Not at the White House with Trump

Featured image The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports on the reception for conservative media at the White House late Monday afternoon. Easley himself didn’t attend the event. Easley relays the complaints of frustrated guests. Easley tentatively recounts a few of the questions asked at the event. For some reason he omits Trump’s answers. We see as through a glass darkly. Okay, I’m going to come right out and say it. The limitations of »

Emmanuel Macron: Wrong man, wrong time?

Featured imageIn an article called “The French, Coming Apart,” Christopher Caldwell, drawing heavily on the work of author Christophe Guilluy, argues that globalization has effectively cut France in two. In 16 dynamic urban areas, Caldwell says, the world’s resources have proved a profitable complement to those found in France. However, other cities and towns have become “desertified,” with the empty storefronts and blighted downtown sectors Rust Belt Americans know well. Caldwell »

Former Official: Obama Administration Misled on Climate Change

Featured imageWe have written about the corruption of climate science over and over again. Tragically, the agencies that are responsible for maintaining surface temperature records are staffed by zealots who put ideology ahead of science. Agency after agency around the world has been caught “adjusting” temperature records to fit the alarmists’ theories. They do this by lowering past temperature records and raising recent ones. Today the Daily Caller reveals a different »

A Strange Fact About Emmanuel Macron

Featured imageThe French election has come down to a runoff between Emmanuel Macron and Marine le Pen. The French establishment is uniting behind Macron, who is considered a mainstream figure. In one respect, though, his history is odd: he is married to one of his high school teachers, who was a married mother of three when they met. The Sun has the story, with the headline: “How French election front runner »

Judge blocks Trump’s order on sanctuary cities

Featured imageJudge William Orrick, III, appointed by President Obama after he raised at least $200,000 for his fellow left-liberal, has issued an order blocking President Trump from withholding funds to communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. Judge Orrick ruled that the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending. The ruling sounds high-minded and principled. However, as someone said in an email, if a city wanted »

The Insane Left Hits Rock Bottom

Featured imageI thought the cultural left couldn’t get any more ridiculous than when there was a complaint that the Vagina Monologues weren’t inclusive enough because it excluded men and trans-people, though I don’t know why we should be so specieist about it. In any case, behold Bill Nye, supposedly the “science guy,” bucking to become Bill Nye the Weimar Guy (hat tip to an anonymous Facebook poster for this astute characterization), »

At the White House with Trump

Featured imageEntering the White House through the visitors’ entrance at the northwest corner of the grounds, I heard a uniformed Secret Service officer calling a colleague inside: “Press is coming in. Don’t let them wander around the West Wing.” Well, they’ve got my number, I thought to myself. Directed to the press briefing room, the invited conservative media guests were gathering in advance of the reception called for 5:00 p.m. I »

75 year-old vet acquitted of placing American flag at VA facility

Featured imageA U.S. District Court in California has declared 75-year-old veteran Robert Rosebrock not guilty of violating federal law in a prosecution for allegedly displaying two four-by-six inch American flags above a Veterans Affairs fence on Memorial Day 2016. Rosebrock had been charged with hanging the two napkin-sized American flags on a section of the fence adjacent to the entrance to the VA facility in violation of a VA regulation prohibiting »

Breaking: Trump to impose tariff on Canadian soft lumber

Featured imageI just left the reception for conservative news media held in the Roosevelt Room of the White House late this afternoon. I will write up a fuller account later. For the moment I want to report President Trump’s announcement that he would be imposing a 20 percent tariff or tax on softwood lumber imported from Canada. President Trump was accompanied by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. He invited Ross to »

French voters in the U.S. have no use for Le Pen

Featured imageHere is how the vote among French citizens living in the United States went in the presidential election, according to a post I saw on Facebook that cited an official government source: Macron: 51 percent Fillon: 25 percent Mélenchon: 10 percent Hamon: 5.5 percent Le Pen: 5 percent Macron and Fillon can be viewed as candidates of, respectively, the center-left and the center-right establishments. Mélenchon and Le Pen can be »

What is Trump’s approval rating?

Featured imagePresident Trump’s current approval rating isn’t very important right now (though it may be to President Trump), but all of us would like to know what that rating is. In its latest survey, Rasmussen puts the approval number at 51 percent, with 49 percent disapproving. This is Trump’s best showing in a Rasmussen poll since early March. However, Trump’s approval rating has hovered at close to 50 percent for the »

Dave Begley: Live from Omaha, it’s Scott Walker

Featured imageOmaha attorney Dave Begley covered the appearances of presidential candidates in Iowa and Nebraska for us over the past two years. Last week he reported here on the appearance of Keith Ellison and Bernie Sanders in Omaha. Today he follows up with the counterprogramming of Mayor Jean Stothert, reported here by the Omaha World-Herald: Scott Walker was brought to Omaha in response to the visit of Bernie Sanders last week. »

How high the moon?

Featured imageToday we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song. She was a remarkable artist. Each period of her long career is rewarding, though she deepened her art as she got older. She excelled in a wide variety of material and in every musical setting. There is an emotional reserve or detachment in her singing, but there is also joy and an irrepressible »

Times Editorial Board Accuses Justice Gorsuch of Murder [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageWell, that’s a slight overstatement. But not by much. This is what the Times editorial board–a ragtag collection of third-rate leftists–tweeted: With his first vote, the Supreme Court’s newest member sent a man to die. https://t.co/JxrNpVqmN6 pic.twitter.com/ia3DfonZMR — NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) April 24, 2017 So Gorsuch “sent a man to die.” The editorial itself is only slightly less over the top: [I]t’s worth paying special attention to Justice Neil Gorsuch’s »

At women’s college, a student strike for more money and free therapy succeeds

Featured imageHere’s a student protest that makes some sense to me. Resident advisers (RAs) at Scripps College went on strike seeking more dough (and I don’t mean play-doh). Sophie Mann, a junior at Scripps, writing in the Wall Street Journal, reports: In a new twist on student protests, a group of resident advisers at Scripps College went on “strike” last week after issuing a list of demands—mostly for more money. Other »

Such a deal: A footnote

Featured imageAt the time the rotten Iran deal was announced in January 2016 reader Don Burden wrote to comment on one of the convicted Iranians released by the Obama administration in exchange for the four or five American hostages who were returning home. We posted Mr. Burden’s message in “A note on the hostage deal.”. Mr. Burden wrote, he said at the time, because “this is something I have a lot »

Is Trump panicking? Should conservatives?

Featured imageJohn notes that some Republicans may be panicking about the Trump administration. He argues that such panic would not be justified. The question I want to raise is whether President Trump is panicking? The answer, I think, is no. However, there are signs that he may be a bit unnerved and that he’s overreacting to early setbacks. The Trump administration is nearing the 100-day mark. This represents a non-event — »