Reading the Dems’ memo

Featured image As I quickly read the Dems’ memo proclaiming that everything was beautiful in the counterintelligence investigation of Russian election interference, I was struck by its argumentative nature. It is not a trustworthy document. It plays fast and loose with facts and argument. It refutes claims the Nunes memo didn’t make. It liberally trashes Carter Page. It omits the testimony of Andrew McCabe on the critical role played by the Steele »

Fools, knaves, and Knavs, Part Two

Featured imageYesterday, the Washington Post ran a front page story about how Viktor and Amalija Knavs are seeking to become U.S. citizens based (the Post thinks) on the fact that they are the parents of Melania Trump. The Post finds this scandalous because President Trump wants to change immigration law to end this form of chain migration. Today, the Post doubled down on this story. An editorial declares that the Trump’s »

Rebut this

Featured imageThe powers that be have redacted and released the House Intelligence Committee Democrats’ memo rebutting the committee Republicans’ four page memo. In a quick reading, among other things, I find it rebutting claims that weren’t made. The Democrats vouch for the credibility of Christopher Steele when the only relevant question is the credibility of his sources. The Democrats also challenge just about every point made by the Republicans. The Democrats »

Nunes responds

Featured imageHouse Intelligence Commmittee Chairman Devin Nunes was ready to go with his own response to the Democrats’ memo that I have embedded in the adjacent post. I have uploaded his point-by-point response to Scribd and embedded it below. It is a useful document. Moreover, by contrast with Adam Schiff et al., Nunes is a credible player. Consistent with my comments, he notes some of the Democrats’ rebuttals of points not »

The silence of Susan Rice

Featured imageBy letter to Susan Rice dated February 8, 2018, Senators Grassley and Graham posed 12 numbered questions. I posted the Graham/Grassley letter in “Rice papers the file.” By letter dated February 23, 2018, attorney Kathryn Ruemmler has now responded to the Grassley Graham letter. I posted Ruemmler’s letter nearby this morning in “Susan Rice responds, sort of.” Let’s take an inventory. I have italicized my accounting below, subject to further »

“Bubbles of Our Own Liberal Sentiments”

Featured imageI think that I am like most American men in, every five or ten years, directing my reading deep into the Revolution and the Founding generation. It is impossible to resist the magnetic attraction of this period. It is not that the Founding Fathers were geniuses (though some were) or gods (though one was close). Instead there seems to be something about the vacuum of the founding moment and the »

Colton Haab vs. CNN, cont’d

Featured imageFollowing Tucker Carlson’s segment with Colton Haab on Thursday evening, the contest between CNN and Haab continued. The Haab family provided “a doctored email” to media outlets to support Haab’s claims that CNN rewrote a question for him to ask at the network’s Wednesday town-hall-style event on school shootings. Business Insider reports: On Friday afternoon, Fox News and the HuffPost reached out to CNN to verify emails between the Haabs »

Fools, knaves, and Knavs

Featured imageAfter the 2016 election, the left and some Never Trumpers warned of dire consequences. Civil liberties would be curtailed. Court orders would be disobeyed. Russia would dictate our foreign policy. Trump would lead us into war. And that was just for starters. Nothing of the sort has occurred. Nothing close. This creates a problem for the left, its media allies, and some Never Trumpers. What happens when non-partisans realize that »

On Guns, Democrats Swing and Miss Again

Featured imageNo matter how many times they fail, the Democrats always seem confident that next time, they will successfully climb the gun control hill. This time, they certainly gave it the college try. CNN and MSNBC were all in, and plenty of Republican politicians seem intimidated. (Marco Rubio deserves credit for being willing to show up at CNN’s town hall, express his views and take the heat.) A boycott of the »

The Confucius Institutes, China’s vehicle for ideological warfare in America

Featured imageLast night, I wrote about Taiwan and the growing Chinese threat. The threat I discussed was the military one. In the modern world, ideological warfare goes hand-in-hand with military threats. Thus, though few Americans know about it, we shouldn’t be surprised that China is waging ideological warfare on American college and university campuses. What’s surprising, perhaps, is the complicity of our colleges and universities. China fights its ideological battle on »

The Ellison evasion

Featured imageIn his Wall Street Journal column two weeks ago today, Jeryl Bier reported that Minnesota Fifth District Rep./Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Keith Ellison and Nation of Islam Supreme Leader Louis Farrakhan had a reunion of sorts in September 2013 with a follow-up meeting in Farrakhan’s hotel room when Farrakhan visited Washington in 2015. I noted Ellison’s responses in “Ellison speaks…a little” and “Ellison speaks…a little more.” Yesterday Ellison appeared »

Susan Rice responds, sort of

Featured imageBarack Obama installed Susan Rice as his National Security Advisor in recognition of her service to him as knave and fool in the matter of Benghazi. As National Security Advisor she sent an email on Obama’s last day in office shortly before President Trump inauguration. Released in redacted form on February 12, the email is one of the most intriguing bits of evidence to have emerged in the alleged Russian »

The Week in Pictures: Blockchain Edition

Featured imageSo with this edition, Power Line and the Week in Pictures is going blockchain. I have no idea what that means, but I am sure that it means it will henceforth be very au courant, and shower us with virtual tokens, bitmaps, fitbits, blockcoins instead of round coins, and spontaneous pictures that will self-assemble themselves. And a new reason for some of our blockhead readers to get upset. Headlines of »

The Authorities’ Parkland Failures Get Worse and Worse

Featured imageI’m normally slow to criticize law enforcement, but this is ridiculous. In addition to the FBI’s already well-publicized failure to follow up when a YouTube video producer alerted the bureau to a comment by Nikolas Cruz about wanting to be a school shooter, we have this, courtesy of Ed Driscoll of InstaPundit: “I don’t know how he got the debit card, but he did,” she said. “And he took it, »

Alex Acosta’s hall of fame double game

Featured imageA year into the Trump administration, Alex Acosta’s Department of Labor is finally doing something conservative. It is inducting Ronald Reagan into the Department of Labor Hall of Honor. Reagan led the Screen Actors Guild for many years. His induction may well be deserved. At any rate, it’s a nice gesture. But the gesture should not obscure Acosta’s actions and, more importantly, his inaction. Acosta has declined to remove the »

Colton Haab vs. CNN

Featured imageOn Wednesday night CNN took up the 2018 children’s crusade that is intended to produce gun control where previously there has only been left-wing frustration. After the event, RealClear Politics posted local television video of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab. I wrote about it here yesterday morning. Haab said he had been approached by CNN to ask a question at the event but decided not to after »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll has A TREET FOR YOU. She writes: One of the more depressing things said by Nancy Pelosi, former Babbler of the House, was the notion that a $1,000 bonus is “crumbs.” Almost nothing in the last ten years has been more symbolic of the divide in this country between the elite and the regular people that Kurt Schlichter, Townhall columnist par excellence, calls The Normals. Since Nanny-State Nan »