Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with a familiar question: DIDJA EVER NOTICE? She writes: Didja ever notice that bad comics will overuse this convention? I have accumulated a number of ideas that don’t necessarily merit a whole column on their own but yet are things that I want to comment upon. As an exercise in nostalgia for my old job, I thought it might be fun to use many of the clichés »

The Climate Beclowning Continues

Featured imageFar be it from me to prevent a mediocre leftist Democratic congressman from beclowning himself like Rep. Grijalva, but today the whole story jumped more sharks than Sharknado I & II combined when the Malibu Times, a local sheet devoted chiefly to Kardashian sightings and Bruce Jenner accident reports, ran the headline, “Pepperdine Professor Investigated by Congressman.” Do you think the Malibu Times follows these Capitol Hill stories that closely? »

Clinton reportedly told State Dept. personnel not to use private email

Featured imageFox News is reporting that in a 2011 State Department cable, Hillary Clinton instructed employees not to use personal email. The cable cited security reasons. All the while, as we now know, Clinton was using only her personal email to communicate electronically about State Department business. The cable, which bears Clinton’s electronic signature, reportedly states that employees should “avoid conducting official Department from your personal e-mail accounts.” It also states »

Did the Obama Administration Lie to the Federal Court About Implementation of Executive Amnesty?

Featured imageWe wrote here about State of Texas et al. v. United States, in which 26 states sued to enjoin the Obama administration from implementing its illegal executive amnesty program. On February 16, Judge Andrew Hanen granted the states’ motion for a preliminary injunction, barring the administration from taking any steps to effectuate the changes to the nation’s immigration laws that had been announced by the administration: [T]his temporary injunction enjoins »

Dr. Willie Soon Responds

Featured imageWe wrote here about the Left’s effort to smear Dr. Willie Soon, who has written for many years about the Sun’s role in variations in the Earth’s climate. (How controversial can you get?) The smearing of Dr. Soon was a warm-up for the Democrats’ assault on the Magnificent Seven climate realists, a group that includes our own Steve Hayward. Dr. Soon has now released this statement in response to the »

A Simple Question About Iran

Featured imageWe keep hearing from Democratic critics of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech that if we don’t reach an agreement with Iran, then the path will be clear for Iran to have a bomb soon.  Explicit is the idea that even a bad agreement is better than no agreement. Hold on a minute.  Isn’t there something missing here?  I thought “all options were on the table.”  Obama has said this repeatedly.  Now »

Hillary sacked ambassador who opted for private email

Featured imageMark Hemingway of the Weekly Standard calls our attention to the case of Kenya Scott Gration, the former U.S. ambassador to Kenya. He abruptly “stepped down” in 2012, prompted by a withering evaluation from the State Department, then under the direction of Hillary Clinton. The report found multiple concerns with Gration’s performance. One of them was the following: Because the information management office could not change the Department’s policy for »

Old Americans for Freedom

Featured imageThe Wall Street Journal’s “Notable and Quotable” section this morning reminds us that M. Stanton Evans was the author of the “Sharon Statement,” the founding manifesto of Young Americans for Freedom. It is called the “Sharon Statement” because it was adopted at a meeting at William F. Buckley’s home in Sharon, Connecticut. I was not even two years old at the time of its writing, so I took no notice »

Triumph of the leftist will

Featured imageThe Supreme Court held oral argument in King v Burwell yesterday. The Supreme Court has posted the transcript of the oral argument here. At issue in King is the legality of the IRS’s provision of tax credits in Obamacare exchanges established by the federal government. As Professor Jonathan Adler writes in USA Today, the case “presents a straightforward case of statutory interpretation.” As such, it’s not a hard case; it’s »

Clinton’s reckless and possibly criminal quest for secrecy

Featured imageHillary Clinton’s private email account, the only email account she used for State Department business, continues to spark commentary on the internet. Attorney Shannen Coffin wonders whether Clinton committed a felony. He points out that federal criminal law makes it a felony when any custodian of official government records “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same.” The crime is punishable by up to three years »

On Hillary’s Emails, Marie Harf Struggles But Hillary Explains

Featured imageHillary Clinton’s personal email system is the big story of the day. We have belatedly learned that Hillary had no official State Department email account during her tenure as Secretary. Instead of using the government’s email system, she had a server installed in her home and administered her own private email account. Some of her aides also had accounts on Hillary’s private system, which used the domain name clintonemail.com. At »

The Most Trusted Man in America on Climate Change

Featured imageHeh.  Walter Cronkite—the Most Trusted Man in America, don’t forget—on the topic of climate change, in 1972.  Just 25 seconds long.  Heh, again: »

King v. Burwell, the day after

Featured imageThe consensus following oral argument in King v. Burwell is that the votes of two Justices are in play. Based on the questioning, it seems clear that the four-judge liberal bloc will vote to affirm the decision that Obamacare subsidies may be granted to those using the federal exchange. Justices Scalia and Alito appear set to vote to reverse that decision. Justice Thomas did not ask questions — his usual »

Hillary: Go Ahead, Show Them the Emails!

Featured imageIn a typical burst of Clintonian chutzpah, Hillary tweeted yesterday: I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible. Of course, if she really wanted the public to see the emails she sent and received as Secretary of State, all she had to do was follow the relevant laws and procedures, and use »

Lindzen contra Grijalva

Featured imageThe wretched Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva has sent letters to seven university presidents based on his concerns about the heterodox climate-related testimony of professors at the institutions. He has sought “detailed records on the funding sources for affiliated researchers who have opposed the scientific consensus on man-made global warming,” as the Washington Post’s Joby Warrick put it in “House Dems: Did Big Oil seek to sway scientists in climate debate?” »

Is this “Eric Hoteham”?

Featured imageThis morning the AP identified one “Eric Hoteham” as the mysterious gentleman who registered the Internet address for Madam Hillary’s private email server at the Clintons’ Chappaqua home. That would be the server that housed Madam Hillary’s official State Department emails “as early as August 2010.” (The AP story doesn’t sort out other details that must have applied to her official business email before then.) This morning I thought that »

Dem Filibuster Succeeds, House Gives Up On Defunding Executive Amnesty

Featured imageThe news was so heavy yesterday that I held off on commenting on the House vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year, with no exclusion of the administration’s executive amnesty. Some observations on the vote: 1) The roll call was 257 to 167, with all Democrats voting “yes,” but only 75 Republicans. This has prompted speculation about Boehner’s standing with his caucus. »