Important questions. Can we answer them?

I’m very impressed by Tucker Carlson’s rigorous analysis of situations and his insight into their deeper implications.  He’s one observer of our way of life to whom I’ll listen carefully and with great interest.  I’m beginning to regard him in the same light as Victor Davis Hanson and others of his ilk.  What’s even more important to me is that Carlson doesn’t appear to be an ideologue.  His analysis is based on logic and reason, and he doesn’t push either a right-wing or a left-wing agenda.  He’ll criticize both sides equally if the need arises.  That’s rare in these troubled

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The “ruling class” are losing their grip

Tucker Carlson addressed the issue last week.  This five-minute clip is well worth your time. Andrew Codevilla, whom we’ve often met in these pages, discussed the “ruling class” a decade ago.  His insights then are as valid today as always. Never has there been so little diversity within America’s upper crust. Always, in America as elsewhere, some people have been wealthier and more powerful than others. But until our own time America’s upper crust was a mixture of people who had gained prominence in a variety of ways, who drew their money and status from different sources and were not predictably

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Politics and censorship: as always, follow the money

Two incidents – one local, one international – have confirmed yet again the ancient and time-honored truth:  if you want to know who or what is behind something, follow the money.  Even if it isn’t immediately visible, the financial story tells the real story, if you can only uncover it. The first incident involves Attorney-General Barr.  You may recall that last weekend, over a thousand former Justice Department prosecutors and employees signed an open letter calling on him to resign because of his various and sundry misdeeds.  The Federalist, doing its usual good job of digging deeper, uncovers the real motivation for

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Perhaps we need a Lemon Law for the “woke” news media?

Many states in the USA have so-called “Lemon Laws“.  These provide that if a consumer item (typically a car, etc.) fails to meet normal standards of quality and performance, the purchaser can return it to the vendor for a more satisfactory replacement or a full refund. After this public display of scorn and derision by CNN pundit Don Lemon and his guests (frequent CNN contributor Wajahat Ali and former Republican strategist Rick Wilson) the other night, perhaps we need to expand Lemon Laws to deal with his ilk, too. Mr. Lemon tried to defend himself and his guests last night, but in a fashion I can

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So much for the evil, racist, bitter-clinger gun nuts of Richmond!

Photographs taken at today’s demonstration against Second Amendment restrictions in Richmond, Virginia.  All are sourced from various Web sites, and have been posted multiple times, so I don’t know their origin.  If anyone took them and wants them removed, or a copyright acknowledgment, I’ll be glad to comply.           And did you notice how much of the left-wing mainstream media went dead silent on the subject, as soon as it became clear that the protesters were basically decent, law-abiding citizens protesting legislative overreach?  They wanted to blare banner headlines about racists and white nationalists – few, if any

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The Horowitz report: exposing the plot to overthrow a President

After the release of the Horowitz report last week, I’ve been waiting to see how the reactions shook out, and particularly what emerged after a thoughtful, careful analysis of what it revealed.  There’s been a lot of breathless hype, of course, and a great deal of partisan political pontification.  Nevertheless, as more and more information came out, there’s a growing anger and concern across the political spectrum as we’ve come to see how the “deep State” deliberately plotted to overthrow the result of a democratic election. I’ve put together seven articles that I thought made very important points about the report.  They’re from both sides

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Ornithology, not ecclesiology – thank heaven!

A news headline made me sit up in sudden concern last week: Cardinal with rare abnormality discovered in central Texas However, I needn’t have worried.  It didn’t refer to yet another sex scandal in the Catholic Church! According to the Inland Bird Banding Association, the bird shows apparent bilateral gynandromorphism, a rare abnormality that causes it to have female plumage on one side of its body, and male on the other. Phew . . . (wipes brow to remove beads of sweat) . . . a bird, rather than an ecclesiastical rank, and feathers, not vestments.  What a relief, considering my article last week! Peter

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A priceless journalistic boo-boo!

This correction notice had me rolling in the aisles – and yes, it’s genuine.  I’ll let the tweet speak for itself. A Purple Heart for an IUD injury?  I imagine emergency room staff all over the country would pay for the privilege of treating that injury . . . that is, if they could stop laughing long enough to do so!  As for the officer writing the citation for the medal, it could only be a miscreant Second Lieutenant fresh out of OCS! Verily, the mind doth boggle . . . Peter

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Ukrainegate in a nutshell

I think Robert Bridge does a good job of summarizing our current political brouhaha. Just as Russiagate was a conspicuous effort on the part of the Democrats and their lapdog media to deflect attention away from the contents of Clinton’s emails, not to mention the identity of the leaker (as opposed to the ‘Russian hackers,’ that is), Ukrainegate is a desperate attempt to focus attention on a harmless phone call between two state leaders so as to bury the news of corruption at the highest levels of the Obama administration, up to and including not only Joe Biden, but former Secretary of

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