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  • The Case for Trump

    10/17/2016 7:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 17, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Conservatives should vote for the Republican nominee. Donald Trump needs a unified Republican party in the homestretch if he is to have any chance left of catching Hillary Clinton — along with winning higher percentages of the college-educated and women than currently support him. But even before the latest revelations from an eleven-year-old Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump crudely talked about women, he had long ago in the primaries gratuitously insulted his more moderate rivals and their supporters. He bragged about his lone-wolf candidacy and claimed that his polls were — and would be — always tremendous — contrary...
  • Abort, Euthanize, or Get Out of Medicine

    09/26/2016 8:20:30 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | September 23, 2016 | Wesley J. Smith
    Abort, Euthanize, or Get Out of Medicine Bioethics discourse aims to change the practice of medicine and the thrust of public policy — usually not for the better. As I have been noting, the field is increasingly targeting the right of doctors to refuse to perform an abortion, euthanize patients, and perform other procedures or issue prescriptions that violate their religious beliefs.A bit ago, I discussed a “consensus statement” on this issue in Practical Ethics, published by Oxford. Now, two internationally influential bioethicists — Jualian Savulescu and Udo Schuklenk — join forces to advocate that society legally coerce doctors to kill. First, they deconstruct medical...
  • The Death of Official Conservatism

    09/08/2016 6:49:24 PM PDT · by JoanVarga · 8 replies
    The Zman Blog ^ | 09/08/2016 | The ZMan
    That’s Official Conservatism™. It is a bunch of men standing aside as men from the Left assault whomever happens to be to their Right. It is a movement that never moves. It remains relatively stationary, fixed to a spot just to the Right of the Progressives. When they are not refining the narrow differences they have with the Left, they are expanding the list of people to their Right that are no longer welcome in the club. Official Conservatism™ holds its audience in contempt, preferring to focus on itself and its peculiar aesthetic.
  • Does Donald Trump Have a Path to 270?

    08/30/2016 3:35:14 PM PDT · by Signalman · 43 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8/30/2016 | Tim Alberta
    Labor Day traditionally sounds a gun that starts the general election in earnest — vacations are over, kids are back in school, and voters are finally tuning in to a presidential race that’s competitive coming out of the party conventions. This year feels very different. With two prolonged primary seasons, two deeply polarizing nominees, and two conventions that were moved up by a month (from late August to late July), voters have been unable to escape the shadow cast by a bizarre and historic race for the White House. And with the GOP nominee trailing badly in nearly every national...
  • My Money Is on a Trump Victory

    08/29/2016 10:48:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The National Review ^ | August 29, 2016 | Heather R. Higgins
    Trump’s voters (and many are staying mum) are well aware of his flaws and might carry him to victory anyway. For what it is worth: Nothing is ever certain, and much could go wrong, but my money remains on a Trump victory. Why? 1) It feels a whole lot like Reagan in ’80 and Newt in ’94. Reagan was disliked by the establishment (who liked Baker or Bush), viewed with suspicion by professional conservatives (they liked Phil Crane, not a divorced, former Democrat, big-spending governor), and regarded with condescension by the media and the Left (who saw him as stupid...
  • The real scandal of EpiPen pricing

    08/25/2016 11:02:40 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 66 replies
    NRO ^ | 25 Aug 2016 | Kevin Williamson
    A couple of years ago, I got my front teeth knocked out by a combination of bad decisions and gravity. I had never so much as seen the inside of a dentist’s office, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The reality was amazing: I went to a tiny little office a few blocks down from National Review’s palatial penthouse at Buckley Towers, where a lovely young Indian immigrant gazed into my mug and compared some enamels samples like a painter trying to decide whether your living room is actually “Westhighland white” or more of a “Restoration ivory,” and...
  • The Nine Lives of Donald J. Trump

    08/23/2016 7:15:41 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 23,2016 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    Seasoned Republican political handlers serially attack Donald Trump and his campaign as amateurish, incompetent, and incoherent. The media somehow outdid their propaganda work for Barack Obama and have signed on as unapologetic auxiliaries to the Hillary Clinton campaign — and openly brag that, in Trump’s case, the duty of a journalist is to be biased. We have devolved to the point that a Harvard Law professor teases about unethically releasing his old confidential notes of his lawyer/client relationship with Trump. Trump’s political obituary over the last 14 months has been rewritten about every three weeks. During the primaries, each time...
  • FBI Rewrites Federal Law to Let Hillary Off the Hook

