Dinner with Bill McGurn

 

We were supposed to have Bill McGurn to dinner on Monday night, but the weather intervened with a vengeance. Last Sunday night, Hillsdale got hit with an ice storm. Thrice on Monday – from midnight to 3 a.m., an hour in the morning, and from 3 to 6 p.m. – we were without power. Others in and out of town fared much worse, having to do without power for the better part of a week.

In any case, Monday night we took Bill to a local greasy spoon, and we had him over last night and talked from about 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Rahes have small children and are normally up at 6:30 a.m. – so it has been a while since they indulged themselves in a bull session that ran into the wee hours.

Obama’s Past Tells the Truth

 

Obama loves capitalism like he opposes gay marriage.  That is the larger lesson I take from President Obama’s recent decision to stop defending DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act).  What does gay marriage have to do with capitalism?  It’s all about Obama’s true beliefs.

About a week before Obama’s inauguration, the Windy City Times (“the voice of Chicago’s gay, lesbian, bi and trans community”) revealed that on February 15, 1996, in the midst of his first campaign for the Illinois State Senate, Obama told a local gay paper in answer to a questionnaire: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”  That was news in early 2009, because Obama maintained steadfast opposition to gay marriage throughout his 2007-08 presidential run.  (The Windy City Times reporter who found the original questionnaire with Obama’s statement claims to have stumbled upon it only just after the election.)  So it turns out that if you unearth previously hidden documentary evidence of what Obama believed about same-sex marriage in 1996, you have a better guide to his actions as president than his own campaign promises or early presidential statements from 2007-2010.

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Last Friday, every Irishman who went to the polls voted for several Members of Parliament to serve the same constituency.  I hail from Illinois’ first congressional district, one of the most reliably Democratic districts in the country.  Bobby Rush, the current representative, has more job security than a French government employee, and he knows it. […]

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Welcome Stanley Kurtz

 

Joining us this week as Ricochet’s Guest Contributor is author, journalist, and anthropologist Stanley Kurtz.  A Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Stanley is the author of the recently published Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, which was met with high praise from everyone who matters.  Of Radical-in-Chief, Paul Mirengoff says,

For me, [Stanley’s] book is as irresistible as the Cooper Union socialist event was for Barack Obama during the period when he says he grew as much as he ever has intellectually.

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I teach (when circumstances allow for actual teaching) in the State of New Mexico.  Our public schools are rated 49th in the nation (again).  Allow me to provide you with a few statistics.  Only half of our high school students actually graduate.  Of those who do, only about a third are proficient in math.   Reading scores are only […]

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Check out the YouTube videos below, and the video at this link.  This past Saturday, tea partiers came face-to-face in Sacramento with MoveOn.org and their union pals.  MoveOn had  organized rallies in all 50 state capitols to show solidarity with the Wisconsin Unions. With the exception of this one recorded incident, the event in Sacramento was […]

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The rumor on Twitter, from National Review‘s Jonah Golderg among others, is that Andrew Sullivan is moving from the Atlantic to the Daily Beast. Does this mean I actually have to check back with the Atlantic in a month to see if something of value has sprouted? I know my curiosity will get the better […]

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Sullivan and the Beast

 

We don’t traffic in gossip and conspiracy theories here at Ricochet, but I can’t be the only one who’s wondering why, exactly, Andrew Sullivan is packing up and moving to the Daily Beast. In honor of Andrew, I’m waiving the rules on gossip and conspiracy theories, just for this thread. If he takes exception, all he has to do to put the persistent rumors we’re about to start to rest is provide documentary evidence that we’re wrong. Can’t be fairer than that, can you?

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Everyone knows that it is a poor investment strategy to put all of your “eggs” into one basket. Fewer people seem to realize that the same thing can be said for the political strategies of unionized labor and of blacks, who have put all of their “eggs” into the basket called the Democrat Party. But […]

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Maybe this was discussed here last night, but how pathetic was Portman’s acceptance speech compared to Firth’s?  He was poised and charming and although certainly well-rehearsed, his speech was delivered as if he were surprised and humbled. Portman sounded as if she was reading from a teleprompter without her glasses. Um, um, um.  She managed […]

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Zenga Zenga!

 

In his recent hour-long screech on a Tripoli balcony, Muammar Qaddafi vowed to hunt down his own rebellious people “inch by inch, house by house, room by room, alley by alley” and to wipe them out “to the last drop of blood”. An Israeli musician and journalist named Noy Alooshe — who is of Tunisian descent, by the way — caught the speech. He noted the rhythmic repetitions, the zany clothes, and the trippy way Qaddafi kept raising his fists, and said to himself: “Classic hit!”

Alooshe cranked up Auto-Tune and remixed Qaddafi’s speech as a mash-up with “Hey Baby,” a song by American rappers Pitbull and T-Pain. He overlaid the video with footage of a scantily-clad young woman apparently dancing to Qaddafi’s words, tossed it up on YouTube, and put the word out about it on Facebook and Twitter.