We don't believe in terrible people?

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2024 We may have to rethink that stance: For the record, Rachel Manteuffel isn't (exactly) a columnist at the Washington Post. Her (very occasional) opinion columns are few and quite far between. She is described the following way on what seems to be her official … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 16 hours ago

PROPHECY: Sacred Troy must die, he said!

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2024 Is history rhyming this year? It's one of western literature's first great scenes. It's part of a wider collection of scenes, involving an array of memorable characters. We refer to the scene, in the Iliad's Book Six, where "Hector of the flashing helmet" is … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 19 hours ago

SATURDAY: Has our nation's crime rate been decreasing?

SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2024 Also, Wallace baffled: Have crime rates been dropping in this country? On our own, we can't say! Late yesterday, in this report, we presented a dueling pair of approaches to that significant question: We excerpted a detailed report by Kevin Drum about the … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 2 days ago

The crime rate is up, the crime rate is down!

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024 Two stories for two Americas: Is the crime rate going up as an ongoing part of our "American carnage?" If your neighbors and friends watch the Fox News Channel, that's what they're frequently told. Below, we'll link you to one example. For now, we'll recomme … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 3 days ago

CONSENSUS: What if the guardians walk off their posts?

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024 What if they never existed? As we watched Sunday's Washington Journal, a type of consensus took form. Amazing! Callers from our own Blue America agreed with callers from the Red America of our neighbors and friends! They agreed on this proposition about Nove … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 3 days ago

Surreptitious taping v. the vulgar and crass!

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2024 Where segregation takes us: Is it possible? In our tribal desperation, have we really reached the point where we're surreptitiously taping the spouses of those we oppose? Where we're surreptitiously taping their wives—then refusing to release the full audi … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 4 days ago

CONSENSUS: President Biden has sent out the clowns!

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2024 So said one C-Span caller: A type of consensus quickly emerged as we listened to Sunday's morning's first hour of Washington Journal. The first four callers quickly agreed. This year's presidential election is the most important election in history—or at l … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 4 days ago

You're invited to take The George Will Challenge!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2024 Concerning that Gotham trial: For ourselves, we'd be inclined to say that the charges shouldn't have been brought. In our view, prosecutorial discretion was poorly exercised in the matter at hand: In our view, we should be more concerned when shakedown ar … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 5 days ago

CONSENSUS: The first three callers all agreed!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2024 The fourth cited Campaign 2000: The first three callers to Sunday's Washington Journal formed a type of consensus. All agreed on a basic point. This year's presidential campaign is the most important ever. In the past two daysIn the past two days, we've s … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 5 days ago

Crime is way down, the DrumCat says!

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2024 He does make one small error: Crime is way down, the DrumCat says. His headline makes an even larger claim—and it includes an error: Crime is way down everywhere In fact, crime is way up in one jurisdiction. As every viewer knows, violent crime is way, way … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 6 days ago

CONSENSUS: There's one thing on which we can all agree!

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2024 We can agree on the lack of consensus: We can't recall why we chose "Consensus" as our focus for the week. After all, if there's one thing on which we all can agree, we can agree on our lack of consensus! Then again, consider this: Last Saturday morning, C- … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 6 days ago

CONSENSUS: We won't be posting until later today!

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2024 Consensus postponed: We won't be posting until later today. Consensus has been postponed. | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 6 days ago

Brzezinski describes what she saw on Fox!

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2024 Then describes Biden and Trump: Around here, it's a fairly depressing time to survey this nation's discourse. This morning, Mika Brzezinski did an unusual thing on Morning Joe. She said she had watched a segment on an unnamed Fox News program—presumably, ove … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 7 days ago

CONSENSUS: Citizens say the darnedest things!

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2024 Large nations require consensus: Sunday morning, at 7 a.m., C-Span's Washington Journal posed a sensible question to its viewers. The question was especially sensible under current circumstances. For richer or poorer, for better or worse, the question, prese … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 7 days ago

SATURDAY: Why might some voters switch to Trump?

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2024 People who aren't just like Us: Cindy Garza, a mother of four, lives in Starr County, Texas. In 2020, the county's population stood at just a bit over 65,000. According to the Census Bureau, the county's population was 97.7% Hispanic. That said, Candidate B … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 9 days ago

Maureen Dowd's sister meets her match!

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2024 Fixed up with Conn Carroll: Is it possible that those guilty verdicts will somehow help Candidate Trump? We don't have the slightest idea. Nor is there any obvious way to find out. That said, we thought of Maureen Dowd's sister as we read the latest analysis … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 10 days ago

AFTERMATHS: Margaret Brennan pretended to ask!

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2024 Bharara pretended to answer: Should Donald J. Trump be frog-marched to prison, presumably after losing his expected appeal of last week's guilty verdicts? This morning, the New York Times offers several letters on the subject. At long last, we'll admit it: We … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 10 days ago

Has anyone ever explained the theory?

