Saturday, April 30, 2022

California Does It Again


Friends, my last article was about reverse racism -- which I like to call "racism" -- in California, and I've been inspired to write another!  That's because the University of California system recently announced that no Native Americans will be charged for tuition and fees.  Well, gee -- I can't imagine why anyone would have a problem with that...  Oh, wait: it's WRONG, it's ILLEGAL, and the people of California have made it clear they want no part of race preferences.  And those are the points I make in my latest article.  California is a cautionary tale, people, because -- trust me -- these same racist policies are coming soon to an area near you.  That's if they haven't already done so.

California's Comprehensive New System of Racial Discrimination: Jimenez Crow?

The future happens first” in California, it's long been said, and, as it tries to actualize that axiom, the Golden State has been laboring mightily of late to pioneer new ways to discriminate in favor of protected classes like women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people in the LGBT community. Granted, all such discrimination is illegal and unconstitutional in California and nationally, but that's never stopped the state's Democratic overlords before, and it isn't going to stop them now.

It's official, therefore: in our nation's most populous state, discrimination is back in fashion!

Anyone who pays attention to the news knows all about this. California's legislature has created a web of new laws designed to uplift the marginalized and punish the privileged. Recently, a Los Angeles County court struck down the state's historic corporate diversity law, which created quotas for the representation of racial minorities and members of the LGBT community on corporate boards. Where the legislature failed in its bid to institutionalize “Jimenez Crow”, however, the state-supported University of California is stepping up to the plate.

On April 22nd, the president of the prestigious University of California system announced a program to cover all costs, including tuition and fees, for Native Americans who matriculate. Why would this blatant display of racism be allowed, when so many others have been slapped down by the courts? The UC system is hoping that aid which is provided to students from federally-recognized tribes (and possibly state-recognized tribes as well) will not technically be considered racial or ethnic discrimination. Good luck with that!

It will be a hard case to make, since the UC president's own announcement of the program made it clear that racial and ethnic grievances are at its heart: The University of California is committed to recognizing and acknowledging historical wrongs endured by Native Americans. I am proud of the efforts the University has made to support the Native American community...”

Likewise, the “Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria”, which is funding part of the scholarship program, asserts that “In the spirit of our ancestors we are driven to take care of our environment and our people”. And who are “our people”? Anyone who is Native American, of course! Do you suppose a scholarship program established on such a basis could be described as “race-neutral”? Hardly!

Hopefully, California and federal courts will do their jobs and remind California's leaders once again that every American has a moral and legal right to be judged based on his or her individual merits. Are many potential Native American students in the UC system deserving of aid, based on academic merit or financial need? No doubt they are. Then let them apply for such aid and be granted or refused it according to the same fair, unbiased, and universal standards that apply, or should apply, to everyone else. That, after all, is the American way.

It's also, for the record, what the people of California want. In 2020, they voted overwhelmingly against Proposition 16, which would have legalized race preferences.

But is California's woke elite listening? Please! Do they ever?

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 American Greatness:



In other news, you may have heard that the U.S economy shrank by 1.4% in the first quarter.  Now, two consecutive quarters of negative growth equals a...recession.  Could we be on the cusp of one?  Whether we meet the textbook definition really isn't the issue, of course.  If Americans feel as though the economic climate is bleak -- which, naturally, in some ways it is -- then the Democrats will have to pay the political penalty.  Tough luck, geniuses.


Lastly, the Russia-Ukraine war grinds on.  Russia appears to be targeting Ukraine's transportation infrastructure, which only makes sense, because it sure looks like a massive quantity of Western arms are in the pipeline, and I'm sure Russia would love to make the delivery of said arms to the front impossible.  Another key question: is Ukraine training lots of new recruits who could be fed into the meatgrinder?  Is Russia?  Right now, as I understand it, less than 200,000 men are fighting it out in Donbas.  Clearly, Ukraine and Russia are capable of fielding MUCH bigger armies.  Will they?  The logic of escalation would suggest that it's just a matter of time... 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Nuclear Combat, Anyone?


Friends, there's so much going on in terms of current events that this week's Newsmaker Show didn't even make it as far as "This Day in History".  Brian and I considered recent developments in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, with an eye to forecasting the degree of danger we face of nuclear war.  My intuition tells me that we'll probably step back from the brink, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it, with "statesmen" like Sleepy Joe at the helm...  Brian and I also tackle the declining toll of the COVID pandemic, the import of Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter for the future of free speech and pluralism, and the lessons of the French presidential election.  

Allons-y!  Pull those baguettes out of your ears and listen in to this week's broadcast...




Some of you may be wondering what my reaction is to Elon Musk's Twitter acquisition...  Well, the Newsmaker interview says it all, but in a nutshell I'm cautiously optimistic.  Yes, Musk appears to value free speech more highly than most Democrats do.  Maybe most Republicans, for that matter.  That's all to the good.  However, many complications will remain.  How much will content still be moderated, and how fairly?  How relevant is Twitter, since it has far fewer members than several other social media platforms?  Isn't a multiplicity of platforms preferable to one mega-platform, even one controlled by a benevolent autocrat like Musk?  To what degree can Musk overcome institutional resistance to his advocacy of free speech, i.e. will Twitter employees and/or advertisers sabotage his attempted transformation of Twitter?  Assuming Twitter does become an unbiased, fair-minded public square, will the Left mobilize all its forces to destroy Twitter (and Musk), as it did with Donald Trump and his movement?  Finally, what are the prospects for a rediscovery of the value of free speech at Facebook, Apple, Google, etc.?  I don't have answers to these questions, but, as I heard Glenn Greenwald say yesterday, the recent changes at Twitter can hardly put conservatives in a worse position in the digital realm.  The likelihood is that we'll be better off, and that's a small miracle, in this day and age!


