Judge Sullivan seeks en banc review

Featured image I’ll say this for Judge Emmet Sullivan, he’s a persistent old cuss. Sullivan is so determined to sentence Michael Flynn that, rather than giving up after an appeals court ordered him to grant the government’s motion to dismiss the Flynn case, he has petitioned the full appeals court for en banc review. His lengthy brief can be found here. I can understand why Sullivan fights on. First, the appeals court’s »

Marquette president hits and runs

Featured imageAfter receiving a copy of the message/statement from Marquette University president Mike Lovell that John has parsed in the adjacent post, I wrote senior director of university communications Lynn Griffith at the address indicated in the message: Dear Ms. Griffith: I am one of four partners in and contributors to the site Power Line. We have received a copy of the statement sent out by President Lovell to the board »

Chronicles of the Crazy Time (14)

Featured imageToday in crazy, we pass along these stories: • Ford employees ask the company to stop making police cars Employees inside Ford have asked the company’s leadership to stop making and selling police vehicles, according to Jalopnik. . . Ford is far and away the leading automaker in the US when it comes to making and selling specially-designed vehicles for law enforcement, making up some two-thirds of the market. . . »

Marquette Weasels

Featured imageFor background on this post, read this one about Samantha Pfefferle, an incoming freshman at Marquette who made a pro-Trump TikTok video that caused her to be reviled and threatened by other Marquette students. Marquette administrators then called her to talk about her political views and, she told the College Fix, suggested that her admission as a freshman was not yet final and was “currently being decided by the administration.” »

Supreme Court satisfies neither Trump nor his enemies in financial records cases

Featured imageDeparting from the practice (universal, I think) of modern presidential candidates, Donald Trump refused to make public his tax records. Not good. Trump’s political enemies contrived to use congressional and prosecutorial authority to force the disclosure of Trump’s financial records. Not good. Both sets of enemies went to town. They subpoenaed not just President Trump’s records but also those of Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump. Not good. »

In the Floyd case

Featured imageThanks to the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25, Minneapolis has served as ground zero in the cultural revolution. All four officers on the scene have been terminated from the force and charged in Floyd’s death. Former Nation of Islam hustler and current Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has been assigned the lead in the prosecution of the officers. Yesterday one of the charged officers — »

Check Out One of the GOP’s Brightest Stars

Featured imageEarlier today I spent 30 minutes interviewing South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem in a webinar sponsored by Center of the American Experiment. We had more than 2,300 registered for the event, with many more watching on Facebook Live. If you missed it earlier, here it is again. I thought Governor Noem was terrific. As you watch the video, ask yourself: how many better leaders do we have in the U.S. »

What to do about DeSean Jackson? Nothing.

Featured imageAs I discussed here, the NBA will allow its players to replace the names on the back of their jerseys with political messages. I guess it’s a good thing DeSean Jackson plays in the NFL, rather than the NBA. Recently, this luminary issued an anti-Semitic statement on Instagram, based on a Hitler quote (apparently fake). Jackson soon issued a less than fully satisfactory apology. However, as Ed Morrissey points out, »

Princeton faculty letter demands end to academic freedom

Featured imageOn July 4, a group of more than 400 Princeton faculty members and (from the look of it) hangers-on sent a letter to the university’s president and other leaders on the subject of “anti-black racism.” After a few perfunctory and unsupported allegations about this phenomenon, the authors proceed to the business at hand. They present several dozen “demands.” Each demand seems more outlandish than the last until, finally, we get »

Supreme Court upholds religious freedom in two major cases

Featured imageThe Supreme Court today handed down decisions in two important cases involving religious freedom. Considerations of religious freedom prevailed in both. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru, the issue was whether the First Amendment’s religion clauses prevent civil courts from adjudicating employment discrimination claims brought by an employee against her religious employer, when the employee carried out important religious functions. The Court ruled that the First Amendment does »

Learning from France ’68

Featured imageAnticipating the 50th anniversary of what the French euphemistically call “the events” of ’68, Professor Daniel Mahoney provided a retrospective assessment based on the work of Raymond Aron, Roger Scruton, and Pierre Manent in the Law & Liberty essay “France’s psychodrama of 1968.” Steve revisited the subject with Professor Mahoney last week in the podcast posted here. Rereading Professor Mahoney’s 2018 essay, I was most struck by this paragraph toward »

Coronavirus in one state (69)

Featured imageThe Minnesota Department of Health has cut back its press briefings to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. Although press attendance on the conference calls appears to be much reduced, with some reporters popping up a second time for questions, the department continues to exclude me on the ground that they need to confine the briefing, so they say, to a chosen few members of large media organizations. I have not made the »

For Samantha, a Happy Ending

Featured imageI wrote yesterday about Samantha Pfefferle, an incoming freshman at Marquette University who made a Til-Tok video that showed she is a Trump supporter. In response, Marquette threatened to revoke her acceptance, even though she had paid for housing, had been assigned roommates, and had been given a complete class schedule. Today I got an email from a Marquette official asking me to update my post to say that Samantha’s »

Our Worthless News Media

Featured imageScott Adams makes an important paint, succinctly. God help those who rely for information on what used to be called the mainstream media: The two biggest news stories in the country are Coronavirus and race relations. No news source reports the relevant death counts of either one in a form that would be useful to citizens. The press is no longer pretending to inform. It is straight propaganda. — Scott »

Coronavirus in One State, the Summa

Featured imageIn the upcoming issue of Thinking Minnesota, Scott Johnson and Kevin Roche have collaborated on an article on COVID-19 in our state. Scott, of course, has written on the subject here on almost a daily basis, while Kevin writes at Healthy Skeptic. Their Thinking Minnesota piece represents the definitive word on how an arrogant governor and Health Commissioner botched their response to the COVID epidemic, achieving the worst of both »

Holloway’s way

Featured imageJonathan Holloway is the new president of Rutgers University. Insofar as one can tell from the quotes in Amanda Hoover’s NJ.com profile of Holloway — “Rutgers is named for a slave owner, but school’s first Black president says the name will stay” — his views resemble those of a conventional academic bureaucrat except in one respect. Holloway asserts that the university’s name isn’t up for changing even though it honors »

Israel hit by second coronavirus wave

Featured imageIsrael has done extraordinarily well in preventing the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. It reports only 37 deaths per one million people (342 deaths in total). By way of comparison, the U.S. reports 405 deaths per million. Only Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii report fewer deaths per million than Israel. Israel’s success is probably due to the stringent measures it took early on to keep the virus from spreading. They »