An instant thaw of U.S.-Israeli relations

Featured image President Trump is fond of saying of almost any problem he identifies “this stops right now.” Unfortunately, many of the problems in question are not so tractable. But there’s one problem Trump has stopped already — the bad blood between the U.S. and its great ally Israel. The Washington Post reports that the president talked by phone today with Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump described the conversation as “very »

Sens. McCain and Graham will support Tillerson

Featured imageSenators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have announced that they will vote to confirm Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. With these two votes, Tilleson’s confirmation becomes a near certainty. Among Republicans, Senator Marco Rubio appears to be the only holdout. The Florida man tore into Tillerson at the confirmation hearing but has not said how he will vote. Even if Rubio votes “no,” Tillerson should receive 51 votes. With »

The Imponderable Ashley Judd

Featured imageI was traveling home from Texas yesterday and missed the various women’s marches, but I heard that actress Ashley Judd went totally bonkers at the Washington DC rally. The video of the speech rant is below, and it is indeed off-the-chart crazy. But you should approach it with an open mind and entertain the possibility that she’s actually a mole from the Trump campaign. I think the circumstantial evidence indeed supports »

Trump at the CIA

Featured imageOn his first full day in office, President Trump visited the CIA at its Langley, Virginia headquarters. Trump told CIA employees he is “behind” them. He said, “I know maybe sometimes you haven’t gotten the backing that you’ve wanted, and you’re going to get so much backing.” The visit has been harshly criticized by the mainstream media. This is understandable. The mainstream media loves to attack Trump and his family »

Propaganda. It Comes At a Cost!

Featured imageWhen I studied epistemology decades ago, I had no idea that it would someday be front and center in our political life. Truth is now all the rage: the liberal media try to tell us that they are the reliable sources of truth, as opposed to…what? I am not certain. Virtually all newspapers, magazines and networks are liberal. But there evidently is a heck of a lot of wrongthink out »

The Tweet for the Trump Years

Featured imageBy general consensus the most emblematic tweet of the Obama years came from Jon Gabriel: But you’ll note that this took until halfway through Obama’s second term for this to emerge as the undisputed champion. Just one day into the Trump presidency, I think we can already declare the emblematic tweet, courtesy David Burge (aka, Iowahawk): »

Was Trump Right About His Inauguration’s Crowd Size?

Featured imageApart from the overhyped “women’s” marches, yesterday’s biggest news story seemed to be the conflict between the news media and the Trump administration over the size of the inauguration crowd. The liberal media said it was small, relying largely on this photo comparison by the New York Times of Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and Trump’s: Other media happily followed suit with lowball estimates of Friday’s crowd. Two points: one, there »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageFriday was a big day for me. I had looked forward to Trump’s inauguration, for sure, but what really made it special was the notification that singer Suzy Bogguss had started following me on Twitter. I’m not sure why. It can’t be politics. Maybe she’s just following me back, but I started following her a couple of years ago. I’d like to think there’s something to it. A guy can »

At the women’s protest march

Featured imageI turned down opportunities to attend the Trump inauguration. I’m glad Trump won, but not ready to celebrate the guy. Plus, I’ve always found these events dull. Protest marches, on the other hand, can be interesting. I decided to attend today’s women’s protest in Washington, D.C. The first order of business was to find a place to check my privilege, presumably in exchange for a ticket with a number so »

CNN Rails Against Trump’s Obamacare Order

Featured imagePresident Trump’s first executive order, other than appointments, related to Obamacare. It directed agencies to interpret Obamacare regulations so as to impose as little financial burden as possible. CNN explained: Within hours of taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump on Friday night signed an executive order aimed at trying to fulfill one of his most impassioned campaign promises: Rolling back Obamacare. *** Republicans have been railing against the »

Associated Press Whitewashes Inauguration Protesters

Featured imageThis is what yesterday’s “protests” against the Trump inauguration looked like: The “protesters” also set a limousine on fire and threw concrete blocks at police officers, yelling “put the pigs in the ground.” None of this is surprising. This is what leftist protesters–read, criminals–always do. And yet, how did the Associated Press characterize the demonstrators just hours before they started smashing windows and attacking policemen? “Protesters make their mark on »

This Is CNN

Featured imageI am spending a few hours in an airport, so CNN is being inflicted on me at the gate. A few minutes ago, a CNN analyst was agonizing over whether people will be able to trust the Trump administration, given Trump’s history of lying about things like the size of his inauguration crowd. The angst-ridden reporter wondered whether statistics produced by Trump’s agencies will be trustworthy. Trump, according to CNN, »

Ready for the same old beat

Featured imageThe Soviet Union orchestrated protests all over Europe and the United States when Ronald Reagan set out to deploy intermediate range nuclear weapons in Europe. The deployment was to take place as part of Reagan’s effort to beat the Soviet Union into submission through the buildup of our defenses. The Soviet Union cranked up its “active measures” and counted on its many friends on the left to assemble under the »

Miss Universe Preview: The Favorites

Featured imageThe finale of the Miss Universe pageant is only nine days away, and betting is starting to get heavy. I wrote about a few of my favorite contestants, including Miss USA, here. With the betting odds firming up, it is time to check out the favorites. Currently in first place is Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar, at 4-1. After last year’s fiasco, when Miss Colombia was mistakenly crowned the winner only »

Were “Women’s” Marches the News Story of the Day?

Featured imageThe liberal media certainly thought so. Anti-Trump protests dominated CNN and other news channels, while the Associated Press was giddy with delight at the number of people who turned out to demonstrate against President Trump: In a global exclamation of defiance and solidarity, more than 1 million people rallied at women’s marches in the nation’s capital and cities around the world Saturday to send President Donald Trump an emphatic message »

How Low Can Liberals Go?

Featured imageI doubt that they have hit bottom yet, but liberals can’t get much lower than smearing Donald Trump’s ten-year-old son, Barron. Katie Rich apparently is a writer for Saturday Night Live. I haven’t seen that show since the 1970s, but people say it’s no longer funny. If Ms. Rich is any indication, I can believe that is true. This is what she had to say on Twitter about ten-year-old Barron: »

Dave Begley: Trump’s long, strange trip

Featured imageOmaha attorney Dave Begley covered the presidential candidates for us Iowa and Nebraska over the past two years. Today he recalls Donald Trump’s 2015 stop in Sioux City, Iowa, and looks back: It has been a long and strange trip for President Donald J. Trump from the first time I saw him at Sioux City West high school on October 18, 2015 to his inauguration on January 20, 2017. I »