Articles by Ben Boychuk

It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Gets Shot . . .

Oh, wait . . . that already happened. But memories are short. After Rep. Maxine Waters’ rant over the weekend, lauding “no justice, no sleep” and urging Democrats to “push back” and keep harassing administration officials where they live and eat, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may have come around to the view that maybe […]

‘Oh My God, Is Water Racist?’

Writes Ed Morrisey: Alternate title: A Typical Day on Twitter. The video is a few days old, but it’s so good as a palate cleanser that it simply can’t be missed. Comedian Tracey Ullman has enough standing as an entertainer and a cultural satirist to get away with this send-up of millennials and “wokeness” — I think, anyway. […]

Out of Your Cotton-Picking Mind: A Translation

Fox News suspended contributor David Bossie for allegedly making a racially tinged remark toward Joel Payne, a Democratic “strategist” who happens to be black. Here’s the exchange, as recounted by The Daily Beast: “You don’t have to be a golden retriever to hear all the dog whistles coming out of the White House these days and […]

Oregon Democrat Wants to Abolish ICE

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat who has served a large swath of the Portland area since mid-1996, writes at Medium that Congress should abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service. And he’s not alone! Blumenauer notes that he voted against the formation of ICE in 2002, when it was part of the massive post-9/11 restructuring of the […]

American Library Association Defenestrates Laura Ingalls Wilder

See, it was never going to stop with statues of Confederate generals. From The Guardian (U.K.):  A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove the name of Laura Ingalls Wilder from a major children’s book award, over concerns about how the author portrayed African Americans and Native Americans. The board of the Association […]

State of Resistance: San Francisco Is a Toilet

The San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday has a long feature on what the city’s homelessness epidemic is doing to a particular residential block just south of Market Street. The headline sums up the situation nicely: “Poop. Needles. Rats. Homeless camp pushes SF neighborhood to the edge.” From the story: Some of the city’s biggest names […]

About Those Dire Global Warming Predictions . . .

The Wall Street Journal on Friday has a commentary by Pat Michaels and Ryan Maue of the Cato Institute that asks how well some global warming predictions have held up after 30 years. The answer: Not especially well. Michaels and Maue focus on the work of James Hansen, the former NASA scientist who testified “with a […]

More Lies on the Border: Time Magazine Edition

See that Time magazine cover? It’s brilliant. It illustrates in stark terms the liberal/elite narrative about the current crisis on the border: President Trump is taking babies away from their mothers, who are only trying to make a better life for themselves and their children. Or, as the Daily Kos put it: “Donald Trump is […]

Those Feds Forgot the Al Kamen Rule—Or They Didn’t Care

A friend of American Greatness writes: D.C. bureaucrats used to have “The Al Kamen Rule” for email. He was a WaPo columnist who ran leaks, rumors, and scuttlebutt. The rule was, never send an email if you didn’t want to see it in Al Kamen’s column the next day. Now, consider the five agents who […]

State of Resistance: Berkeley Calls for Population Control

In response to a “climate emergency,” of course. The Daily Caller reports: The California city that was home to 1960s radicals and known for excessively liberal politics declared a “climate emergency” on Tuesday evening, backing policies to “humanely stabilize” the human population. The Berkeley City Council unanimously voted to mobilize other California governments “to initiate […]

State of Resistance: Californians to Vote on Splitting into Three

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s proposal to split California into three states qualified for the November ballot . . . which is nice, I guess? It’s not as ridiculous as Calexit, anyway. Draper’s Three Californias scheme comes on the heels of his ill-fated Six Californias scheme, but both proposals are about as likely to […]

State of Resistance: What John Cox’s Top-Two Win Means

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State of Resistance: Dems Propose Tax Cut for Illegal Aliens

They’re just trolling us now, right? From the Sacramento Bee: The California state budget could extend a tax break to low-income families of undocumented immigrants. Assembly Democrats want Gov. Jerry Brown to expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit in such a way that people who do not have Social Security numbers can apply for it. […]

State of Resistance: California is ‘Our Most Racist State,’ Says Dem

Michael Shellenberger, a heterodox Democrat who is running for California governor on a platform that includes building new nuclear power plants, has a fascinating and provocative essay at Forbes on why the Golden State isn’t as “progressive” as its boosters believe. Comparing California’s progressive elite to the residents of the science-fiction film “Elysium,” Shellenberger writes: [T]here […]

Masterpiece Cakeshop Prevails at the Supreme Court

Colorado cannot force Jack Phillips to bake the cake if he doesn’t want to. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 7-2 that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission overstepped its bounds and violated the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner’s First Amendment rights. Read the opinion here (PDF). “The laws and the Constitution can, and in some instances must, […]

What #NeverTrump Never Understood . . .

It was about disruption, to be sure. As important, it was about shaping the judiciary for the next generation or two. But, hey, don’t take my word for it. Check out this headline from The Guardian (U.K.): “Liberals’ worst nightmare: a second supreme court pick for Trump.” Good golly, Miss Molly! What does that mean? From […]

Rudy to Maxine: ‘Say Impeachment, Sweetheart’

If Democrats are really serious about impeaching President Trump, perhaps they should make it a campaign issue for the upcoming midterms. Or maybe they’re not so serious? Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now President Trump’s lawyer, appeared on Fox News to goad Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) into saying the “I”-word even more than […]

Trump’s Lesson to California Republicans

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If Only MS-13 Had Given Him a Different Nickname*

  Maybe this guy should have read more E. J. Dionne (Yeah, that’s the ticket): “MS-13 gang member nicknamed ‘Animal’ sentenced to 40 years” * It still wouldn’t have made a lick of difference.** ** Because he was in MS-13.