Author Archives: Lloyd Billingsley

The Pangloss-Pétain Presidency

Featured image The argument whether Joe Biden is the worst-ever president could be settled by ranking him with the worst people in American history. If that seems too glib or partisan, people might try an historical and literary approach. For example, Voltaire’s eponymous Candide finds chaos and catastrophe on every hand but his mentor Dr. Pangloss sees it as the best of all possible worlds. According to the good doctor, “It is »

China’s Doll Departs

Featured image Sen. Dianne Feinstein has departed this life at the age of 90. The California Democrat can be remembered in several ways, especially as the American politician most faithful to the People’s Republic of China. In April of 2020, Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit charging that Chinese Communist officials are “responsible for the enormous death, suffering, and economic losses they inflicted on the world, including Missourians.”  For Sen. »

Big Hunka Nazi

Featured image Volodymyr Zelensky is a man on the move, and on September 22 the Ukrainian president addressed the Canadian Parliament. Also appearing was Yaroslav Hunka, 98, hailed by Speaker Anthony Rota as “a Ukrainian hero, a Canadian hero, and we thank him for all his service.” The members cheered, but there was a problem. Yaroslav Hunka served under Nazi command with the Waffen-SS Galicia Division, a voluntary unit also known as »

No Manifesto Destiny

Featured image Today marks six months since Audrey Hale, a woman who thought she was a man, shot her way into the Covenant School in Nashville and gunned down nine-year-olds Hallie Scruggs, William Kinney and Evelyn Dieckhaus, and adults Mike Hill, Katherine Koonce, and Cynthia Peak. Hale, a former student at the school, carefully planned the attack for months. The killer left a manifesto explaining her actions but six months after the »

September in the Rage

Featured image In his September 21 speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, Joe Biden called rapper LL Cool J a “boy.” That grabbed attention but something of greater significance escaped notice. “Our intelligence people say the greatest threat is domestic,” said Biden. “That’s the greatest terrorist — is domestic.  Because far too often it’s still the case that you can get killed or attacked walking the streets of America just because you’re black »

Authoritarian the Librarian

Featured image The onset of Autumn is a good time to recall summer stories that failed to get the attention they deserved. Consider, for example, what happened in Davis, California, back on August 20. The Stephens Davis Branch Library hosted an event by Moms for Liberty (MFL) of Yolo County, featuring speakers formerly with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and NCAA, as well as legal experts in Title IX and women’s rights »


Featured image Former Federal Election Commission member Hans von Spakovsky brought up the term in 2000 Mules, and politiqueros will doubtless draw a blank from many voters. Once upon a time National Public Radio actually directed a beam of light at this issue. “In Rio Grande Valley, Some Campaign Workers Are Paid To Harvest Votes,” the July 7, 2015 Morning Edition explained. Politiquero or politiquera means “campaign worker,” and these workers are involved »

The Homopotus Mystery

Featured image [Language and content warning for this one, readers, but necessary for reporting purposes…] In a busy news summer, it turned out, one of the biggest stories was “The Obama Factor,” David Samuels August 2 Tablet interview with David Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize winner for Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and author of the massive Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, published »

Gov. Gavin Grades Biden’s “Master Class.”

Featured image “I want a seasoned pro that knows how to get things done,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom told CNN on Monday. “I’m a little old-fashioned. I want a guy who produces results, and the results are in: It’s been a master class.” The governor was referring to 80-year-old Joe Biden, who announced his reelection bid back in April. “There’s simply no administration in my lifetime that’s been more effective producing more »

Poltroontang: Keith Olbermann’s late hit on Aaron Rodgers

Featured image On 9/11 at MetLife Stadium, fans went crazy as Aaron Rodgers, holding aloft the American flag, led the New York Jets onto the field. Four plays into the game, the 39-year-old Rodgers sustained a season-ending Achilles injury. Across the country, fans and players alike gave the quarterback some love, but former ESPN and MSNBC mouthpiece Keith Olbermann opted for a late hit. “Another #SuddenLisfranc due to failure to vaccinate,” Olbermann »

Killer Construct

Featured image Back around Labor Day, the Canadian government advised that 2SLGBTQI+ persons “could face certain barriers and risks when you travel outside Canada,” because “not all countries have the same values and legal system that we have in Canada.” That is indeed true, in ways that travelers might not imagine. LGBTQ are, respectively, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. “I” means “intersex”  and + is “inclusive of people who identify as »

9/11: A Memorial to FBI Failure

Featured image Editors’ note: We are pleased to announce a new regular contributor to our pages: Lloyd Billingsley. Lloyd is the author of Hollywood Party: How Communism Seduced the Film Industry in the 1930s and 40s and other books. His work has appeared in countless newspapers and magazines, and he served as a correspondent for the Washington Times and The Spectator (London). Among many projects over his long career, Lloyd collaborated with »