Clearing the inbox and Open Thread

Victorian posy of pansiesWhew!  I was quite productive today.  I think those iron pills I’ve been taking because of mild anemia have helped.  I felt much less sluggish.  I still have a lot of stuff in my inbox, but these articles are a good start:

The always-astute Lee Smith has a surprising take on Obama’s coziness with Mahmoud Abbas.  I don’t believe that Obama has thought the issue through as carefully as Smith, but I think that the outcome is the same whether Obama acted deliberately or accidentally.


Oy voy vey!  It’s not just that Obama is giving away the Free Speech internet, which is disastrous enough.  It’s that, back in 2010, when he wasn’t even in full flexibility mode, Obama handed something very valuable over to Putin.  And Putin, being no fool, will play this card as he reinstates the former Soviet Unions geopolitical reach.


The pro-Iranian faction has always argued that sanctions hurt the poor the most. In Iran’s case, they said, sanctions deprived the poor of medicine. But what if it turns out that sanctions are just depriving the rich of luxury articles? Will that information change Obama’s calculus? No. At a fundamental level, he thinks it’s wrong that Israel has the bombs and Iran doesn’t. He’s working to redress that inequity.


If you like creative literature with a libertarian/conservative bent, a new site called Liberty Island is the place for you. Here’s a snippet of its mission statement, explaining that conservatives are the new counterculture:

Once upon a time the mainstream culture was conservative and the so-called counterculture was left wing. Today the situation is reversed and a new counterculture has arisen, one that boldly challenges the cynicism, nihilism, and stifling political correctness of popular culture today.

Our mission is to support this raw and untamed counterculture by gathering its creators in one place and providing the tools and resources they need to succeed. Here they can present their latest works, interact with colleagues, and connect with a likeminded audience. At Liberty Island, readers of a conservative or libertarian bent can find fiction, music, video and graphics that reflect their social values and political beliefs — and readers of all persuasions can find new voices and undiscovered talent. Writers and creators you’ve never heard of, and won’t find anywhere else, because their views have been excluded from the mainstream popular culture.

One of my favorite writers, Ray Zacek, already has a story online at Liberty Island.


Rogue government? Well, yes.  The ATF ignores a court order and raids a gun store to get its customer lists. Let me quote Elmer: Be afwaid. Be vewy afwaid.


Let me reiterate a point I’ve made repeatedly before: Women do not belong in combat units.

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  • JKB

    Ah, the duality of the Left.  Two policies with the same net effect to raise cost on firms.  One, the carbon tax is to force firms to economize and innovate by raising the cost of energy and production.  The other, minimum wage increase, is argued that it will not cause firms to economize labor or innovate to lower payroll costs.
    A truly great observation by Don Boudreaux

  • JKB

    The SAT has been pared down to one critical question that truly reveals what colleges want to know about a student’s suitability.  It is, however, fill in the blank.
    The last SAT question

  • Ymarsakar

    The ATF, raiding the weak since WACO. Democrats, lynching blacks and political dissidents since 1865.

  • Mike Devx

    A famous president once spoke of our government as being of the people, by the people, for the people.
    The ATF is just following Barack Obama’s examples.  THIS president, if he can be stirred to action at all, uses our government in the following way: “I do what I want.  When I want.  Go ahead and try to stop me.”
    So the ATF faces this silly little law that would prevent it from doing what it wants to do?  Just follow Barack Obama’s example!  “We do what we want.  When we want.  Just try to stop us.”

  • Ymarsakar

    The ATF got confirmed kills on several dozen children in WACO. Their competition SWAT teams in Democrat fiefdoms are envious of that kill record. They want more.