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2024 Complexification is us: As the end of the week approaches, we return to a basic question: Did anyone ever explain the legal theory under which Donald J. Trump was charged with 34 felonies? More precisely: Did anyone ever explain that legal theory—in effect, … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 11 days ago

AFTERMATHS: So far, the polls haven't changed a whole lot!

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2024 Blue voters, puzzled by Reds: On this important historical day, we start with a brief review of a short-term political aftermath. Our question: Has Candidate Trump been hurt in the polls in the wake of last week's guilty verdicts? Kevin Drum says that maybe … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 11 days ago

Alito flags yes, Algebra no!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024 C-bombs light the way to a dusty political death: Back on May 22, the New York Times ran a front-page report about the teaching of Algebra 1 in middle school—or in some cases, about the decision not to teach Algebra 1. Today, the report appears online bene … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 12 days ago

AFTERMATHS: Could those verdicts be reversed on appeal?

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024 Where can you go to find out? Late last Thursday afternoon, former president Donald J. Trump was found guilty, in a Manhattan courtroom, on 34 felony counts. As we noted yesterday afternoon, some Trump critics reacted to the guilty verdicts with a type of … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 12 days ago

The cultural need for villains is strong!

TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2024 Clarity, not so much: Caitlan Clark v. Chennedy Carter? The entirety of Blue America v. Mrs. [C-Bomb] Alito? The astounding statement—from a major Blue American pundit!—that Justice Alito needs to learn how "to control his wife?" Ignoring Donald J. Trump's f … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 13 days ago

AFTERMATHS: What might the fallout turn out to be...

TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2024 ...from all those guilty verdicts? We awoke today to a Brave New World—perhaps to a type of New Morning. The verdicts were gone from the Times front page. In their place, President Biden has a new border plan. We had already read this post. In the post, Kevi … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 13 days ago

Should Donald J. Trump be frog-marched to jail?

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2024 Norm Eisen says he feels strongly: Now that he's been convicted of 34 (Class E) felonies, should former president Donald J. Trump be frog-marched off to jail? Norman Eisen says he feels strongly about the question. This morning, his guest essay in the New Yor … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 14 days ago

AFTERMATHS: He's been found guilty of 34 crimes!

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2024 Aftermaths can be a [-----]: "The world is too much with us," William Wordsworth famously said, in a poem of the same name. Here's the way the poem starts: The World Is Too Much With Us The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we la … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 14 days ago

SUNDAY: "Complex, convoluted nesting dolls!"

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2024 And that's just what the Times has now said: "In wildness is the preservation of the world." Our Middlesex neighbor, sacred Thoreau, made that statement in Walking, an essay first published in 1851. (It's sometimes said that his intended meaning has been misu … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 15 days ago

SATURDAY: Thursday's verdicts arrived in a flash!

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024 The backwash will be forever: On this morning's Washington Journal, C-Span asked its viewers to respond to this question: Does the Trump conviction impact the way you plan to vote in November? For the record, the verdicts won't affect the way we plan to vot … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 16 days ago

COMPLEXITY: Our dueling nations process the verdict!

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2024 Red and Blue—and you: As a general matter, thought leaders in Red America have offered one set of reactions to yesterday's verdicts. As a general matter, thought leaders in Blue America have said vastly different things. This morning, we've noted the very occ … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 17 days ago

Lisa Rubin says five or six!

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2024 Can anyone here play explain this game? Can anyone explain the nature of the 34 felonies with which Donald J. Trump stands charged? Let us start by saying this—we all understand the nature of the cultural and political offense with which he has repeatedly b … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 18 days ago

COMPLEXITY: At long last, the judge has instructed the jury!

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2024 Complexification is us: With what set of 34 criminal offenses does Donald J. Trump stand charged? (For the record, they're felonies, every one!) We've been asking the question for some time now. All in all, it hasn't been easy to answer. Yesterday morning, … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 18 days ago

"Segregation by viewpoint" looks like this!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2024 Ken Burns visits Deadline: As we sit and type, the jury has started to deliberate. As a bit of an overview, we can tell you this: As part of his (hour-long) jury instruction, Judge Merchan apparently accepted the part of the prosecution's legal theory whic … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 19 days ago

COMPLEXITY: We're no longer alone in our search!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2024 Drum says he's confused: All in all, we're most interested in what we saw Nicolle Wallace say—in what we saw her say about the speech by Ken Burns. Still and all, we've never been happier! As of this morning, it isn't just us: Kevin Drum has now said that … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 19 days ago

When Donald J. Trump accused Psycho Joe!