In other news, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis looks looks more and more appealing as a 2024 GOP nominee, but he's got one giant hurdle ahead of him: DJT.  If I were Ron, I'd try to co-opt Trump and charm him into staying on the sidelines.  I sure as heck wouldn't take him on mano a mano.


We don't mention it nearly as often as Facebook or Twitter, but it's worth remembering that one of the world's most trusted sources of information is a "social media" entity called Wikipedia.  And -- you guessed it! -- it leans way to the left. 

Russia's economy is being buffeted by Western sanctions, but you wouldn't know it looking at the value of the ruble.  Thanks, in part, to rising gas prices, the ruble is at a two-year high.  That could help keep Russia in the fight in Ukraine.


No less an unimpeachable authority than Dr. Fauci now says that the COVID pandemic is over in the U.S. of A.  Wow!  Does this mean I can finally leave my house??? 

Good news!  You can now sign up for a credit card that is explicitly conservative and supports conservative causes and organizations.  What a refreshing change!


Finally, the prestigious University of California system is promising free tuition, plus free room and board, for all Native Americans who matriculate.  In other words, it's racial discrimination galore in the UC system!  What else is new?  I predict yet another lawsuit based on the obvious argument that offering scholarships solely on the basis of race is...racist, and it's prohibited by anti-discrimination laws.  Duh! 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

The Lost Generation


Friends, I wanted to share with you this very stimulating analysis of what is wrong with the rising generation, and what wrongs have been done to them by our political, cultural, and economic elite.  Youngsters increasingly feel hopeless.  In some ways, they do face major headwinds and challenges.  On the other hand, a series of catastrophist ideologies are also being fed to them on a daily, if not hourly, basis.  One factor which this analysis doesn't mention is debt.  It's always amazed me how indifferent young people are to the steady accumulation of public debt by the generations currently in power.  We just spent $6 trillion fighting COVID, for instance.  That's $6 trillion that your kids and grandkids will be paying interest on ad infinitum.  It's also $6 trillion that, when our credit runs out, future generations won't be able to borrow.  Our spendthrift ways, in other words, come at a cost, and it's a cost that we refuse to pay, but we insist that future generations pay for us.  They ought to be hopping mad.  Instead, they're too busy figuring out which gender they are, and fiddling with their smartphones, to care.  Ignorance is bliss?  Apparently not, because they're also the most depressed and self-pitying generation ever.  It's a sad state of affairs!


And here's another fine article.  Remember how, before the 2016 election, the establishment and the Left wrote off Donald Trump as a clown and a huckster?  They assured us he could never be elected president...  Well, in the wake of DJT's "defeat" in 2020, and the debacle of January 6th, the establishment and the Left seem to have reconvinced themselves that Trump is a spent force.  I mean, it's so obvious that he's a fascist, insurrectionist, criminal degenerate -- why would anyone vote for such a man???  And yet, to the American people, it's apparently not obvious at all.  Trump currently enjoys the highest favorability rating that he has ever received (since RealClearPolitics began tracking his numbers in mid-2015).  Polls say he is well-positioned to win in 2024, if he decides to run.  Now, some of this may be illusory, or at least transitory.  That's because Trump currently benefits from the fact that the media isn't obsessively trying to undermine him.  He's simply not in the news as much as he used to be, and pretty much all the news he used to generate, in certain papers and on certain networks, was negative.  If Trump runs again for president, the merchants of Trump-hatred will redouble their efforts, needless to say.  Despite all that, Trump has indeed mounted a remarkable comeback.  The establishment and the Left would be foolish to dismiss him in 2024 as they did in 2016.  My guess is that ultimately they won't be caught napping this time around. 

Friday, April 22, 2022

The Great Purge


Friends, leftist efforts to exclude prominent Republicans from the ballot in 2022 (and 2024) continue, and, so far, no judge has ruled on the merits of their central argument: that any Republican who questioned the outcome of the 2020 election and supported efforts to overturn the certified results was implicitly engaging in "insurrection", and is therefore ineligible to run for federal office ever again.  In Georgia, it looks like Brad Raffensperger, Trump-hater extraordinaire, may get to decide Marjorie Taylor Greene's fate -- unless the federal courts intervene.  This story is still developing, folks.  Don't lose sight of it!


In New York State, an appeals court has found that the Democrats' redistricting plan is indeed gerrymandered and illegal.  That gives Republicans some hope that they may get a fair shake this Fall.  Some hope, but not much. 

Trump's Truth Social app has been struggling to accommodate all the people who want to use it, but it now looks as though its capacity is about to surge, thanks to Rumble.  That's great news.  If and when the app starts working like clockwork, I look forward to "joining the revolution" myself.


Twitter recently censored a British professor who made a joking reference to Shakespeare's line about "killing all the lawyers".  Twitter promptly backed down, but then the professor called for more censorship on the platform.  What would Shakespeare make of all this?  Would he call for us to "kill all the professors"?  Hopefully not, since I'm one of them. 

