Another Reason Not to Watch the Oscars

Featured image Like Steve, I haven’t watched the Oscars in a long time, certainly not in this century. Actually, the last Best Picture nominee I am aware of seeing is Beauty and the Beast, so my connection with Hollywood is tenuous. I wouldn’t dream of watching what promises to be an anti-Trump smugfest, but here is one more reason to stay away: the New York Times is going to advertise its commitment »

Trump’s Best Decision Yet

Featured imageTrump sent out this tweet earlier today: The media will react badly to this—watch for this to be a major topic of conversation on the panel portions of the weekly TV news shows tomorrow morning—but with the media already in a stark raving mad rage about Trump, where can they go from here? It’s about time a president declined to adorn this massive exercise in media self-absorption and self-congratulation. Fake »

About that DHS “draft report”

Featured imageThe AP breathlessly reports that a “DHS report disputes threat from banned nations.” The headline is false. The document in question isn’t a DHS report; it’s a draft document (as the story acknowledges) that someone in DHS leaked to the AP. The document in question is a three-pager that’s apparently based solely on open-source material. It may be something an anti-Trump bureaucrat threw together in order to embarrass the president »

Perez defeats Ellison

Featured imageDemocratic National Committee members meeting in Atlanta this afternoon elected former Obama administration Secretary Tom Perez their new chairman. Perez defeated Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison on the second ballot by a vote of 235-200. Ellison picked up no votes on the second ballot after Perez fell one short of winning outright the first time around. Jonathan Martin does a good job reporting the story for the Times here. »

How Is Mass Islamic Immigration Working Out In Europe?

Featured imagePoorly, to put it briefly. This is why immigration-skeptic parties have cropped up and prospered across the continent. Why is it that so many Europeans think mass Islamic immigration is a bad idea? Incidents like this one in Paris: Two Jewish brothers said they were abducted briefly and beaten by several men in suburban Paris in an incident that ended with one brother having his finger sawed off by an »

Michael Moore is with you

Featured imageWe have carefully charted the support of fools and miscreants who have joined Power Line readers mischievously pulling for Keith Ellison to win his bid for election to the DNC chairmanship. Former Obama administration Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is Ellison’s chief competition. I think Perez has to be rated the favorite to prevail among the members of the DNC who meet today in Atlanta to elect their new leader. »

A great constitutional debate explained (by Steve)

Featured imageMost conservatives will be delighted if Neil Gorsuch, as a Justice of the Supreme Court, views the Constitution and his role in interpreting it the way Justice Antonin Scalia did. But George Will hopes that Gorsuch will improve on Scalia. How? By interpreting the Constitution as a charter of government for a nation dedicated to the proposition that all persons are created equal in their possession of natural rights. Scalia »

Law profs file frivolous bar complaint against Kellyanne Conway

Featured imageYears ago, a public figure in the Reagan administration was accused of lying to Congress. Reportedly, he ridiculed the charge by asking “what’s next, lying to Evans and Novak?” Evans and Novak were prominent journalists of the time. They hosted a television show. Thirty years later, a group of leftist law professors is charging Kellyanne Conway with, in effect, “lying to Evans and Novak.” The Washington Post reports that 15 »

Democrats Come Up With a Practical Way to “Banish” Trump: Witchcraft

Featured imageTonight is the big night: all across the country, witches will gather to light candles and mutter incantations in hopes of evicting President Trump from the White House: Men and women from around the world are planning to gather and cast a spell at midnight that will stop President Trump from doing harm while also possibly banishing him from office. Mass rituals have also been planned in multiple covens, during »

Donald Trump at CPAC

Featured imagePresident Trump addressed the CPAC crowd this morning; he finished just a little while ago. His themes were familiar, and he got a warm reception. Trump is getting better at the politics game. A month into his administration, the president has, through excellent appointments, allayed the concerns of most conservatives who–like me–doubted that he was really one of us. At the same time, Trump is, for many people, changing the »

“Hacking” then and now

Featured imageIn 2004, Emmy Award-winning CBS News producer Mary Mapes set out to report a story that would hobble George W. Bush’s campaign for reelection and lend a helping hand to Democratic nominee John F. Kerry. She had been working on the story on and off for years, longer than Ahab had been in search of Moby Dick. When a mentally deranged “source” finally produced a set of fabricated documents that »

The Week in Pictures: TPAC Edition

Featured imageGiven Trump’s rapturous reception at CPAC yesterday, perhaps they really should rename it TPAC. But isn’t that a rapper name? Meanwhile, the media continues to have a case of the vapors because Trump didn’t allow CNN into a press “gaggle,” and this is making them all gag, while the rest of us giggle. Earth to the media: your public approval ratings are lower than Congress: if you’re constantly agog over »

Oscars? What Oscars?

Featured imageI am the Cal Ripken Jr. of non-Oscar watchers. My streak of non-Oscar watching goes well back into the 20th century. So it’s not a stretch to not watch this year’s, which is Sunday I think? I’ll be off in La-Te-Da Land, skipping to my own tap shoes. Or at least my own beer tap. I am guessing this year’s awards show will get low ratings, or declining ratings as »

Will We Always Have Paris?

Featured imageEvery time President Trump gives a speech, it seems, the left-wing apparatus goes into overdrive to push back. Today’s CPAC speech prompted liberal responses on several fronts, one of which related to Paris. Trump was talking about immigration and national security. This is what he said: At the same time, we fully understand that national security begins with border security; foreign terrorists will not be able to strike America if »

Ellison explains

Featured imageThe excitement mounts in Atlanta as members of the Democratic National Committee gather to choose their new chairman tomorrow. The Star Tribune’s Allison Sherry could have taken the opportunity to remedy the paper’s long default on Ellison’s outré past in Minneapolis. Sherry and her colleagues at the Star Tribune have left it to others, most notably Tim Murphy at Mother Jones, to perform the historical excavation that Ellison’s candidacy warrants. »

Boston’s Massacre

Featured imageMy youngest brother is a historian who specializes in American colonial and Revolutionary War history. He has just published a new book, Boston’s Massacre. Eric is a very good writer, and the Boston Massacre gives him a fun and interesting topic. Here are excerpts from a few of the reviews: In Boston’s Massacre, Eric Hinderaker brilliantly unpacks the creation of competing narratives around a traumatic and confusing episode of violence. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll calls this one GENERAL STRIKE! A friend asks us to find an occasion to use the heading WHAT’S NEW, PUSSYHAT? I think this might have been it. Ammo Grrrll writes: Well, the Great Pussy Hat Rally was considered such a roaring or mewing success that there are allegedly plans underway for a General Strike. Even though they floated the idea of calling it “A Day Without A Woman” »