Fake Indian takes real scalp

Featured image Senator Elizabeth Warren is a blatantly fake Indian, but late last month she took a real (if metaphorical) scalp. Warren prompted the Brookings Institution to force the resignation of the Brookings-affiliated scholar Robert Litan. Litan had been affiliated with Brookings off and on for some 40 years. Once Warren complained about him to Brookings President Strobe Talbott, however, Brookings snapped to attention. Litan promptly resigned his unpaid position with Brookings. »

Hillary’s emails: What the FBI is up to

Featured imageIn response to my post about the FBI’s prospects for recovering Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails, now that a number of important devices are (or soon will be) in its possession, a reader writes: As both a lawyer and computer forensics specialist, I can tell you that what is quite likely happening is that the FBI is reconstructing Mrs. Clinton’s previous email data universe by mining several data sources. The State »

Cyberattacks & a Clinton hack

Featured imageThree Associated Press reporters collaborate on an article exploring cyberattacks on Hillary Clinton’s email server after she left office in 2013. The attacks originated in China, South Korea, and Germany; they appear to have been blocked by a threat monitoring product connected to her network in late 2013. I assume that the attacks were detected (not just blocked, if they were blocked) by software, though that is not entirely clear. »

Don’t Look Now, But. . .

Featured imageWe’ve been periodically taking note of China’s wavering economy (here in July for instance), and speculated about how things would get interesting if they started dumping their large holdings of U.S. debt. Well: Once the Biggest Buyer, China Starts Dumping U.S. Government Debt Central banks around the world are selling U.S. government bonds at the fastest pace on record, the most dramatic shift in the $12.8 trillion Treasury market since »

Experts see Hillary’s deleted emails as recoverable

Featured imageEarlier today I suggested that the FBI has a decent shot at recovering Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails now that it possesses or is about to possess (1) Clinton’s server, (2) the Platte River server and a second Platte River device associated with the server, (3) Datto Inc.’s node that allowed it to store data from Clinton’s server on its cloud, and (4) four servers just seized from State Department headquarters. »

Hillary on Pacific Trade Pact: She Was For It Before She Was Against It

Featured imageHillary must be getting desperate. With news leaking out that organized labor, the Teamsters in particular, are withholding an endorsement and might even endorse a Republican next year, Hillary is desperate to keep unions in the fold. Even if she holds off Bernie Sanders and Slow-Joe, without strong union support she probably can’t win in November. So today Hillary announced that she opposes the new Pacific trade agreement that she »

Why the Big Banks Love Democrats

Featured imageSince the financial collapse of 2008, the nation’s largest banks have seen their profits boom, as their share of the market has grown. Reuters reports: Profits have soared since the global financial crisis at the five biggest U.S. banks with market-making dealing operations, New York Federal Reserve economists said in an article released on Wednesday. From 2009 to 2014, the combined net income of J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Bank of America, »

FBI to take second device from Hillary’s IT company

Featured imageThe Daily Caller reports that Platte River, the IT company hired by Hillary Clinton to manage her private email network, will turn over a second Clinton-related device to the FBI this week. Platte River previously gave the FBI the server Clinton maintained as secretary of state. Now, it will turn over a separate device manufactured by a company called Datto Inc. Platte River calls the second machine “a simple device »

The Appeal of Trump, Explained

Featured imageI don’t know who Friend Dog Studios are, but I think they’ve nailed Donald Trump with this nice piece of work (about two minutes long): »

Enviros to Africa: Stay Poor and Die Early

Featured imageFurther to the point of Scott’s post earlier about the shallow-mindedness of environmentalists, I’ve recently obtained a leaked copy of a draft letter from the usual gang of pecksniffs (Oxfam, Sierra Club, etc) to the U.S. Senate demanding changes to the Electrify Africa Act of 2015, and it is an even worse parody than the witless Sierra Club president before Sen. Cruz. The facsimile here is a little small and »

Joy of cooking

Featured imageThe video below shows Senator Cruz questioning Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on the alleged phenomenon formerly known as global warming. The video runs a highly entertaining nine minutes or so. It may make you curious about Mair’s background. The Sierra Club has posted a profile of Mair here. My impression, possibly mistaken, is that Mair doesn’t know what he’s talking about — that he is unfamiliar with the terms »

Revisiting Robert Nisbet on Environmentalism

Featured imageSince I’m in a mood to beat down on environmentalists today, I decided to dust off the late Robert Nisbet’s charming 1982 book, Prejudices: A Philosophical Dictionary. The book was a direct emulation of Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary, and the entry on environmentalism is not to be missed. Samples include: It is entirely possible that when the history of the 20th century is finally written, the single most important social movement »

Gun Control In Five Easy Steps

Featured imageOn firearms, Democrats, including President Obama, have started to come out of the closet. What they really want is to ban the private ownership of guns. The Reason video below explains how that can be done, in five easy steps. The video’s real point is that the Democrats’ “common sense reforms” have nothing to do with achieving any practical policy goal. Rather, like so much of our politics, they are »

Scrutonizing American Conservatism

Featured imageLater this week I’m away to Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, for a conference Friday afternoon with—and about the works of—philosopher Roger Scruton. If you’re in the Memphis area and would like to come, it is free and open to the public. Here are the full details. My paper, which I’m struggling mightily to finish today, is entitled “What American Conservatives Should Learn from Roger Scruton.” Beyond the obvious opening »

Chairman Grassley then and now

Featured imageCharles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is sponsoring the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (SRCA). That Act would mandate shorter sentences for certain drug offenders and cause the immediate release of many drug felons, including some who carried guns when they committed the drug offense. If the Senate passes this legislation, it will do so mainly because of Chairman Grassley’s support. But in March, Grassley gave »

AP Documents Four Attempts to Sell Nuclear Material to ISIS

Featured imageAn Associated Press investigation has documented at least four attempts by criminal gangs to sell nuclear materials to ISIS. All of these attempts occurred in Moldava, and likely are not the only ones to have taken place in recent years. The AP article is long and worth reading in its entirety. An excerpt: The previously unpublicized case is one of at least four attempts in five years in which criminal »

“Covering up some shady s–t”

Featured imageIn the adjacent post, Paul considers the news that Madam Hillary reduced her email storage maintained by Platte River in late 2014 and early 2015, after she had turned over printed out paper copies of the emails to The State Department. Her team twice instructed Platte River to reduce the amount of email data stored during each server backup by decreasing the backup time period for email retention. The change »