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Ron DeSantis, Torturer and Future President
Hello. I'm Ron DeSantis and I approve of the following message.
As you may have heard, I'm running for president of the United States. You could only have heard it because I announced it on an audio-only platform called Twitter Spaces, which my friend Elon Musk assured my staff is futuristic and will therefore appeal to hipster kids. We also ...Read more
Bring Back New York's Transit Police
Visitors to Bath, England, learn that the town's namesake first-century spa deteriorated following the collapse of Roman authority in the fifth century. Unmaintained, the reservoir silted up and blocked the drainage system, burying the facility and surrounding buildings under yards of mud.
Tutored by the Romans, the local English initially knew...Read more
Joe Biden and the Democrats: A Slow-Motion Train Wreck of Their Own Making
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll places the president's approval rating at a record low, 36%. In the modern era, no president has been reelected with numbers like these.
Fifty-eight percent of Democrats want their party to nominate someone other than Joe Biden in 2024. Of Democrats.
If the election were held today, Donald Trump ...Read more
America's Bizarro Take On Guantanamo: Punish the Victims, Reward the Criminals
A country that loudly and repeatedly expresses what it purports to be its principles, yet cavalierly ignores them on a whim, rightly earns the contempt of its own citizens and those of other nations, especially when the hypocritical government of that nation criticizes others for failing to adhere to their pompously proclaimed rules-based ...Read more
Biden's Reelection Campaign Begins Unimpressively
Coupled with leaks from inside his campaign, President Joe Biden's announcement video indicates the general tenor and strategy of his upcoming reelection bid.
Biden's messaging is especially notable for what it's missing.
Absent from the voiceovers and images is a reference to the COVID-19 crisis. Biden was arguably elected in the first place ...Read more
The Unpersoning of Anti-Biden Democrats
"Am I real?"
"Do I exist?"
"Do you see the real me?"
Humans have always asked themselves these existential questions. These days, Marianne Williamson and Robert F Kennedy Jr. have more reason to wonder about their corporeal status than most.
Earlier this week, because I felt that I deserved to suffer, I tuned into a political horse-race ...Read more
No Donald Trump Is Above the Law
In the United States, no man is above the law, not even the president -- if his name is Donald J. Trump.
A decade before 1884, when he was elected to his first term, Grover Cleveland fathered a child with Maria Halpin, a widow. Thing is, she testified under oath that Cleveland had raped her. Ambitious and wealthy, Cleveland did what any rich, ...Read more
The US Is Not a Democracy
Is a system working as well as possible? Inertia lulls people into believing that legacy products are great -- even that they're perfect -- without objectively considering whether it's really true. The QWERTY computer keyboard works, but the 1936 Dvorak version is superior. Skim milk makes you fatter. The U.S. may still be a shining city on a ...Read more
Democrats and Republicans Agree: Better To Lose Than To Shut Up
"When you surround an army," Sun Tzu counseled in "The Art of War," "leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard." Partisans on both sides of America's everything-looks-like-a-hammer politics have forgotten this basic tenet of strategy -- and are likely to pay for it.
Donald Trump announced that he expects to be arrested in New ...Read more
War With Taiwan? It Would Be Our Craziest War Ever.
America and the West have begun promoting the idea of a war against China over Taiwan. If China invades Taiwan, President Joe Biden has said, the U.S. would go further than it has in Ukraine, sending American ground troops as well as weapons. Thirty-seven percent of American voters agree with Biden. But how do you go to war to defend a country ...Read more
Ron DeSantis Has a Secret Weapon: He's a Master of Wedge Issues
Donald Trump remains the favorite for the GOP nomination. In theoretical 2024 matchups against President Joe Biden, however, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has begun to outperform the president where former President Donald Trump would be projected to lose. But DeSantis might falter once Democratic voters start to pay serious attention to him.