Unwelcome Back, Carter

By 4.29.15

The position of former President has always been a revered and exalted one in the United States, ever since George Washington did his Cincinnatus impression and retired to his… well, sort of like a farm. Later Presidents wrote good books (like Grant and Coolidge) or bad books (like Clinton) and did good works (like Nixon) or bad works (like Clinton.) Or they could paint funny watercolor self-portraits like George W. Bush.

Indeed, such was the esteem in which Americans held Jimmy Carter that they promoted him to the august role of former President after a single term in office! He left the White House on January 20, 1981, to be welcomed by the lusty cheers of a grateful nation.

Men and women of a certain age recall Jimmy’s tenure as Chief Executive with a shudder, often accompanied by a cold sweat. It is hard to communicate to the younger generation how different life was in those halcyon days. Back then you bought a home by signing a mortgage in the range of fifteen percent. Yes, you heard right, fifteen! That is a mere five times the current rate. You can imagine how much fun life was in that environment.


Sundays With Dickerson

By 4.14.15

The announcement was made over the weekend that CBS News would be replacing the 78-year old Bob Schieffer as the host of its Face The Nation Sunday show with a representative of a new generation of biased leftwing Beltway insiders.

John Dickerson, son of the former CBS reporter and D.C. socialite Nancy Dickerson, has served as CBS’s political director as well as chief political correspondent at the online left-wing rag Slate for the last several years. Prior to those jobs Dickerson was a reporter at the left-wing print rag Time magazine. He now takes over for Schieffer, who made a reputation as one of the more partisan Democrats in television news.

Nothing — nothing — will change with Dickerson taking over for Schieffer.

What are we getting from the network that gave us Dan Rather’s defamations of George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard record, Walter Cronkite’s North Vietnamese propaganda, Daniel Schorr’s smearing of Barry Goldwater as a Nazi wannabe, and the serial spiking of Sharryl Attkisson’s investigative reporting of the Obama scandals?


Olbermann Unbound

By 4.1.15

As if to support Dylan Gwinn’s case against the current political sports press, the leftie wild man at ESPN (Every Sport Political Now), Keith Olbermann went on an extended and unhinged rant against the new Indiana law that gives Hoosiers a chance of living by their religious beliefs rather than by the dictates of the homosexual political movement and the leftist agenda generally.


High Times With Willie

By 3.30.15

Willie Nelson. A face like a cactus, but a voice like an angel. At least an angel whose vocal chords have been cured by decades of controlled substances.

Nelson, an American original, is one of the nation’s most revered and versatile singers, songwriters, and guitar pickers. He now has plans to branch out from show business into, well, business.

No, I’m not making this up. Nashville and Austin’s superannuated outlaw wants to be an entrepreneur. But don’t look for a copy of Forbes on Willie’s touring bus when he’s, to coin a phrase, on the road again.           


An Activist to the End

By 3.18.15

Eric Holder approached his time in the attorney general’s office not as a sober upholder of the law but as a straightforward liberal activist. He was appointed by President Obama not to enforce the law but to change and twist it according to liberal preferences. As he ends his tenure, he is taking a victory lap for his contributions to the cause.

That this work meant thwarting the will of the America people doesn’t bother him in the least. Referring to gay marriage, he wrote recently, “I am proud to have had the opportunity not only to watch this great national pivot, but to take part in it.” By “national pivot,” he means the legal elite’s disregard for existing law in favor of their ideology.



By 2.16.15

On December 27, 2014, at 2:30 in the afternoon in suburban Baltimore, the inebriated Episcopal Bishop Heather E. Cook’s Suburu struck and killed a much loved 41-year-old married father of two, cyclist Thomas Palermo, shattering her front windshield. She drove away, a hit and run, returning about 30 minutes later.

Arrested and charged with driving under the influence, causing an accident due to texting while driving, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, she was later released on $2.5 million bail. Now a grand jury has issued an indictment including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Cook, 58, registered a shocking .22 breathalyzer reading shortly after the fatal collision, close to the .27 reading she registered in a 2010 arrest that Episcopalian leaders failed to reveal to the delegates who elected her last September to the high-ranking position.

