Observations on the Ilhan Omar Scandal

Featured image Details continue to emerge about the deceptions and frauds that Ilhan Omar has perpetrated over the last decade. For now, though, I want to step back and make two bigger-picture observations about the Omar story. First, the question of whether Omar married her brother in 2009 is really secondary. It is, of course, an attention grabber. (“There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her »

Who’s the Racist?

Featured imageCampus Reform made this video, in which an interviewer reads a quote about deporting illegal immigrants to college students and asks what they think about it. You can imagine. It turns out, though, that the quote is from President Obama in 2014. The students aren’t as embarrassed as they should be: Among other things, the video is a sad reminder of how uninformed most young people are these days. »

Is ESPN reverting to its old, leftist ways?

Featured imageFor years, ESPN indulged in left-wing politics. I wrote about this here and here. But John Skipper, under whose direction ESPN took this unfortunate turn, is no longer running the network. It turned out that he had an addiction problem. Also, ESPN was hurting financially. ESPN’s new head, Jimmy Pitaro, issued a directive — stop doing politics. To my knowledge, it has been followed. Earlier this week, however, an ESPN »

Is Trump causing Latinas to give birth prematurely?

Featured imageThe Washington Post wants us to believe he is. It cites several studies that apparently show an increase in premature births from Latinas since President Trump took office. Deep in the article we read an important disclaimer: Scott Sullivan, a maternal-fetal medicine professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, who was not involved in the study, cautioned against blaming Trump’s election. “The study doesn’t show that. It’s shows a »

The Moon @ 50

Featured imageLots of deserved recollections on the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing over the last few weeks and months. There’s not much need to repeat the main themes of the scientific marvel or adventurous spirit of that glorious enterprise. Some political aspects of Apollo, however, have not received sufficient attention. Specifically, the liberal attitude toward the moon landing is emblematic of how American liberalism had lost confidence in itself »

Kevin Diaz speaks

Featured imageKevin Diaz is the politics editor of the Star Tribune. He edited the page-one June 23 Star Tribune story by Patrick Coolican and Stephen Montemayor. The story sought to unravel Ilhan Omar’s marital arrangements in light of the Minnesota campaign finance board finding that Omar had filed joint tax returns with Ahmed Hirsi (to whom she was not legally married) while she was legally married to Ahmed Elmi. On July »

The Week in Pictures: Mod Squad Edition

Featured imageForget Mean Girls. The Mod Squad is a better appellation for the Fearsome Foursome who dominate the House Democratic Caucus. The premise of the original Mod Squad was described as “taking three rebellious, disaffected young social outcasts and convincing them to work as unarmed undercover detectives as an alternative to being incarcerated.” Now we just elect such people to Congress—incarceration of a different kind—and sit back with a yuuuge bucket »

The Times Covers Up for Omar

Featured imageOf all the Democratic Party press’s efforts to cover up the scandals surrounding Ilhan Omar, that of the New York Times is among the lamest. Linda Qiu purports to fact check the claim that Ilhan Omar was simultaneously married to two men, with one of those marriages–perhaps to her brother–being fraudulent. Of course, fact checking is easy when you don’t know anything about the facts. Rumors that Ms. Omar had »

Tucker Is On the Case

Featured imageThe Democratic Party press is desperately trying to cover up for Ilhan Omar. Perhaps the most laughable example is the New York Times, whose “fact check” I intend to write about later, when I have time. But the coverup is, I think, hopeless. Hundreds of thousands of people have read the post we published yesterday morning authored by David Steinberg. It is everywhere on Twitter and Facebook and has been »

Daily Mail versus Daily Beast

Featured imageYesterday the widely read Daily Mail did its thing on the question whether the man Ilhan Omar married in 2009 is her brother. The story by Ross Ibbetson appears under the headline “Does this photo prove Trump tormentor’s second marriage was a sham? Far-left Ilhan Omar is pictured with her first husband AND her second husband – as Trump accuses him of being her BROTHER and he posts from a »

Has Trump tapped Rand Paul for a mission to the mullahs? Trump says no

Featured imageYesterday, I saw reports that President Trump had agreed to have Rand Paul talk with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, who is in New York City this week for a U.N. conference. The reports struck me as questionable. Is Trump impatient or even disillusioned with his own Iran policy? He might be. Is he unhappy with the advisers who urged him to adopt the policy? If he’s unhappy with the »

Rhyming Albuquerque

Featured imageThis morning I’m flying to Albuquerque on my way to St. John’s College in Santa Fe to study Montaigne’s “Apology for Raymond Sebond” next week. It’s the longest essay in Montaigne’s Essays, by far. I hope to deepen my understanding of this difficult essay over the next week. At the moment I will only say that Montaigne is a most humane and companionable writer. We have much to learn from »

Ocasio-Cortez copycats target veteran New York Dems

Featured imageThe New York Times reports that three long-serving New York Democratic House members are facing primary challenges from left-wing Democrats. The challengers hope to replicate the success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated party stalwart Joseph Crowley in a primary during the last cycle. The three targeted Dems are Jerrold Nadler, Eliot Engel, and Carolyn Maloney. Each has been in Congress for roughly 30 years. Nadler heads the Judiciary Committee; Engel, »

The Power Line Show, Ep 134: A Nationalist Revival?

Featured imageA specter is haunting . . . well, just about everybody: the specter of a revival of nationalism. This week I attended the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, which was sponsored by the brand new Edmund Burke Institute. As Christopher DeMuth put it, “who knew that the next big thing would be the nation-state?” Of course if you say you are in favor of “nationalism” these days, right away critics »

The Washington Post does it again

Featured imageHow much mileage did the Democrats get out of President Trump’s unpresidential tweet suggesting that four ultra-radical, America-bashing congresswomen leave the country? I’m not sure, but I know they didn’t get as much as they wanted. Now, however, the Democrats and their media backers have a new card to play. At a Trump rally in North Carolina, some in the crowd responded to the president’s reference to the rads by »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll chronicles A THIRD OF JULY FOR THE AGES. She writes: Well, friends, I warned you this Trip Journal would skip around a bit. Didn’t want to be too linear or logical, which I recently learned was racist. We will talk – eventually — about the Third of July. But first, what, you may ask, makes a person just pick up and leave home, living out of a suitcase, »

Global Warming Propaganda, With Cartoon

Featured imageFrom the current The Week That Was, the invaluable compilation of climate-related information from the Science and Environmental Policy Project: Led by John Christy, the Earth System Science Center, The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), has 40 years of direct measurement of atmospheric temperature trends, yet the IPCC and others cling to surface measurements with very poor global coverage, with data contaminated by the urban heat-island effect. The IPCC »