Don’t Know Much About History

A writer for Teen Vogue tweeted this—I, on the other hand, have been falsely accused of a crime, so I have a different appreciation for the presumption of innocence. Ms. Lindin seems all to willing to take away someone else’s civil rights if that means achieves her desired end. If she thought … oops, wrong word … imagined her own rights were on the line, I doubt that she would be willing to pay that price.

No young women from Salem, Massachusetts, were available for comment.


UPDATE—The lessons of history teach that these folks will be granted all possible due process rights—

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Even after all the evidence that has come out from KGB files and the transcripts of the the Venona intercepts of Russian communications, someone has published another book defending the “innocence” of Alger Hiss. Harvey Klehr has a review over at The New Criterion of Alger Hiss: Framed: A New Look at the Case That Made Nixon Famous by Joan Brady. The review is a brutal dismemberment of Brady’s book.

This farrago of nonsense and garbage is a disgrace to the person who wrote it, the editors and publishers who produced it, and the ideological fools who endorsed it. The only reason to discuss it at any length is to expose its mendacity as an antidote to anyone who has the misfortune to read it.

Read the whole thing.

On Declaring War

One of the great weaknesses of totalitarian governments (and government wannabes such as ISIS) is their tendency to think that free societies are run as theirs are.

One of the Nork’s diplomats has gone on record saying that President Trump has declared war on them. While Rocket Man has the authority to declare war, the President of the United States does not. According to Art. I, Sec. 8, Cl. 11 of the Constitution, only Congress has the power to declare war.

The President hasn’t and can’t declare war or North Korea. However, he does have the general authority to order our forces to act in self-defense. Further, if presented with a violation of the 1953 Korean armistice agreement, he probably has the authority to carry forward the UN police action prosecuted by Presidents Truman and (briefly) Eisenhower.