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About That Kavanaugh Poll

By | September 24th, 2018|Comments Off on About That Kavanaugh Poll
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A poll recently conducted by NBC/WSJ from September 16-19 purportedly showing strong opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court has several flaws and is yet another example of the news media trying to soften public opinion toward Kavanaugh’s accuser.

In essence, the poll is completely meaningless.

First, the poll surveys “registered voters.” As a matter of accepted practice, registered voters are interesting, but they are not a good gauge for what voting public

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Trudeau or Dare: Canada’s Betrayal of Its Indigenous Peoples

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Despite a $2.1 billion renovation of the United Nations, despite the modernization of the grounds and headquarters, I fear the area is as physically toxic as it is—and has always been—politically intoxicating. I fear the General Assembly Hall contains poisonous levels of carbon monoxide, resulting in dizziness, confusion, and euphoria among those who spend too much time within this relic of pride and before this rostrum of pomposity; where dictators use democratic procedures to condemn

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The Left Must Honor Its Own Rules

By | September 19th, 2018|Comments Off on The Left Must Honor Its Own Rules
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With its track record of championing for the presidency both a rapist and his wife-enabler, today’s Democrats now have the gall to demand hearings (conducted, no less, by a Congress now exposed to have set up at taxpayer expense, a slush fund to cover the consequences of their own sexual misdeeds) to pass judgment upon nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is expected to endure a public flaying for an incident that is alleged to have taken place some 36 years ago, when

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Kangaroo Justice for Kavanaugh

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The Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee should surrender their law degrees and reimburse (with interest) Yale and Georgetown, respectively, for their commission of fraud. The schools are the victims in this case, unless, through a combination of collusion—a word weaponized for political warfare, dripping from the lips of every would-be prosecutor and pretend law professor—unless, through a secret deal between committee members, who are graduates of these schools, or in the

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Going Bananas over Apple

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With its debut of three new iPhones, Apple continues its descent from a great awakening of light to a grand distraction of 30 million lights.

Having smashed the image of Big Brother, having had a Nordic goddess hurl her enchanted hammer against a giant screen, what supposedly followed was the disinfectant of truth in the form of a flash of divine revelation—the end of “1984” and the rise of Macintosh. It was a visual with a voice-over, watched by 77 million Americans and replayed almost

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Science Joins #The Resistance, Makes Up Hurricane Deaths

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Before I started writing about politics, I wrote extensively about scientific issues such as agricultural biotechnology and climate change. The day after Trump was elected, I saw many scientists I once respected turn into raving lunatics.

For weeks, I debated these folks on social media, cautioning them against their united pledge to stop Donald Trump. It was alarming to see how readily these scientists were willing to burn the integrity of their work and their professional reputations just

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How to Stop the Administrative State

By | September 13th, 2018|Comments Off on How to Stop the Administrative State
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Please check out Mark Pulliam’s review of Peter Wallison’s forthcoming short book, Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State. Wallison, who served in two posts during the Reagan administration and is now ensconced at the American Enterprise Institute, takes aim at the governing apparatus in modern America: the administrative state. Functioning as a rogue fourth branch of government that combines legislation, executive, and judicial powers all into one anarchical

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Christine Todd Whitman: Failing Upward

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If a Southern governor had done a ride-along with the police, if he had traded his jacket and tie for an all-white ensemble (more clannish than Klan-ish), if the governor then frisked a black suspect in an alleyway—and smiled for the camera—his political career would be as toxic as a Superfund site in New Jersey.

When Christine Todd Whitman, governor of New Jersey, did just that, when she sported a tracksuit as white as cotton and grinned like a soccer mom during a mock slave auction for

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U.S. News & World Distort

By | September 12th, 2018|Comments Off on U.S. News & World Distort
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I never went to college. I was too distracted, too dyslexic, and too disruptive—in and outside the classroom—to discipline myself to study. Where others saw a college campus as a destination for the anointed, where architects saw brick buildings and white steeples, where students walked beside rows of trees and made their way toward a central archway, where everything looked so perfect, I saw the perfect movie set.

Perhaps that was the point.

Perhaps the entire edifice is a façade: not a

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Required Reading – September 11 Evening Update

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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Man Who Intentionally Divided Nation For Eight Years Calls For Unity

“URBANA, IL—In a moving speech delivered Friday, President Barack Obama called for the nation to turn from fear, anger, and resentment, despite having stoked these emotions at every opportunity during his time in office.

The man who had carefully stoked divisions and pushed identity politics for a full eight

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Required Reading – September 11 Afternoon Update

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Hoff: TWITTER SUSPENDS BENGHAZI HERO After Criticism of President Obama!

“Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey told Congress last week his platform aims to shape behavior. Apparently, that means not criticizing former President Obama.”

Read more at The Gateway Pundit.

 

McCarthy: Mr. Rosenstein, What Is the Crime?

“For precisely what federal crimes is the president of the United

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Required Reading – September 11

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Ross: Trump Reportedly Close To Declassifying Carter Page And Bruce Ohr Documents

Read more at Daily Caller.

