Donald Trump at CPAC

Featured image President 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 »

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” »

“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

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 »

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, Missouri, 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. »

CNN hosts home team

Featured imageYou may have missed CNN’s forum last night hosting the gang of eight candidates to lead the Democratic National Committee. The election will take place in Atlanta this Saturday. The members of the DNC will pick their chairman on Saturday and then they will rest. The race has been of interest to us because of the candidacy of Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison. Ellison has the support of Bernie »

Common Sense Reigns: Feds Stop Dictating Bathroom and Shower Use [Updated] [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageToday the Trump administration undid one of the Obama administration’s craziest flights of fancy, a “guidance” that claimed Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 somehow dictates that all bathrooms and showers in schools must be open to students based on the “gender identity” they choose on a particular day. There was a time, many years ago, when I would have thought that the government not just permitting »

Immigration Law Enforcement Begins

Featured imageJohn Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued two memoranda, directed to the relevant federal agencies, that implement the executive orders on immigration that President Trump signed in the first days of his administration. The orders are reproduced below, so you can study them for yourself. The main thrust of the memoranda is to tell ICE and the other agencies that the nation’s immigration laws are now »

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 »

Trump’s three generals

Featured imageThe New York Times notes one thing that the generals President Trump has appointed to top administration positions have in common. Gen. Jim Mattis, Gen, John Kelly, and Gen. H.R. McMaster each, at one point or another, “strode the sands of Iraq, fighting on the unforgiving battlefield of America’s costliest war since Vietnam.” Now “all three will sit around the table in the White House Situation Room, steering a new »

CNN Says: Oh-Oh

Featured imageJames O’Keefe and Project Veritas are about to strike again. O’Keefe told Sean Hannity that he has “hundreds of hours of tape” that he intends to release tomorrow. The footage apparently comes from the newsroom of a Democratic Party news organization, and was given to O’Keefe by “someone on the inside.” Who is the target? There has been much speculation that it is CNN. O’Keefe appeared to confirm that speculation »

NY Times Notices Disturbance in the Force

Featured imageIn my new book, which you may possibly have heard about, I include the deliberate provocation that Strauss-inspired political scientists are the most formidable and serious people in the academy today. Although I can defend this proposition, I plopped this out as an assertion, imagining the howls of indignation that might ensue among anyone who caught this sentence. This is preface to noting that twice in the last few weeks »