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  • Why the Koch brothers drive liberals nuts

    01/26/2016 11:29:58 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 3 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 1/22/2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Jane Mayer of The New Yorker has a new book out: “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” It’s mostly about those old devils the Koch brothers. Charles and David Koch are billionaires. They own a very big company. They also are very prominent philanthropists, giving hundreds of millions to cancer research, concert halls and other worthy causes. But what makes them hated and feared by progressives such as Mayer is their political work. They help fund some organizations and foundations, some purely educational, some partisan. To listen to the left, they...
  • The Goldberg File - Natural-Born, New York Values and Our Weak Overlords

    01/16/2016 1:03:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 15, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (including those of you born in Canada), I guess we should start there. I find this birther stuff to be a lot like women's prison movies: compelling, entertaining, and totally ridiculous. Other than the presidency, there's no place in American life where the distinction between "naturalized" and "natural-born" citizenship matters. But imagine if it did? Imagine that your American-born mother just happened to give birth to you in Canada or Belize while on vacation. Your American-born mom and dad bring you home days later and raise you exactly as they would have had they been in Cleveland the...
  • Does Anyone Believe Trump Seriously Cares about Whether Ted Cruz Is a Natural-Born Citizen?

    01/16/2016 8:35:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 16, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (including those of you born in Canada), I guess we should start there. I find this birther stuff to be a lot like women's prison movies: compelling, entertaining, and totally ridiculous. Other than the presidency, there's no place in American life where the distinction between "naturalized" and "natural-born" citizenship matters. But imagine if it did? Imagine that your American-born mother just happened to give birth to you in Canada or Belize while on vacation. Your American-born mom and dad bring you home days later and raise you exactly as they would have had they been in Cleveland the...
  • Trump Doesn’t Represent the Conservative Base

    12/11/2015 10:35:06 AM PST · by Steelfish · 78 replies
    National Review ^ | December 11, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Trump Doesn’t Represent the Conservative Base Jonah Goldberg. Dec 11 There’s a tendency in politics to mistake personal animosity for ideological animosity. Consider Bill Clinton. His staggering dishonesty, tackiness, and scorn for the rule of law aroused a lot of anger from the Right. But he wasn’t really that left-wing. Oh, he was certainly more liberal in his heart than he let on, but he also worked from the assumption that this was a center-right country, and that limited what he could get away with. Clinton ran for president the first time by “triangulating” against the base of his own...
  • American Despotism

    10/29/2015 11:42:32 AM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 6 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | 10/28/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    In his book entitled An Inquiry into the Principles of the Good Society, the once avid progressive Walter Lippmann wrote, “Although the partisans who are now fighting for the mastery of the modern world wear shirts of different colors, their weapons are drawn from the same armory, their doctrines are variations of the same theme, and they go forth to battle singing the same tune with slightly different words. Their weapons are the coercive direction of the life and labor of mankind. Their doctrine is that disorder and misery can be overcome only by more and more compulsory organization. Their...
  • Hillarys Server Is the Smoking Gun!

    10/03/2015 8:23:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    The National Review ^ | 10-3-15 | Jonah Goldberg
    EDITORS NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldbergs weekly newsletter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (including Kevin McCarthy, who may be too busy putting a cast on his Boehner, having stepped on it so badly), I feel like Donald Trump when asked to list all the reasons why hes terrific; I have no idea where to begin. Lots of stuff has happened since my last newsletter. Rather than approach this blank page with the sort of planning and care that youve come to expect from this well-crafted digital epistle, Im...
  • Is Joe Biden Really the Answer to Democrats' Problems?

    09/16/2015 5:36:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    The wheels haven't come off Hillary Rodham Clinton's bus quite yet, but they're getting wobblier. Hence the Joe Biden boomlet. As a columnist, never mind as a conservative, I think it's a fantastic idea. (A Biden vs. Trump debate would cause a national popcorn shortage.) But is Biden really the answer to the Democrats' problem? That depends. As with any malady, the right treatment hinges on the correct diagnosis. You don't recommend better diet and exercise for a shark bite. Biden is a treatment for one symptom, not the whole disease. The latest ABC/Washington Post poll numbers underscore the continuing...
  • And if its Trump, Jonah and I will stay home; so take that!

