Harriet Tubman? Seriously?

Featured image I have mixed feelings about the Treasury Department’s substitution of Harriet Tubman for Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Some have made the best of it by pointing out that Tubman was a gun-toting Republican. Well, fine. But she was a minor figure in American history. Jackson, on the other hand, was of towering importance. He was the first populist American politician and the founder of the modern Democratic Party. »

Looking ahead to Indiana

Featured imageDonald Trump will almost certainly have a big day this coming Tuesday. He’s expected to win the vast majority of the nearly 120 delegates at stake in the Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland primaries. That accomplishment would still leave Trump off pace in terms of getting to the magic number of 1,237 delegates via primaries, caucuses, and state conventions. However, it would create a sense of momentum, and »

Bullish on the Bard

Featured imageToday is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (it may also be his birthday; his standard biographies merely say he was baptized on April 26, with his exact birthday uncertain), and while the Left has been trying to kill off Shakespeare for a long time now, they haven’t succeeded. I argue that the best insights on Shakespeare today are to be found from . . . conservative political »

Hillary Wants Your Guns

Featured imageGiven the Democrats’ dismal record when they run on an anti-gun platform, it is hard to believe that Hillary Clinton wants to make gun control her signature issue. Nevertheless, that appears to be the case. Campaigning in Connecticut, she waxed hyperbolic on firearms: I am here to tell you I will use every single minute of every single day if I’m so fortunate enough to be your president looking for »

Did Harvard Investigate Conservative Students?

Featured imageA group of conservatives at Harvard Law School set up a web site called Royall Asses to mock left-wing law students who were making absurd demands on the administration, occupying a law school building, and so on. In particular, the Royall Asses students made cogent arguments, which we wrote about here and elsewhere, that proved it was almost certain that an alleged “hate crime” at the law school was actually »

Of Churchill and chumps

Featured imagePresident Obama’s ignorance of Winston Churchill is monumental. It is such that at his first press conference in 2009 Obama could quote Churchill in support of Obama’s high-minded approach to war: “We don’t torture.” If you know anything, and I mean anything, about Churchill, however, you know Churchill never said any such thing. I made this point at the time in “Obama veers into the Daily Ditch.” Yesterday at his »

Venezuela’s Pathetic Decline Continues

Featured imageVenezuela, one of the world’s most oil-rich countries, can’t keep the lights on. The country’s socialist government has announced that Venezuelans will now be entirely without power for four hours a day. But that’s not the worst of it: they will have to sit in the dark without beer: As Venezuelans digest news that they’ll have no power for hours a day, they also may have to do without beer »

Prince’s case

Featured imageWriting about Prince last night, I mentioned his omnivorous musical tastes. I barely scratched the surface, but wanted to suggest one of his most striking qualities. I had wanted to include Prince’s version of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” to illustrate my point, but couldn’t find a video with it posted on YouTube. Now we have this, rendered by Prince as “A Case of U,” of course: Something in »

Obama: Uncontrolled Migration a “Major National Security Issue”

Featured imageIn Europe, that is. CNN, covering President Obama’s trip to the U.K., tweeted a little while ago: Obama: "We consider it a major national security issue that you have uncontrolled migration into Europe." — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 22, 2016 Huh. The same principle apparently doesn’t apply here. Maybe someone should tell him about the news story that Scott linked to this morning: One of the American men accused »

Tom Cotton holds White House accountable on Iran

Featured imageSen. Tom Cotton has moved to block the confirmation of Adam Szubin, President Obama’s selection for the position of Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Crimes. Lee Smith has the story for the Weekly Standard. Blocking Szubin is Sen. Cotton’s way of holding the Obama administration accountable for its mendacity in connection with the Iran deal. Cotton agrees that Szubin is “well respected on both sides of »

Harvard’s disgrace

Featured imageHarvard Law School has made itself complicit in the gross anti-Semitism of third-year student Husam El-Qoulaq, about whom John wrote here. One can only speculate why and the result is likely overdetermined in any event. The reasons converge in a shocking institutional disgrace. Harvard Law School is drinking deeply from El-Qoulaq’a Kool-Aid. Adam Kredo summarizes the law school’s acts, acts that I deem complicity: Harvard Law School is declining to »

The Week in Pictures: Bathroom Wars Edition

When people used to say that the country is going down the toilet, they had no idea how literally this would turn out to be. I was sure, 48 hours ago, that I we could see the winning ticket for November: Trump-Schilling 2016! Then Trump had to go flub the issue totally, apparently reverting to those New York Values. Pretty clean the new mission of the conservative movement is to »

Happy Earth Day!

In all the excitement today (Fox Business News appearance this morning, then graduation ceremonies on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu for the 2016 class at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Public Policy), I almost forgot that it’s Lenin’s birthday Earth Day! Actually Earth Day has become quite a bore, and the sheer repetition of reminding folks of the invincible ignorance and malice of environmentalists is equally tiresome, but »

Omri Ceren: Analyze this

Featured imageOmri Ceren writes from The Israel Project with the latest development in our partnership with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Omri writes: Heavy water is a relatively rare form of water that is used to produce weapons-grade plutonium. The nuclear deal forbids Iran from stockpiling more than 130 tonnes of heavy water at any given time. But the Iranians have been overproducing. In February they violated the nuclear deal by »

The Tubman 20 proves how hard it is to please leftists

Featured imageSteve has written about the push back from some black radicals over the decision to put Harriet Tubman’s image on the twenty dollar bill. The twenty, it seems, is a symbol of capitalist oppression. Tubman is demeaned by appearing on it. Or something. There are a million ways to be unhappy, so it shouldn’t be surprising that a white feminist friend dislikes using Tubman’s image on the twenty for a »

Those darned “Minnesota men”

Featured imageThe case against four “Minnesota men” who sought to join ISIS is set for trial in Minneapolis before Judge Michael Davis on May 9. Judge Davis still has to decide pending severance motions that may affect the date in some of the cases, but trial approaches. Five of the “Minnesota men” have pleaded guilty. The government has a strong case against the four remaining defendants. The strength of the government’s »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll meditates on LIFE 4 DUMMIES. She writes: On my most recent trip from Arizona to Minnesota, circumstances were such that I had to beg a ride to the airport from our friend and neighbor, the Paranoid Texan. He graciously accommodated me, but he also had a previous time commitment. This meant that I had to go to the airport three hours before my flight. Which was fine with »