Thursday, June 1, 2023

Let the Good Times Roll!


Friends, it looks like Kevin McCarthy's compromise deal with President Biden over the debt ceiling is moving forward and will soon be the law of the land.  I approve.  While our chronic overspending will continue, at least we've imposed a smidgen of fiscal discipline and proven that the GOP is a force to be reckoned with in D.C., despite its tenuous hold on the House of Representatives.  Hey, it could be worse!


Elon Musk, conservative icon, is in Red China, receiving hearty plaudits from the Chicoms.  Kinda makes you wonder whose side he's on, doesn't it?  That's easy: Musk is on Musk's side! 

Finally, here's a stinging analysis of Fox News's sagging ratings.  I must say, Fox deserves to take a hit for the contempt it recently showed to its viewers.  Whether any other network is in a position to take Fox's place -- well, that's another story.


BONUS: here's an image of glorious Kylemore Castle in Galway County, Ireland.  Very handsome!

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Is HAL 9000 Coming For Your Job?


Friends, if you're like most people, you probably think a supercomputer has it out for you -- or at least poses an existential risk to your job.  On the latter score, I suspect you may be right, and I, among many Americans, may see my career field cast into obsolescence by the rise of artificial intelligence.  Already, most computers are more personable and lifelike than I am.  It's just a matter of time before they're better at just about everything else!  Yikes.

This is just one of many fascinating topics that Brian and I cover on this week's Newsmaker Show.  We also address the presidential sweepstakes of Trump versus DeSantis, the significance of the deal on the debt ceiling, and the charms of the Emerald Isle!  When we get to This Day in History, Brian and I discuss the ousting of Richard Nixon and what it meant and means for the "Deep State", the Battle of Jutland, and the trial and execution of Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief organizers of the Jewish Holocaust.  

Now that's a radio show!  Ergo, only a certifiable lunatic would refuse to tune in...


Here's the article on A.I. and the threat it poses to humanity that prompted me to bring up the subject on the show:


In other news, although opinions differ on just how evil Anheuser-Busch is, as a corporation, its Bud Light brand is still getting hammered because of the company's embrace of Dylan Mulvaney, "transgender influencer", as a spokes...person.  I don't have a dog in this fight, but it is nice to see that conservatives can make a boycott stick, which will certainly get the attention of corporate America as nothing else could. 


Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is being criticized for having the temerity to make an overtly political statement at a tennis competition about a beleaguered country...that isn't Ukraine.  I mean, how dare he?  Doesn't he realize that staying on script is a requirement of the job? 

Perennial presidential candidate Chris Christie appears to have decided to join the race for the Republican nomination in 2024.  Apparently, all the other times the GOP base has slapped him down weren't enough!  He's back for more.

Finally, here's an excellent article on where we stand re: racial preferences.  It's getting harder and harder for schools and businesses to discriminate on the basis of race directly (much as they want to!), so they are increasingly turning to indirect means that are designed to achieve the same effects, i.e. increase black and Hispanic representation at all costs.  I believe it's likely that the Supreme Court will soon disallow any use of race preferences in college admissions.  I also believe it's inevitable that the cultural Marxists in charge of American education, and much else besides, will get around the ruling by pursuing more subtle and creative approaches to racial discrimination.  For instance, standardized tests are about to go the way of the dodo bird -- and we all know why.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

A Texas-Sized Kerfuffle


Friends, I don't pretend to understand the legal particulars, but Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been impeached by the (mostly Republican) Texas House of Representatives, meaning a trial will now take place in the Senate.  DJT is coming to the defense of Paxton, but it's hard to believe that so many Republicans would turn on Paxton merely based on charges that were...trumped up.  Impeachments have become all too common in modern American politics, but seldom do we see a party turn on one of its own.  Whatever happens, we can safely assume that the next Attorney General of Texas will be a conservative Republican, whether that's Paxton or someone else.  Long may it last!


In other news, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Generalissimo Biden have reached a basic agreement on a resolution to the standoff over the debt ceiling.  This surprises me not in the least.  It will probably be seen as a modest win for Republicans, which is nice, but what it won't do is put our country on a fiscally sound path.  That battle has yet to be fought, and it probably never will be -- not until members of Congress have no choice but to tighten our collective belt. 

