Sports for Politics’ Sake at the Washington Post

Featured image Paul notes below the irrepressible reflexes of the Washington Post’s misnamed Style (misnamed because its relentless politicization shows it has little style, and certainly no class). But apparently the problem extends to the Sports page as well. I don’t often take in the Post’s sports section any more, but this morning happened to find me in Washington DC, where I made the dreadful mistake of reading sports page columnist Sally »

Talkin’ unemployment blues

Featured imagePresident Obama made an appearance in the White House press room on Friday to take a victory lap over the fall of the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 4.9 percent (video below, about 15 minutes). Is that number for real? Referring to the hell he saw tending to wounded men during the Civil War, Walt Whitman held that “the real war will never get in the books.” By the same »

Climate Change, the Long View

Featured imageAt Watts Up With That?, Dr. Tim Ball puts the climate change debate into historical perspective: Recent discussion about record weather events, such as the warmest year on record, is a totally misleading and scientifically useless exercise. This is especially true when restricted to the instrumental record that covers about 25% of the globe for at most 120 years. The age of the Earth is approximately 4.54 billion years, so »

Art for politics’ sake at the Washington Post

Featured imageIf you think (as I do) that the Washington Post’s news section too often manifests liberal bias, you should probably steer clear of the arts, entertainment, and letters portions of the paper. The news section’s high profile produces limits as to how far reporters typically go to express such bias. Those who write in non-news sections are less constrained. That’s why I refer to these pages as the Washington Post’s »

The War on Police In San Antonio

Featured imageA San Antonio tabloid says it will publish the names and addresses of every police officer in the San Antonio police department, following the shooting of an unarmed black felon by a San Antonio policeman. Local TV station KENS reports: 36-year-old Antronie Scott was being followed by a undercover police officer Thursday night. Police say when Scott got into a car in a parking lot on Sahara Street, a uniformed »

Tell me why

Featured imageTell me why no one attacked John Kasich last night. He’s leading the governors/former governors in New Hampshire, and conventional wisdom holds that only one (or at most two) governors will survive the New Hampshire primary. He’s a bona threat to finish ahead of Marco Rubio (and this was true even before last night) and Ted Cruz. If he finishes a close second, he could even hurt Trump going forward. »

After last night

Featured imageWatching last night’s cage match among the Republican presidential candidates at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester on ABC, I found that event an exercise in reduction. Paul Mirengoff elaborates the details in here. At the outset, I want to insert my usual media note. ABC News should not be part of the equation for Republicans. George Stephanopoulos should not have a hand in any event sponsored by the Republican Party. »

Chris Christie’s suicide mission may make this a good night for Trump and Kasich [With Comment by John]

Featured imageThe first portion of tonight’s GOP debate, as well as the post-debate coverage, was dominated by the clash between Chris Christie and Marco Rubio. Christie assailed Rubio for not having governing experience and compared him to Barack Obama, who was also a first-term Senator when he ran for president. In addition, Christie criticized Rubio for allegedly relying on 25-second sound bites. Rubio responded by saying, in effect, that Obama’s problem »

Maduro, Sanders and Clinton: Compare and Contrast

Featured imageSocialism always fails, and it’s always someone else’s fault. In the last stages of socialist collapse, when there is not enough to eat and society teeters on the brink, “wreckers” and “saboteurs” are the traditional villains. That’s the point Venezuela has reached. President Nicolas Maduro is now blaming Lorenzo Mendoza, the head of Empresas Polar SA, Venezuela’s largest food company, for the country’s food shortage. (I’m not sure who is »

Why Did Support for Israel Become a Partisan Issue?

Featured imageHistorically, Americans have strongly supported the State of Israel. For a considerable time, that support was bipartisan, much as opposition to Communism was a bipartisan consensus for most of the Cold War era. At one time, sympathy for Israel may even have been more widespread among Democrats than Republicans. But in recent years, the parties have diverged sharply on the Mideast conflict. This Gallup chart shows the progression: Currently, fewer »

The Week in Pictures: Happy Birthday, Gipper Edition

Featured imageToday is Ronald Reagan’s 105th birthday, and we might well wonder, as Charles Krauthammer does in the first panel below, how it is that after the experience of the second half of the 20th century, we’d find ourselves with a substantial portion of the electorate pining for an openly socialist candidate, and a stealth socialist candidate in a pantsuit. I have my theories, but that’s for another post. On to »

CNN does the math

Featured imageCNN has done the math on the speaking fees the Clintons has collected since Bill Clinton left office “dead broke.” The numbers are mind-boggling. The Clintons have done very well by themselves as class warriors for the common man: Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a »

The circle game

Featured imageTom Rush made his name in the sixties folk revival; he is a peer of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Eric Andersen, and Judy Collins. Tomorrow he turns 75. I’ve loved his music for a long time and want to take the occasion to celebrate his birthday with previously posted notes from my 2011 interview with him. I hope readers who may have missed the interview might find the notes of »

The Coming Hillary Meltdown?

Featured imageInteresting tidings in the media the last 24 hours that suggest a smoldering volcano of Democratic discontent and near panic. The Democratic establishment has cleared the field for Hillary, and she’s having trouble putting away Bernie Sanders! If she can’t handle Bernie Sanders, how will she match up with a Republican nominee? Colbert King, a reliable liberal columnist at the Washington Post, sends out the message: Clinton email scandal: Why it »

Follow Tonight’s Debate on Power Line Live

Featured imagePower Line Live will be open for business tonight, but I probably won’t be there. I am rationing my exposure to the presidential campaign in hopes of making it to November. I was in the gym this afternoon and saw a CNN headline: “Kasich surging in New Hampshire.” At the moment, I can’t take any more. I’m taking the night off. But there have been several hundred conservatives in PL »

What she knows

Featured imageHillary Clinton stepped out to make a statement claiming victory in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night. It wasn’t clear that she had won and it still isn’t, but appearances had to be maintained. Clinton gave a six-minute speech (video below) that almost captures her full awfulness. She lies with pathological abandon. She is a gold-plated phony. She has achieved plutocratic wealth through public service while holding herself out as »

Hail, the Coen brothers!

Featured imageThe Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, have written and directed some of the best films of the past 31 years (“Miller’s Crossing” is probably my favorite). They have also written and directed several (such as “No Country for Old Men”) that I didn’t like at all. Their latest film is “Hail, Caesar!” Apparently, it’s an affectionate send up of the “Golden Age of Hollywood” that resolves around the kidnapping of »