The Other McCain

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

‘The Third Time It’s Enemy Action’

  “Mr. Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: ‘Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.’” California Republican Omar Navarro invoked Goldfinger’s famous quote in questioning the timing of the COVID-19 outbreak that not only infected President Trump and the First Lady, but also Trump’s campaign manager and two Republican […]

The Shark Has Been Infinitely Jumped: Russians Controlling Black Lives Matter?

  “I’m Not Making This Up, You Know,” says my podcasting partner John Hoge, reacting to the latest madness from Adam Schiff: SCHIFF: The peaceful protests, I think, are calling out, in a very important way, the murder of so many black men and women at the hands of police. And those protests are in […]

Just a Coincidence, I’m Sure

Last week, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas was assigned to preside over a lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors claiming financial fraud related to the bank’s dealings with Jeffrey Epstein. Four days later — Sunday evening — a man dressed as a FedEx delivery man showed up at Salas’s home in New Jersey and shot […]

NY Times Prints Fawning Profile of MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow

  For two years, Rachel Maddow’s show was about one thing: “Russia! Russia! Russia!” She hyped Robert Mueller’s investigation as the silver bullet that would slay the Trump werewolf, and when Mueller failed, Maddow’s ratings slumped and have never recovered. Well, she’s got out a new book — Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and […]

Dead Men Tell No Tales

  GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA News of Jeffrey Epstein’s “suicide” reached me Saturday morning in the parking lot of a Hardee’s in South Carolina. After driving all night, I’d stopped in for some breakfast, then took a brief nap in the car before resuming my journey. When I woke up, I called my brother Kirby to check […]

Barr Testifies, Democrats Attack

  The low moment of Wednesday’s Senate hearing: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) shut down Sen. Mazie Hirono’s (D-HI) line of questioning Wednesday against Attorney General William Barr, saying that she “slandered” Barr “from top to bottom.” During Barr’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s report which concluded […]

Syria, Afghanistan, and the #NeverTrump Problem of Jonah Goldberg

Glenn Reynolds has an excellent round-up of reaction to President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and reduce the force in Afghanistan by half, which was apparently the reason that General James “Mad Dog” Mattis resigned as Secretary of Defense. Ace headlines it, “Trump Has Succeeded Where George W. Bush Failed: He […]

Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Gilmore v. Jones, et al., Hearing

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia Defendants in a major First Amendment case today urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by former State Department official Brennan Gilmore, who claims he was defamed by Alex Jones and others who criticized his activities at the August 2017 riot where a woman was killed. Attorneys for Jones and […]

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