Questioning the validity of an election is INSURRECTION, dontcha know?  Except that it decidedly isn't when Democrats and leftists do it.  We all know about the Stacey Abrams saga, but, as this poll reveals, most Democrats continue to question the results of the 2016 election too.  Originally, most of them believed that the Russians interfered directly with the counting of ballots.  This poll doesn't specify how the Russians "interfered" with the election and changed the outcome, but the details hardly matter to the Bolshies anyway.  Flash forward to November 8th, 2022, and I'm not exactly going out on a limb when I predict that the Dems will propound a myth that Republican victories this Fall will also be the result of Russian "interference" (plus "voter suppression", naturally).  Some lefties will try to learn the lessons of 2022 and tack to the center, sure, but the true believers will double down on neo-Marxism and Russophobia and "fascist"-baiting and maintain a steady course.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

A Cautionary Tale


Friends, you may think that free speech is under threat here in the U.S., as censorship and the deplatforming of conservatives rise inexorably, but the truth is that our rights to free expression are better protected than such rights are in many other Western countries.  Check out these shocking stories.  In Brazil, the country's (left-leaning) top court is persecuting conservatives, and not by excluding them from social media or preventing them from giving lectures on colleges campuses -- conservatives are being fined and jailed!  That's because the court is operating under a judicial philosophy which says that speech which is "false", or even just socially irresponsible, is not protected.  Let's face it: leftists in America increasingly feel the same way.  So far, they're not able to use the tools of law enforcement and the justice system to enforce their preferences (most of the time), but, if leftists ever came to dominate our courts, how long do you think it would take before the categories of prohibited speech would multiply?  Food for thought.  The second article deals with a similar topic: the growing trend in Europe of banning references to the letters "Z" and "V", because of their significance to Russian nationalists.  Are you kidding me?  The way things are going, flashing the "V for Victory" sign at someone on the streets of Paris or Berlin would get you hauled off to prison... 

In other news, while the U.S. cultivates a new Cold War with Russia, China continues to spread its economic tentacles all over the world.  By many measures, China has already surpassed us -- which is precisely why, of course, China can get away with almost anything, and Russia can't.


It looks like Tulsi Gabbard is getting ready to sue Mitt Romney because of his claim that her questioning of U.S. policy in Ukraine is "treasonous".  Romney is, as usual, following the establishment's party line: anyone who dares to criticize its hawkish policies in Eastern Europe is a "Russian asset".  I say: good for you, Tulsi!  The Left has questioned U.S. policies in the midst of countless wars -- wars in which the U.S. was a participant rather than an onlooker, I hasten to add -- and now it, and its RINO fellow travelers, have the gall to accuse a patriot and a veteran like Gabbard of treason?  I think not!!!


Finally, never underestimate the saliency of history to Europeans, who immerse themselves in nationalist mythologies much more readily than we do here in the States.  Russians fighting in Ukraine are apparently raising the same "victory flag" there that flew over Berlin in May 1945.  What's more, the Russians seem to be gearing up their Donbas offensive so as to notch some victories before their version of "V-E" Day, which is on May 9th.  We scoff when the Russians say they are fighting "Nazis" and "fascists" in Ukraine, but, whatever we may think about it, quite a few Russians believe it!  So, then, what are the chances that they will back down? 

Wimbledon Double Faults


Friends, tonight I say: shame!  Shame on the All England Club at Wimbledon for its recent decision to virtue-signal by banning all Russian and Belarussian players from its tennis championships.  I object on countless levels.  First, isn't excluding people based on national origin a crime?  Isn't that considered a form of bigotry?  Not when the nationality in question is despised by leftists, I guess.  Second, who's to say that every Russian and Belarussian is a Putin-backer or a militarist?  They might be working hard to end the war between Russia and Ukraine, but they won't be judged by their merits or based on their actions -- only based on the passport they carry.  That's wrong.  Lastly, what's the sense in booting out every Russian and Belarussian when players from countless countries plagued by war, dictatorship, oppression, slavery, and state-sanctioned murder are routinely welcomed at sporting events worldwide?  For heaven's sake, let's end the politicization of sports once and for all!  And, once again, shame on Wimbledon for stooping to these cancel culture tactics.


In other news, Elon Musk is claiming that Netflix's subscriber woes are caused by its "woke mind virus", which is making its programming "unwatchable".  Now, I watch mainly fare on Netflix that isn't created by Netflix, so I wouldn't know, but it's common knowledge that a woke agenda is part and parcel of many of the shows and movies that Netflix generates.  Netflix's cozy relationship with the Obamas tells you everything you need to know.  I must say, a la Musk, I'm often tempted to assume that any recently made entertainment is bound to be so laden with woke nonsense that I'm better off sticking with "oldies but goodies".  Who's with me? 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Hitler's Birthday Surprise


Friends, people will take almost any excuse to eat cake -- even the birthday of one of history's most prolific mass murderers.  That being said, I hope you enjoy a nice big slice of Hitler upside-down cake today (the upside-down part makes it not a hate crime)!

Hitler's birthday comes up in our "This Day in History" segment in this week's Newsmaker Show.  Brian and I also covered -- in-depth, mind you -- Disney's travails in MAGA-heavy Florida, the latest developments in the Russia-Ukraine war, Elon Musk's star-crossed machinations aimed at acquiring control over Twitter, Biden's plans to run for reelection, the lessons to be learned from school shootings, and the surprising demise of the mask mandate for air travel and public transportation.

