It’s over

Featured image Jill Stein and her crew have dropped the court proceeding by which they were seeking to force a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. Trump’s victory in the Keystone State stands. Thus, even if a recount were somehow to overturn the results in Wisconsin and Michigan, Trump would still prevail. There were no grounds for an automatic recount in Pennsylvania because Trump won by 0.8 percent. An automatic recount isn’t triggered unless »

Recount Follies

Featured imageThe Jill Stein/Hillary Clinton recount effort has mostly faded from the headlines, as battles have moved into the courts. A day of recounting in Wisconsin reportedly netted Hillary a single vote. Michigan may or may not begin recounting next week, depending on a court ruling. Pennsylvania appears to be Hillary’s weakest link; Trump’s margin is not narrow enough to trigger an automatic recount, and absent any evidence of fraud or »

The Week in Pictures: Victory Lap Edition

Featured imageI’d be totally fine if Trump just went on a constant road trip holding rallies and just turned the government over to Mike Pence. It would drive the media out of their mind. Well okay, that mission has already been accomplished. Heck—that suggests a great idea: Why not hold a victory rally in front of the New York Times building, with a banner hoisted on the Times building that reads, »

From the penalty box [Updated with Cartoon]

Featured imageAs he undertook his project of “fundamental transformation,” President Obama took office in 2009 with the side project of beating down FOX News. FOX News disrupted the coordination that the Obama administration otherwise had going with the mainstream media. As White House communications director, Comrade Anita Dunn took charge of the project. FOX News CEO Roger Ailes stood in there, however, and by November 2009, Dunn was gone. Andrea Tantaros »

Black Lives Matter praises Castro as revolutionary and harborer of cop killers

Featured imageBlack Lives Matter is mourning the death of “El Commandante,” known to the rest of us as Fidel Castro. BLM feels “an overwhelming sense of loss” at the passing of the communist dictator. And well it should. BLM is a Marxist revolutionary movement — if you don’t believe me, read its sickening eulogy of Castro. Naturally, it views “El Commandante” as a hero to be mourned. BLM praises Castro for »

Gott im Himmel

Featured imageIn the video below (about 8 minutes), former Guardian literary editor Richard Gott debates Gatestone Institute senior fellow Douglas Murray regarding the legacy of Fidel Castro. Why Sky News thought it was a good idea to call on Gott to advocate the case for Castro is not immediately clear. Gott faithfully spouts the Communist Party line on Castro, but it’s a line that Justin Trudeau and useful idiots everywhere share. »

Mike McCaul: the wrong man to run Dept. of Homeland Security

Featured imageLike nearly all conservatives I know, I’ve been impressed by most of Donald Trump’s selections for key posts in his administration. Jeff Sessions, Mike Pompeo, Tom Price, Gen. James Mattis, and Nikki Haley all seem like excellent choices. Trump hasn’t yet selected a head for the Department of Homeland Security. Under current conditions, this job is as important as any in the administration. One of the frontrunners is said to »

Trump derangement strikes deep

Featured imageAt American Thinker, Tom Lifson declares that he may have found “the ultimate symbol of Trump derangement syndrome” (video below). The video tells a short story with an O. Henry sort of twist. Conservative Treehouse provides this précis of the short story: Philadelphia police posted a CCTV video asking for help in identifying two suspects who were caught on camera spray painting anti-Trump graffiti on an upscale grocery store in »

Trump Appoints Gen. Mattis as Defense Secretary

Featured imageThis has been rumored for a while, but still: Donald Trump continues his winning streak with the appointment of General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense: Mattis, 66, is a Marine Corps general who retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command. His selection raises questions about increased military influence in a job designed to insure civilian control of the armed forces. The concerns revolve »

You Are Invited, One Week From Today!

Featured imageIf you live in or near the Twin Cities, December 8 is a big day. At noon, my think tank will sponsor a lunch forum starring Heather Mac Donald, author of The War On Cops. We are expecting a crowd of 500 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. More than 100 law enforcement personnel will be honored, on behalf of all Minnesota law enforcement. It is going to be »

Illegal voting and what to do about it [UPDATED]

Featured imageDonald Trump says that illegal voting may have put Hillary Clinton ahead of him in the popular vote. Clinton leads Trump by around 2.5 million votes, so the president-elect’s claim seems far-fetched. However, as Hans von Spakovsky and John Fund explain in the Wall Street Journal, we simply don’t know the extent of illegal voting in American elections. Moreover, the Obama administration has done everything it can to keep it »

Loose Ends (14)

Featured imageHeavily overscheduled road trip this week, hence the scarcity of posts the last couple of days. Collecting lots of scraps of gossip in DC about the Trump transition, most of it wrong, I suspect. At least I was able to sneak in a fine bottle of Bordeaux at an undisclosed location last night. Some items from the spindle: • What’s the old line about stepping out of the way when »

The crying game, Clinton style

Featured imageThe insufferable prigs who ran the Clinton campaign in the spirit of their candidate remain embedded in the first stage of grief. They’re still deep into the racism shtick and all that jazz. They therefore did their thing with (or to) Kellyanne Conway and Corey Lewandowski yesterday in the roundtable discussion on the general election in the quadrennial post-election review at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. If I understand correctly, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll rubs it in with great dexterity as she wonders IF A CELEBRITY THREATENS TO LEAVE, AND NOBODY CARES, IS SHE STILL A CELEBRITY? She writes: One time, maybe 25 years ago, a male client whose workforce was mostly female was wearing a gag t-shirt at the holiday party where I entertained. He explained that it had been a gift from his wife and four daughters and his employees »

Gen. Mattis reportedly tabbed for Secretary of Defense

Featured imageThe Washington Post reports that Donald Trump has picked retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to be secretary of defense. Team Trump has not confirmed this report. Gen. Mattis retired from the military four years ago. Under federal law, defense secretaries must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years. Thus, Congress will be called on to grant an exception for Gen. Mattis, as it did for General »

One More Positive Effect of Trump’s Win

Featured imageThe Associated Press reports that President Obama has decided to back off on anti-Israel moves in the wake of President-elect Trump’s victory: President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, U.S. officials said, indicating Obama will likely avoid one last row with Israel’s government as he leaves office. Frustrated by the lack of progress, Obama »

A not ready for prime time player [With Comment by John]

Featured imageFor the past 10 years the Star Tribune has shielded Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison from serious scrutiny. The Star Tribune has reported the apologetics of Ellison and his devoutly liberal Jewish supporters as facts. They are not. Ellison’s success in misleading the hometown crowd has deluded him into thinking he is ready for prime time as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He is not. Allison Sherry’s pathetic piece »