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Featured image • Kate O’Beirne, RIP. Kate O’Beirne was a neighbor during the decade I Iived in McLean, Virginia, and she always reminded me of how Churchill described meeting Franklin Roosevelt: “like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.”  Kate was exactly like that. I can’t add much to the remembrances from her media colleagues such as John O’Sullivan, Mona Charen, and Ramesh Ponnuru, and Jim Geraghty, »

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Featured image • Some time during the course of my endless panels last week in Boulder, there somehow occurred the unusual confluence of the coming of robotics and the desire that we have more newspaper columnists like Tom Friedman. You can imagine how that set me twitching. Fortunately the instant retort came to mind: “Self-driving cars will put Tom Friedman out of business, because he won’t have any taxi drivers to talk »

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Featured image • I gather any day now—maybe today, who cares—we shall once again observe Equal Pay Day, when liberals will hector us about the wage gap between men and women. Kudos to Brent Scher of the Free Beacon for catching yet another example of liberal hypocrisy on this issue: Elizabeth Warren’s Female Staffers Made 71% of Male Staffers’ Salaries in 2016 The gender pay gap in Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) »

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Featured image There’s a whole bunch of things on my spindle today that deserve brief notice. Let’s check ’em off. • We keep being told that Trump represents the specter of fascism and violence. But all of the violence and threats of violence are coming from the left. A Washington Post headline today: These Hispanic contractors offered to build Trump’s border wall. Then the death threats began. But remember, the left stands »

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Featured image • Yesterday I spent a nice 20 minutes with a very sharp undergraduate on Radio Free Hillsdale, which aspires to bring the good sense of Hillsdale beyond the borders of that fine campus (maybe it should be called “Radio Free Michigan” or “Radio Free America”). The topic was a certain recent book that you may have heard about, and in case you haven’t you can listen to the interview below—I think »

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Featured image The new normal in the Time of Trump is for too many things to be happening all at once, such that it is hard to keep up. So let’s just go down a short checklist. • OMG! Add to the list of the things the media find defective about President Trump is that he is likely to be the first president in 100 years who doesn’t have a pet in »

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Featured image Someone joked recently that Trump years are going to seem like dog years: he’s been in office only a bit more than three weeks, but it already seems like two years. So there’s a lot to comment on, but time is short this week. So a couple of brief observations: • Funny that the news media is suddenly reporting assiduously about Russian spy ships and “fishing trawlers” near our coastal »

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Featured image • Power Line Always Gets There First: Greg Weiner of Assumption College, author of a fine book about Pat Moynihan, has a fine article out today on RealClearPolitics about Trump and the complaints of the left that Trump doesn’t tell the truth. Good stuff—close to what we wrote here last week. Weiner: We are beginning to encounter middle-of-the-road politicians who will seemingly say anything. We approach a fantasized condition. In »

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Featured image Heavily overscheduled road trip this week, hence the scarcity of posts the last couple of days. Collecting lots of scraps of gossip in DC about the Trump transition, most of it wrong, I suspect. At least I was able to sneak in a fine bottle of Bordeaux at an undisclosed location last night. Some items from the spindle: • What’s the old line about stepping out of the way when »

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Featured image • The best laugh line of the week comes from—where else?—the New York Times, which ran an op-ed about how Trump’s hypermasculinity is causing problems for the raising of boys. Here’s the punch line from the piece: Even at my son’s preschool, the children’s interest in Mr. Trump led to a circle-time discussion about bullying. Ah yes, circle time. Wonder if that preschool had circle time discussion of President Clinton »

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Featured image • Can you imagine what the leaks to the media will be like from a Trump White House? Trump will probably be one of the biggest leakers. • As we call remember last year Yale University melted down over . . . Halloween costumes. This month the University of Wisconsin is taking steps to make sure no such thing happens on their campus, so the university’s Ethnic and Racial Studies »

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Featured image • The fracks of life? The surprising news story of the day comes out of Colorado, where two initiatives to restrict hydraulic fracturing production of oil and natural gas have failed to qualify for the November ballot. The Wall Street Journal reports: Supporters of the measures, which could have severely limited oil-and-gas production in the energy-rich state, fell short of gathering the nearly 98,500 signatures each initiative needed to get »

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Featured image • There were numerous reports last night that it was impossible to find any American flags displayed in the Democratic convention hall, even though Michelle Obama conspiciously reversed her 2008 position that she was proud of her country for the first time, to saying now that America was always great. (Or maybe the text said she thought America was always grate?) Anyway, while the American flag was missing, apparently the »

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Featured image • Seven almonds? Seven?? Lightly salted? This, the New York Times tells us this morning, is the snack Obama allows himself at the White House in the evening. I know successful politicians need to be very disciplined (except for Bill Clinton), but this is ridiculous. You’d think Obama would at least go for skinned olives instead. And doesn’t Obama know that each almond grown in California (where most come from) »

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Featured image • Those madcap travel agents at The Nation have another excursion for you if you’re not interested in seeing the Soviet Union Russia with their unique perspective. This time The Nation wants to take you to Cuba, where “We will spend our days meeting with prominent Cuban professors, government officials, physicians, community activists, farmers, urban planners, business owners, journalists, and artists. Our evenings will be filled with exclusive concerts by »

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Featured image • So far today the stock markets are up sharply, probably reflecting the judgment of traders that the Brexit referendum will fail. Curious, isn’t it, that the perpetuation of the EU is thought to be so important to Wall Street? Where are Bernie and Trump on this? Stay tuned for updates. . . • Where are the headlines saying, “House Democrats Attempt to Shut Down the Government”? Oh, that’s right—only Tea »

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Featured image • “See Russia like no one else has”?? This is the email subject line from The Nation magazine, flacking for their September Russia excursion. And it is the most perfect subject line ever, or perhaps truth in advertising at least: It is certainly the case that The Nation has seen Russia like no one else has for decades now. Here’s my favorite part of the trip description: Throughout the trip, »