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Today in . . . What the Hell?

Featured image Just when you think things can’t get any weirder, they do: GOP rep apologizes for lewd photo shared on Twitter Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is apologizing for not using “better judgment” after a nude photo of him surfaced on social media earlier this week, The Texas Tribune reported Wednesday. Barton’s acknowledgement that he appears in the photo emphasizes that the women he was involved with in the past, one of whom may have shared the photo, were above the »

The Never Ending Climate Hustle

Featured image The climatistas and their toadies in the media can’t stop scratching their heads and asking/demanding why conservatives/Republicans refuse to credit “the science” about climate change. Maybe because of articles like the one in the New York Times today, which makes clear that the left sees climate change as an excuse for a massive political power grab: The Climate Crisis: It’s Capitalism, Stupid By Benjamin Y. Fong . . . The real »

Gloria Allred won’t allow inspection of yearbook

Featured image Gloria Allred, the attorney for Roy Moore accuser Beverly Young Nelson, says she won’t permit an inspection of her client’s high school yearbook unless the Senate conducts a hearing on Nelson’ charge that Moore tried to rape her. The yearbook is important because Nelson and Allred presented it as evidence that Moore knew Nelson and had a romantic interest in her. Moore’s camp has provided reason to believe that he »

Catching Up on Things

Featured image I’ve been on the road for most of the last week, only intermittently connected to the world at large. Did a couple of panels and speeches marking the one-year anniversary of the election result that saved us from the reign of Rodham and Gomorrah. I also adapted an old Stan Evans joke about how I voted for Trump because Alec Baldwin and Rosie O’Donnell promised to leave the country if »

The Week in Pictures: Chainsaw Bayonet Edition

Featured image John has already clobbered USA Today for its greatest banana-peel slip ever—the “chainsaw bayonet” graphic for an AR-15. And USA Today wonders why people think it is a purveyor of fake news. They’d do better if they just stuck to trivializing the news. Meanwhile, tax cuts are back! How can you tell? Because liberals are complaining about the idea that people might get to keep more of their own money. »

Virginia’s looking good for the Democrats so far [UPDATED: Northam wins]

Featured image Only about 2,000 votes separate Ralph Northam and Ed Gillespie in Virginia’s governor race. Northam, the Democrat, holds the narrow lead. About one-quarter of the vote has been counted. At FiveThirtyEight, the view is that Gillespie isn’t running well enough in comparison to Donald Trump to have much of a shot. Indeed, Northam seems to be doing better than Hillary Clinton, who carried Virginia by 5 points. UPDATE: With almost »

Why Do Progressives Hate Progress?

Featured image That’s the question Steven Pinker of Harvard addressed in a short lecture I saw him deliver back in June at the annual Breakthrough Dialogues in Marin County, and I am delighted that Breakthrough has now posted video of his ten-minute talk. This is an except of Pinker’s book forthcoming next spring, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. You might think these aren’t controversial ideas, but in »

The Bowe Bergdahl travesty: Military justice fails again

Featured image President Trump and Senate Republicans are working hard to reduce the irresponsible leftism and general inanity of the federal judiciary. But what can be done about the irresponsible leftism and general inanity of the military justice system? That leftism and inanity became apparent to me more than a decade ago when the JAGs, aided by Lindsey Graham (himself a military lawyer), applied their version of military justice to hamper our »

Trump’s reckless comments on Bowe Bergdahl

Featured image Sen. Jeff Flake announced yesterday that he will not seek reelection next year. Explaining his decision on the Senate floor, Flake had harsh words for President Trump. Among them were these: Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified. And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It »

Judge refuses to dismiss case against Menendez

Featured image The bribery case against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez will proceed, and eventually be resolved by a jury, the trial judge ruled today. Judge William Walls rejected a motion by the defense to dismiss the charges against Menendez. A few days ago, it looked like the defense motion would succeed. Judge Walls initially indicated a willingness to accept Menendez’s position that the prosecution’s bribery case cannot withstand the Supreme Court’s decision »

The Week in Pictures: That Sorry Time of Year Edition

Featured image We could, of course, lead off with some choice observations about the moral preening of Hollywood, except that everyone is tired of Jimmy Kimmel by now. Or the Harvey Weinstein revelations. (Schadenfreude alert. But still a yawn. Big news: Hollywood casting couches still exist! Film at 11! From Weinstein productions!) Or the NFL’s continuing meltdown. Or the usual liberal media ignorance about guns. But no: tis the season for the »

The Week in Pictures: No Kneeling Edition

Featured image If I want kneeling, I head to a liturgical church on Sunday, not a sports stadium. It mattereth not that football-basketball-baseball is the secular American holy trinity: the separation of church and state—or at least the separation of sports and politics—ought to proscribe the sideline moral preening Olympics. Aren’t end zone celebrations offensive enough? Headlines of the week: Tweet of the week: Photo of the week: You think Trump is »

This day in baseball history: Tears on their pillows

Featured image The 1967 American League pennant race was a four team race throughout the month of September. It featured the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago White Sox. More often than not, the White Sox were in fourth place. However, they generally were within two games of the leader. Heading into the season’s final weekend, however, fourth place and two games behind wouldn’t suffice. Fortunately, on Friday, September »

Mark Steyn on Monday

Featured image Next Monday evening, October 2, Mark Steyn will headline Center of the American Experiment’s Fall Briefing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. If you live within driving distance of the Twin Cities, you shouldn’t miss it. Doors open at 5:30 event will begin at 6:30. A reception will follow at 7:30. The cost is $75. You can go here for all the details, and to register online (follow the link »

Civil War on the Left, Part 48: Asian Supremacy?

Featured image Are Asians an oppressed minority in America, or not? We know for a fact that elite universities are nowadays discriminating against Asian applicants in much the same way they discriminated against Jewish applicants decades ago. But didn’t a lot of Asians historically suffer the same kind of discrimination that Irish, Italian, and other immigrants nowadays considered part of the world of “white supremacy”? For example, there’s a little noticed passage »

Dr. Roy to the Rescue Again

Featured image Further to my item here Wednesday on the new Nature Geoscience article that admits the climate models have been “running hot” for more than a decade (about which the usual climatistas are unsurprisingly silent), Dr. Roy Spencer weighs in with this comment on his website: I’m still trying to process my feelings about how the two authors, Myles Allen and Michael Grubb, might have been allowed to wander so far »

What do you mean “we,” lefty

Featured image Leaders of the National Lawyers Guild in San Francisco have written an opinion piece for the San Francisco Chronicle titled “We are all Antifa.” The truth of the statement depends on the meaning of “we.” If the authors mean the National Lawyers Guild, their statement is accurate. This outfit is, and always has been, a far left organization. As Jesse Rigsby wrote in FrontPage Magazine back in 2003: The National »