Report: Yet another “witness” fails to back Ford’s story

Featured image CNN reports that Senate Judiciary Committee staff has spoken with a high school friend of Christine Blasey who, supposedly, was at the party where Brett Kavanaugh supposedly assaulted Blasey. The woman is Leland Ingham Keyser. Reportedly, she is a lifelong friend of Blasey (now, Blasey Ford). According to CNN, Ms. Keyser’s lawyer stated: Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being »

A deadly attack on an Iranian military parade

Featured imageRecently, an acquaintance of my wife returned from a trip to Iran, her country of origin. In addition to noting the runaway inflation and stark increase in poverty, she was surprised by the heightened level of separatist sentiment in various regions. That sentiment took a violent turn in southwestern city of Ahvaz today. Separatists attacked an Iranian military parade, killing at 29 people and wounding 70 more. The attackers disguised »

Keith Ellison’s “Minnesota Values”

Featured imageKeith Ellison has released his campaign’s first internet video. It claims that Ellison embodies “Minnesota values,” and studiously avoids any reference to the many controversies swirling around him: his long-time advocacy for cop-killers, his multiple documented instances of domestic violence, his participation in the Nation of Islam and his anti-Semitism, along with more minor issues like his failure to pay taxes. Here is the video: Ellison says we need him »

The First Time Was Farce, Too

Featured imageThe Democrats’ current attack on Judge Brett Kavanaugh obviously recalls their failed assault on Clarence Thomas, who has gone on to a distinguished career as an intellectual leader of the Supreme Court. Memories fade, and I had forgotten some of what Hans Bader details at Liberty Unyielding. I remember this much: the Thomas hearing was televised and gripped the nation. At the time, most Americans concluded that Anita Hill, who »

Dartmouth welcomes Secretary Mattis

Featured imageIn an unannounced visit sponsored by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, Secretary Mattis spoke to Professor Michael Mastanduno’s Government 54 class (US Foreign and Military Policy), as well as Dartmouth veterans from the college and graduate schools, members of ROTC and the War & Peace Fellows of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. In his remarks Secretary Mattis paid tribute to our »

The farce continues

Featured imageThe accuser of Judge Kavanaugh and her attorneys continue to protract the farce in their response to the terms offered for her testimony by Senator Grassley. Accuser Christine Blasey Ford accepts the invitation to speak, though at a time of her choosing with conditions left open. The attorneys add a few insults to the Judiciary Committee for good measure. What a crew. Here is the response sent to committee staffers »

As always, Ellison abuses the truth

Featured imageLocal public television affiliate TPT hosted a discussion featuring Minnesota attorney general candidates Keith Ellison (Democrat), Doug Wardlow (Republican) and Noah Johnson (Legalize Cannabis) last night on Almanac. The 36-minute segment is posted here. Even before the full legalization of cannabis in Minnesota, we have high times that cry out for an intervention. Hosts Eric Eskola and Kathy Wurzer let Ellison bluster his way through the discussion, but they homed »

Team Ford asks Grassley for yet more time

Featured imageAs noted here, Senate Judiciary Committee Grassley gave Christine Blasey Ford a deadline of 10:00 p.m. tonight to respond to his counter-proposal on the terms for Ford giving testimony about her claim against Brett Kavanaugh. Grassley stated that if Team Ford didn’t respond by then, or if Ford decided not to testify, the Committee would vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination on Monday. Grassley’s ultimatum had an escape hatch. Team Ford could »

Grassley responds to Ford’s demands, sets new response deadline, and issues new ultimatum

Featured imageJudiciary Committee Chairman Grassley has issued this statement about how his Committee now intends to proceed: Despite the fact that the July 30th letter [containing Dr. Ford’s allegations] remains hidden, my committee has been investigating the allegations and has heard from multiple witnesses since Sunday. Ms. Katz has discussed Dr. Ford’s allegations in numerous media interviews and said on TV Monday morning that Dr. Ford wants to share her account »

Thanks, Sen. McConnell, I needed that

Featured imageWe owe Justice Gorsuch to the skill and audacity of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It is good to hear from him today as Senate Democrats and their media adjunct have gone into the current frenzy over the impending confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Senator McConnell somehow sensed that we needed to hear a certain soothing message today. He has never sounded better to me. Speaking words »

Deep State Outed by . . . The NY Times?!?!

Featured imageAs if we didn’t have enough explosive material flying around this week, the New York Times has just posted the following story: Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment By Adam Goldman and Michael Schmidt WASHINGTON — The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed »

Booker on Kavanaugh: Delay and destroy

Featured imageThe Circus is the Showtime series that touts a look inside Washington politics via hosts John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon. The current episode (season 3, episode 7) aired on September 16. The episode can be accessed online here if you jump through a few hoops. At around 23:00 it briefly takes up the Democrats’ efforts to delay and obstruct the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in the »

The Week in Pictures: Deja Vu All Over Again Edition

Featured imageAnything happen this week? Oh heck, who am I kidding. It’s deja vu all over again, in Yogi Berra’s great phrase: I keep having flashbacks to the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991. I’ve said for years that the Bork maneuver would only work once, and that the attack on Thomas, having failed, wouldn’t be tried again. I underestimated the furies of the #MeToo moment, though, as lots of people have »

President Trump Confounds the Press

Featured imageTo hear the press tell it, President Trump is an unprecedented menace to the republic. Every day’s news is devoted to undermining him and his administration. Not just the New York Times and the Washington Post, but news outlets that once were regarded as relatively neutral, like the Associated Press, have made war on Donald Trump ever since his nomination for the presidency, if not before. Time after time, they »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 89: #Not Me Too!

Featured imageWith the Kavanaugh matter reaching a climax right now, I decided to move up the next episode of the Power Line podcast to this afternoon, and check in about the controversy with two of my favorite ladies, “Lucretia,” Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery, and Julie Kelly, frequent contributor to American Greatness, The Federalist, National Review, and other fine sites. (In fact, Rush Limbaugh gave a shout out to Julie’s »

Loose Ends (46) for a Crazy Week

Featured image• Has anyone stopped to notice that amidst all the extreme political turmoil of the week, the stock market has leapt sharply to a new record high? It’s almost as though the real economy of the real world isn’t much concerned about the madness in Washington. Or maybe the market is discounting favorably the likelihood of increased gridlock in Washington. Gridlock, as my late mentor M. Stanton Evans liked to »

Ed Whelan apologizes for “mistaken identity” tweets

Featured imageAs Steve reported last night, our friend Ed Whelan set off a storm yesterday with a series of tweets suggesting Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her was a case of mistaken identity. There had been plenty of buzz about this possibility, triggered mainly by Ed’s earlier tweets stating that compelling evidence would exonerate Kavanaugh. In his tweets yesterday, Ed went so far as to identify the »