Samantha Power doubles down on Emma Sulkowicz’s bogus rape claim

Featured image Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, delivered the commencement address at Barnard College on Sunday. Consistent with her ridiculous tweet of the same day, Power compared the situation of women in the U.S. with those in Afghanistan. As Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reports: Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the graduating class at all-female Barnard College that women continue to suffer »

The Crisis of the Administrative State, Part 5: Government as Faction

Featured imageThe whole point of a limited government republic with the separation of powers and other constitutional safeguards is to keep government as a neutral force between factions and interests.  (See: Madison, Federalist #10. Rinse and repeat.) But today’s administrative state—the increasingly independent fourth branch of government—has transformed government into its own special interest faction, lobbying itself on behalf of itself—increasingly in partisan ways. Case in point is a front page »

Mad Men signs off with class and aplomb

Featured imageThe final episode of Mad Men, the long running hit cable show, aired last night. If you haven’t seen it but plan to, read no further. Mad Men is an overrated show, but that’s mainly because no television show could be as good as gushing liberals deem it. Why do liberals love Mad Men so? I think it’s because it tells them that America in the early 1960s was not »

There’s something about Katy (and Lizzy)

Featured imageI found Corey Kilgannon’s Saturday Saturday New York Times story to be worthy of note and thought readers might find it of interest. Kilgannon’s story is variously headlined “Long separated, sisters have a college reunion” (in the paper, where it caught my eye) and “2 women moved to write stories uncover a surprisingly personal one” (online). I found it a touching story with plenty of material for further reflection. Here »

Obama’s Middle East Policy Is In a State of Collapse

Featured imageYou know it’s bad when even the Associated Press notices: “Rout In Ramadi Calls US Iraq Strategy Into Question.” The fall of Ramadi calls into question the Obama administration’s strategy in Iraq. Is there a Plan B? The current U.S. approach is a blend of retraining and rebuilding the Iraqi army, prodding Baghdad to reconcile with the nation’s Sunnis, and bombing Islamic State targets from the air without committing American »

The Truth About Benghazi Slowly Emerges

Featured imageYears ago, Judicial Watch served Freedom of Information Act requests relating to Benghazi on the Defense Department and the State Department. The Obama administration stonewalled, as always, so Judicial Watch eventually had to sue to enforce its rights under FOIA. That lawsuit has been going on for more than two years, as the Obama administration continued to resist producing relevant documents. Finally, on September 9, 2014, a federal court in »

Hillary Clinton and “the young and the diverse”

Featured imageWhy is Hillary Clinton is tacking so hard to the left even though no semi-formidable leftist has yet expressed interest in opposing her for the Democratic presidential nomination? According to Anne Gearan of the Washington Post, the answer is that Hillary hopes to win the general election by assembling the same coalition that twice elected Barack Obama. According to the Clinton advisers Gearan interviewed, the campaign has concluded (1) that »

And Now Hillary Bids to Ruin Everyone’s Summer

Featured imageAt least that’s how Saturday Night Live took another whack at Hillary this weekend. If you’ve lost SNL. . . (Video about 6:30 long, but worth it.) »

Blue-State Infrastructure

Featured imageLast week’s Amtrak crash and the Democrats’ shameful effort to blame it on Republicans have focused attention on the nation’s infrastructure. Which makes Joel Pollak’s piece at Breitbart’s Big Government timely. Pollak writes: The next time a lefty claims that the greedy Republicans in Washington are starving our nation’s infrastructure, look no further than the Democrats in Sacramento. California is a one-party state in which Democrats can do almost anything »

How Republican Candidates Should Answer Questions About Iraq

Featured imageLately reporters have been asking Republican presidential candidates to admit that the Iraq war was a mistake. The candidates have handled such questions with varying degrees of deftness. But so far, none has responded with: “You are asking whether I think Hillary Clinton made a mistake in voting for it?” After the necessary backing and filling by the interviewer, the candidate can proceed with this answer: “No. The mistake was »

ISIS loses a bigwig, gains Ramadi

Featured imageThere are two big stories about ISIS this weekend. U.S. forces have killed an ISIS leader in Syria and ISIS has taken control of Ramadi, just 80 miles from Baghdad. The first story seems to be getting most of the press; it’s the headline story in today’s Washington Post. But the second strikes me as more significant. In my view, the most notable thing about the killing of Abu Sayyaf, »

Samantha Power and the analogy from hell

Featured imageSamantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has tweeted the following: From a wmn carrying a mattress on her campus to Afghanistan’s Wmn’s Nat Cycling Team, reaching true equality req showing change is possible. The woman with a mattress is, as Katie Pavlich explains, a reference to Emma Sulkowicz. She is the Columbia University student who carried a mattress around the campus as part of her “carry that »

Civil War on the Left, Part 19

Featured imageI recall back in the 1980s that you could always count on Duke political scientist and “Sovietologist” Jerry Hough to take the wrong line on everything. Reagan was a dunce, the Soviets are normal folks just like us, détente is dandy, the arms buildup is bad—the whole catechism. You wondered sometimes whether he was on the Soviets’ payroll. So it is with some delight to see this octogenarian grandee of liberalism »

Weasel words from a weasel

Featured imageABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos failed to disclose his $75,000 in contributions and other connections to the Clinton Foundation as he interrogated Peter Schweizer regarding his book Clinton Cash. He didn’t mention his work as a campaign operative and administration official on behalf of Bill Clinton either, but ABC viewers are apparently assumed to bring that knowledge to the table. (Wrong, but who are we to judge?) When Stephanopoulos’s contributions »

Obama takes a softer tone on Israel, but why?

Featured imageHerb Keinon of the Jerusalem Post finds that President Obama has recently adopted a softer tone towards Israel. For example, over the weekend, Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, a reporter for a Saudi-owned pan-Arab television network, asked Obama who bears responsibility for him not having reached a deal that would usher in a Palestinian state. Obama’s answer was uncharacteristically balanced. He responded that “the politics inside of Israel and the politics among the »

What Stephanopoulos still hasn’t disclosed

Featured imageGeorge Stephanopoulos has admitted, under pressure, that he is a donor to the Clinton Foundation. He has also acknowledged that he should have so informed his viewers before attempting to light into Peter Schweizer and feebly trying to discredit Peter’s reporting about the Clinton Foundation on the grounds that he worked (for a few months) as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush. But there is much Stephanopoulos has yet »

Netanyahu on the Lausanne framework, &c.

Featured imagePrime Minister Netanyahu gave a speech in Israel’s Knesset last week on the seventieth anniversary of VE Day. As is his custom, Netanyahu drew the lesson for today. The Jerusalem Post reported on and quoted from Netanyahu’s speech: The lesson from World War II is not to back down from an extremist regime whose platform includes genocide and conquering other states, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, referring to »