Wow! I am so happy about the Duke victory last night over the team that we call in our household, the UNCheaters. I couldn't believe it. I was so excited that I barely slept last night. It's funny how sports can affect one's equilibrium. I'm just glad to have some good news to celebrate.
Two writers at The Federalist, Emily Ekins and Joy Pullmann, have an excellent essay looking to explain why so many young people find socialism appealing these days. Part of the reason is that they were born or came of age after the end of the Cold War and so have little idea what socialism has meant for countries in the modern world.
So how are your brackets doing? Baylor and Purdue losing hurt me. I had Purdue going much further, but I suspect that is because deep down, Mitch Daniels, who is now the president of Purdue, is one of my favorite politicians so I had a soft spot for his school. Such is the research I put into these things.
We all heard that “demography is destiny”. But how many of us truly believe it? If demography was destiny, the world would look very different today. The two demographic giants China and India would be uncontested economic and military powers. The United States would be a regional power struggling to keep up.
This morning, after weeks of speculation, President Obama tapped Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Court of Appeals to assume the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Justice Scalia. But the president’s formal announcement of his choice from among many attractive, well-qualified candidates is just the beginning. (No, this does not work like The Bachelor).
I spent a lot of the weekend reading all the obituaries and memories that people have written about Justice Scalia and have come to admire him even more than I already did. Gosh, we're going to miss him. Even some of his ideological opponents have come forth to praise him and his influence on the Supreme Court. He was brilliant, principled, eloquent, good-humored, and witty.
Remember last year, when NASCAR (as a series) reacted to some of Trump’s more offensive remarks by cutting ties with the man ? Today, NASCAR CEO Brian France personally endorsed the Oompa-Loompa-like GOP frontrunner during a campaign rally at Valdosta State University in Georgia. Read more...
Yes, it’s a little strange to bring Jewish dietary laws into a political discussion, but there’s actually a point to all this. So please bear with me as I take a shallow walk through a deep subject to arrive at a political metaphor. Most Americans are familiar with the concept of kosher dietary laws, at […]
With the possibility of a contested convention looming, we're learning all sorts of details about how the convention and delegate selection rules work in the Republican Party. There is a whole lot going on behind the scenes that goes beyond just who wins on the day of a primary or caucus.
Trump envisioned and created today’s city of white boxes for rootless new money types, who dominate the city even as they leave little mark here.An old joke—that in heaven, the Italians do the cooking; in hell, they run the government—feels a lot darker now that American politics are taking an Italian turn.
I hope all my readers had a lovely New Year's Day break and I wish everyone a happy and health New Year's!If the NSA under the direction of the Obama White House can spy on Israel and its contacts with American congressmen with impunity, what can't they do? And if Democrats blink at this, don't they realize the precedent that has been established for a Republican president?The Journal says NSA.
Along with his usual pledges to humiliate his opponents and (once again) make America great, GOP frontrunner and tough eighth grader Donald Trump used his victory speech in New York tonight to announce something new: a Global War on Getting Messed With.Read more...
Apparently, Saturday night's debate had the highest number viewers of any of the political debates this season. I guess it helps to have it on a network and have it the night the most consequential conservative justice passed away. It also helps not to be the night before the Super Bowl, but maybe it did conflict with the NBA dunk contest.
Just to save you the time and aggravation, pundits, bloggers, and journalists watched the State of the Union so you don't have to. It's a lot quicker to just read the speech instead of listening to it. I was not one of those. I chose to grade essays and read a novel instead.
This morning I'm reading about an incident that took place on campus last month, on January 26th. It's gone viral overnight after a student put up a Facebook post (now removed) showing this picture of the door in a UW dorm and expressing the view that if there had been an equivalent anti-black incident, "the campus would mobilize" and "professors would bring it up in.