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  • Trump Anxiety Disorder

    08/06/2018 1:29:20 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 30, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It's what Harvard medical researchers call Trump Derangement Syndrome. "In a 2017 essay for a book co-edited by psychiatrists from Harvard Medical School and the Yale School of Medicine, clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning of Evanston, Ill., called the condition 'Trump Anxiety Disorder,' distinguishing it from a generalized anxiety disorder because 'symptoms were specific to the election of Trump and the resultant unpredictable sociopolitical climate,'" Matt Kwong reported for the CBC. "Though not an official diagnosis, the symptoms include feeling a loss of control and helplessness, and fretting about what's happening in the country and spending excessive time on social media,...
  • America’s Next Civil War Will Be Worse Than Our Last

    07/26/2018 7:41:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 205 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 07/26/18 | H. W. Crocker III
    Of that we can be sure. In the summer of 1862, just weeks before the Battle of Sharpsburg (or Antietam) — the bloodiest single day of fighting in American history — Union Captain George Armstrong Custer attended the wedding of Confederate Captain John “Gimlet” Lea at Bassett Hall in Williamsburg, Virginia, as best man. The Union officer was dressed in blue, the Confederate officer in grey, and Custer being Custer spent the next two weeks flirting with the Southern belle cousin of the bride, even joining her in singing “Dixie.” At one point she told him, “You ought to be...
  • Who Killed Robert Kennedy?

    05/30/2018 2:47:46 PM PDT · by Twotone · 98 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 30, 2018 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    I have never believed in conspiracy theories. Though some critics have lumped me in with conspiracy theorists excogitating on Clinton aide Vince Foster’s death in Fort Marcy Park and other such phantasmagorias, I plead innocence. It is just too difficult to keep a conspiracy under wraps. Particularly in Washington and New York, where garrulity is the rule. A conspirator sitting on a big story is likely to tell someone for money or for prestige or for the sheer fun of it. If I recall correctly, even Woodward and Bernstein eventually told their secret about Deep Throat, and that was a...
  • President Donald Trump’s Best Week Ever

    05/12/2018 10:31:14 AM PDT · by ethom · 21 replies
    Donald Trump has just enjoyed the best week of his presidency. His detractors, whose mood swings remain inversely proportional to the president’s popularity, suffered through a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. Instead of a path to war, the president’s words persuaded the North Koreans to release three Americans held in captivity, formally end their war with South Korea, and agree to June talks with the United States on neutral ground. Talk of a Nobel Peace Prize abounds. Domestically, tranquility ensues. April’s jobs report indicates a 3.9 unemployment rate. This marks the first time in the new millennium that...
  • We Have Lost a Friend

    01/04/2018 10:31:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2017 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- My friend and colleague Donald Rieck, president of The American Spectator Foundation, died late last week in an automobile accident. He leaves two charming and very young children. He also leaves many friends throughout the conservative movement and shocked colleagues at The American Spectator. He was 50 years old. Don was, as Roger Kaplan chronicled in his Spectator obituary: "A force to be reckoned with. Burly, direct, always busy, he was the kind of man who let you know he wanted whatever he asked for yesterday, even if he had not mentioned it to you yet, and yet...
  • If you liked 2017, you’ll love 2018.

    01/01/2018 12:25:42 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Jan 01, 2018 | Jed Babbin
    Cynics and pessimists are annoying because they’re usually right. 2018 will be a very good year for them. If we look ahead, through an appropriately jaundiced eye, we can see a year filled with crises unresolved, political maelstroms and too much unaccomplished. In short, a pretty normal year. Let’s start with the obvious. The media, in their war against Donald Trump, have not yet begun to fight. Impeachment talk will run parallel with their breathless expectations for the Mueller investigation, which will continue at least past the November election. More indictments are coming but none will be on anything remotely...
  • Trump praised for his courage, named ‘Man of the Year’ by The American Spectator

