The Most Important World Cup Issue

Featured image The American victory in the most recent Women’s World Cup has given rise to what might be thought of as an international Title IX dispute, because the women footballers aren’t paid as much as World Cup men’s footballers. Here’s the indispensable Christina Hoff Sommers explaining why this latest complaint is more of the usual “gender gap” nonsense: »

John Kerry, Lawyer to the Mullahs

Featured imageWashington Free Beacon put together this montage of John Kerry running interference for Iran’s rulers. It makes you feel confident that our interests were aggressively represented in the nuclear negotiations, doesn’t it? »

Hillary’s Hot Air Balloon [Updated]

Featured imageI’m starting to think Hillary Clinton believes her own B.S., or represents the first attempt at a human self-inflated hot air balloon.  Back in the 1960s, Great Society liberals told us that they’d abolish poverty in 10 years (Sargent Shriver declared this confidently in Capitol Hill testimony). Yeah—how’d that work out for them? Having learned nothing from that kind of grandiosity, Hillary Clinton today “pledged to take steps as president »

Hillary’s hot air balloon (2)

Featured imageEd Morrissey draws attention to the video below with Joe Scarborough’s review of the Hillary Clinton email story to date. Ed writes: “Be sure to watch this in full, because there have been few presentations in the media as comprehensive as this on the e-mail scandal, and none at all on MSNBC, I’d bet.” I concur with Ed that this is a useful review. »

Soccer in the ’70s

Featured imageBefore there was the English Premier League (EPL), there was the English First Division. Before three substitutes were allowed, you could only use one. Before a win counted for three points, it was worth only two. Before middling tackles resulted in yellow cards, brutal ones often went unpunished. Before ticket prices soared, there was hooliganism. Before Arsenal fans sang “Walking in a Wenger Wonderland,” they sang “Charlie George, Superstar.” And »

Morality Police Come to France [With comment by Paul]

Featured imageIn Reims, a young woman was sunbathing in a public park, wearing a bikini. Nothing wrong with that, right? Wrong: Social networks across France responded angrily to the news a 21-year-old woman was beaten up by a gang of girls and young women for the crime of wearing a bikini in a park. … According to police the young victim was sunbathing with two friends in the Parc Léo Lagrange »

Washington Post agrees with Power Line: Cruz crushed Code Pink

Featured imageLast week, John wrote that Ted Cruz “crushed Code Pink” in an impromptu debate with its leader Medea Benjamin regarding Iran. He provided video of the confrontation so that readers could judge for themselves. Code Pink had tried to shout Cruz down during a campaign event. Cruz engaged them and decisively out-debated Benjamin. A few days later, Dave Weigel of the Washington Post decided to judge the debate. He scored »

Does Trump Trump? Angelo Codevilla on Our Present Moment

Featured imageAngelo Codevilla is a former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University, and the author of more than a dozen fine books on politics, arms control, and intelligence (if I had to pick a favorite it might be The Character of Nations), including a fine translation of Machiavelli’s Prince published by Yale University Press. Most recently his essay-turned-book The Ruling Class: How »

Assessing Trump’s conservative conversion

Featured imageAs Steve wrote today in connection with Donald Trump, it’s not a sin to change one’s political and/or ideological affiliation, provided that the change is genuine. Nor is it always easy to determine whether a conversion is genuine. There are, however, a number of factors through which the authenticity of a conversation can be assessed. As we will see, if we apply these factors to Trump’s conversion to conservatism, it »

Reparations!

Featured imageI had thought the concept of reparations was a silliness limited to the United States, but no: it has caught on elsewhere. A movement has arisen in India to make Britain “pay reparations for 200 years of colonial rule.” My own view is that the colonial era brought the region that became India and Pakistan out of barbarism and into the light, but that opinion is not universally held: India’s »

Inside higher ed: Reimagine this

Featured imageA faithful reader writes from deep inside higher education: One of my responsibilities is tracking down ads for our recent PhDs. I just came across this one for SDI Training Manager. It’s self-parody, and so is good for laughs. Until one looks up the office of the vice chancellor under whom the successful candidate for this $70,000 position (more money, incidentally, than most college professors make) would be working. That’s »

Fashion shoot with illegals

Featured imageDeirdra Funcheon reports at the Broward/Palm Beach New Times site: About 6 a.m. on July 10, Ekaterina Juskowski was shooting a video of her friend, a model, near 36th Street in the heart of Miami Beach. She noticed that a blue-green boat in the background — she thought it was a scuba boat — was coming closer to shore and thought, “They are ruining my video.” Juskowski shut off the »

The fire this time (5)

Featured imageIn the first week of its publication Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me entered the New York Times nonfiction best seller list at number 1. The book is dreadful, but Coates knows his audience and he has hit it with this book. I think conservatives would be well advised to pay attention. In this series I have tried to give conservatives unlikely to read the book a rounded picture »

Speaking of the Iran deal (7)

Featured imageOmri Ceren writes to comment on Jay Solomon’s Wall Street Journal article “White House says Iran unlikely to address suspicions of secret weapons program” (accessible here via Google. Omri writes: The WSJ gained access to some of the documents on the Iran deal that the administration filed with Congress to meet its obligations under the Corker legislation. Two of the documents – both of which are secret and one of »

Trump No Longer Even Pretends To Be a Republican

Featured imageScott Walker’s budget reforms in Wisconsin are one of modern conservatism’s greatest success stories. So why would Donald Trump attack them? Because 1) he is not a Republican, and 2) he is not a conservative. Trump went after Walker yesterday: “Wisconsin is in turmoil,” Trump told a boisterous crowd at a rally in Iowa. He pointed to the state’s roads, schools and hospitals, which he said were all “a disaster.” »

Annals of inanity

Featured imageSubmitted for your consideration and your entertainment pleasure, the video below of President Obama instructing the president of Kenya in the matter of “gay rights.” The Hill reports: President Obama on Saturday made a personal plea for gay rights during his visit to Kenya, warning that “bad things happen” when countries discriminate against certain groups of people. “As an African-American in the United States, I am painfully aware of the »

What Does Trump Believe?

Featured imageDonald Trump’s core political beliefs are a matter of hot controversy, because they have changed over the years. It is not a sin to change your positions both large and small (Ronald Reagan did, after all), and not all changes make you a “flip-flopper.” The question of whether Trump’s current views reflect a genuine change of mind because of more careful study on his part or conversions of convenience for »