Stephen Hawking, RIP

Here’s my Stephen Hawking story. It takes a minute, but we’ll get to him, I promise.

The Women’s March Has An Anti-Semitism Problem, And So Much More

At the Nation of Islam’s 2018 Saviours’ Day Address, the organization’s leader Louis Farrakhan took the stage to attack “that Satanic Jew.” Farrakhan—who once praised Hitler as a “very great man” and said God put Jews in the ovens—called Jews “the mother and father of apartheid,” and declared that “when you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door.”

Sitting in the crowd, clapping along with other attendees, was the co-founder of the Women’s March Tamika Mallory.

Mallory was shredded for her support for Farrakhan. After over a week of radio silence, the March finally put out a statement that can best be described as tepid, saying it was “not aligned” with Farrakhan’s views but neglecting to condemn the man himself.

Continetti in Claremont Review of Books: The Washington Senators

Sens. Jeff Flake and Ben Sasse

I must be a glutton for punishment. Toward the end of last year, I spent some time reading seven books by five different senators: Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, Mike Lee, Al Franken, and Elizabeth Warren. When I was finished I wrote up my observations for the Claremont Review of Books, which was gracious enough to publish them. Maybe the editors pitied me.

Natalie Portman, Oscar Predictions, Xbox (New Substandard)

In this latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, leave a review!), we discuss the sci-fi-horror-drama Annihilation. Sonny gives the big boy review, another reviewer was left angry and confused, and JVL thinks Natalie Portman’s better acting days are behind her. Yes, we do get into the Portman oeuvre. No, no one mentioned Mr. Magorium’s Wonder …

John Gizzi, Up Close and Personal

John Gizzi

John Gizzi was running late to yesterday’s White House press briefing. In fact, a camera briefly captured the Newsmax White House correspondent squeezing into a row of seats while Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was fielding questions.

All Obama’s Scandals That Didn’t Embarrass Him

Barack Obama

These days Barack Obama is apparently delivering speeches at “major sports analytics” conferences. But he never misses an opportunity to display his hubris. “We didn’t have a scandal that embarrassed us,” Obama said of his eight years in office. “I know that seems like a low bar. Generally speaking, you didn’t hear about a lot …

Ode to an American Hero

Normally I would save this sort of thing for the Free Beacon‘s annual Man of the Year celebration, but some things simply can’t wait. Some heroism needs to be celebrated immediately. Behold: the hero Gotham needs right now: