The opening ceremonies at the Summer Olympics worked as a terrific distraction. Brazil suffers through its worst economy since the 1930s. Its president faces impeachment. And the murder rate bests (worsts?) every nation on the planet. But the most populous country in the Southern Hemisphere can really put on a show. Read my article @ Breitbart on Brazil showcasing a 12-year-old rapping about racism, overbearing environmentalist sermonizing, and a pseudohistorical hero befitting of the whole multiculturalist narrative at the opening ceremonies.
Americans like their politicians to engage in idiocy after periods of long reflection rather than upon impulse. This helps explain the media pig-pile on Donald Trump for talking before thinking but praise of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for acting foolishly after much consultation, contemplation, and deliberation. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how Trump's foolish talk relegates Obama and Clinton's stupid actions to below the fold.
Donald Trump chose Mike Pence, one of the few politicians I've met and liked, as his running mate. The reality television star and the radio talk show host, for worse and better, provide America a snapshot of the Republican Party circa 2016. This isn’t your father’s GOP. It certainly isn’t George W. Bush’s father’s Republican Party. And it isn’t George W. Bush’s father’s father’s Republican Party, either. Or George W. Bush’s father’s father’s father’s — okay, you get the point. Read my column @ the American Spectator on the inevitable demonization of Pence and the strange pass received by Joe Biden, John Edwards, Henry Wallace, and other VP candidates lacking an "R" next to their names.
This week punishment came to one presidential candidate telling a truth and reward came to another telling a lie. Such perverse incentives regarding honesty created the bizarro political world we inhabit. Read my article @ the American Spectator on how a Republican presidential nominee got Iraq wrong—just not this nominee.
I trained for a half-marathon by eating a Hershey bar, drinking a Red Bull and two Cokes, and smoking at least two double-gordo cigars every day hunched over a computer for a week before the big race. I didn't run a single mile. Read what happened @ Breitbart Sports.
It’s a bad idea to outsource your government to foreigners. The British recognized this in voting to exit the European Union. Unsurprisingly, bureaucrats soon with undoubtedly less money and power than they possessed before the vote seek to punish a sovereign state for its insolence. They promise various global-depression Armageddon scenarios that belie their true fear: the destruction of their institution. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how hell hath no fury like a mandarin scorned.
An Islamic extremist killed 49 people in Orlando last Sunday. The president used the occasion for an angry denunciation of Republicans on Tuesday. His votaries blame Republicans, homophobes, and Christians. But the killer registered as a Democrat, actively pursued homosexual relationships, and in matters of faith proved decidedly non-Christian. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how one can kill 49 people but one that kills the narrative always serves as the greatest offender to the ideologue.
The ring lost The Greatest and then the rink lost Mr. Hockey. The former won a gold medal at the Olympics when Dwight Eisenhower served as commander in chief and lost the lineal heavyweight championship for the last time a few weeks before Ronald Reagan won the presidency. When the latter debuted, Bing Crosby generated the most box office; when he retired Burt Reynolds did. They remained great when the guys they started with no longer remained. Read my articles commemorating Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe @ Breitbart Sports.
The quadrennial national popularity contest underway pits the host of one of America’s longest running reality shows against a woman whose husband won election to the presidency. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how like the homecoming king and queen in high school, the presidential nominees turn out to lack genuine popularity when you discreetly inquire with the subjects.
Congressional investigators working under Rep. Frank Pallone never spoke to a scientist they accuse of wrongdoing in a report accusing the NFL of attempting to manipulate the grant giving of the National Institutes of Health. “It was all factually incorrect,” Dr. Richard Ellenbogen told me, “and if they would have asked me I would have told them.” The House Democrats accused Ellenbogen of trashing grant seekers critical of the NFL and trying to push his own grant. But Ellenbogen notes that he did neither. Read my piece @ Breitbart Sports on how in the war on football, as Aeschylus says about all wars, truth is the first casualty.