Invasion by euphemism

Featured image We await the arrival of the latest “caravan” of aliens from Central America proclaiming their intention of entering the United States unlawfully via our southern border. I believe but do not know that this would be what is known as an “invasion” under Section 9, Article 1 of the Constitution: “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of Rebellion or Invasion »

Killing Khashoggi: Fistfight edition

Featured imageThe Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is apparently unschooled in the arts of scandal management. Having now conceded for the first time that Jamal Khashoggi died in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, the kingdom claims that claiming that Khashoggi’s death came after an argument and a “fistfight” with men in the facility. According to Politico’s story, the kingdom has arrested 18 Saudi nationals suspected of involvement in Khashoggi’s »

The Week in Pictures: 1,024th% Edition

Featured imageElizabeth Warren is the gift that keeps on giving. She’s making a good bid to replace Hillary Clinton in that important role. Who can doubt that if/when Warren runs for president, her tribal identity is going to come up as a daily matter, no matter how hard she tries to make it “old news.” I haven’t had this much fun since . . . Tuesday. Maybe the most perfect art »

Notes on Minnesota races

Featured imageIn a nearby post John comments on Republican state senator Karin Housley’s race against appointed incumbent and metro liberal nullity Tina Smith. I have no sense of how that race is going, but it is only one of two Senate races on the ballot. Incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar is running for reelection against Republican Jim Newberger. I do have a sense of how that race is going. Running a campaign »

The Polls Are Useless

Featured imageWhat will happen on November 6? I have no idea. But here’s the point: no one else has any idea, either. Sometimes, the choice is between polls and common sense. Or, as Groucho used to say, who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes? I go with my lying eyes every time. So, for instance, the polls have generally shown Arizona’s Senate race between fighter pilot Martha McSally and »

Tom Friedman doubles down on magical thinking

Featured imageTo figure how not to think about events in the Middle East, it’s often useful to consult Tom Friedman. Yesterday, Friedman appeared on PBS with Christiane Amanpour to discuss the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Friedman looks like a fool in the wake of the murder because last year he wrote a gushing column praising Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, for implementing a “top-down Arab spring.” Friedman »

Four Years For Leaking

Featured imageIn St. Paul yesterday, a former FBI agent was sentenced to four years in prison for leaking classified information to a media outlet: [Terry] Albury, 39, who joined the bureau in 2000 and was most recently assigned as an airport liaison, was sentenced Thursday in the federal courthouse in downtown St. Paul. He had previously pleaded guilty to making an unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and unlawful retention of »

Jamal Khashoggi and the Washington Post, Part Two [UPDATED]

Featured imageThe Washington Post decries what it calls a “whispering campaign” to “smear” Jamal Khashoggi that is “designed to protect President Trump”. The “whisperers” are “hard-line Republicans and conservative commentators.” The latter are writing articles critical of Khashoggi (which means they are not whispering). The former are “privately sharing” the articles (which, I had thought, is how articles typically are shared). The Post’s Robert Costa and Karoun Demirjian provide no evidence »

Are you lonesome tonight?

Featured imageIs the U.S. experiencing an epidemic of loneliness? George Will, citing a book by Sen. Ben Sasse argues that we are. Sasse contends, in Will’s words, that “Americans are richer, more informed and ‘connected’ than ever — and unhappier, more isolated and less fulfilled.” I haven’t read Sasse’s book, but Will’s summary of it leaves me skeptical. How do we measure loneliness? Will notes that in the last quarter of »

Don’t Confuse the Mafia With Democrats!

Featured imageThe Babylon Bee bills itself as a Christian satire site. It is quite funny, and this tweet made me laugh out loud: Mafia Requests To No Longer Be Called 'The Mob' Because Of Negative Association With Political Activistshttps://t.co/k5SIjvqCxi pic.twitter.com/vU1wao1d6V — The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) October 17, 2018 Heh. The Mafia has its faults, but let’s not confuse it with the Democratic Party! »

The Democrats’ Leftward March

Featured imageYears ago, back in the early 1980s, I had a conservative friend in England who liked to say, “The great thing about America is that you either vote Tory or you vote Tory,” meaning that the Carter-Mondale Democratic Party of that time wasn’t very far to the left at all. I tried to explain why American conservatives didn’t see it that way, but you have to understand that from his »

Another Day, More Death Threats

Featured imageA New York man has been arrested for threatening to murder two Republican senators: A 74-year-old New York man was arrested Friday for violently threatening two U.S. senators over their support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Beginning Sept. 27, Ronald DeRisi left more than 10 threatening voicemails for two different lawmakers—who were not named— according to the official complaint released by prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for »

Loose Ends, Mostly About Podcasts and Things

Featured image• You may have heard that outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley killed it at the Al Smith dinner this week, especially with her quip that “I get it, you wanted an Indian woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test.” Boom! In any case, here’s the whole 15 minute speech, which works pretty well I think. Nikki 2024!   • Not sure whether I’ll be able to get this week’s Power »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll declares that there is NOTHING SOCIAL ABOUT IT. She writes: Generally speaking, putting the word “social” in front of anything either renders it meaningless or changes it into its opposite. Sometimes, like “social disease,” it is just a euphemism. At any rate, I submit several examples of the uses of “social” for your consideration: Let’s just skim the surface of the worst of all, though it alone could »

“Just a Standard White Guy”

Featured imageWouldn’t you know it? The South Park guys were a year ahead of this week’s Elizabeth Warren headlines when it comes to DNA testing, with this segment that aired in September of last year: Now, when are Parker and Stone going to get around to doing a sequel to Team America: World Police? With Trump in office, it would be epic times a thousand! »

Rooney moves DC United to verge of playoffs

Featured imageWhen Wayne Rooney joined DC United this summer, some folks wondered whether he would play hard or was just in it for the pay check. Others wondered whether he had enough left to make a difference even playing hard. These people hadn’t been paying attention. Anyone familiar with Rooney’s playing career knows what a fierce competitor he is. And, as I noted here, during the 2017-18 English Premier League season, »

Jamal Khashoggi and the Washington Post

Featured imageMany questions surround the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi. By far, the most important ones are who, exactly, is responsible and what will the U.S. do in response. Here’s another question that, although of far less importance, may be of interest: Why did the Washington Post hire Khashoggi as a contributor? David Goldman describes Khashoggi as “a top level spook who played a high-stakes game in Saudi spookdom.” Is Goldman »