The Week In Pictures

The Week in Pictures: Varsity Blues Edition

Featured image The best take I’ve seen yet on the college athletics admission scandal is that someone needs to do a comedy movie where the non-athlete students are forced to play after all, go through grueling practice, with predictable results—they win! Because Hollywood! Because who doesn’t like a good underdog story—you know, those “underdogs” from rich and famous households who just need one tiny break to get into the big leagues. Possible »

The Week in Pictures: Hating Hate Edition

Featured image Watching Nancy Pelosi’s clown show caucus try to formulate how many ways they could hate hate in one resolution reminded me of the Monty Python scene in Life of Brian where Graham Chapman’s character wants to join up with the People’s Front of Judea (or was it the Judean People’s Front?), and is interrogated as to his fitness: “You have to really hate the Romans to join our group! How »

The Week in Pictures: Cohen-Head Edition

Featured image Has there ever been a “sensational” “blockbuster” hearing as dreary and predictable as the Michael Cohen Show this week? One does wonder why Trump would ever have hired such an obvious mediocrity in the first place, and it’s plain that he won’t make it out of the first round of contestants for the Dems’ attempt at reality TV, “John Dean’s Apprentice.” We’ll want to grade this effort on the Laugh-Out-Curve. »

Videos of the Week

Featured image If you want to know how badly the the Jussie Smollett hoax is hurting the left, just take in how The Daily Show is trying to minimize it with some (well-deserved) comedy: And this is also pretty funny (though I am sure it will outrage humorless leftists—which is to say leftists): Finally, our Feel Good Headline of the Day, which came in too late for the Week in Pictures: For »

The Week in Pictures: Berniemania Edition

Featured image The predictable unwinding of the Jussie Smollett hoax prompted someone (not sure who to credit) to come up with the pithy phrase of the week that I’ll adapt slightly, namely, that the demand for racism exceeds the supply, so behold, supply-side racism! So we have “fake noose” to go with the media’s “fake news,” not to mention the “fake nous” offered by our universities. More fakery than a plastic surgeon’s »

The Week in Pictures: Green Nude Eel Edition

Featured image The fascination with every twitch and Tweet from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—”the moral equivalent of Gore,” as our friend Richard Samuelson calls her—is one of the compelling mysteries of our time, along with the absence of the Cambridge Comma. If there’s an Oxford Comma, why isn’t there also a Cambridge Comma? Or maybe it has merely been overtaken by what I call the “Shatner-Walken Comma,” which runs something like: “What, do you »

Lincoln’s Birthday in Pictures

Featured image One of my favorite Lincoln speeches is one that tends to be overlooked—his eulogy to Henry Clay in the Illinois State Legislature in 1852. This provides the best evidence that had Clay lived another decade, Lincoln would likely have supported him to be president in 1856 or 1860. In any case, Lincoln calls Clay his “beau ideal of a statesman,” and gives a compact teaching about the essence of statesmanship: »

The Week in Pictures: State of the Union Edition

Featured image This is one of those weeks where all the incoming lines are jammed. Virginia Democrats vying with Venezuela for the Best Meltdown in a Socialist Role. House Democratic women vying for the Worst Imitation of the Stepford Wives remake. Jeff Bezos trying out a new slogan, “Make Tabloids Great Again.” Elizabeth Warren revealed (again) to be Chief Big Fraud. A “Green New Deal” offered up as the greatest satire of »

Monday Morning in Pictures: Super Bowl Mini-Edition

Featured image The Super Bowl memes and whatnot are going to be stale by next Saturday, so a special edition is clearly called for. I rather like a good defensive struggle, and wasn’t bothered a bit by the low scoring. But that’s traditional conservatism speaking, the kind that always favored crew-cut Johnny Unitas over the Broadway Joe Namath. And finally. . . congratulations again to the Patriots: »

The Week in Pictures: Polar Vortex Edition

Featured image As everyone knows, the upper midwest, including Power Line Central Command in Minnesota, has been suffering from some extreme climate change this week. Because everything is caused by climate change. Even Donald Trump’s hairdo. Out here at Power Line Pacific Command on the Left Coast, we’re having some rain, but otherwise I’m in my shirtsleeves as usual. But first, we have to lead with this (and happy Groundhog Day, by »

The Week in Pictures: Epidemic Fakery Edition

Featured image This was the week that featured more fakery than a plastic surgeon’s office in Beverly Hills: fake news about high school kids, fake Vietnam War veterans, fake budget votes on Capitol Hill, fake economic conferences in the Swiss alps, fake punts, fake field goals, fake everything. It’s like we’re besieged with motherfakers. And on top of that, we have a weekend without football. Headlines of the week: Tweet of the »

The Week in Pictures: House of Carbs Edition

Featured image What can you say about a week that began with stacks of fast-food cheeseburgers in the White House and ended with Trump putting Nancy Pelosi on the no-fly list? I’d say it means Season 3 of The Trump Show is going to be lit. It’s only January. By summer, as the Democratic 2020 presidential field fills out, it is likely that liberals will be on the verge of clinical insanity. »

Gillette’s Razor—and Occam’s

Featured image You’ve heard of Occam’s Razor—that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Well now behold Gillette’s Razor—the simplest explanation for it being that Gillette’s ad agency has been taken over by the Oberlin College gender studies department. (Hat tip: Christina Hoff Sommers.) I guess Gillette thinks that, among other things, men shouldn’t “objectify” women. Like this for example: It’s almost as though Gillette was sitting around asking, “How can »

The Week in Pictures: Government Shutdown Edition

Featured image As the government shutdown enters its fourth week, we’re still not done dunking on Chuck and Nancy, who really are the gift that keeps on giving. But if you think Democrats are upset now, just wait to see what happens if Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg decides to retire from the Supreme Court. I’ve already got my full Road Warrior regalia unpacked and at the dry cleaners getting ready for it. »

Mid-Week in Pictures: It’s the Chuck & Nancy Show!

Featured image One thing where you’d think Democrats would get consistently good advice and help from Hollywood and their media pals is about doing TV. Think of Don Hewitt touching up JFK’s makeup for the Nixon-Kennedy debates in 1960, or how the Bloodworth-Thomases helped stage Bill Clinton. I imagine the Hollywood/media glitterati were cringing last night at the Schumer-Pelosi response to Trump. Jeff Greenfield said they looked like they had been embalmed. »

The Week in Pictures: Party Time Edition

Featured image New Year’s celebrations may be over, but the party is just beginning! Elizabeth Warren herself started things off by quaffing a beer live on instagram to launch her 2020 presidential campaign. Remember the good old days when a politician who wanted to appear hip would just go on Rowan & Martin’s “Laugh In” and say, “Sock it to me!”? Good times. Oh yeah, Nanny Pelosi became Speaker of the House »

The Year in Pictures: Highlights Edition

Featured image It is hard to select the best of the Week in Pictures, but going back through them I realized how fast the year went (because Trump years are like dog years). It seems like decades ago that we were obsessing over Tide Pods, plastic straw bans, and a government shut down. (Oh, wait. . .) This was the year of Lizzie Warren’s DNA test, and the meteoric rise of Beto »