Category Archives: Headlines

The 2019 Conifer Awards

Call me conservative, but I love tradition. And there is no finer tradition on these pages than the month of December, when I get to make predictions for the coming year, and — as I’m about to do now — I hand out superlatives for the year that was. 2019 came and went all too […]

Jared Golden’s dangerous impeachment gambit

I’ll start with an admission: I genuinely like Jared Golden. To be clear, I view the manner in which he was elected to Congress to be repellent and illegitimate and I think that Bruce Poliquin should be the 2nd Congressional District representative right now. But Golden is a really decent person. He is pleasant, and […]

20 bold predictions for 2020

I will begin this annual tradition of mine by acknowledging a failure of my final prediction of 2019. You see, in last year’s column, I told you that this year I would simply do a top 10 list of my predictions, as the number of required predictions each year was getting unwieldy. Alas, there is […]

Why are there still Democrats jumping into the race for president?

There are currently 17 candidates running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, and there seems to be a little something for everyone? Do you want to vote for a socialist? Well, I’ve got great news for you, because socialism is the new black in the Democratic Party, and you’ve got plenty of people […]

ABC News demonstrates why so many Americans distrust the media

Most people in this country don’t trust the media. Gallup, which runs an annual tracking poll on public perception of the media, asks a rather simple question to people every year. “How much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media — such as newspapers, TV and radio — when it comes to […]

A tale of two China scandals

On two separate occasions this week, Americans have offended China, and prompted the country to react. First, the National Basketball Association was put in an awkward position when the General Manager for the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, tweeted an image with the message “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” The Rockets, at the time, were […]

The unstoppable impeachment train

Let’s be honest, this was always the way this was going to happen. As we all know by now, on Aug. 12, a whistleblower complaint was filed with the inspector general of the intelligence community by a CIA officer who had worked at the White House. The complaint, as we now know, alleged wrongdoing by […]

Climate change skepticism 101

On Monday, the United Nations held its 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, which was intended to push the world into advancing “climate action” on greenhouse gas emissions. It featured government officials, speakers, activists, intellectuals and academics, and of course plenty of scientists. On Tuesday, I had a long conversation with a friend of mine, who […]

Cancel culture claims Shane Gillis

I will admit that I have not been a regular viewer of Saturday Night Live for a long, long time. In my opinion, it has been about 15 years since it was consistently funny and featured cast members that I actually like. But I do still keep track of what they do occasionally, and will […]

As our memory fades, so too does our understanding

I don’t remember Pearl Harbor. Nor should I. I was born in 1980, three days after the 39th anniversary of the event. I wasn’t alive when it happened. I didn’t see it. I didn’t feel it. My knowledge of Pearl Harbor comes from news footage, dozens of documentaries, and some famous lines uttered by an […]