Monday, April 22, 2013

Cruising the Web

Ed Driscoll takes the occasion of the return of Mad Men to revisit the year 1968, the year he says America went "off the rails." I was just covering 1968 in both my European and American history classes and it's amazing how many landmark events came together in that one year. Driscoll's summary can serve as your own mini-history lesson. He has some other examples that I'd forgotten.

Europe's carbon-trading plan isn't working out. Erika Johnson points out that America's carbon-dioxide emissions have been declining faster than Europe's due to our own embrace of natural gas instead of coal. And we did all that without needing to sign on to the Kyoto Protocols.

Rachel Alexander discusses the trend of claiming one has been offended in order to shut down political debate.

Planned Parenthood has admitted that they knew what was going on in Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic and didn't report it, leaving it up to the women to complain. Wouldn't they also have a concern about conditions endangering women seeking abortions there?

In twisting themselves to try to explain that the fact that radical Islam has nothing to do with the Boston Marathon bombing, some people are saying some truly dumb things. While they don't want to see any connection to radical Islam, they are happy to jump to foundationless conclusions trying to tie the bombing to right-wing extremists.

Megan McArdle explains the "Myth of the Bargaining Chip" which explains Obama's loss on gun control. By demanding more, they got less.

John Fund highlights a side benefit of government being broke: there is less money for politicians to use as bribes.

The law speeding through Congress now to impose an online tax hike is, surprise, surprise very poorly written.

Stuart Taylor summarizes how race-based affirmative action makes things worse for those it is supposed to benefit.

Sean Trende highlights the coming split within the Democratic Party as governors and local politicians have to choose between raising taxes on suburban constituencies or cutting spending for poorer supporters. Such fissures are the normal historical result when our parties expand their coalitions to contain disparate voters.