Monthly Archive: August 2017

Some morning like this…

As an indefatigable, some might say incorrigible, walker, one of my peripatetic missions is to try to see the predawn sky each day. For me, the relative loneliness of this time, before normal life commences, is an excellent opportunity for fresh reflection on old ideas, or old reflection on fresh ones. These days, here in Korea, my early morning thoughts...

Tired of John Bolton Yet?

Yes. John Bolton, like a lot of his neoconservative allies, is a very smart and well-spoken man who never met a war he didn’t like — unless someone was asking him to fight it. So naturally he is on Fox News these days drooling with excitement over the possibility of a preemptive strike on North Korea. .@AmbJohnBolton: Every American citizen,...

The Reason Presidential Character Matters

During the Republican primaries, many people objected to my repeated proofs of Donald Trump’s extreme deficiencies in intelligence, competence, decency, or political principles by saying, “But that’s exactly what America needs now: someone who will just storm in and blow things up, letting the chips fall where they may.” A simple two-word reply to those apologists: North Korea. The Trump...

Trump Continues Plugging the Drain

Do yourself a favor and ignore the tit-for-tat between Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell over who is more to blame for their joint “failure” in advancing the dream of single-payer healthcare in America further than Barack Obama ever could. I have called Trump “the Orange McConnell,” and written a whole series, “Dr. McConnell and Mr. Trump,” for a reason: There...

Trump’s GOP Starts Own Ministry of Propaganda

For a year and a half, I’ve explained to anyone who would listen that all this “Trump vs. The Swamp” nonsense was propaganda to hoodwink a lot of naïve people into giving the GOP’s half of the Uniparty establishment exactly what it wanted — carte orange to roll Washington’s progressive agenda right over that minority of Americans who liked their...

Enough Already With the Trump-As-Victim Stuff

Patterico at RedState has recently become one of my favorite analysts of the nuts-and-bolts nuttiness of the Trump era, and the doltishness of the man himself. He doesn’t rely on hyperbole to make his points, but neither does he pull punches in assessing the “mind” and behavior of the Dufus-in-Chief and his rotating bootlickers (almost said “rotisserie of bootlickers”). His...

Settled Science: The End is Nigh (Again)

Global cooling, subsequently renamed global warming, followed by the deliberately indecisive global climate change, has now, apparently, been re-re-named global warming. And old GW is bigger and better than ever! Just this week, it has caused 59,000 suicides, become 90% certain to pass “the tipping point” by 2100, and, worst of all, revived the film career of Al Gore. Is...

The Death Panel’s Loving Embrace

One of the most disingenuous arguments used by defenders of the British government’s right to decide when a baby’s life is no longer worth trying to save, and to determine when and how he will die without any consideration of the wishes of his parents, is the quixotic claim that “doctors are dedicated to saving lives.” In other words, if...

Hysterical American Thinker Writers Caused Charlie Gard to Suffer

A beneficial side effect of the horrible Charlie Gard case is that it is the kind of story that forces anyone who wishes to talk about it to define himself, whether openly or implicitly, on certain fundamental issues: self-ownership vs. socialism, the private family vs. state, and the principled defense of individual liberty vs. progressive pragmatism. One of the more...

Scaramucci Mystery Remains Unsolved

A couple of days ago, I wrote a post here playfully asking, “What is a Scaramucci?”  It turns out that no one else knew either, including the man who, for no particular reason, hired the Scaramucci as communications director, and then, ten days later, and for no better reason, fired the Scaramucci as communications director.  It’s okay, he’s apparently rich,...