The man our founders warned us against

Featured image In the late 1960’s Nicholas Von Hoffman published his portrait of the hippies in San Francisco under the title We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against. Von Hoffman’s title was a precursor to the inane messianism of Obama’s “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” though Von Hoffman’s title made more sense than Obama’s shibboleth. In his assumption of monarchical powers and his accompanying demagogy, Barack Obama »

Should a Jew rent from Avis?

Featured imageIn the early 1960s, less than 20 years after the end of World War II, a hot topic in the Jewish community was: should a Jew buy a Volkswagen? I never discussed the matter with my parents, but their answer must have been in the affirmative because my mother ended up driving one, and I don’t think she stole it. In light of this story in the Observer, the question »

James Gillespie reports from Paris

Featured imageOur unofficial Paris correspondent, attorney James Gillespie, provides another round of description/commentary regarding the French government’s response to the terrorist attacks of November 13. You can read his first two reports here and here. The first portion of James’ latest report is descriptive and includes new measures proposed by the French government which I found especially interesting. The second portion is James’ commentary, which I commend, in particular, to the »

Washington Post’s Fact Checker Doesn’t Read the Washington Post [Updated][Updated Again]

Featured imageI wrote earlier today about the liberal media attacking Donald Trump’s statement that on 9/11, “thousands and thousands” of American Muslims in Jersey City celebrated the successful terrorist attacks. Another Democrat who got into the act was the Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler. He addressed Trump’s claim here, and, calling it “outrageous,” awarded it four Pinocchios. Kessler wrote: Trump says that he saw this with his own eyes on »

Lord’s Prayer Banned As Offensive

Featured imageThis is one of those news stories that you think must have originated at The Onion, but I am pretty sure it is legitimate. Either that, or someone has hacked the Associated Press’s computers: The Church of England is threatening legal action over the rejection of a one-minute film featuring the Lord’s Prayer that it wanted to run before showings of the new Star Wars film that opens shortly before »

When the Press Attacks Donald Trump, the Truth Is Optional [Updated]

Featured imageIn recent days Donald Trump has caught flak for several ostensibly anti-Muslim comments. Among them was his statement that he saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City celebrating after the twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2001. This claim has been roundly and unanimously denounced. NPR says: [W]hen he was questioned by ABC News today about his assertion that “thousands and thousands of people” cheered the collapse of the World »

Hitler Learns About the New Campus Unrest

Featured imageIt must be miserable to be a liberal on campus right now, because you can’t keep up with the leftist demands for political correctness that you have no foundation for resisting (since comtemporary liberalism amounts to epistemological disarmament). Witness the witless Prof. Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago writing yesterday in the Puffington Host: After all, if Woodrow Wilson is to be obliterated from Princeton because his views about »

Adult leadership remembered

Featured imageA loyal reader and MIT ’68 alum writes from Brussels to draw our attention to this letter in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal about what he calls “the raging madness on US campuses.” Here is the letter: Regarding your editorial “Bonfire of the Academy” (Nov. 11): The editors lament the lack of “adult leadership” at today’s universities. It wasn’t always so. I was at MIT in the late 1960s, and we »

Is Carson fading in Iowa?

Featured imagePolitico claims that Ben Carson is “los[ing] his hold on Iowa’s conservatives: Across the state and at a major gathering of politically active evangelicals on Friday night, foreign policy was top-of-mind for the voters and state lawmakers once considered natural constituents for Carson. But after a week of confused comments from the former neurosurgeon and a dismissive critique by his own advisors, Iowans are now consistently voicing doubt about Carson’s »

Democrats Unveil New Strategy: Take Unpopular Positions

Featured imageIn recent days, Democrats have blasted Republicans on a number of issues, staking out positions that have one thing in common: they are unpopular with voters. The DNC put out an ad attacking Republicans for talking about “radical Islamic terrorism,” which the Democrats said was “inciting fear.” Just one problem: 60% of voters say we are at war with radical Islamic terrorism. Then there are the Syrian refugees. President Obama »

Koch, Exxon, Dow Chemical Get Demoted!

Featured imageIt’s getting so hard to keep up with the serial beclownings on the college campuses that I’m having to take anti-dizziness medication. But there’s one little snippet from the ongoing disgrace at the Claremont Colleges (where the presidents of the five undergraduate colleges in the cluster seem to be in a competition to see who can cave the farthest the fastest) that bears special note. According to a fine report »

At Princeton, Wilson under review

Featured imageAt Princeton, events have coughed up today’s blather from President Eisgruber. A reader has forwarded the email below to the Princeton community. President Eisgruber recapitulates the regnant platitudes at great length. Chalk him up as another of the academy’s gutless wimps. Long story short: blah blah blah. Slightly longer story: they’re going to be exploring the legacy of Woodrow Wilson. I recommend that President Eisgruber et al. read R.J. Pestritto’s »

Laugh, laugh [With Comment by John]

Featured imageEd Morrissey takes a look at the story reported here by Judicial Watch regarding the Clinton campaign’s unamused response to the stand-up comedians mocking Madam Hillary at the Laugh Factor. I took the Judicial Watch report at face value in “(No) good mockin’ tonight.” The Clinton campaign denies that it responded as reported. Ed collects the evidence and suggests that the appropriate response to Judicial Watch’s report would have been »

Sanders’s socialism: A footnote

Featured imageProfessor Jean Yarbrough is Professor of Government and Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Sciences at Bowdoin College. She wrote the indispensable book on the political thought of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition. She writes to comment on Bernie Sanders’s attribution of his “democratic socialism” to Franklin Roosevelt: Just remember that FDR got it from TR, who called for a new social contract in the »

Headlines highlight Obamacare’s abysmal state

Featured imageAs most of our readers know, this week the nation’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth, threatened to stop offering insurance plans to individuals through the public exchanges established by Obamacare. Low enrollment and high usage have made participation a losing proposition for the company. If UnitedHealth exits, more than a half million people will have to find other coverage. But this might not be easy. As Katherine Hempstead, who heads the insurance »

Your One-Stop Hate Crime Hoax Database

Featured imageJohn has already updated his previous post with Heather McDonald’s case that the latest “hate crime” at Harvard Law School is likely a hoax, but even if it is genuine, most such incidents on campus are hoaxes, and they won’t stop until hoaxers are dealt with seriously, instead of indulged because it fits “the narrative.” Fortunately, there is now, which will keep up a database of hate crime hoaxes »

Sanders’s socialism in one country

Featured imageBernie Sanders gave his supposedly long-awaited speech on Democratic Socialism in the United States at Georgetown this week. We are not the ones who’ve been waiting for it, but the folks at Mother Jones are pretty excited about it. Sanders’s democratic socialism isn’t socialism. He disclaims public ownership of the means of production. Sanders’s socialism is Franklin Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights, only more so. It’s the welfare state above »