Trump Rips Clinton, Associated Press Rips Trump

Featured image Today Donald Trump delivered a major speech attacking Hillary Clinton. We may have more to say about the speech later, but for now I want to highlight one of the more remarkable instances of media bias in a long time. The Associated Press has historically been regarded as a straight, relatively non-partisan news source. That has changed in recent years, because of stories like this one on Trump’s speech, by »

House Democrats Stage Sit-In On Guns

Featured imageThis morning Democrats brought the House’s business to a halt by staging a sit-in in the chamber’s well. They demanded votes on a series of anti-gun measures, presumably the same ones that failed in the Senate. Their rhetoric was characteristically restrained: “We have lost hundreds and thousands of innocent people to gun violence,” [Georgia Democrat John] Lewis said as he urged fellow Democrats to stand with him in the area »

A funny thing

Featured imageComedy is the realm of pleasure. It represents freedom. It is not moral. It seeks to make us feel good. It serves no higher purpose. Tragedy is the realm of conscience. It represents order. It renders justice. It serves civilization. It seeks to call us to our higher selves. In 1962 Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart mashed up three comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus to create A Funny Thing »

Daniel Hannan: Fire me!

Featured imageMEP Daniel Hannan is an eloquent orator. In the video below (about 12 minutes), Hannan makes the case for putting himself out of a job in Thursday’s referendum on Great Britain’s continued membership in the European Union. To say “Hannan makes the case” is a pitiful understatement. He is brilliant. As Jack Fowler says at NR’s Corner: “Watch, learn, enjoy.” Stick with this one till the end. Hannan concludes with »

Fear this

Featured imageWatching the coming Trump Train Wreck rumble down the tracks, I seek to detach and achieve a comic perspective. From Adams versus Jefferson in 1800 we have descended to Clinton versus Trump a couple centuries later. Darwin was wrong! Far down on my long list of worries is the alleged fascism of Donald Trump. In today’s Wall Street Journal, James Freeman considers the competition (accessible here via Google): The facts »

Report: Racial and gender discrimination rampant at Obama-Warren consumer agency

Featured imageThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was designed by the Obama administration, under the leadership of Elizabeth Warren, pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act. One of its purposes is to root out discrimination in financial markets. But many women and minorities who work at the CFPC believe that the agency discriminates against them on the basis of gender or race. This the finding of the Government Accounting Office (GAO), which surveyed CFPC »

Great News for Fracking! California’s Last Nuke to Close

Featured imageNo sooner do some environmentalists (see item 2 of this Loose Ends post) decide that nuclear power is important and should be expanded then the news comes out this morning that Pacific Gas & Electric has decided to shut down California’s last remaining nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon in 2025 when its current federal license is up. This is great news for natural gas, because despite what the climatistas (and »

The Venezuelan hunger

Featured imageIf you seek to understand the catastrophe that has hit Venezuela, you can compare and contrast the views of New York Times reporter Nicholas Casey with those of Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. Winner: Scully. Even if he is clueless about causes, and he is, Casey can see what is in front of his nose. Give him that much. He is stationed in Caracas and he has the requisite »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 37: Moral Narcissism, with Roger Simon

Featured imageTonight John, Paul and Steve kicked around some of the major news stories of the day, including the terrorist attack in Orlando and the Democrats’ effort to change the subject to gun control, and Donald Trump’s train wreck of a campaign: can it get back on track? They were joined by Roger Simon, author of the just-released I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t »

Trump University, for Real

Featured imageThe Chronicle of Higher Education emailed me a few weeks ago asking for a book recommendation or two for background reading to understand the Trump phenomenon. I recommended Jeffrey Bell’s fine 1992 book Populism and Elitism: Politics in the Age of Equality. (I think I also recommended Christopher Lasch’s The Revolt of the Elites.) As I explained to the Chronicle, Bell predicted that the conflict between left and right would be »

Iran’s nuke program confirmed

Featured imageOmri Ceren writes to comment on Jay Solomon’s page-one Wall Street Journal article “Uranium provides new clue on Iran’s past nuclear arms work.” I thought that readers who have been following the story of our partnership with, and funding of, the Islamic Republic of Iran would appreciate this update, provided by Omri with the usual footnotes. Readers may recall Obama’s assertions at the time he announced the deal: “Because of »

Fear Stalks Minnesota Muslims?

Featured imageOn the Left, it is widely held that the biggest problem with Islamic terrorism is that it might give rise to “Islamophobia.” That mentality was on display today in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Fear stalks Minnesota Muslims as anti-Islam feeling builds.” Pig intestines wrapped around the front door handles of the halal grocery store in St. Cloud sent a clear message to store manager Liban Said and his customers: You’re »

On crime, Trump’s right and Politifact is wrong [UPDATED]

Featured imagePolitifact, a biased liberal operation that purports to fact-check political claims, recently examined Donald Trump’s statement that “crime is rising.” It found the claim to be false, rating it “pants on fire,” the worst rating these liberals dole out. But Trump, in this instance, is correct. Crime is rising. How did Politifact err on such a basic question? It erred by looking at no data past 2014. Sean Kennedy at »

Has Lebron finally silenced his critics?

Featured imageI’ve been a big Lebron James fan ever since December of his junior year in high school when I saw him play in Akron, where I had litigation. Without hitting any shots from the outside (my local counsel explained that Lebron had just finished the football season and was rusty) James racked up 27 points (if I recall correctly). He added at least 10 rebounds and led his team to »

Democrats Block Sensible Gun Proposals In Senate

Featured imageThis afternoon, the Senate voted on four proposals for increased gun control, two submitted by Republicans and two by Democrats. All four went down to defeat, although both Republican bills had majority support. Senator Chuck Grassley proposed legislation that would have increased funding for the NICS background check system, and would have pressed states to send more records to the FBI on felons and others barred from buying guns. It »

Obama willing, Mateen unredacted

Featured imageFOX News reports that the Obama administration has relented in its redaction of the transcript of Omar Mateen’s calls to 9/11 during the Orlando massacre. The mockery of the Obama administration’s arrant stupidity must have contributed to the outcome. Oh, how this must hurt. In any event, here is the report: Under pressure from Republican leaders, the Justice Department on Monday afternoon reversed itself and released a full, unredacted transcript »

Loose Ends (7)

Featured image• The Wall Street Journal this morning beat me to an idea that I was planning to roll out here: if various Gorebot attorney generals can bring a supposed fraud suit against ExxonMobil, why can’t I bring a fraud suit against Al Gore and the climatistas whose political campaigning intends to depress the market values of hydrocarbon companies and boost the stocks of solar and wind power companies? That’s the »