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  • Beware The Motives Of 'Progressive' Companies Acting Altruistically

    06/30/2017 6:36:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    Let me just say this at the outset: Mildred Dresselhaus, who died in February at the age of 86, was an amazing woman. An accomplished physicist who won just about every scientific award short of the Nobel Prize, Dresselhaus was by all accounts a pioneer, patriot and great American. Nonetheless, I still find GE's commercial in her honor to be profoundly creepy. If you haven't seen the ad, which debuted at the Oscars and is omnipresent on MSNBC, you can find it on YouTube. It opens with a little girl unwrapping her birthday present. "A Millie Dresselhaus doll!" she exclaims...
  • Berkeley Didn't Birth 'Free Speech' But Seems Intent to Bury It

    04/28/2017 4:51:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    Demosthenes, the Athenian rhetorician and champion of liberty, pointed out around 355 B.C. that residents of Athens were free to praise Sparta's regime, but Spartans were banned from praising Athens. In 1689, the British passed a law guaranteeing freedom of speech in Parliament. A century later, French revolutionaries incorporated into law the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which established free speech as a universal right. Two years later, the Americans ratified the First Amendment, which guarantees that the state shall not infringe on the right to free speech. Roughly a century and half later, in 1948, the United Nations...
  • Pence story reaction shows Christians face double standard

    04/03/2017 11:01:08 PM PDT · by 198ml · 18 replies
    Union Leader ^ | 4/2/17 | Jonah Goldberg
    I've heard many versions of this story, but I’ll go with the one reportedly told by Dr. Abraham Twerski, a renowned psychiatrist and Orthodox rabbi. (I’ve trimmed and paraphrased it a bit.) The bearded Twerski goes to the airport in his Hasidic garb — the hat, the long coat, the buttoned white shirt. Another Jew, this one modernly dressed, is annoyed by Twerski and unloads on him: “What’s wrong with you? Must you insist on parading around in that medieval get-up as if it were Purim? Don’t you realize how ridiculous you look? You bring nothing but scorn and embarrassment...
  • Trump's Rhetoric on Russia Throws US Under the Bus

    02/08/2017 6:52:11 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 41 replies
    NRO ^ | 2/08/2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    The president's own words make him sound like he has contempt for American ideals. Once again, Trump has come to Putin's defense by throwing America under the bus.
  • How to Help Trump Win (Barf Alert)

    01/16/2017 10:21:56 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 25 replies
    NRO ^ | 1/16/2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (including the good cat, which for some reason is opposed to my daughter getting an education), I should just say it clearly: I will never fall in love with Donald Trump. For most of you, this is not a big surprise. But for some, it’s a kind of betrayal. In much the same way the Left gets furious when you just don’t care enough about its priorities, many of Trump’s biggest supporters get bizarrely angry at the fact that I am not emotionally correct when it comes to the new president. Monsieur Google tells me that “emotional correctness”...
  • Obama's Farewell Address a Campaign Rally in Disguise

    01/13/2017 6:16:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    Barack Obama formally ended his presidency the way he came in, talking to adoring fans about how lucky we are to have him in our lives. Indeed, given the hand-wringing over how Obama's successor is all about entertainment and theatrics, it was somewhere between ironic and absurd to watch the outgoing president hold a campaign rally for his "farewell address." And yet, we've become so inured to this kind of self-serving pomp and circumstance that no one seems to care. From what I can tell, no liberal commentators minded at all, and most conservative reviewers went straight to the substance...
  • Obama is going out in a blaze of self-interest

    01/03/2017 1:30:59 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 18 replies
    Of all Barack Obama’s costumes, the most ill-fitting is that of the hawk. The guise doesn’t work for all sorts of ideological and historical reasons. Plus there’s the fact that he’s rushing to put on the outfit as he’s heading out the door. The new sanctions against Russia are fine with me on the merits, even if they are remarkably tardy and being sold in no small part for domestic, political reasons. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been undermining American interests for a long time now. From the annexation of Crimea and a shadow war in Ukraine to his unabashed...
  • Obama Going Out in a Blaze of Self-interest