    07/05/2016 10:22:00 AM PDT · by Mariner · 161 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 5, 2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton...
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 2) Black black boxes

    06/28/2016 4:14:42 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 18 replies
    The Space Review ^ | June 27 2016 | Dwayne Day
    By fall 1959, a number of CORONA photo-reconnaissance spacecraft had already been launched under cover of the Discoverer program, but none had operated successfully. Program officials became concerned that the Agena spacecraft that carried CORONA might be vulnerable to tracking by Soviet radars, or possibly even deliberate electronic interference. They did not think this explained CORONA’s early string of failures, but it was a possibility they worried about. At the time, Harold Willis was working in the Office of ELINT located at CIA Headquarters when CORONA officials briefed him about their program and told him about their concerns. Willis also...
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 1)

    06/21/2016 7:08:55 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 16 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 20 June 2016 | Dwayne Day
    Tales of espionage are filled with lanky men in trenchcoats walking through cold Berlin streets at the height of the Cold War. But the most important intelligence—in terms of volume and reliability—was gathered by reconnaissance satellites far overhead. These satellites were precise, they collected vast amounts of information, and unlike spies, they did not forget, embellish, lie, or go rogue. Photographic reconnaissance satellites like CORONA, GAMBIT, HEXAGON, and KENNEN were in many ways the most prolific spooks. But they were also accompanied by other satellites, signals intelligence, or SIGINT, satellites that listened for the electronic whispers of radars and radios,...
  • Skygazers Have Already Found the US Government's New Spy Satellite

    06/20/2016 9:20:55 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 24 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 19 June 2016
    Last week, the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched NROL-37, carrying its latest spy satellite into geosynchronous orbit via Delta IV-Heavy rocket. But it only took amateur space enthusiasts a few days to locate the mysterious new craft in the skies near Malaysia, over the Strait of Malacca. While the contents and capabilities of the NROL-37 mission's payload are classified (the satellite is innocuously labeled US-268), its need to hitch a ride on the world's biggest rocket strongly suggests it is the seventh member of the Mentor/Orion family, an extra-large class of signals intelligence (SIGINT) satellites which help provide eavesdropping capability...
  • United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NROL-37 Payload for the National Reconnaissance Office

    06/11/2016 9:27:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    prnewswire ^ | 06/11/2016
    This mission was launched aboard a Delta IV Heavy configuration Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV), which featured a center common booster core along with two strap-on common booster cores. The ULA Delta IV Heavy is currently the world's largest rocket, providing the nation with reliable and proven heavy lift capability. Each common booster core was powered by an RS-68A liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine producing 702,000 pounds of thrust. A single RL10 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine powered the second stage. The booster and upper stage engines are both built by Aerojet Rocketdyne. ULA constructed the Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle in...
  • Launch of Delta IV Heavy with payload NROL-37

    06/11/2016 9:32:01 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    Scheduled for 11 Jun 16 at 1:51pm EDT Mission Live Updates 11Jun2016 12:19:30 EDT L-0 Day weather forecast The launch day weather forecast remains the same as yesterdays prediction with a 60% chance of favourable conditions at launch time. The radar shows some rain to the south of the area with some heavier rain off to the southwest. Certainly much better than Friday.
  • Surveillance satellite launching Thursday atop Delta 4-Heavy rocket

    06/08/2016 8:24:34 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 14 replies
    SpaceFlight Now ^ | June 7, 2016 | Justin Ray
    Surveillance satellite launching Thursday atop Delta 4-Heavy rocket CAPE CANAVERAL — One of the largest satellites in the world will launch aboard America’s biggest operational booster Thursday, riding that power to a listening post 22,300 miles above the planet for its clandestine eavesdropping mission, all indications suggest. A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will fly from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 37 at 1:59 p.m. EDT (1759 GMT). Although the duration of the day’s usable launch window has not been revealed, officials previously said liftoff would occur by 6:30 p.m. EDT (2230 GMT). Weather forecasters say there is a risk of...
  • Will Joe Biden be the Democrats’ next Frank Lautenberg?

