Environmentalists Go Off on a Bender

Featured image I’ve observed recently that the election of Trump has driven environmentalists out of their minds. But that happens to mentalists of every kind, not just the enviro-version of mentalists. For years people have asked me, “Why are environmentalists always harping about the end of the earth?” Basic answer: Because it makes them happy. Think I exaggerate? Nothing used to send environmentalists into a rage faster than when I started pointing »

Ouch! “Twin Cities Police Easily Startled”

Featured imageThe latest development in the Mohamed Noor/Justine Damond story, following a report that a loud noise preceded Noor’s shooting of Damond: fake street signs have cropped up around the Twin Cities: Someone–no idea who–has gone to a lot of trouble to make a point. »

A Pompeo postscript

Featured imageIn a June 2 story by Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Goldman, the New York Times blew the identity of the new CIA chief of operations against Iran. The Times’s decision to do so was deliberate, willful and deeply dishonorable. It may have been illegal as well. The special counsel investigation of the Bush administration was predicated on possible criminal violations in the unauthorized disclosure of Valerie Plame. Possible criminal violations »

Pompeo vs. Tillerson on Syria

Featured imageAt the Aspen Security Forum, the same conference Scott discussed here, CIA Director Mike Pompeo discussed with clarity the situation the U.S. confronts in Syria. As Josh Rogin reports, Pompeo stated that we have two main enemies in Syria: ISIS and Iran. Our goals, in addition to finishing off ISIS in Syria, should be to stop Iran from establishing a zone of control that spans the region and “providing the »

How to Fight Fake News and the Deep State

Featured imageSome Power Line readers, especially the ones who follow my gratuitous and indulgent Facebook photos of grilling extravaganzas, think I should offer some cooking posts here. So why not. Living well is the best revenge. Especially if it involves: red meat, red wine, and a turbocharged carbon footprint. It’s the recommended way to combat fake news and the deep state. Besides, I’ve been working all weekend on a long overdue »

Trump loses Congress on Russia

Featured imageOver the weekend, Congress reached an agreement on sweeping sanctions legislation to punish Russia for its election meddling and aggression toward its neighbors. Congress thereby rejected President Trump’s contention that he needs flexibility to adjust the sanctions to fit his diplomatic initiatives with Moscow. Congressional Republicans, it appears, don’t have faith in Trump’s diplomatic initiatives with Moscow. Will Trump veto the legislation? Probably not. He seems to lack the votes »

Offensive Trademark Requests? So What?

Featured imageA month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a federal law prohibiting registration of trademarks that “may disparage … persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs or national symbols” violates the First Amendment. Liberal media wasted no time in finding baleful consequences of the ruling. Reuters writes: “Supreme Court ruling leads to offensive trademark requests.” A small group of companies and individuals are looking to register racially charged words »

A Party Out of Ideas

Featured imageSo the Democrats have unveiled a new slogan for the next election cycle: “A Better Deal.” “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future” is the new slogan hatched after months of strategy sessions on Capitol Hill and late-night dinners at Washington restaurants hosted by Schumer, Pelosi, Jeffries and other rank-and-file House and Senate lawmakers. Are we sure they got their money’s worth from the focus groups it took to come »

Clown show follies with the Times

Featured imageWhen three Somali Minnesotans went to trial in Minneapolis last year on terrorism charges, the New York Times skipped the proceedings. Times reporter Jack Healy arrived in town just in time for the verdicts. Healy’s article reporting the verdicts, written with freelancer Matt Furber, turned for comment to Burhan Mohumed, a “community organizer” and friend of the defendants who condemned the verdicts as “purely political.” Judge Michael Davis presided at »

Bringing literature to the masses, Mayor de Blasio Style

Featured imageMy conservative cousin from New York has been following New York City mayors since the days of Robert F. Wagner, Jr. I think John Lindsey remains his nominee for the worst of the lot, but the current mayor seems to be closing in fast. My cousin reports: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is an ardent admirer of Communist Cuba and the Sandinistas. He presides over a town whose »

A nasty habit at State

Featured imageWhen it comes to apologetics and confusion about the endless campaign of Palestinian Arab terrorism against Israel, the Associated Press has nothing on the Department of State. See, for example, Adam Kredo’s two recent Washington Free Beacon accounts, “State Dept. blames Israel for terrorism, claims Palestinians rarely incite attacks” (July 20) and “Trump State Dept. unsure why Palestinian terrorists kill Israelis” (July 21). The source documents related to Kredo’s stories »

Jeff Sessions and the Russian ambassador

Featured imageA few days ago, the Washington Post reported that Attorney Jeff Sessions’ statements about what he discussed with the Russian ambassador are at odds with reports by the ambassador to his government about what he and Sessions discussed. However, as I argued here, there is no inconsistency between the statements of Sessions quoted by the Post and the Russian ambassador’s alleged description of his talks with Sessions. The Sessions statements »

Pardon Me

Featured imageThe Trump pardon story exemplifies the frustrations of President Trump’s first six months in office. It began with a story published Thursday evening by the Washington Post that said Trump has been talking with his advisers about his power to grant pardons: Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A »

Pompeo on the leaks

Featured imageSince the inauguration of President Trump we have been inundated by leaks of classified information attributed to current and former government officials. These current and former government officials have leaked classified information to their friends at the New York Times, the Washington Post and other mainstream media organs. The leaks have become a flood of crisis proportions. Two months ago, for example, New York Times reporters Matthew Rosenberg and Adam »

No Groping, Damn It!

Featured imageAmerican liberals want to take in lots of Islamic refugees from the Middle East and Africa, presumably because that policy has been so successful in Europe. This is, of course, a dubious premise, as we have noted many times. This story comes from Austria, and it must be legit because it is reported in the Sun. Heh. As best I can tell, though, it is authentic: A swimming pool has »

Don’t blame the media for the WNBA’s woes

Featured imageTed Leonsis owns the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals. The hockey team has done quite well under his leadership, though a deep playoff run has eluded it. The basketball team has often been mediocre or worse, though it now is among the better NBA squads. Leonsis also owns the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. The team, like the league, has struggled. Leonsis blames the WNBA’s woes on the media. »

The Week in Pictures: We Want Tattoo Edition

Featured imageI’m dizzy from this week. Why does the news cycle in the Trump era seem more like a blender turned on high (and with the lid off)? Is the the week Capitol Hill Republicans packed it in and ratified the old judgment that they are indeed the Stupid Party? If Trump pardons himself, will our political system go blind? One thing is certain: if Trump is driven from office, I »