Christie’s big New Hampshire endorsement, how much will it help?

Featured image The Manchester Union leader has endorsed Chris Christie for President. I’ve long thought that New Hampshire Republican primary voters might warm to Christie. He has a bit of John McCain’s pugnaciousness, but also a some of Mitt Romney’s good government pragmatism. McCain and Romney collectively won the last three contested New Hampshire primaries. Moreover, Christie is campaigning hard in the Granite State. And in doing so, he tends to follow »

18,000 Years of Climate and Civilization

Featured imagePetrophysicist Andy May has prepared a poster-sized chart that shows the current state of knowledge about the Earth’s climate over the last 18,000 years, along with a history of human civilization during that time. You could spend a long time studying the chart, which tells you most of what you need to know to understand why climate alarmism, as currently manifested in the Paris conclave, is–scientifically speaking–a joke. You also »

Two Observations on the Planned Parenthood Murders [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageWhenever there is a high-profile shooting incident, liberals scan the news eagerly, hoping that political hay can be made out of it. With the Planned Parenthood murders perpetrated by Robert Dear, they apparently think they have hit the jackpot. Perhaps, in political terms, they are right, but I doubt it. Unnamed law enforcement sources are being quoted to the effect that after his arrest, Dear said something like “no more »

Donald Trump spoils Thanksgiving dinners throughout the land

Featured imageThanksgiving is a time to be thankful for many our blessings among the foremost of which should be our family. But according to Chuck Ross, disgust trumped thankfulness at many family Thanksgiving dinner tables this year, as folks were dismayed to discover that family members intend to vote for Donald Trump. The discovery shouldn’t have been surprising. After all, Trump is supported by around 30 percent of registered Republicans, according »

Climatistas: We’ll Always Have Paris

Featured imageWe’ll be doing wall-to-wall coverage of the off-the-wall climate talks in Paris this week, but I can hardly do better in setting this up than to recall some of the testimony I presented to the House Foreign Affairs Committee back in 2011. Here are a couple of excerpts: I will begin with my contentious conclusion, which is that the international diplomacy of climate change is the most implausible and unpromising »

The Ellison elision, cont’d

Featured imageMinnesota Fifth District Rep. is an old-time race hustler straight out of the Nation of Islam. He was a self-identified member of the Nation of Islam as recently as his first run for office in 1998. I wrote about his extensive and thoroughly discreditable race hustling background in the Weekly Standard article “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman.” I posted copies of some key sources in “Keith Ellison for dummies.” Ellison shuns »

The Strong Over the Weak

Featured imageAccording to diplomatic legend, when the French diplomat Talleyrand heard that the Turkish ambassador to the Congress of Vienna had died, he asked, “I wonder what he meant by that?” Alternative versions attribute this to Metternich, with the slightly different rendering: “I wonder what his motive was?” With the greatest climate conference peace conference since the Congress of Vienna getting under way in Paris tomorrow, it is worth noting the »

A Princeton Postscript

Featured imageOver 1,500 people in the Princeton community (not all of them students according to one report) have signed on to the Princeton Open Campus Coalition to President Eisgruber reported here the other day. No word yet on whether Eisgruber has agreed to meet with the Open Campus Coalition, but this is a good sign that the silent majority of non-crazy students on the campus is going to be a bit »

I Question Dana Milbank About His Claim that Trump Is a Racist

Featured imageWhen I hosted the Laura Ingraham radio show on Wednesday, one of our guests was Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. I quizzed Milbank about a column he had written two days before, asserting that Donald Trump is a bigot and a racist. Milbank got a little prickly; as a liberal journalist, he apparently isn’t used to being challenged. But it was, I thought, a good and civil exchange. The »

The Week in Pictures: Climate Terror Edition

Featured imageThe next big UN climate summit opens on Monday in Paris, except—wait!—oops, it’s now a “Peace” conference, because climate change caused ISIS, 9/11, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hmm: global peace conference in Paris. Where have I heard of such a thing before? Maybe people will remember when the climate equivalent of the Versailles Treaty is announced in the next couple weeks, since we’re going through the War on Coal to »

Climate Change, the Greatest Issue of the 21st Century

Featured imageYeah, right. With the latest U.N. confab scheduled to begin in Paris on Monday, global warming hysteria is being hyped by governments around the world. Reality, though, tends to intrude, as it did in Paris just a week or two ago. Between bullets and bombs on one hand, and the theoretical prospect of a one degree increase in average world temperatures on the other, which would bring us closer to »

Gilson’s gallimaufry

Featured imageIn today’s letters to the editor the Star Tribune publishes Gary Gilson’s apology for his sideswipe of John Hinderaker while swiping me head-on. Here is how it is published it today’s paper: DEBATE OVER THE MOVIE ‘TRUTH’ I apologize for a statement made about the Power Line blog In a Nov. 8 letter to the editor, I wrote that John Hinderaker, a founder of the conservative blog Power Line, had »

The American public’s dim view of leniency for drug traffickers

Featured imageBill Otis reports that Opinion Research Corporation, in a poll taken during the period Nov. 19-22, asked a sample of 1008 adults the following question: Thinking about the criminal justice system, which comes closer to your view — that we have too many drug traffickers in prison for too long, or that we don’t do enough to keep drug traffickers off the street? It was no contest. Only 30 percent »

A case for Carly Fiorina

Featured imageOur friend Dave Begley has been running the rule over the Republican presidential field as it passes through Council Bluffs, Iowa and other venues not far from Omaha, Nebraska where Dave resides. We are proud to have featured his excellent reports on Power Line. Now, Dave has settled on a favorite candidate — Carly Fiorina. He explains why here. Dave argues that we need an “outsider” president. I agree that »

Do you believe him?

Featured imageDonald Trump has proved himself a master of mockery. It is a powerful weapon in his rhetorical arsenal. Sometimes it’s on target. Occasionally it misfires. It has yet to backfire. When his mockery has veered off target, Trump has effectively denied the upshot of the mockery. The latest case seems to me a misfire and the denial particularly implausible. Anthony Trollope titled the first of his Palliser series of novels »

Reading Jim Scanlan in Tehran

Featured imageFrom time to time, I have directed the attention of Power Line readers to the work of James P. Scanlan. Specifically, I have linked to and discussed his analyses of disparate impact theory in various contexts involving allegations of discrimination. Years ago, Jim wrote a piece for the Midwest Quarterly on a very different subject — nuclear deterrence. It was called “Facing the Paradox of Deterrence.” The paradox Jim posited »

How’s that river shaping up for you?

Featured imageIn his article about the troubles at his alma mater, my Princeton alumnus friend noted the role of William Bowen, Provost from 1967 to 1972 and President from 1972 to 1988. Not content with screwing up Princeton, Bowen co-wrote (with former Harvard President Derek Bok) a defense of race-based preferential college admissions. The book bears the odd title The Shape of the River. In The Shape of the River, Bowen »