    09/15/2015 10:13:21 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 33 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/15/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The leftist apologist wing of the GOPe has tried everything they can to help us unwashed masses see the light about how terrible Donald Trump is and so far nothing has worked. Nevertheless, these Beltway Wile E Coyotes wont stop until they have their collective noses rubbed in a Trump victory. The latest enlightened pronouncement, designed to help us lesser beings rid ourselves of support for Trump, has been penned by Robert Tracinski, a guy no one outside of the RNC headquarters in Washington has ever heard of. Reading it developed into an eye exercise because as it droned on...
  • Jonah Goldberg and the Anti-Trumpians Part 2 (another great Nolte article!)

    09/13/2015 6:24:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 99 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/12/15 | John Nolte
    On the digital pages of National Review, Jonah Goldberg responded at length to the many criticism/rebuttals he received in response to a G-File published last week where he sank his teeth into Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and his supporters. Like everything Jonah writes, you should read the whole thing. This is a good debate; healthy for the Party and the movement. Unlike many who share his point of view, Goldberg is engaging in a spirited, not mean-spirited, discussion. One party Goldberg responds to is yours truly. Goldberg takes particular exception to what I wrote here To his credit, Goldberg doesnt...
  • The Great Trumpian Divide

    09/11/2015 6:39:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 99 replies
    National Review ^ | September 11, 2015 | JONAH GOLDBERG
    The Great Trumpian Divide by JONAH GOLDBERG September 11, 2015 In last Fridays Goldberg File I offered a lament or a screed or a diatribe or a thoughtful essay opinions vary widely on how and why I think Donald Trump is damaging conservatism. Theres no way I could or should respond to all of the criticisms or attacks. So Ill just focus on a couple themes. The biggest criticism in terms of quantity, not quality is that I am a RINO squish faker fraud no-goodnik lib sucking at the teat of the establishment blah...
  • An Open Letter To Jonah Goldberg RE: The GOP and Donald Trump

    09/07/2015 8:38:07 PM PDT · by Amntn · 178 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Posted on September 7, 2015 by sundance | by sundance
    A few days ago I took the time to read your expressed concerns about the support you see for Donald Trump and the state of current conservative opinion. Toward that end I have also noted additional media present a similar argument, and I took the time to consider. While we are of far lesser significance and influence, I hope you will consider this retort with the same level of consideration afforded toward your position. The challenging aspect to your expressed opinion, and perhaps why there is a chasm between us, is you appear to stand in defense of a Washington...
  • The Conservative Anti-Trump Club

    09/09/2015 2:19:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    Reason ^ | September 9, 2015 | Matt Welch
    In my post yesterday about the #NROrevolt Twitter rebellion by restrictionist Donald Trump fans against the pro-restrictionism National Review, I mentioned that there was a rich stream of apoplectically anti-Donald Trump commentary emanating from within the conservative media. I thought it might be useful to catalogue some of the vituperative and often entertaining arguments thus far into one place. (For a previous post on Trump's conservative-media supporters, click here.) The following list, encompassing neoconservatives, social cons, and libertarian-leaners, includes Bret Stephens, George Will, Glenn Beck, Michael Gerson, Charles C.W. Cooke, Karl Rove, Jonah Goldberg, John Podhoretz, Kevin D. Williamson, Mona...
  • No Movement That Embraces Trump Can Call Itself Conservativ

    09/05/2015 8:32:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 227 replies
    National Review ^ | September 5, 2015 | JONAH GOLDBERG
    No Movement That Embraces Trump Can Call Itself Conservative by JONAH GOLDBERG September 5, 2015 Dear Reader (if there are any of you left), Well, if this is the conservative movement now, I guess youre going to have to count me out. No, Im not making some mad dash to the center. No, Im not hoping to be the first alternate to Steve Schmidt on Morning Joe, nor am I vying to become my generations Kevin Phillips. I will never be a HillaryCon. And I have no plan to earn strange new respect from the Georgetown cocktail-party set Im always...
  • September 04, 2015 - The Goldberg File by Jonah Goldberg

