A Judicious Response to Eric Holder’s Resignation

Featured image As imagined by Michael Ramirez. Heh. Click to enlarge: The Obama administration has done a great deal of damage on many fronts, but surely its politicizing of the Department of Justice is one of its worst sins. »

Intelligence Failure: A Conversation with Herbert Meyer, Part 1

Featured imageWe’ve featured the wisdom of Herbert Meyer before on Power Line (and he has a new article on the subject of political persuasion out right now that I want to discuss over the weekend), here and here on the end of the Cold War, for example.  I got to spend some time with Herb in person recently, and I brought Power Line’s video production crew with me to record some »

Gipperpalooza, Part 5

Featured imageThe fifth and final installment of my “American Mind” conversation with Charles Kesler about Ronaldus Magnus, this time lingering on Reagan’s 1989 farewell address, which has been overlooked by most surveys of the Reagan canon, as well as his 1985 call for “a second American revolution,” which was not entirely successful.  About eight minutes long: »

Religion of Peace Update [Updated]

Featured imageOklahoma got a dose of peace yesterday, when Alton Nolen, apparently a Muslim convert, beheaded a co-worker at the food company where he worked. He attacked a second woman and would have killed her too, except that the company’s COO has a gun and knows how to use it. This could actually be a case of workplace violence, as the attack occurred immediately after Alton had been fired. (For what, »

Does Obama have congressional authority to bomb ISIS?

Featured imageYesterday at the Heritage Foundation, a distinguished panel considered whether the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in 2001 authorizes President Obama to bomb ISIS. Steve Bradbury, a terrific lawyer who headed up the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel during President George W. Bush’s second term, argued that the AUMF confers this authority. Robert Chesney, a law professor at the University of Texas and »

A Democrat by any other name…

Featured image…is just as rank. Maybe more so. In the new issue of the Weekly Standard, Jay Cost conducts an anatomy of this year’s model of the Democrats’ usual “sneak it past the Rubes” deception. This year’s model comes out of Kansas and his name is Greg Orman, Independent (for the gullible): In Kansas…where Republican Pat Roberts is up for reelection, the Democrats are trying a different form of deception. It »

What’s in the Khorasan name?

Featured image“The Khorasan Group.” It sounds like a consulting firm, or maybe an orgiastic cult. Actually, though, it’s the name applied to a terrorist outfit the Obama administration targeted for bombing in Syria earlier this week in attacks separate from those aimed at ISIS. But what kind of terrorist organization is the Khorasan Group and where does the name come from? According to the reports I’ve read, the Khorasan Group is »

On the Cover of the Rolling Stone

Featured imageRolling Stone has declined badly since the days when it employed P.J. O’Rourke as its foreign correspondent. The magazine falls a little farther with this month’s issue, which features the most uninspired hit piece on Koch Industries yet to appear in print. Timed to reinforce the Democrats’ campaign theme, Tim Dickinson’s article contains no original reporting, but merely regurgitates tired and discredited stories about Koch’s alleged misdeeds over the decades. »

Holder to leave, but his stain will linger

Featured imageThere have been worse members of presidential cabinets than Eric Holder. John B. Floyd and Howell Cobb, both of James Buchanan’s cabinet, who apparently aided the South in the days before secession come to mind. In my 40 plus years of observing presidencies, though, Holder has a strong claim on first place. His warped attempts to use the national law enforcement apparatus to remake America along leftist lines would have »

We Won’t Have Eric Holder To Kick Around Any More

Featured imageAttorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation this morning. He will stay on until a successor is nominated and confirmed. Holder has been a poor Attorney General. He will be remembered for Fast and Furious, consistently stonewalling Congress, and “civil rights” activism–which, however, had little to do with civil rights. Holder promoted gay marriage, refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, and did his best to enable voter fraud. »

The Profound Stupidity of Liberalism on Display

Featured imageThe View is a television show that, apparently, a lot of women watch. Currently, Rosie O’Donnell, who was once famous for something–I have no idea what–is one of the hosts. Still, many women watch. So this video of The View’s women grappling with the Obama administration’s response to ISIS terrorism is noteworthy. I want to highlight O’Donnell’s contribution near the end: We are bombing Syria because Syria has so much »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll titles this column KATY, BAR THE DOOR! She writes: When I was a child living in a small town in rural Minnesota, we rarely locked our doors, certainly never when we were in the house. My husband grew up in suburban Chicago where they locked the doors at all times, which I found irritating and downright rude. How can the neighbors walk in unannounced to borrow sugar or »

Will Climate Week Ever End?

Featured imageIs it still climate week? Yes, it must be, since John Kerry, who pretending to be secretary of state, has said climate change is just as urgent as ISIS. Also ebola. No word yet on whether all the trash from the weekend’s climate march has been picked up yet, nor whether Leo DiCaprio picked up the tab. But then there’s this inconvenient headline from the Los Angeles Times a few »

Support Elise Stefanik; defeat a tax cheat

Featured imageElise Stefanik is running for Congress in New York’s 21st district, an open seat. She is Power Line pick. Her credentials are outstanding. Stefanik’s opponent is Aaron Woolf, a wealthy Democrat whose major claim to fame is that he produced and directed a documentary called “King Corn.” The film is a critique of federal subsidies for American corn farmers. We pointed to the hypocrisy of the venture when we noted »

Prosecutor Gives Up On Jailing Shaneen Allen

Featured imageWe wrote here about the appalling case of Shaneen Allen, a young Pennsylvania woman with a Pennsylvania concealed carry permit who crossed into New Jersey en route to a child’s birthday party. She had her gun in her purse, was stopped for an “unsafe lane change,” and wound up facing up to ten years in prison for bringing her legally-owned gun into New Jersey. The case became a national news »

Media Alert: The Seth Liebsohn Show

Featured imageOn Tuesday I did a whole radio hour with Seth Leibsohn, who broadcasts on KKNT 960—”The Patriot”—in Arizona in the evenings.  We ran down the whole waterfront, from the climate cartoon march to the quagmire of Obama’s Middle East non-strategy, culminating with my answers to the “10-book challenge” that has been going around on Facebook for a while.  (In other words, you can get yourself a dandy reading list if »

A Riveting View of Life Under ISIL

Featured imageA Syrian woman carried a hidden camera around the streets of Raqqa, a city controlled by ISIL. Somehow she smuggled her video out of Syria, and it was broadcast on French television. It has been on YouTube for a couple of days, but I didn’t learn about it until today. It doesn’t seem to have been too widely viewed, so you likely haven’t seen it either. There are guns everywhere, »