The World Has Gone Crazy (Again)

Featured image So I read a few days ago that there have been long-running protests aimed at the Pokemon World Championships, culminating in this report from USA Today: Threats of violence over the Pokemon World Championships in Boston led to two Iowa men being arrested for stockpiling a trove of weapons in their car. Boston police said Sunday that convention security reported the threats on Thursday and the suspects were stopped as »

Obama’s end-run around the nuclear non-proliferation treaty

Featured imageIn an article for Forbes, Harold Furchtgott-Roth argues that President Obama’s executive agreement with Iran violates and/or modifies the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1969. Thus, it cannot lawfully take effect without true congressional approval (as opposed to the process established by the Corker-Cardin legislation). Furchtgott-Roth’s article appeared about a month ago, but has only recently come to my attention. It is axiomatic, I should think, that an executive agreement cannot »

Toby Miles to go before she sleeps

Featured imageThe IRS has disclosed another private email account on which Lois Lerner conducted official business. The disclosure occurred in the Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit for Lerner emails. The newly disclosed email account is under the name of Toby Miles. Stephen Dinan reports the story on the incredibly annoying Washington Times site here. One can circumvent the Times site via Thomas Lifson’s American Thinker post here. Dinan reports: “In addition to »

What Hillary’s classified emails discussed

Featured imageSarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner reports that “Hillary Clinton’s classified emails contain discussions of conversations with foreign diplomats, issues with embassy security, and relations with countries from Russia to China.” Embassy security. I seem to recall hearing about this issue before. The issue arose in Clinton’s emails via a summary that Huma Abedin, Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff, forwarded to Clinton of a high-level 2009 meeting about “embassy »

What matters at the State Fair

Featured imageWhat is the point of the Black Lives Matter movement? It represents an assault on law enforcement in the name of racial equity. It mounts a race based attack on the forces of order. It seeks to undermine and overcome democratic politics. Thus the epithet hurled by Ta-Nehisi Coates — a sort of one-man Black Lives Matter gang — in his vile manifesto: “majoritarian pigs.” That’s us. In Minnesota we »

Biden: His time

Featured imageEarly this summer I thought that Hillary Clinton’s email problems had given Biden the opening he needed for a presidential candidacy. I called it Biden’s moment. Clinton’s email issues have given rise to the need for a plausible alternative to Madam Hillary. On the Democratic side the space for a plausible alternative has yet to be filled and politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. Martin O’Malley — he may be »

The Left’s Plot to Impoverish America’s Middle Class and Enrich Left-Wing Billionaires

Featured imageThat is actually a fair summary of this report by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. I have not yet had time to study the document, but will report on it more fully in due course. In the meantime, Anthony Watts writes: Today, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute, a 501 (c) (3) watchdog group, released an investigative report, Private Interests & Public Office: Coordination Between Governors, the Obama White »

Media alert [with correction]

Featured imageI will be appearing on Seth Leibsohn’s radio show at around 5:00 Mountain Time. We plan to discuss the fascinating, and arguably frightening, political landscape. Seth broadcasts his show on 960 the Patriot in Phoenix. He’s a terrific host and I’m sure it will be fun talking with him. CORRECTION: My discussion with Seth will be broadcast at around 10:00 p.m. Mountain Time. I’ll also post a link to the »

Hillary warned audience that “hackers break into personal email accounts”

Featured imageAttempting to defend her use of a private email server, Hillary Clinton has sought to minimize the obvious security risk that doing so posed. She describes her system as “effective and secure,” and notes that it was “on property guarded by the Secret Service.” Her campaign website proclaims: The security and integrity of her family’s electronic communications was taken seriously from the onset when it was first set up for »

On Your Mark, Get Set, . . . Crash? (Updated)

Featured imageSo, I’m back from my overseas idyll, which included bagging a lion I hastily renamed Cecil (see photo below), and which means the usual jet lag, a large pile of snail mail, and lots of undone work even further behind than usual. Anything much happen while I was away? Wait . . . the stock market did what? As I write, about an hour before the Monday morning open on »

Will Biden Run? Of Course He Will!

Featured imageThe Wall Street Journal reports that Vice President Joe Biden is inclined to run for president: Vice President Joe Biden, who has long been considering a presidential bid, is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date, people familiar with the matter said. … A surprise weekend trip to Washington to meet with Sen. Elizabeth Warren »

What the GOP presidential candidates are reading

Featured imageTevi Troy, author of What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted, takes a look at what the 2016 GOP contenders are reading. One seldom knows for sure what anyone is reading, but Tevi’s discussion is revealing nonetheless. Here are some highlights: Donald Trump says he will “read anything about Lincoln” and his “whole era.” This is one of our very favorite eras too. Jeb Bush reportedly told Dan Senor, »

Trump: Not a Conservative On Taxes

Featured imageScott Walker’s tenure as Governor of Wisconsin has been one of the most successful exercises in conservative governance in recent years. Walker rescued Wisconsin from its financial troubles, broke the power of the public sector unions, withstood unhinged attacks from the Left, and prompted a sharp uptick in Wisconsin’s economic performance. But yesterday on ABC’s This Week, Donald Trump casually denigrated Walker’s accomplishments. First the tape, then the transcript. The »

Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump, On Stage

Featured imageOver the weekend I saw a headline about Senator Jeff Sessions joining Donald Trump on stage at Trump’s big event in Mobile, Alabama. Since Sessions has the best judgment on issues of anyone in Washington, I was surprised. I wondered: is it possible that Jeff Sessions has endorsed Donald Trump? The answer is no. He hasn’t. Rather, Sessions was summoned to the podium by Trump–rather rudely, some would say–and spent »

A Biden-Warren ticket?

Featured imageIt speaks poorly of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren that neither has entered the presidential race. Hillary Clinton’s vulnerability has been evident for quite some time, if not all along. Yet neither Biden nor Warren have had the guts to challenge her. That role fell to a pugnacious, Brooklyn-born socialist with little to lose. But Biden and Warren may be about to team up. The two met this weekend. Together, »

The Iran deal and the Israeli veto [UPDATED]

Featured imageThis weekend, CNN reported that in recent years, Israeli leaders planned three attacks on military targets in Iran. CNN based this story on an audio recording with former Defense Minister (and one-time Prime Minister) Ehud Barak. The recording was leaked to an Israeli television station. Why didn’t Israel carry through with the planned attacks? In the first case (2010), Israeli military leaders reportedly nixed the idea. The head of the »

Empire populism

Featured imageThe Republican party of Kentucky has approved a rule change that will allow Rand Paul to run for president while seeking reelection to the Senate. That’s the good news for Sen. Paul. The bad news is that, according to the RCP poll average, Paul’s share of the GOP vote stands at 4.3 percent. This puts him a three-way tie for 8th place with Mike Huckabee and John Kasich. That’s quite »