Life lessons from Justice Thomas

Featured image This is the season of left-wing and formulaic commencement speeches. Contributing to the cause of true “diversity” — diversity in the life of the mind — Zev Chafets has edited a volume of heterodox commencement speeches under the title Remembering Who We Are: A Treasury of Conservative Commencement Addresses. There are several speeches that I find inspirational and/or moving and/or thought-provoking in the book. One that is all of the »

The Week in Pictures: Liberal Crack Up Edition

Featured imageIn looking for a theme for the week, it is hard to escape noticing the senescence of liberalism across the board. Obama is lame even for a lame duck, with the relentless advance of ISIS making a has of his pronouncements about how we were on the road to defeating them. Bernie Sanders is stuck in a Galbraithian time warp; surely he’ll advocate regulating advertising after we ban Ban Roll-On. »

The Economy Disappoints Again. What Could Be the Problem?

Featured imageAs you probably have already seen, the Commerce Department announced today that GDP contracted by an annual rate of 0.7% in the first quarter of 2015, a downward revision from the previously estimated 0.2% growth. This continues a pattern that many observers find puzzling and disappointing. This graphic shows quarterly GDP growth from the first quarter of 2009 to the present; the last bar would need to be changed to »

Economic mobility and government activism

Featured imageMichael Gerson wrote today about “the rhetoric of mobility” — in other words, the way liberals and conservatives talk about the issue of economic mobility. He finds the rhetoric of both sides, as the well views behind it, wanting. Gerson’s piece is thoughtful, as usual. But it should be of concern to conservatives who worry that “reform conservatism,” a movement with which Gerson is associated, may to some extent represent »

Sanders the Socialist Crooner

Featured imageI decided to take a pass on the story that Bernie Sanders misfired with some kind of rape fantasy essay way back in his college years (though since it was fair game to jump on Mitt Romney for giving some kid an atomic wedgie 50 years ago in prep school was fair game, then Sanders deserves the full proctology treatment), but his attempt at a folk song ambum is truly »

ACLU: Minneapolis Police Are Racist, Should Do Less Policing

Featured imageThe Minneapolis Star Tribune cites a report by the American Civil Liberties Union on race and law enforcement in Minneapolis: People of color are more likely to be arrested for low-level crimes in Minneapolis compared to their white counterparts, according to a detailed study released Thursday of thousands of arrests made by city police. … Picking up the Pieces: Policing in America, a Minneapolis Case Study shows that blacks were »

Coming Soon: A Live YouTube Event for VIP Members

Featured imageOn Wednesday June 3, at 5 Pacific, 7 Central, 8 Eastern, all Power Line VIP members are invited to participate in a live YouTube event featuring the PL crew. We will email a private link to all VIP members, and you can follow the link to watch the live discussion on YouTube, as well as submit questions or comments to which we will respond–all live! At least that’s what we »

The unmaking of a mayor

Featured imageCity life has not improved in Baltimore since the indictment of six Baltimore police officers. Some residents have gone on a murder spree targeting other residents. Innocent bystanders have the reasonable fear of getting caught in the crossfire. Drudge has compiled stories »

Megyn Kelly takes down Rand Paul on the Patriot Act

Featured imageJohn has flagged Rand Paul’s ISIS whopper — the claim that Republicans are to blame for the rise of ISIS. When Republicans controlled the White House, ISIS was, as John says, little more than a dream in the minds of a few fanatics. The dream was realized not because of Republicans, but mostly because President Obama reversed President Bush’s policies and prematurely withdrew American forces from Iraq. But Rand Paul’s »

Breaking: Hastert Indicted

Featured imageThis one is a stunner out of nowhere. News is breaking this afternoon of a federal indictment of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL), for the crime of making “structured withdrawals” to avoid banking laws requiring reporting of transactions over $10,000—a law chiefly intended to hinder narcotics and other illegal activities. The seven-page indictment (PDF file) suggests a significant personal scandal, involving Hastert agreeing to make regular $50,000 »

The Washington Post and Rand Paul: Who Is More Wrong About ISIS?

Featured imageThe Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler, undertook yesterday to assess the truth or falsity of these remarks by Jeb Bush about ISIS: ISIS didn’t exist when my brother was president. Al Qaeda in Iraq was wiped out when my brother was president. Those statements are, by any normal standard, true. But this is what Kessler had to say: Islamic State, also known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and »

Clinton’s Benghazi emails confirm her lack of post-intervention plan for Libya

Featured imageAs John has explained, Hillary Clinton doesn’t just have a Benghazi problem; she has a Libya problem. More than anyone else, Hillary Clinton pushed for, and helped effectuate, the overthrow of Moammar Qaddafi. As a result of his overthrow, Libya became a playground for terrorists, a haven for ISIS, and a failed state. Clinton’s recently released Benghazi emails confirm her leading role in creating the Libya fiasco. They confirm that, »

Behind Science Fraud, Chapter 6

Featured imageDid any readers take note of the recent stories appearing in the news media that eating chocolate is actually good for weight loss, such as the June issue of Shape magazine which ran an article entitled “Why You Must Eat Chocolate Daily”? Yesterday on the science website io9.com, German molecular biologist Johannes Bohannon explained how he pulled it off with a statistically weak study that several science journals accepted with »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll stands and delivers Psychotic Ninnies, Circa 1975. She writes: Last Friday I referred to the Psychotic Ninny Wing of the feminist movement. In the beginning they were a relatively small part of the legitimate push for equality and expanded opportunities for women. But they always existed. In a meeting I attended in 1970, a certifiably insane woman waxed rhapsodic about how “when we hang all the men they »

The FIFA Scandal: As Usual, The Simpsons Was There First

Featured imageI’ll defer to Paul at Power Line’s sports desk for the definitive understanding of the FIFA scandal, but it is worth noting that “The Simpsons” was on to the matter a while ago (just over 1 minute): »

Behind Science Fraud, Chapter 5

Featured imageWe began this new occasional series with the story of the Science magazine study about how people changed their mind on gay marriage based on a short conversations with a real live gay people, but in which the data was faked by the graduate student co-author, Michael LaCour. It now appears that LaCour, whose pending appointment at Princeton based on his work is in doubt, made up more than just »

The rational ayatollah hypothesis

Featured imageIn his Wall Street Journal column this past Tuesday, Bret Stephens took up “The rational ayatollah hypothesis” (accessible via Google here). That hypothesis — asserted, I would say, as a thesis if not a fact by our Supreme Leader about Iran’s Supreme Leader — holds that economics and other such considerations constrain the anti-Semitic behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran. So about those nuclear weapons that Iran is developing »