    12/02/2017 11:24:12 AM PST · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Jennifer Harper
    Some have already spotted a winner, however. The American Spectator has named Mr. Trump as its official “Man of the Year,” and one who has stood fast and stayed on task during a trying year. “Through it all he has held his head high, eyes focused on his goal of Making America Great Again. For which The American Spectator applauds this particular president of the United States — a man of decided courage, conviction — and consequence” writes contributing editor Jeffrey Lord in explaining the publication’s rationale.
  • President Trump: The American Spectator Man of the Year

    12/02/2017 2:53:53 PM PST · by Pollard · 11 replies
    The words were spoken by Edward Stuyvesant Bragg, a one-time Union general in the Civil War turned-Congressman from Wisconsin. At the 1884 Democratic National Convention, Bragg, then a congressional candidate, was selected to second the nomination of New York Governor Grover Cleveland for president. Cleveland had made his reputation as governor by being a staunch opponent of New York City’s corrupt Tammany Hall political machine, fearlessly taking on members of his own party as he championed reform of state government. Thus it was that Bragg stepped to the podium of the party’s National Convention and uttered the phrase that would...
  • They Stink

    09/12/2017 6:05:59 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | September 11, 2017 | Scott McKay
    Cultural institutions dominated by the Left seem to be populated by the unqualified and incompetent. Here’s something you probably already know but may not have noticed: in any institution which has been taken over by the more egalitarian/iconoclastic/redistributionist elements of our society, which at this point generally includes nearly every one of the industries which control American culture, a very wide space is made for the inclusion of people who are manifestly, unquestionably and ridiculously unfit to contribute at the level they are appointed for. This is a phenomenon not exclusive to the Left, mind you. Before cultural institutions like...
  • A Flawed President Whose Pugnacious Divisiveness Uniquely Suits the Moment’s Need

    09/05/2017 4:07:23 PM PDT · by Twotone · 21 replies
    American Spectator ^ | August 31, 2017 | Dov Fischer
    Any fair assessment of our President is that he is flawed as a person. His sense of self much exceeds the norm. Some of his insults famously transcend those we associate with the meme “Politics Ain’t Beanbag.” On discrete occasions, he has disappointed staunch supporters by punctuating certain powerfully valid viewpoints with “facts” that are so demonstrably wrong that they approach the coveted Gold Standard for Public Falsehood established by the dual-gender political tag-team of Clintons and exceeded only by Barack Obama. (See also: “Shovel-ready jobs”; “If you like your [ ], you can keep your [ ]”; “More young...
  • Antifa: The New Ku Klux Klan

    08/29/2017 4:47:19 PM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    American Spectator ^ | August 29, 2017 | Jeffrey Lord
    Over at Conservative Review a while back, in a column titled “The Left’s Violent DNA,” I noted the following after the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise: Question: What do the Ku Klux Klan, the labor movement, Students for a Democratic Society, the Weathermen, Occupy Wall Street, and congressional shooter James T. Hodgkinson have in common? Answer: They all emerged from the murky depths of leftist politics. And all have a history of violence associated with their politics.” As if to prove the point the fascists of Antifa — stunning, I know, that real fascists would label themselves “Antifa” for PR...
  • Trump’s Irrelevant Approval Rating, and Other Various and Sundry Items

    08/24/2017 10:08:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 25, 2017 | Scott McKay
    Musings upon a sultry August. Earlier this week, I spoke to a local Republican women’s group, and one topic of conversation which came up is something often discussed in this space; namely, the Left’s tone-deaf insistence on cultural aggression as a form of power politics. In my speech I described the effect of this thusly: it makes little difference what Trump’s approval rating is, because the Democrats’ rating is a lot lower. That might be hard to poll, because the Democrat Party might poll better than Trump and at the moment none of the potential candidates of that party are...
  • Donald Trump’s Problematic Device

