Newsweek No Longer Fit for Fishwrap

Featured image It really hasn’t been worth the trouble of taking notice of the ongoing collapse of Newsweek over the last several months, but this week Newsweek has moved from collapse mode to sluicing down the sewer pipe at a rapid clip. To wit: MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS PRESSURING TRUMP TOWARD ‘PUSHING THE NUCLEAR BUTTON,’ MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT SAYS By Jessica Kwong President Donald Trump’s mental health is “deteriorating” and special counsel Robert »

Weird tales of Winer

Featured image The reemergence of Sid “Vicious” Blumenthal — this time from the crypt of the dodgy Steele Dossier — reminds me of Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th franchise or Dracula in the Bram Stoker classic. There is, however, at least one difference. Jason and Dracula have slightly more charm than Blumenthal. So long as the Clintons remain on the scene, Blumenthal lives. Paul faced up to the reemergence of »

Liberal media fawns over Kim Jong Un’s sister

Featured image I’ll say this for Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong — she’s considerably better looking than the goon who runs North Korea. This may be faint praise, but there’s nothing faint about the praise being heaped on the dictator’s sister by America’s mainstream media. According to CNN, to take perhaps the worst example, “if ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister would »

An Ellison/Farrakhan reunion

Featured image Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison is now the Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He’s not some inconsequential backbencher from flyover land. He embodies the alliance of radical Islam and the Democratic Party. He signifies. We’ve been covering him since he secured the DFL nomination to succeed 14-term incumbent Martin Sabo in the spring of 2006. For public purposes since then Ellison has denounced and disassociated himself from »

Do Journalists Need Special Protection?

Featured image California Democrat Eric Swalwell has introduced a Journalist Protection Act that seeks to impose unique penalties on those who attack journalists in the course of reporting the news. The bill is explicitly aimed at President Trump: During his campaign and since taking office, President Trump has created a climate of extreme hostility to the press by describing mainstream media outlets as “a stain on America,” “trying to take away our »

Schiff goes full fertilizer

Featured image Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff dropped in for a friendly chat yesterday with George Stephanoploulos on the ABC Sunday morning gabfest This Week. I missed it. The Daily Caller’s Justin Caruso caught it, however, and posted the video excerpt below. Schiff amplified his critique of the four-page Nunes memo released on Friday. According to Schiff, the memo heightens the risk of an Oklahoma City-style bombing by eroding public »

Swallow well or gag

Featured image It’s difficult to square the Democratic hysteria supporting the suppression of the four-page Nunes memo with the document that was released yesterday. And it amazing how the Democrats’ media adjunct amplifies the Democrats’ line of the moment. All together now, they instantly adopt the party line and shriek in unison. Following Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel, they are equipped to turn the volume up to 11. The sound is deafening. It’s »

Media Alert

Featured image It was a big day for radio. This afternoon, I was on the Howie Carr show in Boston. At the end of the day, I did Seth Leibsohn and Chris Buskirk’s show in Phoenix. In both cases, the topic was the House Intelligence Committee report on FBI malfeasance that is expected to be released tomorrow. Which is timely, because tomorrow morning I will guest host the Laura Ingraham show. The »

Go to hell, man

Featured image House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has taken incredible abuse from his Democratic colleagues and their media adjunct as the committee’s Russia investigation has failed to follow the prescribed Democratic course. The current torrent arises in the context of the imminent release of the four-page memo detailing possible abuse of FISA by the FBI in its surveillance of Trump-related campaign figures. The audacity! The Democrats’ media adjunct seeks to enforce »

Minnesota man explains mall stabbings

Featured image We noted the case of “Minnesota man” Mahad Abdiaziz Abdiraham (or Abdirahman) this past November 14 and November 15. Abdiraham was charged with first-degree assault in connection with the stabbings of two customers at the Macy’s Mall of America’s Macy store on Sunday evening, November 12. The second of the two linked posts quotes the charges. The stabbing victims were brothers Alexander Sanchez (19 years old) and John Sanchez (25). »

USA Today: The Epitome of ‘Fake News’

Featured image The “fake news” slogan may be overused and stretched sometimes, but good catch by Glenn Reynolds to note that USA Today ran a “news” story that “President Trump May Be Giving a Speech to an Empty Room in Davos.” It was based on nothing more than a few unnamed “sources” saying that there had been a call for a boycott by some no-name figures from Africa, and that “a number »

Joe Rago recalled

Featured image The current issue of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine features Emily Esfahani Smith’s lavishly illustrated profile of Joe Rago (Dartmouth ’05), Wall Street Journal editorial board member, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner at age 28 for his brilliant editorials on Obamacare, gone at age 34 of sarcoidosis. I am in awe of what Emily has done in this profile, both bringing Joe back to life and making those of us who never »

Today’s Classroom Lesson: Who Reads the Papers?

Featured image In today’s installment from Yes, Prime Minister, Jim Hacker explains the constituency for each major British newspaper: It is not too hard to translate this into a contemporary American equivalent: “The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country; The New York Times is read by people who think they ought to run the country; the Wall Street Journal is read by people who own the »

Sen. John McClellan: (D) or (R)?

Featured image The true story of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 is almost unbelievable. I don’t know of a single statement regarding the effects of the act made its congressional proponents that proved to be true. Either they did not know, or could not frankly admit, what they were doing. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal carried a column by NPR News correspondent Tom Gjelten on “The curious history of chain migration” »

Shutdowns then and now

Featured image You have to be awfully cynical to be Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Senate Republicans have sought to publicize an exhibit displaying Schumer on shutdowns that they have extracted with help from the Wayback Machine, circa 2013. Schumer’s Democratic minions followed him then and they follow him now. Who knew the Senate Republicans have a good Twitter feed to put this exhibit into evidence? It’s a good idea. They probably »

Carr on the case (with John)

Featured image To have any idea of the deeply sinister weirdness of the Trump/Russia collusion illusion peddled by Madam Hillary and her loyal servitors, one has to read the available documents. The Rosetta Stone of the case in which we have now been enmeshed for a year, with no end in sight, is the so-called Trump/Steele dossier. Produced by Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS on behalf of the Clinton presidential campaign, the dossier is »

Reading Glenn Simpson

Featured image It was only last week that Senator Feinstein released the transcript of Glenn Simpson’s interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee staff. There is so much we don’t yet know about the Trump/Russia collusion illusion, this was a notable moment. John took a timeout to read the transcript and post his notes on it here. I also took a timeout with the transcript and posted my notes on it here and »