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2024 What deep disorder looks like: Personally, we don't think that Donald J. Trump did anything wrong with respect to Stormy Daniels. With respect to a totally different matter, New York magazine's Margaret Hartmann reminds us of how deeply disordered this disor … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 20 days ago

COMPLEXITY: "Always listen to others," he said!

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2024 Also, "There's only one way you can vote:" We were perhaps a bit surprised by something we heard this morning. Tomorrow, Judge Merchan will give his legal instruction to the jury in New York City. "It is expected to take about an hour," we heard Mika Brzezin … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 20 days ago

MONDAY: Gotham's schools are worst in the nation again!

MONDAY, MAY 26, 2024 Except for the fact that they aren't: As usual, the headline was highly dramatic. Indeed, so was the opening paragraph! We refer to the recent piece by Errol Louis for New York Magazine, which made the same old (bungled) claim about the New York City Public S … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 21 days ago

SATURDAY: She apparently thought she could be Nancy Drew!

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2024 Perhaps not the world's worst idea: In this morning's New York Times, we find a fascinating portrait of Justice Sotomayor—more specifically, of the way she grew up. Her father died when she was nine. In her portrait for the Times, Abbie VonSickle takes it f … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 23 days ago

Sadly, we think of what the later Wittgenstein said!

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2024 We'll try again early next week: Sadly, we've been thinking, in the past few days, of something the later Wittgenstein said. Don't ask yourself what he was talking about when he made the statement in question! The later Wittgenstein had a very hard time expla … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 24 days ago

OFFENSES: We go in search of "the other crime!"

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2024 Kevin Drum sees The Third Man: In all honesty, we aren't envious—but we probably should be! Last Saturday, on his now-concluded trip to Vienna, Kevin Drum "caught a screening" of The Third Man "at the Burg Kino," where it shows several times a week. He report … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 24 days ago

Should you be concerned by that flag?

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2024 Now for the rest of the story: Should you be concerned about that second flag—the flag which flew above Justice Alito's seaside home in New Jersey? That second flag said, "Appeal to Heaven." It featured a very large tree. Our analysts were calling it "Palo … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 25 days ago

OFFENSES: We pity the fool who tries to get clear...

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2024 ...on the offense with which Trump stands charged: We've found ourselves thinking about Mr. T as we've continued to read about Donald J. Trump's Gotham trial. "I pity the fool," Mr. T once said. In fact, he has said it quite a few times: Mr. T Mr. T (born L … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 25 days ago

Bill Maher guest stars on Gutfeld's show!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2024 Termagant challenged by lamb: Bill Maher is currently appearing on every TV show in the nation. It's part of the promotion for his new, award-winning book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You. When we say he's appearing on every show, we do mean every s … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 26 days ago

OFFENSES: With what offense does Trump stand charged?

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2024 Times reporters attempt to explain: Could Donald. J. Trump be a convicted felon by the end of next week? Yes, he plainly could be! In her new column for the New York Times, Michelle Goldberg suggests that many voters may be unaware of that fairly obvious f … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 26 days ago

President Biden could win re-election!

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024 Also, though, there's this: In his latest analysis for New York magazine, Ed Kilgore offers this gloomy thought: "All in all, the path to a second Biden term is dangerously narrow." In Kilgore's view, Biden is so far behind in three Sun Belt states—Georgia, … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 27 days ago

OFFENSES: Douthat and French and Stephens oh my!

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024 On page one, Protess and Bromwich: With what specific criminal offense does the famous defendant stand charged? For example, is he charged with shooting someone, right out on the street? You're asking a very good question! Before we're done today, we'll note … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 27 days ago

Nellie Bowles has published a book!

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2024 On balance, we disagree with Michelle Goldberg's reactions: Who the heck is Nellie Bowles? The foremost authority thumbnails: Nellie Bowles Nellie Bowles is an American journalist. She is noted for covering the technology world of Silicon Valley. She has writ … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 28 days ago

OFFENSES: With what offense does Trump stand charged?

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2024 Our primitive national discourse: Abraham Lincoln put it best. For the record, he was quoting the New Testament when he did. We aren't Bible believers ourselves. But just to be specific, he was quoting Matthews 18:7: The Almighty has His own purposes. Woe unt … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 28 days ago

SATURDAY: Conned by the con men at Fox & Friends!

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024 Minnesota's new flag to follow: Yesterday, President Biden journeyed to the National Museum of African American History and Culture to offer an address. He was commemorating a major event. Early on, his offered the passage shown below. For the full transcri … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 1 month ago

UNKNOWNS: "What Happened to Daniels," the headline said!

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024 It was trafficking in unknowns: What actually happened to Stormy Daniels back in 2006? We can't exactly answer that question. Beyond that, we can't say that voters should have been encouraged to explore the answer to that question in the fall of 2016. Start … | Continue reading


@dailyhowler.blogspot.com | 1 month ago