Saturday, May 27, 2023

All Eyes on Florida


Friends, the mainstream media is dutifully following the party line, as always, and these days that means trashing the reputations of Florida as a whole and Governor Ron DeSantis, in particular.  Breathless reporting about alleged fascist atrocities, including book "bans" and disallowing LGBT indoctrination in the public schools, has the Left up in arms.  Civil rights groups are reinforcing the narrative by suggesting that people of color and members of the LGBT community would be "unsafe" if they visit the Sunshine State.  The irony, of course, is that no one is leaving Florida, plenty of people are moving there, and the actual, verifiable dangers that people of color, and people of no particular color, face living in deep blue jurisdictions -- from violent criminals, for instance -- concerns these civil rights organizations not in the least.  The "news" really is what you make of it!


Ron DeSantis has been taking his first shots at DJT, and I must say this line of attack rings true for me: DeSantis is saying that Trump got played, in effect, on COVID policy.  While he verbally protested the lockdowns and the mandates, he did nothing in practice to block them, and he even allowed Mister Lockdown himself, a.k.a. Dr. Fauci, to remain in charge of our pandemic response.  Is that the kind of insurgent leadership we need in D.C.?  I don't think so.  So often Trump seems to be all bark and no bite. 

I reflected recently on the significance of Elon Musk's seeming support for Ron DeSantis, and DeSantis's overall prospects in the race for the White House.  I haven't been able to access this article myself, but maybe you'll have more luck:


What would happen to a person who blamed one gender, or one race, for all the world's fundamental problems?  They'd get a sweet deal with Netflix, that's what!  They surely wouldn't be canceled.  Oh no -- not as long as they pick their demon gender, and their demon race, very, very carefully... 

Finally, I visited the Titanic Museum in Belfast today.  Very neat.  Coincidentally, amazing discoveries are still being made at the site of the shipwreck.


Relatedly, I'm learning a lot about Belfast's rich history, including its status as a great industrial city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Belfast's own Harland and Wolff is still cranking out massive ships as we speak! 

Friday, May 26, 2023

Luck of the Waddys


Friends, greetings from the Emerald Isle!  Your very own Professor Waddy is currently in Dublin, about to begin a two-week sojourn touring the length and breadth of Ireland.  For most of that time I will be part of an organized tour group with an expert guide, and I expect that will enhance my appreciation of Irish history and culture to no end.  I promise I'll do my best to bring back a leprechaun for each and every one of you!

In other news, we're inching closer to interfacing the human brain with computers, and I, for one, couldn't be happier.  I frankly don't see any way that I could ever live in a woke, Marxist dystopia -- like, say, New York State -- unless someone digitally alters my consciousness, permitting me to appreciate the upside of idiocy and civilizational self-sabotage...  And now there's hope!  Boy, is there any problem that Elon Musk can't solve?  What a fellar!

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Dreaming the Impossible Dream


Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show addresses the recently declared candidacy of Senator Tim Scott for the presidency.  Does he have a chance?  If so, is it one in a hundred or one in a thousand or one in a zillion?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Brian and I also talk over the politics of the debt ceiling negotiations, the increasingly high stakes battle over school choice and DEI, the question of "trans rights" versus parents' rights, the political viability of DJT, whether the U.S. and other Western countries are "complicit" in Chinese neo-colonialism, whether green energy can answer some (or all) of our energy needs, and the ongoing saga of E. Jean Carroll versus Donald Trump.


That's right: no time for "This Day in History" this week!  There's just too much breaking news to cover...




As you may have heard, an obscure governor by the name of Ronald Dion DeSantis has announced that he's running for president!  Who saw that coming?  Well, everyone, in point of fact, and probably DJT most of all.   DeSantis's launch was not without its technical glitches, apparently, but I personally find it interesting and telling that he did it via Twitter and with the active participation of Elon Musk, who's become something of an honorary conservative of late.  Can DeSantis take the heat of a presidential campaign, and can he survive barbs coming at him from Trump and the Dems and the media simultaneously?  We shall see.  I'll be watching, and I know you will too. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

To Trump, Or Not To Trump...


