No One in the On-Deck Circle

26 May 2015, 3:00 am

In an insightful WSJ piece last week, writer Brian Costa took to Newburgh, New York to parse the declining interest in youth baseball. A youth league there that had 206 players as recently as 2009 could only scare up 74 this spring. But I wouldn’t have had to travel to the banks of the Hudson

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Lyndon Johnson was adamant. The Great Society would cure poverty. In a 1964 campaign stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he said this:  So here’s the Great Society. It’s the time — and it’s going to be soon — when nobody in this country is poor. It’s the time

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The nation’s largest nuclear power plant operator, Exelon Corp., is strong-arming state legislators in its home state of Illinois. The utility is unreasonably demanding “taxpayer bailouts,” state subsidies, and new regulatory restrictions on its lower-cost electricity generating c

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26 May 2015, 3:00 am

This is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood in the real world. Given the narrow range of left to far lef

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The American Spectator

The Realism of Moral Imbeciles

In a smug, self-important article about trolling as a form of diplomacy, Professor Daniel Drezner, defines trolling as “writ[ing] something that provokes a target into an angry or emotional response.” Drezner fancies himself a “realist,” which is very fashionable these days.

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In July of 2009, as the Obamacare debate was heating up, Gallup published a survey indicating that 83 percent of Americans wanted health care reform to make their health insurance more affordable. Now, more than five years after the President’s “signature domestic achievement” was
Lyndon Johnson was adamant. The Great Society would cure poverty. In a 1964 campaign stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he said this:  So here’s the Great Society. It’s the time — and it’s going to be soon — when nobody in this country is poor. It’s the time


26 May 2015, 3:00 am

In an insightful WSJ piece last week, writer Brian Costa took to Newburgh, New York to parse the declining interest in youth baseball. A youth league there that had 206 players as recently as 2009 could only scare up 74 this spring. But I wouldn’t have had to travel to the banks of the Hudson

The Federalist

Is It Disrespectful To Celebrate Memorial Day?

It’s perfectly fine to mark Memorial Day with a barbecue. But try not to make that all.

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Tattoos and beards and black leather out in the sun, those veterans are all of us. These are our mounted patron saints, America’s own motorcycle gang, the best of who we are.
Twitter’s wild and wacky world of dad jokes, non sequiturs, and [clenches fist] all that frickin’ rye.
Hip-hop artist Jidenna's new song reminds us of the importance of having self-control and the ability to defer gratification -- and having them in style.

The Washington Free Beacon

Happy Memorial Day

The Washington Free Beacon thanks America’s veterans for all their sacrifice and service to the country. Happy Memorial Day.

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25 May 2015, 4:00 am

Asne Seierstad doesn’t hold anything back in her meticulous study of Anders Breivik, the man who murdered 77 innocent people in Norway’s capital, Oslo, and on Utoya Island in 2011.

Big Government

Pope Francis' Disturbing Cuba Activism

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would be changing its policy toward Cuba, opening a Havana embassy and expanding travel. “Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people and begin a new chapter among the na

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President Barack Obama revealed his favorite film of the year to People Magazine in an interview released on Wednesday.  Obama named Richard Linklater’s Boyhood his favorite movie of 2014.  “Boyhood was a great movie,” he told People Magazine. “That, I think,
On Wednesday's broadcast of ABC's "World News," network report Cecilia Vega confirmed North Korea was behind the cyber-attack on Sony. “Tonight, ABC News has learned federal investigators have determined North Korea is responsible for the worst corporate cyber-attack in history,” Vega
Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state's plan to develop its Obamacare he

American Thinker

So the GOP Must Embrace Evil to Survive. Really?

For decades the Democratic Party leadership has been the greatest dispensers of evil in America, hating morality while trashing all things wholesome and good.

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Charles Murray offers a blueprint for an effort to turn back the regulatory state. 


