Tom Cotton Tells the Truth About Harry Reid

Featured image In the last hour Sen. Tom Cotton took to the Senate floor to denounce the “bitter, vulgar, incoherent ramblings of the minority leader,” the “cancerous” Harry Reid. And it gets better from there. Take it in—just two minutes long: Has there ever been a more squalid senator than Reid? More to the point: Do we have to wait for 2020? How about Cotton-Sasse 2016? »

Support Grant Starrett for Congress

Featured imageGrant Starrett is running for Congress in Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District. A year ago, I introduced Grant to our readers and explained why I intend to support him. Grant is a rising conservative star. He’s a graduate of Stanford, where he founded the Stanford Conservative Society and grew it to over 500 members, and of Vanderbilt Law School, where he was president of its Federalist Society. He was the Students »

“Minnesota men” go to trial (16) [updated]

Featured imageJudge Davis’s concerns about maintaining order in the courthouse were well founded, to say the least. He knows what he is doing, or trying to do. While we were waiting to be admitted to Judge Davis’s courtroom this morning a few mintues ago, a rumble broke out between Somali factions in the hallway. A young Somali woman started yelling that she would not be instructed where to sit by another »

Electing Trump, One Riot at a Time

Featured imageLast night in Albuquerque, rioters attacked a Donald Trump rally. Several tried to disrupt the event and had to be removed from the crowd. Most remained outside, throwing rocks at the hall and burning objects at policemen. Albuquerque attorney Doug Antoon said rocks were flying through the convention center windows as he was leaving Tuesday night. Glass was breaking and landing near his feet. “This was not a protest, this »

“Minnesota men” go to trial (15)

Featured imageConspirator turned government informant Abdirahman Bashir completed his testimony during his fifth day on the stand yesterday. Defense counsel Bruce Nestor represents Abdhirahman Daud and is the best lawyer at the trial. He aggressively cross examined Bashir about his role promoting the trip to San Diego that culminated in the arrest of Daud and Mohamed Farah. (Ruled Omar was arrested in Minneapolis.) Bashir worked with the FBI to promise fake »

The deep meaning of Ben Rhodes

Featured imageObama national security adviser and voluble liar Ben Rhodes declined the invitation to appear before the House Oversight Committee to testify on “White House narratives on the Iran deal” last week, but Michael Doran accepted. The hearing was occasioned by David Samuels’s illuminating New York Times profile of Rhodes. You may recall that White House flack Josh Earnest asserted that committee member Ken Buck and others were lying about the »

The Crisis of Scientific Credibility

Featured imageLast year we had ten-part series on the problem of science fraud, and we return to the subject now because pop culture is catching up, which is usually a sign of larger public trouble. The Puffington Host is on the story, reporting on the widespread practice of selective use of data and statistical techniques to produce “meaningful” results that are essentially bogus. Dan Sarewitz has a good column on this »

A mistake anyone might make

Featured imageThis morning, a MSNBC news anchor, reporting on Bill Cosby’s court appearance regarding allegations of rape, referred to Cosby as “Bill Clinton.” It was a slip of the tongue, but not a random one. Rather it was a Freudian slip, one that suggests the image of Bill Clinton as sexual predator may be embedded in the national consciousness. Freud is reputed to have said that sometimes a cigar is just »

Annual Dinner, New Web Site

Featured imageThe think tank that I run, Center of the American Experiment, has an annual dinner with a distinguished history. We have hosted speakers like Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, George H. W. Bush, George Will, Robert Bork, and many more. Our 2016 dinner was last Saturday night. It was a wonderful event, attended by 870 conservatives. Dana Perino was our speaker. She did a great job, taking every opportunity to mingle »

Not dark yet, cont’d

Featured imageBob Dylan is first and foremost an astounding songwriter. He somehow absorbed the folk, rock, country and blues traditions as a precocious young man and then recapitulated them in his own voice many times over while adding a twist of modernist poetry to the mix. On his seventy fifth-birthday, I want to take the liberty of posting some notable cover versions of great songs you may not have heard before, »

Not dark yet

Featured imageToday is the birthday of Minnesota native son Bob Dylan; he turns the ripe old age of 75. He is a remarkable artist, self-invented, deep in the American grain. A few years back I visited Dylan’s old home at 2425 7th Avenue East in Hibbing. The house is a small two-story residence with a one-car attached garage on the side. The house is exactly two blocks from Hibbing High School, »

Bottom Stories of the Week

Featured imageI hate to keep picking on vegans—and I wouldn’t if so many didn’t make a righteous ideology out of it*—but this story (which wouldn’t be a news story if there weren’t an agenda behind it in the first place) is just too irresistible: Woman trying to prove ‘vegans can do anything’ among four dead on Mount Everest For Maria Strydom and her husband, Robert Gropel, climbing Everest while adhering to »

Newt Gingrich for vice president?

Featured imageI don’t think we’ve commented yet on the report by Eliana Johnson that Newt Gingrich is under serious consideration as Donald Trump’s running mate. Elaina’s report is consistent with what I’ve been hearing. Gingrich would, I think, be an odd choice. But then, this is an odd year. If Trump needs the support of any one group to win the presidency, that group is white women. The billionaire can expect »

Nationwide crime wave confirms the Ferguson effect

Featured imageHeather Mac Donald, writing in the Wall Street Journal, describes the crime wave that is sweeping the nation, and attributes much of it to the Ferguson effect. She notes that even some who initially denied the Ferguson effect now admit that the phenomenon is real. Mac Donald points to Richard Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, who was an early and influential critic of the Ferguson »

Hillary’s Doom?

Featured imageThere are two big stories out today that in a rational world would sink Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Fortunately for her, the Democratic Party is not a rational organization. Increasingly the description of Democrats as a criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party seems more and more accurate. The Daily Caller reports today that the Clinton Foundation received $100 million—serious Dr. Evil money—from an obscure foreign mining conglomerate long thought to »

“Minnesota men” go to trial (14)

Featured imageConspirator turned government informant Abdirahman Bashir returned to the stand for a fourth day yesterday. He completed direct examination in the morning before the lunch break. Defense counsel have commenced their cross examination of Bashir and should complete it today. So far my estimate is that Bashir is an effective witness for the government. He recorded hours of conversations with defendants beginning in February 2015, culminating in the arrest of »

The Taliban: al Qaeda’s ally; Hillary’s peace partner

Featured imageI believe it’s widely known, though also widely forgotten, that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton orchestrated “peace talks” with the Taliban. Clinton discussed her role in some detail in her book, Hard Choices. Robert Potts at the American Thinker provided a good summary of Clinton’s involvement, as described by her, in this article. Clinton’s goals were to “shatter the alliance between the Taliban and al Qaeda, end the insurgency, and »