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  • To Mask or Not To Mask

    07/23/2020 6:57:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 123 replies ^ | July 23, 2020 | Emmett Tyrrell
    I have, for most of my adult life, been a practicing hypochondriac. So, it will come as no surprise to you to hear that I am a zealous reader of the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA. I find something of interest in practically every issue. Recently, I found myself engrossed in the thoughts of Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who is also, if I am not mistaken, a noted bird watcher. I, of course, know very little about the birds. Yet, thanks to Redfield and the JAMA, I am now...
  • More Than One Mad Dog in Washington

    06/11/2020 11:14:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | June 11, 2020 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Washington -- One of the most alarming aspects of the present fevers is the utterance of total untruths by notables in high places. Do they not know what the truth is? Or do they not care about the truth? Do they believe their notoriety will overcome a totally erroneous statement? For instance, consider Gen. James Mattis' statement in The Atlantic, which is highly misleading. History is clear. Past presidents have used the military repeatedly in states with or without a governor's invitation. To deny it is an example of what President Donald Trump has called "fake news." Has Mattis never...
  • The Bell Is About to Toll

    10/31/2019 5:31:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | October 31, 2019 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- It has taken a long time, but finally the Justice Department is training its guns on what heretofore was unthinkable, unless you're a career civil libertarian. For years, the civil libertarians have been warning us that the Intelligence Community posed a threat to democracy as we know it in the United States. Every so often, they would point to some excess of the FBI or the CIA and tell us that the lights were going out in democratic America. Does not The Washington Post run atop its front page the maudlin line, "Democracy Dies in Darkness"? Well, the...
  • Melania, There Is Hope

    09/20/2018 8:39:19 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 9/20/2018 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON --Have you noticed the sudden popularity of books about fascism? It is amazing. I would say such books are even more popular than books about rock 'n' roll, though they are not as well-written. I have in mind "How Fascism Works," "Fascism: A Warning," "The Road to Unfreedom" and "Can It Happen Here?" Doubtless many more are coming. All are inspired by our president, Donald J. Trump, and they probably scare the hell out of his wife, Melania Trump. She actually grew up on the continent where fascism was a dominant force for years, and communism for many more....
  • The Democratic Party of Today

    01/25/2018 6:56:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | January 25, 2018 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- As the Democrats grow increasingly ravenous to have a shot at the presidency of Donald Trump, they are beginning to train their guns on the frontrunners for the nomination. That means they are contemplating finishing off Sen. Elizabeth Warren long before 2020. They are taking aim at her claim to being a Native American maiden, though Trump has the best line on her. He calls her "Pocahontas." If she ever gets to debate him, that ought to be the end of our modern-day Sitting Bull. Poof. By then, the president ought to be able to calculate how much...
  • Donald Trump's Sechel -- Yes, Sechel!

    12/20/2017 9:29:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 21, 2017 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- "It's the economy, stupid," as we used to say back in the good old days -- the good old days being the 1990s, when the president of the United States could have molested women in the White House during business hours with impunity. In fact, if memory serves, that president, William J. Clinton, saw his popularity soar after accusations of his molestations were made public, or at least after some of them were made public. If all of them were made public, according to wisdom of the time, he might have been elected President for Life. Those...
  • Donna Brazile: See the Light

    11/09/2017 10:10:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | November 9, 2017 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- After over two decades of writing about Bill and Hillary Clinton, it is pretty dispiriting to see how my friends the Democrats have ignored my findings of the rapacious couple. I rather like the two-party system. Yet ever since the Clintons came to national attention -- and to the attention of various law enforcement officials -- they have done little for the Democratic Party except enrich themselves, a matter about which I have actually written several books. Well, all I can say is that I tried, but it's all for naught. Even by the last presidential election, the...
  • Fifty Years at One Magazine

    09/28/2017 9:45:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | September 28, 2017 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- On the occasion of my 50th anniversary of founding and editing The American Spectator, I feel moved to reflect on the parlous condition of the magazine business. We celebrated our anniversary this week, and naturally I composed my reflections before the event. What makes this column something more than an occasion for indulgence is that the sickly condition of magazines is, of a sudden, a hot news item. Major figures in the business are departing the scene. They are what the media is pleased to call celebrity editors. For instance, in the last three weeks, the editors of...
  • Donald Trump’s Problematic Device

    08/23/2017 6:39:30 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 08/23/17 | R. EMMETT TYRRELL, JR.
    Seeing both sides of a problem could be seen as a no-no. WashingtonPresident Donald Trump is in trouble again with his Moral Superiors. His problem, of course, is that he cannot throttle his B.S. Detector. Trump it seems at some point in life acquired a B.S. Detector that has usually served him well. It certainly served him well during his long years in business and during his brief time in politics. Now, however, it is problematic. The Detector sounds an alarm when it perceives B.S., and during the Charlottesville disruptions it went wild. Every time the Mainstream Media or a...
  • Having a Ball at the Ball

    01/26/2017 3:22:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 26, 2017 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Last Friday, as guests of the Trump family, my wife, Jeanne, and I braved inclement weather to attend President Donald Trump's inauguration. By now you know it was a typical Trumpian ceremony. It was peaceful, elegant, momentous and frightening. At least the protesters were frightened. What they were frightened about is a bit unclear, but many of them were certainly alarmed. Last week, I wrote that today's protesters seem confused, disoriented, shabbily dressed and famished. My guess is that if the polizia had opened a soup kitchen, that would have distracted many of the demonstrators from their...
  • A Quiet Afternoon With the BBC

    11/17/2016 9:23:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | November 17, 2016 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- On Friday, the BBC enlisted me to defend my support of Donald Trump for president. Though the ensuing television interview was conducted in English, I found it incomprehensible. I was speaking in my native tongue to two apparently intelligent English-speaking women, yet their responses to my clear, if amused, rejoinders amounted to gibberish. They sought to understand Trump's victory but did not have the most elementary understanding of the American democratic process or any grasp of rational thought. I detected no whiff of alcohol on their breath or any other sign of inebriation. They showed no sign of...
  • After Reagan Comes Trump?

