Give Senator Cotton credit

January 19, 2022 04:30 PM

These days, it’s not easy to stay one step ahead of whatever lunacy the left is going to come up with next. So give credit to Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton for already acting to head off at the pass an alleged draft of a planned Joe Biden executive order that would house inmates in federal prisons based on their “gender identity.”

Yes, that would mean putting rapists and other sex criminals who claim to identify as women into women’s prisons, and female inmates who “identify” as male into men’s prisons. One doesn’t need to imagine the results, as there’s already anecdotal evidence from prisons that were dumb enough to try it.

As the linked article makes clear, Cotton’s bill is not anti-transgender. In fact, it would protect them as well as female inmates. Nothing in it prevents prisons from setting up separate facilities for trans inmates, just not housing inmates of opposite biological sexes in the same facility. It’s not anti-trans, it’s anti-sexual assault. It’s also pro-common sense, which makes it quite the rarity in D.C. these days.

Because this worked so well...

January 19, 2022 11:45 AM

Because labeling half of America as a “basket of deplorables” helped Hillary Clinton’s campaign so much, Democratic strategist Paul Begala is doubling down on the strategy of insulting the people whose support they need. On CNN, Begala explained Biden’s failure to pass his big agenda items by saying, “I think the problem for the Democrats right now is not that they have bad leaders. They have bad followers, okay?”

I’m not sure whether he’s referring to voters who are abandoning the Party because of its leaders’ catastrophic policies or Senators like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema who refuse to blow up Senate rules just for the short term gain of ramming through unpopular legislation. Either way, calling people “bad” for not falling in line behind lousy leaders doesn’t seem like a winning strategy.

Still, it could be true, from a certain point of view. After all, a lemming that doesn’t want to follow the leader over a cliff could be considered a “bad” lemming.

Price controls?!?

January 19, 2022 11:30 AM

We haven’t seen inflation this bad in many years. Another thing we haven’t seen in years is a call for price controls; that is, having the government dictate how much sellers are allowed to charge for food and gas.

The reason we haven’t heard about price controls since the early 1970s is that it takes a long time for people to forget just how TERRIBLE an idea price controls are. Ordering producers and merchants to sell things for less than it costs to create them is a recipe for shortages and black markets. It’s the type of idea that only sounds feasible inside the skulls of leftists who believe that the ironclad law of supply-and-demand, much like biological gender, is merely a social construct that you can change any way you want using your overactive imagination.

So I’m not at all surprised that someone at CNN is floating the idea of price controls.


January 14, 2022 06:00 AM

I’ve come to expect that every time our President speaks, we’ll be treated to at least one instance each of a demonstrably false personal anecdote allegedly related to the topic at hand, a bizarre claim out of left field, an inappropriate attempt to use the occasion to push a radical big government political agenda, and the misuse of the word “literal.” He checked off all the boxes in this bizarre attempt to comfort Colorado wildfire residents by pointing out the upside of high winds: they will help the government control the weather.

Interesting Read

January 14, 2022 12:00 AM

The latest from Kurt Schlichter starts out as a piece on how Republicans are losing at gerrymandering to Democrats because they’re trying to play by rules that the other side ignores. But it turns into a larger examination of whether Republicans in power think their duty is to protect their constituents or the system; how that system has already been undermined and corrupted to target Republicans; and why the GOP base turned to Trump in the first place.

Ray Epps

January 13, 2022 10:15 AM

In denying that Ray Epps was an FBI plant or informant in the January 6th Capitol riots, Rep. Adam Kinzinger inadvertently blew up much of the 1/6 Committee’s case, in effect arguing that the only person who’s actually on video urging people to break into the Capitol didn’t do anything illegal.

I guess if he’d just urged the crowd to protest “peacefully and patriotically,” then they could accuse him of insurrection.

The "New" Taliban

January 13, 2022 10:15 AM

Sure, the “new” Taliban is more moderate and reasonable; they’re a Taliban we can work with, and even send them a huge pile of American money as humanitarian aid, which I’m sure will get to the people who really need it, right? What could possibly go wrong? Aside from the fact that they just threatened to send 2,000 suicide bombers to Washington, DC.

Here’s something to think about as you’re pumping that $4-a-gallon gas that President Biden blames on greedy oil companies. A judge just dismissed a multi-state lawsuit against the Administration for canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline project on his first day in office. The reason: TC Energy, the Canadian company that had the contract to build the pipeline, announced that they considered the project dead, so the judge said the case was moot.

And why is it dead, along with America’s hard-won energy independence? Here’s a hint: it’s not because oil companies are greedy.

