Deep secrets of racial profiling (3)

Featured image In part 2 of this series, I wrote about David Harris’s book Profiles In Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work. Harris’s book had obviously been written before 9/11, though it was published in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. In the book’s chapter 6, Harris provided an account of the reform of airline passenger screening in the Clinton administration to avert alleged racial profiling. By the time of the book’s publication »

Egyptians react to Obama’s CGA speech

Featured imageTaking a leaf from the Downfall/Hitler Reacts videos on which we have occasionally drawn, and to which Steve has even occasionally contributed, IPhoneConservative has supplied creative subtitles to the MEMRI TV video below. The interlocutors in the video purportedly discuss President Obama’s May 20 Coast Guard Academy commencement speech, which I discussed here and which Rich Lowry discusses here today. The moderator of the discussion in the video, as creatively »

For Germany, Demography Is Doom

Featured imageGermany’s economy dominates the EU, but if demography is destiny–and it is–then, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard argues in the Telegraph, Germany is doomed. I had not realized that the numbers are so grim: Germany’s birth rate has collapsed to the lowest level in the world and its workforce will start plunging at a faster rate than Japan’s by the early 2020s, seriously threatening the long-term viability of Europe’s leading economy. … The »

What makes Lindsey run?

Featured imageLindsey Graham has announced that he is running for president. Whenever a Senate “old bull” with very little support in the polls (e.g., Orrin Hatch, Arlen Specter, Chris Dodd) makes such an announcement, the question always asked is: why? The answer is easy. Long-time Senators who have achieved distinction in that body naturally consider themselves well-suited for the next step up. Moreover, they have taken the measure of the “upstart” »

The Democrats: America’s Poor Little Rich Party

Featured imageSomething deep in the psyche of the Democratic Party prevents it from acknowledging that it, and its candidates, are awash in cash. Thus, we get stories like this one in the New York Times: “Democrats Seek a Richer Roster to Match G.O.P.” Republican contenders have already secured hundreds of millions of dollars in commitments from a stable of billionaires, including a Wall Street hedge fund executive, a Las Vegas casino »

Spindle Time

Featured imageI’ve got so much stuff on my spindle right now that I need two spindles. So let’s clear some stuff off. • Breaking right now: The French foreign minister, who has the fabulous name Laurent Fabius, says that a nuclear arms agreement with Iran is “useless” without access to Iran’s military sites. Memo to Obama and Kerry: when the French foreign minister says your draft agreement is useless. . . »

Media alert

Featured imageTonight at 10:00 p.m., I’ll be back on Tomi Lahren’s show, “On Point.” We’ll be discussing the indictment of FIFA officials and the scandals that led to the indictment. It should be fun. “On Point” is a program of One America News Network, a national network that airs on Verizon Fios, channel 116, AT&T U-verse, channel 208, and CenturyLink Prism, channel 209. It also streams on Roku and Amazon Fire. »

Whatever Happened to the “Population Bomb”?

Featured imageThat’s the question the New York Times asks in its latest “Retro Report,” a series that looks back and updates prominent stories from the past.  “The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion” is fairly devastating to the leading figure of that famous apocalypse, Paul Ehrlich, author of the monster best-selling book The Population Bomb: No one was more influential — or more terrifying, some would say — than Paul R. Ehrlich, »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (2)

Featured imageA few years back I had a close encounter with the guy who helped create the firestorm over alleged racial profiling in traffic stops. It came as the result of an invitation extended to me in 2002 by Minnesota Civil Liberties Union executive director Chuck Samuelson to debate the guy. The MCLU is the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. For a long time the ACLU has constituted »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Tomorrow Morning

Featured imageFor commuters in the east and early risers elsewhere, I’ll be a guest on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show at 8:05 am eastern time tomorrow (Monday) morning, to talk about the latest in climate science, and other topics. Tune in to your local station, or you can listen in online at BillBennett.com. Call in! Love to say hello to Power Line readers. »

Rand Paul Blocks Patriot Act Extension, For Now

Featured imageImportant provisions of the Patriot Act expire at midnight tonight, unless renewed by Congress. The House has passed such a bill, and the Senate has been in session today, trying to do the same. This effort was blocked, in the end, by one senator: Rand Paul. Fox News reports: The Senate failed Sunday to strike a deal to extend the NSA’s phone surveillance program before the midnight deadline. … The »

Behind Science Fraud, Chapter 8

Featured imageYou just knew the New York Times editorial page would get around to sharing its deep wisdom about the problem of science fraud in the news right now, and sure enough, their utterly predictable editorial is predictably stupid in ways that are statistically certain to the 95 percent confidence level. How’s this for penetrating analysis: How could this happen? Often a young researcher, driven by the academic imperative to “publish »

“Clinton cash” for foreign arms deal approval

Featured imageDavid Sirota writes: “Among all the rivers of money that have flowed to the Clinton family, one seems to raise the biggest national security questions of all: the stream of cash that came from 20 foreign governments who relied on weapons export approvals from Hillary Clinton’s State Department.” As Secretary of State, Sirota explains, Clinton was charged with rejecting or approving weapons deals. “And when it came to Clinton Foundation »

The Supreme Leader draws a supremely hard line

Featured imageIs it possible that President Obama would sign off on a nuclear agreement with Iran that did not provide for inspection of Iran’s military sites? We know we’re in trouble when it’s the French Foreign Minister who has allegedly insisted on this point, but we already knew that. The Hill reports: The latest wrinkle arose as talks resumed in Vienna, between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and French Foreign »

The real Rand Paul stands up

Featured imageAs John notes below, Rand Paul has used his Senatorial prerogative to block the Patriot Act. As a result, its provisions will expire at midnight. A new Act will be passed, but probably not for at least 72 hours. Let’s hope that terrorists worldwide respect Sen. Paul’s prerogative and wait 72 hours before using using U.S. phone lines to plot attacks on U.S. interests. Rand Paul is concerned, as he »

2014-15 EPL round-up and all-stars

Featured imageEnglish soccer wrapped up its season on Saturday when Arsenal crushed Aston Villa 4-0 in the FA Cup final. This makes back-to-back FA Cup titles for the Gunners. Saturday’s victory capped a fine season for Arsenal. The Gunners finished third in the EPL, thus qualifying for the Champions League for the 18th year in a row. Once again, Arsenal made a fool out of celebrity (sort of) fan Piers Morgan. »

Buzz

Featured imageOur friend David Lebedoff has written a number of books, one or two of which we have plugged here. But now, just in time for the Summer beach market, he has published his first thriller, called Buzz. Buzz is somewhat in the tradition of Jaws, only the deadly predator is a whole lot smaller. Most of us are used to swatting them without much thought: That’s right: mosquitos. The plot »