We’re All Emmanuel Goldsteins Now


It was nearly eleven hundred, and in the RECORDS DEPARTMENT, they were dragging the chairs out of the cubicles and grouping them in the centre of the hall opposite the big telescreen, in preparation for the Two Minutes Hate….
The next moment a hideous, grinding speech, as of some monstrous machine running without oil, burst from [...]

Can Nuclear Terrorism Be Included in Health Insurance?


In the aftermath of the Health Care Reform bill passage, while the Democrats busy themselves characterizing their own constituents as terrorists, they might want to give some thought to the real terrorists out there they have been more or less ignoring for the last year. It might be prudent to do so since a 200 [...]

HCR – Democrats in Winter – Part Deux


A few days ago I took issue with the idea that Obama’s Health Care Reform bill would be his “Waterloo” and suggested instead it would be a long, slow, grinding defeat more along the lines of Napoleon’s retreat from Russia. Nothing in the last twenty-four hours has dissuaded me from this view.
I appreciate this puts me [...]

HCR and the Long Retreat from Moscow


Jim DeMint famously characterized the Health Care Reform bill as President Obama’s Waterloo, a statement that earned him the disdain of every pipe-puffer and low comedian in the MSM Rolodex. While I stand second to none in my admiration for Senator DeMint I have to admit his critics were half-right (representing a one-time 50% improvement [...]

Obama’s Rock and Hard Place Problem


Someone (well before Joe Biden) once famously observed, “If you think you’re a leader, turn around and see if anyone is following.” President Obama would do well to mark these words as his support on the Left rapidly corkscrews into the sea.

“Wake Up and Stand Up.” So urges the bold motto of a seedling movement [...]

Glenn Beck, Social Gospel and the Spammish Inquisition


Like him or hate him, you have to admire Glenn Beck’s ability to take a Louisville Slugger to one beehive after another, with Winnie-the-Pooh like indifference to the consequences. The common thread, largely lost on his critics, is that these are all Progressive beehives. Beck’s concern about the Obama administration, Democrats, Republicans, and, for all [...]

Eric Massa — When My Enemy’s Enemy Is Not My Friend


Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill and this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill, and now they’ve gotten rid of me and it will pass. You connect the dots.
– Eric Massa
And what a set of dots they [...]

Do Republicans Still Think the War Doesn’t Start until Midnight?


I hate to see friends fight, especially when one of them is swinging a blunt object, so Bill Bennett’s recent seal-clubbing of Glenn Beck, and bench-clearing brawl that ensued, was unfortunate. At issue were some of  Beck’s remarks made at the CPAC conference, notably the characterization of the Republican Party as an unrepentant drunk — [...]

Democrats Toothless Arguments at the Health Care Summit


Dear Mr. President:
I received a letter from my little boy – who lives with me but prefers to use the U.S. Postal Service for standard communication – stating categorically we do not have enough money for the purchase of Star Wars Lego and other necessities. While he didn’t state categorically this was affecting his health, [...]

Climate Change – When Warmers Are More Than Oven Mitts


There is this urban myth – right up there with the one about the psycho hidden in the back seat of a car – about the dispassionate scientist who stands above the fray, oblivious to any concern but the Truth. Like Mother Theresa with a slide-rule, he doesn’t have a mortgage, does not rely on [...]