Grisly story

January 10, 2022 10:30 AM

Warning, this story is grisly. But it just might be the most creative excuse any criminal ever came up with. His attorney claims he didn’t murder anyone, he’s simply an unlucky car thief who stole a truck that by sheer coincidence just happened to be carrying the dismembered body of someone he knew, stored in several coolers. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

"Half and Half"

January 10, 2022 09:15 AM

Yet another question that conservatives have been asking for nearly two years (and getting kicked off of social media for daring to bring it up) is “How many ‘COVID hospitalizations’ are actually due to COVID, and how many are just people who are there for other things but happened to test positive?” For some reason, we’re only now allowed to know the answer. And in New York, that answer is “about half and half.”

The Soulless Left

January 10, 2022 07:00 AM

It was reported that a couple of the attorneys arguing in the Supreme Court against the OSHA vaccine mandate have tested positive for COVID. This set off the expected gleeful responses from the left.

Personally, I don’t understand how anyone would be so soulless as to wish death and disease on someone just for disagreeing with their politics. It’s ironic that they think this proves their moral superiority when celebrating someone’s illness or death actually proves the opposite.

In this case, their sense of superiority is even more misplaced, since it’s reported that at least one of the attorneys who tested positive is fully vaxxed and boosted. So calling attention to him catching COVID anyway seems to undermine the argument for vaccine mandates. But I guess people who take to Twitter to celebrate other people getting sick aren’t famous for thinking things through very deeply.

Stick to you principles

September 30, 2021 12:00 AM

Another great column by Kurt Schlichter on a very important lesson for Republicans: no matter what a GOP candidate believes, the Democrats and the media will always portray him/her/xir as “literally Hitler.”

The worst way any Republican can respond is by compromising principles to try to win their favor. That’s like throwing raw meat into shark-infested waters. Kurt’s advice is the same that I’ve been giving for years: stick to your principles, be true to yourself, and when they launch ridiculous slanderous attacks on you, laugh at them. Leftists have no sense of humor, certainly not about themselves, so mocking them is their Kryptonite.

And if you’re scared of the Twitter mob saying bad things about you, remember these two words: “Who cares?” Roughly 90% of tweets are generated by about 10% of Twitter users, and most of them are far to the left of the majority of Americans. Also, having a social media account doesn’t mean your opinion carries any particular weight. Twitter and Facebook banned the President, but they allow anyone else with an Internet connection to have an account for free. If talk is cheap, then how much is free talk worth?

The chorus grows

September 29, 2021 12:00 AM

Joining the rising wave of calls for our top military brass to resign: the parents of the Marine Lt. Colonel who has been jailed for calling for them to face accountability for the tragic Afghanistan debacle.

Don't forget that so far, the only person who’s suffered any punishment at all is the officer who did nothing other than demand accountability. That’s contemporary Washington culture in a nutshell.

Fighting back against "trans" quackery

September 27, 2021 12:00 AM

This is a very long article, but well worth the time if you’re concerned about this growing wave of "trans" quackery that’s victimizing our children: on the one hand, preaching radical, “57 genders” trans propaganda to young people; and on the other, pressuring doctors to respond to their gender confusion with no alternatives other than dangerous hormones and body-altering surgery that may be irreversible and leave them unable ever to have children.

This is an open letter written by a young woman who went through all this, regretted it, and “detransitioned.” It’s directed to Stanford University’s Dr. Jack Turban, one of the most influential promoters of this idea, and someone who denounces using psychological counseling as a first resort for dealing with gender dysphoria, as if drugs and surgery to permanently alter the bodies of confused young people were the only treatment. Ironically, this movement claims it’s helping these poor young people who feel “invisible,” but the writer says that those who regret their decision and want to go back to living as their natural, biological sexes are being ignored, silenced, and made to feel “invisible.”

The writer makes many other great observations, including that a survey Turban often quotes to back up his claims is actually an unscientific online poll filled with biased, propagandized questions and circulated by pro-transition advocacy sites. Also, other nations, such as Sweden, Finland and the UK, are “transitioning” away from the radical “surgeons playing God” idea and back to the common sense approach of offering young gender dysphoria sufferers counseling first.

There’s nothing “compassionate” about perverting medical science with a radical political agenda, or denying needed therapy to vulnerable young people, instead pushing them to make irreversible changes to their bodies when they’re not yet mature enough to make such decisions. We let them decide to pump their bodies full of dangerous chemicals at an age when they’re still years away from being allowed to legally drink a beer. As this letter makes clear, it’s also not “compassion” for doctors to turn their backs on people who are suffering pain and regret because they trusted doctors who prioritize a political agenda over their patients’ well-being. There used to be a medical term for all of this: “malpractice.”

