Bipartisan sentencing reform proposal would free gun-carrying felons

Featured image As John noted, President Obama barely waited for the blood to dry in Oregon before seizing on the mass shooting at a community college to call for “common sense gun safety laws.” Ironically, at just about the same time a bipartisan group of Senators was introducing criminal sentencing reform legislation that would cause the release from jail of criminals who carried guns while committing drug felonies. As Bill Otis explains, »

Power Line Visits Grand Rapids, Celebrates Gerald Ford

Featured imageI’m just back from a whirlwind day and a half in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I took in the annual meeting of the State Policy Network and delivered a few brief remarks at the Roe Award dinner Thursday night. I was present at one of the early meetings of SPN in the late 1980s with the late Tom Roe of South Carolina. He had a vision to spread a network »

Well, Rats: Oceans Not Dying After All

Featured imageOne of the leading talking points of the climatistas is that we’re going to turn to oceans into giant acid vats that will melt your toes off if we don’t turn over our car keys to Al Gore. Well, Science magazine this week reports a whole lot of cold salt water on the theory. Here’s the full squib: Resilience of the oceans revealed   Shahid Naeem Earth will witness a massive »

Farming In Fear

Featured imageEarlier this week, I attended an event in Michigan that included a screening of a brand-new documentary called Farming In Fear. The film, just 28 minutes long, tells the story of Martha Boneta, who bought a small farm in Virginia and tried to make a go of it by selling produce and so on. She was viciously harassed by a variety of government agencies and environmental groups who evidently intended »

Obama and Guns: Then and Now

Featured imageJohn has already noted Obama’s demagoguery about guns yesterday, where Obama praised the Australian decision 10 years ago to confiscate all guns. (Question: how is that the proposal to deport 11 million illegal aliens is said to be impossible, but confiscation over 300 million guns isn’t? I’m sure the drug gangs will be the first to comply with such a program.) Here’s Obama in 2008: “I just want to be »

How Rand Paul Got Trumped [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageBack in the old days when Jerry Taylor was at the Cato Institute, he used to bust my chops regularly and mercilessly for the slightest tergiversation from free market orthodoxy. But as he’s a really smart guy, and because his boisterously astringent style is so much fun, I never minded being on the receiving end. Nowadays Jerry has become some kind of low grade climatista, and is plumping for a »

It’s Time to Stop Feeding the Delusions of Mass Murderers

Featured imageLast night I wrote that the most effective measure to reduce the number of mass shootings would be to stop publicizing the names and purported grievances of perpetrators. The principal motivation of these deranged criminals is to become famous–as they see it, to go down in history. The Umpqua Community College murderer confirmed this once again when he wrote, prior to his rampage, “The more people you kill, the more »

“Truth” and other lies

Featured imageThe film Truth premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12. Starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, the film retells the Rathergate scandal based on Mary Mapes’s memoir Truth and Duty. I must be one of the few people in the United States actually to have read the book. Mapes is the hero of her memoir and the hero of the film. »

Bipartisan sentencing reform introduced; career prosecutors denounce it

Featured imageToday, as expected, a bipartisan collection of Senators introduced sentencing reform legislation. The nine Senators sponsoring the legislation are: Grassley, Graham, Cornyn, and Lee on the Republican side and a rogue’s gallery of Democrats — Leahy, Durbin, Schumer, Whitehouse, and Booker. The last of these Democrats, a teller of tale tales, is credited with much of the work. The legislation could have been worse, but it isn’t worthy of passage »

Netanyahu’s message

Featured imagePrime Minister Netanyahu delivered an address to the United Nations General Assembly this afternoon (video below, about 42 minutes, also posted here by C-SPAN). The Prime Minister’s Office has posted the text of the speech here. David Horovitz provides a useful guide to the speech in his column “Netanyahu silently indicts the world.” This is an angry speech that is directed in part to President Obama, in part to Obama’s »

How Jonah Goldberg Became Jonah Goldberg! (Part 1)

Featured imageA few weeks back when Jonah Goldberg and I were cruising the Baltic Sea attempting to spot Putin’s subs, undermine Russian autocracy, and re-enacting the Kronstadt rebellion as we sailed close by that memorial of early Leninist terror, I sat down with Jonah not to discuss current issues, but how he came to be a conservative in the first place. Here he explains his childhood and education. We had trouble »

Demand hearings on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

Featured imageChuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, calls the newly introduced Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (SRCA) “a landmark piece of legislation.” Julie Stewart, the president of an anti-mandatory minimums organization, calls it, correctly, “the most significant sentencing reform legislation in a generation.” So when do the hearings on this momentous act begin? Never, it appears — unless the demand for them becomes irresistible. As I noted »

Another Comic Speaks Truth to PC Power

Featured imageThis time it’s Colin Quinn, who I first took to liking when he hosted the splendidly wacky “Remote Control” on MTV back in the 1980s. Here, in under two minutes, he skewers all of the trendy politically correct jargon of the campus left. (Hat tip: The College Fix.) »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll has a short course on the natural history of WEASEL WORDS. She writes: Any living language can mutate. A friend in college said he had studied some kind of High German for reading philosophy. When he tried to use that language conversationally in a visit to Germany, he learned he was speaking the equivalent of English from Chaucer. “Prithee canst thou tell me, sire, where might be the »

Obama: Never Let a Mass Shooting Go To Waste!

Featured imageEarlier today, a 26-year-old man named Chris Mercer murdered 10 people at a community college in Oregon. At this moment, little is known about Mercer or his motives. (No doubt he had grievances.) Three handguns and a rifle reportedly were recovered at the site, but we don’t know whether he obtained those firearms legally or illegally. At this point, it is hard to say anything intelligent about the shootings except »

Syria Shapes Up As Another Immigration Debacle

Featured imageToday, the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest conducted an oversight hearing on the administration’s plan to increase the number of refugees admitted to the United States by approximately 200,000 over the next two years, with the increase largely attributable to Syrian refugees. Four administration officials testified. After the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Sessions summed up the conclusions that emerged: * We do not have access to any »

Answer this

Featured imageThe headline over the McClatchy story by Anita Kumar and Greg Gordon on the latest batch of Madam Hillary’s official email to be released by the State Department framed in terms of unanswered questions, giving no idea of the mind-boggling lead-in: At least 400 emails that Hillary Clinton sent or received through her private computer server while secretary of state contained classified material, according to the State Department’s latest update »