Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll casts questions ASSUMPTIONS, including her own. She writes I remember an outstanding episode of The Odd Couple in which Felix ended up in court over some minor incident. Naturally, he acted as his own attorney. When a hostile witness used the word “assume,” he pounced. “Aha! When you ‘assume,’ you make an ‘ass’ of ‘u’ and ‘me,’” he said triumphantly. And nowhere can one go further wrong, or »

Newly disclosed emails mean more trouble for Hillary

Featured imageTrey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has told Elijah Cummings, his Democratic counterpart on the committee, that he will soon release 1,500 pages of new Hillary Clinton emails concerning Libya that the State Department recently turned over. A “small number” of them pertain to the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound, Gowdy said. Gowdy also revealed that many of the emails in question involve Sid »

Will Paul Ryan be the next speaker? I hope not

Featured imageFollowing Kevin McCarthy’s surprising decision to drop out of the race for House Speaker, attention has turned to Paul Ryan. The widely respected Wisconsin man is viewed by many as the Republican representative most likely to (1) obtain the votes needed to become Speaker and (2) perhaps provide a degree of party unity post-selection. Ryan apparently does not want the job, for an obvious reason (it’s a daunting post) and »

The NY Times Discovers Self-Defense

Featured imageThe New York Times has editorialized hysterically in favor of more gun control measures for years. Operating in an antiseptically-sealed liberal milieu, the Times editorialists seem not to understand why their position keeps losing at the polls. So maybe a couple of their reporters were trying to give them a clue with this story: “Common Response After Killings in Oregon: ‘I Want to Have a Gun.’” A week has passed »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow. The show airs live from 9 to 12 a.m., Eastern. You can go here to find a station in your area. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes, and it also airs later in the day on various stations. Guests will include Michael Barone, Byron York (I think), James Glassman of the George »

Live from Council Bluffs, it’s Hillary 5.0

Featured imageMadam Hillary returned to Council Bluffs, Iowa, yesterday, and Nebraska attorney Dave Begley gave it up for us to deliver this on the scene report. Dave writes: Hillary threw down a number of markers yesterday. Her presentation was much improved from the two previous times I have seen her. She drew laughs from the crowd and was much warmer and more personal than in her previous appearances. She spoke for »

So Hillary’s a Liar? What’s Your Point?

Featured imageHillary Clinton has done a 180 on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but few seem to mind. Greg Mankiw suggests that Hillary’s dishonesty is “a feature, not a bug.” A few weeks ago, a poll asked people what were the first words that they thought of when they heard the names of the various presidential candidates. For Hillary Clinton, “liar” and “untrustworthy” ranked high. Many commentators saw this result as a problem »

Shocker: Kevin McCarthy Pulls Out

Featured imageIn a stunning development, Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy to be Speaker of the House. Republican Congressmen apparently were as surprised as we are: McCarthy shocked his colleagues at the start of Thursday’s closed meeting, telling them he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be postponed and Boehner delayed it. “There was total shock, and then total silence,” said Rep. Robert Pittenger, »

For It Before She Was Against It, the Sequel

Featured imageThe good folks at the Washington Free Beacon have put together this 90-second highlight reel of Hillary Clinton boasting about her work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership that she’s now against. If Hillary was any more phony, she’d be collecting campaign contributions in $3 bills. »

Fake Indian takes real scalp

Featured imageSenator Elizabeth Warren is a blatantly fake Indian, but late last month she took a real (if metaphorical) scalp. Warren prompted the Brookings Institution to force the resignation of the Brookings-affiliated scholar Robert Litan. Litan had been affiliated with Brookings off and on for some 40 years. Once Warren complained about him to Brookings President Strobe Talbott, however, Brookings snapped to attention. Litan promptly resigned his unpaid position with Brookings. »

Don’t Look Now, But. . .

Featured imageWe’ve been periodically taking note of China’s wavering economy (here in July for instance), and speculated about how things would get interesting if they started dumping their large holdings of U.S. debt. Well: Once the Biggest Buyer, China Starts Dumping U.S. Government Debt Central banks around the world are selling U.S. government bonds at the fastest pace on record, the most dramatic shift in the $12.8 trillion Treasury market since »

Wind Blows

Featured imageAs everyone knows, California is mired in a record drought. It usually gets lost in the shuffle that this has an impact on California’s energy supply, since the state has a non-trivial amount of hydropower: when you don’t have water, you can’t run the turbines in the dams. What happens when it doesn’t rain and the wind doesn’t blow? Turns out California is experiencing something of a wind-drought, too, as »

Democrats: Party of the Rich Revisited

Featured imageI’ve written before that Democrats have become the party of the rich, and how this would scandalize an earlier generation of liberals from Franklin Roosevelt to Hubert Humphrey. A few days ago Thomas Edsall wondered about this in the New York Times in “How Did Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich?” Democrats now depend as much on affluent voters as on low-income voters. Democrats represent a majority of the richest »

A White Privilege Tax? Why Not?

Featured imageA humorist named Mark Dice decided to talk to people on the street about a Hillary Clinton proposal for a “White Privilege Tax.” (She hasn’t proposed such a tax—yet.) You can imagine how this goes. Better than imaging it—watch: »

Who gets released when drug sentences are relaxed?

Featured imageSens. Grassley, Cornyn, Lee, Flake, and (inevitably) Lindsey Graham have teamed up with liberal Democrats like Sens. Leahy, Durbin, and Schumer to push legislation that will result in the release of major drug felons, some of whom brought guns along when they committed their crimes. Hoping to increase the momentum for this sort of leniency, the Washington Post presents a warm front-page profile of a “non-violent drug offender” who was »

Hillary’s emails: What the FBI is up to

Featured imageIn response to my post about the FBI’s prospects for recovering Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails, now that a number of important devices are (or soon will be) in its possession, a reader writes: As both a lawyer and computer forensics specialist, I can tell you that what is quite likely happening is that the FBI is reconstructing Mrs. Clinton’s previous email data universe by mining several data sources. The State »

Cyberattacks & a Clinton hack

Featured imageThree Associated Press reporters collaborate on an article exploring cyberattacks on Hillary Clinton’s email server after she left office in 2013. The attacks originated in China, South Korea, and Germany; they appear to have been blocked by a threat monitoring product connected to her network in late 2013. I assume that the attacks were detected (not just blocked, if they were blocked) by software, though that is not entirely clear. »