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20/20 Vision About the Democrats in 2020

By | February 21st, 2019|0 Comments
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Among politicians who are unlicensed optometrists, who cannot see what is in front of them but know what is in store for America, among Democrats who are blind but think they can see, these prophets of 2020 would be wise to borrow Hillary Clinton’s prism glasses—the ones she wore before Congress—so they may have 20/20 vision, so they may avoid what they see, so voters will not see, again, the person they voted against in 2016. If Clinton speaks at the 2020 Democratic National Convention,

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From Stonewall to Stonewalling: Democrats and Gay Rights

By | February 20th, 2019|0 Comments
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From Stonewall to stonewalling, such is the history of the Democratic Party’s record toward gays and lesbians. Yesterday, President Trump rewrote history by relegating Democrats to a footnote in the history of a movement that, at its best, is not about more rights for some people but the same rights for all people. Without biting his lip or biding his time, without searching for specific guarantees that have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and

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McCabe’s Distortions About Flynn Investigation

By | February 20th, 2019|0 Comments
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It’s hard to track all the falsehoods coming from disgraced ex-FBI chief Andrew McCabe during his book blitz this week. But one glaring and intentional distortion must be clarified and, in my dreams, scrutinized in future interviews.

McCabe claims that one of the chief reasons the FBI opened up a counterintelligence probe to determine whether the sitting U.S. president was a Russian asset was because Trump allegedly asked then-FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into former

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Amazon Versus Aquinas

By | February 19th, 2019|0 Comments
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From the faded outline of a cross to the silhouette of a speaker, the dream house of today looks like a nightmare of the future—a present-day nightmare in which we are awake but not aware, active but not alert, anxious but not attentive. Where the Word was God, the words now echo from Amazon’s Echo: a plastic icon with a red halo, one of seven colors whose rings radiate with the sound of each word, as Alexa says each word, in a tone as hollow as it is unholy. Welcome to a country where 39

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Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s Prison System

By | February 17th, 2019|0 Comments
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When a warehouse sounds like a jailhouse, when workers have less time to speak than the time a warden reserves for a prisoner to speak his last words, when a warehouse fires more workers than a state executes prisoners via firing squad, when a new warehouse looks like a prison—and prisons look like a state’s oldest houses of learning—when working at Amazon is like doing time at Attica, the problem is not the result of coddling prisoners but of celebrating a CEO who treats his workers

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Ilhan Omar, Ambassador of Hate

By | February 14th, 2019|0 Comments
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Ilhan Omar, the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, was born on October 4, 1981—but sounds like a U.N. delegate from November 10, 1975, where, in a tribunal of the despotic against the democratic, she says that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.” She sounds like a character out of time—filibustering her time—whose rhetoric is timeless, not because of its poetry, but because of its polluted assertions since time immemorial: that one

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Free to Offend—For Now

By | February 12th, 2019|0 Comments
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Some words about words: The more words we classify as fighting words, the less able we are to fight for liberty with nothing but words. When liberty itself incites violence, when saying the word elicits hatred, when marching, peacefully, in defense of the word disturbs the peace—as it did when a King petitioned his president for redress; as it will wherever the unalienable is unattainable—when we erode the First Amendment, we elevate the Second Amendment as the principal means of

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Theranos: Another Word for Thanatos

By | February 11th, 2019|0 Comments
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Wherever religion is dead, fundamentalism is alive and well. Wherever faith is indubitable, and the faithful attack the doubtful, disaster is inevitable. Look, then, not in the ravines and the valleys for fools. Forget the desolate wastes and the deserted cities, too, and look to the one valley—Silicon Valley—where Thanatos is (or was) Theranos. Look at how easy it is for confidence to conquer common sense, given the criminal charges against Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos, who

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Rep. Michael McCaul: Jeff Flake Impersonator

By | February 11th, 2019|0 Comments
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Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the newly named senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has been caught impersonating former Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker. One of McCaul’s first noteworthy actions in the new post is to criticize President Trump for exercising his constitutional authority regarding relations with foreign countries, in this case Saudi Arabia.

McCaul clings to the myth that Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi citizen who was murdered last year in the Saudi consulate in

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He’s Their Favorite Mistake

By | February 10th, 2019|0 Comments
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During the 2016 campaign, NeverTrump biggie Elliott Abrams famously said that Donald Trump was unfit to sit in “the chair in which Washington and Lincoln sat.”

