The sick left

Portlandia: City of the Petty, Bankrupt, Vindictive Left

Featured image One of the staples of Portland, Oregon—”Portlandia” to TV viewers— is the annual Rose Festival and it has for several years now featured a kickoff parade akin to the Rose Parade in Pasadena on January 1 every year. But this year’s parade, scheduled for this weekend, has been canceled. The reason: It was going to include—gasp—Republicans! And this is too much for the hardened left, which threatens to shutdown the »

The Infantile Left

Featured image Say what you will about the “red-diaper babies” of the old left decades ago: at least they wore diapers. Today’s un-diapered left is dropping its s— everywhere. I missed the latest riot in Berkeley yesterday (I was out of town), but I may well get another chance when Ann Coulter is scheduled to come to campus later this month for a speech sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans. This will »

Anti-Trump protesters use pepper spray on pro-Trump marchers [UPDATED]

Featured image A “Make America Great Again” march today in Huntington Beach, California turned violent when anti-Trump protesters, who were trying to block the march, used pepper spray against march participants. According to this report from the Orange County Register: As the marchers, many in MAGA hats or carrying American flags, walked down the bike path from Pacific Coast Highway and Warner Avenue, about a dozen protesters wearing black masks formed a »

Charles Murray edits the SPLC

Featured image The Souther Poverty Law Center has become a scam operating as a left-wing hate cult. A 2014 Washington Times editorial nails it. I don’t think the SPLC has made a constructive contribution to anything in a long time, but it has played a particularly malign and malicious role in the case of Charles Murray. He has let it go until now; now he talks back. As he explains: For years, »

Glenn Greenwald names names [UPDATED]

Featured image Yesterday, in discussing the lack of evidence to support claims that the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia, I quoted from an article by Glenn Greenwald. In that article, Greenwald called out fellow leftists who have been promoting the unsubstantiated collusion claim. He wrote: The principal problem for Democrats is that so many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting from feeding the base increasingly unhinged, fact-free conspiracies. . »

Shree on a match

Featured image One Shree Chauhan accosted Trump administration flack Sean Spicer in the DC Apple store this past Saturday. The Daily Mail reports that Chauhan is a 33-year-old Indian-American woman who lives in DC and works for a non-profit. The site Heavy has more here and here. Chauhan harasses Spicer. She implies that Spicer is a criminal. She suggests he has committed treason. Those are fighting words, but Chauhan takes offense at »

A Middlebury update

Featured image A reader alerts us to an important update on the Middlebury debacle with relevant information we haven’t seen reported elsewhere. Two or three days after the thug brigade assaulted Professor Allison Stanger, she returned to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a concussion. The initial incident occurred March 2; we believe the concussion was diagnosed on Sunday, March 5. Below is the undated message distributed to the Middlebury community »

Lynne Stewart passes

Featured image In late 2013 the radical lawyer Lynne Stewart received a “compassionate release” from prison in light of her terminal illness. Stewart was released with the consent of the prosecutors who joined her motion for release. On Tuesday Stewart died of the cancer that prompted her release. The New York Times has published a long and respectful obituary. I met up with Stewart at the national convention of the National Lawyers »

Chelsea Clinton rips Cedric the Congressman

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about the vile comment Rep. Cedric Richmond made about Kellyanne Conway. Referring to a picture of Conway kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office so she could take a photograph of President Trump with African-American educators, Richmond said she looked “familiar” with being “in that position.” It was a nauseating moment, made worse by the fact that, rather than apologize, Richmond has dissembled about what »

The Lunatic Left

Featured image This afternoon I had the chance to have a long and convivial conversation with one of my best liberal friends—a true liberal in the classic, Isaiah Berlin sense of the term (in other words, not a presumptive “side-of-history” Progressive)—about the state of things. We covered a lot of ground, but didn’t get a chance to mull over the fact that Van Jones, who I think is a deeply leftist person »

Kellyanne Conway: “counseled” but “unrepentant”

Featured image During an appearance on Fox News, senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway plugged Ivanka Trump’s product lines. Speaking from the White House, she said: Go buy Ivanka’s stuff. . .I’m going to go get some myself today. I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody. By saying this, Conway appears to have violated an ethics rule that prohibits a federal employee from “us[ing] his public »

Robert Reich is on the case

Featured image At Mediaite, Alex Griswold reports that former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is on the case of the Berkeley riots that prevented Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus this past Wednesday evening. Reich actually holds down an honored position at Berkeley as Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy. He was an eyewitness in part to the events. His pronouncements on campus events therefore carry some weight. Reich asserted on CNN »

Berkeley Today: After Action Report

Featured image Busy day here on campus with my regular classes and hosting a terrific afternoon lecture by Yuval Levin. Things not quite back to normal. Driving up to campus I spotted several buildings that had been covered with graffiti reading “Kill Trump.” Okay, we can see where this is going. By the time I wandered back, clean up crews had cleared most of it: The media was still out in force »

The left does “Groundhog Day”

Featured image Today is Groundhog Day. It may put us in mind of the romantic comedy of the same name starring Bill Murray and celebrated by Jonah Goldberg in the NR article “A movie for all time.” The premise of the film is involuntary repetition. How can we escape from Groundhog Day? Events in Washington and on the left coast display a political analogue. Listening to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi recycle »

Berkeley Update: Anti-Fascists Resort to Fascism to Shut Down Milo

Featured image Berkeley still has rent control, but it hasn’t stopped Milo Yiannapoulos from living rent-free in the heads of the left. So in another triumph for his ironic performance art, a mini-riot has forced the cancelation of his speech here tonight. I turned up for the beginning of the protest at 5 pm, and it was pretty silly sounding and unimpressive. But I noticed there were TV helicopters circling around above »

The Soros coincidence [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Asra Nomani describes herself as a liberal Muslim, Trump voter, and former Wall Street Journal reporter. She wondered what the common denominator among the various groups participating in the Women’s March on Washington over the weekend might be. Nomani’s interesting if unsurprising findings are posted under the heading “Billionaire George Soros has ties to more than 50 partners of the Women’s March on Washington” — on a New York Times »

Ready for the same old beat

Featured image The Soviet Union orchestrated protests all over Europe and the United States when Ronald Reagan set out to deploy intermediate range nuclear weapons in Europe. The deployment was to take place as part of Reagan’s effort to beat the Soviet Union into submission through the buildup of our defenses. The Soviet Union cranked up its “active measures” and counted on its many friends on the left to assemble under the »