Friends, my latest article addresses what is arguably the most pressing question facing Republicans and conservatives these days.  No, not "Should I jump off a bridge?"  The question is: should we or shouldn't we choose Donald Trump as our candidate in 2024?  I examine both sides of the argument, and in doing so I might just give you something new to think about...


What are your thoughts on the wisdom of a third-straight attempt by Republicans to elect Donald J. Trump as president???




In other news, and there's lots of it, at least some Democrats are calling for Joe Biden to face real competition in the Democratic presidential primaries (sorry, but RFK, Jr. ain't it).  These Democrats see what's staring them in the face: Biden is a weak candidate, and running a weak candidate is just plain dumb! 

This is perhaps the most important thing currently happening in this country -- and I don't say that lightly.  There is a coordinated campaign going on (there's no other word for it) to tarnish the reputation and deny the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.  If this campaign succeeds, ultimately SCOTUS will be nullified by the executive branch, and our constitutional system will cease to function.  The stakes could not be higher!!!


Senator Tim Scott is officially running for president, and DJT...wishes him "good luck"!  Ha!  That tells you all you need to know about Scott's chances of becoming the Republican nominee, and it also tells you that DJT understands the obvious: the more candidates in the race, the greater are his chances of being the nominee. 

Good ole Fox News!  You gotta love it, right?  No, not really.  For any number of reasons, Fox's "conservatism" appears to be more feigned than genuine.  Here's a good example:


How important to the Left is their domination of the public schools, and, through those schools, their ability to indoctrinate the young?  VERY IMPORTANT!!!  Look at the North Carolina Governor's reaction to efforts by the Republican legislature to expand school choice: 

As you know, red states are trying to ban things like CRT and DEI, and that's a good thing, insofar as CRT and DEI are bad things.  However, I have my doubts about whether these legal efforts will do much good.  You can't really ban people from saying and thinking and doing Marxist things, and the Marxists can always adapt their terminology so that the ideological substructure remains intact.  Still, it's worth a try...


Finally, it didn't take E. Jean Carroll long to sue Trump...again.  Basically, the argument here is that, every time Trump defends himself from Carroll's accusations and denies his guilt, he's "defaming" her again, and thus may be liable for additional damages.  The Dems may have found a backdoor that will allow them to demolish the First Amendment!  I doubt this will shut Trump up, but it's a tactic that might be very effective against conservatives who don't have his deep pockets...

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Is Matriarchy the Answer?


Friends, it's a claim you hear with astonishing frequency on the Left: the world would be a much better, kinder, more equitable and peaceful place if women ran the show.  Natalie Portman, rarely for a progressive, is pushing back on this notion by observing that women are "simply humans".  What???  I'll accept (with misgivings) the idea that women are human, but why is an avowed leftist acknowledging that even females are capable of moral nuance?  Hasn't she read up on cultural Marxism, which stipulates that criticism of women is always sexist, and women are, as a sex, by definition blameless and aggrieved?  My advice to Mrs.Portman is that she rethink her position ASAP.  The Left does not tolerate ambiguity.  You're either good or bad, and you're either for them or against them.  And, if you're against them, it's only a matter of time before they crush you underfoot.  Don't say we didn't warn you, Natalie!

P.S. While we're on the topic, a legitimate riposte to Portman would be this question: don't women rule the world already?  I mean, sure, they don't literally occupy the (nominal) seats of power, but they may well be the √©minence grise that actually controls modern society.  Consider that women are, for instance, the majority of the electorate, and their support for Joe Biden is the reason why he prevailed in the last presidential election.  If it were up to men, Trump would still reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!  There's a strong argument to be made that many aspects of our popular culture have been feminized, too.  I'm just sayin': patriarchy ain't what it used to be...


In other news, the U.S. is inching closer and closer to default (on its debts), and Joe Biden is making it clear that it's those nasty "MAGA Republicans" who are to blame.  Gee, what a shock!  Even he seems to realize, however, that the sitting president just might suffer a tad politically if our economy goes down the drain.  Ergo, I believe there's a good chance that this game of chicken will lead to a deal, and to Republicans extracting significant concessions from the Biden Administration -- not that we will be deflected from our path to a fiscal apocalypse all that much, or for all that long.