    05/31/2016 11:52:52 AM PDT · by detective · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | May 31, 2016 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Last week’s shattering report by the State Department’s inspector general drew the conclusion that several of us at National Review have been urging for over a year: Hillary Clinton’s systematic conduct of government business over a homebrew e-mail system resulted in serious violations of federal law. Mrs. Clinton’s withheld tens of thousands of government records (the e-mails) for nearly two years after she departed the State Department. She failed to return all government-related e-mails upon demand. She destroyed (or at least attempted to destroy) tens of thousands of e-mails without consultation with the State Department. And she did it all...
  • Trump Would Press the Agenda That Drove His Voters from the GOP (Barf Alert)

    05/02/2016 9:16:48 AM PDT · by MeanWestTexan · 38 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 4/20/2016 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    I wonder when the Trump backers will realize they’ve been had. The 2016 GOP campaign has been overwhelmed by Donald Trump’s celebrity persona, by the can’t-take-your-eyes-off-it appearances where he might say or do anything — and “anything” includes expletives, incitements, and assorted idiocies that would have been disqualifying in the bygone times of, oh, five or ten minutes ago. But Trump is not the real story of the campaign. The real story is the Republican base’s rejection of the Republican establishment — i.e., the party leaders, prominent pols, lobbyists, and donors who make up the GOP component of the Washington...
  • Democrats: Why Should Obama Have to Deal with an Illegitimate GOP Congress?

    08/28/2013 3:26:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Rush ^ | August 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, we opened yesterday talking about Syria, and I'm not gonna spend much more time on it. I do want to share with you a fascinating quote. To me, this is really fascinating. It's not surprising, but to have it said is momentous. I didn't see this on TV. I didn't have the TV on last night. I was reading John Fund today at National Review Online, and the title of his piece is, "The World Turned Upside Down, Indeed." His point here is about Obama and the Democrats ignoring Congress, in whatever they do with Syria....
  • NR’s Jihad Against Trump—and America

    03/28/2016 7:54:16 PM PDT · by annalex · 50 replies
    Chronicles ^ | March 28, 2016 | John Seiler
    By:John Seiler | March 28, 2016 National Review’s jihad against Donald Trump turned against Americans themselves with Kevin Williamson’s screed, “Chaos in the Family, Chaos in the State: The White Working Class’s Dysfunction.” He writes about such working-class cities as Wayne, Mich., where I grew up after I was born in 1955. To this day, one-sixth of the city is the Michigan Assembly Plant. It’s a shot-and-beer town. Up until the 1974 Depression, the only way you could avoid providing for your family—your wife staying home with the kids and a cottage up North on a lake—was if you...
  • Kevin D. Williamson and National Review Are Elitist Scum

    03/21/2016 7:38:46 AM PDT · by xzins · 46 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 18 Mar 16 | George Rasley
    While movement conservatives would like to blame the Republican establishment for the rise of Donald Trump and the attendant political problems he has created for the national Republican Party, as our friend Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government, pointed out in a recent article for Breitbart, those whom we call “establishment conservatives” bear just as much responsibility for Trump’s rise.  And there is no better example of how DC’s snide elitist “conservatives” have helped create Trump than a recent cover article in National Review by one Kevin D. Williamson.   Mr. Williamson, who has apparently never done anything in conservative politics except pontificate for various elite journals, took to...
  • Trump and Affirmative Action [Trump's Fine With Affirmative Action And Criticized Justice Scalia]

    03/11/2016 10:31:03 AM PST · by Steelfish · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | March 11, 2016 | Roger Clegg
    Trump and Affirmative Action by ROGER CLEGG March 11, 2016. One addendum to David French’s post on the Michelle Fields matter: She was asking Mr. Trump about his stance on affirmative action, and rightly so. Despite his anti-p.c. reputation, Mr. Trump is on record this campaign as saying that he is “fine with affirmative action,” and he criticized Justice Scalia for raising the “mismatch” point at oral argument in the Fisher v. University of Texas case.
  • Trump Supporters Walk Out on Ted Cruz at CPAC - VIDEO!

