Open Thread

By NB Staff | August 29, 2012 | 9:37 AM EDT

A book that's going to cause a lot of controversy is "No Easy Day," a first-hand account by one of the Navy SEALs who was part of the team that killed Osama bin Laden.

The Associated Press got an early copy of the book and reported that the author, Matt Bissonnette, says that the terrorist leader was killed when he looked out the window and was already dead when they entered the compound bin Laden was living in at the time. This is in direct contradiction to Obama Administration accounts of his death.

By NB Staff | August 27, 2012 | 10:36 AM EDT

Since Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan was announced as Mitt Romney's running mate, the situation in the various states seems to have changed a bit. Ryan's home state of Wisconsin has tightened up quite a bit, moving from solid Obama to a tossup. Mitt Romney's birth state of Michigan has also become more competitive:

By NB Staff | August 25, 2012 | 8:04 AM EDT

If only there were something to talk about...

By NB Staff | August 24, 2012 | 7:11 AM EDT

Today's starter topic: How much credence do you give this report that President Obama is pressuring European countries to keep heavily indebted Greece in the Euro zone until after Election Day so as to not put his own re-election at risk? Would he do such a thing? And would booting Greece from the euro really have any effect on politics in this country?

By Matthew Sheffield | August 23, 2012 | 10:52 AM EDT

Young Americans, who were a key component of candidate Barack Obama's election strategy in 2008, have been having an awful time of it lately. According to two separate surveys, many young adults 18 to 29 are stuck in the awful employment market. The majority have a bachelor's degree but are not in jobs that require a college degree.

Interestingly enough, the jobs which traditionally had been filled by recent college graduates have been going to older Americans, meaning that many are stuck in underemployment:

By Matthew Sheffield | August 22, 2012 | 10:03 AM EDT

Sometimes, the decisions made by government bureaucrats are so stupid, it's hard to believe that they're real. Today's case in point: The Department of Justice has decided to make an effort to find attorneys with "severe intellectual" and "psychiatric disabilities."

Considering that this is the same agency that brought us the ill-conceived Fast and Furious and its subsequent cover-up, perhaps the severely intellectually disabled lawyers have already started work.

By Matthew Sheffield | August 20, 2012 | 10:09 AM EDT

For just forty years now, the world has officially been doomed to destruction. Sure, we've always had religious cult leaders pronouncing the death of civilization due to the sin-of-the-moment but 1972 represented a different kind of doom and gloom: a wholly secular kind pretending to be scientific.

Today the intellectual descendants of the people who produced the book The Limits to Growth are still given credibility. It's fun taking a look at what they predicted:

By NB Staff | August 18, 2012 | 10:08 AM EDT

I know it's been a boring week, but try to find something to talk about.

By NB Staff | August 17, 2012 | 9:34 AM EDT

One of the persistent themes on the campaign trail for many liberals is the idea, best exemplified by President Obama's "you didn't build that" remark and also the anti-capitalist rants of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, that people who work hard for a living somehow are undeserving of their success. That attitude likely originates from the mistaken belief that cronyism, collusion between private industry and government, is capitalism.

Unfortunately, more cronyism is the inevitable product of the expansion of the regulatory state. The more power bureaucrats and politicians have over business, the more likely business is to become interested in synergy with the government. Below the fold is a video from the Crony Chronicles, a new website which looks to spread awareness of this growing problem.

By NB Staff | August 14, 2012 | 11:21 AM EDT

Comment on the news of the day and whatever else suits your fancy.

By Matthew Sheffield | August 13, 2012 | 10:03 AM EDT

The far left has already started a campaign to misinform the public about Paul Ryan's views about Medicare and how he supposedly wants to destroy the program. (The irony, of course, is that President Obama actually reduced funding of the program by $700 billion as part of his healthcare law.)

Be that as it may, for those wondering what Ryan actually says about Medicare, National Review provides a helpful primer on the congressman's views, noting particularly that the newest Medicare proposal he's touting actually is quite a bit different from his older one:

By NB Staff | August 11, 2012 | 6:30 AM EDT

According to a news release from the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, the soon-to-be Republican nominee will announce his running mate later today.

Word has it that the likely pick is Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan although such predictions have been known to be wrong in the past. In 2008, Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty was expected to be John McCain's running mate. Who do you think it will be?