My Questions to Juliet Eilperin, and a Message to Jeff Bezos

Featured image Over the last few minutes, I sent the following four tweets to Washington Post reporter/Democratic Party propagandist Juliet Eilperin: Why won’t you answer my questions about whether your false reporting on Keystone is coordinated with the Democratic Party? You know perfectly well that Keystone has nothing to do with Koch. Why do you perpetrate a lie, along with Whitehouse and Waxman? You know that Keystone would damage Koch economically. Why »

The Washington Post Is Still Stonewalling

Featured imageIt is now 20 days since Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson published their infamous hit piece that tried to fool readers into believing that the Keystone Pipeline, the bete noire of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors, is somehow all about Koch Industries, which has nothing to do with the pipeline and would, in fact, be damaged by it economically. It is 14 days since Sheldon Whitehouse and »

The Declining Utility of Scaremongering

Featured imageBack in 2005 New York Times‘ moderately liberal columnist Nicholas Kristof offered his his criticism of today’s environmental movement in “I Have a Nightmare.”  Excerpt: The fundamental problem, as I see it, is that environmental groups are too often alarmists. They have an awful track record, so they’ve lost credibility with the public. Some do great work, but others can be the left’s equivalents of the neocons: brimming with moral »

The IRS Scandal Nears a Climax

Featured imageToday’s headlines are all about the IRS: Darrell Issa’s committee has released emails that show Democratic staffers from the House’s Government Oversight and Reform Committee communicating with the IRS about True the Vote, an anti-voter fraud organization that the Democrats wanted to suppress, in 2012 and 2013. It appears that Elijah Cummings, the committee’s ranking Democrat and therefore the Congressman to whom these staffers reported, may have lied during a »

Al Sharpton — born to be an informant

Featured imageWhen I read that race-hustler Al Sharpton was an FBI informant during the 1980s, my reaction was: finally, something to like about the guy. But informants aren’t likeable. Bill Otis writes: I was a federal prosecutor for many years, and I can tell you that informants are necessary, particularly in mob and big drug conspiracy cases. But they’re a boatload of trouble. For one thing, anyone in a position to »

Brandeis reverses itself on honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Featured imageAyaan Hirsi Ali is a Power Line hero for reasons that will become clear below. Brandeis University was set to give her an honorary degree at this year’s commencement exercises. But bowing to pressure from Muslim students, outside advocacy groups, and a portion of its faculty, Brandeis has backed down. As much as I admire Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I don’t condemn Brandeis’ decision. My reasons will, I hope, also become »

What Pakistan knew about bin Laden

Featured imageCarlotta Gall is a New York Times reporter who went to live and report in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. Her new book is The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014. The New York Times Magazine published a scintillating excerpt last week focusing on what Pakistan knew about bin Laden. I just finished reading it this week. It is interesting from beginning to end. I highly recommend it. Among other things, »

The Obama Administration Lies About Hurricanes

Featured imageWhether human activity significantly influences the Earth’s climate is a matter of opinion, but it is a simple, undeniable fact that there has been no increase in extreme weather events, either globally or in the U.S., in recent years. Even the IPCC, the U.N.’s corps of true climate change believers, admits that this is true. Hurricanes, for example, have been counted, tracked and measured for many years. There has been »

The Numbers Are In: Obamacare Causes Health Insurance Costs to Skyrocket

Featured imageMorgan Stanley has reported on its quarterly survey of insurance brokers, and Scott Gottlieb of Forbes sums up the depressing findings: Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market. … The average increases are in excess of 11% in the small group market and 12% in the individual market. Some states show »

Speech, corruption, and the Republican form of government

Featured imageThomas Jefferson recorded a dinner conversation in which John Adams argued that if the British government could be purged of “corruption,” it would become the most perfect government ever devised. Alexander Hamilton shocked Jefferson and Adams when he replied that if purged of corruption, the British system would fall. By corruption, Hamilton apparently had in mind the Crown’s ability to influence the House of Commons. He also had in mind »

Obamacare Steams Toward the Iceberg

Featured imageThere are several reasons why Michael Ramirez is America’s best editorial cartoonist. One is that he is an excellent artist. This drawing not only sums up brilliantly the absurdity of the Democrats’ claim of success for Obamacare–we have entrapped 7 million people in our lousy program!–it is also beautiful. Click to enlarge: »

Is this degree really necessary?

Featured imageScott Walker, who did not graduate from college, says he wants to obtain his degree. According to his spokesperson, Walker would like to do so through the University of Wisconsin’s FlexOption once it expands its degree offerings. Walker attended Marquette University but left in his senior year in 1990 for a job with the American Red Cross. He then launched his political career and never returned to school. Walker says »

Obama’s war on science and gullible women

Featured imageThis week President Obama took up theme that women are the victims of pay discrimination. According to Obama, they are victims of discrimination because they earn 77 cents to every dollar that men earn. Obama, of course, is the champion of these victims. The White House has posted an account of Obama’s theatrics on the subject here. To make out discrimination, however, one has to control for the relevant variables. »

The Washington Post Corrects, Disingenuously

Featured imageOn March 20, the Washington Post published an article by Steven Mufson and Julie Eilperin, the import of which was that Koch Industries is the driving force behind the Keystone Pipeline. The article, based entirely on a six-month-old report by a far-left group called the International Forum on Globalization that I demolished last October, was headlined, “The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s »

Civil War on the Left?

Featured imageThe conventional wisdom is that the Republican Party is badly divided between Tea Party insurgents and the “Establishment.”  And while there is some truth to this, consider the following question: What happens to the Democratic Party in 2016 if Hillary Clinton decides not to run?  My answer: chaos and ideological infighting you haven’t seen inside the Democratic Party since its suicide attempt in the late 1960s and early 1970s. On »

The Hayward poll

Featured imageThe Denver Post is taking a poll on the irreverent comments that Steve Hayward noted had made him a figure of controversy at the University of Colorado. Unlike Brendan Eich, Steve is not taking the path of least resistance and throwing himself out the window. He’s going to make them do it. Why else have a designated professor of conservative studies if you’re going to make life easy for university »

Is There a Market For Stupidity?

Featured imageThe single worst thing any government can do is try to control prices. The result of price controls, always and everywhere, is disaster. At PJ Media, Richard Fernandez sets forth the sad history of price controls in Venezuela under Chavez and Maduro. There is lots more, but here are some excerpts: In September 2013 the Guardian wrestled with a mystery. “‘No one can explain why a rich country has no »