Fake news: Two case studies

Featured image I was asked by our local chapter of the Cardozo Society — an affinity group of Jewish lawyers of which I am a member — to speak over lunch as a counterpart to ABA Foundation Fellow and historian Victoria Saker Woeste on the subject of fake news at the society’s October 8 continuing legal education program. Ms. Woeste was the featured speaker. Her theme was that the term “fake news” »

Standing up to the mob (2)

Featured imageThe interview of Senator McConnell by Laura Ingraham below dates back to October 5, in the immediate aftermath of the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh tp the Supreme Court. Senator McConnell explicitly discusses the mobs opposing confirmation that Republican Senators faced at their homes prior to the vote. It is worth pausing over this interview and reflecting further on the Democrats and their supporters. This is the new Democratic normal. Quotable »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 93: Conservatism and Its Enemies

Featured imageThere’s a slight departure for the Power Line Show this week. I have a nasty case of bronchitis and have actually lost my voice (bringing cheer to my critics and enemies), and couldn’t do the author interview planned for this week, so John Hinderaker stepped in to host this episode with special guest. . . Me! Just how does that work, you say? Well, as previously noted, I am currently »

Standing Up To the Mob

Featured imageMaxine Waters and other Democratic Party leaders have urged members of their party to harass Republicans when they go out in public, and as far as I know, not a single prominent Democrat has denounced such mob tactics. So the number of such incidents has multiplied rapidly. What I have never understood is why the mob can get away with such disgraceful conduct. In nearly any setting, the sane outnumber »

Invasion by euphemism: James Dueholm speaks

Featured imageIn “Invasion by euphemism” I cited James Dueholm’s essay “Lincoln’s Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus.” Disagreeing with the gist of what I wrote, Mr. Dueholm has emailed me this comment: I don’t think the coming caravan would be considered an invasion for either the writ suspension or protection of states provision of the Constitution, but I do think the president has the constitutional power to deploy the armed »

Jobs Not Mobs

Featured image“Jobs not mobs” has become a GOP mantra in this year’s elections. It is, I think, an excellent theme. Minnesota’s Freedom Club, of which I am a member, is the state’s most effective political organization. It has produced a series of television ads attacking Democratic candidates Tim Walz and Keith Ellison for their anti-safety policies, i.e., sanctuary state and, in Ellison’s case, endorsement of cop killers. Now the Freedom Club »

Killing Khashoggi: Fistfight edition

Featured imageThe Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is apparently unschooled in the arts of scandal management. Having now conceded for the first time that Jamal Khashoggi died in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, the kingdom claims that claiming that Khashoggi’s death came after an argument and a “fistfight” with men in the facility. According to Politico’s story, the kingdom has arrested 18 Saudi nationals suspected of involvement in Khashoggi’s »

The Week in Pictures: 1,024th% Edition

Featured imageElizabeth Warren is the gift that keeps on giving. She’s making a good bid to replace Hillary Clinton in that important role. Who can doubt that if/when Warren runs for president, her tribal identity is going to come up as a daily matter, no matter how hard she tries to make it “old news.” I haven’t had this much fun since . . . Tuesday. Maybe the most perfect art »

Tom Friedman doubles down on magical thinking

Featured imageTo figure how not to think about events in the Middle East, it’s often useful to consult Tom Friedman. Yesterday, Friedman appeared on PBS with Christiane Amanpour to discuss the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Friedman looks like a fool in the wake of the murder because last year he wrote a gushing column praising Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, for implementing a “top-down Arab spring.” Friedman »

Four Years For Leaking

Featured imageIn St. Paul yesterday, a former FBI agent was sentenced to four years in prison for leaking classified information to a media outlet: [Terry] Albury, 39, who joined the bureau in 2000 and was most recently assigned as an airport liaison, was sentenced Thursday in the federal courthouse in downtown St. Paul. He had previously pleaded guilty to making an unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and unlawful retention of »

Jamal Khashoggi and the Washington Post, Part Two [UPDATED]

Featured imageThe Washington Post decries what it calls a “whispering campaign” to “smear” Jamal Khashoggi that is “designed to protect President Trump”. The “whisperers” are “hard-line Republicans and conservative commentators.” The latter are writing articles critical of Khashoggi (which means they are not whispering). The former are “privately sharing” the articles (which, I had thought, is how articles typically are shared). The Post’s Robert Costa and Karoun Demirjian provide no evidence »

Invasion by euphemism

Featured imageWe await the arrival of the latest “caravan” of aliens from Central America proclaiming their intention of entering the United States unlawfully via our southern border. I believe but do not know that this would be what is known as an “invasion” under Section 9, Article 1 of the Constitution: “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of Rebellion or Invasion »

Notes on Minnesota races

Featured imageIn a nearby post John comments on Republican state senator Karin Housley’s race against appointed incumbent and metro liberal nullity Tina Smith. I have no sense of how that race is going, but it is only one of two Senate races on the ballot. Incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar is running for reelection against Republican Jim Newberger. I do have a sense of how that race is going. Running a campaign »

The Polls Are Useless

Featured imageWhat will happen on November 6? I have no idea. But here’s the point: no one else has any idea, either. Sometimes, the choice is between polls and common sense. Or, as Groucho used to say, who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes? I go with my lying eyes every time. So, for instance, the polls have generally shown Arizona’s Senate race between fighter pilot Martha McSally and »

Another Day, More Death Threats

Featured imageA New York man has been arrested for threatening to murder two Republican senators: A 74-year-old New York man was arrested Friday for violently threatening two U.S. senators over their support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Beginning Sept. 27, Ronald DeRisi left more than 10 threatening voicemails for two different lawmakers—who were not named— according to the official complaint released by prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for »

Loose Ends, Mostly About Podcasts and Things

Featured image• You may have heard that outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley killed it at the Al Smith dinner this week, especially with her quip that “I get it, you wanted an Indian woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test.” Boom! In any case, here’s the whole 15 minute speech, which works pretty well I think. Nikki 2024!   • Not sure whether I’ll be able to get this week’s Power »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll declares that there is NOTHING SOCIAL ABOUT IT. She writes: Generally speaking, putting the word “social” in front of anything either renders it meaningless or changes it into its opposite. Sometimes, like “social disease,” it is just a euphemism. At any rate, I submit several examples of the uses of “social” for your consideration: Let’s just skim the surface of the worst of all, though it alone could »