Sunday morning coming down

Featured image I’ve written about Chris Hillman several times over the years. He has a new disc out with his long-time friend and musical partner Herb Pedersen (Bidin’ My Time, produced by Tom Petty and Herb). Chris and Herb came through town this past Thursday to play at the Dakota Restaurant and Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis, where we saw them up close. I snapped the photo at right from our table. »

Have we really made “big progress” with North Korea?

Featured imagePresident Trump is hailing North Korea’s announcement that the regime is willing to end the testing of its ICBMs. He tweeted: North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World – big progress! Look forward to our Summit. I don’t want to rain on Trump’s parade. If he gets a boost in »

Loose Ends (35)

Featured imageIt’s down to the wire for the end of the semester, which means I’m up to my neck in student term papers and other things that are keeping me from my keyboard, so lots of things are piling up on my spindle. Time to clear out a few. • The main purpose of academic freedom, we’re told, is to protect the generation of “new knowledge.” The new knowledge we learned »

McCabe says he’ll sue Trump for defamation

Featured imageAndrew McCabe reportedly is planning to sue for wrongful termination and defamation. The defendant in his wrongful termination suit would have to be the government, I think. The defendant is his defamation suit apparently would be President Trump. McCabe’s lawyer says Trump has engaged in “continuing slander” against the former FBI man. I don’t know what specific “slanders” McCabe’s lawyer is referring to, but a defamation suit against Trump would »

Swedes Sour On Immigration

Featured imageDespite the relentless efforts by Sweden’s establishment to put a happy face on what has obviously been a troubled refugee policy, most Swedes aren’t buying it. A recent poll finds that 60% want to take in fewer refugees: 41 percent said that they would prefer significantly fewer refugees to be accepted, while 19 percent said they would take a slightly lower number. 12 percent answered that they think Sweden should »

How did you know?

Featured imageAfter our Spring blizzard let up last Sunday, we escaped from the house to see the film Beirut. We had seen the preview and it looked promising. Starring Jon Hamm, directed by Brad Anderson, written by Tony Gilroy, the film featured a story recalling the 1984 kidnapping of CIA Lebanon station chief William Buckley by Hezbollah operatives. The film has received a panoply of favorable reviews. It was obviously a »

Advice and descent

Featured imageIn Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent, still in print after all these years, the president’s left-wing nominee for Secretary of State has a secret. As a young man — echoes of the Hiss case — he was a member of a Communist cell. Leffingwell’s Communist past is a secret that must be covered up. Complications ensue, giving life to a Washington novel that is one of our favorites. Novelist Thomas »

Anti-semitic and dumb as a rock, Part Three

Featured imageTrayon White is the D.C. Council member who explained that Jewish financiers control the climate and create natural disasters to gain political control. I called him anti-semitic and dumb as a rock. To his credit, White has been trying to make amends. Reportedly, he attended a Passover Seder. In addition he visited the Holocaust Museum. Unfortunately, the museum visit will only reinforce the “dumb as a rock” tag while doing »

Perez promotes lawsuit: “No one is above the law”

Featured imageWe receive DNC emails addressed to “Rachelle” at our Power Line gmail account. Tom Perez and Keith Ellison are both on a first name-basis with Rachelle, whoever she is. Today’s correspondence promotes the DNC lawsuit against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and other defendants. The element of projection looms large in Perez’s message, as always in the recurring themes of the Democratic Party. The message announces “We’re suing the »

The DNC goes to court

Featured imageThe Democratic National Committee has just filed a civil lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages against the Russian government, WikiLeaks, the Trump campaign, and a supporting cast of thousands arguing that the parties conspired to influence the 2016 presidential campaign. The lawsuit is filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York (Manhattan). The DNC alleges a multitude of claims including conspiracy and violations of everything from »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll changes up Thomas Wolfe mostly by adding humor in “You Can’t GET Home Again! Or, Thoughts From the Frozen Tundra.” She writes: Thomas Wolfe was quite certain that “You Can’t Go Home Again.” By which, I took it to mean that we have distorted impressions of people and places seen through the prism of childhood that do not hold up under the harsh light of adulthood. As grownups, »

Twitter Censors Mainstream Conservatism

Featured imageI tweet pretty regularly, almost always my own Power Line posts, but I never actually go on Twitter, in part because Twitter is a cesspool. Profane language is common, I often read about calls by liberals for conservatives to be murdered, and outrageous hate speech like the tweets I wrote about here is common. If you are on the Left, anything goes. So you have to wonder why Twitter prevented »

The Week in Pictures: Double-Espresso Shot Edition

Featured imageHas anyone done a public health impact analysis of closing every Starbucks in the nation on the same day in late May? There may well be a panic. Emergency rooms will be filled with people undergoing caffeine withdrawals. Millions of millennials won’t make it to work until 3 pm, instead of 10:30 am as usual. Alternative coffee purveyors will be overwhelmed. It’s going to be ugly. Meanwhile, I expect a »

Comey Memos: Ho Hum

Featured imageI was on the Howie Carr show a little while ago, talking about the release of James Comey’s memos on his conversations with Donald Trump. Scott has already weighed in on the memos, which you can read in his post or here, and Paul has noted the reaction of Bob Goodlatte, Trey Gowdy and Devin Nunes. These are my thoughts, for what they are worth: 1) The memos do nothing »

The war on standards reaches coffee stores

Featured imageLet’s start with the disclosure thing. As an attorney, I had the good fortune to represent Starbucks in various matters, including a case, a matter of public record, where race discrimination was alleged (but not found). Nothing in this post is based on any information obtained as an attorney representing the company more than six years ago. What to make of the arrest of two black men at a Starbucks »

Questions for Comey

Featured imageIn her weekly Wall Street Journal column Kim Strassel formulates 11 “basic questions” for Comey to answer some time on his book tour promoting himself as our tutor in ethical leadership. They are all good questions. Here are six of them: • You admit the Christopher Steele dossier was still “unverified” when the FBI used it as the basis of a surveillance warrant against Carter Page. Please explain. Also explain »

Goodlatte, Gowdy, and Nunes on the Comey Memos

Featured imageToday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes released the following statement after the Committees received James Comey’s memos. Their statement is, I believe, spot on: We have long argued former Director Comey’s self-styled memos should be in the public domain, subject to any classification redactions. These memos are significant for both »