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Quotes of the Day

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

What is the role of art? Is it, as Lenin and his fellow thinkers believe, a tool to shape minds? Must we reject art that is impure, that comes from sources we hate or preaches messages we find distasteful? I cannot support this; indeed, I strongly reject it. It is a variation on the politicized […]

Video: Come to Bullets & Bourbon in December

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

As I mentioned at the start of the month, I was out at Rough Creek Lodge near the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex videotaping the vast resort with an aerial drone to help promote our upcoming Bullets & Bourbon event in December. With a major assist from my friend Steve Green on narration, I’ve incorporated the best […]

Obscure Niche Market Publisher Seeking to Transfer Family Business to Sons

Saturday, June 13th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

With Fox News, Rupert Murdoch created a product that filled a niche — half the country, as the old line invariably attributed to Charles Krauthammer goes. At NewsBusters, Jeffrey Lord writes that Murdoch is “The Man Who Broke the Iron Grip of Liberal Media in America:” My favorite Rupert Murdoch story? It goes like this. Murdoch […]

RIP Vinnie Musetto, Greatest Newspaper Headline Writer Ever

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Front page headlines don’t get any better that “Headless Body In Topless Bar,” and Vincent Musetto of the New York Post was the man who wrote it. He died of cancer yesterday at age 74: The headline appeared above an article about an infamous crime in which a psychopath entered a bar in Queens, shot […]

Chapter One, She Adored New York

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

In “Real New Yorkers Can Say Goodbye to All That,” Megan McArdle of Bloomberg writes a Woody Allen/Joan Didion*-esque ode to her hometown, before concluding: That Saturday night [before moving to DC] I had three parties to go to, in three parts of the city. I was determined to pack them all in, because when […]

Quote of the Day

Saturday, June 6th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

What Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) don’t get is that every cultural story is not a political one. No conservative politicos are outlawing reassignment surgery or banning trans Americans from public office. There is no effort to toss Jenner in jail or force E! to drop their latest reality show (unlike similar […]

Go Fly a Drone!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

In December I’m going to be joining Glenn Reynolds, Dana Loesch, Ed Morrissey, Kevin Williamson, Roger Simon, Steve Green, and Mark Rippetoe for a spectacular Second Amendment program called Bullets & Bourbon.  The event will be held at Rough Creek Lodge, which is a fantastic venue in Glen Rose, Texas (about an hour and a […]

In Defense of Joe Biden

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Joe Biden is still the VP of the worst administration in American history. The country may not survive the damage he and Barry have caused. Right now, however, he is a man dealing with the worst blow life can inflict on a person, the death of a child. On behalf of Ace of Spades HQ […]

Quote of the Day

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” Absolutely true — even if George Orwell never wrote it directly. As to how the phrase became credited to the Prose Artist Formerly Known as Eric Blair, Quote Investigator has you covered.

R.I.P., B.B. King, 89

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“The thrill is gone: Blues legend B.B. King dead at 89,” Fox News sadly reports: B.B. King, the legendary blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist, died Thursday in Las Vegas, his attorney said. King was 89 years old. Attorney Brent Bryson told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. local […]

‘In Texas, We Shoot Back’

Monday, May 4th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Elton Simpson was the first figure identified in the latest eruption from the Religion of Peace™ — an attempted massacre at an exhibition of anti-Islamist cartoons in suburban Garland, Texas, which ended in the shooting of Simpson and his coconspirator, because Texas is where terrorists go to get out-gunned at an art show,” Kevin D. […]

You’ve Won Against the Gun Bullies—Here’s Where to Celebrate

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Glenn Reynolds has a new video produced by PJTV at the recent NRA convention; at Power Line, Scott Johnson links to it and writes: In the video [above], Glenn Reynolds files a video commentary from the NRA convention earlier this month in Nashville. Although it’s only two minutes long, Glenn’s report mixes personal observation with […]

‘Sexy Conservatives Will Out-Breed Barren Liberals’

Monday, April 20th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Shot: That critical thinking plays a role in falling birthrates is backed up by a study conducted at Kansas State University, in which researchers found that “people’s desire to have children is most influenced by the positive and negative interactions, and the trade-offs.” These are detailed elegantly in an essay by Lionel Shriver, the author […]

Quote of the Day

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

We are masters of our character, choosing what we will stand for in this life. Veterans today have had a unique privilege, that of having seen the tenacious spirit of our lads, like those young grunts preparing for a patrol by loosely wrapping tourniquets on their limbs so they could swiftly stop their own bleeding […]

So Far, Marco Rubio Knows How to Play the DNC-MSM Game

Friday, April 17th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“The media’s ageist hypocrisy” is explore by Noah Rothman at Hot Air, who notes that “Rubio has so far been able to deftly navigate around the landmines clumsily set by the press on his pathway toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination:” Since revealing his candidacy on Monday, Rubio has subjected himself to interviews with news […]

Jackie Robinson, Republican

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“On Jackie Robinson Day, Let’s Remember When He Was Fired From the New York Post for Being Too Republican,” Matt Welch writes at Reason. As Kate McMillan likes to say at her Small Dead Animals blog, “I felt a great disturbance in the narrative:” Today is the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s […]

Founder of Time Magazine Approves Marco Rubio’s Presidential Campaign Slogan

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

That’s a map. MT @DanaBashCNN: New @marcorubio 2016 logo. Note American flag over the “I” pic.twitter.com/WZeKkj0yx2 — Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) April 13, 2015 Besides not knowing the difference between flags and maps, I wonder how many young journalists (read: DNC operatives with bylines, such as this cub reporter on the make) working at […]

Clinton Versus Clinton

Monday, March 30th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Shot: Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against ppl bc of who they love #LGBT http://t.co/mDhpS18oEH — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 27, 2015 Chaser: Flashback— The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed the House unanimously & the Senate 97-3. #RFRA pic.twitter.com/kz0N7krR2P — Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) March 28, […]

Quote of the Day

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“The pen is mightier than the sword” is flatly false unless you are willing to use the sword to defend the pen. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 7, 2015 .@benshapiro @instapundit From one of my all-time favorite columns http://t.co/EYEdRGc7EU by @DavidAFrench pic.twitter.com/4pbeJIOryx — Michael Greenspan (@MichaelGreenspa) March 5, 2015  

‘How Spock Became a Sex Symbol’

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Virginia Postrel, writing in Bloomberg View, notes that “When ‘Star Trek’ debuted in 1966, showing a beautiful black woman and a dashing Asian man as bridge officers was an idealistic political statement. Turning someone who looked like Leonard Nimoy into a sex symbol, however, was entirely unintentional:” Before he played Spock, Nimoy, who died today […]