Glenn K. Beaton is a writer and columnist living near Aspen. He has been a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, RealClearPolitics, Powerline, Instapundit, American Thinker and numerous other print, radio and television outlets.
Joe Biden’s enterprising son, Hunter, has a creative side. He’s an artist. Not just any artist and certainly not a starving one. He is . . .
It’s not unusual for people in the public eye to have an artsy side. Winston Churchill comes to mind. Angelina Jolie recently parted with this original Churchill for about $11 million which is probably more than she got when she parted with her last husband.
But, of course, the last husband probably wasn’t as original as Churchill. And besides, Churchill won WWII, while I’m guessing Jolie’s last husband lost WWIII.
A majority of Americans now think that Joe Biden is not up to the job of being president and that his administration is incompetent. But that’s not the worst of it. The worst of it for the Democrats is that they’re now accurately perceived as bullies.
The latest from the Department of (Social) Justice is that they are unleashing the FBI on parents who object to school boards teaching false, woke and politically correct tripe that America was founded on slavery. For opposing this anti-American propaganda that school boards force-feed to our children, the parents are labeled domestic terrorists.
The bland, neutered, omnipotent, unaccountable, establishmentarian, government censors (think of the Ghost Busters’ characterization of the raging pusillanimous bureaucrat, “It’s true, this man has no dick”) undoubtedly imagine that siccing the FBI on defenseless ordinary parents constitutes speaking truth to power, as leftists always do. How courageous of them!
Long-time readers will recall that your correspondent was a conservative columnist for the uber-liberal Aspen Times for seven years. In that time, I became the most-read columnist in the Aspen area. My columns frequently generated more clicks than front page news.
That was not acceptable to the Aspen Times. After all, I was hired to be a token, not to be a success. On Christmas Eve in 2019, they fired me. By email. As for their reasons, they stated that my “values” were incompatible with theirs. The story was widely published, including on national sites.
Ah, but there’s justice in this world. The Aspen Times conducts a “Best of Aspen” competition each year where readers vote for their favorites in various fields. One is “Best Columnist.” The winner for year 2020 – after I’d been fired in 2019 – was yours truly.
As things turned out, being fired from the Aspen Times was a blessing for me. My blog now reaches a readership that is orders of magnitude greater than the entire Aspen Times circulation. I recently passed the half-million mark.
The left’s monopoly over the media is over forever. Yes, they own Old Media. But they don’t own Substack, WordPress (which hosts my blog) or multiple other outlets. They sure don’t own me.
That pains them. They’re now trying to control these alternate sources of news and opinion. But their task is like whack-a-mole or plugging the holes in a leaky dam. In the days of the internet, censorship is impossible. That drives them stark, raving, foaming and frothing mad.
The Aspen Times’ annual “Best of Aspen” competition has now begun for 2021. You and your friends can vote. In fact, they permit you to vote early and often (though it seems that you can vote only once a day).
I’ve once again been nominated for “Best Columnist.” The link to vote is HERE. Scroll down to the “Best Columnist” category near the end. They’ll ask for an email address, but it’s easy to later opt out of their email list or simply block them.
For a real hoot, I’ve also been nominated for “Mr. Aspen” which is the first of the categories at that link. (Interesting that there’s only a “Mr” and “Ms” category – what about the other 61 genders???) Imagine if the conservative columnist fired by the liberal Aspen Times for bad “values” is voted by its readers not only “Best Columnist” but also “Mr. Aspen.”
Note: I get nothing but grins and schadenfreude out of all this. If you ever want to join me in grins and schadenfreude by getting on my free subscriber list, the link is HERE.
In the midst of the Afghanistan surrender debacle last month, Joe Biden went for a softball interview with a Democrat partisan news reporter. As always, the President struggled to put words together. Finally, the reporter asked Biden point blank a leading question he could answer with a simple yes or no:
“So no one told — your military advisers did not tell you, “No, we should just keep 2,500 troops. It’s been a stable situation for the last several years. We can do that. We can continue to do that”?
Biden answered: “No. No one said that to me that I can recall.”
In testimony to Congress today, those military advisors directly contradicted Biden. General Kenneth McKenzie, Commander of the United States Central Command, testified under oath: “I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.” The General testified that he gave that recommendation personally to Biden.
Joe Biden’s border policy would be comical if it weren’t so destructive and tragic. He in effect tells would-be immigrants, “Please don’t come but, if you do, we’ll let you in and let you stay.”
