Bill Clinton’s howlers cast doubt on his usefulness to Hillary

Featured image Will Bill Clinton be an asset to his wife’s campaign for the presidency? A week ago, I would, without hesitation, have said yes. After all, the former president remains popular and surely is a better politician than Hillary. But after his comments to NBC’s Cynthia McFadden, I’m not so sure. Consider his defense to charging $500,000 or more for a single speech. Serving up an instant classic, Clinton told McFadden »

New York police officer dies, killed by man who should have been in jail

Featured imageBrian Moore, the New York City police officer who was shot over the weekend by an ex-con, has died. Moore was 25 and had already received several police decorations. Moore’s assailant, Demetrius Blackwell, reportedly has nine prior arrests, including two for assault on police officers. He was convicted of attempted murder for firing shots into a car, which is how he killed Moore. Thus, Blackwell had done it all before »

Police Body Cams: Not So Fast?

Featured imageI’ve generally favored the idea of equipping police with body cams. But the ever wise Todd Zywicki of George Mason Law school offers the following caution about possible unintended consequences: I think I am generally favorably inclined toward body cameras for police. But I also worry about the unintended consequences. For example, in a world of overcriminalization, often the best police judgment is to not enforce a law against someone. »

The Times Does American Business

Featured imageScott’s daughter Eliana, knowing our fondness for New York Times corrections, pointed out this gem from today’s paper. The correction is to an article by political reporter Trip Gabriel, who, as you can see from his Twitter feed, is a Democratic Party operative: Correction: May 4, 2015 An earlier version of this article misspelled part of the name of the company of which Carly Fiorina was the former chief executive. »

On the Terror Attack In Texas

Featured imageAs you probably know, two gunmen attacked a “draw Mohammed” event in Garland, Texas last night. The event was sponsored by Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative, which awarded $10,000 to the best depiction of Mohammed. The gunmen were armed with semiautomatic rifles, but they didn’t get far: the event had security, and a Garland police officer armed only with a handgun killed them both. One security guard was wounded »

Our Inhuman Humanities

Featured imageThe rise of political correctness and rigid ideological filters is only one reason the humanities are suffering a precipitous decline in enrollment at colleges and universities.  Other reasons include the deliberate obscurity and mediocrity that attend so many humanities programs and professors these days.  (I’ve observed classics departments where the object seems to be keeping as esoteric, inaccessible, and irrelevant as possible.) Why would students want to waste their time »

Another Predictable Failure of Liberalism

Featured imageRemember how the advocates of Obamacare said it would reduce the number of expensive emergency room visits because there’d be fewer uninsured people? Of course you knew the opposite would happen. From today’s Wall Street Journal: U.S. Emergency Room Visits Keep Climbing Emergency-room visits continued to climb in the second year of the Affordable Care Act, contradicting the law’s supporters who had predicted a decline in traffic as more people »

Vigilant police officer shot; vigilant policing under assault

Featured imageA plainclothes New York City police officer was shot in the face in Queens yesterday when an ex-con opened fire into his unmarked patrol car, the New York Post reports. According to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, the police officer, Brian Moore, and his partner were on patrol when they spotted the suspect “adjusting an object in his waistband.” When they pulled up and tried to question the suspect, he pulled »

Never Trust Liberal “Fact Checkers”

Featured imageThe Democratic Party controls almost all of the news media. Some years ago, the Democrats came up with a great idea: they established “fact checkers” within Democratic Party newspapers to spin unfortunate facts in the Democrats’ favor. Today, several such “fact checkers” are well known. Are they reliable? Of course not. To see why, read this brilliant post by Sean Davis at The Federalist. The Federalist published a simple fact »

At the NRI Ideas Summit

Featured imageSenator Tom Cotton was interviewed by John O’Sullivan at the National Review Institute 2015 Ideas Summit this past Saturday morning. NR has posted the video here. I have embedded the video below. “You seem to me to be the exact opposite of a professional politician,” O’Sullivan says by way of introduction. The interview opens with the question of Iran and the Cotton letter. To quote Bob Dylan, “the wheel’s still »

David McCullough recommends

Featured imageI read A Stillness at Appomattox when I heard David McCullough describe its impact on him. McCullough had majored in English at Yale and received the book as a graduation present in 1955. Reading this one of Bruce Catton’s several magnificent books made McCullough want to write history. I thought, correctly, that must be some book. Daily Beast editor John Avlon asked McCullough about his favorite books and authors recently »

Carly Fiorina to run for president and pursue the vice presidency

Featured imageCarly Fiorina has announced that she is running for president. Fiorina disclosed her intention on ABC’s Good Morning America show. She stated: “I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world; who’s in it.” In a sense, Fiorina is the Herman Cain of 2016. Both lack any experience in elected office, but both ran major businesses. Fiorina ran »

Bill Clinton explains, as only he can

Featured imageWhen Sharyl Attkisson was rolling out Stonewalled, Kyle Smith wrote an excellent preview of the book for the New York Post. Yesterday he performed the same service for Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash, which is to be published tomorrow. Smith’s New York Post column on Schweizer’s book is “Hill and Bill can’t hide from shady deals exposed in ‘Clinton Cash.’” Quotable quote: “The Clinton Foundation is run about as forthrightly as »

The British Election and Its Lessons for Us

Featured imageBritain goes to the polls on Thursday to elect a new government. Did you know this? It is hardly getting any media notice here in the U.S., perhaps because our lazy media can’t take its eyes off the long coronation of Queen Hillary.  Anyway, the polls are a scramble, and everyone paying attention (which means only Michael Barone and Henry Olsen) is saying it is the most unpredictable election in »

Why Are Police Shootings Dominating the News?

Featured imagePolice shootings and other tales of alleged police abuse (e.g., Eric Garner) dominate the news these days. You can hardly open a newspaper or turn on a television set without seeing protesters, rioters and looters, along with earnest talking heads debating the issue. Why is this? Why has violence on the part of policemen become the story du jour? One possible answer is that police violence is a terrible problem »

Climate: Only One Day to Go!

Featured imageFrom The Guardian, May 4, 2007: UN Scientists Warn Time Is Running Out to Tackle Global Warming Governments are running out of time to address climate change and to avoid the worst effects of rising temperatures, an influential UN panel warned yesterday. Greater energy efficiency, renewable electricity sources and new technology to dump carbon dioxide underground can all help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the experts said. But there could »

Mosby so far [With Comment by John]

Featured imageBaltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby has charged six Baltimore police officers with serious crimes in connection with the death of Freddie Gray on April 19. The New York Times account of the charges is here. The Washington Post enumerates the charges here and takes a look at Ms. Mosby here. The charges quickly followed both Gray’s death and the rioting of the mob in Baltimore. Ms. Mosby’s announcement of the »