Articles of impeachment

September 23, 2021 12:00 AM

Four House Republicans have introduced Articles of Impeachment against President Biden over his botched withdrawal from Afghanistan (where Americans are still left behind while the Taliban are reportedly hunting down our allies that Biden promised to remove), his border disaster and his ignoring of the Supreme Court in continuing to push an eviction moratorium.

While some might dismiss this as a partisan stunt, Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs says he takes this seriously. He says Biden is obviously not capable of being Commander-in-Chief, and it’s scary how much damage he’s done to America in less than nine months.

Still, with Democrats in charge of Congress, no matter how serious the charges, there’s no way Biden will be impeached. Besides, it’s not as if he’s accused of anything really impeachment-worthy, like trying to pressure another national leader during a phone call. Oh wait: Biden did that, too. Except instead of allegedly pressing the other leader to investigate corruption, he pressed the other leader to lie to the world to cover up the dangers of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan. So totally different and not grounds for impeachment at all.

No room in the inn

September 23, 2021 12:00 AM

In 2021, the US admitted a record-low 15,000 refugees due to the pandemic. On taking office, President Biden raised that to 60,000 and has now more than doubled it to 125,000. But he seems to have no room in the inn for one group of refugees: Christians fleeing radical Islamic genocide in the Middle East.

Maybe their best bet for salvation would be going to Mexico and just walking in. Biden seems to have placed no limit on the number of people who can do that.

Polls, polls

September 23, 2021 12:00 AM

For years, I’ve warned my readers not to put much stock in polls, and especially not polls taken months or even years in advance of elections. Of course, that never stops the media from ignoring actual news to obsess over them. Congressional polls can be misleading because national opinion may not carry much sway in a heavily partisan (gerrymandered) district. And they don’t take into account That-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named (vote fraud.)

All that said, it’s understandable why Congressional Democrats in swing states and districts would be sweating like a Canadian in Haiti over the latest polls on President Biden. If the midterm is the typical referendum on how the President is doing, then a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll shows that Democrats in the battleground state of Iowa may be facing a battle that makes like Custer’s odds at Little Big Horn look like a good bet.

And the award goes to...

September 21, 2021 12:00 AM

The award for today’s Big Government Vaccine Hypocrites goes to…The World Health Organization!

The bureaucrats who scold entire nations over their vaccination policies and demand to know each country’s vaccination rates were asked the vaccination rate of employees of the WHO. Sorry, they can’t tell us. That’s private. You see, your vaccination status should be public record, but theirs is their private medical history.

Or as Jazz Shaw at suspects, maybe they just don’t want to tell us the number because it’s low enough to be embarrassing.

AOC: Crony capitalist

September 21, 2021 12:00 AM

I stand corrected: Last week, I praised AOC’s “Tax The Rich” gown designer pal for not being a socialist but a successful capitalist for charging prices like $995 for a “Tax The Rich” purse that looks like a Chick-fil-A bag. But it turns out she actually has a history of living large while taking government handouts and not paying her taxes or interns. So she’s not a real capitalist. She’s a crony capitalist.

 National File obtained a leaked recording of a Zoom meeting between doctors and a marketing director at Novant Heath New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a group of 20 hospitals, clinics, and offices that treat patients in North and South Carolina. It reveals a doctor urging the clinics to be “more scary to the public” about getting vaccinated. She suggests inflating the numbers of COVID-19 patients by counting those who have already recovered and using messaging that falsely implies that “If you don’t get vaccinated, you know you’re going to die.” She added, “I mean let’s just be really blunt with these people.”

After it became public, the hospital released a statement asserting that the suggestion was not taken. But it already made an impact. It's scared the public, only in the opposite way intended. To be really blunt, it increased people’s fear of believing what they’re told by health authorities. So nice job, doc.

Democrats are trying to convince the Senate Parliamentarian to okay green cards for 8 million illegal immigrants as part of a filibuster-proof, simple majority $3.5 trillion “budget reconciliation bill.” Yes, they actually want us to believe that amnesty for 8 million illegal immigrants is a simple budget matter that shouldn’t require any bipartisan support.

Winner: Huck’s Lack of Self-Awareness Award

September 17, 2021 12:00 AM

Today’s winner of the Huck’s Lack of Self-Awareness Award is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Having accused President Trump of being unhinged from reality, she has now declared President Biden’s foreign policy to be “perfect.”