Don’t ask — that’s an order

Featured image Judge Jesse Furman went a fur piece — over a 277-page decision (embedded below) — in ruling yesterday that the Trump administration cannot lawfully add its proposed citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Judge Furman, by the way, is an Obama appointee to the busy bench of the Southern District of New York who presided over an eight-day trial of the case. I am tuning in to the case late »

About That Post Poll . . .

Featured imageThe fun news out of Washington this morning is that some merry prankster was passing out phony copies of the Bezos Bulletin (better known as the Washington Post): Fake editions of The Washington Post claiming that President Trump was leaving office were handed out Wednesday morning at multiple locations in Washington. . . Copies of the bogus papers were handed out at locations around Washington, including outside the White House and »

Gillette’s Razor—and Occam’s

Featured imageYou’ve heard of Occam’s Razor—that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Well now behold Gillette’s Razor—the simplest explanation for it being that Gillette’s ad agency has been taken over by the Oberlin College gender studies department. (Hat tip: Christina Hoff Sommers.) I guess Gillette thinks that, among other things, men shouldn’t “objectify” women. Like this for example: It’s almost as though Gillette was sitting around asking, “How can »

Notes on Gillibrand

Featured imageThe Washington Post covers Kirsten Gillibrand’s entrance into the presidential race with this report by Jenna Johnson. I have several observations. First, Johnson quotes Gillibrand as saying, “I’m going to run for president of the United States because, as a young mom, I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own.” (Emphasis added) Gillibrand is 52 years old. Gillibrand’s wishful thinking aside, »

Silence of the Dems

Featured imageVictor Davis Hanson brings his scholarly temperament and detachment to what he calls “The new, new anti-Semitism.” The new, new anti-Semitism has manifested itself in the House of Representatives, but I seriously doubt that it will be discussed or condemned there any time soon. Professor Hanson deserves a Pulitzer Prize for commentary, but that won’t be happening any time soon either. Doing the job that the Star Tribune refuses to »

Talk show host calls out black commentator for his “white privilege”

Featured image“White privilege” is a dubious concept. It’s typically invoked in lieu of reasoned rebuttal. Often, it’s akin to an ad hominen argument. The concept first gained currency on college campuses. Ironically, the most obvious beneficiaries of privilege on campus are minority students with inferior qualifications who are admitted because of their race or ethnicity. For the most part, those who talk about white privilege are dimwits who hope to preclude »

Trump Hatred–Or Is It America Hatred?–German Style

Featured imageWe wrote here about how Der Spiegel, Europe’s largest news magazine, made a fool of itself by publishing an entirely fictional article about Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and the “Trump voters” who live there. While the extent to which that article was fiction may have been unintended, its anti-Trump–and anti-American–tenor was not. Now, Der Spiegel has published a hit piece on Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Like the residents »

What demand does Kirsten Gillibrand supply?

Featured imageSen. Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to enter the presidential race today. Reportedly, she will make the announcement on Stephen Colbert’s program, and then head to Iowa to campaign. When the Democratic field is set, Gillibrand will likely be its second phoniest member, trailing only Sen. Cory Booker. In itself, phoniness is not necessarily a drawback. Hillary Clinton and John Edwards both made the national ticket. The real problem for Gillibrand »

Are you sure Alger done it this way?

Featured imageThe Sunday morning gabfests are turning into asylums a la Marat/Sade, without the pathos or human interest. This past Sunday they meditated deeply on President Trump’s non-denial denial that he was acting as a foreign agent for Russia. He had been posed the question by Jeanine Pirro on Saturday evening, following up on the New York Times story disclosing that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation on Trump himself »

Trump Triggers the Liberal Food Scolds

Featured imagePresident Trump today hosted the Clemson Tigers NCAA football championship team, and served them fast food in the Oval Office: Trump really is a genius, because faster than you can say C. Everett Koop, a leftist was triggered. In this case it is David Roberts of Grist and Vox, who writes some really excellent energy articles on Vox, but suffers from an advanced case of Trump Derangement Syndrome: Um. . »

Supreme Court can’t decide whether to decide key LGBT cases

Featured imageThe Supreme Court has been presented with two sets of cases relating to issues at the core of the LGBT agenda. Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda raise the question of whether discrimination against an employee because of sexual orientation constitutes prohibited employment discrimination “because of. . .sex,” within the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Lower courts have divided »

Is Gillibrand the Democrats’ Best Faux-Moderate Woman?

Featured imagePaul wrote earlier today about Kirsten Gillibrand’s candidacy for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. He wondered, reasonably, what Gillibrand’s market niche might be, and concluded that she is a long-shot candidate. There is another contender for Gillibrand’s place in the market: Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar has all but declared for the 2020 nomination, and in some respects, she is a formidable candidate. She has been elected by wide margins–most recently, »

“Restorative justice” in action

Featured image“Restorative justice” is a euphemism for trying to impose less punishment on disruptive students because these students are, as a group, disproportionately African-American. The motive for “restorative justice” is racial. The sociology/pedagogy brought to bear on its behalf is superstructure, to put it as kindly as I can. The Obama administration tried to impose “restorative justice” on schools by threatening to cut off federal funding. It did so through its »

It happened in January 2017

Featured imageBret Stephens is a proud NeverTrumper; he supported Hillary Clinton for president and still wishes she had won the election. In his informative column on the war fought by the Israel Defense Forces against Iranian elements including Hezbollah and the Quds Force in “the campaign between the wars,” however, we can find a hidden message that belies his NeverTrumpism. Analyze this: By 2016, [just-retired IDF chief of staff Gadi] Eisenkot »

The internal resistance to Trump

Featured imageFollowing a mortar attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad in September by a group linked to Iran, John Bolton reportedly asked the Pentagon to provide the military with options to “strike back” at Iran. The request reportedly raised concern at the Pentagon. “It definitely rattled people,” a former senior U.S. administration official told the Wall Street Journal. “It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran.” What boggles »

Gillette Gets Woke [Updated]

Featured image“Get woke, go broke” is a popular saying, but it isn’t necessarily true. Some companies have seemingly prospered by adopting a Social Justice Warrior pose. Nike comes to mind. Still, it is hard to understand what Gillette was thinking when it launched its foray into left-wing politics: “The Best Men Can Be,” a new web site that features this video. Gillette wants us to know that it is anti-sexual harassment. »

Most Colossal Green Weenie of All Time: The Green New Deal

Featured imageOkay, I’m managing to stifle my non-stop laughter at the “Green New Deal,” sobered partly by the realization that our coveted Green Weenie Award is not big enough to cover the serial madness that will be the Green New Deal once the specifics of it start to take shape in actual legislative proposals. Right now it is at the vague generalization stage. Except that environmentalists are making clear what they »