Hillary Clinton and State Department, Inc.

Featured image Fox 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 »

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 »

Christie’s big New Hampshire endorsement, how much will it help?

Featured imageThe Manchester Union leader has endorsed Chris Christie for President. I’ve long thought that New Hampshire Republican primary voters might warm to Christie. He has a bit of John McCain’s pugnaciousness, but also a some of Mitt Romney’s good government pragmatism. McCain and Romney collectively won the last three contested New Hampshire primaries. Moreover, Christie is campaigning hard in the Granite State. And in doing so, he tends to follow »

Climate Media Watch

Featured imageI’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 meet again next year to repeat the farce. But above all I think we’ll need »

18,000 Years of Climate and Civilization

Featured imagePetrophysicist Andy May has prepared a poster-sized chart that shows the current state of knowledge about the Earth’s climate over the last 18,000 years, along with a history of human civilization during that time. You could spend a long time studying the chart, which tells you most of what you need to know to understand why climate alarmism, as currently manifested in the Paris conclave, is–scientifically speaking–a joke. You also »

Donald Trump spoils Thanksgiving dinners throughout the land

Featured imageThanksgiving is a time to be thankful for many our blessings among the foremost of which should be our family. But according to Chuck Ross, disgust trumped thankfulness at many family Thanksgiving dinner tables this year, as folks were dismayed to discover that family members intend to vote for Donald Trump. The discovery shouldn’t have been surprising. After all, Trump is supported by around 30 percent of registered Republicans, according »

Climatistas: We’ll Always Have Paris

Featured imageWe’ll be doing wall-to-wall coverage of the off-the-wall climate talks in Paris this week, but I can hardly do better in setting this up than to recall some of the testimony I presented to the House Foreign Affairs Committee back in 2011. Here are a couple of excerpts: I will begin with my contentious conclusion, which is that the international diplomacy of climate change is the most implausible and unpromising »

Gilson’s gallimaufry

Featured imageIn today’s letters to the editor the Star Tribune publishes Gary Gilson’s apology for his sideswipe of John Hinderaker while swiping me head-on. Here is how it is published it today’s paper: DEBATE OVER THE MOVIE ‘TRUTH’ I apologize for a statement made about the Power Line blog In a Nov. 8 letter to the editor, I wrote that John Hinderaker, a founder of the conservative blog Power Line, had »

The American public’s dim view of leniency for drug traffickers

Featured imageBill Otis reports that Opinion Research Corporation, in a poll taken during the period Nov. 19-22, asked a sample of 1008 adults the following question: Thinking about the criminal justice system, which comes closer to your view — that we have too many drug traffickers in prison for too long, or that we don’t do enough to keep drug traffickers off the street? It was no contest. Only 30 percent »

A case for Carly Fiorina

Featured imageOur friend Dave Begley has been running the rule over the Republican presidential field as it passes through Council Bluffs, Iowa and other venues not far from Omaha, Nebraska where Dave resides. We are proud to have featured his excellent reports on Power Line. Now, Dave has settled on a favorite candidate — Carly Fiorina. He explains why here. Dave argues that we need an “outsider” president. I agree that »

Do you believe him?

Featured imageDonald Trump has proved himself a master of mockery. It is a powerful weapon in his rhetorical arsenal. Sometimes it’s on target. Occasionally it misfires. It has yet to backfire. When his mockery has veered off target, Trump has effectively denied the upshot of the mockery. The latest case seems to me a misfire and the denial particularly implausible. Anthony Trollope titled the first of his Palliser series of novels »

Two Observations on the Planned Parenthood Murders [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageWhenever there is a high-profile shooting incident, liberals scan the news eagerly, hoping that political hay can be made out of it. With the Planned Parenthood murders perpetrated by Robert Dear, they apparently think they have hit the jackpot. Perhaps, in political terms, they are right, but I doubt it. Unnamed law enforcement sources are being quoted to the effect that after his arrest, Dear said something like “no more »

The Ellison elision, cont’d

Featured imageMinnesota Fifth District Rep. is an old-time race hustler straight out of the Nation of Islam. He was a self-identified member of the Nation of Islam as recently as his first run for office in 1998. I wrote about his extensive and thoroughly discreditable race hustling background in the Weekly Standard article “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman.” I posted copies of some key sources in “Keith Ellison for dummies.” Ellison shuns »

The Strong Over the Weak

Featured imageAccording to diplomatic legend, when the French diplomat Talleyrand heard that the Turkish ambassador to the Congress of Vienna had died, he asked, “I wonder what he meant by that?” Alternative versions attribute this to Metternich, with the slightly different rendering: “I wonder what his motive was?” With the greatest climate conference peace conference since the Congress of Vienna getting under way in Paris tomorrow, it is worth noting the »

A Princeton Postscript

Featured imageOver 1,500 people in the Princeton community (not all of them students according to one report) have signed on to the Princeton Open Campus Coalition to President Eisgruber reported here the other day. No word yet on whether Eisgruber has agreed to meet with the Open Campus Coalition, but this is a good sign that the silent majority of non-crazy students on the campus is going to be a bit »

I Question Dana Milbank About His Claim that Trump Is a Racist

Featured imageWhen I hosted the Laura Ingraham radio show on Wednesday, one of our guests was Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. I quizzed Milbank about a column he had written two days before, asserting that Donald Trump is a bigot and a racist. Milbank got a little prickly; as a liberal journalist, he apparently isn’t used to being challenged. But it was, I thought, a good and civil exchange. The »

The Week in Pictures: Climate Terror Edition

Featured imageThe next big UN climate summit opens on Monday in Paris, except—wait!—oops, it’s now a “Peace” conference, because climate change caused ISIS, 9/11, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hmm: global peace conference in Paris. Where have I heard of such a thing before? Maybe people will remember when the climate equivalent of the Versailles Treaty is announced in the next couple weeks, since we’re going through the War on Coal to »