The Conyers Conundrum for Democrats

Featured image There are starting to be calls coming from House Democrats for Rep. John Conyers to resign over the allegations of sexual harassment, with the principal reason being that he paid a dodgy settlement (who pays severance to a “temporary employee”?) out of his office account, rather than through the House Office of Compliance, where the other $15 million in settlements have been paid out.  This seems to be a rather »

Al Franken’s transgressions

Featured imageThe cliche about sexual harassment holds that it’s not about sex, it’s about power. I say it depends on the harasser, the harassment, and maybe the victim. There’s plenty of truth in the cliche, though. A good deal of sexual harassment consists of subjecting women to crude, demeaning sex-related comments. There’s no sex, per se, in that. Sexual remarks are a means to and end, with the end often being »

America’s first socialist republic

Featured imagePaul A. Rahe holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College and has established himself as one of the country’s most distinguished scholars of history and politics. In view of his study of Republics Ancient and Modern, Professor Rahe is the academy’s foremost authority on the history of republics. Although his more recent work on Soft Despotism was not far from »

The Franken effect

Featured imageAl Franken has fancied himself a leftist firebrand following in the footsteps of Paul Wellstone. What a dud. Franken’s true contribution to American politics now proves to be the grope and grin photograph. In the latest installment of the Franken affair, two more women offer accounts of Franken’s grope and grin maneuver. Think of them as too close encounters of the Franken kind. The testimony this time around has elicited »

Happy Thanksgiving

Featured imageWe pause to give thanks for Sarah Josepha Hale, the 74-year-old magazine editor who wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.” She explained, “You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same »

Two More Women Accuse Franken

Featured imageWhen Lindsay Menz accused Al Franken of grabbing her bottom while a photo was being taken of them, I figured he was probably toast. Politicians have their pictures taken with thousands of people, approximately half of whom are women. Grabbing a woman’s rear probably isn’t something a politician does only once. It appears now that the dam has burst, as two liberal supporters of Franken have told the Huffington Post »

DOJ investigates Harvard for race discrimination

Featured imageThe Department of Justice is investigating Harvard University’s use of race in undergraduate admissions. It has also warned Harvard that it is out of compliance with federal civil rights law because it has not provided documents the department requested. The investigation concerns admissions policies that depress the number of Asians admitted to Harvard. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color »

Today in . . . What the Hell?

Featured imageJust when you think things can’t get any weirder, they do: GOP rep apologizes for lewd photo shared on Twitter Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is apologizing for not using “better judgment” after a nude photo of him surfaced on social media earlier this week, The Texas Tribune reported Wednesday. Barton’s acknowledgement that he appears in the photo emphasizes that the women he was involved with in the past, one of whom may have shared the photo, were above the »

Court documents raise questions about Corfman’s account

Featured imageHere in the Washington D.C. area, polite society has reached judgment on the allegations against Roy Moore, and moved on. Mitch McConnell, a political enemy of Moore, rendered the verdict. “I believe the women,” he said. He didn’t tell us what facts he had reviewed or why he believed all of them. Ivanka Trump, who has a brand to protect, concurred, declaring: There is a special place in hell for »

Scalia speaks

Featured imageTime has compiled a list of the top 10 non-fiction books of 2017. I haven’t read any of them, but any list that has Hillary Clinton and Ta-Nehisi Coates at numbers 1 and 2, as Time’s does, is some kind of a joke. My own top 10 list would certainly include Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and a Life Well Lived somewhere near the top, if not at number »

Thief of MAGA hat faces criminal charge

Featured imageBack in September, we posted video of Edith Macias, a left-wing student at the University of California, Riverside, who stole the “Make America Great Again” hat of a fellow student. In an enlightening encounter, the hat thief and her victim exchanged views while college employees tried to adjudicate the dispute. Macias’ view was that the “f***ing hat” is promoting laws and legislation that are “literally killing people.” Also: “You feel »

Miss Universe 2017 Preview

Featured imageIs this perfect timing, or what? If you have had it with hideous old men behaving badly, it’s time to pay attention to some beautiful young women behaving, almost without exception, well. The conclusion of the 2017 Miss Universe pageant is less than four days away. The finale will be Sunday on Fox, live from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. If I am reading the pageant site’s countdown clock correctly, »

Profiles in Liberal Condescension

Featured imageIronically, once upon a time liberals loved Winston Churchill, while many conservatives didn’t much care for him. Go back to the 1950s and you’ll see encomia to Churchill from Arthur Schlesinger and Isaiah Berlin (among others), and let’s not forget how much John F. Kennedy loved Churchill, and was disappointed he couldn’t lure Churchill to the White House on Churchill’s last visit to the U.S. in 1961. Meanwhile, many conservatives »

The Diversity Fraud, Apple-Style

Featured imageRemember our items about how Apple Corp. fired its black vice president of diversity for saying white people could actually be diverse, too? Well, guess what? The story gets even crazier. I’ll just let this pitch perfect report Michael Harriot from The Root tell it: I am not saying that God, the universe, Rihannayoncé or whoever you worship as a higher power is petty, but in one of the most »

Today in Sexual Harassment

Featured imageSo, who is it going to be today? I think we need a poll where everyone can vote his or her preferences/predictions: »

The Franken factor

Featured imageAl Franken remains in hiding. He holds his silence. He is, uncharacteristically, biting his tongue, hoping to ride out the storm that has followed Leeann Tweeden’s story. Franken’s scandal represents a crossover between the world of show business in which he made his career and the world of politics in which he has sought to become a champion of the left. Here former Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone was his model. »

Trump speaks about the Alabama race

Featured imagePresident Trump made two points today about the Alabama Senate race. First, he called Democrat Doug Jones “terrible on crime, terrible on borders, terrible on the military.” Trump added: “We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat.” Second, he noted that the alleged sexual misconduct by Roy Moore took place “40 years ago” and that the candidate has insisted “this did not happen.” Trump also said Moore has »