Speaking of the Iran deal (7)

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to comment on Jay Solomon’s Wall Street Journal article “White House says Iran unlikely to address suspicions of secret weapons program” (accessible here via Google. Omri writes: The WSJ gained access to some of the documents on the Iran deal that the administration filed with Congress to meet its obligations under the Corker legislation. Two of the documents – both of which are secret and one of »

Assessing Trump’s conservative conversion

Featured imageAs Steve wrote today in connection with Donald Trump, it’s not a sin to change one’s political and/or ideological affiliation, provided that the change is genuine. Nor is it always easy to determine whether a conversion is genuine. There are, however, a number of factors through which the authenticity of a conversation can be assessed. As we will see, if we apply these factors to Trump’s conversion to conservatism, it »

Reparations!

Featured imageI had thought the concept of reparations was a silliness limited to the United States, but no: it has caught on elsewhere. A movement has arisen in India to make Britain “pay reparations for 200 years of colonial rule.” My own view is that the colonial era brought the region that became India and Pakistan out of barbarism and into the light, but that opinion is not universally held: India’s »

Trump No Longer Even Pretends To Be a Republican

Featured imageScott Walker’s budget reforms in Wisconsin are one of modern conservatism’s greatest success stories. So why would Donald Trump attack them? Because 1) he is not a Republican, and 2) he is not a conservative. Trump went after Walker yesterday: “Wisconsin is in turmoil,” Trump told a boisterous crowd at a rally in Iowa. He pointed to the state’s roads, schools and hospitals, which he said were all “a disaster.” »

Annals of inanity

Featured imageSubmitted for your consideration and your entertainment pleasure, the video below of President Obama instructing the president of Kenya in the matter of “gay rights.” The Hill reports: President Obama on Saturday made a personal plea for gay rights during his visit to Kenya, warning that “bad things happen” when countries discriminate against certain groups of people. “As an African-American in the United States, I am painfully aware of the »

Inside higher ed: Reimagine this

Featured imageA faithful reader writes from deep inside higher education: One of my responsibilities is tracking down ads for our recent PhDs. I just came across this one for SDI Training Manager. It’s self-parody, and so is good for laughs. Until one looks up the office of the vice chancellor under whom the successful candidate for this $70,000 position (more money, incidentally, than most college professors make) would be working. That’s »

Birth of “Lolita”

Featured imageYesterday’s Wall Street Journal carries an interesting review of Robert Roper’s Nabokov in America. (Subtitle: On the Road to Lolita.) The review, by Ben Downing, appeared in the paper under the heading “The naturalization papers.” I’m generally familiar with Nabokov’s career, but I had missed the humorous details behind the success of Lolita, a tale told by a classically unreliable narrator: When, in 1947, Nabokov began contemplating what he described »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageJimmy Webb seems to me a songwriting genius. He has certainly made some permanent contributions to the Cosmic American Music. In 2010 Webb called on several of his friends and admirers to revisit a few of those contributions with him on the disc Just Across the River, recorded in Nashville. (He did it again, incidentally, for the 2013 disc Still Within the Sound of My Voice.) The friends who turned »

Former Gitmo inmates arrested on terrorism charges

Featured imageReuters reports that Belgium has arrested two former Guantanamo detainees on charges of terrorism. Both were held at Gitmo between 2001 and 2005. They were then sent to Belgium, spent time in prison there, and eventually were released. Now, according to the government of Belgium, they are promoting terrorism. Specifically, they are accused of seeking recruits to fight in Syria. Belgium is, per capita, the largest European supplier of Islamist »

Live from Norwalk, it’s Carly

Featured imageReader Dave Begley has reported for us from Iowa on appearances by presidential candidates including Democrat/Socialist Bernie Sanders and Republican candidate Scott Walker. Dave is a Nebraska resident who, like us, is a representative specimen of the kind of active conservative who participates in Republican caucuses and (in Dave’e case) primaries. Today Dave files this enthusiastic report on the appearance of Republican candidate Carly Fiorina in Iowa yesterday: I wore »

Open Thread: Some Interrogatories for Trumpeters

Featured imageA great many readers both here on Power Line and elsewhere are aligning with Trump and complaining that our criticisms are wrongheaded. Let me pose some “interrogatories,” as I call them in my graduate classroom, to see if we can clarify this discussion. Please comment below, and if you’re not signed up for Facebook or another of our comment filters, feel free to email me directly ([email protected]). I won’t be »

What Does Trump Believe?

Featured imageDonald Trump’s core political beliefs are a matter of hot controversy, because they have changed over the years. It is not a sin to change your positions both large and small (Ronald Reagan did, after all), and not all changes make you a “flip-flopper.” The question of whether Trump’s current views reflect a genuine change of mind because of more careful study on his part or conversions of convenience for »

The fire this time (4)

Featured imageAccording to Ta-Nehisi Coates in Between the World and Me, his widely acclaimed new book, “The problem with the police is not that they are fascist pigs but that our country is ruled by majoritarian pigs.” Later he decries “the horror of our prison system” and “the long war against the black body[.]” “Here is what I would like for you to know,” Coates confides to his son. “In America »

Trump, it seems, favors amnesty

Featured imageDonald Trump’s rhetoric on illegal immigration has helped push him to the top of the polls in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. His rivals have only themselves to blame. Three of the leading contenders for the nomination — Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker — have been soft or wobbly or both on the issue. Trump simply took advantage of the opening they provided. But Trump himself »

Background Check System Failed In Lafayette Murders

Featured imageJohn Russell Houser, the “drifter” who murdered two and wounded several more in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, was crazy as a loon. That isn’t unusual in such cases, but what is unusual is that Houser was involuntarily committed to a mental institution in 2008. That fact should have prevented him from buying the gun that he used to commit murder, but the federal government’s NICS system failed. The »

The Supreme Leader Tweets

Featured imageI had never looked at the Ayatollah Khameini’s Twitter feed until this morning, when Drudge linked to it. Here is the Supreme Leader’s latest tweet, from earlier today: US president has said he could knock out Iran’s military. We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but.. pic.twitter.com/D4Co7fVuVg — Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) July 25, 2015 I take it that is President Obama. My own view is that we should »

“Fair Housing” comes to Hillary’s home town

Featured imageIt’s not uncommon for constituents to visit their elected officials to ask for relief from government abuse. Yesterday, an elected official visited a constituent for the same purpose: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino walked up to the gated entrance to the Clinton home in this leafy hamlet on Friday, telling the guard he wanted to see Hillary. . . . Astorino, a Republican, had summoned reporters to the cul-de-sac outside »