The Absurdity Of Copenhagen

Once in a while, someone stumbles upon the right analogy to highlight a clear absurdity.  So it is with the latest George Will piece on climate change: Barack Obama, understanding the histrionics required in climate change debates, promises that U.S. emissions in 2050 will be 83 percent below 2005 levels. If so, 2050 emissions will [...]

ClimateGate: Jones Steps Down…

…at least temporarily: The British scientist at the heart of a scandal over climate-change research temporarily stepped down Tuesday as director of a prominent research group amid an internal probe that follows the release of hacked emails involving him and other scientists. The University of East Anglia in the U.K. said Phil Jones, head of [...]

A Little ClimateGate Followup

Thought this little snippet from the Economist was interesting: There is nothing in the e-mails so far to suggest that the authors do not believe in man-made global warming and are making the whole thing up, as some have been claiming. A more serious concern is that they believe in global warming too much, and [...]

The Climate Change Email Controversy: What Have We Learned?

For those of you who don’t keep up with the comments, we’ve been having a spirited, off-topic conversation about the news that the email servers of Britain’s Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia were hacked, with the result that some very revealing and embarrassing emails have been made public. Climate skeptics are [...]

A Worrisome Decision

It is simply un-American to be unconcerned with due process and the rights of the accused. That’s a given.  However, in the arena of crimes against humanity, the regular court system has often proved inadequate to the task of prosecution.  While military tribunals and special courts like the one at Nuremburg aren’t perfect, and are [...]

In Case You Haven’t Seen It…

…one of my personal heroes, Bono, has an Op-Ed in the NY Times defending the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Obama.  The reasons he offers are the same  as others have offered (only he makes it more personal, tying the prize to Obama’s promises to assist with Bono’s pet cause of ending extreme poverty): that [...]

The Return Of Weekly Jackass

My nephew had an idea that, once heard, proved inevitable and irresistible.  It’s time to bring back the Weekly Jackass for an encore presentation. If you’ve seen the news today, you no doubt already know who the proud recipient is going to be.  Actually, there are five: the Norwegians who make the selection committee for the [...]

More Worrying News From Iran

When staff at the United Nations, an organization known far more for appeasement than confrontation, are more hawkish than even the Bush Administration was on Iran, you know we are getting very near the point of no return: Senior staff members of the United Nations nuclear agency have concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran [...]

Her Name Is Rio, and She Dances on the Sand

Jubilation in Brazil today as Rio de Janeiro beat out Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo to win the rights to host the 2016 Olympics,  this despite a somewhat controversial decision by Barack Obama to lobby on behalf of his hometown. In another update that brings closure to a previously blogged story, the Secret Service investigated the [...]

The End of an Illusion

Apologists for Iran have long insisted that there is no proof that Iran has bad intentions for its nuclear program, that it is peaceful, that those who say otherwise are engaging in the sequel to the fruitless hunt for Iraq’s nonexistent WMD stockpiles. Anyone who harbors that illusion any longer is the saddest of fools: [...]

No Place For “Truthers” In High Positions

I’m not a thought control kind of guy, but anyone who has accused the federal government of treason, as 9/11 “truthers” have essentially done, is not a person that needs a high-level job with that same federal government: A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement [...]

A Debate President Obama Can’t Afford To Lose

No, it’s not health care – but rather the war in Afghanistan: A majority of Americans now see the war in Afghanistan as not worth fighting, and just a quarter say more U.S. troops should be sent to the country, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Most have confidence in the ability of [...]

There Are Those…

…who are criticizing Bill Clinton for his recent mission to free two hostages from North Korea. I am most emphatically not one of them. Instead, my reaction is, “Thank God”. You done good this time, Bill…you done good…

What’s Behind Obama’s Timid Response to the Iranian Election?

John Dickerson says it’s reluctance to jeopardize diplomacy aimed at solving the nuclear issue, a sentiment Robert Kagan echoes…but Fred Kaplan says enough: Given the near-certainty that Iran’s election was fixed and the documented fact that protesters are being brutalized, there is no way that Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could go to [...]

Who REALLY Won Iran’s Election?

The plain fact is, I don’t know. I strongly doubt Ahmadinejad got 63% of the vote. Voices on the right, yes, but also voices on the left such as Roger Cohen and Juan Cole are expressing grave doubts about the validity of the vote. On the other hand, it is POSSIBLE that Ahmadinejad won, however [...]

Krugman’s Astonishing Admission

Hard to believe this came from Paul Krugman, but look at the opening of his latest column: What would have happened if hanging chads and the Supreme Court hadn’t denied Al Gore the White House in 2000? Many things would clearly have been different over the next eight years. But one thing would probably have [...]

My Take On The Obama Speech

First of all, it was a major speech, obviously.  Some notable bullet points: (1) Obama did not use the word terrorism or any variant in the entirety of the speech.  That can only be deliberate, one presumes to avoid fanning the flames considering the primary audience was intended to be the Arab public. (2)  The [...]

The Coming Inflationary Train Wreck

I’ve expressed my misgivings many times about the direction of our monetary policy – it now appears that these misgivings are very widely held.  Yesterday, the Fed Chairman warned of the need to control the exploding deficit: The Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, said on Wednesday that the United States needed to develop a [...]

Sorry For The Long Break…

It can kill a blog to go dark for extended periods, so forgive my considerable absence.  It signifies nothing more than a need for a break – but perhaps I should have at least delivered a head’s-up. The three big stories for me right now are the Sotomayor nomination, the pending GM bankruptcy, and the [...]

Hell, No, Gitmo Won’t Go!

Marc Ambinder has an interesting take on the revolt of the Senate when it came to closing Gitmo: As usual, administration officials won’t concede that the overwhelming Senate vote against funding to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay was a defeat for the president’s agenda.  In Obama World, every short-term defeat is a long-term opportunity. [...]