    09/04/2015 3:12:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    National Review Newsletter E-Mail ^ | September 4, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    ... Yes, I know that there are plenty of decent and honorable people who support Trump. For instance, my friend John Nolte over at Breitbart is one. He constantly celebrates Trump because Trump has all the right enemies and defies the conventional rules governing politics and media: ... But this is not an argument for Trump as a serious presidential candidate. It is really no argument at all. It is catharsis masquerading as principle, venting and resentment pretending to be some kind of higher argument. Every principle used to defend Trump is subjective, graded on a curve. Trump is like...
  • Theres a Whole Arsenal of Smoking Guns in the Clinton E-mail Scandal

    09/04/2015 6:54:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/04/2015
    The very existence of her illicit server means she broke the rules. Every time the State Department pulls out a new fistful of Hillary Clinton e-mails like Richard Dreyfuss yanking a license plate out of a sharks belly in Jaws, someone declares that theres no smoking gun! Ive written before about how shouting Theres no smoking gun! is a non-denial denial. Ask a cop. When a murder suspect immediately exclaims, You have no indisputable evidence I murdered my boss! instead of, I didnt do it! its a good sign that the suspect thinks he covered his tracks, not that hes...
  • Sanders and Trump: Two Peas in a Pod?

    08/19/2015 6:54:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    A new chapter in American politics has begun. Millions of Americans on the right and left have lost faith in their political parties, their government and even the economic system. Only 1 in 4 Americans are satisfied with the way things are going. Policy experts will offer various arguments why at least some of these people are wrong to feel this way, but the discontented will not tolerate arguments that amount to "don't believe your lying eyes or wallets." In politics, feelings are more important than hard numbers. Consider immigration. I still believe that immigration is a net benefit...
  • A Clarifying Moment for Conservatism (Purge Trump & Trumpism)

    08/16/2015 12:44:47 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 93 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08/14/2015 | Peter Wehner
    In a compelling column, George Will who knows a thing or two about conservatism makes the conservative case against Donald Trump. Mr. Will refers to Trump as an unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate who is coarsening our civic life. He labels Trump a counterfeit Republican and no conservative. And he argues that Trump is an affront to anyone devoted to the legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr., the founder of National Review and a giant in American conservatism. Just as Buckley excommunicated the John Birch Society from the conservative movement in the 1960s, so should conservatives today...
  • Hillarys lame e-mail excuse: The server did it

    08/14/2015 8:19:19 PM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 14th, 2015 | By Jonah Goldberg
    It happened sooner than even the doomsayers predicted. The era of artificial intelligence is here. A computer has become self-aware, a moral agent responsible for its own actions. This breakthrough didnt happen in Silicon Valley or at MIT. It happened, of all places, in Chappaqua, NY. And the person responsible isnt even a computer scientist, but a lawyer and politician: Hillary Clinton. Clintons critics say a lot of things about her, but who wouldve believed she was Skynets mother? A little background. Clinton was forced to turn over her home-brewed e-mail server to the FBI this week, along with a...
  • Contra Media Spin, Its Hillary Whos Being Investigated, Not Her e-Mail Server

    08/14/2015 5:34:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/14/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    It happened sooner than even the doomsayers predicted. The era of artificial intelligence is here. A computer has become self-aware, a moral agent responsible for its own actions. This breakthrough didnt happen in Silicon Valley or at MIT. It happened, of all places, in Chappaqua, New York. And the person responsible isnt even a computer scientist, but a lawyer and politician: Hillary Clinton. Clintons critics say a lot of things about her, but who wouldve believed she was Skynets mother? A little background. Clinton was forced to turn over her home-brewed e-mail server to the FBI this week, along with...
  • Neither Hillary Nor Bernie Is Up to the Task of Holding the Obama Coalition Together

