• There Is No Evidence Weather Is Increasingly Threatening to Human Lives

    Climate isn’t the same as weather — unless, of course, weather happens to be politically useful. In that case, weather portends climate apocalypse.

    So warns Elizabeth Warren as she surveyed Iowan rainstorms, which she claims, like tornadoes and floods, are more frequent and severe. “Different parts of the country deal with different climate issues,” Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-Malthusia, cautioned as she too warned of extreme tornadoes. “But ALL of these threats will be increasing in intensity as climate crisis grows and we fail to act appropriately.”

    Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., recently sent a fundraising email warning Democrats that climate change was causing “growing mega-fires, extremely destructive hurricanes, and horrific flooding” which put “American lives are at stake.”

    Even if we pretend that passing a bazillion-dollar authoritarian Green New Deal would do anything to change the climate, there is no real-world evidence that today’s weather is increasingly threatening to human lives.… Read More...

  • Impeach Trump or Go Home, Liberals

    When House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that the United States had been plunged into a “constitutional crisis,” a large swath of the media took to plying this fantasy for them.

    “Ever wonder what a constitutional crisis looks like? Well, open your eyes,” CNN’s Don Lemon explained to his viewers. “The president of the United States is just blowing right through our system of checks and balances, the very thing that is supposed to keep our Congress, the judiciary, and the executive branch working, which means our country working.”

    None of this is remotely true. Our checks and balances are working exactly as they should.… Read More...

  • Liberals Were Very Wrong About Tax Cuts. Again.

    For those of you who survived the Great GOP Tax Cut Massacre, things are finally looking up. The unemployment rate fell to 3.6% last month, the lowest level since 1969. We’ve now experienced over a full year of unemployment at 4% or lower. The economy beat projections, adding another 263,000 jobs in April. Wages are rising.

    It was Larry Summers, Bill Clinton’s former treasury secretary and Barack Obama’s White House economic adviser, who warned that tax reform would lead to over 10,000 dead Americans every year in December of 2017. Summers, considered a reasonable moderate by today’s political standards, was just one of the many fearmongers.… Read More...

  • The Real Reason Democrats Hate William Barr

    The Real Reason Democrats Hate William Barr

    On the day of Attorney General William Barr’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, there was, as always, a selective leak dropped into the fray. With bated breath, we learned special counsel Robert Mueller had sent the attorney general a sternly worded letter grousing that Barr’s four-page March 24 explanation of the core conclusions of the Mueller report “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Mueller’s “work and conclusions.”

    The customary histrionics followed. Posturing Democrats on the judicial committee gave long soliloquies on Barr’s treacherous behavior. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, accused the attorney general of abusing his office and lying to Congress, and many others demanded his resignation.… Read More...

  • Islamist Terrorism Remains the World's Greatest Threat to Peace

    Islamist Terrorism Remains the World’s Greatest Threat to Peace

    After the horrific mass murder of 50 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, there was widespread coverage and a torrent of mainstream news networks contemplating the threat of white supremacy.

    These conversations, completely reasonable and necessary in the face of violent attacks from a racist gunman, soon began deteriorating into politically motivated and specious claims contending that “white supremacy” had become the predominate terror threat in the world.

    Well, the coordinated bomb blasts aimed at Christian worshippers on Easter Sunday, which killed at least 290 people and injured hundreds more, demonstrates the kind of meticulous planning, funding, resources, and support that is still exclusively the domain of radical Islamic terrorism.… Read More...

  • Liberals Are Using Rep. Ilhan Omar as an Excuse to Chill Speech

    Liberals Are Using Rep. Ilhan Omar as an Excuse to Chill Speech

    Democrats have spent the past two-plus years accusing the president of the United States and his allies of seditiously conspiring with our enemies to destroy “democracy.”

    For the most part, this fairytale has been cynically deployed by politicians to undermine the legitimacy of a Republican presidency, yet millions of Americans now believe their votes were upended by a foreign power. There is no more serious charge against an elected official than treason.

    Then again, for decades before the 2016 election, Democrats argued that Republicans were literally killing their fellow Americans when cutting taxes, murdering the sick when rejecting nationalized health care, and sentencing the poor to death when dismissing socialist schemes.… Read More...

  • Zuckerberg's Plan for the Internet Would Be a Disaster for Free Expression

    Zuckerberg’s Plan for the Internet Would Be a Disaster for Free Expression

    In a recent op-ed, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg implored
    the state to get more involved in governing the internet. “Every day, we
    make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political
    advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks,” he said.
    “These are important for keeping our community safe. But if we were
    starting from scratch, we wouldn’t ask companies to make these judgments
    alone.”

    For starters, there’s no such a thing as “harmful speech.” There might be speech that offends us. There might be speech we disagree with. There’s also speech that’s inarguably ugly, dishonest, pornographic, or despicable. Yet, “we” allow these unpleasant words to go largely unregulated because we value the broader liberty of being able to offer opinions without government censors dictating which thoughts are acceptable.… Read More...

  • The Media Have Done Tremendous Damage to the Country and Themselves

    The Media Have Done Tremendous Damage to the Country and Themselves

    For the past two years, a large swath of the media engaged in a mass act of self-deception and partisan group think. Perhaps it was Watergate envy, or bitterness over Donald Trump’s victory, or antagonism toward Republicans in general—or, most likely, a little bit of all the above.

    But now that special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on Russian collusion, it’s clear that political journalists did the bidding of those who wanted to de-legitimatize and overturn Trump’s election.

