Posts from April, 2012
Few countries in the world offer a political canvas as eccentric as France’s. There are ten candidates on the ballot for this Sunday’s presidential election: Six of them are socialists of one stripe or another, one is an avowed Communist, and another represents the openly racist and generally execrable Front National. The remaining two are centrists in that peculiarly French way; only one of them has a shot, and he will, in all likelihood, lose… ›› Read on National Review Online
Try as Christopher might to find a damning penumbra in what is a pretty straightforward sentence, the slogan means now what it always has: This person is not working out for the electorate and his tenure is associated with high unemployment. Those such as Tommy Christopher who see ugly, racially-charged undertones to the notion are entitled to their ugly, racially-charged views — but they should keep Mitt Romney out of it… ›› Read on National Review Online
Eating dogs is generally frowned upon in the United States, but this is not true of much of the rest of the world. In fact, on one of his beloved world tours, President Obama could include a number of stops that would enable him to relive his early experiments in the field… ›› Read on National Review Online
My feature on motorcyclists at the Daytona Beach Bike Week is in National Review‘s April 30 print issue.
In 1988, the longtime head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) gave an explosive performance in front of the U.S. Congress’s Science, Space, and Technology Committee, during which he claimed that America and the world were on the brink of disaster. The earth’s surface temperature, Professor James Hansen contended, was rising in concert with carbon dioxide emissions, and the consequences would be increased drought, rising oceans, and an average rise in global temperature of ten degrees Fahrenheit by 2050. If the United States government did not act now, it would be sanctioning catastrophe, he warned. With this testimony, invited by the committee’s chair, Senator Al Gore, Hansen effectively started the modern climate-change movement… ›› Read on National Review Online