    08/12/2015 6:19:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/12/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    We are trying to be reasonable, an organizer for Bernie Sanderss Seattle rally said. The black female protesters who stormed the stage became enraged. We arent reasonable! they shouted back. If you do not listen to [us], your event will be shut down, one of them declared to the crowd. Sanders caved to the protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement and gave activist Marissa Johnson the microphone. I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is, even with all of these progressives, but youve already done that for me. Thank you, she said, apparently in response to...
  • Trump: You Will Know that He has Gone Too Far When Ted Cruz Criticizes Him Directly

    08/10/2015 8:15:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 173 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/09/2015 | Rich Lowrey
    People are again predicting his demise. The widely admired Megyn Kelly is definitely a riskier target for him than John McCain was. But since an enormous amount of his appeal is based on saying outrageous things and not apologizing for them, itd be foolish to think that anything that has transpired since Thursday will sink him. I wouldnt be surprised, though, if the debate and its aftermath check or reverse the progress hed been making in the internals of the polls (higher favorable ratings, fewer Republicans saying theyd never consider voting for him, etc.). I basically only have one barometer...
  • The Trump Lesson that Bush and Clinton Should Heed

    07/22/2015 1:21:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    For those of us who predicted the inevitable, watching Donald Trump verbally wander into a field of face-whacking garden rakes like Sideshow Bob fills one with a mixture of schadenfreude and affirmation. We knew it was coming, but it still feels good to be proven right. Of course Trump wouldn't hesitate to attack John McCain's war-hero status. Trump's bottomless insecurity cannot countenance the idea that his critics have any legitimacy. Of course Trump won't apologize -- because his dog-and-pony show is predicated on the idea that he "tells it like it is" and "fights." He's the omniscient master of "The...
  • Pundit's Death Marks End of An Era for Democrats

    07/03/2015 7:25:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81. He gave me my first job in Washington, as his research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank. (I returned to AEI as a fellow a few years ago, my office just a few doors down from where Ben used to work.) Ben was one of the last star pundits of what might be called the Old Order, before cable news and the Internet transformed the landscape. When everyone was rushing to CNN to shout at each other on "Crossfire," he launched a PBS show called "Think...
  • Fox News Special Report: Ted Cruz "conservatives across this country are frustrated"

    06/24/2015 5:50:45 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Bret Bair
    Ted Cruz hits it out of the park.
  • **LIVE**: Ted Cruz on Special Report with Bret Baier FNC

    06/24/2015 3:35:36 PM PDT · by Textide · 157 replies
    FNC | 06/24/2015 | Self
    Ted Cruz live on FNC
  • Cruz: The last thing Republicans in Congress should do is codify President Obamas lawlessness...

    06/24/2015 8:40:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 21 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/24/15
    Discusses Obamacare, ISIS on Special Report with Bret BaierHOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today participated in the Center Seat panel on Special Report with Bret Baier, taking questions from Baier and panelists George Will, Mara Liasson, and Jonah Goldberg. They covered several issues including Trade Promotion Authority, the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, what must be done to defeat ISIS, and why Americans should vote for Ted Cruz for President.Select excerpts are below and full video may be viewed below:https://www.youtube.com/embed/zN3SP6reB7URegarding Trade Promotion Authority:“Two things have changed since that first vote. Number one, WikiLeaks released the text...
  • Liberals are still getting the South all wrong

    06/24/2015 4:28:24 AM PDT · by NJRighty · 133 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/23/15 | Jonah Goldberg
    Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just dont know us, the Rev. Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic. Not being a Christian, I can only marvel at the dignity and courage of the victims relatives who forgave the shooter. If I could ever manage such a thing, it would probably take me decades. It took them little more than a...
  • Hillary Clinton Needs a Do-over

