Toasted Weiner

Featured image I’m sorry, I just can’t avoid the obvious low-rent headlines to mark the sentencing of Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison for his texting misadventures. Besides, who can ever top the New York Post: Meanwhile, let’s review a couple greatest hits, starting with Rachel Maddow back in 2011 speculating on the deep conspiracy to frame Weiner at a time when he was the darling of the left (five minutes »

Brothers in arms

Featured imageOn Saturday the Wall Street Journal published Michael Phillips’s devastatingly sad story about twin brothers Chris and Mike Goski. Both served with distinction in the armed forces following 9/11. Michael’s story is “Brothers in arms.” While the story is behind the Journal’s paywall, it is accompanied by an embeddable video with the following preface: Chris Goski was born on May 1, 1981. His twin brother Mike followed a few minutes »

Steve Kerr wants to have it both ways

Featured imageSteve Kerr is the coach of the Golden State Warriors, the NBA championship team that doesn’t want to visit the White House because it objects to President Trump, and thus had its invitation rescinded. Kerr has produced a disingenuous article called “Mr. President: You Represent All of Us. Don’t Divide Us. Bring Us Together.” Like his star guard Stephen Curry, Kerr wants to have it both ways. When the Warriors »

Steeler alone [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageThe right to free speech is under serious threat in the United States — on campus and wherever else leftist opinion holds sway. Yet somehow the NFL players’ putative right to disrespect the national anthem has been turned into the crisis du jour. Yesterday the players’ putative right was transformed into a mass movement. Indeed, the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team remained in the locker room during the anthem, with the »

Anti-Immigration Party Surges as Merkel Wins German Election

Featured imageEurope has never been as committed to democracy as the United States. Its elites let people vote, but some issues they are not willing to allow to be decided by the masses. Thus, at quite an early stage, European liberals decided that immigration was too explosive an issue to be committed to the democratic process. Europeans were going to get mass immigration whether they wanted it or not, and anyone »

Civil War on the Left, Part 48: Asian Supremacy?

Featured imageAre Asians an oppressed minority in America, or not? We know for a fact that elite universities are nowadays discriminating against Asian applicants in much the same way they discriminated against Jewish applicants decades ago. But didn’t a lot of Asians historically suffer the same kind of discrimination that Irish, Italian, and other immigrants nowadays considered part of the world of “white supremacy”? For example, there’s a little noticed passage »

Mueller’s case

Featured imageAndrew McCarthy devotes his weekly NRO column to the unlimited mandate and uninhibited prosecutorial tactics of Robert Mueller. The column is “Mueller scorches the earth.” Reviewing the proceedings to date, Andy writes: You are forgiven if you can recall only vaguely that supposition about Trump-campaign collusion in Russian espionage against the 2016 election was the actual explanation for Mueller’s appointment as special counsel. To the extent there was any explanation, »

Stephen Curry wants to have it both ways

Featured imageStephen Curry is a superstar with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors received an invitation to the White House, pursuant to the longstanding custom of thus honoring championship sports teams. The Warriors, whose star players and coach are outspoken critics of President Trump, made it known that they were ambivalent at best about visiting the White House. Curry said, “I don’t want to go, that’s my nucleus of »

Civil War on the Left, Part 47: Obama, Please Go Away!

Featured imageWe know that black turnout in the last election was down from 2012, when black turnout was actually higher than white turnout. The left screams “GOP vote suppression!,” except that the lower turnout occurred in many instances in cities and states that Democrats control. Maybe the fact that Obama was no longer on the ballot—and Hillary was—might explain why some black voters stayed home (or voted for Trump—he got the »

What we’ve got here is failure to kommunicate

Featured imageMinnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has issued her statement on President Trump’s nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the Eighth Circuit. There is a quality of unintentional self-parody to Senator Klobuchar’s statement. The statement reads like it might have been written by a staffer satirizing Senator Klobuchar’s public persona. This is the statement in its entirety: Justice Stras has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court for seven years. »

The Week in Pictures: End Times Edition

Featured imageI skipped the latest Democratic Party telethon—otherwise known as the Emmy Awards—as  well as any of the nightly sequels that have been slotted in where the late night comedy shows used to be (that’s you I’m talking about Jimmy Kimmel—can Ben Stein please take you back?)—or the MSNBC shows now being shown on ESPN. Meanwhile, is Hillary still out promoting her book? I hope so. I could use some real comic »

Coming Attractions: Laughing at Communism

Featured imageIf you have a subscription to Amazon Prime, you owe it to yourself to take in their original production “Comrade Detective.” It is a brilliant piece of work, supposedly “found footage” of a Romanian buddy-cop show from the 1980s dubbed into English. It is a wonderful satire of the way a podunk Eastern European nation saw the world in the late stages of the Cold War. Here’s one clip: But »

Looking back at “Don’t Look Back”

Featured imageOn Thursday evening Turner Classic Movies played a set of rock documentaries including the TCM premiere of D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back (1967). As cinéma vérité, the film captures Bob Dylan on tour in England in 1965, where he had already become a pop star. It’s an entertaining film populated by intriguing characters, foremost among whom is Dylan himself, of course, but also Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman, Dylan’s then girlfriend, »

The test of a good GOP attack ad: Do the Dems cry “Willie Horton”?

Featured imageThis November, Virginia voters will elect a new governor. The Democratic candidate is Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. The Republican candidate is Ed Gillespie. Northam has been leading in most polls. However, a new survey by Suffolk University finds the candidates tied at 42 percent. Gillespie nearly defeated Sen. Mark Warner in 2014 despite trailing badly in the polls. Remember, though, that 2014 was a great year for Republicans. Gillespie is »

Should NFL Teams Fire Players Who Won’t Stand For the Anthem? [with comment by Paul]

Featured imagePresident Trump’s Huntsville, Alabama, speech, which Paul wrote about here, continues to reverberate. One of Trump’s riffs related to the National Football League: When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things »

Minnesota cage match, 2017 edition (7)

Featured imageWhen we checked in last week on the ongoing cage match between Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican-majority legislative bodies, the Minnesota Supreme Court had ordered the parties to mediation and the parties had filed memoranda on the Court’s authority to order continued funding. Governor Dayton has vetoed the legislature’s appropriation of operational funding in order to induce it to renegotiate the terms of the tax bill he himself »

The Worst Republican Senator

Featured imageThere really ought to be a statute of limitations on how long John McCain can play the tortured war hero card. His war hero status was exhausted with me a decade ago over a single instance. Brad Smith, who as chairman of the Federal Election Commission and law professor dared to criticize the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law on constitutional grounds (later vindicated in several Supreme Court cases culminating in the »