ESPN, the worldwide leader in liberal idiocy

Featured image ESPN likes to promote its “Thirty for Thirty” sports documentaries by saying “what if I told you. . .?” So let me ask, “what if I told you that ESPN decided to pull an Asian-American announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee?” Your answer would probably be, “you’re making it up.” But I’m not. It is reliably reported that Robert Lee was »

Tillerson contradicts Trump on Afghanistan

Featured imageIn his speech last night, President Trump vowed to win in Afghanistan. He declared, “We will always win.” He also said, “I’m a problem-solver, and in the end, we will win.” In addition,there was this: “The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory. They deserve the tools they need and the trust they have earned to fight and to win.” Today, Secretary of »

Summer Camp In Gaza

Featured imageKids in Hamas-controlled Gaza go to summer camp, just like kids in the U.S. They build fires, they play games, they watch movies, they learn new skills. And at the end of the camp, they put on a show for their parents to show what they have learned. This short video was put together by the Israeli Defense Force. In just one minute, it explains why peace in that region »

Barack Obama’s Legacy of Lies and Broken Promises on Afghanistan

Featured imageIn last night’s speech on Afghanistan, President Trump said: No one denies that we have inherited a challenging and troubling situation in Afghanistan and South Asia, but we do not have the luxury of going back in time and making different or better decisions. When I became President, I was given a bad and very complex hand, but I fully knew what I was getting into: big and intricate problems. »

Afghanistan and “nation building”

Featured imageIn defending his decision to increase America’s war effort in Afghanistan, President Trump needed to do two main things: (1) explain why he was breaking his campaign promise to abandon Afghanistan and (2) distinguish his approach to the fight from President Obama’s. In the post I wrote right after the speech, I tried to describe how Trump went about accomplishing these things. One technique I didn’t mention was the president’s »

An Excellent Speech: Let’s Hope It’s an Excellent Strategy

Featured imageMore than six years ago, I wrote that we should get out of Afghanistan. We conducted a poll, and 74% of our readers agreed. So President Trump’s inclination to wind down our effort there, as articulated on the campaign trail, was not at all unusual. Last night the president said that he has changed his mind and will pursue victory in Afghanistan. The first thing that struck a listener was »

Stand by your Awan (4)

Featured imageAndrew McCarthy’s most recent NRO column on the case of the Awans is “The very strange indictment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT scammers.” Paul wrote about it last night here. The sagacious Mr. McCarthy concludes with the observation: “There is something very strange going on here.” If you haven’t done so yet, please read Andy’s column. A little birdie draws attention to the attorney representing Imran Awan. The attorney’s name »

Trump resists temptation to give up in Afghanistan

Featured imageIn an outstanding speech tonight, President Trump announced that the U.S. will not pull out of Afghanistan, but instead will fight with less restraint and more military forces. Trump needed to do two main things in his speech: (1) explain why he was breaking his campaign promise to abandon Afghanistan and (2) distinguish his approach to the fight from President Obama’s. Accomplishing the second objective would help make the breach »

Keith Ellison Exposes World’s Worst-Kept Secret

Featured imageAmerican liberals have long yearned to follow the Europeans into the nirvana of socialized medicine. But they recognize that U.S. voters are not yet “ready” to go the full Monty. So they have taken incremental steps, taking over more and more of what once was a private health care system, while waiting for the inevitable dawn of socialized medicine. Nancy Pelosi claims that she doesn’t favor socialized medicine, and has »

Munchin’ on Mnuchin

Featured imageIf Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin declines to resign from his position with the Trump administration, he may have to forego attendance at future reunions of the Yale class of 1985. More than 300 of his former classmates have called on him to resign “in protest of President Trump’s support of Nazism and white supremacy.” In an open letter that they have posted online, Mnuchin’s classmates instruct him: “We can be »

Stand by your Awan (2)

Featured imageWe’ve been writing about, and seeking to understand, the Awan connection. It is a scandal involving former House IT staffers with ties to Pakistan who are accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network. Interest in the scandal has been reinforced by the indictment of Imran Awan and his wife last week. Imran Awan had previously been »

Klobuchar considerations

Featured imageIn Minnesota we have four vacancies to fill for high federal offices: the United States Attorney, the United States Marshal and two federal district court judges. President Trump has nominated Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, but his nomination has been blocked from consideration in the Senate so far by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Approximately no one in Minnesota »

William Henck: My IRS ordeal

Featured imageThe IRS was at the center of the deepest scandals of the Obama administration. Bill Henck gave us a look from his perspective inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel, where he has worked as an attorney for 30 years. In 2014 we posted Bill’s personal account of a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him in “Inside the IRS.” We followed up with subsequent posts by Bill »

Stand by your Awan (3)

Featured imageWe have been writing about the Awan scandal. It involves former House IT staffers with ties to Pakistan who are accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network. It also involves alleged bank fraud on the part of Imran Awan and his wife. It may also involve the transmission of sensitive intelligence information to foreigners. Finally, it »

Apoc-Eclipse After Action Report

Featured imageThe Power Line Northwest News Bureau is now styling by the pool after an exhausting morning of eclipse chasing. Is this one of Daniel Boorstin’s “pseudo-events,” or just the media coverage, whose dire warnings of epic traffic jams out here in central Oregon were totally not true at all? But somehow this image does seem accurate: Faithful Power Line reader and punchline provider David Deeble points out that democracy must »

U.S. Civil Rights Commission wants no enemies on the left

Featured imageLast week, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights unanimously passed a resolution condemning the Nazi, KKK, and white-nationalist participants in the Charlottesville rally. Good. Then, the Commissioners voted down an amendment by Gail Heriot that would have added: Though we support peaceful protest and note that most of the counter-demonstrators were peaceful, we condemn violence by anyone, including violence by so-called antifa demonstrators. That amendment failed by a vote of »

Durham D.A. admits ideology will influence his prosecutorial discretion

Featured imageIf you don’t mind feeling nauseated, check out this statement by Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols, in which he explains the factors he will consider in determining “a just resolution” to the case of those who destroyed the public monument in Durham. Echols says he will balance accountability for the destruction of property against the “climate in which these actions were undertaken.” He seems to believe that a neo-Nazi »