    06/10/2015 6:43:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Almost exactly two months after Hillary Rodham Clinton's official announcement that she's running for president, she will give her first "official campaign announcement speech," on June 13, according to her Twitter account. In other words, the Clinton campaign wants a do-over. Her first rollout was the most disastrous nonfatal presidential campaign debut in modern memory, so she wants another. Her initial announcement video in April -- which most outlets accurately reported as her official announcement -- was well done. After that, everything went downhill; a steady stream of news stories and damning allegations about her family foundation and tenure as...
  • Absence of a Smoking Gun Doesn't Equate to Innocence

    05/29/2015 5:39:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Let's say, just for kicks, you murdered your husband (or wife). Your neighbors have been suspicious ever since your nightly arguments suddenly stopped, right around the time you put something large in your trunk and drove off in the middle of the night. Now they see you driving his car and putting his suits and golf clubs up for sale on eBay. The police find your explanations implausible and contradictory, and then you tell the cops to direct all future questions to your lawyer. The good news is that you have fans. Some neighbors think you're the cat's pajamas. They...
  • Huckabees Anachronistic Brand of Progressivism

    05/27/2015 1:14:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Mike Huckabee doesnt have a lot of prominent defenders, and I am not volunteering for the job. Huckabee has always struck me as a right-wing populist-progressive. A deeply religious and by all accounts decent man, Huckabee nonetheless has a view of the state that would have jibed almost perfectly with such forgotten titans of the Progressive Era as Richard Ely, Josephus Daniels, and even William Jennings Bryan. Ely, a mentor to Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt and the founder of the Wisconsin school of progressivism, believed that God works through the state in carrying out His purposes more...
  • Understanding the influence-peddling of Clinton Inc.

    04/23/2015 5:32:29 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 26 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Thursday, April 23, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    The book isnt even out yet, and Clintons team is already sheltering in place like Churchills cabinet during the Blitz. Thats in part because Schweizer, a conservative author and dogged investigative journalist, has teamed up with notorious right-wing rags The New York Times and The Washington Post to essentially re-report and expand on allegations made in the book. Because it would be absurd to claim these papers are part of the vast right-wing conspiracy which wont stop flacks from saying it theyre better equipped to drop the payload over the target. Even Lawrence ODonnell, a Democratic water-carrier of...
  • How Do 'Religious Freedom' Acts Encourage Discrimination?

    04/01/2015 9:52:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    "I could have handled that better." I don't know if the captain of the Titanic ever said that. But Mike Pence did on Tuesday. The Indiana governor has managed to step on an impressive number of parts of his own anatomy recently and in the process gravely injured what was already a long-shot ambition to run for president in 2016. Earlier this month he signed the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act in a private ceremony. In attendance were prominent opponents of gay marriage. In response, great algae plumes of righteous outrage erupted across the Internet. Gay rights groups, the...
  • Jeb Bush Is Not the GOPs Ideal Change Candidate

    03/13/2015 12:16:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | March 13, 2015 | JONAH GOLDBERG
    Jeb Bush Is Not the GOPs Ideal Change Candidate by JONAH GOLDBERG March 13, 2015 Hes the only Republican candidate who would make the Clinton name an asset for Hillary, not a liability. Let us now make the case for Jeb skepticism. Jeb Bush is a fine man. Hes a conservative. He was a highly effective conservative governor. He would probably make a fine president. And, if he were the Republican nominee, there would be precious few good arguments from a conservative perspective for sitting out the election, never mind voting for the Democratic nominee (whoever she may...
  • THE LEFT IS TIRED OF PERSUASION

    03/02/2015 6:31:52 PM PST · by Bratch · 3 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 2, 2015 | JOHN HAYWARD
    Is Liberalism Exhausted? Jonah Goldberg wondered recently atNational Review,surveying a movement that seems to have run out of intellectual gas after six years of dragging Barack Obama uphill. [...] All true, but to quote Obamas presumptive successor on the Democrat ticket in 2016: What difference, at this point, does it make?Its true that liberalism doesn't have anything exciting and new to offer even its plans for the Internet are drawn from 1930s telephone legislation but the only thing the Left is really tired of issellingits ideas to skeptics. Its largely given up on that effort in exchange for...
  • Why The E-Mail Scandal Wont Doom Hillary

