The EPA Wins in Court: Jurisdiction Over “Greenhouse Gases”. Interior Department Takes Aim at Natural Gas

by Crocker June 27, 2012

You’ll recall that the Supreme Court in 2007 declared in a 5-4 decision that CO2 was a “pollutant” that fell under the purview of the Clean Air Act, even though the 1970s legislation never contemplated such a result. And now we have the logical result of that ruling: the DC Court of Appeals has ruled […]

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German Court Criminalizes Religious Circumcision

by Crocker June 27, 2012

This is disturbing. From AFP: Circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled Tuesday in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents’ religious rights. The regional court in Cologne, western Germany, ruled that the “fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighed the […]

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Eric Holder: We Must “Brainwash” the American People Against Guns

by Crocker June 26, 2012

Courtesy of Breitbart, here’s video of Holder in 1995 expounding his view of firearms. We have to brainwash those bitter clingers, don’t you know. Can you say, “Fast and Furious”? Just another exercise in brainwashing . . .

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Fast and Furious About Fast and Furious

by Crocker June 26, 2012

Like Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, I feel remiss in not commenting more on the blossoming Fast and Furious scandal. What’s clear is that Fast and Furious is a real scandal. It was done without the knowledge or cooperation of the Mexican government, which is rightly angry. Moreover, it seems clear that the operation was […]

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Jonathan Turley is a Tedious Prat

by Crocker June 26, 2012

Like everyone else watching cable news, I’ve had my fill of Jonathan Turley, erstwhile professor of law at the George Washington law school. The man’s always struck me as a tedious prat and quite precious. For those of you non-UK readers, “prat” literally means one’s backside but is not easily translatable into US slang. Perhaps […]

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Homeland Security Suspends Immigration Agreements With Arizona

by Crocker June 26, 2012

Well, that didn’t take long. Immediately after SCOTUS ruled on the Arizona immigration case yesterday, Janet Napolitano announced that Homeland Security was suspending its immigration agreements with Arizona. You would think that this suspension has to to with the enforcement provisions the Court struck down. But if you thought that, you’d be wrong. What she […]

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Justice Scalia v. Obama

by Crocker June 26, 2012

In his dissent from the Arizona immigration case yesterday, Justice Scalia took the unusual step of reading a prepared text that took Hope ‘n Change to the woodshed over his executive order granting backdoor amnesty to over 1 million illegals. From The Hill: In his comments from the bench, which expanded on his written minority […]

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Military Monday: Finding Billie D. Harris

by Crocker June 25, 2012

A moving story recently told by Charles Osgood. This story parallels my own experience with the people in Normandy. Even now, they remember and honor their liberators and it was quickly apparent to me that their collective attitude toward Americans was quite different from the Parisian crowd.

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Egypt: Islamists v. Coptic Christians II

by Crocker June 21, 2012

Some time ago I wrote about the plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians, at least 10% of Egypt’s population and living there for 2,000 years. And now that the Muslim Brotherhood is firmly in charge, the Copts face physical dangers greater than ever before. As Raymond Ibrahim writes in Middle East Forum: As Egypt’s presidential elections […]

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Fast and Furious: And Now the Claim of Executive Privilege UPDATE: Holder in Contempt

by Crocker June 20, 2012

For those who’ve been following the “Fast and Furious” gun walking scandal, you’ll know there’s been a tug of war between AG Holder and Congressman Issa’s committee concerning tens of thousands of undisclosed documents relating to the internal workings of the operation: about who knew what and when. This is precisely the type of oversight […]

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Liberals Are No Longer the Cool Kids

by Crocker June 19, 2012

In my “other job” at MHPC, we’ve had more than a few discussions on the “coolness shift”. Being a lefty-liberal is just plain dull these days. They’re perpetually angry at a world they think hasn’t recognized their god-like charms and abilities. All they want to do is control other people and stifle any sense of […]

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Roger Clemens Acquitted: Another Black Eye for DOJ

by Crocker June 19, 2012

It took the jury just 10 hours to acquit The Rocket of all charges in his second trial. Recall that his first ended in a mistrial and the government’s case this time seemed doomed from the start, falling victim to multiple contradictions. Frankly, I thought it was a waste of time and money to prosecute […]

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Military Monday: Call to Glory

by Crocker June 18, 2012

A bit of cultural history. One of the legacies of the Vietnam War was a vocal disrespect for the U.S. military. Not by ordinarily folks, mind you. It was largely a function of the self-congratulatory chattering classes who betrayed South Vietnam, ran Nixon out of office and ruined the economy. Sort of like the Obama […]

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Obama and the Choom Gang

by Crocker June 18, 2012

Bill Clinton didn’t inhale but Hope ‘n Change practiced “total absorption”. He probably absorbed his narcissism at the same time. From a C-SPAN interview with David Maraniss. Hat tip to Charlie Spiering at the Examiner.