Bishop Heather — in today’s Episcopal Church many bishops prefer the first-name address — and her enablers create a fascinating tableau of the sketchy contempo Episcopagans.


Disgracefully Betrayed by Robert Kagan

By 1.31.15

Many on the right will have shared my shock and astonishment at Robert Kagan’s advice to Bibi Netanyahu to “Bow Out Gracefully” (from addressing Congress) displayed prominently on the opinion page of Friday’s Washington Post.

Robert never displayed the breath-taking scope of scholarship and depth of thought of his famous father, Donald Kagan, with whom I had the honor of having dinner several years ago. We discussed Robert’s silly little book, Of Paradise (Europe—peaceful, harmonious, negotiation-oriented, post-historical) and Power (America—power-hungry, Hobbesian, bellicose, hopelessly mired in history), and the senior Kagan quietly assented that Robert’s suggestion that America put its military might in the hands of the Europeans was, well, silly.


The Hiss Conviction Turns 65

By 1.30.15

Sixty-five years ago last week, Alger Hiss—the protégé of Oliver Wendell Holmes, a rising star in the State Department, and a Soviet agent code-named “Ales”—was convicted of perjury for denying any involvement in Soviet espionage. This should have forever closed the case. For, as Sam Tanenhaus, the biographer of Hiss’s main accuser, Whittaker Chambers, stated, every mystery had been answered. There was compelling evidence, in the form of documents Chambers said had been given to him by Hiss, which were in Hiss’s handwriting, and those summarized by typing them had matched the “type” of the machine. This was enough to sway juries.

But not all mysteries had been answered. There was the question of motive. Whittaker Chambers was never able to supply this, for he was friends with Hiss well after Hiss joined Soviet intelligence. The most Chambers could offer involved tantalizing tidbits about Hiss’s personality, such as Hiss being a rather “romantic communist.” But his other offerings showed a cold blooded figure: mocking FDR’s polio as symbolic of democracy decaying, and reacting to Stalin’s Purge Trials by stating “that Joe Stalin plays for keeps.”


At Least He’s Consistent — Eric Cantor Urges Timidity

By 1.7.15

After he left the ring, the late, great Sugar Ray Robinson became a hoofer. A reporter asked him once which he liked best, fighting or song and dance. The great one replied, with a smile befitting a champion, “I’ve found my métier.”

You can hardly blame him. Robinson probably drew much smaller crowds as a dancer. But he didn’t need a cut man. And he didn’t have Jake LaMotta or Gene Fullmer blowing their nasty breath in his face.

Former House Majority Leader, Eric “K-Street” Cantor, has apparently found his métier as well. And it’s yet another form of song and dance.

Defeated last June for nomination for a 13th term in Congress by conservative David Brat, Cantor is now a Wall Street investment banker. It would probably have been better for Cantor, for his Virginia congressional district, and for the republic if Cantor had gone into this fitting line of work earlier. He surely takes to it.


When the UN Apes Al Sharpton

By 12.12.14

Among the familiar hucksters who sought to capitalize on the troubles in Ferguson, Missouri, came a new face: Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights and self-styled heir to the non-existent royal houses of Iraq and Syria.

“I am deeply concerned,” Prince Zeid said in a press release, about “institutionalized discrimination” in America, and “I urge the U.S. authorities” to conduct “in-depth examinations” of racial justice. Notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence that Michael Brown’s death resulted from the criminal acts he engaged in before and during his encounter with officer Darren Wilson, Zeid’s Human Rights Council invited the Brown family to testify before a hearing and afterwards issued a 14-page condemnation of America’s record on race.

Self-awareness, it’s safe to say, is neither Prince Zeid’s nor the Human Rights Council’s strongpoint. Far from representing “the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,” the Council includes many of the poster-children for abuse: Pakistan, Venezuela, China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Russia and Cuba.