The Other McCain

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

One Hundred Years Ago

Anniversaries often slip my attention. A.O. Scott has a long essay in the New York Times about World War I, which began in August 1914, so that we are now living in the 100th anniversary of the last summer of peace before that bloody atrocity. Scott points to a startling fact: On July 1, 1916, […]

‘Hold Until Relieved’

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and Americans rightly take pride in the heroic courage of our troops who saw that historic day’s bloodiest fighting on Omaha Beach. However, one of my favorite stories of D-Day — vividly told in Cornelius Ryan’s classic The Longest Day — is of the British glider troops who […]

Sixties Flashback: ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ! How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?’

That was one of the slogans chanted by anti-Vietnam War radicals at protests circa 1967-68. Another one was, “Ho! Ho! Ho Chi Minh! The NLF is gonna win!” NLF was the National Liberation Front, otherwise known as the Vietcong, so that the Left was cheering for terrorists long before 9/11 and the Bush-era madness of […]

The New Crimean War

Ukraine's Acting President Puts All Armed Forces On Full Combat Alert http://t.co/AuS07Ock5u #Ukraine #Russia — Joy Keller (@JoyKeller1) March 1, 2014 The latest headlines via Memeorandum: Putin’s War in Crimea Could Soon Spread to Eastern Ukraine – The New Republic Condemnation isn’t enough for Russian actions in Crimea – Washington Post Explainer: The Budapest Memorandum […]

How to Hate Commies

NBC: Nasty Broadcasting Commies! http://t.co/0sB290CEj3 by @Gabby_Hoffman #tcot #Olympics2014 — Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) February 13, 2014 If American conservatism has a future, that future is going to look a lot like Gabby Hoffman. What is striking about Gabby is that, unlike some other young conservatives I have met, she shows a deep appreciation of […]

Shirley Temple Black, R.I.P.

Before there was Dance Moms, before the Disney Channel became the incubator of young show-biz talent, there was Shirley Temple: Shirley Temple Black, who as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, […]

Intellectuals and the Total State: @JAMyerson’s Dilettante Marxism

Left to right: Leon Trotsky, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Lavrenti Beria. “Lenin, at every passing opportunity, emphasized the absolute necessity of the terror. . . . “We heard such tirades from him a dozen times a day and they were always aimed at some one among those present who was suspected of ‘pacifism.’” – Leon Trotsky, Lenin […]

The Renegade Jesse Myerson

Jesse Myerson (@JAMyerson) in a March 2012 cable TV appearance. “Dictatorship is rule based directly upon force and unrestricted by any laws. “The revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat is rule won and maintained by the use of violence by the proletariat against the bourgeoisie, rule that is unrestricted by any laws. . . . “One […]

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