An epidemic of obfuscation

Featured image The Star Tribune site highlights Pulitzer Prize-winning health care reporter Jeremy Olson’s long explainer on the COVID-19 death rate: “Months into pandemic, Minnesota’s COVID-19 death rate still elusive.” The story seems to me an exercise in obfuscation at best, a contribution to the media’s panic porn at worst. Olson buries this key point: Risk varies by age and with underlying health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. People 70 »

The coming war on suburbs

Featured imageMark Levin hosted Stanley Kurtz for the full hour on Life, Liberty & Levin last night. They discussed the repeal of the Obama administration’s nightmarish Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation (AFFH), of which Kurtz must be the country’s foremost critic. FOX News has posted Yael Halon’s story “Stanley Kurtz sheds light on Trump’s latest ‘tremendous accomplishment,’ and why media largely overlooked it” on the show along with the opening segment »

Is the Democrats’ Race-baiting Working?

Featured imageThe Democrats have chosen to make a dishonest attack on white people the centerpiece of their 2020 campaign. Seems like a weird strategy, since whites make up something like 65% of the electorate. But we live in strange times, so who knows? Maybe it could work. The central theme of the Democrats’ campaign is that whites are irredeemably racist, while all other ethnic groups are more or less angelic. Again, »

ABC News Works Overtime at Making a Fool of Itself

Featured imageThe malpractice of the mainstream media is difficult to overstate, with its insistence on distorting or ignoring the truth of what is happening in so many American cities right now. They make Baghdad Bob look like the paragon of veracity by comparison. “Mostly peaceful protests” had a solid lead to be the most grotesque media neologism of the moment, but then ABC News stepped up with this howler: After a »

Tlaib and Omar face the voters

Featured imageIn nine days, Rep. Rashida Tlaib will defend the congressional seat she won in 2018. Her opponent is Brenda Jones, the Detroit City Council president whom Tlaib defeated by just 900 votes out of 90,000 cast in that year’s primary. One week later, Tlaib’s fellow “squad” member, Rep. Ilhan Omar, will try to stave off challenger Antone Melton-Meaux. Tlaib faces a tough fight. As Dave Weigel of the Washington Post »

Worst. White. Supremacists.Ever.

Featured imageThe Democratic Party platform has been published in draft form, and it is a beauty. An openly racist document, it is largely an attack on white people. The platform mentions whites or whiteness 15 times, never in a positive light. I want to focus on just one of those references to alleged white supremacy: Median incomes are lower and poverty rates are higher for Black Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and »

Bar Cops a Plea

Featured imageIf you are looking for the usual incisive Power Line analysis of the news, skip this post. It is mostly frivolous. OK, then. If you are still reading, you may recall that Bar Refaeli has long been my favorite model. She has been in the public eye for quite a while, but lately has been in the news for the wrong reason: she was charged with tax evasion in her »

Our Hateful Establishment

Featured imagePolls suggest that most Americans have high regard for the Centers for Disease Control. I don’t. CDC has performed rather poorly with regard to the coronavirus, and at best, it is a federal bureaucracy not much different from the others. Among other things, I don’t trust CDC to be free of politics. In May, a reader texted me: Longtime reader of PL here. I saw your article on the CDC. »

PL Podcast: The Three Whisky Happy Hour, with Guest Bartender John Yoo

Featured imageSettle in for an extra-long bonus episode, as Lucretia and I depart from our nascent Islay-Highland-Irish whisky flight format because we have a guest bartender and malt master on with us for this weekend’s episode—John Yoo! John not only knows the deep history of fine Japanese whiskies, but also the Constitution and presidential power. He has a terrific new book coming out on Tuesday, Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight »

The real world consequences of releasing felons early

Featured imageDuring the debate over the First Step Act, conservatives favoring lenient treatment for felons liked to point to Texas where, supposedly, enlightened programs were rehabilitating criminals with remarkable success. These “evidence-based” programs were cited to justify shorter sentences for, and the early release of, federal felons who took various courses while incarcerated. The usually sensible Sen. John Cornyn helped lead this charge, as did Heritage Foundation. No disrespect to Texas, »

Administering justice with Justice and Drew

Featured imageJon Justice and Drew Lee invited me to join them on their show’s second hour yesterday morning to discuss the enforcement provisions of Governor Walz’s mask mandate. The show runs Monday-Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. on Twin Cities News Talk 1130 AM. I have embedded the second hour of yesterday’s show in podcast form below. I asserted during my segment that Star Tribune reporter Jeremy Olson showed no evidence »

Cui Bono?

Featured imageRevelations of recent years have expanded the range of the thinkable. Four years ago, I would have considered the idea that the Department of Justice, the FBI and the CIA would team up to swing a presidential election to their favored candidate, and failing that, would try to disable the incoming administration, a paranoid fantasy, the stuff of fiction. But it happened. And it was highly successful, due to the »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageThe Byrds sent me down a byway to bluegrass music. It’s the world out of which Chris Hillman came. They drew on some of it for Sweetheart of the Rodeo. And then I happened on to one of the Saturday morning radio shows devoted to the music. I could hear America singing. As a newcomer to the music, I found a world with its own storied history. I tried to »

The Washington Post protests too much

Featured imageYou can infer from the headline to this article in the Washington Post that President Trump’s focus on Joe Biden’s “war on the suburbs” has potential as a campaign issue. “Trump uses fear to tout repeal of housing rule,” the headline declares (paper edition). The housing rule in question is “affirmatively furthering fair housing” (AFFH). Using fear is the rule, not the exception, with political themes. When the left, including »

Long Prison Terms Needed

Featured imageIt is hard to see how the city of Portland can ever recover from the violence that has been unleashed by Antifa, with the connivance of local officials. One is tempted to say that Portland’s voters have brought it on themselves and are getting what they deserve–good and hard, as Mencken put it. Unfortunately, they aren’t the principal victims of the violence. Federal agents came under vicious attack while trying »

Extracts from a subsource, cont’d

Featured imageWho was that mysterious “primary subsource” to whom Christopher Steele turned for the good stuff in his infamous dossier? Paul Sperry reports for RealClearInvestigations: The mysterious “Primary Subsource” that Christopher Steele has long hidden behind to defend his discredited Trump-Russia dossier is a former Brookings Institution analyst — Igor “Iggy” Danchenko, a Russian national whose past includes criminal convictions and other personal baggage ignored by the FBI in vetting him »

Coronavirus in one state (77)

Featured imageGovernor Walz’s mask mandate is effective today. Walz’s team of hacks has helpfully drafted messages for “validators” subject to his jurisdiction to express their support of the mandate. Indeed, Walz’s Department of Employment and Economic Development forwarded the draft messages to the department’s business “partners” by email yesterday. One of the draft messages is to be directed to Governor Walz and “light-skinned Native woman” Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. Walz and »