 

Lifson: DNC lawyers say Joseph Mifsud, who set up Papadopoulos and had close ties to Russia, may be dead

“‘Dead men tell no tales’ is the motto of ruthless and bloodthirsty miscreants throughout history.  And if the court papers filed by lawyers for the Democratic National

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Required Reading – September 10 Evening Update

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McQuillan: Democrat Election Scam Just Chose Wyoming’s Next Republican Governor

“Democrats pretending to be Republican for primary day just chose the next Republican candidate for governor in America’s reddest state.  Wyoming gave President Trump his biggest victory in the entire presidential election, with sixty-seven percent of the vote.  Because the state is so red, the

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Required Reading – September 10 Afternoon Update

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Continetti: The Sum of All Tears

“International business consultant Wendy Sherman was the chief American negotiator of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal agreed to by President Obama in 2015 and abrogated by President Trump earlier this year. She has a new book out, Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence, and in the

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To Save a Single Life: World Suicide Prevention Day

By | September 10th, 2018|Comments Off on To Save a Single Life: World Suicide Prevention Day
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Why, to borrow the language of my Jewish brothers and sisters, is today different from all other days? Why is this day festive yet funereal, as it starts with a celebration of life and ends with the inscription of the names of who shall live and who shall die?

You will forgive me, I hope, for shortening the highest of holy weeks into the most serious day of any week; because as Jewish law says—and as natural law dictates—whoever saves a single life saves the whole world.

Today is our

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Required Reading – September 11

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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Dinan: Trump, first lady send Rosh Hashanah message

“President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on Sunday sent well wishes for the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. ‘Melania and I wish all Jewish people Shana Tova and send our warmest greetings to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah and the start of the High Holy Days,’ tweeted Mr. Trump.”

Read more at the Washington Times.

 

Hoff:

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Required Reading – September 10

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Sha & Gannon: Defense Secretary James Mattis makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul

“U.S. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis arrived on a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. As helicopters patrolled the skies over Kabul, Mattis

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A Warning from the Dead to the Living

By | September 9th, 2018|Comments Off on A Warning from the Dead to the Living
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What does it mean to see but not to understand history? What does it mean to witness but not to fully write the history of an event, whose fullness is incompatible with our poverty of words and our surplus of grief? What does it mean to memorialize the dead but not to desecrate their memory, as we replace our cries with waterfalls of tears?

Such is man’s attempt to explain the evil that men do, rather than the alleged indifference of a God who watches but refuses to stop evildoers.

What does it mean to see but not to understand history? What does it mean to witness but not to fully write the history of an event, whose fullness is incompatible with our poverty of words and our surplus of grief? What does it mean to memorialize the dead but not to desecrate their memory, as we replace our cries with waterfalls of tears?

Such is man’s attempt to explain the evil that men do, rather than the alleged indifference of a God who watches but refuses to stop evildoers.

Blessed, therefore, is the wise man who searches his soul for answers without attacking God for not answering the ultimate question: why?

Why did 9/11 happen? 

Why did it happen, not as a matter of logistics but as a mission of such impenetrable illogic?

Or perhaps there was a warning before the hellfire of bone, ash, and debris. Perhaps the warning was not about the actions of the few but the failure to act to protect the many; neither a conspiracy nor a cabal, but a conscious decision born of complacency and a fatal conceit—that reason alone would pacify the world and calm even the most savage warriors of the religion of peace.

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is the result of man’s holiday from history.

It is solemn.

It is a monument of rock and water, minus the slightest flicker of fire.

In the absence of a flame, as the day itself was an inferno of 2,983 individual fires, whose lights can never be replaced, whose warmth can never be restored, whose costs can never be recorded—beside the void are the names.

Let us remember to read the names.

Let us trace every letter and touch every entry until what is etched in stone is engraved in the hearts and minds of free men everywhere.

Photo credit: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

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Required Reading – September 8 Evening Update

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Lipsky: Democrats’ Rage Puts Kavanaugh In Clearer Light

“On one level, their desperation was understandable: A conservative majority could curtail Democrats’ ability to use an activist court to put through policies they can’t win democratically. That’s how the Democrats won the right to abortion, say, and same-sex marriage at a time when the justices’ opinions were

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Required Reading – September 8 Afternoon Update

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Rogan: In India, the Trump administration just scored a big win for US grand strategy

“On Thursday, the Trump administration scored an important win for U.S. grand strategy when they granted India access to advanced U.S. military technologies. It’s a win, because when it comes to global security, trade, and diplomacy, India offers the best possible partner towards consolidating the

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Required Reading – September 8

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Taylor: Kim Jong-un’s desire to secure legitimacy behind denuclearization moves, officials say

“North Korea carried out its latest missile test nine months ago and hasn’t detonated a nuclear device in more than a year. At the same time, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is quietly allowing local capitalist-style private markets to flourish and loosening restrictions on images of the

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Required Reading – September 7 Afternoon Update

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Catron: Senate Democrats Prove They’re Unfit to Govern

“Kavanaugh hearings reveal why their symbol is the jackass. During the first two days of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee demonstrated why their party lost control of Congress, and that they still can’t be trusted with a majority in either house. In addition to interrupting

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Required Reading – September 7

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Mirengoff: “Senior official in Trump administration” rips Trump in New York Times op-ed

“I want to offer the following observations about this piece. […] Sixth, the author concludes: Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of

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Just Watch Ol’ Bandit Run

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Burt Reynolds made the South rise again, on-screen, not by waving a rebel flag but by waving goodbye to the racist image of the South, lampooning—and all but harpooning—that great white mass of blubber and bluster known as Sheriff Buford T. Justice: a parody in name (see Buford Pusser) and a pointillist portrait in physicality—all belly and no brains—in addition to his mirrored sunglasses and villainous mustache.

If Reynolds was the highwayman-as-hero, a guffawing Bandit behind the

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Required Reading – September 6 Evening Update

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Ingemarson: How ‘Democratic Socialism’ Wreaked Havoc On My Native Sweden

“The one period when Sweden practiced what may be considered “democratic socialism” was between 1960 and 1980. During this period, the country nationalized industry and massively expanded the welfare state financed by tax increases and currency devaluations, and it paid a high price. Sweden fell from

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