Never That Great, Huh?

“We’re not going to make America great again,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo informed this week. “It was never that great.” The airplane, the light bulb, the computer, a polio vaccine, rock ‘n’ roll, and chocolate chip cookies fall short of great? Read my article @ The American Spectator.

Captain Ahab Aims Harpoons at ... Trump's Tweets

Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to question the president of the United States about his tweets. As far as fishing expeditions go, this one evokes one such adventure told 167 years ago. “But shall this crazed old man be tamely suffered to drag a whole ship’s company down to doom with him?” Ahab fixates on the whale and loses sight of the mandate of his mission, the collateral damage that his monomania unleashes, and, ultimately, reality itself. Read my column @ the American Spectator that observes no Starbuck sails on the Badship Bob Mueller

The Witch Hunters

Congratulations America,” Donald Trump tweeted Thursday. “[W]e are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History.” Tituba, spectrally and respectfully, disagrees. Cotton Mathers forever walk the earth in search of witches to destroy. The latest episode in witch huntery fixates on nonexistent collusion between the Russian government and the Americans seeking to capture the American presidency. Read my column @ the American Spectator on the crimes of the witch hunters. 

Bigmouth Strikes Again

When Morrissey wrote songs such as “Margaret on the Guillotine” and “Meat Is Murder,” the music press adored him. Now that he supports Brexit, calls the “racist” tag a way of tapping out on a debate, and laments London becoming Londonistan, the critics not only criticize — they want to press the mute button for the benefit of us all. Hang the DJ, indeed. Read my article @ the American Spectator on Morrissey not caring about your opinions about his opinions. 

Art Bell, RIP

zMy favorite Art Bell moment came in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. A caller offered his unsolicited advice to the U.S. military on how to best respond to the attacks. He earnestly suggested dying the clouds above Afghanistan with a sort of red food coloring. Our ability to make it rain blood, presumably, would ward off thoughts of a future attack. Another host might mock; Bell marveled. Read my remembrance @ the American Spectator of the last great A.M. radio personality.  

Hoarders & the People Who Love Them

I spent a weekend earlier this month trudging through an untelevised episode of Hoarders. The home lacked electricity. The bathtub overflowed with books. One could spy the attic through the holes in the second-floor ceiling and the sky through the roof. Stacks of magazines and gizmos and gadgets from an earlier era constantly bumped into me without so much as an “excuse me.” Behind the stove, a cache of 1981 newspapers peeked out of their hiding place. This served as a cleanout masquerading as an estate sale. And, after making numerous return visits to the jaw-dropping property, I began to wonder what, exactly, separates the deceased seller from the enthusiastic buyers. Read my article @ the American Spectator on why the picker pays for the hoarder's mental illness. 

Hillary Havisham

Hillary Clinton reliving her presidential election sounds like Miss Havisham talking about her wedding day. They both, one senses, harbored great expectations that became great resentments. Read my article @ the American Spectator on Clinton trashing Trump voters in India. 

Movie Night with the Reagans

After he starred in movies in Hollywood, Ronald Reagan watched them at Camp David. One of the 40th president's aides has written an entertaining book about Ronald Reagan's entertainment. Please read my review ​@ City Journal of Mark Weinberg’s Movie Nights with the Reagans

Russian Excuse Robs Dems of 2016's Lessons

If the Russians lost the election, then the Democrats possess little chance to win the Americans. With the knowledge that the working-class whites who elected Trump go by Sergey instead of Steve, Mikhail instead of Michael, and Yevgeniy instead of Gene, Democrats — phew! — feel empowered to grab for guns, mock prayer, and welcome the rest of the Western Hemisphere to move into your neighborhood. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how not accepting defeat denies the vanquished the tools to win on another day.

Robert Mueller's Truth Is Out There

I want to believe, The X-Files informs. Special counsel Robert Mueller wants to believe, too. And when someone wants to believe something, they usually do. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how the former FBI director's truth is out there further than the two fictional FBI agents on The X-Files

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