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A Liar to the Corps

By 11.16.15

Hillary Clinton tried to become a Marine? Right. That was the week after Harry Reid tried to become a Rockette. Had the Marines accepted her, perhaps her training would have been helpful when her plane came under sniper fire while landing in Bosnia in 1996. 

Let me see now. As I understand it, what we’re called on to believe is that a highly employable young Yale Law School graduate, who had led teach-ins against the Vietnam War in college, had worked on the campaigns of Gene McCarthy and George McGovern, and who was engaged to a draft-dodger seeking to become the attorney general of his state, really just wanted to be a lean, green, fighting machine.

Pull the other one, Hillary.


How About Suing Bill McKibben for Racketeering?

By 11.16.15

Bill McKibben, a writer for The New Yorker, has emerged as the leader of the popular movement to get us to give up fossil fuels. He is the founder of, which is intent on returning the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million (it just passed 400).

McKibben has written more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature and most recently Oil and Money. His organization has sponsored 20,000 demonstrations around the world in every country except North Korea. He spearheaded the opposition to the Keystone Pipeline and spent three days in jail in Washington after leading a demonstration. He was recently rewarded when President Obama cancelled the project. For his efforts he has been awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the “alternative Nobel.”

Kermit Alexander’s Life Sentence

By 11.16.15

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kermit Alexander is death penalty opponents’ worst nightmare. Foes of the death penalty argue that the criminal justice system is skewed against African-Americans and that prosecutors are less likely to seek the death penalty when victims are black. Alexander is an African-American who grew up in the projects of Los Angeles. So were the four members of his family slain in a 1984 contract killing gone wrong. He has watched the three black men convicted for the murders try to escape responsibility for their crimes. In prison, Darren Williams — the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips gang member in charge of the contract hit to kill a disabled woman who lived two doors down the street — has his own website, at, with a link for “BLACK LIVES MATTER!!!!”

“Black lives matter,” Alexander, 74, repeated as I spoke with him and his wife, Tami, recently. “What about my family? They didn’t matter.”

Breaking News

Nous Sommes Tous Français

By 11.13.15

As casualty counts mount after the coordinated attacks by Islamic State commandos on several locations in Paris Friday evening, there is every reason to remember the French newspaper headlines on September 12, 2001: Nous sommes tous américains, We are all American.

Muslim terrorists armed with automatic rifles and screaming Allah Akhbar left some 100 dead in the quaint and popular Bataclan café-music hall in east-central Paris; the toll is likely to rise. They reportedly hit two nearby restaurants as well and set off bombs at the Stade de France, the 80,000 capacity football stadium in the close-in northern suburb of Saint-Denis, during a France-Germany exhibition match.

Regardless of differences over strategic and political issues arising between sister-Democracies during the current global war with totalitarian Islam, in these grim moments we are united in knowing why we fight.

We are all French; we are all Israelis; we are all Americans.

Special Report

Is There a Philosopher in the House?

By 11.13.15

“The purpose of philosophers is to show people what is right under their noses,” longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer noted. Marco Rubio, looking down on philosophy from below, naturally can’t see what’s right under his nose.

“For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education,” the senator from Florida said in this week’s Republican presidential debate. “Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.”

Rubio’s critics compounded his offense by offensively fixating on the wrong error., a statistics site displaying here the limits of operating without a philosophical mindset, griped that “when it comes to earnings for people who only have undergraduate degrees, philosophy majors have the fourth-highest median earnings, $81,200 per year, out-ranking business and chemistry majors.”


Chancellor Schmidt in His Final Months

By 11.13.15

Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt died this week at age 96. In the late spring of 1982, several months before his ouster, his party's think tank invited a host of U.S. journalists to Bonn and Berlin in an effort to reassure Americans that Schmidt remained strong and true and the NATO alliance secure. Meetings with him and others left a different impression. This piece originally ran under the headline "A Separate Peace" in the August 1982 issue of The American Spectator.

Campaign Crawlers

The Attempted Character Assassination of Ben Carson

By 11.13.15

Sometimes atmospheric conditions are such that the weather forecast can say, “100% chance of rain.” The current political atmosphere is such that even before it happened there was a 100% chance the media would attempt to assassinate Dr. Ben Carson’s character, honesty, and integrity. The liberal media will do everything it can, including lies, fabrications, distortions, and flagrant exaggerations to anyone they consider threats to their power and control.

Ben Carson is clearly such a person. Unfortunately for liberals he may be the hardest target they’ve ever faced. He is unquestionably brilliant, and is obviously a person of impeccable character. His life story is amazing and inspiring. America could certainly use a little inspiration about now.

Flick Story

Glory and the Films of Ron Maxwell

By 11.13.15

I’ve always thought that having a small cold was God’s way of telling me to buy a box of chocolates. Or if not, to binge on a good old movie; and so, slightly laid up the other day, I watched the 4.5-hour director’s cut of Ron Maxwell’s Gods and Generals on Amazon Prime. Released a dozen years ago, it’s a prequel to Maxwell’s earlier Gettysburg, the story of the Civil War up to Chancellorsville and the death of Stonewall Jackson in 1863. Mostly it’s Jackson’s story, with strong secondary roles for Robert E. Lee and Union Col. Joshua Chamberlain.

A Further Perspective

Boehner’s Budget Betrayal Will Haunt Republicans

By 11.13.15

In one of his final acts before leaving Congress, now-former House Speaker John Boehner teamed up with President Obama for one last embrace. This unholy union concocted a scheme to bust the spending caps, while virtually eliminating the debt ceiling for the final 15 months of Obama’s term in office.

While Boehner and Obama pushing progressive legislation is not uncommon for this dastardly duo, this budget deal flies in the face of conservative principles because it wipes away the one real victory House Republicans managed to score since taking back control of the lower chamber in January 2011.

This budget is an utter disgrace and a complete betrayal of the grass-roots conservative activists who worked so hard to defeat Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats during the 2010 elections.

In 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, which mandated automatic across-the-board cuts in projected spending increases over 10 years — known as “sequestration” — in exchange for a debt-ceiling hike. This law created annual discretionary spending caps and would have saved $1.2 trillion.

Political Hay

When Trump Fought the Racists

By 11.13.15

And so the cry went up.

“Trump is a racist!” was the mocking cry from an off-stage Larry David when Trump recently hosted Saturday Night Live. The David bit was designed to make fun not of Trump but Trump’s critics. In this case a left-wing group calling itself which, without the slightest sense of irony, put together a thoroughly racist ad having children spewing obscenities as they proclaimed their allegiance not to America and its ideals but rather to their race. A chilling reminder of all those fresh-faced young Germans of long ago pledging allegiance to their Aryan race.

All of this is already old news. But there is a much older “old news” story about Trump that has now resurfaced — a story that paints a highly accurate portrait of the real Donald Trump — the guy who has no time for racism and anti-Semitism and stood up in public to fight both.