    03/04/2016 5:04:09 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 181 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | March 4, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    So this happened. Trump supporters today walked out on Senator Ted Cruz during his CPAC speech.
  • Donald Trump's CPAC Speech-Activist plans walkout-National Review Online [twitter]

    03/04/2016 6:54:37 PM PST · by Syncro · 67 replies
    Twitter ^ | 3/4/2016 | HouseCracka
    The @cpac ambush was set up in advance. #cpac #cpac2016— HouseCracka (@HouseCracka) March 4, 2016
  • Trump and the Rise of the Undocumented Republicans (Misleading title)

    02/27/2016 5:06:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 25, 2016 | John O'Sullivan
    An exchange on the BBC after the Nevada caucuses had given Donald Trump 46 percent of the vote said it all. A perfectly pleasant BBC interviewer asked a political consultant (as best I recall): "But how are the Republicans going to deal with Donald Trump?" "Well, at present they're voting for him," he said. Good heavens, so they are. Not fellows wearing three-piece suits in Washington, the consultant added, but people who think of themselves as Republicans or as conservatives in towns and cities across America. Now, that might not continue. It's always an error to suppose that the future...
  • National Review: Trump Worse Than Hillary

    02/27/2016 1:53:37 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 352 replies
    Newsmax ^ | February 26,2016 | Joe Schaeffer
    The article appearing on the magazine's website Friday written by David Harsanyi reveals just how far National Review is willing to go to continue the war. It's title: "Why President Trump Would Be a Bigger Disaster Than President Clinton." "Whether you're an ideological conservative, a proponent of limited government, or someone who believes that the president has too much power already, you shouldn't think of this matchup as a contest between horrifying candidates," Harsanyi writes.
  • FLASH: Cruz Conservatives Hit Media-Rubio Lies

    02/25/2016 1:52:38 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 18 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | February 25, 2016 | CHQ Staff
    Cruz Conservatives Hit Media-Rubio Lies Including Comments from: Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman, Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council Dr. James Dobson, founder of Family Talk Radio Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The Family Leader Ken Cuccinelli, former Attorney General of Virginia and Republican candidate for Governor in 2013 Responding to false reports that conservatives are wavering in their support for Senator Ted Cruz for President, five of the conservative movement's most prominent leaders have issued statements reiterating their support for Cruz and calling on conservatives to unite behind the Texas Senator. Richard Viguerie, Chairman of...
  • Beating Trump in Debate (NRO Delusional with Rage)

    02/13/2016 7:23:01 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 163 replies
    I have a little bit of advice for Cruz and Rubio tomorrow when it comes to defeating Trump. Some of the advice is tactical, but the more important advice is strategic. Attack Trump early, relentlessly, on everything, and never, ever stop. The tactical advice is that you should stop saying that Trump is for single-payer. That is too bloodless. Say that Trump was for a government-owned, and government-rationed, health care monopoly. Also try to work in the argument that Trump would give us the corruption of the Clintons with the huge government of Bernie Sanders. Read more at:
  • I don’t give a damn what National Review thinks; It stops in November with the election of Trump

    01/26/2016 9:04:30 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 38 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/26/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    I am a conservative and have been all my life. I don’t need the snot-nosed, elitist pukes at National Review to “help me” out of my error. I support Donald Trump. People like the bunch at National Review have given us sure losers from Tom Dewey to Gerald Ford to the Bushes, Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney. They have done incalculable damage to America with their pointy headed elitism; now all that stops in November with the election of Donald Trump. That I am beside myself with anger at the nerve of this bunch doesn’t begin to explain...
  • National Review: It's Too Late to Dump on Trump

    01/25/2016 9:10:32 AM PST · by Sioux-san · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/25/2016 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    Matt Walsh tweeted his delight at a feverish chain of twenty-two essays denouncing Donald Trump in National Review. Coming only a few days after Sarah Palin's less than stellar speech announcing her support for Trump's candidacy, the Dump-on-Trump-a-thon bordered on hysteria... ...The tightly knit Brahmin caste feels the need to intervene....
  • Dinesh D'Souza: National Review Won't 'Dent Donald Trump's Real Support'