    01/04/2017 9:30:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    Of all Barack Obama's costumes, the most ill-fitting is that of the hawk. The guise doesn't work for all sorts of ideological and historical reasons. Plus there's the fact that he's rushing to put on the outfit as he's heading out the door. The new sanctions against Russia are fine with me on the merits, even if they are remarkably tardy and being sold in no small part for domestic, political reasons. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been undermining American interests for a long time now. From the annexation of Crimea and a shadow war in Ukraine to his unabashed...
  • Even in Death, Castro Still has 'Useful Idiots'

    11/30/2016 4:35:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Fidel Castro died as he lived: to the sound of useful idiots making allowances for his crimes. (That's not my term: It was Lenin who called liberal apologists for Communism "useful idiots.") The gold medal in the Useful Idiot Olympics should probably go to Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada. In a statement, he expressed his "deep sorrow" upon learning that "Cuba's longest serving president" had died. One can only imagine what George Orwell could do with that one word, "serving." Castro did not serve; he ruled a nation of servants, often cruelly, while making obscene profits for himself...
  • So O hates his job?

    04/23/2011 4:35:32 AM PDT · by Scanian · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 22, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    "The Oval Office, I always thought I was going to have really cool phones and stuff. . . I'm like, 'C'mon guys, I'm the president of the United States. Where's the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up?' It doesn't happen." -- President Obama The list of people I feel sorry for is long. It includes not just all of the people I know personally who are suffering from one misfortune or another, but the billions around the world who're having a rougher time than they ought: Japanese earthquake victims, targets of ethnic cleansing, etc. Then there's...
  • Hillary and Her Wheelbarrows

    08/26/2016 4:58:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Do you know the old wheelbarrow joke? It's truly funny only to grandpas and the grandkids they tell it to, so I won't bother with the elaborate setup. For years a factory worker pushes a wheelbarrow full of straw past a security guard on his way out. Suspicious that the guy is stealing something, the guard looks in the straw but can't find anything. Finally, when the worker is retiring, the guard asks, "I know you've been stealing something -- can you tell me what it is? The guy smiles and says, "Wheelbarrows." That joke keeps popping into my head...
  • Media Have a ‘Cry Wolf’ Problem with Trump

    07/27/2016 5:30:39 AM PDT · by randita · 78 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/27/16 | Jonah Goldberg
    Media Have a ‘Cry Wolf’ Problem with Trump Decades of smearing decent Republican candidates leaves them without credibility on Trump’s demagoguery. By Jonah Goldberg — July 27, 2016 Dear Mainstream Media and Democrats: It’s your turn. Now that Donald Trump has been formally nominated, the formal responsibility to stop him passes from the Right to the Left, from Republicans to Democrats and the journalists who amplify their values. You’re going to find it a very tough slog. And it’s your own damn fault. During the primaries, the task of exposing the true nature of the Trump takeover fell disproportionately to...
  • Who Are the Real Deniers of Science?

    05/20/2016 5:51:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Why do liberals hate science? The left has long claimed that it has something of a monopoly on scientific expertise. For instance, long before Al Gore started making millions by claiming that anyone who disagreed with his apocalyptic prophecies was "anti-science," there were the "scientific socialists." "Social engineer" is now rightly seen as a term of scorn and derision, but it was once a label that progressive eggheads eagerly accepted. Masking opinions in a white smock is a brilliant, albeit infuriating and shabby, rhetorical tactic. As the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion,...
  • We love Jonah Goldberg, but here’s the problem with his defense of #NeverTrump

    05/02/2016 10:53:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/02/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Flogging the straw man. I cannot offer enough praise of Jonah Goldberg as a writer, nor can I recommend his weekly G-File report highly enough. Like most at National Review these days, Goldberg is strident in his opposition to Donald Trump, and he makes some of the most compelling arguments against Trump on a consistent basis. Where Goldberg and I disagree, of course, is not on our candidate of choice (as far as I can tell we’re both for Ted Cruz), but on the question of what to do if Trump does indeed win the nomination. I’ve said, and I’ll...
  • Jonah Goldberg: No, I Will Never ‘Come Around’ to Supporting Trump

