A Modest Proposal for Princeton and Yale

Featured image Richard Epstein reviews the sorry record of Woodrow Wilson over at Ricochet, but concludes correctly that it is a stupid idea to start stripping names off of university programs. But if the prissy Princetonians insist on renaming the Woodrow Wilson School for Public Affairs, here’s a modest suggestion: Rename it for Warren Harding! Harding was the anti-Wilson in all of the ways the campus protesters could want. He pardoned most »

Freddie Gray judge prosecuted police misconduct cases for DOJ

Featured imageThe trial of the first of the first of six Baltimore officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray began today in Baltimore with jury selection. Officer William G. Porter, 26, faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment because he allegedly did not get medical help for Gray when he complained of injuries after his arrest. None of the 75 potential jurors in »

Media alert: Talking “Minnesota men” with Bill Bennett (Also Climate)

Featured imageBill Bennett has invited me to appear for a segment on his Morning in America radio program tomorrow morning to discuss my Weekly Standard article “The threat from ‘Minnesota men.'” I’m scheduled to appear at the top of the hour around 8:05 a.m. (Eastern). You can find a local station carrying Bill’s show here. I think you can also listen to the show via live stream accessible here. I’m grateful »

Do Hillary’s Emails Confirm Clinton-Obama Enmity?

Featured imageIn the nation’s capital it is commonly believed that the Clintons and the Obamas can’t stand one another. I pretend to no insider status with regard to such D.C. conflicts, certainly not on the Democratic side. But the latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, released today, offers some support for that belief. The State Department released several thousand emails today. Out of curiosity, I searched for “Sid” and »

Don’t You Just Hayden When This Happens?

Featured imageI’ve employed here the term “climatista” to refer to the thermageddonites because of their Stalinist-like zeal and fanaticism about the issue, which has done more to discredit serious consideration of both climate risk and climate policy than anything the so-called “skeptics” or “deniers” could ever hope to do. But once and a while a real climatista—that is, a direct heir to the Sandinista sympathizers of the 1980s—shows up for duty. »

Bee of Good Cheer

Featured imageWe take the brief time out from the climate apocalypse in Paris—also known as “thermageddeon”—to make note of the official cancellation of the “Bee-pocalypse.” From the Washington Post: Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high You’ve heard the news about honeybees. “Beepocalypse,” they’ve called it. Beemageddon. America’s honeybees are dying, putting honey production and $15 billion worth of pollinated food crops in jeopardy. The situation has »

Behind the left’s selective treatment of tragic violence

Featured imageYesterday, John and I wrote about suggestions that harsh criticism of Planned Parenthood is to blame for the attack on a PP facility in Colorado. Pointing to the attack on the Family Research Council two years ago, I noted the selective nature of this type of argument. Jim Geraghty has compiled a thorough history (complete with links, a few of which I have omitted) of the double standard at work »

Hillary Clinton and State Department, Inc.

Featured imageFox News reports, via the Associated Press, that as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton “opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists, and corporate donors to her family’s global charity.” The report is based on a review of State Department scheduling calendars. According to the AP: The woman who would become a 2016 presidential candidate met or spoke by phone with nearly »

Climate Media Watch

Featured imageI’m not sure what’s going to be more fun over the next 10 days—watching John “Long Face” Kerry prattle on, or reading the predictable stories in the media about how the conference is “deadlocked,” “going into overtime,” and announcing, at the 11th hour, a “breakthrough!” that will save the planet—at least until we can all meet again next year to repeat the farce. But above all I think we’ll need »

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 »

The NFL Has Become Unwatchable

Featured imageI was a pro football fan as a boy back in the 1960s, when our local TV station in South Dakota featured Chicago Bears and, later, Green Bay Packers games. After that, for a long time I rarely watched a pro football game. This year, not being as busy as in the past, I have seen more NFL games than in any recent season. Yesterday I was home nursing a »

Happy Birthday to Sir Winston

Featured imageToday is the 141st birthday of Sir Winston Churchill, and as such we ought to recur once again to Leo Strauss’s eulogy, delivered in class in 1965: The death of Churchill is a healthy reminder to students of political science of their limitations, the limitations of their craft. The tyrant stood at the pinnacle of his power. The contrast between the indomitable and magnanimous statesman and the insane tyrant–this spectacle »

Mr. Luger regrets

Featured imageThe December 7 issue of the Weekly Standard carries my article “The threat from ‘Minnesota men.'” It’s now posted on the Standard’s revamped site. I noted it on Thanksgiving in the post “Desperately seeking ISIS.” Please check out the article if you have any interest in the issues raised by the flow of refugees who raise special issues for law enforcement. Given the local issues raised by Minnesota’s swelling Somali »

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

Featured imageThe 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 »

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 »