The Very Weird Tales of Steven Seagal

Pretend for a moment that you are a highly visible Republican Congressman needing to get the Russians to come to the table to discuss items of mutual national interest. Who would you call to set up some overseas meetings?  The State Department?  U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul?  George Shultz, Casper Weinberger, or someone else…

Come Pop My Bubble

When I read this article by Mark Adomanis in Forbes online, I find myself a bit confused. Adomanis mantains that there is a significant strain of American conservatism that looks at l’affaire d’Pussy Riot in Russia and doesn’t get past the fact that the underlying offense occurred in a church. For that reason, while Vladimir Putin and the…

Shame On Russia

Three of the members of Russian punk rock collective Pussy Riot have been found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years of labor in a corrective institution, with credit for five months time already served. Judge Marina Syrova called their offence a “serious crime.” “It is simply idiocy,” said a…

Missile Defense

Nuclear disarmament is the college debate topic this year, so happily I’m paying closer attention to nukes than to, say, taxpayer-funded prostitution rings. The latest development is fairly straightforward: Obama plans to disassemble a radar station in the Czech Republic and an interceptor launch station in Poland. Predictably enough, mainstream conservatives are infuriated: it takes…