    01/23/2016 9:07:19 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 88 replies
    News Max ^ | 22 Jan 2016 | Bill Hoffmann
    National Review's scathing indictment of Donald Trump will do very little to dissuade most Republicans from supporting him for the GOP presidential nomination, conservative pundit and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza tells Newsmax TV. "I don't think this is going to dent Trump's real support," D'Souza said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." ... "It is good for intellectual conservatives to weigh in on this. Their points are not entirely invalid. Also, National Review historically has had a role of, you may say, policing the right. Even in Buckley's day," he said. "There was a John Birch Society, there were...
  • FNC'S Jesse Watters:National Review "Putting Pure Conservatism Over The Country"

    01/23/2016 9:33:37 AM PST · by Biggirl · 58 replies ^ | January 23, 2016 | Jeff Poor
    On Friday’s “The Five,” panelist Jesse Watters questioned the critics of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump who voiced their concerns about the candidate in a so-called manifesto about Trump published in the latest issue of National Review. Watters said Trump has qualities beyond conservative ideology that make him appealing as the eventual GOP nominee.
  • National Review just handed Donald Trump the Election

    01/22/2016 8:39:33 PM PST · by Amntn · 288 replies
    Republican Newswatch ^ | 1/22/16 | DOUG IBENDAHL
    National Review's publication of the collective anti-Donald Trump missives from 22 self-appointed conservative potentates has caused quite a stir in Republican circles. The nationwide responses range from, "Wait, I thought National Review went out of business years ago," to "Ed Meese? Seriously?" The Gang of 22 have officially become parodies of themselves. One would have to reach back to the days of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew to lift an adequate quote to describe them. "Nattering nabobs of negativism," "vicars of vacillation," "pusillanimous pussyfooters," "the decadent few," "ideological eunuchs," "the effete corps of impudent snobs," or "the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs...
  • D'Souza: National Review Won't 'Dent Trump's Real Support'

    01/22/2016 3:16:21 PM PST · by xzins · 111 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 22 Jan 16 | Bill Hoffman
    National Review's scathing indictment of Donald Trump will do very little to dissuade most Republicans from supporting him for the GOP presidential nomination, conservative pundit and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza tells Newsmax TV. "I don't think this is going to dent Trump's real support," D'Souza said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." "What it will do probably is ostracize Trump a little bit more within the intellectual ranks of the Republican Party, but those intellectual ranks are a small part of the overall strength of the party." D'Souza also suggested that National Review — founded in 1955 by William...
  • Reminder – Donald Trump’s 2016 NRO Critics Were President Obama’s 2009 Fan-Boys…

    01/22/2016 12:33:57 PM PST · by Bratch · 72 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | January 22, 2016 | sundance
    Reminder – Donald Trump’s 2016 NRO Critics Were President Obama’s 2009 Fan-Boys… Posted on January 22, 2016 by sundance REMINDER – By now almost everyone has acknowledged that Donald Trump has ripped the masks from most of the modern professional punditry who espoused to be conservatives yet showed their hidden ideological colors as elite globalists. In June millions of Fox News viewers saw FOX’s entire line-up of professional pundits proclaim borders shouldn’t matter; border walls won’t work; illegal alien amnesty was the only viable solution to decades of unenforced immigration law; and this was only in week #1 of Donald Trump’s campaign. Since...
  • Houston, We Have a Problem [RNC just disinvited NRO from CNN debate]

    01/21/2016 8:55:30 PM PST · by catnipman · 188 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 1/21/2016 | Jack Fowler
    Tonight, a top official with the RNC called me to say that National Review was being disinvited [from the CNN debate]. The reason: Our "Against Trump" editorial and symposium. We expected this was coming. Small price to pay for speaking the truth about The Donald.
  • National Review Online - Under Attack

    01/09/2016 6:43:48 PM PST · by Steve_Seattle · 105 replies
    Vanity | 1/9/2016 | Self
    I just came from the National Review Online website, and it seems to be under an unprecedented attack from trolls, who are flooding threads with obscene, hostile, and extreme content. The trolling comments are so pervasive that they would overwhelm the efforts of moderators to control them. This seems organized, and it is extremely disturbing even if you think NRO represents "pantywaist" conservatism. FR could be the next target for this sort of attack. The comments are so bizarre and often self-contradictory that they have - dare I say? - a demonic tone.
  • National Review Helps Clear Way For Rubio With War On Trump

