Civil War on the Left, Part 53: Riot of the Cavemen

Featured image Talk about your Feel Good Story of the Day, from The Hill: That’s so much fun to read it’s worth repeating again: From the copy: Progressives are hammering Sen. Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for his agreement with Senate Republican leadership to end the government shutdown on Monday. Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has spoken out against the deal, saying there was no reason to support it. “I don’t »

Dan Rather and Cenk Uygur, a perfect match [UPDATED]

Featured imageThis story is delicious. Dan Rather is making comeback on the Young Turks Network. The 86 year-old will have a 30 minute show that focuses on matters he believes are receiving insufficient attention. He will also attempt to analyze “the hot topics of the day.” Rather’s new job is the result of a meeting with Cenk Uygur, the leader of the Young Turks. “Something clicked” between the two, Rather says. »

Fantasy vs. Reality In November

Featured imageAs they gear up for November’s Congressional election, the Democrats are peddling a fantasy view of events in America: Trump the racist, Trump the trampler on the First Amendment, Trump the warmonger (or something), Trump-Russia collusion, the Republicans as servants of the rich. To an even greater degree than usual, this election will feature a head-on collision between such fantasies and reality. The reality is that the Trump administration’s policies »

Ohio’s Trump Democrats Are Delighted

Featured imageCNN went to Youngstown, Ohio, to find out what Democrats who crossed over to vote for Donald Trump think of his presidency after one year. The results may have surprised the anti-Trump network, but those who participated in the focus group were uniformly happy with the president’s performance. This short video is well worth watching, both for the participants’ sensible comments and for the way the CNN narrator says the »

Joe diGenova: Beyond foreplay

Featured imagePaul appended former US Attorned/former Independent Counsel Joseph diGenova’s interview with Ginni Thomas to his update on “That explosive House Intel Committee document.” In the interview diGenova lucidly exposes the Trump/Russia collusion illusion for what it is and name checks the principal malefactors. It is well worth the time to take it in. As a commenter on Paul’s post pointed out, diGenova also appeared on WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall »

Owls Through the Haze

Featured imageAt first glance this article in a forthcoming issue of Avian Conservation and Ecology about increased mortality of the endangered Northern Spotted Owl from rat poison doesn’t seem to indicate a political angle, at least not from the dense abstract. You just need to wade through it a bit to the payoff toward the end: Exposure to rodenticides in Northern Spotted and Barred Owls on remote forest lands in northwestern California: »

Shutdown politics, a leftist’s take

Featured imageDavid Leonhardt is an op-ed columnist and associate editorial page editor at The New York Times. Obviously, he writes “from a liberal progressive perspective.” Leonhardt is urging Democrats to capitulate on the shutdown. He wants them to “accept[] a short-term funding bill that ends the shutdown and diffuses the tension.” Why? Because “the shutdown has created one of the more treacherous political moments of Trump’s presidency for Democrats.” (Emphasis added) »

From foreplay to foreknowledge

Featured imageWe learn from Senator Johnson’s letter to FBI Director Wray that the Department of Justice has turned over 384 pages of text messages between FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page. (We also learn that five months’ of text messages between the infamous FBI couple during the critical period culminating in the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel have disappeared.) What do the newly disclosed text »

That “explosive” House intel committee document — an update

Featured imageWe wrote here, via Sara Carter, about a possibly explosive classified document, prepared by House Intelligence Committee staff, that apparently relates to abuses by the FBI in connection with the 2016 presidential campaign. According to Carter’s sources, information in the document could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, and perhaps even to the criminal prosecution of some. The intelligence committee voted along »

Will 2018 Resemble 2010?

Featured imageThe Democrats need a pickup of only 24 seats, net, to take control of the House of Representatives. That isn’t very many, by historical standards, and the Dems have been supremely confident that as of January 2019, Nancy Pelosi will once again be Speaker of the House. The Democrats see a wave election coming–or they did, anyway, until the generic preference polls began to tighten following passage of the GOP »

And now, a five-month gap [With Comment by John]

Featured imageThe Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reports that the FBI “failed to preserve” five months’ worth of text messages exchanged between FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. In a letter sent to Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson on Friday, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd disclosed that text messages are missing for the period between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017. The period is crucial »

Shutdown to end as Dems cave [UPDATED TWICE]

Featured imageThe Senate has reached a deal that will reopen the government by tonight. Only 18 Senators voted against the deal in the context of a motion to end debate. The House is expected to agree to the deal by uniting Republican and Democratic leaders in an agreement on immigration and spending. The bill agreed to would fund the government through Feb. 8 and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) »

The Disgraceful Howard Dean

Featured imageFormer Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean appeared recently on a panel on free speech at Kenyon College, where he grossly mischaracterized the lamentable events at Yale University in the fall of 2015, where a student mob screamed at Nicholas Christakis for his wife’s sin of writing an email saying students should chill about offensive Halloween costumes. The video of the whole panel (which also included Steven Pinker and »

In search of lost texts

Featured imageLast night the Washington Examiner’s Byron York posted his column “Congress seeks answers after FBI claims texts missing in Trump-Russia probe.” Byron quotes from the letter sent on Saturday by Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson to FBI Director Christopher Wray. I thought some readers might be interested in seeing the full text of Senator Johnson’s letter. This is the text of Senator Johnson’s January 20 letter to Wray »

Clueless at CNN

Featured imageMaeve Reston, a national politics reporter at CNN, complained today that “when you talk to people about Russia — and that’s all we talk about at CNN basically — they say they don’t care.” Reston attributed the nation’s indifference to the fact that the matter of alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia “doesn’t have any effect on their lives.” That’s one theory. Here’s mine. CNN and other anti-Trump news »

A Turning Point for Trump In Sight?

Featured imageMy sense is the intransigence of the Democratic “resistance” mentality is going to make this present “government shutdown” the longest ever, with unpredictable political effects at this early point. It comes amidst evidence that Trump’s position might be improving. According to the most recent CBS News poll, Trump’s overall numbers continue to be underwater. His best numbers—still below 50 percent—are for his handling of the economy and his handling of »

Crazy Story of the Week

Featured imageThere are many news items these days that recall that great line from Randall Jarrell’s comic novel about academia, Pictures from an Institution, that runs: “President Robbins made a speech that—a Gertrude said, you had to hear it not to believe it.” This week brings one that is off the chart for this category. From The Telegraph: Women who identify as men are not being routinely offered potentially life saving »