    04/16/2016 11:01:21 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 144 replies
    National Review ^ | April 16, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    ... It looks like the Trump body snatching virus I wrote about last month is spreading again. For a moment, after Wisconsin, it seemed like it might be going into remission. Nope, it’s actually spiking. Last night the New York Post endorsed Donald Trump. After I criticized the editorial on Twitter, a Trump supporter tweeted at me “No Goldberg, you are wrong. Support the front runner and stop trying to burn the party. Unite it.” ... On the drive in to my office this morning, I heard Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn, one of the wisest and gentlest souls I’ve...
  • Arguments Against Free Trade Are Deeply Flawed

    04/08/2016 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 90 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    For years, supporters of free trade have been trying to reach a bipartisan consensus on the issue. They've finally succeeded. Free trade is now unpopular in both parties. Perhaps because I am a conservative, I can at least understand where most conservatives are coming from in their opposition to free trade. Overt displays of nationalism and patriotism (which are not the same thing, by the way) are not merely tolerated on the right, they're often celebrated. Conservative intellectuals openly extol American exceptionalism while liberal intellectuals tend to deride the notion. Virtually no Republican politician agonizes over wearing a U.S. flag...
  • Trump celebrates victory at any cost, even winning by whining

    04/05/2016 8:55:53 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 93 replies
    msn ^ | 4/5/2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    "I can only say this: My whole life has been about winning. My whole life," Donald Trump told The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in a free-ranging interview over the weekend. "My life has been about victories. I've won a lot. I win a lot. I win - when I do something, I win. And even in sports, I always won. I was always a good athlete. And I always won. In golf, I've won many club championships. Many, many club championships. And I have people that can play golf great, but they can't win under pressure. So...
  • Trump’s Lies Are a Loyalty Test for His Followers

    04/02/2016 11:18:24 AM PDT · by DrewsDad · 207 replies
    National Review ^ | April 2, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    A Unified Fields Theory Until Trump changed the subject to punishing women for having abortions, the Trump obsession of the week was Michelle Fields. I’m glad that story is largely gone. I don’t think it was good for Fields or for the forces opposed to Trump. And it distracted from more important stories, like Trump’s willingness to nuke Europe. RELATED: If Donald Trump Were Eight, His Behavior Might Be Endearing Without rehashing the whole thing again with reference to frame-by-frame analysis best left for the Zapruder film, let me just say I think all of the important and relevant facts...
  • Let's Get This Straight: Trump Is No Reagan

    03/25/2016 5:38:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    "Ronald Reagan is dead, and he's not coming back." "I wish more conservatives could come to grips with this relatively simple fact. We are now in something like the fifth round of the pin-the-tail-on-the-next-Reagan game and it's getting old. Catering to the conservative base, the GOP presidential candidates keep trying to put on the Reagan mantle the way Cinderella's ugly stepsisters tried to cram their dogs into her glass slipper. Not gonna happen." I wrote the above nine years ago. I'm not plagiarizing myself to save time, but to point out that Reagan obsession on the right has been a...
  • It’s the End of the Line for GOP as We Know It

    03/23/2016 5:49:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 129 replies
    National Review ^ | March 23, 2016 | JONAH GOLDBERG
    It’s the End of the Line for GOP as We Know It By JONAH GOLDBERG March 23, 2016 (snip) Nominating Donald Trump will wreck the Republican party as we know it. Over the weekend, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus showed the first public signs of acceptance about what’s in store for the party. He finally acknowledged that the Republican nominee was probably going to be determined on the convention floor in Cleveland. Priebus explained, rightly, that the rules are the rules, and that if Trump can’t secure the required 1,237 delegates before Cleveland, it’s anyone’s game. “This is a...