Old Leftists Never Fade Away….

Featured image We wrote last June about New Yorker fact-checker Talia Lavin, who falsely accused a disabled veteran of being a “Nazi” because she misinterpreted his military tattoo. It made quite a stir at the time, and the New Yorker fired Lavin. Her libel of the amputee veteran wasn’t a one-off; she hates Republicans, or suspected Republicans, in general: The truth of the matter is that anyone who willingly declares themselves [sic] »

Our Adversarial Press, Then and Now

Featured imageYesterday CNN’s Jim Acosta grumbled about the fact that a Daily Caller reporter asked President Trump a softball question at the end of the president’s appearance in the Rose Garden. How dare he? Doesn’t he know the press is supposed to be adversarial, speaking truth to power? Someone on Twitter put Acosta’s gibe at the Daily Caller reporter together with his own fawning question to President Obama a few years »

What if Bernie Sanders held a rally in a black church and no blacks came?

Featured imageThe Washington Post reports that a Bernie Sanders rally held in the gym of a black church in North Charleston, South Carolina drew more than 1,600 people. Fewer than 40 were black. Sanders has a problem with black voters, especially in the South. As one South Carolina Democratic leader, a Sanders supporter, said: It’s not just that he’s a Yankee. It’s not just that he’s old and that he sounds »

Polar Bear Populations Booming

Featured imageLiberals apparently chose the polar bear as a poster child for global warming because the bears are considered cute, although no one who had a close encounter with a polar bear would describe it that way. Why global warming would be harmful to polar bears was never persuasively explained, nor was there any explanation of how the bears had survived many climatic changes over hundreds of thousands of years. In »

Left Readies to Jump the . . . Snark?

Featured imageJust when you think the mainstreaming of reparations, wealth confiscation, Medicare-for-All, and every other idea from the wish list of every socialist fruit-juice drinker has gone to the limit, one more comes along. The New Republic, a once-serious magazine, informs us: Why Animal Rights Is the Next Frontier for the Left . . .If recent trends on the liberal-left are any indication, the stars may be re-aligning for the forces »

Goose for Heine (and the General) [UPDATED]

Featured imageA few days ago, I discussed the Joe Torre for Orlando Cepeda trade. I said this was the only straight swap of Hall of Famers I could think of. Initially, I thought the 1930 mid-season trade that sent Heine Manush from the St. Louis Browns to the Washington Senators in exchange for Goose Goslin was another such deal. When I researched it, however, I learned that Alvin “General” Crowder also »

An omen of Omar

Featured imageWhen Ilhan Omar became the biggest story in the United States for a few days earlier this month, I mostly gave the subject a rest. She is an incredibly duplicitous and tiresome piece of work. I want to return to her briefly this morning. Omar’s Islamist anti-Semitism raised an uproar that she has treated in part as an issue of public relations. It reminds me of her treatment of the »

Early Warning on Bernie

Featured imageItem: I am aware of at least one early head-to-head poll, not yet public, that finds Bernie Sanders running best against Trump out of all the Democratic field—even better than Biden. Item: Sanders has hired the guy who wrote this story to work on his campaign: »

Bizarre Ignorance of Israel at the Washington Post

Featured imageToday’s Washington Post includes a story about a meeting among Muslim and Jewish Democratic members of Congress that took place on March 5. The story got a lot of play, but it included an extraordinary error–an error that was mostly covered up, rather than revealed, by the correction the Post subsequently ran: CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story did not make Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s position on Israel clear. The »

Fox News brings on Donna Brazile and Paul Ryan

Featured imageFox News has added Donna Brazile, former interim chair of the DNC, as a commentator. It has also appointed Former House Speaker Paul Ryan to the board of Fox Corp., the newly formed parent company of Fox News. I’ve always kind of liked Brazile, and her commentary is likely to be worthwhile (she actually is a “Democratic strategist”), at least by the standards of news channel talking heads. However, when »

Abolish the Ivy league—Or Break It Up?

Featured imageThe college admissions scandal that broke last week is another delightful reminder of the hypocrisy of academic liberalism, but I don’t think we’ve gotten anywhere close to grasping the full dimensions of it. Glenn Reynolds has long argued that we should “abolish the ivy league” in the name of equality, but I can think of another remedy, such as applying antitrust laws to what has obviously become a market-protecting cartel. »

Why is Trump losing so often in court?

Featured imageYesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration’s position that the government has the power to arrest noncitizens who commit certain crimes and hold them in immigration jails before a deportation proceeding, without regard to how long ago they were released from prison. Two immigrants had argued that statutory language bars the government from arresting them after they were free for 24 hours, a deadline that often would be difficult »

Spring can really hang you up the most

Featured imageI’m taking the liberty of reposting this tribute to a great song with an unusual story behind it. From Ella Fitzgerald to Fran Landesman to T.S. Eliot and Geoffrey Chaucer, here we go: There are a few torch songs that lament the coming of Spring. This time of year, if you’re tuned to one of the right stations, you may well find yourself listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s memorable rendition of »

Nunes’ suit against Twitter

Featured imageScott has encouraged me to weigh in on the lawsuit Rep. Devin Nunes filed against Twitter and Liz Mair. Before doing so, I should say that I’m not an expert in defamation law. I did defend a few cases that alleged defamation, but this was in the pre-social media age, and the defenses we raised don’t intersect with most of the defenses applicable in Nunes’ case. Turning now to that »

White Supremacy: Not What It Used To Be

Featured imageDid you know there are more white students than black students at highly competitive Stuyvesant High School in New York? Admission is color-blind and depends on taking a test. But New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman isn’t fooled; she explains that it is nevertheless a case of white supremacy. White students generally have more means with which to prep for this test, some doing it for years. Yes it’s a »

Toxic Masculinity Strikes Again

Featured imageI can’t wait to see how the intersectional left handles this story from Science magazine: Girls who share a womb with boys tend to make less money than those with twin sisters Female twins who shared a womb with a brother tend to get less education, earn less money, and have fewer children than girls who shared a womb with another girl, according to an analysis of hundreds of thousands »

Kamala Harris refused to investigate donor

Featured imageYahoo News reports that when she was the attorney general of California, Kamala Harris declined to investigate Herbalife, the nutritional supplement company that has been accused of fraudulent marketing practices. In 2015, prosecutors in the San Diego office of the California attorney general sent Harris a lengthy, detailed memorandum urging such an investigation. However, Harris did not initiate one. Other states did. So did the Federal Trade Commission. It obtained »