Another Minimum-Wage Fallacy
Proponents of increasing the minimum wage hold two contradictory views on the subject. First, they say that increasing the minimum wage will increase the size of the economy. President Obama recently claimed that increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour ...
Why Obamacare's Closing the Donut-Hole Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
The White House is pushing a recently published CMS report that purports to show a new benefit of Obamacare — it’s closing the dreaded Medicare “donut hole.” A senior administration official quoted in Politico’s Playbook says that Obamacare “has ...
On November 2, 2003, I sat down with my brother in our parents’ basement to watch the first episode of Arrested Development. I don’t know why we decided to watch the show that day, but I suspect it was out of ...
University commencement addresses are often painfully banal. Greg Brown, the CEO of Motorola, spoke at my graduation; the only thing missing from his speech was a PowerPoint slideshow.
Commencement addresses from politicians tend to be even worse. President Obama’s ...
Quin Hillyer to Run for Congress
Quin Hillyer, a senior editor at The American Spectator, a fellow at the Center for Individual Freedom, and a contributor to and great friend of National Review, is running for Congress in Alabama.
From his announcement:
I am a constitutional ...
Do Androids Stay Up All Night Eating Food?
This is the future . . . of food:
NASA is funding research into 3D-printed food. Mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor received a $125,000 grant from the agency to build a prototype 3D printer with the aim of automating food creation. It’s hoped the ...
Rutgers' Basketball Coach Abuses His Players
There’s isn’t much more to add to this video (courtesy of ESPN) of Rutgers coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players:
Of course, no one is shocked that a coach uses obscenities directed at his players. ...
Obama and Netanyahu Chummy in Israel
President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu held a joint press conference in Jerusalem this afternoon at which they seemed to be working very hard to appear friendly with each other. The two leaders, probably attempting to overcome their reputation for ...
Why Matt Yglesias Is Wrong on Medicare Part D
Matt Yglesias has a post responding to Paul Howard’s oped in Bloomberg View about Medicare Part D. (If that’s not enough to get you excited, then I don’t what will.) Howard’s argument is that Part D ...
NYU Professor Compares Drinking Large Sodas to Drunk Driving
In an op-ed in the New York Daily News on Friday, Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at NYU, has attempted to turn the debate about Bloomberg’s sugary-drink ban on its head. The supporters of the ban, she claims, ...
Private Companies Begin Mining Asteroids
From the Economist:
IT ISN’T a gold rush quite yet. But the launch of a second asteroid-mining venture in a year suggests that the allure of extraterrestrial prospecting may be as hard to resist for some as the Klondike ...
Keith Olbermann to Return to ESPN?
It doesn’t seem likely, though not for want of trying on Olbie’s part.
From the New York Times:
At various times over the last year, Olbermann and his representatives have expressed interest in his return to the employer ...
Tim Carney's Heartbreaking Article
Timothy Carney’s 14-month-old nephew, John Paul Kilner, recently passed away after being born with an advanced case of spinal muscular atrophy. Carney wrote a beautiful piece about the ordeal that’s definitely worth reading in full:
Jesus said that ...
McChrystal: Drones 'Fuel Perception of American Arrogance'
The former general offers his insight into the use of drones:
McChrystal, 58, acknowledged that drones cause seething hatred of the United States and cautioned that their overuse could threaten US strategic objectives in the ongoing terror war.
“What scares me ...
Since Republicans lost control of both houses of Congress in 2006, and certainly since John McCain lost to Barack Obama in 2008, the proposition that Republicans have abandoned their conservative principles has become conservative dogma.
Perhaps the most prominent example of big-government ...
A Google Earth View of North Korean Prison Camp
The blog North Korean Economy Watch, run by Curtis Melvin, a graduate student in economics at George Mason, recently published images from Google Earth that appear to show a North Korean prison camp.
The picture above is the outline of ...