    11/13/2015 11:27:34 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13, Nov. 2015 | Julia Hahn
    National Review’s Kevin Williamson is out promoting his soon-to-be released book entitled, “The Case Against Trump.” A recent news release from a public relations firm pushing Willamson and the book suggests that the book’s “thesis” will present both a condemnation Trump and the plurality of Republican voters who support Trump. The release reads in part: “THESIS… [Trump] has connected with an under-appreciated strain of right-wing populists, ranging from anti-NAFTA activists to outright white nationalists, by focusing his fire on a single issue—immigration, especially illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America. In this Encounter Broadside book, National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson...
  • Supporting a Tax Because It's a Spending Cut

    10/26/2015 10:11:36 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10-25-2015 | MICHAEL R. STRAIN
    Economists Lawrence H. Summers, Treasury secretary under President Clinton and top economics adviser under President Obama, and N. Gregory Mankiw, CEA chair under President George W. Bush, team up this morning in an op-ed supporting Obamacare’s Cadillac tax... They are right to do so, as the Cadillac tax actually cuts government spending (properly understood).
  • Trump Wrongs the Right [gOpee Flop Sweat]

    10/05/2015 7:33:06 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/5/2015 | Rich Lowry/Romesh Ponnuru
    It’s almost impossible to fathom what an unusual candidate Donald Trump is. Put aside his lack of political experience (except for his serial flirtations with running for president over the years). Never mind his violation of nearly every rule of thumb of politics: Always shoot up, never down. Avoid throwing reporters out of your press conferences. Pretend you don’t care about the polls. Maintain tight message discipline. Don’t wear hats! Disregard his constant feuds with nearly everyone, his blatant self-contradiction on basic policy questions, and his general outlandishness. Consider only these facts: Trump has been leading the polls for the...
  • The Question No Candidate Will Answer [The responses to this question have never been persuasive]

    09/21/2015 6:59:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/21/2015 | Kevin Williamson
    I like Jake Tapper, but I already was ready to punch him in the ear over the “let’s you and him fight” structure of the debate questions last week when he abandoned all pretense of adulthood and asked the candidates what they’d like their Secret Service code names to be. It was a low, cringe-inducing moment, and the candidates made it lower and cringier with their answers. (“Trueheart”? “Justice Never Sleeps”? Ergh.) Marco Rubio just barely acquitted himself with “Gator,” but the correct answer was: “That’s a dumb question, Jake, and I am not going to answer it. Now, back...
  • It’s All About Uber! Not.

    07/15/2015 6:13:15 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    he Phantom Menace to Holy Uber: It sure looks (to an outside observer) like some sort of bat-whistle went out to conservative bloggers that caused them (and, suspiciously, the Jeb! campaign) to tee up the idea that Hillary’s big economic speech would be a Luddite attack on Uber and the liberating technology of the ‘sharing economy.’ But then Hillary didn’t deliver the grist for the mill, choosing not to say much at all (shouldn’t that always be the expectation for a Hillary speech?) That didn’t stop the bloggers from unleashing their pent-up paragraphs anyway. (SNIP) It’s actually a step in...
  • This Mountain on Mars Is Leaking

    04/11/2015 4:22:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies ^ | Jason Major
    As the midsummer Sun beats down on the southern mountains of Mars, bringing daytime temperatures soaring up to a balmy 25şC (77şF), some of their slopes become darkened with long, rusty stains that may be the result of water seeping out from just below the surface. The image above, captured by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Feb. 20, shows mountain peaks within the 150-km (93-mile) -wide Hale Crater. Made from data acquired in visible and near infrared wavelengths the long stains are very evident, running down steep slopes below the rocky cliffs. These dark lines, called...
  • The Controversy in Indiana Is Trumped Up—but RFRA Isn’t a Good Law

    04/04/2015 6:04:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/04/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Back when there was more wisdom in the practice of law, meaning back when the profession had more humility, there developed a sage doctrine: Courts should resist ordering “specific performance” when a personal service contract is breached. The idea is that when a provider, especially one of small scale, breaks an express or implied agreement to provide a service to a consumer, it is not sensible for a judge to direct that the agreement be carried out as written. The doctrine leapt to mind during this week of manufactured controversy over the state of Indiana’s near-verbatim replication of the federal...
  • Is Schumer as Minority Leader the end of Rubio 2016?

