There has been much outrage from liberals in the media about the fact that a libertarian billionaire bankrolled Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker. (Flashback: good triumphs over evil.) Many have suggested that this is the death of free speech and an independent press, because anyone who annoys Thiel will face punitive and frivolous lawsuits from now …
About eight-and-a-half years ago, the folks at Gawker made a big to-do about outing a libertarian tech billionaire named Peter Thiel. According to Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker, Thiel “was so paranoid that, when I was looking into the story, a year ago, I got a series of messages relaying the destruction that would rain down on me, and various innocent civilians caught in the crossfire, if a story ever ran.”
Yesterday we learned the form of the destructor that Thiel chose: Hulk Hogan.
Remember “The Donald Trump Jam” from the Pensacola-based Freedom Singers? “Come on, boys / Take ’em down!” It wasn’t my fave, but those lines get stuck in my head all the time, especially when I think of
[a grim joke about violence at rallies]—never mind.
Well anyway, I think it’s fair to say that the girls’ little ditty has more than met its match in Randall Russell’s new composition “Trump Force One,” a chugging rock tune worthy of, uhh, “Juke Box [sic] Hero”-era Foreigner. Trust me: What it lacks in melody or interesting chord progression it more than makes up for in raw ‘Merica.
If you’ve been following the Democratic primary and the past season and a half of HBO’s Game of Thrones, you have seen a seemingly harmless yet essentially crazy old man leverage an even more passionate cult following into breaking the will of the ruling class.
That’s because Bernie Sanders and the High Sparrow are the same person, and Bernie is doing to former first lady of the United States Hillary Clinton just what the High Sparrow did to former Queen of the Seven Kingdoms Cersei Lannister.
We all know that the presumptive GOP nominee has pledged to “Make America Great Again.” Being a bit of a wonk myself, I’m interested in details. While I admit to being somewhat encouraged by his recently released list of potential Supreme Court justices, as someone who borrows his political credo from the Duke of Norfolk*, I want more. A Washington Free Beacon analysis finds that there are at least eight things Trump won’t be able to make great again.
Bryce Harper, the wunderkind Nats hitter who no longer gets to swing his bat, thinks baseball isn’t fun. He thinks there should be more self expression and that hitters should be allowed to whoop it up when they crush a pitch. Here’s Harper: “Baseball’s tired,” Harper says in the lengthy piece, which was posted online on Thursday and will be on newsstands …
So a few days after flooring us with the scoop that a Catholic politician is sending his son to a Catholic school, Breitbart, a news website founded by a man raised Jewish, is denouncing William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, as a “renegade Jew.”
The piece, headlined “Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew,” carries the byline of David Horowitz, a California-based Jewish writer.
I’ve mentioned before how troubling I find Donald Trump’s use of the term “the Tiananmen Square riots,” how I think it’s indicative of an authoritarian mindset—or, at least, an authoritarian-curious mindset. Needless to say, then, I also found it disturbing that the presumptive Republican nominee would hint that he might use the power of the federal government to investigate and destroy businesses that displease him.
Here’s Trump, talking to Sean Hannity last night:
Of course Barack Obama will go to Hiroshima. If there is any cause for surprise, it is that it has taken him seven years to work up his nerve. A trip to where America killed some 100,000 Japanese subjects of the Emperor Hirohito—no one knows the exact death toll—in order to call for “a world without nuclear weapons” is so natural a gesture for this president.