Where was Harold Koh?

Featured image Harold Koh is a left-wing law professor. He teaches at Yale law school where he once was the Dean. Koh served as Legal Adviser at the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State. We criticized the selection of Koh for this key post here and here. Among our concerns was the fact that Koh was a prominent supporter of the FAIR v. Rumsfeld litigation. In that case, »

“Minnesota men” go to trial (17)

Featured imageWell, I went to the trial yesterday and a fight broke out. Waiting in the hallway to enter the courtroom at the appointed hour, the hallway was thick with those of us wanting to take a seat inside. I stood directly behind a young Somali lady wearing a hijab. As she started pushing and shoving, she repeatedly dropped the F-bomb at maximum volume within shouting distance of the jury. One »

A Dog’s Breakfast of Genders and Species

Featured imageForget gender categories. Last month we reported on the human being who is transitioning into a dragon, along with the prescient perception of Harry Jaffa thirty years ago that “Whether you want to belong to the human race is now a matter of personal preference.” More evidence of this comes today from The Guardian: The men who live as dogs: ‘We’re just the same as any person on the high »

Crime as an issue in 2016

Featured imageBill Otis wonders whether crime will be a significant issue in the 2016 presidential election. It could. Although the crime rate remains low compared to what it was in the days when crime policy was a major issue (and a winning one for Republicans), crime has spiked in many cities and drug addiction has soared. Moreover, the two presidential candidates set the issue up nicely. Donald Trump is a tough »

Trump blasts Susana Martinez

Featured imageSusana Martinez is the two-term governor of New Mexico. In 2013, she was reelected with 57 percent of the vote. She chairs the Republican Governors Association. Martinez is one of the most prominent Hispanics in the Republican party, and probably the GOP’s leading Hispanic female (or Latina, if you prefer). Given Donald Trump’s poor standing with Hispanics and females, you might think that Gov. Martinez would be on the tycoon’s »

Inspector General Blasts Hillary’s Violation of Email Rules

Featured imageToday the State Department’s Inspector General released his fourth and final report on FOIA compliance, preservation of electronic records and use of non-departmental systems in the Department. Today’s report covers the offices of Secretaries of State going back to Madeline Albright, but its harsh findings are reserved for Secretary Hillary Clinton. First the report in its entirety, then some excerpts and comments below. Emphasis added throughout: ESP-16-03-Final The Inspector General »

Tom Cotton Tells the Truth About Harry Reid

Featured imageIn 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? »

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 »

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 »

Bathroom Break

Featured imageOf all the publications you’d expect to be in full sympathy with Transgender Bathroom Nihilism (TBN), The New Yorker would have to be high on the list. So it is notable when that august publication takes note of the incoherence and legal pitfalls of the Obama Administration’s recent diktat on the subject. The New Yorker thinks it may well unravel Title IX—a thing much to be hoped for: It is »

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 »

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 »