    03/06/2015 5:27:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/06/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Historically, the Clintons have proved to be politically indestructible. To paraphrase the movie Aliens, to truly destroy the Clinton-Industrial Complex, youd have to nuke it from orbit. Its the only way to be sure. Given that alone, I doubt that the unfolding controversy over Hillarys e-mail schemes spells her doom. The basic details are as follows: In 2009, a week before she started her job as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had a personal Internet server registered at her home address. She then used her own domain name, clintonemail.com, to conduct all of her business for the State Department,...
  • Email Scandal Won't Doom Hillary, but Supporters Should Feel Uneasy

    03/06/2015 5:26:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Historically, the Clintons have proved to be politically indestructible. To paraphrase the movie "Aliens," to truly destroy the Clinton Industrial Complex, you'd have to nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. Given that alone, I doubt that the unfolding controversy over Hillary's email schemes spells her doom. The basic details are as follows: In 2009, a week before she started her job as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had a personal Internet server registered at her home address. She then used her own domain name, "clintonemail.com," to conduct all of her business -- for the State...
  • Brian Williams: Puffed Up Anchor, Puffed Up Tales

    02/11/2015 7:28:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    By now everyone knows about his transgressions. If even only some of the reports are true, Brian Williams is a serial embellisher, a self-aggrandizing fabulist. No doubt everyone knows somebody like this, and if you don't it's probably because you're that guy. But Williams' case is special. This isn't some sad Willy Loman at the end of the bar who needs to invent impressive stories about himself. If anything, he needed to not tell such stories, given that he reportedly makes more than $10 million a year to be a trusted name in news. Yet he couldn't stop himself. "To...
  • Horse Pucky from Obama

    02/06/2015 8:12:27 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/6/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    The presidents comparison of Christianity to radical Islam defies logic. On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a report detailing various mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children, and burying children alive at the hands of the Islamic State. And on Thursday, President Obama seized the opportunity of the National Prayer Breakfast to forthrightly criticize the terrible deeds . . . committed in the name of Christ. Humanity has been grappling with these...
  • Obama's Comparison of Christianity, Radical Islam Defies Logic

    02/06/2015 6:38:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a report detailing various "mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive" at the hands of the Islamic State. And on Thursday, President Obama seized the opportunity of the National Prayer Breakfast to forthrightly criticize the "terrible deeds" ... committed "in the name of Christ." "Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history," Obama said, referring to the ennobling aspects of...
  • Ducking Reality: Administration Goes to Rhetorical Extremes on Terror Attacks

    01/16/2015 7:17:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Could this argument be any dumber? The Obama administration has forced America and much of the world into a debate no one wanted or needed. Namely, does Islamic terrorism have anything to do with Islam. This debate is different than the much-coveted "national conversation on race" that politicians so often call for (usually as a way to duck having it), because that is a conversation at least some people want. The White House doesn't want a conversation about Islam and terrorism. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says, "We have chosen not to use that label [of radical Islam] because it...
  • Whos Running the Country? Truth is, theres no one behind the wheel.

    01/03/2015 6:36:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Theres an old joke in the newspaper business, now immortal on the Internet: The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but dont really understand the New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie-chart format. . . . The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to...
  • Truth is, There's No One Behind the Wheel

    01/03/2015 5:31:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    There's an old joke in the newspaper business, now immortal on the Internet: "The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand the New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie chart format. ... The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run...
  • Jonathan Gruber Should've Been Time's Person of the Year

    12/17/2014 4:49:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Jonathan Gruber should have been Time's Person of the Year. The magazine gave it to the "Ebola Fighters" instead. Good for them; they're doing God's work. Still, Gruber would have been better. Time's Person of the Year designation has lost a lot of its stature over recent years. Part of its decline can probably be attributed to the fact that it's come to be seen as an honorific. It was originally conceived to recognize the person who, "for better or for worse ... has done the most to influence the events of the year." So Adolf Hitler (1938) and Josef...
  • Rand Paul is Right: Cig Taxes Factored into Garner's Death