    09/15/2016 9:47:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | September 15, 2016 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Norman Podhoretz, the former longtime editor of Commentary Magazine, is no longer an Inadvertent Conservative for Hillary, or ICH. He is voting for Donald Trump for president. The prospect of Clinton in the White House is too grisly for Podhoretz. It probably also is for his wife, Midge Decter, the gifted essayist. Both are reasonable neoconservatives, which is to say erstwhile liberals who moved over to conservatism sometime in the 1970s. I have known them for years. In the late 1970s they made a similar calculation. They were two of only four neoconservatives to attend a dinner I...
  • Presidential Blather In Time of Tragedy

    07/14/2016 8:33:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 14, 2016 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Race is what you make of it. For me I have made race a part of what social scientists once called the "melting pot," by which they meant that differences -- including ethnicity and race -- were all melted down into one great variegated country called America. There might be different heritages and different sub-cultures mixed into the American melting pot, but once mixed together we were all Americans. Of course, however, through the years that American melting pot has been increasingly difficult to maintain, because various leaders -- political leaders, education leaders, social leaders and simple charlatans...
  • Donald Trump vs. CNN: Score One for Donald

    06/30/2016 10:38:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I see that CNN is calling upon the good offices of Mr. Potato Head to refute Donald Trump's evisceration of Hillary Clinton in his speech last Wednesday. Mr. Potato Head is very indignant that Peter Schweizer has written a book, "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich," demonstrating that a pattern of corruption exists in the relationship between The Clinton Foundation and the Clinton State Department. He says that pattern of corruption does not establish the Clintons' guilt. Well, an author can only do so much....
  • The Life of the Mind Led in the Dark

    06/09/2016 9:48:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | June 9, 2016 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Looking back through the years I have seen it all coming: the militant ignorance of students strutting across our college campuses today, the authoritarian style of the administrators, the mediocrity of the professors and the sheer goofiness of the students. It all came out of the late 1960s. Most of my fellow 1960s graduates went on to careers in the professions, commerce and industry. But some remained on campus, becoming professors, administrators and increasingly, as the years went on, swamis of identity politics. They established women's studies programs, black studies programs and gay studies programs. Now, I assume, there are...
  • A Movie for Clintonites

    05/19/2016 12:12:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | May 19, 2016 | Emmett Tyrrell
    A couple of weeks ago I heard the National Symphony Orchestra perform Dmitri Shostakovich's symphony commemorating war and revolution, his Symphony No. 11. There was not much lyricism to it, not even a dulcet tune one could whistle while leaving the symphony hall. It was ominous rumbling and groaning, the tympani madly thundering away. Nonetheless, it was very affecting. After all, the 1957 work commemorated Russia's events on the road to the Bolshevik Revolution. Rumble on. Rumble on. Last week, I saw a documentary of recent events and became overwhelmed with similar rumbling and groaning from the movie's soundtrack. It...
  • Bill Clinton's 1994 Crime Bill Is History

    04/14/2016 9:57:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | April 14, 2016 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Washington -- Over the last few days, former President Bill Clinton displayed one of the salient weaknesses of our contemporary politicians. He did this even while reminding Americans of, some would say, his rare lapses in true leadership: his 1994 bipartisan legislation to lower crimes rates in cities. When confronted by low-information Black Lives Matter activists during his speech in Philadelphia last week, he wilted. It took him 24 hours, but eventually, after an eloquent defense of his 1994 leadership, he groveled, whimpering, "I almost want to apologize." Why apologize, Mr. President? The incarceration of criminals that followed that 1994...
  • The Clinton Curse Returns

    02/04/2016 10:33:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | February 4, 2016 | Emmett Tyrrell
    In the many decades I have had the pleasure of covering the Clintons, I have developed several themes about them that have, over the years, been validated by fact. One theme is that there is a Clinton curse. It afflicts many who come into contact with the fabulous couple. In the early days, the curse brought down the McDougals, Webb Hubbell, Vince Foster and former Governor Jim Guy Tucker, all of whom by now are figures known only to history. More recently it was Jeffrey Epstein, sex offender and Bill Clinton's pal and fellow epicure. Now, quite possibly, Josh Earnest,...
  • Hillary's Problems Grow

    01/13/2016 2:58:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 14, 2016 | R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
    WASHINGTON -- This week, three weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton spent valuable time during an appearance on "Face the Nation" swatting down stories that surfaced Friday. Early on Friday morning when most Americans are asleep, save second-story men, the State Department released thousands of Clinton's emails. In one she seemed to be asking her aide, Jake Sullivan, to send her classified information across a "nonsecure" line. That is to say, across her personal server. She was impatient to read the email's contents and could not wait for it to be sent on a secure line. That strikes a...
  • THE BELLS TOLL FOR HILLARY - The FBI is closing in.

    01/08/2016 7:39:21 AM PST · by Perdogg · 162 replies
    deral Bureau of Investigation will recommend that the Justice Department bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton and various of her aides, and soon. The evidence consists of materials that the Bureau has gathered in the course of its months-long investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s personal server. The recommendations will come very soon. The charges will consist of some of the following: