Cohen Gives Up on Obama

Featured image We’ve noted many times before that the liberal Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has frequently departed from the liberal reservation, and has often expressed a skeptical view of Obama, but nothing quite so bracing as the last sentence of his first paragraph about Obama today: The presidency has changed Barack Obama. His hair has gone gray, which is to be expected, and he looks older, which is also to be expected, »

With friends like Obama. . .

Featured imagePresident Obama has steadfastly refused to provide weapons to Ukraine with which that beleaguered nation might defend itself from Russian aggression. Heaven forbid that a weapon from the U.S. might be used to kill a Russian invader or even a Ukrainian fighter aligned with Russia. What would Putin say? In lieu of weapons, the U.S. has supplied Ukraine with certain non-lethal equipment. But according to the Washington Post some of »

Senator Cotton addresses the Federalist Society

Featured imageOur friend Sen. Tom Cotton had the honor of delivering the Barbara Olson memorial lecture at this year’s Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention. Barbara Olson is the distinguished the lawyer, author, and commentator who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. Here is the text of Senator Cotton’s address: Thank you very much for the kind introduction, and the warm welcome. It’s always an honor to speak to the Federalist Society. »

The Paris Climate Hoax: The World’s Worst Potluck Dinner

Featured imageI don’t quite agree with John that man-made climate change is a hoax; I merely think it is vastly overestimated like every other environmental scare of the last 50 years, and that like all the others before it (the population bomb, resource scarcity, global cooling, the ozone layer, acid rain, the energy crisis, the Beepocalypse, Al Gore’s swelling waistline, etc., etc.), it is being used by the left for their »

Ted Cruz and Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment

Featured imageRemember when Ted Cruz refused to criticize Donald Trump over his position that Mexico is sending its worst citizens, including murderers and drug dealers, into the U.S? Cruz explained that he was following Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment — thou shalt not speak ill of other Republicans (Cruz has spoken ill of fellow Republican Senators such as Mitch McConnell, so he must have been interpreting the Commandment to apply to fellow »

Climatista Drama In Paris, Illustrated

Featured imageSteve wrote here about the drama that inevitably plays out at UN global climate conferences: I’m not sure what’s going to be more fun over the next 10 days—watching John “Long Face” Kerry prattle on, or reading the predictable stories in the media about how the conference is “deadlocked,” “going into overtime,” and announcing, at the 11th hour, a “breakthrough!” that will save the planet—at least until we can all »

Freddie Gray judge prosecuted police misconduct cases for DOJ

Featured imageThe trial of the first of the first of six Baltimore officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray began today in Baltimore with jury selection. Officer William G. Porter, 26, faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment because he allegedly did not get medical help for Gray when he complained of injuries after his arrest. None of the 75 potential jurors in »

Media alert: Talking “Minnesota men” with Bill Bennett (Also Climate)

Featured imageBill Bennett has invited me to appear for a segment on his Morning in America radio program tomorrow morning to discuss my Weekly Standard article “The threat from ‘Minnesota men.'” I’m scheduled to appear at the top of the hour around 8:05 a.m. (Eastern). You can find a local station carrying Bill’s show here. I think you can also listen to the show via live stream accessible here. I’m grateful »

Bee of Good Cheer

Featured imageWe take the brief time out from the climate apocalypse in Paris—also known as “thermageddeon”—to make note of the official cancellation of the “Bee-pocalypse.” From the Washington Post: Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high You’ve heard the news about honeybees. “Beepocalypse,” they’ve called it. Beemageddon. America’s honeybees are dying, putting honey production and $15 billion worth of pollinated food crops in jeopardy. The situation has »

Behind the left’s selective treatment of tragic violence

Featured imageYesterday, John and I wrote about suggestions that harsh criticism of Planned Parenthood is to blame for the attack on a PP facility in Colorado. Pointing to the attack on the Family Research Council two years ago, I noted the selective nature of this type of argument. Jim Geraghty has compiled a thorough history (complete with links, a few of which I have omitted) of the double standard at work »

Hillary Clinton and State Department, Inc.

Featured imageFox News reports, via the Associated Press, that as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton “opened her office to dozens of influential Democratic party fundraisers, former Clinton administration and campaign loyalists, and corporate donors to her family’s global charity.” The report is based on a review of State Department scheduling calendars. According to the AP: The woman who would become a 2016 presidential candidate met or spoke by phone with nearly »

A Modest Proposal for Princeton and Yale

Featured imageRichard Epstein reviews the sorry record of Woodrow Wilson over at Ricochet, but concludes correctly that it is a stupid idea to start stripping names off of university programs. But if the prissy Princetonians insist on renaming the Woodrow Wilson School for Public Affairs, here’s a modest suggestion: Rename it for Warren Harding! Harding was the anti-Wilson in all of the ways the campus protesters could want. He pardoned most »

Do Hillary’s Emails Confirm Clinton-Obama Enmity?

Featured imageIn the nation’s capital it is commonly believed that the Clintons and the Obamas can’t stand one another. I pretend to no insider status with regard to such D.C. conflicts, certainly not on the Democratic side. But the latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, released today, offers some support for that belief. The State Department released several thousand emails today. Out of curiosity, I searched for “Sid” and »

Don’t You Just Hayden When This Happens?

Featured imageI’ve employed here the term “climatista” to refer to the thermageddonites because of their Stalinist-like zeal and fanaticism about the issue, which has done more to discredit serious consideration of both climate risk and climate policy than anything the so-called “skeptics” or “deniers” could ever hope to do. But once and a while a real climatista—that is, a direct heir to the Sandinista sympathizers of the 1980s—shows up for duty. »

The NFL Has Become Unwatchable

Featured imageI was a pro football fan as a boy back in the 1960s, when our local TV station in South Dakota featured Chicago Bears and, later, Green Bay Packers games. After that, for a long time I rarely watched a pro football game. This year, not being as busy as in the past, I have seen more NFL games than in any recent season. Yesterday I was home nursing a »

Happy Birthday to Sir Winston

Featured imageToday is the 141st birthday of Sir Winston Churchill, and as such we ought to recur once again to Leo Strauss’s eulogy, delivered in class in 1965: The death of Churchill is a healthy reminder to students of political science of their limitations, the limitations of their craft. The tyrant stood at the pinnacle of his power. The contrast between the indomitable and magnanimous statesman and the insane tyrant–this spectacle »

Mr. Luger regrets

Featured imageThe December 7 issue of the Weekly Standard carries my article “The threat from ‘Minnesota men.'” It’s now posted on the Standard’s revamped site. I noted it on Thanksgiving in the post “Desperately seeking ISIS.” Please check out the article if you have any interest in the issues raised by the flow of refugees who raise special issues for law enforcement. Given the local issues raised by Minnesota’s swelling Somali »