Tag: National Review

Mann v. National Review, Judges v. First Amendment

 

The assault on the First Amendment continues. On December 22, more than two years after it heard our appeal of a lower-court ruling, a sweet-time-taking three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued a ruling in the Mann v. National Review case. The case stems from this July 15, 2012 Corner post in which Mark Steyn, quoting in part from something Rand Simberg had posted on the Competitive Enterprise Institute website, laid into global-warmist Penn State prof Michael Mann’s infamous “hockey stick” graph, Mann himself, and his Penn State bosses.

On the ruling’s upside: The court tossed out Mann’s defamation claim against National Review and Rich Lowry over his August, 2012 “Get Lost” NRO piece replying to Mann’s lawsuit threat.

But that aside, in legal gobbledyegook that even John Yoo might have a hard time deciphering, the judges said the case against NR, Steyn, CEI, and Simberg could proceed to trial. Here is the ruling and here is the website for NoDoz (you might need it). It’s not difficult to see why some very initial reports of the ruling (which claimed the judges tossed the case) were wrong.

Trashing Kevin Williamson

 

This post is to criticize Kevin Williamson for a recent column at National Review.

There was a previous post that was undertaken by another Ricochet member, in which he criticized Kevin Williamson for the same column. That post became to heated with emotional responses and unhelpful rhetoric.  Factiousness emerged.  Hopefully we can do better and consider the column on its merits at this post.  The column is deserving of criticism.

Conservation Is Conservatism. Animal Rights Radicalism Is Not.

 

Michael Scully has apparently decided to take leave of his senses and join PETA.

Then, to take a final illustration, we have the 5 or 6 percent of our population who still think it is normal, and indeed praiseworthy, to stalk, sneak up on, and dispatch animals for no better reason than the malicious thrill of it, memorializing these moments with their “trophies.” It’s a passion captured by an American bow hunter who wrote of deer, “I have so loved them that I longed to kill them,” and these days it extends well beyond deer to “game” of every kind. The creepiest of the lot is a type whose low character can escape no outsider to the trophy-hunting mania: thousands of people who compete throughout the world to kill the most and biggest animals. Members of outfits such as America’s own Safari Club International, these hunters are mostly men of means who still assume it is their prerogative to kill even elephants, rhinos, lions, grizzlies, and every other kind of creature in every place on earth.

The Moral Challenge

 

The election of 2016 provides a moral challenge. I think the responses reveal moral confusion.

I have been reading about how “morally compromised” I am alleged to be. This comes from the NeverTrump crowd.  I see it here at Ricochet, and I see it at National Review, and I see it from elected Republicans. I have been called “immoral” so many times that I am feeling cranky about it. I am writing this post to push back against the charge that I am immoral because I prefer Donald J. Trump over Hillary R. Clinton.

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Oops… Trump’s plan, even in its most primitive iterations, always has been based on the entirely commonsensical principle that America’s immigration policy should serve American interests. Taking this as a starting point, Trump laid out a ten-point policy that emphasizes securing the border, enforcing immigration laws, prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens, and creating the […]

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I started using the Internet in the early 90s, before Mosaic (father of Netscape, grandfather of Mozilla, great grandfather of Firefox) was widely available, when one used tools like TELNET, FTP, and GOPER and email clients like Pine and Mutt (still used today on UNIX and BSD command lines the world over). At one point, […]

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The Flagship podcast featured the race baiter, Avik Roy. Listening to him I was so fascinated to hear left wing memes about race come out of his mouth. Let’s admit it, NR has lost control of a huge chunk of their base and their ability to influence the GOP is in the toilet, too. I […]

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A Conversation with Kevin D. Williamson

 

Kevin — co-host of our own Mad Dogs & Englishmen podcast — and I sat down to discuss political punditry in 2016. Though he believes that “armageddon sells” in political discourse and that there are economic problems on the horizon, things aren’t as bad as they’re made out to be. As an original Never-Trumper, his opinion of the Republican Nominee is unwavering. I ask if he and his likeminded colleagues have painted themselves into a corner. He also answers those on Ricochet who suggest SCOTUS is a legitimate reason to pull the lever for Trump in November.

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For those who use Twitter, Charles C.W. Cooke’s twitter feed has been a sight to behold today. NR’s resident 2nd Amendment expert has been rebutting progressives and defending the 2nd and 5th Amendments all day long. Gotta love a conservative pundit who ventures outside of right-wing media and engages with the unfiltered general public.  Preview […]

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David French Should Resist Bill Kristol’s Exhortation To Run For President

 

David-FrenchBill Kristol of The Weekly Standard has been on a mission to recruit a candidate to mount an independent White House bid as a conservative alternative to the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. (You know, in case there is anyone left who doesn’t already know that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee.) In early May reports circulated that Kristol was courting former nominee Mitt Romney to make the bid. Around that same time, Kristol was also talking up a potential run by Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse who has made his own call for an independent candidate. Presumably, Kristol has has touted or attempted to enlist others as well.

The latest reporting suggests that after being rebuffed by nationally recognized and politically accomplished figures the likes of Romney and Sasse*, Kristol has found his independent candidate in National Review’s David French, a constitutional lawyer, Iraq war veteran, and author who is little-known beyond the readership of conservative online media.

I like David French. He is currently one of my favorite political commentators. He is smart, a very good writer, a true believer in limited, constitutional government, and a great patriot. He is unquestionably qualified to be President of the United States on his own merits and all the more so when compared to the presumptive nominees of the Democrat and Republican parties. If you want to sample his writing to get a sense of the man, take a look at one of my favorite recent pieces, “Small Acts of Cowardice Are Destroying Our Culture.”

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Before NeoCon became a slur meaning war-mongering Jew it referred to a group of classic liberals. Most of them were Jews, and they were anti-Totalitarians who thought NeoMarxists had taken over the Democratic party. They became Republicans, and never looked back. Until now. The leftist caricature of the Republican party is now the nominee. Mr. Trump is the embodiment of unapologetic toxic-masculinity. […]

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  The lovely Miss Timpf, National Review’s answer to a question most conservatives have most certainly never asked, but could be tempted, if they’re young enough…, has a new post: A couple somewhere in America started a movement to persuade people not to have sex with Trump-supporters–moving all of less than an hundred people, so far so good. […]

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Do you have fifteen minutes? Listen to this interview: This is what it takes to make me speak up for as opposed to against Mr. Jonah Goldberg, until recently a star in the intellectual firmament of recent American conservatism. He lays out his case against talk-radio-at-its-best for its connivance in the rise of Mr. Trump. Mr. Bennett, I believe, […]

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So some of our fellow Ricochetti are taking over FOX by storm, bringing sense & an end to the simplistic fears concerning the election & others are taking the NYPost by storm & testifying to the sins of the establishment. These are the salad days!, the halcyon days!, the heydays! Except for the republic, but […]

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Credo, ut Intelligam

 
Tessellations

“Tessellations,” MC Escher

I had the true pleasure of meeting a provocative and charming cadre of the Ricochetti in Manchester, New Hampshire recently at the Ricochet/National Review get together. Greetings to all my new friends! It was deeply satisfying to be with such sparkling, philosophically compatible company.