Are Washington Republicans Incompetent?

Featured image It is almost unbelievable how badly Congressional Republicans have botched their opposition to President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty and the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. The House, under John Boehner’s direction, did the right thing: it passed a bill that fully funded DHS, but barred spending to implement the amnesty that has now been declared illegal by a federal court. The action then moved to the Senate, where »

The Obama Administration’s AR-15 Ammo Ban: What’s It All About?

Featured imageThe Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has unveiled a new “Framework For Determining Whether Certain Projectiles Are ‘Primarily Intended For Sporting Purposes.’” Under that rather bland rubric, ATF says that it will prohibit the sale of ammunition using the M855 bullet, which includes some of the most common types of ammunition used in AR-15 rifles. This gets rather technical, but briefly, what we are talking about here is the »

Blowback Against Democrats’ McCarthyite Investigation Continues

Featured imageWe have written here, here and here about House Democrats’ purported investigation of seven climate realists. Steven Hayward is proud to be one of the Magnificent Seven, and I interviewed him on the Laura Ingraham show this morning about the investigation. Pushback against the Democrats’ witch hunt is taking place on a variety of fronts. Yesterday a reporter from Politico, Alex Guillen, contacted Scott and me via email. Guillen said »

More Blowback

Featured imageThe American Meteorological Society, regarded as a mainstream science organization, has issued a strong statement critical of Rep. Grijalva’s “investigation,” whose central point is the same as mine yesterday.  You can find a PDF link at the top of the AMS website, but here’s the complete text of the letter (with a facsimilie below): Dear Representative Grijalva: Science and jurisprudence have in common the practice of the careful and critical »

From the mixed-up files of Ms. Hillary

Featured imageAlthough it has had to file a Freedom of Information Act to get it done, Judicial Watch has succeeded in extracting a portion of Benghazi-related emails from the State Department. Judicial Watch had sought “Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to notes, updates, or reports created in response to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S, Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This request includes but is not limited »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll titles this one LET ME GIVE YOU SOME ADVICE…She writes: I don’t care if you are a sane person who understands that there are two, and only two, “genders,” or more accurately, “sexes” (M & F), or if you are convinced that there are dozens of genders or none at all. It is – more or less – a free country except on college campuses, and you can »

Murdered By a Dreamer: Do Black Lives Matter?

Featured imageJamiel Shaw, Jr. was murdered by an illegal alien–a “dreamer”–the day after the dreamer was released from jail after a trivially short sentence for assault with a deadly weapon, and left to roam the streets rather than being deported. There have been many such stories; Jamiel Shaw’s story only came to light because his father, Jamiel Shaw, Sr., was called to testify before an Oversight Subcommittee hearing. His heartbreaking testimony »

Is MSNBC Giving Up on the Hard Left?

Featured imageChronically low ratings have led to a major shakeup at MSNBC. The network announced a week ago that it is canceling the shows hosted by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid. Variety now reports that those programs will be replaced by a two-hour show called “MSNBC Live With Thomas Roberts.” Variety says: Beset by significant ratings declines, MSNBC has been emphasizing reports on breaking news, rather than the issues-based discussion for »

While Grijalva grates

Featured imageFormer CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson asks herself how the media would treat a given behavior if it were practiced by a Republican. If the media would go ballistic, Attkisson suggests, the same behavior ought to be deemed newsworthy when a Democrat practices it. As she explains in her memoir Stonewalled, she calls it The Substitution Game. There is more than one reason why Attkisson resigned her employment with »

Three Non-Muslim Lone Wolves Arrested En Route to Join ISIS

Featured imageThree men, two in Brooklyn and one in Florida, have been arrested as two of them were about to depart for Turkey to join ISIS. Their names are Abror Habibov, Abdurasul Juraboev and Akhror Saidakhmetov; Juraboev and Habibov are from Uzbekistan, while Saidakhmetov is from Kazakhstan. Saidakhmetov is a legal permanent U.S. resident. Habibov entered the U.S. legally, but overstayed his visa. As has usually been the case with domestic »

Another Shot of Oakeshott

Featured imageFollowing up on my first installment a few days ago from Michael Oakeshott’s classic essay “On Being Conservative,” herewith my second-favorite passage from the essay, which I find can be effective in getting students to understand why Aristotle (among others) thinks the young are unsuited to the study—let alone practice—of politics: Everybody’s young days are a dream, a delightful insanity, a sweet solipsism. Nothing in them has a fixed shape, »

Punch Back Twice as Hard

Featured imageOur pals at the Energy and Environment Legal Institute issued the following press release today, which I post here in full: For Immediate Release: February 26, 2015 Contact: Craig Richardson Richardson@eelegal.org 703-981-5553 Following Rep. Grijalva Inspiration, E&E Legal Files FOIA Request with the University of Delaware Seeking Records Relating to the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Washington, D.C. — Today, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), in »

Author, Blogger, Philosopher Avijit Roy Murdered by Jihadists [Updated With Photograph]

Featured imageAvijit Roy, a native of Bangladesh, was an engineer by training, an atheist, the proprietor of a web site, and the author of a number of books. Recently, he has lived in the United States, but has been threatened with death by radical Muslims because of his religious and social views. His wife, Rafida Ahmed Bonna, was raised as a Muslim but supported Roy’s work as an atheist. Earlier today, »

The SecState who couldn’t shoot straight

Featured imageSecretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday. In response to a question posed by Rep. Gerald Connolly, Kerry cast doubt on the adverse judgment rendered by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the deal in process with Iran. As described by the AP, the terms of the coming deal will put Iran on a glide path to the acquisition of nuclear weapons over a »

Will the Clintons’ Greed Do Them In?

Featured imageIt has long been remarked that a certain Dogpatch air hangs over Bill and Hillary Clinton. They have, apparently, led separate lives for quite a few years, but one quality that they share is greed. Indeed, they seem unable to restrain that grasping instinct even when it undermines their presumably more important goals–as, for example, when Hillary extracts $300,000 from universities for 45 minutes of platitudes. Tomorrow’s Washington Post reports »

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Climate Skeptic?

Featured imageLet’s start by axing a simple question: If I say “two plus two equals four,” does the truth of that proposition depend on whether I’ve received a grant from the Charles G. Koch Foundation? Apparently it does for Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. He has sent letters to seven universities targeting seven academics who, according to the Democratic spokesman for the »

Why is this woman laughing?

Featured imageIn its annual Dubious Achievement Awards, Esquire magazine never failed to include a photo that captured Richard Nixon in an uncharacteristically humorous moment with the caption: “Why is this man laughing?” It was a joke of which Esquire never tired. Someone needs to bring the joke back in honor of the unspeakable Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, who yuks it up with Charlie Rose in the video below. Rice »