It's about 26 minutes of pure broadcasting gold, folks!  Don't miss it.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Trump Offers an Olive Branch to Russia and Ukraine


Friends, not for the first time, Saint Donald is excelling his fellow men in wisdom, prudence, and compassion.  That's because, while most of the West calls for escalation in Ukraine, and the immediate dispatch of more weapons to facilitate more killing, Trump is calling for negotiation and an end to the bloodshed at the earliest opportunity.  As he points out, peace is often harder to arrange than conflict, and it can require extraordinary patience, forbearance, and selflessness, but I daresay everyone involved in this war would be better off if it ended now, rather than six months from now, or years hence.  As Trump says, it never should have started in the first place, so let's do what we can to undo all the mistakes and missteps -- and heaven knows there are plenty to go around -- before more innocents are killed.


Russia's big push in the Donbas has just begun, and where it will lead no one knows -- certainly not me!


How is Russia keeping in the fight?  Western sanctions are biting hard, but many of Russia's major trading partners are still happy to do business with her.  Brazil is high on the list. 

Finally, as you all know, the crisis at the border is escalating.  Nevertheless, the media's (studied) indifference to that crisis persists.  We just have to hope that open-minded voters, especially independents, aren't getting all their news from the shameless leftist propagandists posing as journalists who work for ABC, NBC, and CBS.

Monday, April 18, 2022

You Know Your Democracy is Teetering When...


Friends, in the most shocking turn of events at a White House Easter egg roll since Bill Clinton's torrid affair with an intern in a bunny suit back in '93, Joe Biden was today politely but firmly dissuaded from interacting with the public (no one wants that!) by the Easter Bunny (or was it by a Secret Service agent pretending to be a bunny?).  I hasten to add that uncomfortable situations like these could be easily avoided if only Sleepy Joe was muzzled before all public events.  In the meantime, here's hoping that the quick-thinking bunny in question gets hazard pay...

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Cheapening the Concept of "Genocide"


Friends, first of all, Happy Easter!  I hope this day afforded you an opportunity to reflect on the singular demonstration of God's grace that Jesus's resurrection entails.  There's so much death and suffering in this world, and so it pays to remind ourselves that the Christian message represents, first and foremost, a victory over death -- and is there any victory more fundamental or transformative than that?

Speaking of Easter, you might enjoy this story about the discovery in modern Israel of the ruins of what is surely one of the first Christian churches:


You may also wish to read this ADVANCE COPY of my latest article, which revolves around President Biden's recent charge that Russia is guilty of genocide in Ukraine.  I object, as you know by now, for a number of reasons.  See if you agree with my take:


Genocide” is Not a Throwaway Term of Abuse, Mr. “President”

Soaring inflation of late has left the American people battered and bruised – but not just inflation in prices; inflation in rhetoric is also doing damage to the fabric of our Republic.

We've all seen it unfold with depressing regularity. President Trump was a “fascist dictator”. The Capitol riot was a “coup” and an “insurrection”. Climate change poses an “existential threat” to all life on earth. And, just this past week, Wisconsin's Democratic Governor Tony Evers declared, when he failed to get the legislative redistricting map he wanted from the state's Supreme Court, “At a time when our democracy is under near-constant attack, the judiciary has abandoned our democracy in our most dire hour”. Deary me! If you paid attention to the non-stop apocalypto-rama on CNN and MSNBC these days, in fact, you'd think American democracy was being dealt its deathblow more or less every hour of every day.

Such hyperbolic, scaremongering rhetoric is bad enough when it's used in the context of our toxic domestic politics, but when the same loose, inflammatory talk is injected into the practice of U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy, the stakes rise inexorably, as do the dangers.

A case in point: last week, our president (God help us!) accused Russia of committing "genocide" in Ukraine. He did so offhandedly, clumsily, and inarticulately, of course, but he did it all the same. After a brief mention in a speech about inflation, he clarified his position to reporters: “Yes, I called it genocide... It’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of even being a Ukrainian.” Not for the first time, therefore, Biden thrust himself way out in front of his own administration, which has not accused Russia of genocide, perhaps because a) Russia isn't guilty of genocide in Ukraine, and b) charging a country with genocide has traditionally implied a moral and political imperative to intervene directly to stop the killing. U.S. and/or NATO intervention in Ukraine, however, would bring with it an extremely high likelihood of sparking World War III, and thus a nuclear holocaust.

Why do I say that Russia isn't guilty of genocide? Simple: Russia has killed thousands of civilians in Ukraine, yes, and it may well have committed war crimes, but that just isn't the same thing as "genocide". Genocide is the attempt to wipe out an entire ethnic group, and, frankly, if what's taking place in Ukraine now is "genocide", and the bar is henceforth to be set at any military campaign that kills thousands of civilians, then most of the wars that have been fought since 1945 were "genocides" -- and, arguably, the United States has committed genocide itself on numerous occasions. Of course, that notion is absurd.

Genocide is the most extreme, most debased, most barbaric crime that any nation can commit, and the only reason the word is being bandied about by Ukrainian leaders, and, now, by the U.S. president, is because of its propaganda effect.

Not that facts matter to Joe Biden, but, as a matter of fact, there is a much stronger case to be made that China is guilty of genocide than that Russia is. Remember China? The country that, by its negligence and dishonesty, has killed 1+ million Americans with a vicious, bioengineered disease? It's the same country that is killing and enslaving Uighurs on a vast scale and seems intent on, well, wiping them out as an ethnic group. Oh yeah: it's also the country that paid (indirectly, via Hunter Biden's dirty dealings) for Sleepy Joe's home improvements. So hey -- forget I said anything. All is forgiven.