    03/27/2015 3:43:38 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    How many Republicans who see Schumer immediately think of Rubio? Harry Reid was seen as being more of an associate of Boehner and Pelosi.
  • Democrats Can Run, But They Can’t Hide

    10/28/2014 1:28:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    National Review online ^ | October 28, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide.” In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can’t hide their record of voting for Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time. Now that the Western democracies have learned the hard way what the consequences are when you admit all sorts of people into your country — including people who hate both the principles and the people of your society — will that cause...
  • Whose sarin? (Obama exposed for Syria false-flag)

    12/18/2013 9:23:22 AM PST · by Abiotic · 42 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 19 December 2013 | Seymour Hersh
    Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the...
  • Robert Kennedy Jr., Aspiring Tyrant

    09/23/2014 5:51:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 9-22-14 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Blissfully unaware of how hot the irony burned, Robert Kennedy Jr. yesterday took to a public protest to rail avidly in favor of censorship. The United States government, Kennedy lamented in an interview with Climate Depot, is not permitted by law to “punish” or to imprison those who disagree with him — and this, he proposed, is a problem of existential proportions. Were he to have his way, Kennedy admitted, he would cheer the prosecution of a host of “treasonous” figures — among them a number of unspecified “politicians”; those bętes noires of the global Left, Kansas’s own Koch Brothers;...
  • Mark Levin’s Full-Throated Tribal Yell (The Empire Strikes Back!)

    04/30/2014 1:21:57 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | April 30, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Somebody will do a Ph.D thesis in political science one day on the psychology of this stuff. Follow the link to hear the full clip. It’s delightful. (snip) Imagine the kind of conservative bubble in which the thought of Sarah Palin as a “serious political contender” is considered incontestable. Imagine the kind of conservative bubble in which holding a female who once ran for vice president of the United States responsible for something she said in a public speech is considered an act of sexism and disloyalty. To be clear, I’m not offended by this freakshow vulgarian in the least....
  • MARK LEVIN torches NRO over Palin cheap shots

    04/29/2014 2:49:26 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 67 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | April 28, 2014 | Mark Levin, viaThe Right Scoop
    Mark Levin went after NRO writer Patrick Brennan for taking cheap shots at Sarah Palin over her NRA speech this weekend. (snip) Levin points out that Sarah Palin is out there “breaking her neck trying to get conservatives elected and trying to keep the base strong” and she’s dismissed by people on “our side.” “This is how “our side” treats “our side,”” Levin adds. “You’ll never seen the left or Democrats do that to a woman on their side ever!”
  • What's Wrong with the Right

    04/18/2014 5:55:02 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 18, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    National Review Online took another gratuitous shot at me Thursday in an article defending Ayaan Hirsi Ali, saying: “Hirsi Ali is no Pamela Geller. On the contrary, for her whole life, Hirsi Ali has used anger as a catalyst to great good.” Is it necessary to smear me in order to defend Hirsi Ali? And this is not the first time that NRO has allowed insults and defamation against me and other freedom fighters to run unedited. I hardly know why. But I do know that NRO has no guts, no spine, and no conviction.
  • Mumbo-Jumbo for Beginners (Mark Steyn)

    12/30/2013 11:33:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 24, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    A propos the big campaign here to fight off Michael Mann’s assault on free speech, several readers have asked me directly and also inquired in comments on NR’s fundraising post below what the appeals court judges’ ruling actually means in English. I agree that it’s helpful, when one is soliciting donations for a legal campaign, to provide an update on how the battle’s going, so I don’t know why one of NR’s editorial staff could not have posted the court order with an accompanying explanation. But what it means is this: Dr Michael Mann’s lawyer, John Williams, filed a fraudulent...