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

    08/20/2017 3:40:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 08/18/17 | Marcus Calpurnius Flamma
    For all their faults, Democrats have always been far more astute at the long game. Sadly, Steve Bannon was effectively fired in February. Bannon’s long road to exile began on December 29 last year, when Michael Flynn had an innocuous conversation with the Russian ambassador eavesdropped on and unmasked by Obama officials. After leaks to the Washington Post (probably from the recently fired Sally Yates or her cohort), Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor. Trump needed to fill the position quickly, with someone Democrats calling for Flynn’s scalp wouldn’t object to. He reached into the swamp, and pulled out Army...
  • Obamacare: Time for Trump to Make Congress Share Our Pain

    07/31/2017 8:03:25 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 22 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 07/31/17 | David Catron
    The President has the authority to eliminate its illegal exemption immediately.President Trump, having watched the Senate writhe in protracted labor for weeks without giving birth to even the ridiculous mouse dubbed “skinny repeal,” has taken to Twitter and issued this ultimatum: “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” It would be unwise for Trump’s enemies — on either side of the aisle — to disregard this as bluster. The President not only possesses the authority to follow through on both threats without consulting Congress,...
  • About Those Trump Supporters

    07/18/2017 11:33:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 19, 2017 | Judah Friedman
    For years, millions of Americans have been held hostage by the leftist liberal and media platforms. Living in the shadows of society as they watched their incomes flat line, and factories and professions shut down. They have been mocked for their faiths and ridiculed for their beliefs, constantly being told that’s what’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander. Pushed so hard, they collectively screamed: “We are mad as hell, and we aren’t going to take it anymore.” So, on that fateful November 8th, Americans didn’t necessarily vote for a president, as much as they voted for the...
  • Trump’s Defense of Universal Truths in Poland

    07/07/2017 7:15:08 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies
    american spectator ^ | George Neumayr
    In one of the most powerful passages of his speech, he recalled the religious resolution of the Polish people against the Soviets: Through four decades of communist rule, Poland and the other captive nations of Europe endured a brutal campaign to demolish freedom, your faith, your laws, your history, your identity — indeed the very essence of your culture and your humanity. Yet, through it all, you never lost that spirit. Your oppressors tried to break you, but Poland could not be broken. And when the day came on June 2nd, 1979, and one million Poles gathered around Victory Square...
  • The Life & Death of the American Spectator (Oldie with important lessons)

    07/02/2017 6:59:58 PM PDT · by LS · 44 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 2001 | Byron York
    One Friday afternoon last July, Wladyslaw Pleszczynski, the No. 2 man at The American Spectator for twenty years, from its time as a small-circulation conservative intellectual review through its run as the shouting voice of anti-Clintonism, rummaged through the magazine's shut-down office in Arlington, Virginia, cleaning out his desk before movers arrived, on Monday, to cart everything away. The Spectator had been sold nearly a year earlier to the high-tech guru George Gilder, who, in changing the magazine to a journal of the New Economy, decided to fire the staff and move the operation to his headquarters, in Great Barrington,...
  • Obamacare and the Gutless Wonders of the GOP

    05/01/2017 6:44:43 AM PDT · by ctpsb · 40 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 05/01/2017 | David Catron
    Their timidity on Obamacare repeal has made them a national laughingstock. "....Yet the party that ended slavery and successfully championed women’s suffrage, both in the face of violent Democratic opposition, can’t muster the courage to repeal even the worst provisions of the Affordable Care Act. This cowardice has now inspired the law’s apologists to openly mock the GOP and President Trump."
  • Trump Wins YUGE in a Government Shutdown

    04/23/2017 11:51:36 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 101 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 24, 2017, 12:04 am | LARRY SCHWEIKART
    We’re looking at a possible government shutdown next Saturday, and that’s got some conservatives nervous. They shouldn’t be. Admittedly, past government shutdowns — or threats of shutdowns — have worked against conservatives. With Trump, however, it would likely be a different story.... even a partial shutdown plays precisely into the Trump agenda and his campaign promises of draining the swamp. Trump’s base, as well as “swing voters” who are fed up with out of control spending, would, of course, be cheered by such a move. Moreover, such a shutdown plays into Trump’s hands by giving him every excuse to slash...