Lefty journalist smears Tom Cotton

Featured image Roger Sollenberger, a staff writer for Salon, has accused Sen. Tom Cotton of lying about his military service. Sollenberger writes: In his first run for Congress, Cotton leaned heavily on his military service, claiming to have been “a U.S. Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan,” and, in a campaign ad, to have “volunteered to be an Army Ranger.” In reality, Cotton was never part of the 75th Ranger Regiment, the »

How to Stop Big Tech Censorship

Featured imageA consensus is emerging about the most effective way to stop the censorship of conservatives by left-wing social media companies like Facebook and Twitter. The solution, as Paul’s correspondent was among the first to argue, is to work through the states. There are plenty of states controlled by conservatives–or at least people who believe in free speech–to make this happen. In my opinion, if a critical mass of states, say »

Voting By Mail: How Other Countries Do It

Featured imageOn the podcast this week we discussed John Lott’s statistical analysis of voting anomalies in several key swing states, in which he concluded there were likely around 290,000 fraudulent votes. The difficulty is that the analysis depends on sophisticated regression techniques that are beyond the grasp of most laypeople, and indeed there is a serious critique of Lott’s paper that argues that Lott’s result is largely an artifact of the »

Voter Fraud? Nothing to See Here

Featured imageSenator Rand Paul appeared on George Stephanopoulos’s ABC show this morning, and Stephanopoulos, on behalf of his Democratic Party, demanded that Paul agree that the presidential election wasn’t stolen. That triggered a good discussion of voter fraud, which obviously exists and obviously is a problem. But the Democrats demand that we all go along with their pretense. Rand Paul was having none of it: Via Ann Althouse, where you can »

The Week in Bernie Memes

Featured imageOkay, it’s official: The Bernie Sanders Lawn Chair Memes have taken over the world. They’ve rocketed to the top of the socialist charts, the best showing since 1917. This is the first time in recorded history that socialism has ever produced anything in abundance (except misery of course). Chris Christie’s beach chair escapade has been eclipsed, and needless to say, eclipsing Christie is no simple task! So this calls for »

A Guardsman at the Capitol

Featured imageApparently having passed the necessary vetting, a long-time reader writes from his unit guarding the Capitol: My guard unit was called up last [week] to help secure the Capitol and has been providing security since [January 16]. In 48 hours of on-duty security I have not seen a single protester — only one drunk guy who cussed my 2nd platoon (which raised morale for a good two hours – soldiers »

Remembering Hank Aaron

Featured imageHank Aaron died yesterday at the age of 86. Aaron is second on the all-time home run list behind only Barry Bonds, who used steroids. Aaron is baseball’s all-time leader in total bases, far ahead of Stan Musial, who is second place. In terms of WAR (a measure of player value that estimates wins above a hypothetical replacement player), Aaron ranks seventh. The only players ahead of him are Babe »

Who Likes the Shutdowns?

Featured imageCOVID shutdowns have exposed one of America’s most basic class divides–that between those who can work from home, and those who can’t. For many, the shutdowns have been a disaster; for others, a convenience. I’m going to repost a chart on a survey that was part of Steve’s most recent The Geek In Pictures. Who thought 2020 was a terrific year? Urbanites with graduate degrees and high incomes: This comment »

Who will preside over the Senate trial?

Featured imageThe effort by Democrats to impeach and convict President Trump is raising questions that, in a well-functioning society, would be reserved for law school exams. In such a society, Trump wouldn’t have acted as he did during his final days and Democrats would be content with the fact that those were his final days. One question raised is whether a president can be impeached after he leaves office. A second »

Everything is broken

Featured imageMore or less without exception each one of the executive orders promulgated by the gentleman from Madame Tussauds on January 20 belies the principles of good government, though each one in its own distinctive way. Taking the rationale of any one of them to its logical conclusion, one can infer the others and the tyrannical dystopia they mean to hang around our necks. We’re on the road to find out. »

Podcastpalooza: A Friday Twofer

Featured imageIt’s been wall-to-wall podcasts for me today. This morning I was a guest on the flagship Ricochet podcast with Jame Lileks, Peter Robinson, and Rob Long, discussing Biden’s inaugural and first steps in office, and then after me the show took up UFOs and aliens, which may be our best hope for the next four years. Then this evening I recorded a new episode of our “Three Whisky Happy Hour” »

Roberts rules

Featured imageToday comes word via Senator Rand Paul that Chief Justice Roberts will not preside over any Senate impeachment trial of President Trump: the text of the Constitution only requires the Chief Justice to preside over the trial of “the President.” Trump is no longer “the President.” Roberts’s presence is therefore not called for. Trump is of course a private citizen at this point. The constitutional text does not appear to »

Shutdowns Kill

Featured imageAt AmericanExperiment.org, my colleague John Phelan notes research indicating that many thousands of people will die, not from COVID, but from the shutdowns that have been implemented to try to slow the spread of the virus. Whether much benefit has been gained from these shutdowns is debatable, but the costs are not: On the one hand, policymakers have, too often, oversold the benefits of their measures. On the other, they »

The Ominous Meaning of the Keystone Diktat

Featured imagePresident Biden’s diktat canceling the Keystone XL pipeline is thought to signify his total slavishness to the climate campaigners, for whom pipelines have become like garlic and holy water to a vampire. This is correct, but the larger significance of it is much more ominous. If anything, the critics of the decision are under-reacting. We are continuously told by our betters that high voter turnout is to be celebrated because »

Erection in Portland

Featured imageIf you read the New York Post, you may be aware that Antifa/BLM rioters continue their assault on Portland. Andy Ngo, for example, brings the news in the New York Post column “Biden won’t stop them, and neither will cops, until Portland is burned down.” Ngo reports: In Portland, Black Lives Matter-Antifa made good on their pre-announced “J20” (January 20) riot. Around 150 Antifa dressed in black shut down traffic »

The Week in Pictures: Bernie’s Mittens Edition

Featured imageJoe Biden was the supposed “moderate” in the Democratic field, but 72 hours in, is there anything Pres. Biden has done so far that Bernie Sanders wouldn’t have done just as fast? Perhaps it is more than symbolic that the leading image that emerged from the inauguration is Bernie sitting alone in a folding chair with his mittens like the wizard-figure he’s become in the Democratic Party, even though he’s »

Few GOP Senators likely to vote for convicting Trump

Featured imageOn Election Day 1964, I handed out pro-Lyndon Johnson leaflets to voters at Connecticut Park Elementary school in Wheaton, Maryland. My friend Bruce stood nearby handing out pro-Barry Goldwater material. As he offered his literature, Bruce’s would say, “Good afternoon, sir (or ma’am), vote for Senator Goldwater.” The sirs and ma’ams seemed disinclined to follow Bruce’s advice. Most were stone faced. Some pushed back. “You’ve got to be kidding” and »