It’s not too late for President Trump to have second thoughts about the appointment of Abrams late last month as special envoy regarding the crisis in Venezuela. Instead of keeping quiet, Abrams’ gloating friends and supporters have not ceased to juxtapose praise for their hero with asseverations that the president is both a

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Peggy Noonan Misses It

By | February 8th, 2019|0 Comments
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In her latest column-as-civics-lesson, which reads like a GED practice essay, Peggy Noonan predicts that President Trump will face a foreign policy crisis. Not only will it be a “full-fledged” crisis, which, in Noonan Speak, means it will be serious; and here, like a 17-year-old version of herself, holding a Clairol Son of a Gun hair dryer as both microphone and trophy, ignoring her siblings’ shouts to “Hurry up in there,” Noonan continues her Class Day Oration by telling her fellow

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Liam Neeson’s List

By | February 7th, 2019|0 Comments
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Not since 1976, when a man began his day 180 miles from Athens, Georgia, and 6,500 miles from Jerusalem, Israel, not since a peanut farmer named Jimmy wrestled (Greco-Roman style) with a shepherd named Jacob, has another man suffered so much for his confessions. Not since Jimmy Carter confessed to having “looked upon a lot of women with lust”—to having committed adultery in his heart (better than in his hands) many times—has a mob chased a fellow sinner, for his confession of sinful

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Virginia Follies: A Summary

By | February 7th, 2019|0 Comments
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Northam says he’s very sorry; also says, “That wasn’t me!”
Fairfax finds the facts unfair, and also says—“Eff that B!”
Bobby Scott knew quite a lot, but chose to “wait and see,”
Unlike the erring Herring, who confessed pre-emptively.

Photo credit:  Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

After the Flight 93 Election

By | February 5th, 2019|0 Comments
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Michael Anton, in the preface to his just released, After the Flight 93 Election: The Vote That Saved America and What We Still Have to Lose, explains why he felt compelled to write “The Flight 93 Election“:

In 2016, I judged the modes and orders of my time – and especially of conservatism – to be exhausted and imprisoned within an inflexible institutional and intellectual authority. I believed that its conclusions on the most pressing matters were false and pernicious and that its

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Time To Give the World Bank a Gold Watch . . .

By | February 5th, 2019|0 Comments
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. . .  and make it go away? 

President Trump will nominate David Malpass, to run the World Bank. Like his close associate Larry Kudlow, Malpass has been critical of the institution. The bank, created three-quarters of a century ago for World War II reconstruction, is WAY past its expiration date. Generation after generation, the entitled class that benefits from the bank’s unnecessary continuation keeps inventing new spurious arguments for keeping it open. Let’s hope David Malpass will begin

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Howard Schultz’s Apron

By | January 31st, 2019|0 Comments
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An espresso machine is a machine for men. Women may use it—millions do—but that does mean they are men. Nor does it mean the same women want to be men. It does, however, mean we have a shortage of men who look the part, who have the skills to know and the strength to do their part: to operate a machine of many parts; to handle a machine that requires precision; to take the heat—in and outside the kitchen—as they stand before that hulk of copper and brass, with its pumps and pistons and

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Howard Schultz’s Strange Old Brew

By | January 31st, 2019|0 Comments
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Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks and registered “independent,” would make the perfect presidential candidate for the Democratic party in 2020. Described as a socially liberal deficit hawk, Schultz is the ideal combination of loose liberalism on cultural issues with a libertarian view toward taxes, big business, and budget deficits.

When President Trump signed tax reform into law in 2018, liberals from across the party unanimously opposed the bill because it raised taxes on the

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Boots (With Apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

By | January 30th, 2019|0 Comments
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They’re tromp, tromp, tromping, across social media —
(And if you judge them, you are a chauvinist)
Boots, boots, boots, boots, strollin’ cross the Senate floor,
There’s no dignity, anymore.

I turned on the cable news last week to see,
An obsession with a certain Senatrix
And boots, boots, boots, boots, strollin’ cross the Senate floor —
There’s no dignity, anymore!

The dress code says, says to dress “profess’nally”:
Which profession, they forgot to specify.
Now boots,

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Deep Thoughts from Tom Friedman

By | January 30th, 2019|0 Comments
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Did you ever wonder what would happen if Tom Friedman dropped acid and bumped his head against an imaginary desk during a series of duck-and-cover drills in a garage, with the doors closed, so as to better inhale the fumes from, respectively, a 1967 Plymouth Fury and a row of aerosol spray cans, followed by him spinning a 16-inch world globe—after having stripped to his skivvies—prior to entering the Star Gate from “2001: A Space Odyssey”?

