The Other McCain

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

‘Something for Everyone to Hate’

It would be interesting to know how many high-school students in Loudon County, Virginia, would be able to identify Col. Edward D. Baker. If you are a student of the Civil War, you know that Baker’s death in the Battle of Ball’s Bluff was the chief inspiration for the creation of the Joint Committee on […]

Poised on the Brink of the Abyss

If you have not yet subscribed to The American Spectator, I’ll urge you to do so now, so that you’ll get our upcoming print edition in which I spend more than 3,000 words contemplating the prospects of another civil war in America. Permit me to say what should not need to be said, namely that […]

Good News: Democrats Are Worried

People keep telling me their predictions about the election, and I don’t want to hear them. I have done the Electoral College arithmetic and know that it is easily possible for President Trump to win, even if it’s going to be close and we might have to wait for late returns. More than that, however, […]

Ralph Z. Hallow, R.I.P.

Having worked with many colorful figures over the years, I can confidently say none was more colorful than Ralph Z. Hallow, the veteran political correspondent who died Saturday at age 82. In his youth, Ralph was a member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and could tell all kinds of stories about Sixties radicals, […]

Biden and the ‘White Supremacy’ Smear

  There is exactly zero evidence that Kyle Rittenhouse is a “white supremacist,” but the absence of evidence did not prevent the Joe Biden campaign from smearing the teenager who defended himself against an Antifa mob during the Kenosha riots. Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyer Lin Wood is not happy about this: After last night’s debate, the […]

LOL: Trashy Ex-Gawker Link-Bait Peddler Libels Black Professor, Gets Sued

Confession: I was tempted to use the phrase “media Jew” in the headline to describe Ashley Feinberg, just for the sake of cheap traffic from anti-Semites, because really, what’s the difference between that and the kind of link-bait “journalism” Feinberg does? She got her start at Gawker and specializes in mining the Internet for “exclusives,” […]

Hazards of the Trade

Earlier today, I mentioned that Shelby Talcott of the Daily Caller had apparently been arrested while covering the Louisville riot, now it turns out she wasn’t the only one who got the cuffs: Two Daily Caller reporters were arrested as part of a mass detention during the Louisville riots. Shelby Talcott and Jorge Ventura were […]

Why White Lives Don’t Matter

  No, I’m not talking about this — not yet, maybe later today — but rather about an interesting fact you probably haven’t noticed: Nobody cares how many white suspects get shot by cops. And I mean absolutely nobody cares. Certainly no black person has ever bothered to investigate how often the police shoot white […]

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