Burn, Baby, Burn?

Featured image Looks like the left’s 1960s riot nostalgia is returning with a vengeance. The Washington Examiner reports that the stretch limo protesters set afire in Washington on inauguration day was owned by a Muslim immigrant who was opposed to Trump. And he doesn’t know whether his insurance policy will cover damage from rioting. I wonder if Trump might score a PR coup by paying for a new limo for this guy, »

Trump nixes the TPP

Featured imagePresident Trump was busy on his first “working day” in office. The Washington Post describes, albeit in loaded terms, the most important actions he took today. In my opinion, the single most important action was Trump’s executive order formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. This move will have both economic and strategic consequences, and the strategic consequences may have economic ramifications down the road. I »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Heavy, Man, Heavy

Featured imageDid you know there is an academic journal devoted to the study of heavy metal music? I didn’t either, but of course there is: Metal Music Studies. It’s your one-stop shopping venue for important scholarly analysis of Metallica and Iron Maiden. Also Nickelback. Here’s one especially precious intersectional offering: Accept(ing) the other (Metallic[a]) hypermasculine image: Case studies towards an alternative understanding of hypermasculinity in the aesthetics of 1980s heavy metal »

Going Gaga: A Very Judd Sequel [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageI see that my tongue-in-cheek post yesterday about Ashley Judd going gaga at the Wymyn’s March generated a lot of comments, and I do apologize sincerely for not attaching a warning to viewers about it. But as we’re inquiring after celebrities going gaga, it sent me racking my brain trying to remember what it was that my old mentor M. Stanton Evans once said about Lady Gaga, who as you »

French Socialist party in trouble; story is similar throughout Europe

Featured imageThe French Socialist party held its primary yesterday in the race to succeed Francois Hollande as the party’s standard bearer. Hollande’s presidency has been such a disaster that he declined to stand for re-election. Former education minister Benoit Hamon came in first with around 36 percent of the vote. He will face former prime minister Manuel Valls, who captured around 31 percent of the vote. Hamon is a left-winger. He »

Can You Blow Bubbles with This Tea?

Featured imageNational Review’s Jim Geraghty argues in his NR “Morning Jolt” today that the Wymyns March on Saturday is the nucleus of a potentially effective Tea Party of the left for the Trump years. Even though the march was an incoherent stew of contradictory and fringe-y causes, it is united by the simple impulse to oppose Donald Trump, which Geraghty thinks will be sufficient to hold it all together. Maybe so, »

The Soros coincidence [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageAsra 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 »

An instant thaw of U.S.-Israeli relations

Featured imagePresident Trump is fond of saying of almost any problem he identifies “this stops right now.” Unfortunately, many of the problems in question are not so tractable. But there’s one problem Trump has stopped already — the bad blood between the U.S. and its great ally Israel. The Washington Post reports that the president talked by phone today with Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump described the conversation as “very »

Trump at the CIA

Featured imageOn his first full day in office, President Trump visited the CIA at its Langley, Virginia headquarters. Trump told CIA employees he is “behind” them. He said, “I know maybe sometimes you haven’t gotten the backing that you’ve wanted, and you’re going to get so much backing.” The visit has been harshly criticized by the mainstream media. This is understandable. The mainstream media loves to attack Trump and his family »

Propaganda. It Comes At a Cost!

Featured imageWhen I studied epistemology decades ago, I had no idea that it would someday be front and center in our political life. Truth is now all the rage: the liberal media try to tell us that they are the reliable sources of truth, as opposed to…what? I am not certain. Virtually all newspapers, magazines and networks are liberal. But there evidently is a heck of a lot of wrongthink out »

This Is CNN

Featured imageI am spending a few hours in an airport, so CNN is being inflicted on me at the gate. A few minutes ago, a CNN analyst was agonizing over whether people will be able to trust the Trump administration, given Trump’s history of lying about things like the size of his inauguration crowd. The angst-ridden reporter wondered whether statistics produced by Trump’s agencies will be trustworthy. Trump, according to CNN, »

Elizabeth Warren isn’t wowing them in Massachusetts

Featured imageElizabeth Warren is doing her damnedest to become a liberal hero. Her obnoxiousness during Senate confirmation hearings is only the latest example. One might expect that, however this act is viewed in America as a whole, it plays well in liberal Massachusetts. Actually, not so much. A poll by WBUR in Boston finds that 51 percent of Massachusetts voters view her favorably. That’s not bad. At the same time, though, »

A rumor of Schumer

Featured imageRep. Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as CIA Director was to take place by voice vote this past Friday along with the confirmation of General Mattis as Secretary of Defense and General John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security. That was the deal that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made with Senate Republicans, but Schumer went back on his word. It seems rather early for Schumer to show himself for who he »

Sens. McCain and Graham will support Tillerson [UPDATE: Rubio, Too]

Featured imageSenators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have announced that they will vote to confirm Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. With these two votes, Tilleson’s confirmation becomes a near certainty. Among Republicans, Senator Marco Rubio appears to be the only holdout. The Florida man tore into Tillerson at the confirmation hearing but has not said how he will vote. Even if Rubio votes “no,” Tillerson should receive 51 votes. With »

The Imponderable Ashley Judd

Featured imageI was traveling home from Texas yesterday and missed the various women’s marches, but I heard that actress Ashley Judd went totally bonkers at the Washington DC rally. The video of the speech rant is below, and it is indeed off-the-chart crazy. But you should approach it with an open mind and entertain the possibility that she’s actually a mole from the Trump campaign. I think the circumstantial evidence indeed supports »

The Tweet for the Trump Years

Featured imageBy general consensus the most emblematic tweet of the Obama years came from Jon Gabriel: But you’ll note that this took until halfway through Obama’s second term for this to emerge as the undisputed champion. Just one day into the Trump presidency, I think we can already declare the emblematic tweet, courtesy David Burge (aka, Iowahawk): »

Was Trump Right About His Inauguration’s Crowd Size?

Featured imageApart from the overhyped “women’s” marches, yesterday’s biggest news story seemed to be the conflict between the news media and the Trump administration over the size of the inauguration crowd. The liberal media said it was small, relying largely on this photo comparison by the New York Times of Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and Trump’s: Other media happily followed suit with lowball estimates of Friday’s crowd. Two points: one, there »