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harassment, sexual, assault, public, private, training, Al Franken, John Conyers

New Standards?

“This is a country trying to establish, and certainly a U.S. Senate trying to establish new standards for acceptable behavior,” Peggy Noonan told her fellow panelists on Meet the Press yesterday. She is at least half mistaken. Groping a woman who is stuck posing for a photo with you at






Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Supreme Court, civil rights, first amendment

A Cakewalk Case?

The Justices seem split — on the “gay cake” case. A Christian baker had no trouble selling a gay couple a pre-made cake, out of his showcase, but balked at selling a custom wedding cake of any kind. According to NPR’s Nina Totenberg, the couple understood that requesting a “gay”






term limits, sexual abuse, sexism, accountability, settlements, taxpayer, hush money

Power Abuse

At the core of sexual harassment and misconduct is an unchecked power dynamic permitting the abuse. No surprise, then, that our unaccountable Congress is rife with it.  What to do? Our sicko congressmen must immediately stop using taxpayer funds to provide “hush” money to keep their victims from telling their stories,






National Organization for Women, NOW, Toni Van Pelt,, sexual assault, hate speech, Southern Poverty Law Center

Yesterday’s NOW

Once upon a time, the National Organization for Women winked to President Bill Clinton and scorned his accusers Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and others. This all came back to me while discussing powerful men sexually harassing and assaulting women, at Townhall yesterday. NOW’s current president, Toni Van Pelt, spoke with






sexual harassment, Congress, House Page, Washington, DC, hypocrisy, corruption, taxes,

Congress Bites Taxpayers

Is it even humanly possible to be sleazier and more disgusting than the Harvey Weinsteins of Hollywood? Sadly, and clearly . . . yes. There is the U.S. Congress. In 2011, after 175 years in operation, the House page program — whereby young people came to work and learn in the






Second Amendment, gun control, freedom, Washington Post, Elizabeth Bruenig, pope, Middle Ages

The Good vs. Freedom?

Politicians regularly argue for new “gun control” laws, even while ignoring the execution and enforcement of laws already on the books. Exhibit A, as I wrote at Townhall.com yesterday, is the failure of the military to provide the FBI with the information that would have blocked the Sutherland Springs church






gun control, shooting, church, government, violence, 2nd Amendment, rights

Government Control

“When do we say enough is enough?” asked California Senator Kamala Harris after Devon Patrick Kelley murdered 26 churchgoing Texans in cold blood, last Sunday. “The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic,” argued






Twitter, freedom, social media, bluebird, government, internet, speech

The Owners of Twitter Have Rights

Roger Stone is suing Twitter for kicking him out. Without saying exactly why they booted him, Twitter implies that the reason is abusive language. For his part, Stone accuses the social media giant of targeting right-wing tweeters while letting left-wing tweeters off the hook for the same or worse alleged






Five Fascist Things

Mass protests have been planned for this Saturday in many major cities across the country. “On November 4, 2017,” says the Refuse Fascism website: Take To The Streets And Public Squares in cities and towns across the country continuing day after day and night after night — not stopping —






Halloween, Southern Poverty Law Center, lynching, doxing, racism, hate speech

The New Ortho-Doxing

“What a nice Halloween,” my wife remarked as we turned out the lights.  Well, not in nearby Oakton, Virginia, where Jamie Stevenson walked past her neighbor’s home last Saturday and saw “a racist display.” “She knew it was a Halloween decoration,” the Washington Post reported. Heedless, she contacted her homeowners






special prosecutor, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russia, corruption, Trump, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates

Stranger Counsels

The office of special counsel, like that of the special prosecutor in days (and administrations) of yore, is a strange one. Not mentioned in the Constitution, it is institutionally slippery. An executive branch position designed to investigate the executive branch — there is no way it cannot be . .






draft, registration, conscription, women, war

Daughter Draft

“A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.”  For years, the Selective Service System — the friendly folks who bring us the military draft — used the above slogan to portray registering for the draft as a rite of manhood.  If macho draft registration is now expanded to women,






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