Reading Jim Scanlan in Tehran

Featured image From time to time, I have directed the attention of Power Line readers to the work of James P. Scanlan. Specifically, I have linked to and discussed his analyses of disparate impact theory in various contexts involving allegations of discrimination. Years ago, Jim wrote a piece for the Midwest Quarterly on a very different subject — nuclear deterrence. It was called “Facing the Paradox of Deterrence.” The paradox Jim posited »

Climate Change, the Greatest Issue of the 21st Century

Featured imageYeah, right. With the latest U.N. confab scheduled to begin in Paris on Monday, global warming hysteria is being hyped by governments around the world. Reality, though, tends to intrude, as it did in Paris just a week or two ago. Between bullets and bombs on one hand, and the theoretical prospect of a one degree increase in average world temperatures on the other, which would bring us closer to »

Tyshawn Lee and Laquan McDonald

Featured imageIn October 2014, Laquan McDonald, 17 years old and high on PCP, broke into a series of vehicles in a trucking yard. He then walked into the middle of a busy street, where he proceeded for some distance, followed by two policemen. The usual mantra, “unarmed black teenager,” is not used with respect to McDonald because he was carrying a knife, which he used to slash the tire of a »

How’s that river shaping up for you?

Featured imageIn his article about the troubles at his alma mater, my Princeton alumnus friend noted the role of William Bowen, Provost from 1967 to 1972 and President from 1972 to 1988. Not content with screwing up Princeton, Bowen co-wrote (with former Harvard President Derek Bok) a defense of race-based preferential college admissions. The book bears the odd title The Shape of the River. In The Shape of the River, Bowen »

Democrats Know How to Ruin a Holiday

Featured imageI hope your Thanksgiving was as enjoyable as mine. We had our immediate family for dinner (minus one daughter who is living in Australia), so there was no potential for political disagreement, as we are all conservatives. Of course, I can’t imagine any family spending Thanksgiving arguing about politics in any event. But the Democrats can. In fact, they encourage it. The Democratic Party has developed its own Thanksgiving tradition: »

From “Truth” to “Trumbo”

Featured imageHollywood provides a steady left-wing pressure on our politics, our culture, and our collective memory. This year the Rathergate film Truth gave an almost unbelievable example, turning the perpetrators of the greatest journalistic scandal of our times into heroes. John and I tried to set the record straight in the Weekly Standard article “Rather shameful” and the Star Tribune column “Lies upon lies.” As the institutional voice of the left, »

Media Alert

Featured imageTomorrow morning I will guest host the Laura Ingraham show from 9 to 12 Eastern time. You can go here to find a station in your area. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes, and it also airs later in the day on various stations. Guests will include Senator Rick Santorum, our own Steve Hayward, and Chad Hennings, author of Forces of Character. »

Thanksgiving in Pictures: Gobble Edition

Featured imageAs usual I’ve got a huge inventory of cartoons, pics, and memes for Saturday, so I thought a Thanksgiving-themed preview is in order. One of these reminds me of an old Reagan line about Detente with the Soviet Union: “Detente—isn’t that what a farmer has with the turkey—until Thanksgiving?” Yup. Happy Thanksgiving everybody. And finally. . . Oh what the heck, why not: »

Discipline in the 2016 race

Featured imageJohn Sears, Ronald Reagan’s one-time campaign manager, once said “discipline is nine-tenths of politics.” And, as Tevi Troy reminds us: Candidate Reagan put Sears’ dictum into action, running a relentlessly focused communication operation that kept to its message of the day, often to the consternation of the reporters following the campaign. This approach continued into Reagan’s presidency. As the authors of All the President’s Spin put it: “Ronald Reagan’s administration »

Happy Thanksgiving

Featured imageWe pause to give thanks Sarah Josepha Hale, the 74-year-old magazine editor who wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.” She explained, “You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, »

The New York Times Becomes The Onion

Featured imageThe New York Times editorial page (insert guffaws here) has just discovered, a few days after the brightest and best at Princeton, what conservatives have known for decades: Woodrow Wilson was a racist! They still haven’t been able to connect the dots between Wilson’s racism and his progressive ideology, nor grasp the irony that Wilson was merely aiming to provide blacks with a “safe space,” as we say nowadays. We »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll is feeling MARGINALIZED! (Thank God!). She writes: Marginalized is a silly, imprecise word thrown around a lot by the Perpetually Furious Grievance crowd without the slightest notion of its definition, let alone any documentation that deliberate “marginalization” exists. It sounds good, in that it sounds like something bad to be, something to whine about, and something one can blame others for. (Parenthetically, I can live with being marginalized; »

Michael Ramirez Explains

Featured imageLast night I did a not-very-serious post about this cartoon by my favorite cartoonist, Michael Ramirez. I liked the cartoon, I said, and the three turkeys pictured bore an obvious resemblance, but I felt like I was missing something: Lots of readers weighed in with their interpretations. But now we have the definitive word from Michael Ramirez himself, who took note of my puzzlement and wrote to explain: Hey John, »

Unraveling the Harvard Law School Hate Crime

Featured imageI wrote here about the supposed hate crime that has roiled Harvard Law School: someone put small pieces of black tape over the portraits of black law professors that hang in Wasserstein Hall. This incident is somehow related, we are told, to the fact that the law school’s crest includes three sheaves of wheat, taken from the arms of a man named Isaac Royall, a slaveowner who donated money with »

Desperately seeking ISIS

Featured imageOver the past few months I’ve been researching law enforcement issues related to Minnesota’s large community of Somali immigrants. The Paris massacres and Syrian refugee crisis have given the issues a renewed timeliness. I turned some of my research to use in the article just published by the Weekly Standard: “The threat from ‘Minnesota men.'” Please check it out! I am grateful to Standard managing editor Richard Starr and his »

The New Yorker Becomes The Onion

Featured imageOh, good grief. The New Yorker is trying to give the New York Times a run for its money as the most pathetic attempt to put The Onion out of business: Why a Climate Deal Is the Best Hope for Peace By Jason Box and Naomi Klein . . . The connection between warming temperatures and the cycle of Syrian violence is, by now, uncontroversial. As Secretary of State John Kerry said »

An Inscrutable Cartoon [Updated]

Featured imageRegular readers know that I am a huge fan of cartoonist Michael Ramirez. Not only that, we are close personal friends on Facebook, which speaks for itself. I love Michael’s cartoons (if I can call him that, being FB friends and all), and have posted lots of them here. Steve has posted many more in his The Week In Pictures feature. I like today’s cartoon, obviously released in anticipation of »