Finally, many civil rights groups are warning Americans not to travel to Florida, where fascism and racism and sexism and homophobia and COVID and alligators are running rampant.  These notifications are pure political opportunism, of course, but they don't change the fact that progressives are coming to believe what they're told about Florida and about Ron DeSantis.  The bottom line: the vilification of DeSantis is "progressing" apace, and you can count on the fact that tens of millions of Americans are already dying to vote against him in 2024.  Does DeSantis have the potential to win in '24, and to outperform someone like Trump with independents, moderates, women, suburbanites, and voters of color?  Yes, he does, but no one should be naive about the tremendous obstacles that he, and any Republican nominee, would face.

Friday, May 19, 2023

Puppet Mastery


Friends, my latest article beats a familiar drum: I encourage New York's two Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to reject efforts to persecute and overregulate PBMs, i.e. "pharmacy benefit managers".  



Dancing to the Lobbyists' Tune Won't Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Chuck Schumer's heart is in the right place: he wants to lower health care and prescription drug costs for New Yorkers and for Americans, and he's calling on his fellow Senators, like our own Kirsten Gillibrand, to pass a major health care reform bill this year. We could certainly use one. The question is: what kind of reforms do we need?

Unfortunately, all too often regulators and Congresspeople fall for the “solutions” proposed by lobbyists and favored by major campaign contributors. And, all too often, these “solutions” backfire, increasing federal spending, health insurance rates, and out-of-pocket costs for ordinary citizens.

With the so-called PBM Transparency Act, it sure looks like many Senators are in danger of falling into this same old trap, even if they don't realize it. On the advice of players in the marketplace that have every interest in raising drug prices, they're proposing to crack down on a pillar of the health care industry – PBMs, or “pharmacy benefit managers” – that are already doing exactly what they're designed to do: exert downward pressure on drug prices and save Americans billions of dollars every year. Obviously, the lobbyists are having none of that!

Everyone agrees on the scale of the problem. Here in New York we pay more for health care than the residents of any other state (about $14,000 per year in 2020), just like we pay more in taxes, and invest more in our public schools. Seldom, however, do we get a return on these “investments” that justifies their vast expense.

New Yorkers, like Americans across this country, pay vastly more for the same prescription drugs than do patients worldwide. The truth, however, is that this problem could be worse. It will be worse, if we keep listening to the same lobbyists and special interests who got us into this mess in the first place. It will also be worse if we crack the whip against PBMs, which negotiate with pharmaceutical wholesalers to lower drug prices. PBMs reduce Medicare's outlays for prescriptions by 20%, and, by one measure, they save each and every American about $1,000 per year. Few little-known companies can make that claim!

No wonder, therefore, that the three corporations that dominate the drug wholesaling business – McKesson, Cardinal, and AmeriSourceBergen – would like to put these pesky PBMs in their place. And no wonder that the pharmaceutical and “health products” industry as a whole, which just reaped a record windfall from the COVID pandemic, is spending record amounts, $374 million in 2022 alone, on lobbying, with the goal of further padding their profits. That makes drug companies the top sponsors of political lobbying efforts, and by a country mile, too.

What's more, the benevolence of corporations like McKesson, Cardinal, and AmeriSourceBergen cannot simply be assumed. McKesson recently agreed to a $141 million settlement with its own shareholders over concealing the benefits it reaped from an illegal price-fixing scheme. In March, a unit of McKesson announced 800 layoffs, despite the company's robust sales and profitability.

Cardinal Health recently inked a $557 million deal to sell part of its Chinese operations to government-owned “Shanghai Pharma” – demonstrating an impressive capacity to monetize drug use under both capitalist and Marxist-Leninist conditions.

