A great constitutional debate explained (by Steve)

Featured image Most 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 »

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 »

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 »

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” »

Patriotism-Palooza

Featured imageAbout that certain book you might have heard mentioned once or twice, I’m finally back from a whirlwind trip doing the usual book promotion stunts in New York and Washington. Here’s a few highlights for folks who haven’t quite got their fill: Turns out yesterday (Wednesday) was a two-fer for Power Liners on the Seth & Chris Show on Patriot Radio. As Paul has mentioned, he was on talking about »

Democrats Make Fools of Themselves at Cotton Town Hall

Featured imageLeftists are besieging Republicans’ town meetings across the country, mostly trying to get headlines from sympathetic newspapers. Often, their conduct has been deplorable. Yesterday afternoon, Senator Tom Cotton did a town hall in Springdale, Arkansas, and the left was out in force, stacking the 2,200-seat venue. Their antics have been hailed breathlessly by such outlets as the Washington Post, Politico and CNN. In fact, the leftists’ efforts were rather pathetic, »

With Seth Leibsohn

Featured imageI enjoyed being on Seth Leibsohn’s radio program (the Seth and Chris show) yesterday. We discussed the subject of federal legislation to promote free speech on college campuses, a vital subject for anyone who believes in the First Amendment. You can listen to us by going here. »

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 »

Our under-incarceration problem, California edition [UPDATED]

Featured imageKeith Boyer, a police officer in Whittier, California, was shot and killed earlier this week. The killer is believed to be Michael Christopher Mejia. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mejia is “a career criminal with a history of drugs and violence.” He has “cycled in and out of jail for repeatedly violating the terms of his release.” Here are the details: Court records show that Mejia was sentenced in »

Why Is Democratic Governor Outraged that Trump Ceded Power to States?

Featured imageI wrote this post on the Center of the American Experiment web site, but I think it has interest for a national audience, so I am reproducing it here. It is about the Trump administration’s withdrawal of the Obama administration’s “guidance” on co-ed bathrooms and showers. The question I pose is, why would a Democratic governor be outraged that a Republican president has ceded power to his state? Here is »

Is the news media “the enemy of the American people”?

Featured imageNo, I don’t think it is. To me, this is another instance of President Trump overstating his case, and rather recklessly. But Trump’s claim can’t be dismissed simply by jeering at it. Nor can it be countered, as Dana Milbank tries to do, by citing the sympathetic backgrounds of various Washington Post writers. Trump never said that everyone who works in the news media is an enemy of the people. »

No, Trump did not revoke a “LGBT” policy

Featured imageThe lead headline in today’s Washington Post (paper edition) declares: “Trump revokes LGBT policy.” The Post is referring to the revocation of federal guidelines insisting that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their identity. But the policy in question, as the Post’s description of it makes clear, is a “T” policy. It does not affect the lives of members of the other three categories »