Today’s sports post: Canton

Featured image The NFL announced its latest Hall of Fame class last week. The new members are Brett Favre, Kenny Stabler, Marvin Harrison, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, Dick Stanfel, Eddie DeBartolo Jr, and Tony Dungy. The first five seem obviously to belong. Favre retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in completions, yards, and touchdowns. He’s a three-time MVP. Stabler led his Raiders to the AFC title game each season from 1973-77 and »

The China Question

Featured imageAs we periodically ponder what is going on with China’s slowing economy, it might be worth stepping back to take in a more fundamental question. China’s fabulous growth over the last 25 years appears to call into question a favorite thesis of free marketeers such as Milton Friedman, namely, that in the long run you can’t have free markets and undemocratic government. You can for a while—think Chile in the »

William Tucker, RIP

Featured imageSad news yesterday of the passing of William Tucker, one of the great freelance journalists of our time. I didn’t know Bill especially well, but we spoke on the phone now and then, visited a few times in Washington, and were together just last September at an event at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, speaking about energy and environmentalism. I always learned something useful and original from him every time »

Counter this

Featured imageWhen I was working on the Weekly Standard article “The threat from ‘Minnesota men,'” I tried to get an interview with United States Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger about the pilot Countering Violent Extremism Program of which he is the nominal head. I studied up on the program as directed by Luger’s spokesman. The spokesman ultimately sent me on my way with a few unkind words about my failings while »

Dogging College PC

Featured imageTriumph the Insult Comedy Dog takes on takes on campus political correctness, and this ten minute video, just out yesterday, is worth every second, because even the students who get the joke are clearly uncomfortable. And that’s before the police sketch artist shows up. Strong language and crudity warning! But it’s still really great: Did I mention it has strong language and lots of crudity? Sorry, but wasn’t it worth it? »

Trump? Seriously?

Featured imageYesterday, at a rally in Manchester, Donald Trump called Ted Cruz a “pussy.” He was cute about it as usual, attributing the line to someone in the crowd. Here’s the video: Trump has accomplished something I didn’t think possible: he has made our political discourse dumber. Then there is the fact that he is a Republican in name only. He says he agrees with the Democrats on most issues, including »

Why she would prefer not to

Featured imageHillary Clinton pays some political price for refusing to produce the transcripts of her absurdly lucrative paid speeches to the titans of Wall Street. The transcripts must be full of the innocuous boilerplate with which Clinton lards every speech, but in this case the boilerplate would reflect her warm relationship with Wall Street and other such multipurpose donors. On Sunday Clinton formulated her refusal to produce the transcripts of her »

Jeb to Conservatives: Drop Dead

Featured imageBack in September in “Bush League De-Regulation,” I took note of Jeb Bush’s Wall Street Journal op-ed about his views on regulation. I wondered whether he really understands the problem sufficiently, and concluded: This is another sign that Bush, as good as he is in many ways, is not good enough. He doesn’t get the full depths of the problem. Like his dad and older brother. Today, as reported by »

Today’s sports post: Super Bowl (don’t call me) L [UPDATED]

Featured imageI’m no football historian, but I have seen nearly all L of the Super Bowls. I don’t recall ever witnessing defense being played as well by two competing Super Bowl teams as it was yesterday. Denver’s defense must be among the best of all time. A few weeks ago it made Tom Brady, surely one of the best five quarterbacks ever in my opinion, look ordinary at best. Yesterday, they »

Pop culture and the GOP field

Featured imageTevi Troy has two excellent posts about the Republican presidential field’s pop culture interests. This one focuses on music. It finds that Donald Trump has “broken the GOP’s music curse.” This one focuses on pop culture in general. It finds that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have displayed a “facility to invoke images and references that go beyond politics.” Unlike Barack Obama, Cruz eschews upper-middle-brow references (e.g. to shows like »

Monday Morning News Roundup

Featured imageI was indisposed most of the weekend at a conference (about which more in due course), so I have a lot to catch up on. Let’s look at a few headlines from the morning papers: From the Washington Post sports page print edition (I can’t seem to find it online), a story about women’s professional soccer: U.S. Women’s Strike Might Be Brewing Now, if I was a hacker, I’d correct »

A Friendly Reminder

Featured imageRemember: these are the same people who say that we know everything we need to know about climate change and how to fix it, and if you disagree you’re an immoral person and should shut up or be prosecuted and jailed: Matt Ridley wrote in the London Times yesterday (behind a paywall so forget a link): The shale revolution is the dominant reason for the fall. I know columnists are »

The Super Bowl Ad You Didn’t See

Featured imageI understand that Jeb Bush ran an ad on the Super Bowl yesterday. If so, I missed it, like much else. I was multitasking. I doubt that the ad will do much to salvage Jeb’s flailing campaign. But when you have lots of money and little popular support, I guess you have to do something. Why not the Super Bowl? Michael Ramirez offers the Super Bowl ad you didn’t see: »

How will Jeb do tomorrow? (and why it matters)

Featured imageNew Hampshire voters will answer several potentially consequential questions tomorrow: How badly will Sanders beat Clinton; what will Trump’s margin of victory be; what price (if any) will Rubio pay for repetition in debating? For me, though, the biggest question is: How well will Jeb Bush do? Here’s why. There has been much speculation about the degree of winnowing the Republican field will undergo after New Hampshire. In particular, how »

About Those Unarmed Black Victims

Featured imageThe Washington Post has been analyzing local press accounts to build a database of police shootings. The paper published preliminary results last August; I commented on them here. The Post’s numbers showed that as a percentage of the population, unarmed blacks were seven times as likely to be shot. (In the final accounting the Post has just released, that drops to six times as likely.) Noting that shootings of unarmed »

Would Rubio sign an amnesty bill?

Featured imageAs conservatives sort through the wreckage from Marco Rubio’s close encounter with Chris Christie the other night, some are debating the question of what Rubio would do as president about illegal immigration. It’s a vitally important question and a fair one, given that Rubio has been all over the place on this issue. Kevin Williamson at NR says that anti-amnesty conservatives have nothing to fear from a President Rubio. But »

She would prefer not to

Featured imageThe proposition that she would prefer not to goes a long way in Clinton world. Appearing on ABC’s This Week with former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave it a new twist. Following up on her declaration this past Thursday that she would think about releasing the transcripts of her highly compensated speeches to Wall Street audiences, Stephanopoulos asked her if she had made a decision yet (video »