Donald Trump on Jon Huntsman in 2012

Featured image It is now being rumored that president-elect Trump is considering Jon Huntsman for Secretary of State. This rumor strikes me as more shocking than the rumor — now more than that — Trump was considering his nemesis Mitt Romney for that job. In other words, the Huntsman rumor is probably rooted in fact. The incongruity of a Huntsman selection is based on more than just the former Utah governor’s harsh »

Donald Trump’s first foreign policy call

Featured imageTo the consternation of many, Donald Trump has spoken by telephone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Reportedly, this is the first direct communication between the leader of the United States and the leader of Taiwan since 1979. Team Trump says not much should be made of this. Taiwan’s president called to congratulate the president-elect and Trump accepted the call. That’s all. However, this Washington Post article contends that the call »

A fitting end: Castro’s hearse breaks down

Featured imageThe vehicle carrying Fidel Castro’s remains during his funeral parade broke down yesterday. Soldiers had to push it through the streets. How symbolic! What could be more fitting, given the broken down nature of the antique Cuban state produced by Castro? There have been plenty of choice comments on Twitter. Here’s the obvious take in the form of an old joke: NOTHING in Cuba works. Except the prostitutes. Here’s my »

The Week in Videos

Featured imageI’m not saying this will become a regular feature, but a few good ones have piled up on the spindle, starting with this extended version of the schadenfreudtastic video of the predictions that Trump would never make it (4 minutes): And I haven’t seen Tucker Carlson’s new show on Fox News, but this segment with New York Times editor Liz Spayd is pretty good, as Spayd is remarkably honest about the »

The Global Warming Fraud, Explained

Featured imageMuch can be said about the Left’s lavishly-financed effort to portray global warming as an existential threat, so that a small minority can profit while the rest of us are impoverished. But this is perhaps the most fundamental point: a scientific argument can be made that doubling the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere will increase global temperatures by about one degree C. Most people agree that this would be »

Have Kellogg and Other Companies Been “Dragged Into” Politics?

Featured imageThe Minneapolis Star Tribune reprints an article from the Washington Post under the headline “U.S. companies get dragged into a volatile political climate.” The article centers on Kellogg, which stirred outrage when it announced that it was blocking advertising on Breitbart.com because Breitbart isn’t “aligned with our values as a company.” There was a lot of pushback from conservatives, including us, but does that mean that Kellogg was “dragged into” »

It ain’t over til it’s over

Featured imageYesterday, in a post called “It’s Over,” I noted that Jill Stein and her friends have withdrawn their state court suit which sought a recount of the Pennsylvania presidential vote. But Team Stein hasn’t quit, after all. Instead, it has resorted to federal court. Team Stein’s lawyer explained: Over the past several days, it has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and »

Ellisonian gleanings

Featured imageKeith Ellison is trying to plug the leaks that have sprung in his nascent campaign to head the Democratic National Committee. Ellison seeks to plug the leaks with lies and he’s lying as fast as he can talk. Let’s tune on him in action. Last week the Investigative Project on Terrorism released audio of Ellison speaking during a 2010 political fundraiser, criticizing what he saw as the inappropriate and disproportionate »

It’s over

Featured imageJill Stein and her crew have dropped the court proceeding by which they were seeking to force a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. Trump’s victory in the Keystone State stands. Thus, even if a recount were somehow to overturn the results in Wisconsin and Michigan, Trump would still prevail. There were no grounds for an automatic recount in Pennsylvania because Trump won by 0.8 percent. An automatic recount isn’t triggered unless »

From the penalty box [Updated with Cartoon]

Featured imageAs he undertook his project of “fundamental transformation,” President Obama took office in 2009 with the side project of beating down FOX News. FOX News disrupted the coordination that the Obama administration otherwise had going with the mainstream media. As White House communications director, Comrade Anita Dunn took charge of the project. FOX News CEO Roger Ailes stood in there, however, and by November 2009, Dunn was gone. Andrea Tantaros »

Black Lives Matter praises Castro as revolutionary and harborer of cop killers

Featured imageBlack Lives Matter is mourning the death of “El Commandante,” known to the rest of us as Fidel Castro. BLM feels “an overwhelming sense of loss” at the passing of the communist dictator. And well it should. BLM is a Marxist revolutionary movement — if you don’t believe me, read its sickening eulogy of Castro. Naturally, it views “El Commandante” as a hero to be mourned. BLM praises Castro for »

A Preview of Coming Attractions

Featured imageScott kindly mentioned my forthcoming book, Patriotism Is Not Enough, which will appear in mid-February (though you can pre-order today!) I’m going over the final page proofs right now, and thought I might as well share a couple of previews. The book centers around, but is not confined to, the story of Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns, two of the great thinkers of the late 20th century. I’m one of »

California Dreaming?

Featured imageIt’s hard to single out the most delicious example of the post-Trump liberal freak out, but the din about California secession has to rank high on the list. Among other obvious things, California provided Hillary Clinton with her entire margin of victory in the popular vote—without California, Trump wins the popular vote in the other 49 states handily. (Without California and the five boroughs of New York City, Trump’s popular »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageChris Hillman was a teenage bluegrass star on the Los Angeles music scene in the early ’60s. When Roger (then Jim) McGuinn asked him if he could play bass for the band he was forming, he said yes and then taught himself how. Moving from mandolin to bass, he become one of the founding members of the Byrds together with McGuinn, David Crosby and Gene Clark. The Byrds brought McGuinn’s »

Recount Follies

Featured imageThe Jill Stein/Hillary Clinton recount effort has mostly faded from the headlines, as battles have moved into the courts. A day of recounting in Wisconsin reportedly netted Hillary a single vote. Michigan may or may not begin recounting next week, depending on a court ruling. Pennsylvania appears to be Hillary’s weakest link; Trump’s margin is not narrow enough to trigger an automatic recount, and absent any evidence of fraud or »

The Week in Pictures: Victory Lap Edition

Featured imageI’d be totally fine if Trump just went on a constant road trip holding rallies and just turned the government over to Mike Pence. It would drive the media out of their mind. Well okay, that mission has already been accomplished. Heck—that suggests a great idea: Why not hold a victory rally in front of the New York Times building, with a banner hoisted on the Times building that reads, »

Gott im Himmel

Featured imageIn the video below (about 8 minutes), former Guardian literary editor Richard Gott debates Gatestone Institute senior fellow Douglas Murray regarding the legacy of Fidel Castro. Why Sky News thought it was a good idea to call on Gott to advocate the case for Castro is not immediately clear. Gott faithfully spouts the Communist Party line on Castro, but it’s a line that Justin Trudeau and useful idiots everywhere share. »