    While bad behavior from partisan sources should be expected, the lack of skepticism from self-appointed unbiased journalists has been unprecedented.

    Any critical observer could see early on that Trump-era partisan newsroom culture had made journalists susceptible to the deception of those peddling expedient stories.… Read More...

  • Why Democrats Fear the Electoral College

    Why Democrats Fear the Electoral College

    The United States isn’t a “democracy.” Though every American should have learned this fact in high school civics class, the smart set still like to ridicule people who point it out—such a cliche and all.

    Today we see why the left has worked to convince Americans that majoritarianism is a profound moral good. And it’s not just that the political class is going through another silly debate about the suddenly inconvenient Electoral College. It’s that Democrats are increasingly comfortable attacking foundational ideas of American governance.

    Most of the Founding Fathers believed that a diffuse democracy would weaken the ability of politicians to scaremonger and rely on emotional appeals to take power.… Read More...

  • Pelosi's Shameful Decision to Place Rep. Omar on Foreign Affairs Committee

    Pelosi’s Shameful Decision to Place Rep. Omar on Foreign Affairs Committee

    Rep. Ilhan Omar argues that American “democracy is built on debate,” tweeting, “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.” I’m sure no decent person disagrees with her comment. Also, every sane person understands this is merely a deflection from Omar’s many anti-Semitic comments.

    No one asked her—or anyone else—to pledge allegiance to a foreign nation. It’s her belief that supporting the Jewish state, a longtime ideological and geopolitical ally of the United States, is an act of dual loyalty—either by Jews or by others who, as Omar might say, have been “hypnotized” to do “evil.” She is the one who accuses Jewish Americans, a group that has played a robust role in the nation’s civic life for a long time, of doing the bidding of a foreign power to the detriment of their own.… Read More...

  • GOP Pounces by Allowing Democrats to Vote on Their Own Idea

    GOP Pounces by Allowing Democrats to Vote on Their Own Idea

    “The Green New Deal is the only way to save the earth from utter extinction. If you keep standing in the way, troglodytes, we are doomed.”

    “OK, Democrats, let’s vote on your nonbinding resolution.”

    “Why are you sabotaging our legislation?!”

    If you think this is an exaggeration of the illogical position of Democrats and their Green New Deal, I give you Sen. Ed Markey. D-Mass.

    As soon as next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will seize on actual liberal positions to paint Democrats as radicals. He’s going to put the Green New Deal up for a vote. Or, here’s how The Associated Press put it: “McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Dems.”

    Now, of course, such a vote would be a political stunt, because the Green New Deal, introduced earlier this month, is, in many ways, a political stunt.… Read More...

  • Why Liberals Can't Talk Honestly About Abortion

    Why Liberals Can’t Talk Honestly About Abortion

    Democrats will protect American children from the evils of trans fats and gay conversion therapy, but not from doctors who will kill them through negligent homicide in the first few hours of their lives.

    This is the ugly reality of the contemporary abortion debate. It’s why most advocates will do about anything to avoid describing the unpleasant realities and consequences of their increasingly radical position.

    This week, Senate Democrats blocked Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse’s effort for unanimous consent on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

    It must be stressed that this bill isn’t technically about abortion; rather, it’s about protecting babies who survive the procedure.… Read More...

  • First on Nancy Pelosi's Agenda: Attacking Free Expression

    First on Nancy Pelosi’s Agenda: Attacking Free Expression

    I have zero interest in financially supporting any politician, much less ones I find morally unpalatable. Yet Democrats want to force me—and every other American taxpayer—to contribute, as a matter of public policy, to the campaigns of candidates we disagree with.

    Believe it or not, this might be an even more dangerous assault on free expression than unpleasant tweets directed at CNN anchors.

    One of Nancy Pelosi’s first projects as the new speaker of the House will be passing a government overhaul of campaign finance and ethics rules that would, among other things, “expand voting rights.” One of the new bills—specifics are still cloudy—reportedly would allocate a pool of taxpayer money to match small-dollar donations 6-to-1, as a way of encouraging “grassroots campaigning,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

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  • There Is No 'Surge' in Right-Wing Violence

    There Is No ‘Surge’ in Right-Wing Violence

    A Washington Post “analysis” of domestic terrorism argues that attacks from white supremacists and other “far-right attackers” have been on the rise since Barack Obama’s presidency and “surged since President Trump took office.”

    It’s a familiar storyline meant to assure liberals that yes, Trump-motivated right-wing terrorists are running wild. There are, however, a few problems with this proposition.

    For one thing, even if we accept the numbers the Post offers, the use of the word “surge”—meaning a sudden, powerful forward or upward movement—strains credibility. There’s no evidence of a “surge,” either in historical context or as a matter of ideological preference.

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  • She Opposes Israel at Every Turn. Now, She's Going to Congress.

    She Opposes Israel at Every Turn. Now, She’s Going to Congress.

    Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, is a new kind of politician. She’s telegenic, ideologically progressive, widely celebrated by a media that’s obsessed with identity politics.

    She’s the kind of politician who can openly side with Hamas against Israel or spread “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”-style conspiracies on Twitter, claiming that Jews possess the supernatural ability to hypnotize the world as they unfurl their “evil.”

    It’s not surprising, then, that Omar also supports the “boycott, divestment, and sanctions” movement. In a statement to the website Muslim Girl, someone on Omar’s staff explained that yes, “Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized.

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