Posts tagged as: election

Managers take center stage at Cooperstown

Managers take center stage at Cooperstown

(Paul Mirengoff) The baseball Hall of Fame inducted six new members today. Among the inductees were managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, and Bobby Cox (the others were Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine). One thing about inducting managers: you don’t have to worry about whether their performance was enhanced by drugs. There was a time, though, when it seemed like La Russa was managing on steroids. That time was the early 1980s when, as Barry Svrluga puts, La Russa would “splice together the final four innings of a game with six or seven pitchers.” …

Meanwhile in Ukraine

Meanwhile in Ukraine

(Paul Mirengoff) It’s not getting much attention, but Ukraine continues to make military progress against rebel separatists. The Washington Post reports that the Ukrainian military has pushed the rebels out of a series of villages and towns in the East, and now has its sites set on Horlivka, a city of about 300,000. If it succeeds in taking Horlivka, the military will be on the doorstep of Donetsk, the separatists’ power center. Already, it is blocking supplies …

Is Barack Obama John Galt?

Is Barack Obama John Galt?

(John Hinderaker) In her polemical novel Atlas Shrugged , Ayn Rand imagines a world in which the most productive citizens–business magnates, mostly, creators of wealth and generators of progress–go on strike. Tired of being blamed for the world’s ills by parasitic liberals in the press, academia, popular culture and government, they quit. The result is chaos and disaster. John Galt is the mysterious figure who inspires the revolt of the wealth creators. On first impression, one would say that Barack (“You didn’t build that”) Obama is the anti-John Galt. A classic demagogue, he is one of the liberal horde who inveigh against the …

2014 World Cup all-stars

2014 World Cup all-stars

(Paul Mirengoff) The World Cup ended two weeks ago, which means that it’s high time for me to offer my World Cup all-star team. But first, a word about the tournament. The consensus among those who covered it is that this was the best World Cup in modern memory. I’ve followed every World Cup since 1978 (ten in all), but my memory of the early ones has become hazy. Certainly, though, this was the best World Cup in a long time. The Group Stage and Round of 16 were outstanding. The play was open, the cynicism was in check, and many of the matches provided high drama. Unfortunately, this cannot be said of the matches that followed. …

IDF on the Gaza UN school: Scene of intense fighting

IDF on the Gaza UN school: Scene of intense fighting

(Scott Johnson) The IDF has investigated its possible role in the deaths that occurred at the UN school in Gaza. The Times of Israel’s Mitch Ginsburg files this update : The Israeli army concludes its inquiry into the fatal incident at the UN facility in Beit Hanoun on Thursday, finding that IDF mortars did not play a role in the killing of 16 people in a school courtyard there. “A single errant mortar landed in the school courtyard,” Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says in a conference call, “injuring no one.” The army says it has…

War is over! If you want it

War is over! If you want it

(Scott Johnson) “Happy Xmas (War Is Over”) was John Lennon’s 1971 Christmas single with Yoko Ono. “War is over! If you want it,” went the song. Barack Obama is thinking along the same lines, and he he wants the war over. He has requested that Congress repeal the 2002 law authorizing the use of military force in Iraq. The Washington Examiner’s Charles Hoskinson reports the reaction of retiring Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon. McKeon “said he thought the letter sent earlier in the day…

When You’ve Lost Haaretz…

When You’ve Lost Haaretz…

(John Hinderaker) Haaretz is Israel’s establishment, liberal newspaper. Scott once described it to me in shorthand as the New York Times of Israel. So the paper is a natural ally of a Democratic U.S. administration. That is what makes this article by Barak Ravid remarkable. It is titled Kerry’s latest cease-fire plan: What was he thinking? It is behind a subscription wall, but the link goes to Haaretz’s mobile site and should be accessible: The press conference U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry convened together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and …

The Week in Pictures: Same Damn Thing Edition

The Week in Pictures: Same Damn Thing Edition

(Steven Hayward) Ho-hum, another week, another loss for the Obama Administration in federal court (looks like still more work for Dear Chief Justice Roberts to sort out), another foreign crisis, another fundraising trip by Obama. ? As Edna St. Vincent-Millary is reported to have said, “History isn’t one damn thing after another; it’s the same damn thing over and

“Degraded,” fortunately

“Degraded,” fortunately

(Scott Johnson) Islamic toilet etiquette specifies an elaborate protocol that goes well beyond our immediate need to know. (Warning: You also really don’t want to know.) Fortunately, however, it seems not to require clean underwear, at least not directly. In an update on the failure of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to detonate the bomb concealed in his underwear as he attempted to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 235 back in 2009, the Daily …

Obama rejects Kurds’ plea for help against ISIS

Obama rejects Kurds’ plea for help against ISIS

(Paul Mirengoff) President Obama famously failed to act when warned that ISIS was preparing to mount an offensive in Western Iraq. This left ISIS free to conquer, with virtually no resistance, city after city in the defense of which American soldiers have shed blood. Now Obama is receiving new warnings, this time from the Kurds in Northern Iraq. In fact, according to the Washington Post , the Kurds are “pleading for U.S. military aid.” Unlike the Iraqi …

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