Responding to North Korea

In an op-ed in the Washington Post Mike Mullen and Sam Nunn have proposed a multi-point plan for responding to the threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea capable of striking the United States. Among the points in their plan are: Make addressing of the “North Korean threat” a high priority. [Read More]


The Pressure Is Building

Here are the results of a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll: Two-thirds of Americans feel they have little or no influence over the actions of the federal government. Forty-five percent say the country’s greatness is ebbing. As many see voter fraud as commonplace. A third aren’t confident that votes in [Read More]


The Damned and the Elect

One observation in James Taranto’s recent WSJ post in reaction to Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” remark caught my eye: As Mollie Hemingway suggests, “They are irredeemable” is a strange thing for a professed Christian to say about anybody. Theology aside, it is a shocking thing for someone who aspires [Read More]


All Subsidies Are Stupid

but gas subsidies are among the worst. That’s the message of this editorial from Bloomberg: Nations from the U.S. to the U.K. to Russia continue to spend billions on tax breaks and other subsidies for the production of oil, gas and coal. Japan, South Korea and China support massive fossil-fuel [Read More]


Chairman Barack

The Guardian reports that President Obama has “ratified” the Paris Agreement: The United States and China, the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, have announced they will formally ratify the Paris climate change agreement in a move campaigners immediately hailed as a significant advance in the battle against global warming. [Read More]


The Signs

When I looked at the tattoos adorning the face of a man who “gunned down” a police officer in New Mexico: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A police officer who authorities say attempted to chase down a 38-year-old man with three active arrest warrants was fatally shot by the suspect Friday after [Read More]


Let France Be France

The brouhaha over a number of French towns’ banning the “burqini”, a whole body-covering women’s swimwear somewhat resembling a wetsuit, has caught the attention of news media in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany. Read the rest here…


The Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round

I’ve been avoiding remarking on the presidential campaigns as their Mighty Wurlitzers spin out. However, this comment by Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post on the latest revelation about Hillary Clinton’s emails caught my attention: To be clear: Clinton has already been cleared of any official wrongdoing in the matter [Read More]

Social Issues

Designed for Conditions That Don’t Exist

The graph above was taken from this post by Donna Pavetti at RealClearPolicy. “TANF” is the federal program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Basically, it’s what now exists of what used to be called “welfare”. How do you interpret it? Go here to read the rest…

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Council Wisdom

Weekend Weasel: Paul Krugman and the Summer Re-Runs

The following article is crossposted from a Friday Council Member post at The Glittering Eye In reaction to yesterday’s reports of increasing unemployment, predictably Paul Krugman calls for another, bigger stimulus package: O.K., Thursday’s jobs report settles it. We’re going to need a bigger stimulus. But does the president know [Read More]