Joking aside, Joe Biden hasn't just refused to punish China in any meaningful way for its tyrannical and genocidal policies. He's actually excused those policies, suggesting they were the result of “different norms” in our two countries, and he's bragged about his close relationship with China's dictator, President Xi. Quite a contrast!

The fact that Joe Biden has gotten the issue of Russia's “genocide” in Ukraine all wrong, though, isn't what should concern us. Biden gets things wrong more often than he gets things right. What's more worrying is the possibility that President Biden may believe his own irresponsible rhetoric. He may believe that Russia really is a genocidal, expansionist dictatorship – that there is no meaningful distinction between Putin and Hitler. If so, Americans should reflect on the possible consequences of those beliefs, because they could be earthshattering.

As mentioned before, when a nation is committing genocide, a very strong argument can be made that all major powers are obligated to intervene to stop it. Imagine if Russia really was massacring the Ukrainians en masse, perhaps herding them into death camps, and appeared to be working towards wiping them off the face of the earth. Does anyone believe that the proper response to that horror would be...economic sanctions (excluding oil and gas, which most of the West thinks it can't do without) and modest military aid (but no aircraft or heavy weapons) to the soon-to-be-obliterated? No! Of course not. Genocide calls for direct military action. Genocide calls for war. That's the implication of Biden's inflated and inflammatory rhetoric: that virtually any action, no matter how extreme, could be justified to combat the unparalleled evil of Putinism.

And, remember, this man, this buffoon, who is calling out the world's foremost nuclear power for "genocide", is himself the “leader of the free world”. Worse, he has sole control of America's "nuclear football". He's the guy who can start WWIII any old time he likes – perhaps when he's feeling ornery, which is most of the time!

Biden's lack of messaging discipline is scary enough. What's even scarier is that he may believe his own nonsense, and he may want to do something about it. And he can. He can attack Russia directly whenever he pleases. He might do so casually, thoughtlessly, impulsively, because that seems to be his M.O., but, once the trigger is pulled, it can't be unpulled.

So there you go: if you thought the world was on the brink before, Sleepy Joe just made the situation that much worse. And we've got three more years of his erratic leadership in store, folks. Yikes!

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.




Finally, check out this summary of the latest developments in Ukraine.  President Zelensky is saying we ought to take seriously the possibility that Russia could use nuclear weapons.  I agree.  In fact, the worse the Russian army performs in the field, the greater the chance that Putin will use nukes.  It could be the only way to salvage the situation and avoid what could be a humiliating defeat for a former superpower.  Now, I don't claim that the nuclearization of the conflict is likely.  For one thing, I don't believe Ukraine will be able to defeat Russia on the battlefield.  Even if it could, though, Russia would have to weigh the benefits of obliterating their opponents once for all with the costs of fierce global condemnation, redoubled sanctions, and -- maybe -- a Western military response.  To me, it seems virtually inconceivable that the West would take any action that would lead to direct military confrontation between NATO and Russia.  And, to me, it seems even less conceivable that the West would use nukes against Russia, or against Russian forces, to support its Ukrainian clients.  Ergo, Putin might feel as though the West has already thrown everything it has the gumption to throw at him, and therefore there would be little to lose in going nuclear.  Then again, I could be reading the situation wrongly.  It wouldn't be the first time.  What do YOU think? 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Could Elon Musk Be The Savior That Western Civilization So Desperately Needs?


Friends, you may consider the title to this post hyperbolic, and of course there is only one true savior (his initials are J.C.), but I'm not kidding when I say that Elon Musk's offer to buy Twitter, and to restore free speech on that popular platform, could breathe new life into Western Civilization.  "Cancel culture" is threatening to choke off not only speech, but critical thought and pluralism.  What's more, it's conservatives and traditionalists who are invariably the targets of censorship and deplatforming.  If we're not careful, sooner or later we simply won't be allowed to participate in the most important debates unfolding in our society -- if, indeed, "debates" are even allowed at all.  Reorienting Twitter towards open dialogue and cleansing its leadership and workforce of woke fascists would be an immensely valuable contribution to the protection of Western norms of freedom and truth-seeking.  I hope Musk succeeds...but I strongly suspect he won't.  The small-minded bullies who run Twitter are having way too much fun bossing the rest of us around.  Ergo, my guess is they'll respond to Musk's buyout offer with a flat "No thanks".  We'll see.  A lot is riding on this scheme of Musk's.  I think we all hoped that Trump's "Truth Social" would be the answer to growing intolerance in social media, but that's seeming less and less likely, given the technical and logistical challenges that Trump has so far failed to overcome.  Luring Twitter back into the free speech fold would be a massive win for the good guys...if it happens.  Stay tuned.


In other news, the flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet has sunk.  It's unclear if the Ukrainians are responsible or not, but it's yet another embarrassment for the former superpower. 

Kudos to the New York Daily News, which agrees with me that "President" Biden's charge that Russia has committed genocide in Ukraine is highly inappropriate, mainly because it's false.


As you'll see here, homeschooling is more popular than ever, partly because of the insane COVID restrictions that so many public schools implemented.  This is all to the good, but in my opinion we'll never save our children from leftist indoctrination until the public school system, as we know it, is dismantled altogether.  School choice!  That's the ticket! 

