Free Jeremy Lott E-book on Mitt, Obama & Mormonism

Your diarist wrote it up as a “special report” for Human Events. The e-book in pdf format is about 7,500 words long, laid out for easy reading, and is absolutely free. Please get your copy right here and then post in comments what you thought of it. Read more

Republicans vs. Good News

In a post at Politix, I look at how conservatives and Republicans reacted to the new jobs report. In two words: not well: Former GE CEO Jack Welch tweated that the jobs numbers were “unbelievable.” He charged, “these Chicago guys will do anything…can’t debate so change numbers.” So many right-of-center critics followed Welch’s lead that Redstate’s Erick Erickson cautioned, “I don’t think it is healthy for conservatives to scream that both the polls and the jobs report are cooked.” (more…) Read more

Sailing With William Butler Yeats

It is, for reasons that I dare not go into at this time and perhaps ever, a perfectly lousy Sunday afternoon. Fortunately, some of our more thoughtful forbears wrote down words to come alongside us and help us bear up under it. It’s funny that their scribblings should have such an effect, but they do. They do. Consume my heart away; sick with desire And fastened to a dying animal It knows not what it is; and gather me Into… Read more

My Case that Obama Threw the Debate

It’s published in Splice Today today. I argue that the president likely threw off the first debate to stave off boredom. Seriously: It’s broadly acknowledged that President Obama got beat like a drum by Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate in Denver. Even Slate, that bastion of phony contrarianism, couldn’t find a single pundit foolish enough to argue Obama had won it on points or on style. Every poll of debate watchers found at least a clear plurality thought… Read more

Rope-a-Mope

Serious question: Did President Obama intentionally throw last night’s debate? And if so, why? Read more

Presidential Debates and Hackery

Don’t have much to add to tonight’s presidential debate, but let me say this: If any pundit argues Barack Obama won tonight’s debate, mark it down and never pay attention to this person again. Read more

There Goes My Superman Hearing

Your diarist is about to sign off and head down to Seattle for the day to watch a Mariners game with Mum, Dad, the kid brother and several relatives rarely heard from. The only thing that could put a damper on things is what appears to be an inner ear infection. The right ear is full and nearly deaf, which reduces my hearing to about what a normal person can make out. Super hearing has been both my super power… Read more

Less Stalker-y Than Usual!

“I want to win.” That’s the subject line of Barack Obama’s latest e-mail in my inbox. I was going to give him some grief about it. However, given my long history of complaints about the stalker-y tone of e-mails from the Obama campaign, this one really isn’t so bad. The president gets a pass, just this once. Read more

Once More Around the Sun

On days like this I like to remind myself that age is just a number — an ever-growing, horrifying number. Read more

Good Old Fashioned Democratic Hate Speech

Why is it that so many literary folks, who have fine judgment when it comes to books, are raving lunatics when they write about politics? Today’s exhibit is Paul Constant, books editor for the Seattle alt weekly The Stranger. His name is an almost (excuse the pun) constant presence on Real Clear Books. But then he turns to writing about politics, and his IQ plummets like a rock. In his feature write-up of the Republican and Democratic conventions, Constant begins… Read more