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More Blowback

Featured image The American Meteorological Society, regarded as a mainstream science organization, has issued a strong statement critical of Rep. Grijalva’s “investigation,” whose central point is the same as mine yesterday.  You can find a PDF link at the top of the AMS website, but here’s the complete text of the letter (with a facsimilie below): Dear Representative Grijalva: Science and jurisprudence have in common the practice of the careful and critical »

Punch Back Twice as Hard

Featured image Our pals at the Energy and Environment Legal Institute issued the following press release today, which I post here in full: For Immediate Release: February 26, 2015 Contact: Craig Richardson Richardson@eelegal.org 703-981-5553 Following Rep. Grijalva Inspiration, E&E Legal Files FOIA Request with the University of Delaware Seeking Records Relating to the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Washington, D.C. — Today, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), in »

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Climate Skeptic?

Featured image Let’s start by axing a simple question: If I say “two plus two equals four,” does the truth of that proposition depend on whether I’ve received a grant from the Charles G. Koch Foundation? Apparently it does for Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. He has sent letters to seven universities targeting seven academics who, according to the Democratic spokesman for the »

Another Shot of Oakeshott

Featured image Following up on my first installment a few days ago from Michael Oakeshott’s classic essay “On Being Conservative,” herewith my second-favorite passage from the essay, which I find can be effective in getting students to understand why Aristotle (among others) thinks the young are unsuited to the study—let alone practice—of politics: Everybody’s young days are a dream, a delightful insanity, a sweet solipsism. Nothing in them has a fixed shape, »

Pachauri Out at IPCC

Featured image We reported here over the weekend that Rajendra Pachauri, the railroad engineer and sometimes smut novelist who somehow headed the UN’s IPCC climate change circus, was in trouble for some kind of chakra-releasing problem.  Today he resigned as head of the IPCC: The head of the UN climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Mr Pachauri »

Missing Paddy Chayefsky

Featured image We already noted yesterday the tendentiousness of the “gender pay gap” theme that made an appearance at the Academy Awards Sunday night—an entertainment moment that seems to be reverberating like like Cady Stanton at Seneca Falls or something.  (In his typically provocative way, Glenn Reynolds suggests Republicans pass a bill mandating equal salaries for men and women lead actors of equivalent billing in all Hollywood productions, and watch hilarity ensue. »

Fifty Shades of Gay?

Featured image I related in National Review how I ran afoul of the gender police by mocking here on Power Line the ever-changing acronyms of sexual correctness—“what goes by the LGBTQRSTUW (or whatever letters have been added lately) ‘community.’” Well, at Wesleyan University it is now LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM.  Here’s the full explanation of “open house” at 154 Church Street, which is apparently not a parody: 154 Church Street Open House is a safe space »

The A-to-Z Guide to P.C.

Featured image Kudos to Brendan O’Neill of The Spectator of London for producing a comprehensive guide to self-checking privilege.  Wish I had thought of this.  You owe it to yourself not only to read the whole thing, but to bookmark it for frequent reference and to look forward to annual revisions (because who knows what terms will become off limits in coming months and years).  Here’s a couple of my favorites from the »

Man Bites Dog: CBS News Calls Gender Pay Gap “A Complete Myth”

Featured image I had to do a double shot to make sure that this headline really came from CBS News: The Gender Pay Gap Is a Complete Myth Not a half-truth, a semi-myth, a sort of small lie. A “complete myth.” Just take in the lede: According to all the media headlines about a new White House report, there’s still a big pay gap between men and women in America. The report »

Heh: House of Bricks, Indeed

Featured image Everyone waiting to binge-watch the next installment of House of Cards next week ought to satisfy himself in the meantime with this four-minute Sesame Street parody.  (I didn’t know Sesame Street was still on, and for the record, in my opinion the original British House of Cards from 25 years ago was better, and when is someone going to make the American version of Yes, Prime Minister?  What’s that you »

The Appalling Hypocrisy of Obama and Hillary

Featured image Yeah, I know, a headline about liberal hypocrisy is not exactly a man-bites-dog story, but I understand some starlet at the Oscars last night (I didn’t watch, for about the 30th year in a row) bleated about inequality in wages between men and women. I wonder if she’s had a look at womens’ wages in Obama’s White House, or in Hillary Clinton’s Senate office. Mark Perry has done the work »

The Jihadi Jobs Program

Featured image Thanks to Doug Giles of ClashDaily, we have seen some of the early job applications for Marie Harf’s jobs-for-jihadis program run through the Obama State Department. Maybe, as one application helpfully suggests, they will call this “Be-Head Start.”  At least for the youth brigades.  No word yet on whether these jobs will pay higher than minimum wage, which I hears is 72 of some currency.  Also no word yet how »

Striking a Nerve With the Nerviest

Featured image Rudy Giuliani’s skepticism regarding Barack Obama’s true sentiments about America seems to have struck a raw nerve among liberals. Which means he’s surely on to something. At the very least, shouldn’t some reporter ask Obama or his crew about Michelle’s famous remark from 2008 that “for the first time” she was proud of her country? Just what was her attitude, or the causes of her relatively lower lack of pride »

Some Minorities Are More Equal Than Others?

Featured image If you break into admission statistics to elite colleges and universities you discover a pattern of “disparate impact” (as the civil rights term of art goes) against Asians. It appears Asians are being actively discriminated against just as Jews were for decades. The New York Times reported in November: To get into the top schools, they need SAT scores that are about 140 points higher than those of their white »

“She evidently had a baton in her knapsack”

Featured image Back in the fall we inducted Richard Morgan of Bowdoin College into the (temporarily dormant) Power Line 100 Best Professors in America series. When Dick passed away from cancer a few months later, we were flattered that the local Brunswick paper chose Power Line’s photo of him to use in their obituaries. We had done the “Who Reads Power Line?” segment with him quite hastily on the spur of the »

Apparently More Climate Chakras Need Releasing

Featured image What is it with the leading climatistas like Al Gore? Now it turns out that Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN’s IPCC, is in a bit of hot water for his, um, urges: UN Climate Panel Chief Pachauri Booked for Sexual Harassment (Bloomberg) — Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been accused of sexually harassing a woman colleague at a New Delhi-based »

The Week in Pictures: Harfing Biden Edition

Featured image Oh my goodness, after a week like this, we almost need two photo/cartoon/meme spreads.  This week’s is without doubt the biggest and most politically incorrect Week in Pictures ever, and that’s before you get to the special video bonus for folks shivering to death in half the country from global warming climate change.  And what’s up with Vice Groper Joe Biden?  Is he planning on a post-Obama career in the »