10:22 AM, Dec 5, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Pessimists who believe that once a large piece of governmental malpractice is in place, it is there forever and immoveable, should to pay attention to this day and, perhaps, celebrate with a cocktail.
It was on December 5th 1933 that Prohibition was repealed. Government, at all levels, still had a lot to say about your drinking – and it wasn’t shy about taxing alcohol – but at least the absolutist prohibition had been recognized as folly. People were going to drink and they found ways to make it interesting. It’s in the DNA … or something.
So to celebrate, Sara Bonisteel at Epicurious, headlines "Five Prohibition-Era Cocktails For Repeal Day" and notes, helpfully that:
These cocktails are simple and sweet, relying on syrups to hide imperfections in the bathtub gin. Made with modern hooch, these drinks go down nice and easy.
10:52 AM, Dec 3, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
At the end of September, the federal government's fiscal year was drawing to a close, the threat of a shut down was increasing, and the State Department was shopping for art. Four contracts were awarded in the last two weeks of September, including $1,000,000 for a granite sculpture by Irish-born artist Sean Scully to be installed at the new U.S. Embassy in London. Notice of the awards was posted Sunday afternoon of Thanksgiving weekend on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
12:12 PM, Nov 11, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The rallying cry among those who still believe in Obamacare, and that it will fundamentally transform health care in America, like to say of the program’s current problems, “It’s just a web site.” Implying that it can, like the transmission on your automobile, be fixed and you can then proceed to your destination.
9:39 AM, Oct 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
New research from the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee shows that over the last 5 years, the U.S. has spent about $3.7 trillion on welfare. Here's a chart, showing that spending versus transportation, education, and NASA spending:
12:00 AM, Oct 19, 2013 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
The government re-opened, and there was no default. No surprise. This was the 18th shutdown since 1976, when the current budget procedure was established. The five shutdowns under Jimmy Carter were mostly over major policy issues such as abortion (he was for it) and the construction of a nuclear-fuelled aircraft carrier (he was against it). They averaged 11 days.
Hosted by Michael Graham.12:26 PM, Oct 18, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with James C. Capretta on fallout from the government shutdown and the failure called Obamacare:
4:44 PM, Oct 17, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The captain of the ms Noordam has announced that due to the choppy seas we won't be able to put in, as planned, at Santorini—but that rather than having another day at sea, we're boldly heading off to dock at Iraklion, Crete.
8:45 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The siege has been lifted. The 16-day ordeal is ended. Life, once again, is good. As Alexander Bolton and Pete Kasperowicz of The Hill report:
7:00 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
At sea aboard the ms Noordam, off the coast of Greece
THE WEEKLY STANDARD cruisers were supposed to go ashore today in Greece. But high seas prevented the cruise ship from docking at Katakolon, so we're unfortunately missing the ruins at Olympia.
6:19 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A memo from the Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia M. Burwell on re-opening government:
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
6:14 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama signed the "deal" to re-open Congress and increase the debt limit, according to the White House. The press secretary sent this out late last night:
8:39 PM, Oct 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Even before the House vote on the so-called congressional deal to re-open the federal government and increase the debt limit, President Obama began to pivot to immigration: