Breakfast with a Brexiteer

Featured image The American Interest has published an extremely interesting interview with Andrew Roberts, the accomplished historian and biographer of Winston Churchill. The interview is published under the headline “Breakfast with a Brexiteer.” Asked by his interlocutors how he conceives of the role of leadership in a democracy — how he sees the will of the people versus the will of leadership — “We hear British colleagues say, with all these threats »

Crimes of the Times, Kavanaugh edition

Featured imageThe New York Times has revised and updated its Saturday night special hit job on Brett Kavanaugh to note that the alleged victim…does not recall any such incident” (original version here). Gregg Re’s excellent FOX News story on the update is full of links. Here is the note now added to the Times story: Editors’ Note: Sept. 15, 2019 An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a »

What’s the Difference Between a Brontosaurus and Bernie Sanders?

Featured imageBrontosauruses are renowned for their small brains, but let’s be fair: at least they weren’t socialists. They may have become extinct, but unlike Sanders and many of his fellow Democrats they didn’t subscribe (as far as we know) to an extinct ideology. Michael Ramirez imagines what really killed off the dinosaurs. The cartoon also features an ancient fossil. Click to enlarge: I don’t suppose socialism actually killed the dinosaurs, but »

Saudi oil facilities attacked, Trump administration suspects Iran

Featured imageWithout wanting for even a minute to downplay the immense importance of what Brett Kavanaugh did or didn’t do at a party in 1983, I think by far the major news story right now is the drone attack on two major Saudi oil facilities. The two damaged installations process the vast majority of Saudi Arabia’s crude output. Thus, the attacks may significantly disrupt world oil supplies. Who is responsible for »

The renewed smearing of Justice Kavanaugh

Featured imageThe left has managed to keep Anita Hill’s trivial and uncorroborated allegations against Clarence Thomas alive and talked about for nearly 30 years. Thus, it’s not surprising that the left is still out to smear Brett Kavanaugh along similar lines. The focus now is on how Kavanaugh behaved, or is alleged to have behaved, towards women at parties during his freshman year at Yale 35 years (or so) ago. Unless »

Now Here’s Some Serious Red Meat

Featured imageNow here is someone who takes no chances when it comes to ensuring sufficient meat consumption: Here’s a stomach-churning feat: A woman from Arizona devoured not one, but two 72-ounce steak dinners in about an hour at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. The woman, identified as professional competitive eater Miki Sudo, posted a short video on Instagram of her polishing off that second steak. She’s won the women’s »

The NY Times Never Disappoints (2)

Featured imageIt is increasingly clear that the real problem with the country is not “white privilege,” but the woke privilege of the New York Times. Further to John’s item immediately below about the Times‘s newest attack on Justice Kavanaugh, and my item last week on how Times seems to have decided to operate without editors, behold this Tweet the Times issued in support of their latest hit piece: Apparently the night »

RNC sees Trump gaining Hispanic support

Featured imageRonna McDaniel, president of the Republican National Committee, says that RNC research shows President Trump’s approval among Hispanic Americans in Texas to have increased by 20 percent since 2016. That would mean Trump has nearly 1 million new Hispanic supporters. Has Trump’s support among Hispanics in Texas really increased that much? I don’t know, but it’s plausible to think it has increased significantly, both in Texas and elsewhere. McDaniel points »

Biden and Yang display ignorance about immigration

Featured imageImmigration was always going to be a topic of discussion during Thursday’s Democratic debate. Thus, the candidates should have been prepared to speak about immigration, if not intelligently than at least without getting basic facts wrong. As Mark Krikorian documents, Joe Biden and Andrew Yang were unable to pass this modest test. Biden claimed that during the Obama administration, “we didn’t lock people up in cages; we didn’t separate families.” »

Heng versus AOC

Featured imageThe highlight of the Dems’ debate this week must have been the 30-second advertisement run by Elizabeth Heng’s New Faces GOP PAC (video below). In the ad Ms. Heng explains the true meaning of socialism to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her followers. Gary Saul Morson gives a longer account of the phenomenon in “How the truth dawned.” Glenn Reynolds offers this characteristically concise and optimistic take on the ad and AOC’s »

The Week in Pictures: Dem Debate Edition

Featured imageAnother week, another Democratic presidential debate that seems to last a week. I think I’ve figured it out. While it may seem like they are pandering to the progressive base with progressively more extravagant promises of free stuff, they are really planning to wear us down, Chinese water-torture style, until we say no mas!, and hand the keys to the White House to one of them to make it stop. »

Why Democrats Don’t Talk About the Economy

Featured imageAs I and many others have noted, the Democrats barely mentioned the economy during last week’s presidential debate. Why not? Because they look silly if they try to deny that the Trump administration, with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and deregulation on a massive scale, has given the economy a major boost. Trump’s boom is a particular problem for the Democrats because it is being felt where it counts, »

Democrats Haven’t Given Up On Smearing Kavanaugh

Featured imageThose who take such things seriously are abuzz about a book that will come out on Tuesday, written by a couple of New York Times reporters activists. It alleges that decades ago, when he was in college, Brett Kavanaugh misbehaved at a party. As I understand it, the woman toward whom he allegedly misbehaved says she remembers no such thing, but apparently one or more rabid Democrats who say they »

Minneapolis Slides Downhill [Updated]

Featured imageMinneapolis once had the reputation of being a nice city. That seems, now, like a long time ago in a galaxy far away. These days, the reality is different. This sickening video of a gang of youths viciously brutalizing a man just outside Target Field, where the Twins play baseball, has gone national. It is visual proof of how feral downtown Minneapolis has become: More and more, violence intrudes on »

Democrats vs. the Constitution

Featured imageOne of the more shocking aspects of last week’s Democratic debate was the cavalier manner in which the Constitution was treated. Beto O’Rourke said he intends to confiscate guns that were legally purchased by law-abiding Americans, and put out a t-shirt to that effect immediately after the debate. Kamala Harris said the same thing, and when Joe Biden pointed out that the government lacks power to do what she proposed, »

How the great truth dawned

Featured imageProfessor Gary Saul Morson’s essay “How the great truth dawned” leads off the September issue of The New Criterion. It’s not terribly long, but it must be the longest article ever published by the magazine, and you can easily see why. It is brilliant and moving. Beginning and ending with Solzhenitsyn, it takes up the Gulag, Communism, mass murder, Russian literature, the turn to God and much more. I want »

General Flynn Goes On Offense Against the Deep State

Featured imageSeveral months ago, General Michael Flynn replaced his original defense team with Sidney Powell, a Texas lawyer who is a veteran of the Department of Justice and author of Licensed To Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice. Powell is a self-promoter, but she also appears to be a very good lawyer. She certainly is aggressive. Powell has launched an all-out attack against Flynn’s prosecutors, whom she regards as »