Another deadly school shooting spree [With Comment By John]

Featured image A student at Santa Fe High School in Texas killed ten people today and wounded ten more, according to reports. The attacker used two guns — a shotgun and a .38 revolver. Both were owned legally by his father, according to the same reports. One of the wounded was a retired police officer hired by the school as a “resources officer.” He confronted the killer, who shot him. Another resources »

The Invincible Mendacity and Hypocrisy of the Liberal Media

Featured imageI know, “liberal media” is redundant, and pointing out the hypocrisy of the left is a tedious, never-ending chore, but the coverage of Trump’s comments about the MS-13 gang being “animals” is beyond even the most egregious examples of liberal mendacity. I’m pretty sure Americans understand by now that Trump is often clumsy in his statements, especially his off-the-cuff remarks. In the age of internet searches, it is a simple »

American Voters Aren’t Buying Hamas

Featured imageThe American press tried to sell the idea that Hamas’s suicide tactics were somehow related to the Trump administration’s shifting our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Why? Reporters and editors don’t much care about Gaza or Israel, but are determined to make every news story reflect badly on the president. If this Rasmussen survey is any guide, that attempt has failed. Rasmussen finds 51% of likely voters in favor »

An Appalling Act of Demagoguery

Featured imageWe are all hard to shock these days, but what Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota did yesterday was shocking. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton visited Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul Thursday as a backdrop for a rare public veto to block a GOP-backed tax overhaul from becoming law. With a group of second- and third-graders standing behind him, Dayton stamped the voluminous tax »

Analyze this

Featured imageMollie Hemingway meticulously documents the outing of the top secret informant on the Trump campaign by the friendly if anonymous sources of the New York Times and Washington Post. The sources decry the danger in which the informant has been placed by the effort of Rep. Nunes to obtain documents related to the source, although they are the ones supplying the identifying information. I think Rep. Nunes is still waiting, »

A blast of truth

Featured imageThe worse than worthless United National Human Rights Council delivered its ritual condemnation of Israel today in a special session on Gaza. Before the vote was taken, Gatestone Institute Distinguished Senior Fellow Colonel Richard Kemp spoke on behalf United Nations Watch. In light of the recent NBC News hit piece on Gatestone, I should add that Colonel Kemp’s statement is more informative than everything NBC News has on offer today. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll reconsiders A LUNATIC IN THE LIFT. She writes: By now, as frequently happens with a weekly column, this is pretty old news. But it’s in my wheelhouse, so I thought I would weigh in. Besides, I’m still mad. Regular readers may think they have seen me mad before, but that was just warm-up. The Safe Space Dwellers want to talk about “triggers”? Consider me triggered. As my hero »

The Trump Tower meeting cut down to size

Featured imageRemember all the excitement after it was revealed that Donald Trump Jr. and a few others in the Trump campaign met with that Russian lawyer at Trump Tower? The mainstream media treated this news as if it were a tipping point in the search for collusion between Team Trump and the Russian government. The notion was always absurd. News flash: A presidential campaign, when offered dirt on the opponent, will »

How to tell whether a government is authoritarian

Featured imageThere are a number of ways. Here’s one: If people living in the country want to be on a government’s enemies list, the government is not authoritarian. No one within the jurisdiction of an authoritarian government wants to be on its enemies list. Being on such a list isn’t healthy. One can easily end up in jail, go missing, or even be assassinated. Under non-authoritarian governments, being on an enemies »

McCarthy reads the Times story

Featured imageAndrew McCarthy gives the (new) Times origin story the kind of close reading I called for here earlier today. With the benefit of an educated eye, he reads the Times story between the lines and concludes (all emphasis in original): * * * * * The scandal is that the FBI, lacking the incriminating evidence needed to justify opening a criminal investigation of the Trump campaign, decided to open a »

The (new) Times origin story

Featured imageThe New York Times has now published a new version of the Trump-Russia counterintelligence investigation origin story by Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, and Nicholas Fandos in “Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation.” This is the new authorized version floated by the friends of the Times at the FBI. The new authorized version reflects the work of many hands at the Times. Additional reporting was contributed »

CRB: Rehabilitating Grant

Featured imageToday we conclude our celebration of the week of Charles — Charles Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review of Books and recipient of one of this year’s Bradley Prizes on Tuesday evening in Washington, DC — with our fourth preview from the new (Spring) issue of the magazine. Buy an annual subscription including immediate online access here for the modest price of $19.95. Forgive me for repeating myself: it is »

Richard Pipes, RIP

Featured imageSad news today of the passing of Richard Pipes, the great scholar of Soviet affairs and many other subjects. He was the author of many fine books, including especially his large book The Russian Revolution, which is one of the very best accounts of that crucial event. I only met the great professor once or twice very casually, in a large group at some Washington or New York dinner that »

If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Do They Make Electricity So Expensive?

Featured imageWe are constantly hearing about the declining cost of wind and solar energy. Yet electric rates keep rising, especially in areas that have invested heavily in these “green” technologies. How can that be? Michael Shellenberger answers that question in a guest post at Watts Up With That? Over the last year, the media have published story after story after story about the declining price of solar panels and wind turbines. »

Who’s An Animal?

Featured imageYou likely are already aware of one of today’s dustups, the press’s false claim that President Trump described illegal immigrants as “animals.” This lie has cropped up in so many places that there is no point in trying to catalog them all, but the New York Times, as usual, was one of the malefactors: Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting, calling those trying to breach »

The solution to school shootings

Featured imageYesterday, Matthew Milby, a former student at Dixon High School in Illinois, entered the school and fired several shots near the gymnasium where students had assembled for graduation rehearsal. He was then confronted by Mark Dallas, who has been with the Dixon Police Department for more than a decade and has spent the past few years as school resource officer. (Dixon, by the way, is the boyhood home of Ronald »

CRB: Missing the point

Featured imageWe round the corner on our celebration of the week of Charles — Charles Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review of Books and recipient of one of this year’s Bradley Prizes on Tuesday evening in Washington, DC — with our third preview from the new (Spring) issue of the magazine that is hot off the press. Buy an annual subscription including immediate online access here for the modest price of »