AmeriSourceBergen is the biggest of the three companies. It recently agreed to pay $6 billion to settle a case brought by the Department of Justice involving the careless distribution of opioids (a similar settlement was agreed with New York State in 2021), but it faces additional legal challenges on the opioid front. It also recently laid off 450 people, despite enjoying almost $1.7 billion in net income in 2022. Either to shore up its tarnished reputation, or to remove the sting of its association with a place as provincial as “America” (the company aims to boost its global reach), AmeriSourceBergen will soon rename itself “Cencora”.

If, therefore, the Senate wants only to scratch the backs of corporate megadonors and insider lobbyists, then by all means it should pass the “PBM Transparency Act” expeditiously. If, on the other hand, like our Senators Schumer and Gillibrand they want to improve our health care system and lower costs, they should tap the brakes. Punishing the few forces at work in American health care that exist only to control costs is not the answer.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: He appears on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480/106.9.


And here it is at the Olean Times-Herald: 




In other news, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is about ready to declare his candidancy for the Republican nomination for president.  Is he really running for president, or for vice-president?  Your guess is as good as mine, but I suppose, if DJT ends up in the Big House, virtually anything could happen in 2024, right? 


Fox News may or may not right the ship after the Dominion/Tucker Carlson debacle, but for now they seem to be firing people left and right.  That hardly seems like a good sign, does it? 


This is the second article I've seen about "No Labels" and its desire to run a third-party candidate for president.  This is the first I've seen about speculation that Joe Manchin could be that candidate.  I like the idea!  There's no quicker, easier way to elect Trump, and to send Biden into retirement, than by dividing the anti-Trump vote. 


Houghton University, a local Christian college, is in hot water because it fired two employees who refused to delete their preferred pronouns from their email signatures...although it is by no means clear that that was the only reason for their dismissal.  Bottom line: the culture wars are impacting Christian colleges and universities no less than they are secular institutions of higher learning.  What's more, wokeness is imperiling Christianity just as it is every other facet of Western Civilization. 


Finally, this is a very interesting article about Japan's internal dialogue about whether or not it should become more of a military power.  Japan increasingly believes that it requires robust means of self-defense, if it's to deter Chinese aggression, and it may even require offensive capabilities, if it's to come to the defense of regional allies like Taiwan and South Korea.  My take: Japan can build up its forces all it likes, but only nuclear weapons can guarantee Japan's security.  I know the Japanese have a well-founded aversion to nukes, but they do have their uses... 

Thursday, May 18, 2023

"A Woman's Right to Choose"


Friends, how did we go from a circumstance in which virtually no one questioned laws banning abortion, to one in which most women regard their right to terminate a pregnancy as fundamental to their human rights?  I guess you could say that, as per usual, it's all a matter of perspective, and perspectives on the rights of women, and the status (even the humanity) of the unborn, have changed a great deal in recent decades.

This is one of the main themes we explore on this week's Newsmaker Show.  Brian and I also consider the fallout from the Durham Report and the whole sorry spectacle of the Trump-Russia hoax, the frequency and credibility of claims of "rigged" elections, the reasons behind Tucker Carlson's firing, and the likelihood that the federal government will default on its debts.  When we turn to "This Day in History:, we consider the proliferation of nuclear weapons to India in 1974, Germany's qualms about the reliability of their Italian allies in 1943, and the legacy of the "Selective Service Act" of 1917.


Wow!  What a lineup, huh?  Hard to resist...




In other news, have you ever wondered how extensive leftist infiltration is in the sciences, and how the Left steadily expands its control of "objective" disciplines like, say, biology or physics?  Read on!  The political pressures on the scientific community are burgeoning all the time.  In the second article, you'll find that therapists are increasingly falling under cultural Marxism's spell too.


How do most Republicans and conservatives feel about Fox News?  That's a mixed picture.  How do they feel about Tucker Carlson and Elon Musk?  That's a much less mixed picture!  Bottom line: Fox faces some serious problems in retaining the loyalty and trust of its "base". 


Finally, RFK, Jr. is showing signs of seriousness as a candidate for president.  He's chosen Dennis Kucinich as his campaign manager, and you might remember Kucinich as a very effective anti-war Democratic Congressman.  Good choice, Bobby!  Smart people might actually listen to you.  Of course, no one has ever won an election just by appealing to smart people...