Here is what I posted on the Volokh Conspiracy on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11: On this tenth anniversary of 9/11, I am in New York, staying at a hotel in Time Square. On the train to the City, dogs swept the train in Philly, and another K-9 team boarded in Newark to ride to Penn Station.
Source: “Saved by the Militia”
Back in March, the Washington Post published a piece by three Texas A&M professors who had produced a paper titled “The Trump Effect: How 2016 Campaign Rallies Explain Spikes in Hate .” The paper, which hadn’t been published or peer-reviewed, claimed there was a 226 percent jump in hate crimes in counties that hosted a Trump rally.
Source: Analysis: Trump rallies did not lead to an increase in hate crimes
Notice what seems to be the norm on Facebook and other social media…
My latest essay begins, I will describe two modes of political discourse, which I call persuasion mode and demonization mode. In persuasion mode, we treat people on the other side with respect, we listen to their logical and factual presentations, and we respond with logical and factual presentations of our own.
Source: Persuasion vs. Demonization
IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE A BAD LAW, ENFORCE IT RIGOROUSLY AND EVENHANDEDLY: Breitbart Claims A Progressive Scalp and Reason, Predictably, Draws the Wrongest Possible Conclusion.
Source: IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE A BAD LAW, ENFORCE IT RIGOROUSLY AND EVENHANDEDLY: Breitbart Claims A Progres…
“Hit back twice as hard.”
CATHY YOUNG: (Almost) Everything You Know About GamerGate is Wrong — Harassment campaign? Misogynist hate mob? Alt-right test run? It’s much more complicated: If not Trump, what is GamerGate’s legacy? It did change the cultural landscape, for better and worse.
Source: CATHY YOUNG: (Almost) Everything You Know About GamerGate is Wrong — Harassment campaign? Misogynis…
Stanford law professor John Donohue claims to have discovered evidence that the 1994 federal ban on so-called assault weapons “really did work,” because mass shootings and the deaths caused by them declined while the law was in effect, then rose afterward.
Source: A Suspiciously Selective, Logically Shaky Analysis of Mass Shooting Data Claims the Federal ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban ‘Really Did Work’
(Paul Mirengoff) Recent mass shootings have prompted calls for new gun control legislation aimed primarily at rifles. However, most murders are not the product of mass shootings by people who want to make a statement, political or otherwise.
Source: A conservative plan to reduce shootings (and other homicides)
Great news, thanks to Freedom To Travel: We are extremely pleased to report that Plaintiffs prevailed in Pellegrino and Waldman v. TSA: TSA screeners are not shielded from lawsuits in cases of fabricated allegations, false imprisonment and other egregious and unlawful acts.
Source: “Security” Workers In The Fake Cop Suits, AKA TSA Workers, Lose Their Immunity
The press has called the Obama Administration “scandal-free”. Here’s a list of 14 scandals, at least according to someone who wants to find scandals.
Maybe you’re in the set of people who don’t believe these are real scandals. If so, this is what your hysterical coverage of Trump looks like to everyone outside your bubble.
But if you want Trump re-elected, keep it up.
14. The Senate seat for sale scandalPJ Media
Before Obama even took office he was implicated in a scandal involving his soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat. ….
13. The New Black Panther Party Voter-Intimidation Scandal
In May 2009, the government was on the verge of victory by default in 2008 voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), Attorney General Eric Holder inexplicably dropped the case in May 2009. ….
12. Obama’s Illegal Firing of an Inspector General
Also in 2009, Barack Obama illegally fired Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service. ….
11. The Secret Service Prostitution scandal
In 2012, members of the Secret Service were caught up in a prostitution scandal during Obama’s visit to Columbia. ….
10. The Green Energy loans scandal
Does Joe Biden really think that when more than fifty clean energy companies backed by the Obama-Biden administration went bankrupt or found themselves in major financial trouble that isn’t a scandal? ….
9. The Fast & Furious scandal
The Obama administration sent two thousand firearms across the border in order to trace them to drug cartels, and lost hundreds of them. That’s pretty darn bad. But it got a whole lot worse when a border agent was killed with one of those guns. ….
8. Obstruction of justice, lots of it
Obstruction of justice was standard operating procedure in the Obama administration from day one. ….
7. The VA Backlog scandal
The Veterans Health Administration is notorious for large backlogs of benefits claims. While running for president, Obama promised to do better than his predecessor and reduce the backlog. When he took office, the backlog had been in decline, falling by nearly 100,00 during George W. Bush’s second term. Sadly, under Obama, the backlog started going back up. It didn’t just go up marginally… it more than doubled during their first term, from approximately 390,000 outstanding claims to roughly 884,000 outstanding claims. ….
6. The Sestak job offer scandal
Barack Obama violated at least four federal laws back in 2010, for offering then-congressman Joe Sestak (D-PA) a job in his administration in exchange for not challenging Arlen Specter for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. ….
5. The Benghazi attack cover-up
The terror attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, not only threatened the Obama-Biden administration narrative that they’d been crippling al Qaeda and making progress in the War on Terror, but it also threatened their reelection. So, they lied about it. ….
4. Media spying scandals
The media loved Obama, but Obama didn’t love them back. In fact, Obama abused the Espionage Act to target reporters and their sources. ….
3. The Iran Ransom scandal
A few short months after Obama had completed negotiations for the Iran Nuclear Deal, resulting in the lifting of sanctions and the unfreezing of billions in Iranian assets, the Obama administration made a shady payment to Iran in the amount of $400 million. ….
2. The IRS scandal
It’s amazing that anyone can still pretend the IRS to improperly targeting conservative and Tea Party groups wasn’t a scandal. Lois Lerner, the former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division at the time, admitted it happened! ….
1. The Trump spying /FISA abuse scandal
If spying on Donald Trump’s campaign wasn’t a scandal, what is?