The Ossoff variations

Featured image The jejune Jon Ossoff fell just short of winning the special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District yesterday. He will face Republican Karen Handel in the runoff election in June. The contest therefore shapes up as a conventional Democrat versus Republican matchup rather than the cage match of yesterday’s special election with a field of 18 candidates. America Rising has posted a clip of Ossoff fielding questions from CNN’s Alisyn »

A footnote on the Doolittle Raid

Featured imageA reader writes to add a comment on my post noting the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Doolittle Raid yesterday: Because it was not at all obvious, reporters asked FDR from where the Doolittle raid bombers were launched. He just smiled and answered: “Shangri-La!” This great answer added to the mystique and psychological impact of the raid and maintained complete secrecy. In contrast, within hours of the killing of Osama bin »

Ossoff update [UPDATED]

Featured imageDemocratic candidate Jon Ossoff is just below 50 percent in his quest to wrest Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District from Republican control. The last tally I saw (a little before midnight on Tuesday) had him at 48.6 percent. If Ossoff doesn’t hit the 50 percent (plus one vote) mark, he will face a runoff. At 48.6 percent, I think you’d have to like his chances. However, Ossoff’s number has been declining »

Trump finds Iran in compliance with nuclear deal

Featured imageThe State Department informed Congress Tuesday that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal and that it will continue relief from sanctions under the agreement. It added: “Notwithstanding, Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods.” The State Department also told Congress that the administration has undertaken a full review of the agreement to evaluate whether continued sanctions relief is in the national interest. »

In re Bill O’Reilly

Featured imageBill O’Reilly reportedly is fighting for his television life because a woman, Wendy Walsh, claims the talk show host asked her to come to his hotel room and, when she declined, he retaliated by dropping her as a regular guest on his show and reneging on an alleged promise to help her land her own show on Fox News. Walsh has not raised this claim in a court of law, »

The scandal in Arkansas

Featured imageArkansas is in the news because its governor, Asa Hutchinson, has scheduled eight executions by lethal injection during an 11 day period. The Washington Post says this pace is “unmatched in the modern era.” Arkansas hasn’t executed anyone in more than a decade, but wants to move quickly now because one of the drugs the state uses in lethal injections has an “expiration” date of this month. The media is »

Allahu Akbar!

Featured imageA 39-year-old man named Kori Ali Muhammad went on a rampage in Fresno today: A man shot and killed three people in downtown Fresno on Tuesday before surrendering to authorities, the Fresno Police Department said. The suspect was identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, a 39-year-old man who was wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard outside a motel Thursday, said Police Chief Jerry Dyer. The FBI »

Remember the Doolittle Raid

Featured imageIf you’ve ever learned the story of Doolittle’s Raid and Doolittle’s Raiders, you remember. After Pearl Harbor, as Japan was racking up victories in the Pacific, then Army Air Force Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle led something like a suicide mission to bomb Tokyo. Today is the seventy-fifth anniversary of Doolittle’s Raid. On the occasion Gerald Skoning recalls the story’s highlights in “How Doolittle little did so much for so many »

Urgent: Trump’s “Read My Lips” Moment

Featured imageFew of Donald Trump’s campaign promises were as clear and emphatic as his pledge to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, which I have often called the Kellogg-Briand Pact of climate diplomacy, arising from—to borrow Churchill’s great phrase about the disarmament fetish of the 1930s—the “prolonged and solemn farce” of the UN climate change circus. But there is widespread reporting that the Trump White House is going »

How low can the Times go?

Featured imageYesterday the New York Times published an op-ed column by Marwan Barghouti. The column explains why he’s on a hunger strike in an Israeli prison. The Times identified Barghouti as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.” The Times has now thoughtfully appended this editor’s note: “This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted. They were five counts »

Democrat tells his party to “stop bumming people out”

Featured imageSen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, is sick of Democratic fundraising emails. He tweeted: Who writes these? They really need to stop bumming people out. In order to win we must communicate that we BELIEVE. Chuck Ross reports that Schatz was responding to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee email asking for financial support ahead of Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. The subject of the email was: »

Raise the Minimum Wage, Kill Companies and Jobs

Featured imageA number of cities across the country have enacted dramatic increases in the minimum wage. This has caused a great deal of harm, but on the plus side, it has enabled research on the economic consequences of mandating wages at higher than market rates. This study was carried out under the auspices of the Harvard Business School by Dara Lee Luca and Michael Luca: We study the impact of the »

Can Universities Be Fixed?

Featured imageTurns out even The Simpsons has taken aim at the rot in higher education, with this scene from last week’s episode: Yes, I’m sure that eight new deans can indeed get to the bottom of the Halloween costume policy for Yale. When you’ve lost The Simpsons. . . But this video, from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, suggests one method for spreading economic literacy that just might work: »

The stakes in Georgia

Featured imageScott writes below about today’s special election to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. He observes, “If [Jon] Ossoff were to win today, Democrats and their media adjunct won’t let us stop hearing about it.” He is correct. If Ossoff doesn’t win today, and doesn’t come close enough to 50 percent to suggest he will win a runoff, we won’t hear much about it. Yet, it »

The Fate Trump Spared Us

Featured imageThe Trump White House may or may not be a scene of chaos and personnel conflict and Trump may yet turn out to be a poor president—certainly the media has an interest in exaggerating any difficulties there may be—but one thing is certain from the release of the new book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign: Trump has spared us a much worse fate in the form of President Hillary »

Kiss off, Ossoff

Featured imageJon Ossoff is the great left hope in the special election to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. It’s a suburban district that has long sent Republicans to Congress. A plethora of Republicans is vying in today’s special election. Democrats have one Jon Ossoff — a 30-year-old former congressional aide and filmmaker still searching for his mission in life — and are excited about his prospects. »

The NY Times Agrees with Power Line

Featured imageNo sooner do I repeat my theme here about how the left created the “post-truth” era, than the New York Times comes along to ratify my thesis. Writing in the Times today, Duke University student Casey Williams wonders, “Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools?” For decades, critical social scientists and humanists have chipped away at the idea of truth. We’ve deconstructed facts, insisted that knowledge is situated and denied the »