• Transgender Pronouns Are Just the Beginning. How Coerced Speech Could Erode Liberty for Everyone.

    Transgender Pronouns Are Just the Beginning. How Coerced Speech Could Erode Liberty for Everyone.

    During the past decade, transgender ideology has gained significant ground in society and culture. And, as its demands have been translated into public policy, it threatens not only the livelihood of public employees who don’t conform to speech codes, but also the free and democratic nature of American society.

    These are not idle fears. Consider that in the United Kingdom, a Reformed Baptist doctor was recently fired by the National Health Service for his belief that a person’s sex is biologically determined rather than “assigned” at birth. A Christian math teacher was suspended and is under investigation for saying, “Well done, girls” to a group of students that included a transgender student who identifies as a boy. READ MORE...

  • Norway’s Boardroom Gender Quota Didn’t Work. California May Try It Anyway.

    Norway’s Boardroom Gender Quota Didn’t Work. California May Try It Anyway.

    From making war on straws to policing speech, California leads the nation in adopting half-baked ideas from Europe.

    The latest craze is a proposed bill that would force publicly held companies to put women on their boards by 2019. The legislation passed through the California legislature and awaits signature by Gov. Jerry Brown.

    If the law passes, it would make California the first state to have such a mandatory quota.

    The law likely runs afoul of the California constitution and the Constitution of the United States, but it’s also a terrible idea on its own merits. READ MORE...

  • 3 Reasons Why We Should Get Rid of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

    3 Reasons Why We Should Get Rid of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

    I think it’s time to seriously consider getting rid of these hearings for Supreme Court nominees. The Constitution doesn’t require a hearing. All it says is that the Senate must give advise and consent.

    You can do that with a simple up-or-down vote. And let’s be real: Do we really think one senator’s vote is going to be changed after these four days of hearings?

    Here are three examples of why I think these hearings have become useless.

    No. 1: Senators are asking both unanswerable and, frankly, nongermane questions. READ MORE...

  • Annual Pentagon Report Tracks Growing Chinese Military Capabilities

    Annual Pentagon Report Tracks Growing Chinese Military Capabilities

    The Department of Defense has released the latest edition of its report on Chinese military and security developments.

    Mandated in the fiscal 2000 National Defense Authorization Act, the annual report is an important source of regular updates regarding China’s growing military capabilities and its expanding range of security-related activities.

    Since the People’s Republic of China halted the publication of its biennial defense white papers in 2015, there are few other good sources of information on one of the world’s largest militaries. READ MORE...

  • Is Transgender The New Anorexia? New Study Suggests So

    Is Transgender The New Anorexia? New Study Suggests So

    Brown University Professor Lisa Littman recently published a blockbuster study on the “transgender” phenomenon, presenting evidence that parts of it might be a “social contagion”—a maladaptive coping technique for troubled teens, spread by peer groups and the Internet. Brown issued a press release about the study, then promptly retracted it and replaced it with a weasely non-statement that just drew more attention to Littman’s research. This was in response to a furious outcry from transgender activists, and I can see why they find this study such a threat. READ MORE...

  • Never-Trumpers Prove Willing To Burn Down GOP In Revenge For Trump

    Never-Trumpers Prove Willing To Burn Down GOP In Revenge For Trump

    The remaining Never-Trumpers now wish to burn the GOP down. The latest example is former Federalist contributor Tom Nichols, who penned another entry in the Washington Post’s ongoing series urging conservatives to vote for Democrats in November.

    He writes: “Republican elected officials, from Congress to the state houses, have chosen to become little more than enablers for an out of control executive branch. The only way to put a stop to this is to vote against the GOP in every race, at every level in 2018.” In short: burn it down. Because Trump. READ MORE...

  • 3 Takeaways From Day 3 of Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearings

    3 Takeaways From Day 3 of Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings

    After a marathon 13 hours of questioning on Wednesday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings continued Thursday with more questions from the senators.

    Protesters continued to punctuate the senators’ questions throughout the day, and a dozen or so of the girls Kavanaugh has coached on basketball teams showed up in the afternoon to support “Coach K.”

    Here are the key takeaways from Kavanaugh’s final day before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    1. Booker’s ‘disclosed’ documents were a nothing burger—and a publicity stunt. READ MORE...

  • Chuck Todd Says It’s Fox News’s Fault Americans Think Media Is Biased

    Chuck Todd Says It’s Fox News’s Fault Americans Think Media Is Biased

    NBC News’s Chuck Todd wrote an op-ed in The Atlantic titled “It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining – and to Start Fighting Back.” Much of it wasn’t about the urgency for journalists to defend their work, as the headline suggests; it was mostly focused on how Roger Ailes and Fox News are to blame for growing American animosity towards the news media.

    Todd starts by explaining there’s a “new kind of campaign,” a campaign meant to destroy the legitimacy of the American news media.” He quickly pivots to prominent figures in conservative media, accusing Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, and Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson of attaining wealth and power by “exploiting the fears of older white people.” READ MORE...

  • The Trump Admin's China Strategy May Become Its Biggest Legacy

    The Trump Admin’s China Strategy May Become Its Biggest Legacy

    As the Me Too movement continues to eat itself up and Democratic politicians find new frontiers against patriarchy, out in the real world, geopolitics continue to dominate. The Trump administration consolidated its balancing China policy in Asia, as highlighted in the latest National Security Strategy, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis’s visit to India for the first-ever Indo-U.S. bilateral and defense talks.

    This as China is rapidly modernizing its navy and testing hypersonic missiles that could be used as an anti-satellite weapon. It’s not the only big foreign policy move this week. Washington cancelled $350 million in subsidies for Palestine and withheld $300 million worth of military assistance to Pakistan, enormous amounts of wasted taxpayer money that could ideally be redirected for domestic purposes. READ MORE...

  • Kavanaugh Hearing Showcases The Paranoia Of The Resistance

    Kavanaugh Hearing Showcases The Paranoia Of The Resistance

    The Supreme Court confirmation hearings show conspiracy theorists aren’t confined to any political party, they’re just treated differently.

    When cameras at Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing caught sight of a woman named Zina Bash, a Republican lawyer, with her arm resting in a position that allowed her index finger and thumb to almost touch—a purportedly racist gesture—a conspiracy theory broke out on social media, accusing Bash of signaling her white nationalist support.

    As it turned out, Bash’s background is both Mexican and Jewish, and more importantly, as far as we know, she’s never uttered a prejudiced word in her entire life, much less participated in an alt-right signaling scheme. Of course, even if Bash had been a blue-eyed, blonde protestant, the accusation would have been completely bananas. READ MORE...