Finally, the Republican Party is withdrawing from the Commission on Presidential Debates, which it accuses (rightly) of anti-conservative and anti-Trump bias.  This does not mean that there will be no presidential debates in 2024.  What it means is that such debates will only take place if both parties are satisfied that the terms of the debates will be fair to all.  What a nice change of pace!

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Has New York State Passed the Point of No Return?


Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show asks a whole bunch of searching questions, among them this one: can New Yorkers take back control of their state from a gang of self-interested, corrupt politicians?  The recent resignation of New York's Lieutenant-Governor, who is charged with being part of a bribery scheme, puts this question front and center.  I argue that New Yorkers need (desperately) to vote Republican this November, because, if we become a one-party state, all hope of accountability is lost.

In addition, Brian and I cover such weighty topics as: inflation and its political effects, the coming battle royal in eastern Ukraine, and the horrors of China's merciless campaign to eradicate COVID by oppressing its own citizens.

When we get to "This Day in History", Brian and I talk about Hitler's (misplaced) bravado in April 1945, the (stupefying) strategic implications of the 1941 Non-Aggression Pact between the USSR and Japan, and the rights and wrongs of the Katyn Massacre of Polish officers by the Soviets, which the Western Allies labored to cover up.


In other news, "President" Biden deplores "genocide".  That is, our fake leader opposes fake genocide.  How does he feel about actual genocide, though?  Eh.  He's got bigger fish to fry. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Words Matter


Friends, tonight I'm flabbergasted, and more than a little frightened.  That's because our president today accused Russia of committing "genocide" in Ukraine.  He did so offhandedly, clumsily, and inarticulately, of course, but he did it all the same.  Not for the first time, he has thus thrust himself way out in front of his own administration, which has NOT accused Russia of genocide, perhaps because a) Russia isn't guilty of genocide in Ukraine, and b) charging a country with genocide has traditionally involved an assumption that, in such a case, direct intervention is warranted and is, in fact, a moral imperative.  Why do I say a) Russia isn't guilty of genocide?  Simple: Russia has killed thousands of civilians in Ukraine, yes, and it may well have committed war crimes, but that just isn't the same thing as "genocide".  Genocide is the attempt to wipe out an entire ethnic group, and, frankly, if what's taking place in Ukraine is "genocide", then most of the wars that have been fought since 1945 were "genocide" -- and, arguably, the United States has committed genocide itself.  Of course, that notion is absurd.  Genocide is the most extreme, most debased, most barbaric crime that any nation can commit, and the ONLY reason the word is being bandied about by Ukraine, and, now, by the U.S. president, is because of its propaganda effect.  Not that facts matter to Joe Biden, but, as a matter of fact, there is a much stronger case to be made that China is guilty of genocide than that Russia is.  Remember China?  The country that, by its negligence and dishonesty, has killed 1+ million Americans?  The country that is killing and enslaving legions of Uighurs?  Oh yeah: it's also the country that paid for Sleepy Joe's last bathroom remodel.  So hey -- forget I said anything.  All is forgiven.  But a) isn't really the biggest concern here.  It's b) that has me much more worried.  That's because, when a nation is committing genocide, a VERY strong argument can be made that all major powers are obligated to intervene to stop it.  If Russia really was massacring the Ukrainians en masse, and appeared to be working towards wiping them off the face of the earth, does anyone believe that the proper response to that horror would be...economic sanctions and modest military aid to the soon-to-be-obliterated?  No!  Of course not.  Genocide calls for direct military action.  Genocide calls for war.  And, remember, this man, this buffoon, who is calling out the world's foremost nuclear power for "genocide" is himself the so-called leader of the free world.  He's the one who controls our own "nuclear football".  He's the guy who can start WWIII any old time he likes.  Biden's lack of messaging discipline is scary enough.  What's even scarier is that he may believe his own nonsense, and he may want to do something about it.  And he can.  He can attack Russia directly whenever he pleases.  And -- to be completely honest -- I wouldn't be shocked if he did order U.S. military forces into the fray...with consequences that I prefer not to think about!  He might do so casually, absentmindedly, thoughtlessly, because that seems to be his M.O., but, once the trigger is pulled, it can't be unpulled.  So there you go: if you thought the world was on the brink before, Sleepy Joe just made the situation that much worse.  Hey, that's his specialty!  And we've got three more years of this madness in store, folks.  Yikes!


In other news, today a bird pooped on Biden.  Thankfully, though, he didn't accuse the avian kingdom of genocide. 

Monday, April 11, 2022

America's Reddest Days Lie Ahead?


Friends, a bit of good cheer for you this Monday: while we may never recover the halcyon days of Dick Nixon's 49-state landslide victory in 1972, there's reason to think the Republicans may win control of the House and the Senate in just a few months -- and, in the Senate, the political landscape for 2024 may be even more promising than in 2022.  Based on this analysis, even if the Republican candidate for president in 2024 struggles, the GOP may further extend its (expected) majority in the Senate.  I sincerely hope it's true!

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Hold Your Horses, Diversity Commissar Newsom!


Friends, my latest article concentrates on two significant legal victories in California courtrooms for the principle of non-discrimination.  The California "diversity, equity, and inclusion" gang is seeing red!!!  That's good news, but they won't quit that easily.  Expect a lot more pressure to ramp up reverse discrimination in the years ahead.

Discriminate, Or Else!

