Monthly Archive: August 2017

What the Confederate Statue Attackers Are Really After

My friend Timothy Birdnow recently wrote an extremely valuable article at American Thinker about the Left’s campaign of violence and moral intimidation aimed at destroying statues and monuments commemorating the Confederacy. His main thesis: This campaign’s real goal is not to assuage racial sensitivities, but rather to erase the United States and its history from American minds. After first laying...

The Problem With “Red Lines”

The problem with the so-called “red lines” that U.S. presidents like to draw is that if you draw your line across an imaginary space, then real world actions can never actually cross it. This quickly teaches your adversaries that as long as they continue to act in the real world, rather than in your imaginary one, they are safe. Donald...

North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan, China Smiles

North Korea has fired a missile directly over Japan’s second largest island, Hokkaido. Conducting a weapons test not only in an enemy nation’s airspace, but directly above that nation’s populated land, is a brazen and indisputable act of hostility, and effectively invalidates any hypothetical questions over “who started it,” should Japan choose to respond to this aggression severely. In a...

Death Cultist Calls for Trump’s Impeachment

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich is calling for Donald Trump’s impeachment “as soon as possible.” His argument, in a nutshell: Trump is almost as deranged and mentally unstable as…Robert Reich. Here is his initial argument in his own words (from an August 18 blog post): Let’s be clear. There is already enough evidence to impeach Trump on grounds of abuse...

Bannon Admits Trump is an Impotent Know-Nothing

Steve Bannon, for several months Donald Trump’s court eunuch (Who knew a jester could have his own eunuch?) has now elevated himself to an even more exalted position: Chief Propagandist of Whining Excuses for the King’s Impotence. I haven’t had the heart to click over to Breitbart (aka “Trumpbart,” “Breitbarf,” etc.) in quite some time, but my friend and fellow...

Reflections on Eclipses and Civilization

If you live in North America, particularly certain parts of the continental United States, you have just been treated to a solar eclipse. This rare and spectacular event (finally a chance to use an overused adjective correctly), by being both singularly grand and thoroughly beyond human control, puts me in mind of two reflections. First, from Herodotus we have one...

New York Schools Legalize Bullying

It’s a sign of the times. New York State public schools, after years of ineffectual, politically correct “anti-bullying” propaganda, have apparently decided, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” Bullying — the promotion of fear and intimidation in others by means of projecting coercive power and unpredictable threats to their peace of mind — is now a public school program....

With Trump, Everyone Wins

We are seeing a spate of breathless predictions of the Trump presidency’s demise. He is about to resign, says the ghostwriter of Art of the Deal. The Trump presidency is over, says the alt-right’s unofficial ambassador to the White House, Steve Bannon. Why all the negativity? Has Trump’s campaign boast come true already? Are Americans “bored of winning”? After all,...

Is Trump a White Supremacist?

Much of the frenzy over Donald Trump’s ever-changing, peculiarly nuanced response(s) to the violence in Charlottesville has been focused on the question of whether Trump secretly sympathizes with white supremacists, or whether perhaps — as in the apparent view of certain members of Dumb Blonds For Trump — he ought to sympathize with them. (And where is Ann Coulter these...

How Kim Jong-un Was Conditioned for His Current Boldness

Is Kim Jong-un’s level of rhetoric indicative of madness or a death wish? Though it is impossible to know the mind of such a protected figure, I would argue that his behavior is merely the reasonable result of lessons he has learned from past responses to his and his father’s aggression, which makes the current situation far more complicated than...