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It’s Time to Abolish the TSA

by Crocker June 18, 2012

Like most travelers, I’ve come to despise the TSA. It took awhile but with the new scanning and groping procedures, I’ve really had just about enough. On my recent trip to Denver, I was scanned and groped going both ways and my hands wiped down for explosive residue in Denver. It’s things like this that […]

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Chinese Accounting: Cooking the Books

by Crocker June 18, 2012

Doing business in places like China and Russia can be an interesting experience. Going in you really must expect a certain ‘through the looking glass’ quality, particularly when you get down to nitty-gritty matters like financial accounting. With many others, I’ve wondered whether we can rely on any financials received from Chinese or Russian companies, […]

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The Bishop of Exeter and His Silly Wind Turbines

by Crocker June 17, 2012

For the most part, today’s Church of England has entirely forgotten the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ and has instead occupied itself with more pressing matters, like promoting sodomy and “saving” the environment (which rather begs the question, doesn’t it?). True to the new thinking, The Right Rev. Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter, decided that […]

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Barack Obama is a Windy Bore II

by Crocker June 17, 2012

Back in 2009, the British papers were already observing that our esteemed president was a windy bore who served up robotic cadences that put their collective feet asleep. One commentator wondered aloud whether a computer churned the stuff out. And what was idle speculation is now apparently reality. Some wag at the RNC put together […]

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James Lovelock, Shale Gas and Gaia

by Crocker June 17, 2012

At 92, James Lovelock is the putative father of “Gaia” mythology so dearly beloved by the pagan ecology crowd. You know, the notion that the earth is a single living organism and that we humans are an invasive species. Well, the old boy has recanted. In an interview in the Guardian, he describes why Britain […]

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The Collective Suicide That is France

by Crocker May 8, 2012

Well, the French have drunk the Kool-Aide. They elected a hard-left, no-holds-barred Socialist who’s planned a war on the “rich”, an assault on financial markets in Paris and London and surrender of French sovereignty to the Eurocrats in Brussels. As Nick Woods writes in the Daily Mail, it “can only end in tears”: In Paris, […]

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The Economic Crisis Was Designed in Washington, Not New York

by Crocker October 24, 2011

Cato’s Tom Palmer has the correct take on the Occupy Wall Streeters’ grievances. What caused the crisis, the indebtedness, the unemployment, the stagnation? The culprits are state agencies and enterprises, including our Federal Reserve (our government’s bank), Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), […]

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Roosevelt, Obama and the Economy: Equally Inept

by Crocker October 22, 2011

When it comes to demagoguery and economic incompetence, Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama are in a dead heat. Over the past several years we’ve been treated to the spectacle of government waste on a scale never before seen in human history. TARP and the various stimulus programs have put us trillions further into debt. At […]

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Goolsbee: “Cash for Clunkers” a Mistake

by Crocker October 22, 2011

Austan Goolsbee is one of the president’s former economic advisers (count ’em as they stream to the exits). Recently, he made an entirely predictable confession of sorts that both the “cash for clunkers” and home-buyer tax credit programs were a mistake. Do tell. I expressed my disgust for the “clunker” program more than two years […]

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Are You Smarter Than “Occupy Wall Street”? Most Certainly.

by Crocker October 19, 2011

It’s clear that the media, sundry politicians and other savants are trying to transform the idiots of Occupy Wall Street in the new oracles of culture, politics, economics and whatever other matters are close at hand. We suspected that the occupiers weren’t too bright or well-informed – or both – and now we’re sure. That […]

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No Software Patch for Original Sin

by Crocker October 18, 2011

So says Walter Russell Mead in his latest essay, Virtual War, in which he describes both the blessings and dangers of a virtual world. His main point – that new technologies tend to undermine the systems that preceded them and the nations that built upon them – is well taken, if a bit overdrawn. While […]

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