Back to the Future on Crime

Featured image One of Ronald Reagan’s most cutting one-liners back in the 1960s was, “A liberal’s idea of being tough on crime is handing out longer suspended sentences.” Those were the days of extreme leniency on crime amidst a sharply rising crime rate. The liberal answer was always that we needed to deal with the “root causes” of crime, ignoring that the root cause of crime is criminals. Fast forward 50 years, »

Marco Rubio named acting Senate Intelligence Committee chairman

Featured imageMitch McConnell has selected Marco Rubio to serve as acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Rubio replaces Richard Burr, who stepped down last week because he’s under investigation by the FBI regarding stock sales he made just before the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic caused stock values to plummet. Rubio was once best known in the Senate for his amnesty-style immigration reform bill. Now, he’s probably best known for his hardline »

Obama’s Treasury Department Spied on Trump Associates

Featured imageWhen Acting DNI Richard Grenell released the list of individuals who made unmasking requests relating to General Michael Flynn, one of the curious facts that stood out was the presence of a number of Obama Treasury Department officials on the list. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and no fewer than five of his subordinates–Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary, Acting Assistant Secretary, and so on, all political appointees in the Obama administration–all made »

Rural America Rebels Against the Madness

Featured imageNew York City is the center of the Wuhan epidemic in the United States, and in response to the virus, governors across the country have imposed shutdowns that might possibly be appropriate in New York, but are bonkers as applied to local conditions. Initially, most of us tried to be good sports. But as shutdowns lingered from weeks into months, and small businesses were destroyed by the hundreds of thousands »

The stage is set for Israel to annex part of West Bank

Featured imageOver the weekend, Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in for another stint as Israel’s prime minister. This time, he’s the head of a coalition government and, if the agreement he struck with the opposition holds, will serve for only 18 months. Netanyahu doesn’t want to waste them. His next big initiative will be the annexation of portions of the West Bank. Netanyahu wants to get this done before the U.S. presidential »

Tonight on PBS: Created Equal

Featured imageI wrote about Michael Pack’s documentary on Justice Thomas in “Clarence Thomas speaks.” The title of the film is Created Equal. We ran to one of our local suburban multiplexes to see it upon its release this past winter, in the good old days when such activities were permitted. If you missed it, however, you may want to catch it tonight on PBS, where it is scheduled to be broadcast »

Coronavirus In Five States (5)

Featured imageI have periodically taken a look at the coronavirus numbers for the five-state Upper Midwest region. See here, here, here, and here. The Upper Midwestern states offer interesting comparisons because they are similar in most ways, but their governors have followed quite different paths in dealing with the Wuhan virus. For this comparison, I got current fatality numbers from each state’s Department of Health, looked up each state’s population, and »

Coronavirus in one state (43)

Featured imageAs I noted yesterday, Minnesota Model 3.0 projected 1,441 deaths due to COVID-19 when it was released this past Thursday (May 14). Getting to 1,441 deaths would require 50 or so deaths a day through the end of this month. Yesterday the authorities reported 22 new deaths, bringing the total to 722. The daily average so far this month is just over 22. With something like a team of thousands »

The media’s ineffective attack on Tara Reade’s sex harassment claim

Featured imageIn his CNN interview about Tara Reade’s allegation of sexual assault, Joe Biden told Mika Brzezinski that he wasn’t attacking Reade. Instead, he was just saying the alleged assault didn’t happen. Biden knew that he didn’t have to attack Reade. The mainstream media and his other Democratic allies would do that work for him. Now, they have. They are “attacking the victim” in ways that would outrage feminists and #MeToo »

The Power Line Show, Ep 187: Freedom of the Press in an Era of Fake News, with Zach Wood

Featured imageThis episode flips the usual format, with my guest interviewing me for a change. I first took note of Zachary Wood when he was an undergraduate of Williams College. He was the president of a student group called “Uncomfortable Learning,” whose mission was to invite to campus outside speakers with a heterodox perspective (which is code for “conservative” for the most part). Invitees included Charles Murray, Christina Hoff Sommers, David »

Coronavirus in one state (42)

Featured imageMinnesota Model 3.0 projected 46 or so deaths a day through the end of this month when it was released on Thursday. Yesterday the authorities reported 17 new deaths, bringing the total to 700. The new model predicts 1,441 deaths by the end of May. I will withhold further comment on it at this point. The 17 new deaths came with the age breakdown we have continued to see: six »

Can Joe Biden stand up to Stacey Abrams?

Featured imageI agree with Scott’s prediction that Stacey Abrams will not be Joe Biden’s running mate. But the fact that we’re even talking about a failed gubernatorial candidate who has never served at a higher level than state legislator as a possible vice presidential nominee is a tribute to a combination of Abrams’s ability to self promote and the frivolousness of the Democratic Party and its media backers. It’s also a »

Portrait of Stacey

Featured imageThe Washington Post appears to be spearheading a lunatic campaign promoting the vice presidential aspirations of Georgia-in-her-mind governor Stacey Abrams. Maybe there is another explanation for Kevin Powell’s Washington Post Magazine cover story “The power of Stacy Abrams,” but that’s my take. Whatever the explanation, Powell’s cover story features the scary portrait by Dana Scruggs below, inserted here solely for illustrative purposes. I hate to go out on a limb, »

Gov. Cuomo Excuses Himself

Featured imageNew York has been by far the worst center of Wuhan virus infection in the U.S., and it seems clear that New York’s governor, Andy Cuomo, has done a terrible job. Among other things, he went out of his way to force New York’s nursing homes to accept residents who had tested positive for COVID-19, an absolutely irrational act that killed thousands, which he has since rescinded. Nevertheless, even as »

Why No Spike as States Reopen?

Featured imageThis morning on the Sunday talk shows, Alex Azar pointed out that in states that have reopened ahead of the others, like Florida and Georgia, there has not been an increase in COVID cases and deaths: “We are seeing that in places that are opening, we’re not seeing this spike in cases,” Azar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We still see spikes in some areas that are, »

Never Trust the “Experts”

Featured imageEveryone now knows that Neil Ferguson of England’s Imperial College is one of the villains of the coronavirus disaster of 2020. He produced an epidemiological model that was absurdly off the mark, predicting 500,000 deaths from the virus in the U.K., and more than 2 million in the U.S. Unfortunately, Ferguson’s model was the basis for harsh shutdowns in the U.K. and other countries, probably including the U.S. Most people »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageI saw singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester perform on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota more than 25 years ago and he bowled me over. There couldn’t have been more than a hundred people in the audience. Accompanying himself on guitar, he turned in a beautiful performance concluding with “Yankee Lady.” Although Winchester had famously evaded the draft by decamping to Canada in 1967, returning only after the Carter »