Fracking Nonsense, Debunked

Featured image Environmentalists who once praised natural gas as a “bridge fuel” predictably turned against hydraulic fracturing because it made gas cheap, abundant, and profitable—the three cardinal sins of green energy. (The first principle of “green energy” is that it isn’t acceptable unless it requires buckets of taxpayer cash to keep afloat, which thereby limits its abundance over time. And generates lots of the other kind of “green” for Al Gore and »

Boys and Girls Together at Verizon [Updated]

Featured imageA reader forwarded this photo–taken on an iPhone!–that constitutes, apparently, a Verizon ad on the back of the current issue of Sports Illustrated: Our reader writes: Attached is a scan from the Verizon ad on the back of this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated. It is very sweet until you notice that the boy and girl are seated in a locker room, complete with tile floors and benches. How topical. »

Senate Republicans block Lee Amendment, preserve AFFH

Featured imageThe Lee Amendment to defund President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation failed in the Senate yesterday because not enough Republicans backed it. The Amendment was tabled by a vote of 60-37. Jeremy Carl aptly describes this vote as a defeat for conservatism, community control, and common sense. It is a victory, as Carl says, for turning the federal government into a National Zoning board, forcing high density housing »

The Endless Enigma of Donald Trump

Featured imageTrump is likely to be puzzling us long after he finishes his second term in the White House (heh). Is he a would-be fascist, a mere authoritarian, a savvy “deal-maker,” or just an imperious narcissist? Or something else? Paul has already drawn our attention to Robert Kagan’s Washington Post article making the case that Trump is essentially a fascist. Fascism is a word that is hard to define with agreeable »

Undecided, Part Two

Featured imageI’m undecided about whether to vote for Donald Trump. Two recent columns, both anti-Trump, have helped me think about my decision. Readers who, like me, are struggling to decide may find one or both of them helpful. The first is by Michael Gerson, one of Trump’s most persistent Republican critics. Gerson’s piece helped me frame the issue, but didn’t didn’t move my needle. Gerson grudgingly (almost sarcastically) sets out a »

Judge Hanen blasts Obama’s Department of Lying for Injustice [with comments by Paul and John]

Featured imageAt NR, David French observes: In one of the most stinging court opinions I’ve ever read, federal district judge Andrew Hanen blasted Department of Justice officials for misleading the court during the course of executive amnesty litigation. What did the DOJ do?” French quotes the court’s words: In summary, this Court and opposing counsel were misled both in writing and in open court on multiple occasions as to when the »

“Minnesota men” go to trial (11)

Featured imageConspirator turned FBI informant Abdirahman Bashir testified all day Thursday. Bashir is one of three key witnesses, but if the prosecution has a star witness among them, it is probably Bashir. He is likely to remain on the stand through the half-day of the trial this morning. The highlight of Bashir’s testimony derives from his work undercover for the FBI once he turned informant in early 2014. He recorded conversations »

Today’s Hot Reads

Featured image1. Did former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell really say that Trump would lose because there are more ugly women in America? Yes, he did: “Will he [Donald Trump] have some appeal to working-class Dems in Levittown or Bristol? Sure,” Rendell said. “For every one, he’ll lose one and a half, two Republican women. Trump’s comments like, ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested, that’ll come back to haunt him.'” »

Annals of Economic Illiteracy

Featured imageMy first mentor in journalism right out of college, the great M. Stanton Evans, liked to point to mainstream media coverage of inflation for examples of head-smackingly superficial grasp of the issues. Most stories about inflation would say something like, “The consumer price index rose 1 percent last month, led by increases in food, gasoline, and housing,” as though it is was the price increases themselves that caused inflation, rather »

Sen. Tom Cotton on Crime and Justice in America

Featured imageSenator Tom Cotton delivered an important address today at the Hudson Institute on crime and justice in America. Cotton said he believes that the criminal-leniency bill in the Senate — which would, among other things, lead to the release of many thousands of federal drug felons from prison — is dead in this year’s Congress. What the Senator didn’t say is that he deserves much of the credit for rallying »

James Madison’s Ultimate Test

Featured imageGiven the lack of confidence in either of the two major party presidential presumptive nominees, earlier today I tweeted out the following thought-provoker: What prompted this was a passage from another old unpublished lecture of Harry V. Jaffa from 1996 that I happen to have found during recent book research: [Madison] believed that the statesmanship of the wise and the good that went into the architecture of the Constitution would »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll is thinking about BANANAS! She writes: In the 1971 Woody Allen comedy Bananas Woody plays a nebbish (Fielding Mellish) who becomes a revolutionary in a fictional Central American banana republic called San Marcos. The revolution succeeds. Woohoo! The old order is overthrown and the Castro-like character in fatigues, whom Fielding supports, assumes power. At which point it becomes apparent that the incoming dictator is, in fact, “bananas.” The »

Indians to Redskins name-change advocates: Get a life

Featured imageNine in 10 Native Americans say they are not offended by the Washington Redskins name, according to a new Washington Post poll. This is basically the same result produced by the last major survey on this matter, conducted by Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2004. Thus, the national movement to force the Redskins to change their name, though successful with many white liberals, has utterly failed to move the needle »

Senate Committee Exposes Scofflaw Obama Administration

Featured imageToday the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest conducted a hearing on declining deportations and increasing releases of criminal aliens by the Obama administration. President Obama’s refusal to enforce the law, in violation of his most fundamental constitutional duty, is a scandal. These are excerpts from Senator Jeff Sessions’ opening statement: [A]s we will examine in today’s hearing, rather than truly prioritizing the removal of certain types of »

Not Gonna Call These Gals, Part 2

Featured imageBack in March we noted that the trailer for the forthcoming high-estrogen remake of Ghostbusters looked dreadful, and subsequently YouTube viewers marked down the trailer by a massive margin. There’s a new trailer out yesterday, and it looks even worse: Another sign, as Ed Driscoll and Glenn Reynolds like to point out, that Hollywood not only lacks news ideas, but now is losing its ability to re-do the better old »

Minnesota men go to trial (10)

Featured imageConspirator turned FBI informant Abdirahman Bashir continued his testimony this morning. Bashir sought to join ISIS in Syria during 2013 along with the defendants. Just before lunch he testified that the FBI told him they would help him get his job back at the airport if he cooperated. What??? Bashir would therefore have been employed at the airport while he was seeking to join ISIS. Assistant Untied States Attorney just »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 36: “Frankfurters All the Way Down”

Featured imageThis episode of the Power Line Show features an interview with Michael Walsh about his fascinating recent book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West. Walsh explains how most of the nihilistic radicalism of our time derives from the “Frankfurt School,” the group of mid-20th century emigre philosophers whose eclectic post-Marxist thought can be found at the root of nearly everything wrong »