Democrats and selective memory

First we had Bush Derangement Syndrome; now it's Bush Derangement Amnesia. Democrat National Committee flack Brad Woodhouse appeared on Martin Bashir's show on MSNBC, where ratings are counted in gender studies graduates, to complain Republicans are mean to President Obama. Not like Democrats. They were inviting President Bush out to dinner and a movie every [...]

Redeeming the promise of ‘Never Again’

Concentration camp survivors sing Hatikvah (The Hope) inside the newly-liberated Bergen-Belsen, April 20, 1945 'I was in Dachau and Belsen. I saw chambers where hundreds of Jews were put to death every day. ... I saw the gallows in Belsen where Jews were hanged each Jewish holy day, while the rest were paraded to witness [...]

Newt changes name to ‘Reagan’, GOP changes name to ‘lemmings’

Newt Gingrich is a historian. An historian, as they say in the historian trade. Which only historians are allowed to join. But not you. You are not an historian. In fact, you are probably a Saul Alinsky radical or a member of the liberal news media. Nor did you work with Ronald Reagan. Newt worked [...]

I’m a John Carpenter fan, or ‘masochist’ for short

To be a John Carpenter fan is to submit oneself to perpetual disappointment. Every few years a new movie will come out, aficionados of Carpenter's early work will convince themselves, in defiance of both good sense and experience, that this is it; The One; the film that will reverse his artistic decline and restore 'The [...]

What’s the matter with Thomas Friedman?

It’s a question Israelis and Israel advocates of all political stripes have been asking in recent months. What has caused Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist and pro-market liberal, to lurch from centre-left defender of the State of Israel to increasingly shrill basher of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli government, and the state itself? We [...]

In defence of Martin Bright

If you'll permit the intrusion of a shegetz into the controversy attending the Jewish Chronicle's reporting on London Citizens, I'd like to add a few thoughts. London Citizens is an alliance of community groups based in the capital that brings together representatives from all the major faiths to be found in Britain. Hitherto known for campaigns on the [...]

By their fruitcakes ye shall know them

You can always judge a politician by their followers. Mitt Romney attracts the committed, Ron Paul the committable. Grassroots campaigners are essential in American politics, in those states with lengthy caucus and primary processes, and even elsewhere thanks to the Internet's empowerment of the ideologically energised. Politicians must rely on these people to get their message [...]

Ron Paul, an unexamined phenomenon

The American primary process, a kind of elongated sweeps for the cable news channels, is a four-yearly vaudeville show that doubles as a selection process for future leaders of the free world.  Imagine the aesthetics of American Idol welded to the intellectual demeanour of pro football. When it's the Democrats, there's also a touch of the campus [...]

Let us now praise an infamous man

Christopher Hitchens is gone.  ‘Dead’, he would prefer. ‘Gone’ is too mystical, a tacit indulgence of superstitious notions of a life beyond the temporal. ‘Death is certain,’ he insisted. ‘There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.’ Now who will rail? Now who will rage? Now who will reason? Hitchens was more than an [...]