Why the Acosta nomination is very bad news for conservatives

Featured image When the left sinks a Trump appointee, or the appointee sinks himself, the left doesn’t necessarily win. The left wins only if the replacement is more appealing to it than the original guy. Unfortunately, Alex Acosta, the replacement for Andrew Puzder at the Department of Labor, is vastly more appealing to the left than Puzder was. The Acosta selection represents a win for the left and a defeat for conservatives. »

American attitudes to Jews

Featured imageIt is somehow reported as big news that President Trump denounced anti-Semitism yesterday. Was his attitude seriously in doubt? He is a proud supporter of Israel and vocal friend of Benjamin Netanyahu. His appointed ambassador to the United Nations is Nikki Haley, who is trying to right wrongs against Israel committed by the United Nations and, ahem, the Obama administration. His daughter converted to Judaism. He has Jewish grandchildren. In »

The Obamacare Mess: It’s All the GOP’s

Featured imageDonald Trump said in a recent press conference that he had inherited a mess when he became president. This prompted the usual howls of outrage from the liberal press, but I think it is fair to say that every president inherits a mess. It goes with the job. In at least one respect, however, Trump inherited not just a mess, but a steaming pile of dung. In other words, Obamacare. »

Remembering the indispensable man

Featured imageToday is the anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Of all the great men of the revolutionary era to whom we owe our freedom, Washington’s greatness was the rarest and the most needed. At this remove in time, it is also the hardest to comprehend. Take, for example, Washington’s contribution to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Washington’s mere presence lent the undertaking and its handiwork the legitimacy that resulted »

How Congress can promote freedom of speech on college campuses

Featured imageWe’ve discussed Stanley Kurtz’s effort, in conjunction with the Goldwater Institute, to promote free speech on college campuses through the enactment of state legislation mandating it. Now, Stanley has a proposal that, if enacted, would do even more for campus free speech. Stanley wants federal legislation to make the protection of First Amendment rights a prerequisite of federal financial assistance to America’s colleges and universities. He presents his proposal and »

A miserable century?

Featured imageNicholas Eberstadt, one of the most perceptive analysts I know of, contends that “things have been going badly wrong in America since the beginning of the 21st century.” He makes a solid case, and I’m not here to dispute it, much less to argue that this century has been a bed of roses. Eberstadt attributes President Trump’s stunning victory to the “miserable” century Americans outside of the “bubble” have been »

Nikki Haley Calls Out the UN

Featured imagePresident Trump has made so many excellent appointments that it is hard to keep up with them all. But surely one of the best is his appointment of Nikki Haley, former Governor of South Carolina, as UN Ambassador. The video below dates from last Thursday, when Haley addressed the press after attending her first Security Council meeting on the Middle East. It is only about four minutes long, so rather »

But is it bigger than Rathergate?

Featured imageDisgraced CBS newsman Dan Rather should never be able to live down Rathergate, the greatest media fraud of our time. It was, as John and I have argued, “Rather shameful.” If Rather isn’t able to live it down, it won’t be for lack of trying on his part. On the surface of the Flynn affair is what Rather calls “[t]his Russia scandal.” Rather opines. “On a 10 scale of Armageddon »

Immigrant workers get fired trying to prove a point

Featured imageLast Thursday was “A day Without Immigrants” day. In an organized protest against President Trump’s immigration views and aborted executive order, thousands of immigrants stayed home from work. The idea was to demonstrate their indispensability. For the immigrants, there was obvious risk associated with skipping work. An employee who turned out to be dispensable might be fired for not showing up. For an employee who is indispensable but replaceable, the »

More Evidence that Trump Was Right About Sweden

Featured imageIn his Melbourne, Florida speech, President Trump mentioned European countries that have problems resulting from immigration from Islamic countries, including Sweden: Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible. That prompted a response from Swedish authorities, who say that everything is going swimmingly and the many thousands of refugees it has accepted are integrating well. Right. There is a »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: “Designated Unfunniness”?

Featured imageI dare you: take in the first sentence of this abstract appearing in the academic journal Comedy Studies (because of course there is such a journal) and just try to keep a straight face: Pretty funny: Manifesting a normatively sexy female comic body Hannah Ballou Abstract This article proposes that the heteronormatively sexy female comic body can derive or enhance its comic proposal via the incongruity of its designated unfunniness. Performances »

Shhh: No One Tell Michelle About The Socialist Diet Plan

Featured imageObesity is said to be the pre-eminent public health problem in America right now, which is  probably one more reason liberals prefer socialism, and always want to enact legislation regulating our diets. (I predict the school version will be called the “No Child Left With a Big Behind Act.”) To wit, this news: Venezuela: 75% of population lost 19 pounds amid crisis Venezuela’s Living Conditions Survey found that nearly 75 »

This is what democracy looks like

Featured imageRep. Jim Jordan is a star. And not just because he had the good taste to hold a presidents’ day town hall meeting at the home of the vastly underrated Warren Harding. Jordan displayed his star quality by patiently fielding questions from protesters who swarmed the event. Crashing the town hall meetings of conservative congressmen has become the rage among left-wing protesters. Dave Weigel of the Washington Post aptly calls »

What was the Flynn affair?

Featured imageYou would have to be a dolt to think that the big story in the affair of General Michael Flynn’s defenestration from the Trump administration is the one that blares from the headlines or screams on the Sunday gabfests. It reminds me of the Plame affair during the Bush administration. Borrowing from a Watergate-era film, I wrote about that one at some length for the Weekly Standard in “Three years »

This Politician Makes the Most Sense on Illegal Immigration

Featured imageI have been waiting a long time for a politician to come along who has exactly the right view of illegal immigration. Finally, I have found him: I guess this was before the Democrats figured out how much money can be made by betraying American workers. Note that Obama was quite a bit to Trump’s right on immigration. Trump is actually a squish, if you take his pronouncements seriously. He »

Democrats File Two Terrible Lawsuits

Featured imageFrivolous litigation abounds. Today the Democrats added two lawsuits to the ever-growing list of non-meritorious filings. First, Congressman William Lacy Clay sued in Washington, D.C., to protest removal of a painting from a display in a corridor of the Capitol. We reported on that controversy here. The painting, one of around 400 winners of the Congressional Arts Competition, depicts pigs dressed as policemen shooting innocent blacks: Congressman Clay asserts that »

The Russians are “dismayed” by Trump

Featured imageEuropean leaders (at least those from “old Europe”) have declined to take the Trump administration’s anti-Russia, pro-NATO statements seriously, but this is not the case in Russia. The Washington Post reports that “in Moscow, euphoria over Trump evaporates” as “Russian politicians, journalists and others express dismay” that “the White House puts daylight between itself and the Kremlin.” (These are the headlines of the Post’s story in the print edition) The »