How Jonah Goldberg Became Jonah Goldberg! (Part 1)

Featured image A few weeks back when Jonah Goldberg and I were cruising the Baltic Sea attempting to spot Putin’s subs, undermine Russian autocracy, and re-enacting the Kronstadt rebellion as we sailed close by that memorial of early Leninist terror, I sat down with Jonah not to discuss current issues, but how he came to be a conservative in the first place. Here he explains his childhood and education. We had trouble »

Answer this

Featured imageThe headline over the McClatchy story by Anita Kumar and Greg Gordon on the latest batch of Madam Hillary’s official email to be released by the State Department framed in terms of unanswered questions, giving no idea of the mind-boggling lead-in: At least 400 emails that Hillary Clinton sent or received through her private computer server while secretary of state contained classified material, according to the State Department’s latest update »

Private email for me, but not for thee

Featured imageAs Scott notes below, Clinton and her senior staff were well aware of the security risks posed by the widespread use of personal e-mail by State Department officials. The latest batch of released emails drives this point home. In one email exchange, Anne-Marie Slaughter, a high level staffer, suggested protesting proposed budget cuts by pointing out publicly that the agency’s poor technology often forces high-ranking officials to use personal email. »

Impressive fundraising numbers for Sanders and Carson

Featured imageBernie Sanders nearly matched Hillary Clinton’s fundraising total for the past three months. Clinton raised around $28 million; Sanders raised around $26 million. Clinton’s haul came with the help of 58 fundraising events. Sanders held seven. The Vermont Senator relied on small contributions from a large number of donors using the internet. As the Washington Post points out, this means several good things for Sanders. First, he has been able »

Hillary’s email angles

Featured imageWashington attorney Shannen Coffin updates his running commentary on Madam Hillary’s email scandal in the NR column “Hillary knew the dangers of private email but didn’t let that stop her.” Taking a look at yesterday’s tranche of emails released by the State Department under the Freedom of Information Act, and considering the major phishing scheme discussed in them, Shannen writes: Clinton and her senior staff were well aware of the »

Don’t disrupt this!

Featured imageThe Twin Cities Marathon is a spectacular event. It is scheduled in early fall, soon enough to catch the trees changing colors. The course is spectacular (map here), taking runners from downtown Minneapolis around Minneapolis’s lakes, down the Mississippi river, across the river into St. Paul, down St. Paul’s most beautiful street, ending at St. Paul’s Capitol Grounds. The Marathon promoters brag that it is “the most beautiful urban marathon »

Russian hackers tried to access Clinton’s server

Featured imageAP reports that Russia-linked hackers tried at least five times to pry into Hillary Clinton’s private email account while she was secretary of state. This is clear from newly released spam emails from Clinton’s server that were released today. The emails in question were disguised as speeding tickets from New York. They instructed recipients to print the attached tickets. Doing so would have allowed hackers to take over control of »

Climate: Somewhere Roger Corman is Laughing

Featured imageTime once again to update The Warmlist of all the things caused by climate change, which is now nearly everything, including shrimp sex problems. Here’s the latest from Science Daily this week: King crabs threaten Antarctic ecosystem due to warming ocean King crabs may soon become high-level predators in Antarctic marine ecosystems where they haven’t played a role in tens of millions of years, according to a new study led »

Mondale Reminisces

Featured imageOur pal Stephen Knott of the Naval War College has pointed us to the release today by the Miller Center at the University of Virginia of his oral history interview with former Vice President Walter Mondale. There’s lots of interesting political history in this interview, but here are a few highlights, starting with Mondale’s first impressions of Robert and Ted Kennedy when they arrived in the Senate in the early »

Dems: It Failed Before, Let’s Try It Again!

Featured imagePolitico reports that Senate Democrats are plotting, once again, to make attacks on Charles and David Koch a centerpiece of their 2016 campaign: A coalition of deep-pocketed liberal groups ― including a pair of super PACs backing Hillary Clinton ― has been meeting quietly for months, examining the 2016 map and plotting attacks against the powerful Koch brothers’ network. At midday Thursday, the architect of that effort, Clinton antagonist-turned-enforcer David »

Follow Up on Jeb and Congress

Featured imageI’m on airplanes all day today, making my way to Michigan where, it turns out, I’ll be meeting John in a bar late tonight. (This is how conspiracy rumors get started. Stand by for some clandestine video.) Meanwhile, I note a great letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal this morning from Laura Hirschman making the same point I did here last week (“Bush League De-Regulation?“) about Jeb »

Ralph Peters explains

Featured imageVladimir Putin is humiliating the United States of America and undermining our national security interests in the Middle East and elsewhere. Like everyone else on the world stage, Putin has Obama sized up perfectly, and he’s in a good position to do something about it. Putin doesn’t have a strong hand, but it’s strong enough to exploit the weakness that Obama projects. Obama’s spokesmen are left to perform public relations »

Democrats face potential crack-up over crime; Republicans shouldn’t bail them out

Featured imageYesterday, I discussed the possibility that the Democratic party may experience a crack-up as a result of slavish adherence to the demands of environmentalists, backed by the party’s upscale, elitist wing. The hard-left environmentalist agenda is likely to alienate members of the working class, a traditional Democratic constituency. We may be seeing the beginning of this process with the dispute over the Keystone XLpipeline. The modern Democratic party depends not »

Trump Version 1.0

Featured imageIt’s pretty clear that Donald Trump has been wanting to run for president for a very long time, and that this year it was now or never. The video below shows Trump on the Oprah Winfrey Show way back in 1988, sounding exactly like he does today, with two notable differences. First, his hair looks almost plausible. Second, his now-familiar theme about “unfair trade” and a country that is “beating »

Syria may become a “no-fly zone” yet, for the U.S.

Featured imageFor years, many have advocated that the U.S. enforce a no-fly zone in Syria. Doing so would have prevented the slaughter of thousands of innocent civilians by Bashar al-Assad’s air force. Would a no-fly zone have led to Assad’s ouster? It’s not clear. Would Assad’s ouster have been, on balance, a positive development for America? That’s not clear either. The answers may depend on when, during this long and sickening »

Obama’s U.N. message — kick me, I won’t feel a thing

Featured image“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. . .What if that nightmare gave you a back kick?” This passage from Ulysses captures the Obama presidency in the realm of foreign policy. History, the nightmare from which the president is trying to escape, has given him a “back kick” — in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and Yemen for example — and he risks becoming a »

Disrupt this

Featured imageThe Black Lives Matters crowd is opening a new front in the war on racism this weekend in St. Paul. The local crew has announced its intent to disrupt the Twin Cities marathon on Sunday. The Star Tribune reports the story on page one in “Black Lives Matters marathon protest stirs fears, spurs backlash.” I hear that in journalism school they teach reporters to cover the the who, what, when, »