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Fake Science Gets Smoked—and What It Means for Climate Change

Featured image Cast your mind back to the late 1990s, when trial lawyers and state attorneys general were after the tobacco companies for what resulted in the “Master Settlement Agreement” by which the tobacco companies agreed to pay tribute of billions of dollars to the states for decades to come in exchange for relief from the uncertainty of endless private and public litigation. I think it was a great deal for Big »

Crime: Don’t Look Now, But. . .

Featured image Official federal crime statistics for 2016 from the Dept. of Justice won’t be available for several more months yet, but The Economist has done some data collecting on its own from big cities in the U.S. The findings about rising murder rates are not good: The Economist has gathered murder statistics for 2016 for the 50 cities with the most murders. These places contain 15% of the country’s population and around »

Podcasts New and Old

Featured image The Weekly Standard today outs “Decius,” author of the infamous “Flight 93 Election” article last fall, and one of the pillars of the Journal of American Greatness. It’s Michael Anton, who has joined Trump’s National Security Council. Anton, careful readers may recall, made a podcast appearance here a while ago, taking about his previous work on California politics, the Beach Boys, and Machiavelli. We didn’t discuss his “Decius” work in »

Yesterday in football history

Featured image On January 26, 1992, the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI. The game was played in Minneapolis. The victory marked the third time in 11 years that Joe Gibbs’ Redskins won the Super Bowl (Washington hasn’t played in one since). The three Super Bowl winners were led by three different quarterbacks — Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien. They also had three different featured »

An instant thaw of U.S.-Israeli relations

Featured image President Trump is fond of saying of almost any problem he identifies “this stops right now.” Unfortunately, many of the problems in question are not so tractable. But there’s one problem Trump has stopped already — the bad blood between the U.S. and its great ally Israel. The Washington Post reports that the president talked by phone today with Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump described the conversation as “very »

In Lieu of a Podcast

Featured image Last night Jim Bohannon kindly spent an hour with me on his national radio show on the Westwood One radio network talking about a certain forthcoming book, which I know everyone has pre-ordered. Jim is jumping the gun a little bit, since the book doesn’t come out for another month yet, and he used my old affiliation at Pepperdine University, but I didn’t want to spend scarce radio time correcting »

Green Weenie of the Week: Eric Holthaus

Featured image Another week, another pile of Green Weenie Award prospects. But we have an early winner. Eric Holthaus, an environmental stenographer who calls himself a “reporter” (don’t worry—I’ve never heard of him either), posted up a 15-part Tweetstorm a few days ago about how depressed he is about climate change, which prompted him to seek therapy.   A sensible counselor might have suggested Holthaus find a better line of work. I »

Judge Bright looks back

Featured image From 1979 to 1981 I served as a law clerk to Judge Myron Bright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Judge Bright was appointed to the bench by President Johnson in 1968. He lived to be the longest-serving federal judge in the United States, having heard some 7,000 cases before he died last month at the age of 97. He was a remarkable man. I »

The latest from Berlin: Anis Amri? Whodat???

Featured image Two photos of suspected Berlin truck terrorist Anis Amri have now been posted at the German Bundeskriminalamt website. The BKA has requested the public’s assistance to locate him here. According to the German tabloid Bild, the Tunisian government refused to replace Amri’s passport, although requested to by the German government, because he was unknown to them: Wie BILD erfuhr, hatte der Tunesier im April 2016 ein Asylantrag gestellt, wurde vom »

Mid-Week in Pictures: Electoral College Graduation Edition

Featured image People are working overtime to produce good visual material about the liberal faceplant over the Electoral College results yesterday, and since this will be old news by Saturday, it seems to me a special edition of the Week in Pictures is justified: Amazingly, Scott Adams drew this Dilbert cartoon 26 years ago. . . And finally as a special bonus: »

Muslim student made up story about harassment by Trump supporters

Featured image Yasmin Seweid, an 18 year-old college students, was charged with filing a false report based on false statements to authorities that three men called her a terrorist and chanted “Donald Trump” while she was riding a New York City subway. Seweid alleged that when she moved to the other end of the train, one of the men followed her and tried to pull off her hajib. As John Sexton notes, »

The Week in Pictures: Man of the Year Edition

Featured image Did Time magazine really need to think about it? And you know who else was Time‘s Man of the Year once? Hitler. QED. Our friend Jon Gabriel at Ricochet warns lefties that they ought to pace themselves better. Trump is going to be around for at least four years, and lefties are going to exhaust both their vocabulary and their adrenaline at the pace they’ve set for themselves. Michael Moore »

Election Over, Associated Press Still Campaigns for the Left

Featured image At the end of 2008, I worried that the Obama administration would do great damage to America–correctly, as it turned out. But no one considered my misgivings to be newsworthy. The case is different with respect to the incipient Trump administration. Criticisms by his opponents–the ones who just lost the election–dominate the news. The Associated Press, once a respected news organization, headlines: “Trump’s staff picks alarm minorities: ‘Injustice to America.'” »

Trump selects Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Featured image Jeff Sessions is Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, I’m delighted to report. Sessions was said to be under consideration for Secretary of Defense. However, the Senator’s expertise and background militated in favor of the AG position. It’s a good sign that Trump recognized this. I hope he takes the same approach to selecting his Secretary of State, for example. Over the years, I have admired Sen. Sessions from afar »

Monday in Pictures: The Epic Trumpening Supplemental

Featured image I think I’ve figured out why liberals are losing their minds over Trump’s stunning upset: It’s starting to sink in that the Clintons have torpedoed a second presidential election. But for Bill’s peccadillos, Al Gore would very likely have won the electoral college contest in 2000. And but for Hillary’s baggage, they might well have won this one. There may be some karmic justice after all. Meanwhile, the memes and »

The Week in Pictures: The Epic Trumpening Special Double Edition

Featured image Really, what else is there to say? Well, lots of course. Just keeping up with the leftist idiocy in the aftermath of The Trumpening is practically a full time job for us right now. More importantly, the occasion calls for a special double-issue of the Week in Pictures, not only with highlights from this week, but some Trumpian highlights from the last 18 months of our regular Saturday feature. Many »

Clinton’s path to victory is improbable, to say the least

Featured image From Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight: The Clinton campaign is basically hanging on by a thread at this point. She needs to pull out Michigan and Pennsylvania and then hit one of two scenarios: 1. Win Alaska and New Hampshire or 2. win Arizona. That’s going to be extremely difficult. It’s not impossible, but it’s a straight, if not royal, flush. Enten’s site puts the probability of a Trump victory at »