Two recent victories for the principles of non-racialism and equal treatment – in California courtrooms, no less – are warming the hearts of conservatives, and the vast majority of Americans who believe in fairness and the goal of a colorblind society. These victories, however, cannot obscure the fact that, increasingly, for the Left, discrimination is no longer the enemy. It is, in fact, a moral imperative, and more and more progressives believe that only (reverse) discrimination can cure “systemic racism” in our country, and that those who refuse to discriminate should be ground underfoot.

On March 30th, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge H. Jay Ford III ruled that UCLA accounting professor George Klein could proceed with a lawsuit against the university, which had suspended and denounced him for refusing to grant black students special accommodations in his classes in the wake of the death of George Floyd in May 2020. Klein argued that, legally and ethically, it would be wrong to single out students of a certain race for differential treatment, and, in any case, a student's skin color, in itself, would not necessarily determine the degree of trauma they experienced due to Floyd's death and the subsequent unrest. UCLA had asked that the suit be dismissed, but Judge Ford decided instead that Klein had provided sufficient evidence to support his claims. Klein asserts that his suspension was wrongful and that his reputation and private business interests were harmed.

On April 1st, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Green struck down that state's so-called corporate diversity law, which mandated that corporations based in the Golden State had to include on their corporate boards a specified percentage of people from “underrepresented communities”, including people of color and those who identify as LGBT. Hefty fines were prescribed for corporations in violation of the law. Although Judge Green's ruling was short on specifics, he suggested that “mandating” quotas for the “underrepresented” was a bridge too far.

Taken together, these victories in Los Angeles County courtrooms indicate that, even in the People's Republic of California, where the catechism of wokeness is deeply entrenched in the political and legal fabric of society, judges sometimes have the courage to stand against fashionable forms of discrimination. This is tremendously encouraging and may indicate that leftists will find it difficult to ignore the clear language of local, state, and federal laws, which in almost all cases prohibit differential treatment based on race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Much as progressives would like to carve out exceptions for discrimination practiced by “the good guys”, i.e. them, our legal system recognizes no such distinctions – and, hopefully, when such distinctions are inserted into the law by leftist legislators, they will fall afoul of other, more fundamental legal and constitutional principles, like equal treatment. With any luck, in fact, the Supreme Court will soon find all racial and sex- and gender-based preferences unconstitutional, putting an end to this debate once and for all.

Legal victories, however, no matter how high up the judicial food chain they may extend, will not alter the fact that, morally and culturally, discrimination has already been normalized, even valorized, for a significant portion of the U.S. population – namely, for virtually anyone and everyone who calls himself or herself a Democrat or a progressive. The (re)popularization of discrimination as a tool to promote positive social change and the “equitable” redistribution of society's rewards is an extremely disturbing trend, and one which legal sanctions alone will not succeed in stamping out.

What should be done? Among other measures, conservatives must resolutely refuse to play the woke game of measuring social progress and “equity” by mathematical means, and of pretending that the achievement of greater representation for people of color, women, and members of the LGBT community in itself makes our institutions, or our country as a whole, better.

On the contrary, only the fostering of an ethic of non-discrimination, and a consistent commitment to judge each and every American according to his or her individual merits, as most Americans clearly prefer, will allow us to fulfill the promise of America for everyone, while at the same time avoiding the acrimony and mistrust that are the bitter fruit of identity politics.

To quote Chief Justice John Roberts, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” It's about time that we lived up to our ideals as a nation and followed this excellent advice.

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.


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In other news, it looks like Russia is preparing to unleash a major offensive in eastern Ukraine, but exactly where and with what goals in mind is unclear. 

My main man Pat Buchanan is sounding alarm bells about a predicted multi-year conflict in Ukraine, which doesn't seem to faze the anti-Russia hawks in the West, but would be devastating to the Ukrainian and Russian peoples -- and could ultimately bring about a second Cold War, or even a hot war in Eastern Europe.


Believe it or not, there are actually people in the West willing to demonstrate in the streets in favor of Russia and Putin.  What's even more incredible is that they are allowed to do so in Germany, which doesn't cherish free speech nearly as much as we do in the USA. 

The pressure to conform to leftist ideology, and to virtue-signal 24/7, is intense, especially for those who move in well-educated, well-heeled circles.  Apparently this pressure is even infiltrating the practice of psychotherapy.  Egads!


There's a case to be made that the FBI ginned up the supposed kidnapping/murder plot against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in October 2020 with the intention of affecting the outcome of the presidential election.  There's also a case to be made that there never was such a plot.  Incroyable, you say?  Well, timing is everything, and we all know that, for the lefties, preventing the reelection of DJT was a sacred trust... 

Finally, don't think for a second that radicals on the Left have given up on their goal of cleansing American democracy -- legally and officially -- of those who espouse "insurrectionist" views.  It remains to be seen whether the federal courts will nip these efforts in the bud, as they should.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

The Sun Never Sets on Ukraine


Friends, just days ago Russian forces were firmly entrenched in Kiev's suburbs.  Now those forces are gone, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is taking their place.  He's paid a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital, promising even more military aid.  The good news, from a Western perspective: Ukraine is achieving unexpected success against Putin's armies.  The bad news: Ukraine's finances are underwritten by the West, and Ukraine's military has been armed by the West.  Ergo, Russians (among others) will see the Ukrainians as proxies for the West, and, if their string of battlefield successes ever comes to a halt, the West will suffer a black eye, at the very least.  Of course, the Ukrainians will suffer a lot more than that.