Wonder no more, because Friedman’s latest

Did you ever wonder what would happen if Tom Friedman dropped acid and bumped his head against an imaginary desk during a series of duck-and-cover drills in a garage, with the doors closed, so as to better inhale the fumes from, respectively, a 1967 Plymouth Fury and a row of aerosol spray cans, followed by him spinning a 16-inch world globe—after having stripped to his skivvies—prior to entering the Star Gate from “2001: A Space Odyssey”?

Wonder no more, because Friedman’s latest column answers that question.

The column, which may be a film treatment or a reason for Friedman to seek treatment, is a stream of consciousness about the word deep. As in, “Everything is going deep.” By everything, he means . . . everything and everyone: digitization, connectivity, big data, A.I., China, Russia, Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, lifeguards, satellites, YouTube, and nuclear war. (Cut to Friedman in a karaoke bar, still tripping—and bleeding—in his ripped underwear, having left that garage and freed himself from a spool of razor wire atop a chain-link fence, where, microphone in hand, he screams the lyrics to his updated version of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”)

The column is many things, obviously, but deep is not one of them.

An unintentional PSA for drug prevention, perhaps; a reminder for Friedman to wear a medical bracelet, definitely, because he mixes metaphors the way a blind bartender mixes drinks: poorly.

The bartender has an excuse, whereas Friedman’s column is one. It is what his editor needs, so he can say to Friedman what readers have said for years—“No more!”

Photo credit: iStock/Getty Images

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Robert Mueller’s Close Encounter of the Third Kind

By | January 29th, 2019|0 Comments
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Robert Mueller has a body, but he does not have the bodies.

He has Roger Stone, whom the FBI arrested after IMF Agent Ethan Hunt had lowered himself into Stone’s home office and hacked his computer, while wearing a suspension suit and squeezing his stomach muscles to maintain his balance, after, also, a time-traveling cybernetic organism—with living tissue over a robotic endoskeleton—had arrived, naked, outside Stone’s yard and surveyed the scene for clothes, guns, and transportation.

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Does Covington Expose the Tipping Point?

By | January 28th, 2019|0 Comments
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Americans learned an important lesson last week: Innocent 16-year-old boys are acceptable sacrificial lambs for the political Left’s altar.

In order that there could be a real-time detailing of events with truthful covering of the story as well as subsequent events, I created a 90-tweet thread to serve as an overview of the Covington Catholic incident.

Issue #1:  The Existential Threat to Us & Our Children

The existential threat in today’s America: Many people who decry Trump’s

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Sticks & Stones & Catapults & Ninjas: FBI’s Raid on Roger Stone

By | January 26th, 2019|0 Comments
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At 4:02 a.m., three hours and five minutes before sunrise in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the only thing Roger Stone could see without his circular-framed glasses, during his state-sanctioned eye exam, were the letters (stenciled in yellow) FBI.

At 4:03 a.m., after 29 FBI agents and 17 vehicles had surrounded Stone’s home, after two Black Hawk helicopters with swivel-mounted machine guns and grenade launchers created a downrush of air and 79 commandos (and a dog) rappelled from the choppers,

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Zucked Again!

By | January 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Zucked Again!
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Not since a group of yellow-eyed dwarfs, dressed like monks and armed with muskets, held a flea market in the desert has there been a sale on robots like the one in the Wall Street Journal. Not so much a sale as the debut of a new robot: Mark Zuckerberg, Typist. This one even uses the word love, as in people around the world “love” Facebook. That feature alone proves that a robot can—that this robot does—deceive itself; that it can lie, or not know how to distinguish between a lie and

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California Dreaming with Joan Didion

By | January 24th, 2019|Comments Off on California Dreaming with Joan Didion
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The swoop of a 1969 Corvette coupe. The streak of Daytona Yellow at night, against a fluorescent line, beneath a white-on-green sign for the San Diego Freeway. Neither a shark nor a stingray but a Stingray, with the speed of a mountain lion and a lioness behind the wheel, who wears her sunglasses at night—who wears them day and night—while she exhales cigarette smoke as her car coughs like a smoker; while the smell of ozone, with its bleach-like stench of suburban napalm, fills the air;

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Read Covington Student Nicholas Sandmann’s Side of the Story

By | January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Read Covington Student Nicholas Sandmann’s Side of the Story
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Editor’s note: The following is the statement that Covington Catholic High School junior Nicholas Sandmann released to the press over the weekend.

I am providing this factual account of what happened on Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial to correct misinformation and outright lies being spread about my family and me.

I am the student in the video who was confronted by the Native American protestor. I arrived at the Lincoln Memorial at 4:30 p.m. I was told to be there by 5:30 p.m., when

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