Are you lonesome tonight?

Featured image Is the U.S. experiencing an epidemic of loneliness? George Will, citing a book by Sen. Ben Sasse argues that we are. Sasse contends, in Will’s words, that “Americans are richer, more informed and ‘connected’ than ever — and unhappier, more isolated and less fulfilled.” I haven’t read Sasse’s book, but Will’s summary of it leaves me skeptical. How do we measure loneliness? Will notes that in the last quarter of »

“Just a Standard White Guy”

Featured imageWouldn’t you know it? The South Park guys were a year ahead of this week’s Elizabeth Warren headlines when it comes to DNA testing, with this segment that aired in September of last year: Now, when are Parker and Stone going to get around to doing a sequel to Team America: World Police? With Trump in office, it would be epic times a thousand! »

Rooney moves DC United to verge of playoffs

Featured imageWhen Wayne Rooney joined DC United this summer, some folks wondered whether he would play hard or was just in it for the pay check. Others wondered whether he had enough left to make a difference even playing hard. These people hadn’t been paying attention. Anyone familiar with Rooney’s playing career knows what a fierce competitor he is. And, as I noted here, during the 2017-18 English Premier League season, »

Don’t Confuse the Mafia With Democrats!

Featured imageThe Babylon Bee bills itself as a Christian satire site. It is quite funny, and this tweet made me laugh out loud: Mafia Requests To No Longer Be Called 'The Mob' Because Of Negative Association With Political Activists — The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) October 17, 2018 Heh. The Mafia has its faults, but let’s not confuse it with the Democratic Party! »

The Democrats’ Leftward March

Featured imageYears ago, back in the early 1980s, I had a conservative friend in England who liked to say, “The great thing about America is that you either vote Tory or you vote Tory,” meaning that the Carter-Mondale Democratic Party of that time wasn’t very far to the left at all. I tried to explain why American conservatives didn’t see it that way, but you have to understand that from his »

Jamal Khashoggi and the Washington Post

Featured imageMany questions surround the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi. By far, the most important ones are who, exactly, is responsible and what will the U.S. do in response. Here’s another question that, although of far less importance, may be of interest: Why did the Washington Post hire Khashoggi as a contributor? David Goldman describes Khashoggi as “a top level spook who played a high-stakes game in Saudi spookdom.” Is Goldman »

The Democrats Must Be Defeated

Featured imageThe Democratic Party has turned into a crazed, howling mob. It is degrading our public life to a degree that has not been seen since they seceded in 1861. That is an observation we could make every day; for now, let’s go with this story: “Blackburn backlash shocks Mt. Juliet restaurant owner.” Courtney’s Restaurant and Catering owner Tom Courtney said he’s experienced a strong social media backlash because he rented »

Democratic Mobs, Then and Now

Featured imageNews item: Two GOP candidates assaulted in Minnesota. News item: Antifa mob overruns Portland, and Democratic mayor stands aside. (And to think, I had dinner once with Ted Wheeler a few years ago, before he was elected mayor of Portland, and thought he was a sensible human being. Another case of misleading first impressions I guess.) News item: Ricin sent to Sen. Susan Collins. News item: Democrat assaults, critically injures »

Macron’s cynical cabinet reshuffle

Featured imageEmmanuel Macron is one the luckiest politicians I know of. Running as a candidate of his own party, Macron normally would have been a no-hoper in France’s 2017 presidential elections. But the Socialist Party imploded and the center-right party’s candidate was a caught in a serious scandal. Macron thus made the run-off election. There, he had the good fortune of squaring off against the vastly unpopular Marine Le Pen. Macron »

“Horseface” versus “Tiny”

Featured imageThe Trump presidency is built on the twin pillars of keeping America prosperous and entertained. So far he’s succeeding on both fronts. Trump’s capacity to keep the economy strong may be limited. Forces beyond any president’s control go a long way to determining our economic well being. By contrast, Trump’s capacity to entertain seems boundless. He was at it again today. Following his big court victory over Stormy Daniels, Trump »

Ms. Hillary arrives

Featured imageThe folks at the National Republican Senatorial Committee are having too much fun with the video of Hillary Clinton’s latest encounter with forces beyond her control as she arrives at a fundraiser for New Jersey sleazemeister Senator Bob Menendez. The metaphor is irresistible. NRSC Digital Director Jon Adams looses a zinger along with the video below. The soundtrack borrows from the theme of the Larry David/HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. »

Can Federal Spending Be Cut?

Featured imageFederal revenues are booming, yet deficits are rising again because spending is booming even more. President Trump, unhappy about growing deficits, says he will ask all cabinet officers to find five percent in spending cuts for next year. Sounds like a good proposal, but the linked USA Today story is devoted entirely to ridiculing it. You can’t cut federal spending, the reporters say: Congress spends money, not the president (true); »

Hillary is right about Monica

Featured imageOver the weekend, a CBS reporter asked Hillary Clinton whether her husband should have resigned due to his affair with Monica Lewinsky. “Absolutely not,” Hillary replied. Hillary has been criticized and ridiculed for her response. And some feminists are wringing their hands over what one of them has called “the enduring Bill Clinton dilemma.” But Hillary is right. Bill Clinton should not have resigned over his affair with Lewinsky. Lewinsky »

Elizabeth Warren’s about-face on Indian gaming

Featured imageThat Fauxahontas thing isn’t Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s only Indian controversy. There’s also the fact that Warren, in a reversal of position, has been backing an Indian gaming bill tied to special interests. As we shall see, the two may be related. The Free Beacon reports: Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren is backing legislation that would heavily benefit a foreign gambling conglomerate and a string of special interests, despite pledging to end »

This morning from Gaza

Featured imageSomeone or other in Gaza seems to want to get a war on. This morning in Beersheba, Israel, a mother saved her three children’s lives by hurrying to their shelter as a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza blew up their bedrooms. The IDF has posted the video below. Hillel Neuer adds via Twitter: “This morning in Geneva, Switzerland, I am at the UN Human Rights Council, and they couldn’t care »

Political Violence Comes to Minnesota

Featured imageThe good news first: no one has yet been stabbed, shot or guillotined. Although the idea has been raised: A Minnesota DFL staffer has been suspended from his job after suggesting in a social media post that Republicans face beheading after the Nov. 6 election. In response to a Facebook post that listed Nov. 6 as the day to “take back your country,” DFL deputy communications director William Davis wrote »

Glenn Simpson would prefer not to (3)

Featured imageAs anticipated in earlier installments of this series, Fusion GPS principal Glenn Simpson asserted his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself in an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee. Catherine Herridge and Alex Pappas have the story for FOX News here. Did Simpson also assert a fictitious First Amendment right not to testify, as his lawyer advertised in the letter I posted in part 1? The story doesn’t say. »