The Power Line Show, Episode 25: Eliana Johnson and the State of the Race

Featured image Today John, Paul and Steve got together for Episode 25 of the Power Line show, along with Eliana Johnson, Washington Editor for the National Review. We kicked around the latest news and Washington gossip about the presidential race on both sides of the aisle. The remainder of the podcast was spent talking about the Vester Flanagan murders and related topics. Such as, the political misuse of mass murder; the futility »

More Boxing the Pox on Vox

Featured imageVox’s historical illiteracy is not their only embarrassment this week. Philosopher Brian Leiter, who runs one of the most widely-read academic blogs (Leiter Reports), tells the story of how Vox solicited an article from Torbjorn Tannsjo, a well-regarded philosopher at Stockholm University, about the concept known as the “repugnant conclusion,” which is a recondite approach to thinking about population issues. (If you’re really curious, see this, but otherwise never mind.) »

Vox: The Web Site For Dummies

Featured imageThis is hilarious: Vox.com, the web site into which NBC is about to pour $200 million, tweeted this earlier today. It’s a screen shot because Vox deleted the tweet in response to intense ridicule: I guess this is what happens when you get your news from uneducated 20-somethings with little or no experience, employment or otherwise. Hey, NBC: if you want to reconsider, you can buy our whole site for »

141 counties have more registered voters than eligible live citizens

Featured imageThe Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), of which our friend Christian Adams is president, has put 141 counties on notice that they have more registered voters than people alive. These counties encompass 21 states. Michigan leads the way with 24 counties, followed by Kentucky (18) and Illinois (17). Here is the list of such counties. The notification letters sent by PILF are a prerequisite to bringing a lawsuit against the »

Dylann Roof and Vester Flanagan: Compare and Contrast

Featured imageWe now know that Vester Flanagan was a sort of mirror image of Dylann Roof: black instead of white, gay instead of straight, but like Roof a nut with a cause. Like Roof, Flanagan’s cause was race. Flanagan was race-obsessed and, like Roof, wanted to incite a race war. I agree with Hugh Hewitt that it is a mistake to pay attention to “manifestos” left behind by insane killers. It »

Hillary Clinton’s laughable email defenses — a compendium

Featured imageHillary Clinton’s lines of defense in her email scandal are as manifold as the Hapsburg’s defenses during the siege of Vienna in 1683. Some of Vienna’s protective walls were rotten, but the city’s defenders managed to reinforce them at the last minute. The Ottomans, fierce and numerous though they were, found it tough going. Hillary’s defenses are much more easily overcome. Shannen Coffin demolishes them one-by-one in this piece for »

Against the Iran deal

Featured imageThe Obama administration has used the August recess to promote the Iran deal. We reviewed President Obama’s speech earlier this month at American University. It was a most unsavory speech by a president who is losing the argument in the court of public opinion. Obama himself has sunk to new depths to promote the deal. For the details, please see Lee Smith’s eloquent Tablet column on Obama’s invocation of Jewish »

Thinking about Donald Trump with Seth Leibsohn

Featured imageOn Monday, I had the pleasure of appearing with Seth Leibsohn on his radio show broadcast from Phoenix. We talked mostly about Donald Trump and his “empire populism.” With Seth, though, the discussion is always free-wheeling, so J.R. Ewing, Ross Perot, and “national greatness conservatism” also came up. Here is the interview: »

The Facts Don’t Matter, the Answer Is Always Gun Control

Featured imageThe White House didn’t wait an hour before using the murders committed by Vester Flanagan in Virginia as an excuse to push for gun control. Josh Earnest began his press conference with this soliloquy: The precise details of that incident continue to be under investigation. At the time Earnest was speaking, little was known about the murderer, and nothing about how he acquired the firearm used to commit the murders. »

Washington Post distorts Trump-Ramos encounter

Featured imageIf Donald Trump believes that Fox News is treating him unfairly (and he does), I wonder how he feels about the Washington Post. The print edition headline of a story on Trump’s Iowa new conference reads: “Trump kicks Latino reporter out of news conference.” (The online editors apparently thought better of it. They wrote: “Trump tangles with Latino newsman, launches fresh attacks on GOP rivals”). The print edition sub-headline reads: »

The Socialist Dream Will Never Die

Featured imageNot long ago I was listening to one of Russ Roberts’s archived “EconTalk” podcasts with the great Thomas Sowell (and if you don’t listen to EconTalk you’re missing one of the top podcast artists of our time—subscribe for free here), and was completely stunned by something Sowell said. When he was assigned Friedrich Hayek’s seminal essay “The Use of Knowledge in Society” as a graduate student, he didn’t get it. »

Family feud, candidates edition

Featured imageWhat words represent the top choices that respondents associate with Hillary Clinton in the latest Quinnipiac poll (full results here)? Let’s play the Feud. Survey says the top three choices are “liar,” followed by “dishonest” and “untrustworthy.” This is one survey that represents the wisdom of crowds, at least as to Madam Hillary. I found this result a bit of a surprise: “bitch” was about as popular as “trustworthy.” Donald »

Enter Sensenbrenner

Featured imageThe endless saga of the proposed Eisenhower Memorial is a horror story. In his latest report on it, Andrew Ferguson introduces the theme of monstrosity: “Like Lazarus, or maybe Frankenstein’s monster, the appalling plan for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., appears to be sputtering to life once more. Only two months ago it seemed safely kaput.” The saga also works a variation on a vampire tale. Someone is going »

President Obama Is Rebuked By a Better Man

Featured imageThe conventional wisdom is that Barack Obama is a nice guy but an incompetent president. I think this gives him too much credit. There is a reason why Obama is the most divisive president since the Civil War: he is, for a holder of that office, uniquely mean-spirited. On Monday in Las Vegas, Obama launched a personal attack against those who disagree with his energy policies. He began by hailing »

California crime wave follows criminal justice reform

Featured imageIn November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, which downgraded drug possession and many property crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. As Debra Saunders reminds us, proponents argued that lesser punishment for low-level offenders would enhance public safety. Unfortunately, this utterly counterintuitive notion has not panned out. In San Francisco, according to a police spokesman, theft from cars is up 47 percent this year over the same period in »

The Socialist Dream, Venezuela Version

Featured imageWe have chronicled the long, painful decline of Venezuela’s socialist economy. It was kept afloat for a while by Venezuela’s extraordinary oil reserves, but nothing, not even vast natural resources, can keep a socialist economy going for long. Toilet paper is a thing of the past, and many Venezuelans are now confronting the possibility of starvation, due to government-imposed price controls. The Wall Street Journal reports: Hours after they looted »

Exposing Our Fannie Again

Featured imageFrom this morning’s Wall Street Journal: Fannie Mae wants to make it easier for working-class and multigenerational households to get a mortgage. The mortgage-finance company said Tuesday it would roll out a program this year that lets lenders include income from nonborrowers within a household, such as extended-family members, toward qualifying for a loan. The move is expected to open up mortgage access to a segment of the population that »