Monday, February 28, 2022
Sunday, February 27, 2022
This is one spectacular backfire
The sanctions may ease in exchange for some sort of Russian withdrawal but I think Kelly’s right that Putin will be treated diplomatically going forward more like Kim Jong Un than, say, Xi Jinping. The only way for Russia to regain “normal” status in international diplomacy will be to replace him with a new leader.
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Ukraine turns into Putin's nightmare
The U.S. sees signs that Russia is "increasingly frustrated" by a lack of momentum in the invasion of Ukraine, particularly in the north of the country, a U.S. defense official said Saturday.
Friday, February 25, 2022
Impossible: I've been told Biden is a foreign policy expert
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Not sanction-y sanctions
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
I'm just here for the ratio
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President. He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why — it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 21, 2020
95% commentary and 5% events
These Olympics were a disaster for the network: a buzz-free, hermetically-sealed event in an authoritarian country a half-day’s time zone away, where the enduring images will be the emotional meltdown of Russian teen-agers after a drug-tainted figure skating competition and a bereft Mikaela Shiffrin, sitting on a ski slope wondering what went wrong.Many American athletes underperformed, and arguably the most successful — freestyle skier Eileen Gu — competed for China.Viewers stayed away in alarming numbers, and NBC has to wonder whether it was extraordinarily bad luck or if the brand of a once-unifying event for tens of millions of people is permanently tainted.
People are no longer captive audiences of the major networks. I can curate whatever I want to watch on my own terms. The Olympics, especially in different time zones, is painful to watch since it's 95% commentary and 5% events. That may even be generous. It's also tiring watching every athlete framed as some down and out individual who overcame the cliché struggles of the day to become something special.
Monday, February 21, 2022
Why NPR sucks
On the 80th anniversary of the executive order that sent 120,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits a camp she wants to include in the National Park System.
Individual responsibility is the *real* virus
Here we go again
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Unclear on the concept
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Paul Thomas Anderson's "Licorice PIzza"
None of the younger cast members were aware that Bradley Cooper was involved in the film until he came charging at them in full costume as the cameras were rolling. The final take used in the film where his character Jon Peters introduces himself and asks who is in charge was the first time Cooper Hoffman or Alana Haim saw him.
The science is settled
Friday, February 18, 2022
What is the strategy here?
I’m not saying Russia won’t eventually invade. In fact, I think it’s more than likely at this point in time. What I am saying is that it makes the United States look weak and incompetent to keep making these predictions and have them not come true. In fact, I’d posit that Putin knows exactly what he’s doing in that respect, and that Biden is playing right into his hands.Besides, to the extent that Biden’s continual beating of war drums can be considered a strategy, I’m convinced it’s the absolute worst one imaginable if the goal is to discourage Russia from invading Ukraine. By spending almost a month confidently insisting that a Russian invasion is “imminent,” Putin has now been unnecessarily backed into a corner. He almost has to invade now, in order to avoid the embarrassment he would suffer if he doesn’t, at home and abroad.
This stinks on ice
The gold medalist said she felt empty. The silver medalist pledged never to skate again. The favorite left in tears without saying a word.
Thursday, February 17, 2022
WaPo: Racism reeks in retraction
Yup, this is journalism today
Another export from the liberal bubble:
This is journalism? Reporters @CleveWootson and @MariannaReports snidely identify Clarence Thomas — in a news story — as "the Black justice whose rulings often resemble the thinking of White conservatives." Why don't they just call him an Uncle Tom?https://t.co/5yvzO6Fv3c pic.twitter.com/8psN128xJk— Jeff Jacoby (@Jeff_Jacoby) February 17, 2022
Killing respected institutions one at a time
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
What fortuitous timing!
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
A tribute to P.J. O'Rourke
- The New Testament
- "Heaven on Earth" by Joshua Muravchik
- "Parliament of Whores" by P.J. O'Rourke
P.J. had bigger game to hunt. In 1991, just a year after his gift to me, he would become the most successful political satirist in America upon the publication of his book “Parliament of Whores.”The book was and remains an utterly devastating portrait of the US Congress’ mediocrity, mendacity, self-dealing and uselessness — and revealed uncomfortable truths about the way Washington worked that the DC press corps refused to acknowledge or portray. There have been hundreds, thousands of imitations in the decades since. None has come close.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
The principal feature of American liberalism is sanctimoniousness. By loudly denouncing all bad things — war and hunger and date rape — liberals testify to their own terrific goodness. More important, they promote themselves to membership in a self-selecting elite of those who care deeply about such things.... It's a kind of natural aristocracy, and the wonderful thing about this aristocracy is that you don't have to be brave, smart, strong or even lucky to join it, you just have to be liberal.
“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm; but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.”
How a peaceful, uncrowded place with ample wherewithal stays poor is hard to explain. How a conflict-ridden, grossly over-populated place with no resources whatsoever gets rich is simple. The British colonial government turned Hong Kong into an economic miracle by doing nothing.
P.J. O'Rourke's Parliament of Whores should be required reading in courses in American government and civics.— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) February 15, 2022
Monday, February 14, 2022
Judge: NY Times editor extremely stupid but not malicious
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Fireworks before the Super Bowl
Saturday, February 12, 2022
What have they done to my Wordle?
Friday, February 11, 2022
Another great prediction, Brandon
The focus groups have spoken!
Thursday, February 10, 2022
This post already got more expensive
Check another economic record off the list for the Biden administration: Consumer Price Index inflation just hit 7.5% for the year ending in January, the highest jump since 1982.Fuel oil? Up 46.5% for the year. Gasoline? 40%. Used cars? 40.5%. New cars? 12.2% Meat, fish, poultry and eggs? 12.2%. Breads and cereals? 6.8%.Eating, driving and keeping your house warm all saw the biggest price spikes in decades.
Wednesday, February 09, 2022
"I don't know what the truth is here"
Back off, I'm a scientist
Tuesday, February 08, 2022
Neanderthal thinking breaking out all over
President Biden took a swipe at Republican governors in Texas and Mississippi Wednesday, accusing them of "Neanderthal thinking" following their decision to reverse COVID safety policies, including mask mandates.
Monday, February 07, 2022
Let's go Brandon!
Follow the science: Political science.
Man their internal polls must be apocalyptic. https://t.co/IqPWFHilZA— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) February 7, 2022
Sunday, February 06, 2022
The paper of record
"But plainly, the medical-industrial complex has not earned the right to claim monopoly status on information about this virus or medicine in general," Maher concluded. "Yes, free speech has allowed people to hear misinformation sometimes. And a lot of it was yours."
Saturday, February 05, 2022
Things that used to get you kicked off social media
Plexiglas dividers don't work.
Boosters don't work (under 50).
Natural immunity provides significant protection.