Unconstitutional pro-union gag law challenged

Featured image California law prohibits public officials from making statements that might “deter or discourage” public employees or applicants from membership in a public employee union. The law was passed in 2017 in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling that compulsory public employee union dues are unconstitutional. This California law, Section 3550, is also unconstitutional. It censors viewpoints that are critical of public employee unions on the basis of a vague and »

Joe Biden remembers

Featured imageEd Driscoll posts quotations from Chairman Joe under the tag SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ’76! Yesterday Biden had a few more offerings that should be added to the mix. Campaigning in South Carolina, Biden bragged about one of his great accomplishments from the Barack years: “And folks, one of the things I am proudest of is getting passed, getting moved, getting in control of the Paris Climate Accord. I am the guy »

Mayor Pete: Plain Vanilla Obama?

Featured imageA lot of people have suggested that Mayor Peter Buttigieg is trying to be the white (gay) Obama, and it makes a certain amount of sense. But maybe he is taking this too far? Check out this 24-second video: Yeah, I think we had enough of this the first time. »

Help! Apologize to our jailers in the Chinese bakery

Featured imageI enjoyed Walter Russell Mead’s February 3 Wall Street Journal Global View column published under the headline “China is the real sick man of Asia.” Beginning with China’s respose to the coronavirus outbreak, Mead widened the scope to economic issues: China’s initial response to the crisis was less than impressive. The Wuhan government was secretive and self-serving; national authorities responded vigorously but, it currently appears, ineffectively. China’s cities and factories »

What the Nevada vote tells us about Latino Democrats

Featured imageBernie Sanders’s big victory in Nevada was powered by the Latino vote. The socialist claimed 53 percent of it. Sanders didn’t do nearly as well with African-Americans and whites. If Hispanics had voted like these other two groups, Sanders would not be riding so high. His victory would have resembled the more modest wins in Iowa and New Hampshire. Mark Krikorian sums up what the Nevada results and other evidence »

How Dumb Are America’s College Students?

Featured imageHeather Mac Donald is one of America’s great heroines. For no reason other than love of her country, Western civilization and common sense, she ventures repeatedly into the bizarre and hostile world of America’s colleges and universities. If students listened to her, they would learn a lot. Alas, most of them are not up to that task. Heather has often been subjected not just to rudeness, but to threats of »

Trump In India

Featured imagePresident Trump is paying a triumphant visit to India. Yesterday he delivered a speech to a cheering throng of more than 100,000. You probably have seen video; this CBS report is reasonably balanced: Of course, press coverage of the president’s visit is grudging. Reuters, for example, acknowledges the president’s enthusiastic reception but takes a shot at India’s Prime Minister: Modi, a nationalist who won re-election last year and has shifted »

Is there a Democrat who can stop Bernie Sanders?

Featured imageI think there might be, but he probably will choose not to. Suppose Barack Obama endorsed his former VP for president. The endorsement would probably carry Joe Biden to victory in South Carolina and position him for a solid showing on Super Tuesday. Suppose Obama endorsed Pete Buttigieg, the gay Obama. Biden, who is campaigning on the fact that he was Obama’s number two, would be finished. Buttigieg would suddenly »

Lookin’ for a new fool (2)

Featured imageMaria Bartiromo took up the New York Times’s updated edition of the Russia hoax on her FOX News Sunday Morning Futures show yesterday. Her guest was House Intelligence Committee Member John Ratcliffe (video below). FOX News reports on the interview in “Rep. Ratcliffe on Russia reportedly trying to interfere with 2020 election: Dems ‘leaked information that’s not accurate.'” Quotable quote: “[The Russians] meddled in 2016, they are going to meddle »

Coronavirus hits Iran, mullahs put it to use

Featured imageThe coronavirus has spread to Iran. The Iranian health ministry says that at least eight people have died in that country. Along with Italy, Iran appears to be the non-East Asian country most severely hit by the virus so far. How did the coronvirus reach Iran? In the usual way, it seems — via a merchant who regularly shuttled between Iran and China. The merchant lives in Qom, the city »

One of the Great Performances in Heavyweight History

Featured imageLast night, Britain’s Tyson Fury stopped Deontay Wilder of Alabama in the seventh round, taking Wilder’s WBC world heavyweight crown. Both fighters entered the bout undefeated. Wilder was 42-0-1, with 41 knockouts–the highest KO percentage in heavyweight history. Fury came in at 29-0-1. The only blemish on either fighter’s record was the draw they fought to in December 2018. Their 2018 encounter was a great, classic fight. Fury dominated, but »

Good News On Immigration

Featured imageMother Jones has data on immigration that most people will consider good news. Mother Jones, of course, doesn’t see it that way. When President Donald Trump took office, he wasted no time in overhauling immigration system with high-profile moves such as separating asylum seekers from their children, rolling back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and diverting federal funds to build a border wall. Yet along with these »

Not your father’s Gipper

Featured imageI’m a fan of Victor Davis Hanson, as I’m sure many of our readers are. Hanson’s latest article has much to recommend it. He argues persuasively that “if Sanders is the Democratic nominee, the NeverSanders movement will be far larger, far wealthier, far more influential—even as it is likely far quieter—than were the vociferous but anemic NeverTrumpers of 2016.” However, I want to take issue with some of Hanson’s statements »

Bernie Sanders, 60 Minutes style

Featured imageThose of us of a certain age recognize Bernie Sanders as a throwback to a type with which we became painfully familiar. He is an old-fashioned Communist or Communist fellow traveler or Communist dupe. It was hard to tell them apart, but they had this in common, among other things: in the Cold War, they fought on the other side. That’s Bernie Sanders. He spoke up for the Communist regimes »

American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar

Featured imageI met up with the Federalist’s Ben Weingarten in Minneapolis this past fall when he was in the process of finishing American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party. With a foreword by Andrew McCarthy, the book is published in paperback today by Bombardier Books; it is available on Amazon at the link. Ben sent me and a few other students of Omar a copy »

Report: Soleimani’s assassination leaves Revolutionary Guard reeling

Featured imageDemocrats seem nearly unanimous in their outrage over the assassination of the leading Iranian terrorist, Qasem Soleimani. Some Republicans have also expressed opposition to President Trump’s decision to take Soleimani out. I thought it was a great move. I’m delighted that Soleimani has joined Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the ranks of those wondering where the heck those virgins are. However, I questioned whether »

Stalin’s last laugh

Featured imageHas Bernie Sanders ever lavished the kind of praise on the United States that he has heaped on the old regime of the Soviet Union, the dictators of Venezuela, or the Communist masters of Cuba? Has he ever praised the United States, period? When it comes to the United States versus its enemies, the guy is on the other side. It’s probably past time to take Sanders seriously and take »