Notes & asides

Featured image I’m struggling with a painful condition that has not yet been subdued by medication. The condition is disrupting my sleep and the medication is suppressing my energy. (I should add that my painful condition is only painful. It does not have any other physical effect.) Borrowing the heading from the old National Review Notes & Asides column in which William F. Buckley responded to letters from readers — he compiled »

Not With a Bang But a Whimper

Featured imageCNN joins the chorus of news outlets predicting that Bob Mueller will wind up his investigation imminently: Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller’s confidential report, according to people familiar with the plans. The preparations are the clearest indication yet that »

The Greatest Scandal In the History of Science

Featured imageI have written many times about the unwarranted “adjustments” to measured past temperatures by government agencies, which serve to inflate the modest warming that has occurred in recent decades. Organizations around the world (NOAA and NASA-GISS here in the U.S.) have done this over and over, usually surreptitiously. The Manhattan Contrarian shares my opinion that this misrepresentation of the historical record is the worst scandal in the history of science. »

In proving her pot-smoking bona fides, Kamala Harris offends Jamaican father

Featured imageIt wasn’t so long ago that presidential candidates were well advised to deny that they ever smoked marijuana, or at least that they ever inhaled. Those days apparently are past, at least for Democratic candidates. Kamala Harris appeared on a talk radio show called Breakfast Club. Asked if she opposed the legalization of marijuana, Harris answered: “That’s not true.” To support her denial Harris said “I have [smoked pot], and »

Loose Ends (68)

Featured imageLots of news to catch up with and comment on today. • An RBG sighting! After weeks of being out of public view and prompting a ton of rumors, Justice Ruth Buzzie Ginsburg appeared—in person—at the Supreme Court yesterday, just in time to hand down today’s unanimous ruling that the 8th Amendments’s “excessive fines” clause applies to the states through “incorporation” of the due process clause. This ruling will greatly »

Some “Yellow Vests” turn on the Jews

Featured imageAnti-Semitism is on the rise in France. The French Interior Ministry reports that instances of anti-Semitic violence increased by 74 percent in 2018. Anti-Semitism has been increasing for some time in France. The rise corresponds to the increase of the Muslim population and its growing radicalization. However, recent developments suggest that anti-Semitism is also percolating up from France’s native population. The “Gilet Jaune” (“Yellow Vest”) movement is a mini-rebellion by »

Defending our history

Featured imageIn Minneapolis, what was once Lake Calhoun — the city’s biggest lake — has recently been renamed Bde Maka Ska, for all the painfully familiar reasons. Roger Kimball addresses the issues embedded in those reasons in his Imprimis essay “Shall we defend our common history?” This is a smart and biting essay that sheds light on dark corners of the left’s will to power. I asked Roger if there was »

Dissecting the Green New Deal

Featured imageThis evening on Fox Business I talked about the Democrats’ Green Red New Deal, and how it replicates the disaster that is socialist Venezuela–a point that was made eloquently by Daniel Di Martino, and Venezuelan teenager who is now a college student in the U.S., in USA Today. His theme is: socialism ruined my country. Don’t let it ruin yours. The Clear Energy Alliance is preparing a series of videos »

Bernie to Run as a Straight White Male

Featured imageI am so looking forward to the Democrats’ 2020 demolition derby at the four-way intersectionality of Identity Politics Boulevard and Oppression Road. Even more so now that Bernie Sanders is in. No surprise there. What is amusing is that Bernie looks to be running as a straight white male. Get a load of this exchange: When asked by VPR’s Bob Kinzel about concerns that he no longer best represents “the »

Trump: “The twilight hour of socialism”

Featured imagePresident Trump has rejected the status quo ante in American foreign policy. He has rededicated the United States to the support of Israel. He has withdrawn the United States from the disgraceful deal with Iran. He has tightened the sanctions regime with the intent of disabling the mullahs. He has shaken up matters with the North Korean regime in the interest of putting their nuclear weapons program on the path »

Sammy Davis: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Featured imageOn the Sunday following the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shootings this past October we saw the documentary Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me at the Sabes Minneapolis Jewish Community Center. I mention the shootings because they accounted in part for the emotional reaction I refer to below. The film is finally to be broadcast tonight at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) as part of the PBS American Masters series. This »

The indoctrination of Monica Witt

Featured imageI don’t believe we’ve written about Monica Witt, the former U.S. Air Force intelligence specialist accused of espionage for Iran. Witt, who now resides in Iran, out of our reach, is said to have caused significant damage to America. She is suspected, among other things, of revealing the names of double agents run by the United States. Why did Witt become a traitor? Douglas Wise, former deputy director of the »

Nick Sandmann sues the Washington Post

Featured imageNick Sandmann, the kid from Covington, Kentucky who was vilified for misconduct towards a Native American that he didn’t engage in, has sued the Washington Post for $250 million. He filed the complaint in the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Northern Division at Covington. You can read the complaint here. The amount of monetary damages Sandmann seeks corresponds to the amount of cash Jeff Bezos paid »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will be on Fox Business at 5:45 Central, 6:45 Eastern with Liz MacDonald, discussing the embarrassment that Venezuela’s failed socialist regime has become for American would-be socialists–who nevertheless seem determined to defend Maduro’s corrupt, oppressive regime. President Trump has rightly focused on the Venezuelan catastrophe in denouncing the Democrats’ drift toward socialism, and many Democrats–shockingly, one would think–appear to be lining up behind Maduro. »

Seven MPs quit Labour Party over anti-Semitism

Featured imageYesterday, seven members of Parliament left Britian’s Labour Party. They will remain in Parliament as an independent bloc. The Washington Post has the details. The leader of Britain’s small Liberal Democrat party said he hoped to work with this bloc. He also suggested that it might grow in the near future. The seven MPs cited several areas of disagreement with the direction of the Labour Party under its radical head, »

Coup’s next (2)

Featured imageVictor Davis Hanson pieces together much of what we have learned so far in the efforts to prevent and then undo the election of Donald Trump — the affair that I refer to in whole as the Mueller Switch Project — in “Autopsy of a dead coup.” It’s an excellent and needed column by a great historian. With a timely endorsement by Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Hanson’s book The Case For »

Whiny feminism on display

Featured imageThe race for the Democratic presidential nomination has barely commenced, but already Margaret Sullivan, the Washington Post’s media columnist, is whining about “sexist” coverage of female candidates. As evidence she mentions the “mocking” of Kirsten Gillibrand’s uncertainty about how to eat fried chicken. However, candidates of both genders are routinely mocked when they eat “down home” food in an uptown manner. It happened to Donald Trump and John Kasich in »