26 May 2015, 12:00 am

Regulatory aficionados (such as Obama, Bloomberg and Johnathan Gruber) believe we’re all too stupid to make everyday decisions on our own.  
Body cameras come with limitations and drawbacks, and as more officers begin wearing these cameras, the public needs to know what to realistically expect.

Heritage Foundation

Here’s the Data to Prove School Choice Is Working

Private school choice initiatives have become increasingly common across the United States. Far from being rare and untested, private school choice policies are an integral part... Read More The post Here’s the Data to Prove School Choice Is Working appeared first on The Daily Signal.

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CHICAGO—While serving as a fellow for the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics this month, I had an opportunity to sit down with former White... Read More The post Exclusive Interview With David Axelrod: What Happened to Bipartisanship Under Obama? appeared first on The Daily S
Should transgender parents be able to adopt? In April, President Obama made it clear he thinks they do. In a presidential proclamation for National Foster... Read More The post I Had a Transgender Parent. Unlike Obama, I Don’t Think Transgender Parents Should Be Able to Adopt. appeared first
SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Every day, the sun sets on the shoreline here, creating beautiful views that tourists from around the world flock to see. To enjoy... Read More The post The People vs. Santa Monica: Inside the Government’s Push to Regulate Short-Term Rental Industry appeared first o

Townhall.com

Wanted--U.S. President. No Experience Necessary.

If America ought to learn anything from the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, its that inexperience may be a handicap, but unpatriotic sentiment is fatal to the body politic.

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"This is a Christian nation," said the Supreme Court in 1892.
Most Americans hold either liberal or conservative positions on most matters. In many instances, however, they would be hard pressed to explain their position or the position they oppose.
Martha Mary Coakley, recently hired at the liberal Boston law and lobbying firm Foley Hoag, has come out swinging for mandatory Chip-and-PIN systems for debit and credit cards.

The Corner

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Why not get amazing wines delivered right to your door by joining the National Review Wine Club!  Join today and you’ll save $100 on 12 world-class wines. Plus, you’ll get two bottles of elegant Gracenote Pinot Noir worth $50 at no additional cost. For more information,

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26 May 2015, 12:56 am

I’m writing you from the Oslo Freedom Forum, in the Norwegian capital. At the previous gathering of the OFF, in October, I interviewed a young woman named Ti-Anna Wang. For a write-up, go here. The daughter of a Chinese couple, Ti-Anna was born and raised in Montreal. At some point, her fath


25 May 2015, 4:29 pm

“You could have said that yesterday,” a friend wrote on social media, slapping down someone who was inveighing against the alleged racism of an accomplished sports figure who had died a few hours earlier. “You could have said it tomorrow.” Out of respect, we honor the dictu


25 May 2015, 9:37 am

Last week, I had a post about Paul Tsongas, the late Massachusetts senator. When he campaigned against Bill Clinton in the 1992 Democratic presidential primaries, he ran into a problem: He wanted to call Clinton a “pander bear,” but it came out “panda bear.” And when he want

Red State

The Left Still Struggles With Military Heroism

An interesting thing played out online yesterday. The left, accidentally, showed just how little it understands the military and our nation's military history. It all started with Battleground Texas of Wendy Davis fame. They tweeted out a picture in honor of Memorial Day. The only problem was I'm r

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Noted mayor with communist ties Bill de Blasio, who currently sits upon a throne in New York City is receiving some less than favorable news. And, by less than favorable, I mean his favorability is really low right now. Approval ratings of mayors in the middle of first term: Michael Bloomberg 32% B
Governor Mike Huckabee is going to kick off our Saturday morning at the RedState Gathering. We are delighted he will be with us. Governor Huckabee has decided to bypass the Iowa Straw Poll altogether as several of the other candidates will also do. Governor Huckabee won the Iowa Caucus in 2008, sur
It takes a good deal of skill and ingenuity to be too over the top for a hardcore liberal icon like Jerry Brown, but then I guess that any group that thinks that it needs to have formal pre- and post-protest protests is probably up to the challenge. The post Oakland protesters upset that they can
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