Smoking Has Benefits

Embed from Getty Images I don’t like being told what to do. Maybe it’s because I’m smarter than most of the people who tell me what to do. Making the situation even more obnoxious is the fact that there are few real constraints on government these days, so these relative idiots vote for the police to tell me what to do as well. I’m ticketed if I don’t wear a seat-belt even if I’m going 20 mph to the grocery a half-mile away, despite the scientific fact that putting on a seat belt is extra work. I’m ticketed if I wear my ear buds while driving in my state of Illinois, even though it’s perfectly legal for deaf people to […]

Business Insider Trashes Tucker Carlson

Embed from Getty Images   In an article ostensibly relating details over ongoing negotiations for a book by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Business Insider has broken its own company policy (at least, I hope it’s policy) by deciding to forego using English correctly. Take one sentence fragment from the piece which good lawyers could argue amounts to libel thrice-over: Carlson has not only engaged in the kind of cartoonish misogyny, gay-bashing and racism that his network has come to be known for… Misogyny?  Wikipedia tells me that Tucker Carlson has three daughters and a wife, the latter since 1991 and the former since 2017 minus however old they are.  How odd it is that a man has devoted the majority of his adult life […]

The West’s Savior Complex

Embed from Getty Images   Changing is hard:  A new diet, quitting smoking, or starting to working out all require a lot of effort and usually end in failure.  Now imagine (or recall from your experience, if you’re one of the pitiable who’ve tried) how hard it is to change someone else.  Often the person who so needs saving simply won’t allow it. Contrary to this experience, the painfully naïve notion that we can predictably fix everyone (including the morally depraved) has corrupted much of our justice system in recent decades. Of course, we’re perfectly rational to want to change bad people; I suspect that throughout all of human existence, good people have encouraged bad people to reform.  The difference […]

The War on Cops by Heather Mac Donald

Embed from Getty Images I’ve spoken with Heather Mac Donald, which you can hear here.  What follows is a review of her latest book: By the standards of the modern left, Heather Mac Donald’s The War on Cops is racist.  Which is to say:  It speaks bluntly and truthfully about the black underclass (which is responsible for roughly half of the homicides in the United States) and why, therefore, poor black neighborhoods desperately need police in a way that affluent white neighborhoods do not. This is complicated by the anti-law enforcement animus which pervades these neighborhoods.  Take, for example, the story of one of several lying witnesses to the Ferguson, MO shooting of Michael Brown: A 31-year-old black female initially told […]

A Strange Senator

Embed from Getty Images   The man selected to take Jeff Sessions’ seat in the Senate, Luther Strange, seems to be a typical Republican despite his name. [cue ominous music] But is he? [end ominous music] Just kidding, yes he is. I have gone over his record with a coarse-toothed comb, though, and I have unearthed one or two strange items, which I shall now report to you only because his last name is Strange. For instance, in 2006 Lynn Swann (former wide receiver for the Steelers) ran a failed campaign for the governorship of Pennsylvania.  That same year, an 11-years-younger-than-now Luther Strange was running to become the Alabama lieutenant governor. Both men hired Stevens and Shriefer (a Washington-based ad […]

Whoopi Goldberg’s Vile Ignorance

  Of all the commentators on America’s major media networks, The View’s Whoopi Goldberg probably knows the least about the things she discusses.  What’s most remarkable about Miss Goldberg, however, is not that she appears to know so little; it’s that she doesn’t even have the self-consciousness to look up what she doesn’t know before the show starts.  An example of this ignorance went viral this week: “We have had a leader who’s repeatedly demeaned women, wants to defund organizations that benefit women, calling on the media to shut up, specifically wants to give preferential treatment based on religion, are these values really much different than the Taliban’s?” Goldberg asked. We have a talk show that has no idea what it’s […]

What’s Good For the Goose is Hitler For the Gander

Embed from Getty Images   Embed from Getty Images   It used to be that when you stopped admitting refugees, people took it in stride.  Or, as Glenn Kessler puts it at The Washington Post: The only news report that we could find that referred to a six-month ban [in 2011] was a 2013 ABC News article that included this line: ‘As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets.’ One article.  Two years later. The primary reason there was one article as opposed to the 47 billion now that Trump’s […]

Some New Aspects of Colonizing the New World

Allow me to anticipate criticism:  Many Europeans have been horrible people.  Many American Indians have been wonderful people.  Notwithstanding this, European cultures were mostly superior to that of the American Indians, and particularly British culture was superior.  Thank you. Embed from Getty Images   There are many interesting aspects to the struggle between American Indians and Europeans. But our age knows only the one that we learned in school where we were overwhelmingly educated by leftists:  Europeans were evil and “Native Americans” (i.e. American Indians) were noble. But history, as opposed to our age, contains many aspects to the struggle. For instance, consider the non-savage Aztecs who recorded that they had sacrificed thousands of humans to please the gods.  In just a […]

NPR: Obama > Lincoln, Trump = Hitler?

Embed from Getty Images NPR Host Ira Glass, on bias:  Journalism, in general, reporters tend to be Democrats and tend to be more liberal than the public as a whole, sure. But that doesn’t change what is going out over the air.   On this day eight years ago, NPR host Madeleine Brand interviewed the writer of a biography of Lincoln.  Why?  Because Barack Obama had been reading it, according to His interview on 60 Minutes: I’ve been spending a lot of time reading Lincoln. There was a wisdom there and a humility about his approach to the government, even before he was president, that I just find very helpful. Obviously, he absorbed much of that Lincolnian humility, which is […]

Fidel is Dead!

Embed from Getty Images   I’d like to mark the death of Fidel Castro with an emoji. 😀 This reaction to his death is discomfiting to some and to others it’s even worse than that.  In my experience, people in the latter camp are on the far left politically (meaning they lean toward socialism, believe in short prison sentences, gun control, legal abortion, et al.).  Such people do not believe in evil, which usually has the real consequence of not wanting evil people violently killed if that’s what it takes to stop them (I have yet to meet someone who believed all people were basically good, yet nevertheless think some should be shot in the head). Which brings me to […]