In his trip to South Africa last week, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas told reporters something interesting: He opposes efforts to boycott Israel.
“No, we do not support the boycott of Israel,” he said. “We have relations with Israel, we ...
Re: Does the Fed Think the Shutdown Didn’t Hurt the Economy?
Pat, it should be noted that the FOMC did still include their pithy assessment of fiscal policy, “Fiscal policy is restraining growth,” a line the committee has repeated in every statement since March of this year.
That being said, the ...
Was Paul Krugman 'Right' on Austerity?
If you want to see groupthink at its finest, go ahead and Google “Paul Krugman was right.”
Here are some of the headlines:
Business Insider: “The Economic Argument Is Over — Paul Krugman Has Won“
PolicyMic: “Paul Krugman Proven Right on ...
E.U. Puts a Cork in Olive-Oil Scheme
Apparently, the European Union didn’t have enough on its, ahem, plate, so it decided to further regulate what you can pour on yours. As anyone who has ever been to a restaurant surely knows, restaurants very often provide complimentary ...
Re: Scheiber’s Creative History
Jonathan points out the logical fallacy underlying Scheiber’s piece for The New Republic. There are (at least) two other problems with the piece: another logical fallacy, and a factual mistake. The second paragraph begins, “As The New York Times ...
Gaylord Perry Isn't Barry Bonds
In early issues of National Review, readers were treated to debates over Abraham Lincoln’s place in American history, especially in relation to the growth of the federal government that occurred under Lincoln’s watch. Harry Jaffa, the great Lincoln ...
During a press conference held by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu last week in Jerusalem, the president referenced Benjamin Netanyahu’s late brother, Yoni, and the letters that he wrote. Yoni, a prolific writer, was commander of the elite ...
Conservatives aren’t too happy about Republican political consultants. NRO’s John Fund reported from CPAC on conservative dissatisfaction with consultants: “Newt Gingrich bashed them for being ‘out of step,’ Sarah Palin called on activists to ‘furlough the consultants,’ pollster ...
The next president of the Islamic Republic of Iran lives in a large and beautiful home in central New Jersey. He speaks English with only the slightest accent, and hanging on his walls are pictures of him shaking hands with ...
Analyzing Peter King's Fighting Style
At the Corner, Nat links to a video of Congressman Peter King’s boxing match against Josh Foley. The fight was good-natured, and King admitted that Foley was taking it easy on him.
Still, let’s take a closer look ...
Liberal Meme: Scalia Wants to Deny Minorities' Right to Vote
Last week in the oral arguments for Shelby County vs. Holder, which will decide the constitutionality Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Antonin Scalia stated that the relevant codicil contributes to the “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” It was clear that ...
Christie Picks Up Key Endorsement
Chris Christie is running for reelection this year, and polls are showing him with an enormous lead over his likely Democratic opponent, state senator Barbara Buono. Christie’s campaign has an especially impressive amount of momentum, though: For instance, this ...
Liberal Meme Emerges: Same Old GOP
After the 2012 election, every pundit in this great land posed the question, “Whither the GOP?” Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, and Eric Cantor all gave major speeches to address this question. National Review Institute held a summit, and Commentary ...
Rutgers Professor Running for President of Iran
A Rutgers professor of planning and public policy is running for president of Iran. Hooshang Amirahmadi doesn’t sound like the typical Iranian politician; his campaign’s website focuses on economic development, fighting inflation, promoting women’s rights, and curbing ...
Miami Heat Fan Hits Half-Court Shot, Plenty of Taxes to Pay
Every kid’s dream is to hit the game-winning home run in the seventh game of the World Series, or to hit the game-winning shot in the seventh game of the NBA Finals. Well . . . those dreams fade fast.
This might ...
Israel will hold an election for the Knesset tomorrow. Typically, the president of Israel (currently Shimon Peres) asks the leader of the political party with the most votes to form a coalition; in 2009, however, Tzipi Livni was unable to form ...