Revisiting Robert Nisbet on Environmentalism

Featured image Since I’m in a mood to beat down on environmentalists today, I decided to dust off the late Robert Nisbet’s charming 1982 book, Prejudices: A Philosophical Dictionary. The book was a direct emulation of Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary, and the entry on environmentalism is not to be missed. Samples include: It is entirely possible that when the history of the 20th century is finally written, the single most important social movement »

Why the Big Banks Love Democrats

Featured imageSince the financial collapse of 2008, the nation’s largest banks have seen their profits boom, as their share of the market has grown. Reuters reports: Profits have soared since the global financial crisis at the five biggest U.S. banks with market-making dealing operations, New York Federal Reserve economists said in an article released on Wednesday. From 2009 to 2014, the combined net income of J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Bank of America, »

FBI to take second device from Hillary’s IT company

Featured imageThe Daily Caller reports that Platte River, the IT company hired by Hillary Clinton to manage her private email network, will turn over a second Clinton-related device to the FBI this week. Platte River previously gave the FBI the server Clinton maintained as secretary of state. Now, it will turn over a separate device manufactured by a company called Datto Inc. Platte River calls the second machine “a simple device »

Gun Control In Five Easy Steps

Featured imageOn firearms, Democrats, including President Obama, have started to come out of the closet. What they really want is to ban the private ownership of guns. The Reason video below explains how that can be done, in five easy steps. The video’s real point is that the Democrats’ “common sense reforms” have nothing to do with achieving any practical policy goal. Rather, like so much of our politics, they are »

Scrutonizing American Conservatism

Featured imageLater this week I’m away to Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, for a conference Friday afternoon with—and about the works of—philosopher Roger Scruton. If you’re in the Memphis area and would like to come, it is free and open to the public. Here are the full details. My paper, which I’m struggling mightily to finish today, is entitled “What American Conservatives Should Learn from Roger Scruton.” Beyond the obvious opening »

The Appeal of Trump, Explained

Featured imageI don’t know who Friend Dog Studios are, but I think they’ve nailed Donald Trump with this nice piece of work (about two minutes long): »

Enviros to Africa: Stay Poor and Die Early

Featured imageFurther to the point of Scott’s post earlier about the shallow-mindedness of environmentalists, I’ve recently obtained a leaked copy of a draft letter from the usual gang of pecksniffs (Oxfam, Sierra Club, etc) to the U.S. Senate demanding changes to the Electrify Africa Act of 2015, and it is an even worse parody than the witless Sierra Club president before Sen. Cruz. The facsimile here is a little small and »

Joy of cooking

Featured imageThe video below shows Senator Cruz questioning Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on the alleged phenomenon formerly known as global warming. The video runs a highly entertaining nine minutes or so. It may make you curious about Mair’s background. The Sierra Club has posted a profile of Mair here. My impression, possibly mistaken, is that Mair doesn’t know what he’s talking about — that he is unfamiliar with the terms »

Report: Team Hillary asked Platte River to reduce email data storage

Featured imageIn 2013, Hillary Clinton hired Platte River to manage her private email network. Thereafter, according to a letter written by Sen. Ron Johnson and obtained by the Daily Caller, the Clinton Executive Services Corp. — a Clinton family company — twice instructed Platte River to reduce the amount of email data being stored during each server backup by decreasing the backup time period for email retention. The change caused the »

Barry Diller: I’ll Leave the Country If Trump Wins!

Featured imageAn election must be in the offing, as liberals are threatening to leave the country. As we used to say as kids: is that a threat, or a promise? This time it is Hollywood’s Barry Diller. Diller says: If Donald Trump doesn’t fall, I’ll either move out of the country or join the resistance. A Democratic Party resistance movement? They’d better hold off on confiscating those guns. These threats are »

Assimilation? Who Needs to Assimilate?

Featured imageToday the Center for Immigration Studies released some shocking data from the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey (ACS), which came out late last month. CIS headlines: “One in Five U.S. Residents Speaks Foreign Language at Home.” Some highlights: * In 2014, a record 63.2 million U.S. residents (native-born, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants) spoke a language other than English at home. * Taking a longer view, since 1990 the »

Chairman Grassley then and now

Featured imageCharles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is sponsoring the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (SRCA). That Act would mandate shorter sentences for certain drug offenders and cause the immediate release of many drug felons, including some who carried guns when they committed the drug offense. If the Senate passes this legislation, it will do so mainly because of Chairman Grassley’s support. But in March, Grassley gave »

AP Documents Four Attempts to Sell Nuclear Material to ISIS

Featured imageAn Associated Press investigation has documented at least four attempts by criminal gangs to sell nuclear materials to ISIS. All of these attempts occurred in Moldava, and likely are not the only ones to have taken place in recent years. The AP article is long and worth reading in its entirety. An excerpt: The previously unpublicized case is one of at least four attempts in five years in which criminal »

“Covering up some shady s–t”

Featured imageIn the adjacent post, Paul considers the news that Madam Hillary reduced her email storage maintained by Platte River in late 2014 and early 2015, after she had turned over printed out paper copies of the emails to The State Department. Her team twice instructed Platte River to reduce the amount of email data stored during each server backup by decreasing the backup time period for email retention. The change »

Crime rate soars; Republicans join leftists in seeking release of felons

Featured imageAs ideological leftists and misguided conservatives rush to have felons released from prison, the crime rate continues to soar. It’s certainly soaring in Baltimore, where the recently-fired police chief says that cops are “taking a knee” in response to lack of support from city officials. According to Fox News: For September, homicides were up 39 percent and non-fatal shootings nearly doubled over the same month in 2014, continuing a disturbing »

Inspector Clouseau could not be reached for comment

Featured imageReading the page-one story (accessible here via Google) by Adam Entous in today’s Wall Street Journal, I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. The Obama administration appears to be shocked, shocked that Vladimir Putin has not been entirely straightforward with them about Russian intentions in Syria. Entous reports: Russia has targeted Syrian rebel groups backed by the Central Intelligence Agency in a string of airstrikes running for days, leading »

Hide the women and children, the Supreme Court is back in session

Featured imageThe Supreme Court is back in session, and the mainstream media has coalesced around the narrative that this term will see sweeping victories for conservatives. This theme is being peddled by the Washington Post, CNN, and NPR. I found NPR’s coverage especially nauseating: ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: They’re back. The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court opened a new term today with subjects on the docket as diverse and contentious as »