Obama and the Democrats Shamefully Smear Jeb Bush

Featured image Yesterday the Democrats, always eager to find distractions from their failed domestic and foreign policies, seized on the Oregon shootings as an excuse to change the subject. In particular, they used that terrible crime to smear Jeb Bush. According to the Democrats, Bush blew off the Oregon shootings by saying “stuff happens.” The Democrats, as one, picked up on the meme. This tweet came from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: A message for »

After Seven Recovery Summers…

Featured imageThe last recession officially ended, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, in June 2009. By now, September 2015, we should be in the middle, or perhaps the later stages, of an economic boom, having enjoyed years of strong economic growth, job creation and rising private sector incomes. Instead, our economy has never exited the recovery stage, and we have just concluded the seventh “recovery summer” of the Obama »

Politicize this

Featured imageEarly Thursday evening, before the dead had been counted, before their bodies were cold, before the relevant facts were known, President Obama chose to make a characteristically obnoxious statement on the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon (video below, text here). Obama’s remarks are deserving of the derision that John heaped on them in “Obama: Never let a mass shooting go to waste.” Why would Obama speak before »

A word from Stephen Knott

Featured imageStephen Knott is professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College and the coauthor of a new book on the relationship between George Washington, the indispensable man, and Alexander Hamilton, an indomitable genius among the founders. We invited Professor Knott to write something that would allow us to bring the book to the attention of Power Line readers. Professor Knott has graciously responded with this message: Washington and »

The Weak in Pictures: Putin Clocks Obama Edition

Featured imageThere are times when President Obama looks weak, and then there are times when President Obama looks like he’s on the other side. Has a president ever been so humiliated by the actions of an adversary? Putin must wonder how pathetic Obama and his team really are. I expect he’ll send along a “reset” button some day. He’s already resetting the Soviet-era hegemony over parts of Eastern Europe and the »

Bipartisan sentencing reform proposal would free gun-carrying felons

Featured imageAs 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, »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »