Liberals

Embarrassing Liberals [With Reminiscence by John]

Featured image I missed the notice a few days ago that publisher Houghton-Mifflin is delaying publication of Naomi Wolf’s latest book, Outrages, for the simple reason that it has been exposed as an embarrassing piece of crap. (See Scott’s post “Death Recorded Live” if you haven’t followed this fabulous story.) This from the Times story: “As we have been working with Naomi Wolf to make corrections to ‘Outrages,’ new questions have arisen »

The Jury Hated Oberlin [with comment by Paul]

Featured image We wrote here about the lawsuit against Oberlin by a local store, Gibson’s, that alleged it was defamed by the college and its Dean of Students. Among other facts in the case, student protesters, accompanied by the Dean, handed out leaflets accusing Gibson’s of being “racist” because the store’s employees caught an African-American Oberlin student shoplifting a bottle of wine. Does that make sense to you? It didn’t make sense »

Have Liberals Ever Been Right About Anything?

Featured image Cast your mind back to about 2008 or 2009, when Democrats and the media mocked Sarah Palin for leading the chant “drill, baby, drill” as a remedy for our dependence on foreign oil. All the smartest people—like Obama and John Kerry!—told us that it was impossible for us to “drill our way out” of out oil and natural gas dependency: the U.S. simply didn’t have enough produceable oil and gas »

“Sacred Conversations” Draw Attention of Civil Rights Commissioner

Featured image I wrote here about the City of Minneapolis’s plan to hold a series of “Sacred Conversations” commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of African slaves at Jamestown, Virginia. City employees were to be segregated by race, with “White Bodied Employees” attending one set of meetings, and “Black Bodied Employees” another. Stung, I suppose, by criticism when the plan became public, the City announced that the “Sacred Conversations” had been »

President Trump and Race [Updated]

Featured image It has been a long time since David Brooks has written anything worth paying attention to, and his current New York Times column, titled “The Racial Reckoning Comes” and subtitled “Trump has changed our national narrative,” is no exception. But, while I don’t want to critique it in detail, it does prompt a question. Brooks says that when he was young, the predominant narrative about America featured men like Benjamin »

D-Day, 75 Years On

Featured image If you get the sense that America’s 18-21 year olds aren’t quite what they once were, I think you are right. So does Michael Ramirez. Click to enlarge: »

Is It Immoral to Travel?

Featured image That is the deep question asked by the New York Times: The glaciers are melting, the coral reefs are dying, Miami Beach is slowly going under. Quick, says a voice in your head, go see them before they disappear! You are evil, says another voice. For you are hastening their destruction. To a lot of people who like to travel, these are morally bewildering times. Because travel emits CO2! Of »

Lovebirds Canceled

Featured image Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney are Irish documentary filmmakers who have made several notable movies, including Gosnell. Their latest project is a play called FBI Lovebirds: Under Covers: The play, “FBI Lovebirds: UnderCovers,” casts Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson as FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The production’s dialogue comes straight from the pair’s texts, which revealed both their romantic affair as well as plans to battle Donald Trump’s »

Boycott This!

Featured image The Left increasingly uses economic coercion in the form of boycotts to stamp out conservative ideas and institutions. Efforts to ban Chick-fil-A, one of America’s most popular restaurant chains, are one example. Apart from outliers like Chick-fil-A, corporate America tends to respond to boycotts as liberals desire, because corporate America is mostly liberal already. Liberals also sometimes boycott states, which is mostly an effort to enlist companies within those states »

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, Turn

Featured image On Sunday, the London Times published an explosive story about records of FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr., that have hitherto been kept secret. They were discovered by David Garrow, a socialist historian whose biography of King titled Bearing the Cross won a Pulitzer prize in 1987. So far, the London Times story has not been picked up by many American news outlets. The New York Times, for example, »

Why Liberals Hate Chick-fil-A

Featured image We ate lunch at a Chick-fil-A today. When we entered the restaurant, the first thing we saw was an empty table that was set up to honor fallen military personnel over the Memorial Day weekend. There was a red rose, a folded flag, an inverted glass and an open Bible, along with text explaining the elements of the display. Click to enlarge: Chick-fil-A is unabashedly pro-American. I suspect that is »

Who Is a Liberal? What Is Liberalism Today?

Featured image I often like to annoy liberals with Harvey Mansfield’s remark that it is the job of modern conservatism to save liberalism from liberals. Heh. After all, “liberty,” a pre-eminent principle for conservatives, is obviously a cognate of “liberal,” and liberalism for most of its history has been a creed of limited government and individual rights against the State. But just as often here on Power Line commenters will remark, quite »

The Far Right Opposes Suicide Bombings

Featured image I don’t read the Washington Post–that is Paul’s sad duty–just as I don’t read the New York Times or watch CNN. Life is too short. But sometimes these outlets’ crazed outpourings come over the transom, like this Washington Post tweet from yesterday: Analysis: Sri Lanka church bombings stoke far-right anger in the West https://t.co/seWuJwgzwG — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 22, 2019 Hundreds of people are slaughtered by mass murderers, »

Speech Is Violence, and Vice Versa

Featured image The apotheosis of the Left’s 21st-Century lunacy is its insistence that disagreeing with leftist dogma–declining to accept the “trans” farce, for example–is “violence” that demands suppression, while actual violence by leftists like Antifa–bashing people in the head with a baseball bat, for instance–is merely free speech exercised by “protesters.” No one in the world, with the possible exception of a handful of mis-educated college professors and students, is dumb enough »

God Bless America? No, Please Don’t!

Featured image We live in a world that is almost too stupid for words. Here is the latest: the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers have stopped playing Kate Smith’s iconic recording of “God Bless America.” Why? Because Smith recorded a couple of other songs, during the 1930s, that some liberals now consider objectionable. The Washington Post takes this idiocy seriously: The voice of singer Kate Smith is rapidly disappearing from »

Candace Owens Fights the New KKK

Featured image It is a truism of contemporary public life that liberals are bullies. And the bullying is worst on college campuses, which are now, more than ever, islands of repression in a sea of freedom. But some brave souls, like Candace Owens, are willing to run the leftist gauntlet to bring a dose of common sense to college students. Yesterday Candace was at the University of Pennsylvania, which I believe was »

Eric Holder Clarifies

Featured image President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan put liberals in a bind. They didn’t know whether to respond by saying, “America is greater than ever”–after all, Barack Obama had been president for the last eight years–or by saying what they really thought, “America has never been great.” Mostly they just fumed. Yesterday on MSNBC, President Obama’s self-described “wing man,” Eric Holder, came out of the closet: host Ari Melber had »