Predictably, they do come, they do get let in, and they do stay. Put another way, they come, they see and they conquer — all at the implicit invitation of the president. How long before they get dinner at the White House?
Millions come. Border towns are overrun. Sanitation is bad. Conditions are horrendous, filthy and unprecedented.
Twenty-six state governors begged Biden to take time out from (another) vacation to discuss the matter. On behalf of the American people they represent, the governors asked that our immigration laws be enforced – that these illegal immigrants be prevented from committing their illegal act of entering and staying in the United States, not to mention whatever additional illegal acts they may commit once they’re here. Biden ignored the governors.
A Hillary Clinton lawyer has been indicted for lying to the FBI in the Clinton campaign’s 2016 smear of Donald Trump.
The lawyer fed bogus information to the FBI to fuel the false allegation that Trump was colluding with Russia. The lawyer lied to the FBI by stating that he was acting purely as a private citizen, while his own firm’s billing records prove he was actually working for Hillary’s campaign.
As the current occupant of the office for which Hillary was campaigning might say in a rare lucid moment, “This is a big f*cking deal.”
It will be a catastrophe of Biblical proportions. Think fire and brimstone. The Four Horsemen of Joe, Kamala, Nancy and Chuck riding off a cliff. Cats like AOC sleeping with dogs like Bill Clinton (OK, that’s not odd, but it’s sure icky). Locusts. Hillary’s persistent pestilent pantsuits.
The first midterm elections during a presidential term are a test that he/she/they/it usually fails. Democrats do particularly badly, since most Democrat voters are not aware of midterm elections of their House and Senate representatives. Heck, they don’t even know who their representatives are. The Democrats lost 64 House seats in the 2010 midterm when Barack Obama was president and 54 seats in the 1994 midterm when Bill Clinton was president.
That’s bad. Even the outmanned and outplayed Broncos in Superbowl XXIV lost by only 45.
This time, the Dems don’t even have politically competent Obama or Clinton. They instead are headed by a stupid, senile, hair-plugged, incompetent, tongue-tied, foolish President Lite whom Obama warned we should “never underestimate” in his ability to “f*ck things up.”
Harvard actively and obviously discriminates against Asians. To get admitted, Asians need an SAT score 140 points higher than whites and 450 points higher than blacks.
Harvard’s justification for this discrimination is almost as painful as the discrimination itself. Harvard says that the Asian applicants have poor personalities.
The way Harvard evaluates an applicant’s personality is not with any standardized test, but with an in-person interview by a bureaucrat – where it just so happens that the bureaucrat can take note of the applicant’s skin color
Asian applicants sued. The suit was in Boston before a federal judge appointed by President Obama. The judge sided with Harvard.
Back in your correspondent’s Version 2.3 or thereabouts, he was an engineer for Boeing. This was back in 1978-79.
My starting salary was $15,400. When I left Boeing to start my personal Version 3.0, my salary was still less than $17,000. My parents thought I was crazy to give that up and take on debt to go to law school.
Boeing was booming. Airlines were being de-regulated, airline travel was becoming less expensive while still being slightly sexy, and everyone wanted to go to Europe for the first time.
Several things about Boeing stick out in my mind. First, they didn’t compromise on quality. The airline customers could specify whatever bells and whistles they were willing to pay for — I worked on a few custom planes for Saudi princes that included frivolities like solid gold ashtrays — but the airworthiness of the plane was non-negotiable.
The problem with “nation building” a place like Afghanistan is that it’s a collection of wildly different places and peoples. Three-quarters of the people still live in the countryside. They comprise about a dozen main tribes and countless smaller tribes. Many different languages are spoken. Two are official languages but the dominant one is not spoken by a quarter of the population.
It’s true that nearly all Afghans are Muslim. But a millennium of strife in the Middle East has driven home the point that there are Muslims and there are Muslims, and they like to war with one another. Their wars are typically over stupid things.
The Muslims are not alone in their religious wars. Look at the centuries of Christian war in Northern Ireland between Catholics and Protestants. Those are tribal wars founded on hate.
These tribes and their wars are not limited to religious strife, and also exist in societies we like to consider civilized. The clans of Scotland and rural England feuded for centuries and brought their feuding ways with them to American Appalachia. Remember the Hatfields and McCoys?