The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Emergency Memo to the Trump White House: You Need to Hire Bill Sammon

  One of the stupidest habits of the media is playing courtier to politicians, acting as if the people who run the country are in need of advice from journalists. I try to refrain from this. Today I will make an exception, because the situation at the White House — e.g., “Right pushes Trump to make staff, […]

If Your Whole Campaign Was ‘We’re Gonna Build a Wall,’ You Better Build It

Ann Coulter takes the Republican Party to school: What the Democrats want is for Trump to be stuck explaining why he didn’t build the wall. Then it will be a bloodbath. Not only Trump, but also the entire GOP, is dead if he doesn’t build a wall. Republicans will be wiped out in the midterms, […]

THE BIG STICK: Trump’s Missile Attack on Syria Is the New ‘Smart Power’

  President Trump’s statement Thursday night at the White House: My fellow Americans: On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even […]

Rachel @Maddow’s Big Nothing Story: Fear and Loathing on MSNBC

  Tuesday afternoon, Rachel Maddow claimed a “BREAKING” exclusive: “We’ve got Trump tax returns.” And this turned out to be the biggest flop since Geraldo Rivera’s trip to Al Capone’s vault. Maddow spent an entire hour talking about a two-page summary of President Trump’s 2005 federal income tax filing, which showed he paid $38 million […]

Trump: ‘A New Chapter of American Greatness Is Now Beginning’

  In President Trump’s first address to Congress, he was full of optimism and confidence in America’s future: Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice –- in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up […]

#CPAC2017 Undeserved Victory Lap

by Smitty Lukas and I swung by so that I could check in at CPAC. This is the bumper on the truck made famous by Stacy in an earlier post. We were at CPAC seven years ago  (Feb 19, 2010) when I got to ask now-VP Pence a question on Paul Ryan’s Roadmap Plan. What […]

Social Justice vs. Heterosexuality (and the Problem With ‘Male Feminists’)

“We must recognize that heterosexuality is also part of the structure of the oppression of women. Sexual repression is one of the ways in which women are oppressed and one of the ways in which patriarchy is maintained.” — Jane Flax, “Women Do Theory,” 1979, in Feminist Frameworks: Alternative Theoretical Accounts of the Relations Between […]

Bad Movies and Robert De Niro (and Why Donald Trump Is Not Literally Hitler)

  In March 1975, Robert De Niro was 31 years old when he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his breakthrough role as young Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Part II. Leslie Mann was barely 3 years old at the time, and there was something distinctly weird about Mann, now 44, being cast […]

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