    12/05/2014 9:09:46 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Town Hall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Jonah Goldberg
    Reasonable people can disagree on whether racism was involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. My own suspicion is that this misfortune could have transpired just as easily with a white man resisting arrest and/or a black cop choking him. And even though lots of people don't want to hear it, reasonable can disagree on whether illegally excessive force was to blame. Personally, watching the ubiquitous video of Garner's arrest, it looks like excessive force to me. But the simple fact is that a Staten Island grand jury saw evidence that led it to conclude otherwise. People should at...
  • The Torture Taboo: Being against torture is honorable, but sometimes the real world gets a veto

    12/12/2014 6:52:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/12/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For a long time I resisted the word torture when discussing the enhanced interrogation techniques used against high-value captives in the War on Terror. I dont think I can do that anymore. The report put out by Dianne Feinstein and her fellow Democrats may be partisan, one-sided, tendentious, and full of crap, as Dick Cheney put it the other night on Special Report with Bret Baier. But even the selective use and misuse of facts doesnt change their status as facts. What some of these detainees went through pretty obviously amounted to torture. You can call it psychological torture or...
  • Rand Paul Is Right about Eric Garner: NY cigarette taxes are partly to blame for his death.

    12/05/2014 7:45:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/05/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Reasonable people can disagree on whether racism was involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. My own suspicion is that this misfortune could have transpired just as easily with a white man resisting arrest and/or a black cop choking him. And even though lots of people dont want to hear it, reasonable people can disagree on whether illegally excessive force was to blame. Personally, watching the ubiquitous video of Garners arrest, it looks like excessive force to me. But the simple fact is that a Staten Island grand jury saw evidence that led it to conclude otherwise. People should...
  • Maybe President Obama is Just Trolling?

    11/26/2014 8:34:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For those who don't know, in Internet parlance, trolling is an effort to elicit outrage from a specific group or the public generally. As the always useful -- but not always G-rated, or spell-checked -- Urban Dictionary explains, "Trolling requires deceiving [sic]; any trolling that doesn't involve decieving [sic] someone isn't trolling at all; it's just stupid." (Pro tip: When spelling "deceiving," remember it's "i before e except after c.") The definition continues: "As such, your victim must not know that you are trolling; if he does, you are an unsuccesful [sic] troll. I don't like the president's executive action...
  • Big GOP Win a Rebuke of The President

    11/08/2014 5:11:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    We know Barack Obama is good at least one thing -- getting Barack Obama elected president of the United States. How good he is at being president of the United States is a subject of considerable debate. A less debatable proposition: He is just plain awful at running a political party. People often forget that among the many formal roles the president has -- commander in chief, first diplomat, etc. -- he is also the leader of his own party. And in that role, he stinks. It wasn't supposed to be like this. In 2008, Obama was supposed to herald...
  • It's Not Obama, It's You

    11/03/2014 6:45:40 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | 1 Nov 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Reader (unless youre the kind of chickens**t who calls people chickens**t anonymously), Obama fatigue is setting in. Indeed, Ive gone from Obama fatigue through full-on Obama Epstein-Barr to end-stage Obama narcolepsy. I hear him talking, or hear some MSNBC-type rhapsodizing about how misunderstood he is, and I start dozing off like a truck driver who took the drowsy-formula Nyquil by mistake. Gotta stay awake! This is my job! But then 20 seconds later, Jonathan Alter starts telling me how misunderstood the president is, and suddenly orange traffic cones are bouncing off my trucks grill as I somnolently drift into a...
  • Is the Islamic State Really Un-Islamic?

    09/12/2014 8:36:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    "Now let's make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state." -- President Barack Obama in his address to the nation on Wednesday. About the second point reasonable people can quibble. The terrorist army that calls itself the Islamic State is certainly trying to build a state -- and not just a state, but a super state or caliphate. They're not there yet; their delivery of social services seems spotty at best, though they do collect taxes...