Another Day, Another Allahu Akbar

Featured image This is the kind of headline you couldn’t make up: “Gang of Muslims storm nudist pool in Germany yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ and threatening to ‘exterminate’ women for being ‘sluts.'” Nudists were told they would be ‘exterminated’ by a gang of Muslims who stormed into a German swimming pool yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’. The six men, described as being in their 20s and with beards, spat at women and children because they »

Mid-Week in Pictures: Special DNC Edition

Featured imageYeah, there’s just too much piling up from the first 24 hours of the DNC, and I’m sure the last two days will offer even more material, so here’s a fillip for the meantime: And finally. . .  since the DNC is having trouble with the whole flag thing (never mind guns), let’s remind them how it’s done properly: »

Lincoln & the Jews

Featured imageOne can discover, and learn from, the remarkable character of Abraham Lincoln in studying any aspect of his life. Thus even its narrow byways hold interest if navigated by a serious scholar. One such is Jonathan Sarna, perhaps the most prominent living scholar of American Judaism. A week ago this past Sunday the Jewish Review of Books held its second annual event for supporters and subscribers. This year’s event included »

Tonight, Climate Hustle; Tomorrow, Milton Friedman

Featured imageIf you live in or near the Twin Cities, you are invited to two events, tonight and tomorrow night, both sponsored by Center of the American Experiment, the think tank that I run. Steve Hayward is in town, so he will be participating in both events. Tonight, the Center will co-sponsor a showing of the documentary Climate Hustle, about the dark underside of the global warming movement. (Our co-sponsor is »

Change this

Featured imageI dread a revival of the Clintons in the White House Show. The first time around it was a genre bending affair. To borrow from Polonius, it presented tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral. Try to adapt Marx’s adage about history repeating itself to that. Bill Clinton gave us a preview of the revival in his inimitable style last night at the Democratic National Convention (full text and »

Bill Clinton leaves us wondering how he could have been such a louse to Hillary

Featured imageI caught Bill Clinton’s speech on the radio driving back from a minor league baseball game in Woodbridge, Virginia. Woodbridge is far enough outside the beltway that nary a person sitting near me tonight mentioned politics. But despite its distance from my house, about 40 miles, Bill’s oration lasted for nearly the entirety of my drive home. Clinton devoted almost his entire speech to trying to paint an attractive picture »

Politically Incorrect Ad of the Year (Updated)

Featured imageThe good people of Canada who produce oil products from tar sands are high on the list of the left’s top environmental criminals. So it is rather delicious of Canada’s Oil Sands Community to rig up this ad for their Facebook page: Well, you can guess what happened next. All hell broke loose. From Canadian press account: “That poster was disgusting, fetishizing queer women and reducing the existence of lesbians »

The Power Line Show, Episode 40: DNC First Reads, Scott Pumps Iron with Charlie Rangel, and Yuval Levin

Featured imageTune in for Episode #40 of the Power Line Show, which offers our reactions and analysis to the first night of the Democratic National Convention as well as reflections on Trump’s coronation last week; also, we rib Scott Johnson for running away to a Trump-branded health spa in Florida that did not offer Trump steaks, but did offer Scott the opportunity to exercise with legendary Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel. Finally, »

Guess who filled in for Wasserman Schultz yesterday

Featured imageIf you said Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, you understand the modern Democratic party very well. Rawlings-Blake formally opened the proceedings in place of the deposed Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Readers will recall that, as rioting commenced in Baltimore, Rawlings-Blake stated: It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave »

He (she) who gets booed

Featured imageI doubt that anyone, Republican or Democrat, watched the entire session of the Democratic convention yesterday, except for those who are paid to. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post is paid to report, from a leftist perspective, on the human comedy. Thus, he apparently watched the whole thing. Here, from Milbank’s column, is a list of folks who were booed yesterday when they mentioned Hillary Clinton’s name. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen »

The Wages of “Reform”

Featured imageWhile the Democratic Party left is agitating to get rid of the unbound “superdelegates” that made it virtually impossible for Bernie Sanders to hope to overtake Hillary Clinton, I expect a move from Republicans to adopt the Democrats’ superdelegate scheme for the next election cycle, especially if Trump loses. But this is only a part of a larger story about our time, which is the dangerous weakness of party establishments. »

The Associated Press Plays the Race Card

Featured imageThe Democrats’ campaign against Donald Trump consists mostly of branding him a bigot. Thus, they have sent out many emails like this one: Stop bigotry! No details are necessary. The Associated Press was once a straightforward, relatively nonpolitical news source, but those days are long gone. Now some of the most hard-core Democratic Party advocacy comes from the AP. Thus, it is no surprise that the AP is trying to »

Fuse Lit on the Pension Time Bomb, and the Next Tax Revolt?

Featured imageOne thing conspicuously missing from both party conventions is any talk of government debt and deficits. Even Democrats usually acknowledge grudgingly that our deficits are a time bomb waiting to go off, though this is usually in service of their Great White Whale obsession, which is to raise taxes on Great White Males. So it is with considerable interest that I note the increasing visibility of the real-time collapse of »

Michael Jordan Speaks Out

Featured imageRetired basketball player Michael Jordan has long been criticized by some on the Left for his refusal to be a political activist. He probably has had political opinions over the years, but as far as I know he has resolutely kept them to himself. Yesterday, however, Jordan broke his long silence on racial and political matters with an open letter: As a proud American, a father who lost his own »

In Normandy, ISIS “soldiers” slit priest’s throat, take nuns hostage

Featured imageThe Democrats declined to mention ISIS (or even terrorism) one time during the 61 speeches delivered on opening day of their convention, but the “jayvee” remains active nonetheless. Armed men (believed to be two in number) shouting “Allah Akbar” stormed a church in France during morning mass today. ISIS promptly declared that its “soldiers” carried out the attack. The church is in Normandy, near the gorgeous city Rouen — “the »

Loose Ends, Convention Style

Featured image• There were numerous reports last night that it was impossible to find any American flags displayed in the Democratic convention hall, even though Michelle Obama conspiciously reversed her 2008 position that she was proud of her country for the first time, to saying now that America was always great. (Or maybe the text said she thought America was always grate?) Anyway, while the American flag was missing, apparently the »

Transformation, bedtime style

Featured imageStudents of ancient history may recall that in February 2008, campaigning for Barack Obama, Michelle Obama proclaimed: “Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” Before the ascent of Barack Obama, in other words, she happily disclosed, she wasn’t really proud of the United States. It was a »