What is the $64,000 question in American domestic politics?  Simple!  It's whether Joe Biden's involvement in the corruption of his son Hunter can be proven, either in the public eye or in the eye of the law.  Hunter's laptop contains clues, but it doesn't, as far as we know, contain irrefutable evidence.  And where might that evidence be, and is anyone in authority looking for it, or are they striving desperately NOT to find it?  Ah, those are good questions too... 

Can a college professor be suspended and pilloried for refusing to discriminate on the basis of race?  Oh, you bet he can, especially in the People's Republic of California!  I feel safe in predicting that similar pressures will be brought to bear on most educators, and they probably won't have long to wait.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Dead Man Walking (and an Even Deader Woman)


Friends, let's be clear: the title of this post refers to political death, which is similar to physical death, but much, much more serious!  As the article below makes plain, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is doubling down on his RINO worldview by donating to the reelection campaign of alleged Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who has distinguished herself as a critic of Donald Trump and everyone who supports him.  McConnell's pro-Cheney position is odd, because it's bound to cause friction between McConnell and, well, the vast majority of the members of his own party.  It's also an exercise in futility, since anyone with half a brain can see that Liz Cheney hasn't a prayer of winning a Republican primary in her state.  What's her backup plan?  Maybe run for the House anyway as an independent?  That wouldn't surprise me.  And how will Mitch's donations to Liz look then?  Even dumber than they look now.  My advice to Mitch, therefore, is: stop while you're ahead!  Right now, if you behave yourself, you might just get the chance to serve as Majority Leader once more.  On the other hand, you're already the least popular major political figure in America, so...maybe stop going out of your way to make the problem worse?  Just a thought.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet (That Is The Question)


Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show will knock your proverbial socks off.  Brian and I consider Elon Musk's shocking move to take over (?) Twitter, and whether the tech billionaire can salvage the company's tarnished brand.  We also discuss the twists and turns in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the role of tactical nuclear weapons in modern war, the deteriorating situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, whether or not the "Biden crime family" now finds itself in serious legal/political jeopardy, and the significance of Viktor Orban's big win in Hungary.

It's a humdinger of a radio show, folks -- one not to be missed!




In other news, I've said for a while that we ought to be focusing our attention on China as a strategic rival and as a rising, adversarial superpower.  Instead, we're cultivating a neo-Cold War with Russia, which poses little long-term threat to us.  That said, check out this article, which confirms that China is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal.  Now, who do you think the Chinese might contemplate nuking?  YOU -- that's who!!! 


What does DNC Chairman Jamie Harrison think of Senator Tom Cotton, and of the Republican Party as a whole?  He isn't shy about sharing his POV!  The name-calling and the attempts to delegitimize the GOP as the opposition party are kicking into high gear right now, and presumably that's partly a reflection of the Dems' desperation as they confront the prospect of historic losses this fall.  It's also a sign of the absolute contempt in which they hold those who dare to disagree with them, and I would hasten to add that the fidelity of people who think like this to the democratic process cannot be assumed. 

Monday, April 4, 2022

Viktor Victorious


Friends, today we announce a great big WaddyIsRight Hip-Hip-Hooray for Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, a darling of conservatives everywhere.  His right-wing party just got elected to a fourth term in office, despite fierce Euro-criticism of his nationalist, populist approach to governance.  Orban has dared to oppose unchecked migration into the EU, and he has defied the anti-Russian orthodoxy that's currently sweeping the Western world, specifically, by declaring his country adamantly neutral in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.  What is perhaps even more impressive is the fact that his conservative movement has obtained effective control over most of the media and of other major institutions in Hungary.  Can you imagine if Trumpers were to dominate the news media, the education system, and the bureaucracy here?  Man, there would be no limit to what we could accomplish...  So thanks, Viktor, for showing conservatives that it can be done!


In other news, it looks like the slight advantage in Congressional redistricting that the Dems accumulated in recent months may be in jeopardy, but don't kid yourself: all the gerrymandering in the world can't save the Democrats from the atrocious poll numbers they're currently facing. 


Women are oppressed.  Women are disadvantaged.  Women are angry.  Women are destined to rule the world.  But who are these "women", and how is the term "woman" defined?  The Left would rather not say.  A "woman" is...well, they know one when they see one.  There's supreme irony in the fact that the categories that the Left claims define our identities and our positions in the social order are also incredibly slippery and even imponderable in objective scientific or legal terms, as least according to the "smartest people in the room".  And why not?  Keeping the definitions vague allows the Left to alter their positions on the fly, as their agenda demands, and it makes it awfully hard to mount a coherent opposition to their "transformational" program of action.  Sloppy thinking is allowed, when you're a "progressive", since your inherent rightness can simply be assumed...


No one in D.C. wants to confront the issue -- that's for darn sure -- but sooner or later major changes to Social Security and Medicare will be necessary.  Either taxes will need to go up, or benefits will need to be curtailed -- or both at once.  Understandably, though, neither party wants to take the bull by the horns and fix these fiscal problems now.  No, let's hit the wall first and then act reactively and in a state of abject desperation.  That's always more prudent!


Finally, Elon Musk, rich guy and noted free speech advocate, has quietly become the biggest shareholder in Twitter.  Could this mean that Musk is planning a hostile takeover -- one that will force the social media giant to cease and desist from its policies of censorship and deplatforming?  Or might it mean that Musk will ultimately create his own platform instead?  Or does it mean neither of these things, but only that Musk has way more money than he knows what to do with, and it all has to go...somewhere?  Stay tuned!  On the answer to this question could hinge the future of your rights as an American.  No joke.