Leftism

The left: An unhinged mob

Featured image Steve Scalise, we might say, has the moral authority to observe: “When Eric Holder, other Dems call for violence, that’s a direct threat to our democracy.” On a related note, Andy Ngo notes that “A leftist mob ‘polices’ Portland.” You probably missed it in the news presented by the mainstream media. You probably missed it because it wasn’t there. The Republican National Committee has just released the timely video it »

“Mob rule” and false equivalence

Featured image Karen Tumulty, one of the Washington Post’s seemingly endless stable of biased Trump resisters, accuses Republicans who decry left-wing mob tactics of hypocrisy. She claims that Republicans used to love mob rule. Tumulty notes that during the debate over Obamacare, the Tea Party was quite vociferous at town hall meetings. But of course town hall meetings one of the places where, in a well-functioning democracy, grievances are aired vociferously. Where »

The Mean-Spirited Left

Featured image The mean-spiritedness of the American Left is a stark feature of our public life. In recent weeks, it has been a daily staple of newspaper headlines. But the Left’s mean-spiritedness manifests itself every day, in ways large and small. At The American Conservative, Rod Dreher offers a sad example from (where else?) Madison, Wisconsin: In Madison, Wisconsin, the city council has voted overwhelmingly to remove a cemetery marker noting the »

The Left Declares Total War

Featured image If it wasn’t already evident that even if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court in a few days the left will carry on with a full-scale attack (including an impeachment investigation), then the email below from Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect sent out yesterday makes the matter explicit. I’ll intersperse my comments in places: The Back-Up Way of Defeating Kavanaugh. Assume the worst: Let’s posit that within »

Our Present Discontents, Then and Now

Featured image I’m deep into the weeds of Edmund Burke these days, in part for a recent lecture at Yale (video to come) and a series of seminars I’ll be doing soon on Burke (podcasts to come, I think), but even reading this great judicious man from more than 200 years ago can’t draw me away from our current catastrophic political scene. One of Burke’s famous essays was “Thoughts on Our Present »

Liberal Violence Accelerating

Featured image With Democratic Party politicians and press whipping their true believers into a frenzy, violent acts by liberals are becoming more common. Drudge grouped these headlines this morning: The most serious of these incidents occurred in California, where a rabid Democrat, after shouting “F*** Trump! F*** Trump!” attacked a Republican Congressional candidate with a switchblade knife: A Castro Valley man shouting profanities about President Trump attacked a Republican congressional candidate who »

David Hogg: Too extreme even for Michael Moore?

Featured image David Hogg is the youngster who came to prominence for his comments following the shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School. Now a left-wing activist, Hogg appeared in Canada recently, joining Michael Moore for the premiere of Moore’s anti-Trump film “Fahrenheit 11/9.” Hogg failed to impress. Even Moore reportedly was embarrassed by Hogg’s remarks. Ryab Saavedra provides this account: Appearing on stage with Moore at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hogg »

Yesterday’s Fiasco Didn’t Satisfy Left-Wing Dems

Featured image Politico reports that 13 left-wing Democratic Party groups delivered a letter this morning to Chuck Schumer, criticizing his handling of the Kavanaugh nomination as not sufficiently fanatical: Progressive groups have a blunt assessment of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s work to defeat Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination: “You are failing us.” Thirteen liberal groups have signed on to a letter, delivered Wednesday morning, that pans the minority leader’s strategy of stopping President Donald Trump’s »

Corporate Suicide Watch, Nike Edition

Featured image Nike has chosen the star of its 30th anniversary #JustDoIt advertising campaign: Colin Kaepernick. At first glance, it seems weird for an athletic shoe company to select as its corporate icon someone who is no longer an athlete, and was never a star. At second glance, it gets weirder: Nike apparently thinks Kaepernick has sacrificed everything, which tells you something about 21st century corporate America. Kaepernich is a multimillionaire whose »

Resist! In Seed Art

Featured image Today was the last day of the Minnesota State Fair. I wrote about my only afternoon at the Fair, which was mostly spent on the radio, here. Over the years, I have written several times about seed art at the Fair (e.g., here and here.) One might expect a traditional rural genre like seed art to lean to the right, but in fact, when political, it has been an entertaining »

Politically Incorrect Cheeseburgers

Featured image All politically-correct people know you are supposed to shun Chick-fil-A because its founder supports traditional marriage. Well someone forgot to post the memo at Denver International Airport, where a brand new Chick-fil-A recently opened (picture below) to hugely long lines at all times of the day—I’ve been by it four times now since it opened a couple months ago—lines at least three times as long as any of the other »

ESPN sacks Jemele Hill

Featured image Jemele Hill, the sports highlights presenter who fancies herself a political pundit, is finally out at ESPN. The network will buy out her contract, reportedly worth $2.5 million. Hill is best know for idiotically calling President Trump a “white supremacist.” Thereafter she continued to offer hack left-wing political commentary on Twitter, in violation of company policy. ESPN’s new president, Jimmy Pitaro, reportedly wants to get the network out of political »

The “sins” of the father

Featured image This story is both appalling and true. Lilly Diabetes has parted ways with driver Conor Daly after reports surfaced that his father, Derek Daly, a retired Indy 500 and Formula One driver, used the N-word during an interview in the 1980s. The pharmaceutical company’s partnership with Daly was intended to raise awareness for treatment options and resources for people with diabetes. Daly was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age »

Now It’s the Banks

Featured image This is an appalling story, if true. And I don’t have any reason to doubt that it is: Visa, Mastercard Block Donations To ‘David Horowitz Freedom Center’ After SPLC Labels Them A Hate Group. Under pressure from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Visa and Mastercard have blocked donations to the conservative think tank David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) after it was labeled a hate group by the militantly left-leaning »

Andrew Cuomo: America was never that great

Featured image When candidate Donald Trump rolled out his “Make America Great Again” slogan, Hillary Clinton chided him for taking the position that America isn’t great now. But today, New York governor Andrew Cuomo attacked the slogan from the opposite perspective. He said: “We’re not going to make America great again; it was never that great.” He added that America “will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of »

Save Up! The 2019 Nation Magazine Calendar Is Out!

Featured image We passed over the recent ruckus of The Nation magazine apologizing profusely to the Perpetually Offended over a poem they published. Here’s the poem in full, by Anders Carson-Wee: If you got hiv, say aids. If you a girl, say you’re pregnant––nobody gonna lower themselves to listen for the kick. People passing fast. Splay your legs, cock a knee funny. It’s the littlest shames they’re likely to comprehend. Don’t say »

Religious Colorado cake baker is back in the dock

Featured image Jack Phillips is the Christian cake baker from Colorado who had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to avoid being punished after declining to bake a wedding cake for a couple celebrating their gay marriage. To have baked the cake would have violated his strongly held religious beliefs. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission didn’t care. It found him in violation of the law. The Supreme Court overturned »