Mike McCaul: the wrong man to run Dept. of Homeland Security

Featured image Like nearly all conservatives I know, I’ve been impressed by most of Donald Trump’s selections for key posts in his administration. Jeff Sessions, Mike Pompeo, Tom Price, Gen. James Mattis, and Nikki Haley all seem like excellent choices. Trump hasn’t yet selected a head for the Department of Homeland Security. Under current conditions, this job is as important as any in the administration. One of the frontrunners is said to »

The crying game, Clinton style

Featured imageThe insufferable prigs who ran the Clinton campaign in the spirit of their candidate remain embedded in the first stage of grief. They’re still deep into the racism shtick and all that jazz. They therefore did their thing with (or to) Kellyanne Conway and Corey Lewandowski yesterday in the roundtable discussion on the general election in the quadrennial post-election review at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. If I understand correctly, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll rubs it in with great dexterity as she wonders IF A CELEBRITY THREATENS TO LEAVE, AND NOBODY CARES, IS SHE STILL A CELEBRITY? She writes: One time, maybe 25 years ago, a male client whose workforce was mostly female was wearing a gag t-shirt at the holiday party where I entertained. He explained that it had been a gift from his wife and four daughters and his employees »

Trump derangement strikes deep

Featured imageAt American Thinker, Tom Lifson declares that he may have found “the ultimate symbol of Trump derangement syndrome” (video below). The video tells a short story with an O. Henry sort of twist. Conservative Treehouse provides this précis of the short story: Philadelphia police posted a CCTV video asking for help in identifying two suspects who were caught on camera spray painting anti-Trump graffiti on an upscale grocery store in »

Trump Appoints Gen. Mattis as Defense Secretary

Featured imageThis has been rumored for a while, but still: Donald Trump continues his winning streak with the appointment of General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense: Mattis, 66, is a Marine Corps general who retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command. His selection raises questions about increased military influence in a job designed to insure civilian control of the armed forces. The concerns revolve »

Gen. Mattis reportedly tabbed for Secretary of Defense

Featured imageThe Washington Post reports that Donald Trump has picked retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to be secretary of defense. Team Trump has not confirmed this report. Gen. Mattis retired from the military four years ago. Under federal law, defense secretaries must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years. Thus, Congress will be called on to grant an exception for Gen. Mattis, as it did for General »

One More Positive Effect of Trump’s Win

Featured imageThe Associated Press reports that President Obama has decided to back off on anti-Israel moves in the wake of President-elect Trump’s victory: President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, U.S. officials said, indicating Obama will likely avoid one last row with Israel’s government as he leaves office. Frustrated by the lack of progress, Obama »

A not ready for prime time player [With Comment by John]

Featured imageFor the past 10 years the Star Tribune has shielded Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison from serious scrutiny. The Star Tribune has reported the apologetics of Ellison and his devoutly liberal Jewish supporters as facts. They are not. Ellison’s success in misleading the hometown crowd has deluded him into thinking he is ready for prime time as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He is not. Allison Sherry’s pathetic piece »

Should Claire McCaskill determine who will replace Scalia?

Featured imageWho is the eighth best (or least bad) Democratic Senator? If you answered “I don’t give damn” you are wrong. Under current rules, the eighth best Democratic Senator holds veto power over the person Donald Trump will select to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court. Confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee requires 60 votes. There will be 52 Republican Senators in the Senate that decides whether to confirm Trump’s »

Professor watching

Featured imageTurning Point USA (TPUSA), a conservative organization made up of high school and college students, has compiled a website database of more than 200 professors at universities across the nation who, in the view of the organization, “discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” The website is called Professor Watchlist. This has outraged the left which, inevitably, complains of “McCarthyism” by TPUSA. Annabel Scott at the »

Is Russia Preparing to Invade Ukraine?

Featured imageLondon’s Sun isn’t much of a newspaper. Most of its articles are about crime, actresses on vacation and reality TV actors behaving badly. But even the Sun knows that the potential outbreak of war in Central Europe is worth covering: Russia is reportedly deploying a massive army on the Ukrainian border amid fears of an imminent invasion which risks destabilising Eastern Europe. Ukraine‘s Deputy Defence Minister Ihor Dolhov says a »

You Are Invited, One Week From Today!

Featured imageIf you live in or near the Twin Cities, December 8 is a big day. At noon, my think tank will sponsor a lunch forum starring Heather Mac Donald, author of The War On Cops. We are expecting a crowd of 500 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. More than 100 law enforcement personnel will be honored, on behalf of all Minnesota law enforcement. It is going to be »

Illegal voting and what to do about it [UPDATED]

Featured imageDonald Trump says that illegal voting may have put Hillary Clinton ahead of him in the popular vote. Clinton leads Trump by around 2.5 million votes, so the president-elect’s claim seems far-fetched. However, as Hans von Spakovsky and John Fund explain in the Wall Street Journal, we simply don’t know the extent of illegal voting in American elections. Moreover, the Obama administration has done everything it can to keep it »

Remembering Roddie Edmonds

Featured imageSteve Hayward’s book Patriotism Is Not Enough is forthcoming on February 14, 2017. The book is rich in reflections occasioned by a close reading of the intellectual history Steve takes up. In the introduction Steve quotes Walter Berns’s understanding of the Founders to the effect that “the making of patriots cannot be left to chance.” Later in the book Steve writes that “the tyrant of the ‘liberated self’ cannot be »

Kellogg’s: Not too gr-r-reat!

Featured imageJohn proposed that readers boycott Kellogg in response to the company’s announcement that it is pulling its advertising from Breitbart. Many readers have responded with messages to Kellogg’s on which we have been copied. I particularly enjoyed this one, which I thought other readers might find of interest as well: I read Mr. Hinderaker’s excellent post about Kellogg pulling its advertising from Breitbart.com. You may remember when the company refused »

Must the Constitution Protect Flag Burning? [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageDemocrats are burning American flags in violent demonstrations and riots across the country, which led Donald Trump to re-ignite an old debate with a tweet: Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016 Trump’s suggestion that flag burning should not be treated as protected »

Investigation confirms absence of wrongdoing in Charlotte shooting

Featured imageIn September, rioting broke out in Charlotte, North Carolina after a black police officer shot and killed Kenneth Lamont Scott. Mr. Scott was an African-American who, according to the police, pulled a gun and refused to drop it. From the beginning, the shooting looked justified, but we couldn’t tell for sure until the matter was thoroughly investigated. Now, with the investigation complete, it is clear that there was no wrongdoing »