Miss World Wrap-Up

Featured image Around 11:00 this morning I scouted for broadcast information on the Miss World finale, and found that it was already in progress. It started at 2:30 London time, 8:30 on a Sunday morning, Central time. The only place where it could be televised in prime time was Asia; I assume they got it there, but here in the U.S., as best I could tell you had to watch on the »

Dick Cheney For President

Featured imageI agree with the suggestion of Bill Kristol, that this answer from Dick Cheney to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press this morning deserves the award for Answer of the Year (only 40 seconds long), and it deserves upgrading from our “Picks” section: »

Coming Soon to a Utility Bill Near You?

Featured imageThe New York Times today has a long news story (“Energy Bills Send Shivers in New England”) about soaring utility bills in the Northeast, where many people are seeing 100 percent increases in their energy costs over just a few months ago: For October, [John York] had paid $376. For November, with virtually no change in his volume of work and without having turned up the thermostat in his two-room »

“Rape Culture,” Debunked

Featured imageWhat is behind the recent hysteria over “rape culture” on college campuses, given that 1) the incidence of rape, like other violent crimes, has been declining for decades, and 2) as one would expect, non-students are more likely to be raped than students? The motivation presumably is political. This report by the Department of Justice indicates how far “rape culture” dogma departs from reality. The claim that one in five »

Will the Last Employee of the NY Times Please Turn Out the Lights?

Featured imageWe have long ripped the New York Times as the ultimate in biased, hard-left news coverage. But as red ink has compelled one layoff after another, and the paper’s management has become ever more comically inept, the situation has deteriorated. The New York Times now lacks the basic competence to put out a newspaper. Yesterday’s edition featured this correction to an article on the nationwide Michael Brown/Eric Garner demonstrations: Correction: »

In Ignominious Finale, Cromnibus Passes Senate

Featured imageAs expected, the $1.1 trillion continuing resolution/omnibus spending bill passed the Senate yesterday on a 56-40 vote. The vote was bipartisan–one might say, weirdly bipartisan. The measure’s opponents included the far-left Tom Harkin and Al Franken, and the solidly conservative Mike Lee and Jeff Sessions. Notably, all senators who are seen as potential 2016 presidential candidates voted No: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren. In my view, »

Fake but accurate revisited

Featured imageWe probably should have looked back at Rathergate ten years on this past September. The miscreants are loose. The details are hazy. We are inundated with BS courtesy of the Democrats and their mainstream media adjunct. It is amazing how little has changed. From inside CBS News itself, we now have the testimony of Sharyl Attkisson in Stonewalled and elsewhere. It’s hard to measure these things. However bad it was »

Conservative Muslim’s opinions produce “existential worry” at University of Michigan

Featured imageOmar Mahmood, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan, is a conservative. Worse, he expressed his conservative views as a columnist for a school publication. As a result, Mahmood was subjected to vandalism. Messages were left on his apartment door calling him obscene names and telling him to “shut the f*** up.” The vandals also left a picture taken from Mahmood’s Facebook profile with his eyes X’d out. This »

Ellison extravaganza

Featured imageI’ll be speaking this morning at the monthly meeting of the Metro Republican Women in suburban St. Paul. I think this will be the fourth time I’ve spoken to them. They are one of my favorite groups. I’ll be speaking about my coverage of Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison on Power Line in what turned out to be the 2006 series “Who is Keith Ellison?” and in the October »

The Week in Pictures: Cromnibus Gruber Torture Edition

Featured imageThis is one of those weeks where the term fratricide fits—too many big stories colliding into one another: the drip-drip torture that is the life of Jonathan Gruber, the drama over the Crominbus spending plan (MUCH more to say about this down the road), the twin meltdowns of Rolling Stone and The New Republic.  And is Al Sharpton still talking?  Sit back and pass the popcorn. Wait, what?: And finally, »

Media Alert

Featured imageBrian Ward and I are returning to our old stomping grounds tomorrow, as we will be filling in for our pal Mitch Berg on AM 1280 the Patriot, from 1 to 3 tomorrow afternoon, central time. If you live in the Twin Cities you can tune in on the radio dial; if you don’t, you can listen here or via I Heart Radio. Our appearance will feature interviews with our »

Ms. Glick dissents

Featured imageThe Jerusalem Post’s Herb Keinon moderated a panel at the Post’s diplomatic conference in Jerusalem on Thursday. On this panel Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr expounded on the wisdom of the European Union’s application of a double standard to Israel. Senior contributing editor Caroline Glick angrily demurred. The Jerusalem Post covers it here. It’s an interesting exchange that warrants a look. UPDATE: Tom Wilson comments insightfully on this exchange at Commentary. »

Did Ted Cruz just pave the way for confirming a wave of Obama nominees?

Featured imageThe Senate has approved the so-called Cromnibus bill. It did so in a rare Saturday session. According to the Washington Post, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee forced the Saturday session: Prolonged debate on the spending bill, which passed on a 56-to-40 bipartisan vote, came after Cruz and Lee late Friday night derailed a carefully crafted plan between party leaders to allow senators to go home for the weekend and return »

Prog Rock Digression for a Lazy Saturday

Featured imageOkay, this is one of those posts you need to skip unless you’re a real 1970s obscure prog rock geek like me. No, seriously, I mean it.  Skip this post. You’ll thank me later. If you ignore this advice, you’ll soon know why. Don’t complain I didn’t warn you. I’ve gone as far as having our tech department block this post from Scott’s IP address, because he’ll be horrified. One »

Risen risin’

Featured imageNew York Times reporter James Risen is under subpoena to testify in the prosecution of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. Sterling is under prosecution for blowing a CIA program intended to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. The program was classified beyond top secret. To no discernible public good, Risen publicized the program in his book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. The government thinks that »

The uses and misuses of Eric Garner’s death

Featured imageBill Otis takes on George Will’s column (which Steve made note of here,) which claims that Eric Garner “was criminalized to death.” Among Bill’s points are these: 1. A sales tax on cigarettes and criminal penalties for not paying it do not signify criminalization run amok. Indeed, conservatives generally prefer sales taxes to income taxes, on the theory that it’s better to tax consumption than production. 2. There is always »

The Wall Street Rider: What’s It All About?

Featured imageAs we noted here, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren and most of the left wing of the Democratic Party turned against the continuing resolution/omnibus spending bill that squeaked through the House, ostensibly on the ground that it contained a “giveaway” to Wall Street. This was one of Pelosi’s several demagogic tweets: .@SpeakerBoehner is stacking the deck for Big Banks & his lobbyist friends. RT if you oppose the #BoehnerBankBailout! pic.twitter.com/gEJpbnT9t8 — »