The Week in Pictures: More Cowbell Edition

Featured image We’ve definitely reached the “more cowbell” moment of the sexual harassment panic on the left. Yesterday I tweeted out how I had gone to the store, and wondered what new sexual harassment news I had missed. And before I could even unpack my French chablis and brie wheel, there came the news that Rocky himself was now caught up in the net. Where will it end? Probably with Mike Pence »

How Anita Hill betrayed feminism

Featured imageYesterday, I discussed how feminists betrayed feminism by defending Bill Clinton against credible and, in one notorious case admitted, allegations of serious sexual misconduct. These allegations were made just a few years after the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill controversy had put the issue of sexual harassment front-and-center in the nation’s consciousness. Feminists (except those who knew Thomas personally) believed Hill’s claims. And they argued (just as they do today) that, ordinarily, »

Gloria Allred won’t allow inspection of yearbook

Featured imageGloria Allred, the attorney for Roy Moore accuser Beverly Young Nelson, says she won’t permit an inspection of her client’s high school yearbook unless the Senate conducts a hearing on Nelson’ charge that Moore tried to rape her. The yearbook is important because Nelson and Allred presented it as evidence that Moore knew Nelson and had a romantic interest in her. Moore’s camp has provided reason to believe that he »

Democrats Revive the “Trickle Down” Smear

Featured imageIn the 1980s, the Democrats reviled President Reagan’s tax cuts as “trickle-down economics”–a phrase they themselves had invented many years before. But the Reagan tax cuts produced the greatest boom in America’s modern history. The results were so sensational that Reagan carried 49 states when he ran for re-election in 1984. That shut the Democrats up for a while, but bad ideas never go away forever. The Democrats are now »

The Week in Pictures: Special Al Franken Edition

Featured imageNot to worry: there will be a regular full edition of the Week in Pictures tomorrow morning around 9 am eastern time as usual, but there are so many Al Franken memes blowing up the interwebs that it calls for a special edition. Who knew that Hollywood would come up with a whole new monster genre, the Frankenweinstein. The Onion has the best take on this, and leads off our »

How Al Franken Sees Himself, and How Others See Him

Featured imageThis is the cover of Al Franken’s most recent book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate: This Michael Ramirez cartoon refers to an earlier Franken book, Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot. Click to enlarge: Ann Althouse comments: Remember when the globe he had his hand on wasn’t a woman’s breast? Last night, I was the master of ceremonies at a dinner at which several congressmen and other dignitaries »

Today in Climatista Power Grabbing

Featured imageThere’s another UN world climate conference under way over in Germany right now, which I have resolutely ignored because life is too short, and besides, Trump has doomed the planet by withdrawing from the Paris Accord, so what’s the point? However, I do have some friends who are gluttons for punishment and are attending. One of them sends along this note: I had just purchased my morning cup of tea »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll rebels against the tyranny of leftist clichés DYING IN THE STREETS FROM HITTING THE GLASS CEILING ON THE PLANTATION! She writes: When I was young, Art Linkletter had a book and a show called Kids Say the Darnedest Things. Leftists say the darnedest things too, apparently in the belief that if you just say them often enough and loudly enough and with enough spittle flying from your mouth, »

Is an ethics investigation of Franken a good idea?

Featured imageI won’t shed any tears if, as a result of Leeann Tweeden’s revelations, Al Franken is investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee for sexual misconduct. However, I don’t believe the Ethics Committee should investigate such allegations when, as in Franken’s case, the conduct occurred before the miscreant became a member of Congress — unless it involves a felony. I can be persuaded either way on the fairness and appropriateness of »

Franken’s apology

Featured imageAl Franken is a well-known jerk. I would say that just about everyone who has dealt with him personally knows it, including Senator Amy Klobuchar and his other Senate colleagues. One can see the pure manifestation of this aspect of his character in his treatment of Leeann Tweeden as set forth in her powerful first-person account of his unwanted attention. Franken has issued two statements in response to Tweeden’s account »

The Nation Whine Club

Featured imageI guess cruises with the ever delightful Katrina van den Heuvel and junkets to Cuba just aren’t enough for the cosmopolite readership of The Nation. They have a Nation Whine Club now! Oh wait, it’s a Wine Club, but you can understand how the confusion could creep in. I already belong to too many wine clubs, and in any case wouldn’t trust The Nation to select wines anyway. Because I am »

Minnesota cage match, 2017 edition (8)

Featured imageWhen we checked in most recently on the ongoing cage match between Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican-majority legislative bodies, the Minnesota Supreme Court had ordered the parties to mediation. Governor Dayton angrily abandoned the proceeding in short order as the parties failed to arrive at any agreement regarding funding of the legislature or amendment of bills that Dayton had signed. The parties held competing press conferences that I »

On blue slips, Grassley pulls the trigger

Featured imageYesterday was a bad day for Al Franken. In the morning Leeann Tweeden posted the photograph of the sexual assault committed by Franken on her along with the compelling first-person account of her mistreatment by Franken. That was a shot heard round the world. Then in the afternoon Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that he would not let Franken’s withheld blue slip block the nomination of Minnesota Supreme »

Kirsten Gillibrand’s intellectual dishonesty [UPDATED]

Featured imageSen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who holds the seat formerly occupied by Hillary Clinton, said today that Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency after his inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky came to light. That’s mighty enlightened of her. But what took her so long to reach, or articulate, this view? The answer is, it took the fall of Clintons plus a crucial Senate race in which the Republican is being accused »

It wasn’t “the times” that caused feminists to give Bill Clinton a pass

Featured imageYesterday, in a post called “The Farce of Bill Clinton’s Reckoning,” I discussed the intellectual dishonesty of the many Democrats and feminists who defended Clinton from highly credible (and in at least one case admitted) charges of sexual misconduct. I rejected the defense to this hypocrisy that, when Clinton’s offenses were “litigated” more than 20 years ago, the problem of sexual harassment wasn’t taken nearly as seriously as it is »

Bottom Stories of the Day

Featured imageWhile we await the breaking news of this hour’s sexual harasser, let’s take in a couple of news stories that seem fitting for the stupid time in which we live. From Detroit: two groups of undercover cops bust each other in a story line that sounds like it’s right out of Brooklyn 99 (which is a great show, by the way): Sources say it started when two special ops officers »

“Al Franken groped me” [updated] [with update by Paul]

Featured imageLeeann Tweeden has posted a detailed account of her sexual assault by Minnesota Senator Al Franken in 2006 (Franken was first elected to office only two years later). Tweeden’s account has been posted by 790 KABC in Los Angeles, where she works as a morning news anchor. Her account is posted here. I see no reason not to take it at face value. The incidents recounted by Tweeden amount to »