I wonder who’s Kissinger now

Featured image If I had known that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were going to debate about Henry Kissinger, I would have kept watching last. Having been outdebated on foreign policy in the previous debate, Sanders opened a new line of attack featuring the 92 year-old former Secretary of State. At Politico, professor Gary Bass reports: Sanders announced that he had a “very profound difference” with Clinton. “In her book and in »

Censorship, United Airlines Style

Featured imageIt’s not just at college campuses that politically incorrect speech is being censored. The other day I was killing time between connecting plane fights in the United Club at LAX, and I stumbled across a link to Paul Gottfried’s review of Brad Birzer’s fine new biography of Russell Kirk that appeared on the VDARE website. Gottfried is always interesting and highly readable, though usually idiosyncratic. But when I clicked on »

Being a Bureaucrat Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Featured imageWe have covered the Gold King Mine environmental disaster here, here, here and here. Briefly, the EPA and its contractor spilled three million gallons of toxic liquid contaminated with lead, arsenic, cadmium and aluminum into the Animas River. The spill turned the river orange and inflicted environmental damage for many miles downstream: In response to the spill, the EPA has been uncommunicative and unhelpful to the impacted communities. It has »

Another South Carolina poll

Featured imageOkay, here’s a South Carolina poll that’s more in line than the one I mentioned yesterday with what I fear to be the case. Augusta Chronicle/ Morris News Service/Fox 5 Atlanta surveyed 779 likely GOP primary voters. The results are: Trump 36 Cruz 20 Rubio 14.5 Bush 11 Kasich 9 Carson 5 These results are nearly identical to those reported by Marist/WSJ/NBC in mid-January, except that Kasich has gained substantially. »

Damn, it feels good to be a Clinton

Featured imageTed Cruz’s campaign has produced this ad called “Damn, it feels good to be Clinton.” The ad is based on a famous scene from the movie “Office Space.” It combines the scene with lyrics based on the song “Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta.” I was unfamiliar with both the movie and the song. Even so, I found the ad hilarious. Tevi Troy has written that Republican candidates »

Does the “cessation of hostilities” in Syria provide Russia a win-win?

Featured imageThe U.S. and Russia have agreed to a “cessation of hostilities” Syria. The cessation won’t begin for about a week, but there supposedly will be immediate humanitarian access to desperately besieged areas of Syria. Before discussing this agreement, it’s worth looking at the current humanitarian, military, and political disaster in Syria, and to ask how it came about. The disaster currently is most clearly manifested in Aleppo, an ancient city »

After last night

Featured imageI watched the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders last night on PBS/CNN. You can too (complete video below), but you probably don’t want to. I understand. Nevertheless, one is reminded of things that matter by the exercise. The Democratic Party is united in staking its future on fundamental falsehoods, from race and crime and sex (discrimination) and illegal immigration and the position of the United States abroad. Watching »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll espies MORE BAD IDEAS (and One Good One). She writes: Hoo Boy, is the electorate in a cranky mood! Primary voters from both parties seem to be saying, “No! You Democrats will NOT tell me which protected grievance monger will be inevitable. And you Republicans will not choose which spineless patsy will be unable to criticize her and lay down and lose as planned. This may turn out »

Today’s sports post: The top 50 NBA players of all time [With Comment by John]

Featured imageActually, the sports post of the day is Scott’s item “The Tao of Gregg Popovich.” But readers might also be interested in Jack McCallum’s list for Sports Illustrated of the best 50 NBA players of all time. McCallum has been covering the NBA for 35 years and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame (for his writing). Twenty years ago, he was on the committee that named the »

The Suicide of Political Science

Featured imageThe book I am currently trying to finish writing is in part about the defects of modern academic political science, which suffers not so much from leftism as much as sheer irrelevancy and obtuseness. (The irony is that compared to academic history, political science looks pretty good some times, especially when you see political scientists writing better history books than academic historians, which happens with surprising frequency.) But perhaps I »

The Tao of Gregg Popovich

Featured imageGregg Popovich is the highly successful coach of the San Antonio Spurs. Jason Gay gives us a glimpse into the Tao of Popovich in the Wall Street Journal column “The Popovich for president movement” (accessible via Google here, I hope). Gay clearly admires Popovich and “his clipped in-game interviews.” Gay’s column was inspired by Popovich’s “classic exchange with TNT reporter David Aldridge during Tuesday night’s Spurs-Heat game” If you haven’t »

Thinkin’ about “Lincoln”

Featured imageAs we celebrate the anniversary of Lincoln’s birth today, I want to take a look back at the 2012 film Lincoln. Until reading David Brooks’s obtuse column about the film, I was unsure that I knew enough to comment intelligently about it. Brooks persuaded me that I know at least as much as he does, however, and accordingly prompted me to offer the following in the way of notes for »

Remembering Mr. Lincoln

Featured imageToday is of course the anniversary of the birth of America’s greatest president, Abraham Lincoln. As a politician and as president, Lincoln was a profound student of the Constitution and constitutional history. Perhaps most important, Lincoln was America’s indispensable teacher of the moral ground of political freedom at the exact moment when the country was on the threshold of abandoning what he called its “ancient faith” that all men are »

Debate this

Featured imageI tried to watch tonight’s debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. I’ve managed to do it before. But this time, after about half an hour, I had to call it quits. It is just too aggravating to watch a socialist demagogue debate a liar doing a weak impersonation of a socialist demagogue. Let’s turn, instead, to the a recent batch of State Department documents released by Judicial Watch this »

I’m Not an African, I Just Play One In the Movies

Featured imageThe controversy over race and the Oscars has made its way to Berlin, where a film festival is in progress. It happens that the festival judges are all white, so one of the judges, Meryl Streep, fielded some questions about diversity. Streep, who heads a festival film panel for the first time, had been asked by an Egyptian reporter whether she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa. »

A South Carolina poll

Featured imageBill Kristol calls attention to a poll from South Carolina that he obtained from a political operative he trusts. The operative is not working with a campaign, but his organization, using a “reputable pollster,” took a poll Wednesday night. The results were as follows: Trump 32 Cruz 26 Rubio 20 Bush 10 Carson 7 Kasich 2 Is Rubio really doubling up Bush? Is he within 6 points of Cruz? I’m »

Obama’s new appellate court nominees should be blocked

Featured imageIn his final year in office, President Obama remains in a position to continue his project of transforming America. He can do so through Executive Orders, for example. Republicans, though, are in a position to close the book on one front — the transformation of the federal judiciary. In November 2014, the GOP took control of the Senate. Consequently, no federal judge can be confirmed without Republican complicity. Indeed, as »