intended to address. Nevertheless, the news stories about Sestak and Romanoff have obviously gotten traction. That may explain why Pat Toomey has jumped to a seven-point lead over Sestak in the latest Rasmussen survey, 45-38. The Pennsylvania Senate seat would be a huge pickup for Republicans. Even if Specter hadn't changed parties, Toomey, a solid conservative, would be a major upgrade over the former senator. I haven't followed closely the mini-scandals involving White House job offers to Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff. I don't...

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