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President Trump’s poorly aimed Tweet early Monday morning diminished a weekend worth of public goodwill. He must, for the first time, apologize. He must apologize or lose all. This ain’t 12-dimensional chess, and this isn’t 2016, as he recognized in his speeches this past weekend. Now he needs to Be Best! He was right to tweet against NASCAR, but erred badly in naming the only black driver in the top racing circuit rather than the Suits in the NASCAR boardroom. He needs to make this right before the week is out, and could win bigly in so doing.

Here are some of President Trump’s great words from Saturday’s Salute to America:


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There has been a lot of sadness and negativity in our world so far this year, but I want to share something good with you all: during the stay-at-home months of March and April, I was able to accomplish a goal that I have had for as long as I can remember. All gratitude and praise to Jesus, I have published my first book!

Even before I could read, myself, I was “writing” books. My mom would fold and staple paper into a “book” for me, and then I would draw the pictures and “read” my book aloud. Once I learned how to actually read and write, I didn’t slow down. In fact, my main issue has always been actually finishing something before I move onto another idea. Being a published author is what I have always wanted to do with my life, but I lacked discipline growing up, and then college and working distracted me from my goal.


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Riots have overtaken cities and entire zones of cities have become utterly lawless, with local businesses getting hollowed out and children shot. The institutions we’re supposed to be able to turn to for defense, the police, have been nowhere to be seen; ordered to stand down by gutless politicians who care more about appeasing social justice mobs than protecting residents. As a result, Americans are taking defense into their own hands, buying out gun shops across the country.

Over at the Free Beacon, Stephen Gutowski outlined just how strong gun sales have been over the last few months:


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Thomas Sowell wrote A Conflict of Visions thirty-five years ago. It seems even more insightful now than when he wrote it. He dissected the difference between the “unconstrained” view about the supposed perfectibility of human beings and their surroundings versus the “constrained” view that imperfect reality and imperfect human nature present imperfect choices. The former viewpoint is given to utopian schemes which often have spectacular downsides. The latter is all about making the best of perceived trade-offs. 

The expectation of perfection in the unconstrained view means that the status quo is always damnable. It is why revolutionaries who come to power often wind up being executed for betraying the ideals of the revolution which were never achieved or simply changed. Those who had voiced support for the rights of women and homosexuals are now pilloried for alleged insensitivity to transgender issues. Whatever the issue of the moment, the unconstrained view forbids gratitude, acceptance and affirmation of what exists and how it came to be.


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Based on years of listening to him, and on everything I’ve heard about him, John Podhoretz is a gentle, humane, and thoroughly decent man. I envy him his ability to pluck precisely the right word from his obviously vast vocabulary, and to speak, when he chooses, with extraordinary nuance and precision.

Sure, he’s prone to outrageous hyperbole (a quality hardly unique to him in this, the Age of Trump), is unduly proud of his Judaic morosity, and has a sense of humor that resonates with 12-year-old boys and Jonah Goldberg (but I repeat myself). But still, I enjoy listening to him.


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Because no matter many times I Google it, no matter how many different ways I phrase the question, I cannot find out how many people watched the president’s speech at Mt. Rushmore. Which leads me to believe the ratings must have been incredible.


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Homo Sapiens became fully human with the creation of language, whether spoken, signed, or scratched in the dust. Before language, we were trapped inside our brains and our thoughts died with us. With language, our worlds expanded beyond the boundaries of our skulls. Thoughts could be shared, combined, and transformed into new thoughts. Our ideas could, like our children, outlive us. With the written word, our ideas could outlive even our children and their children. We could speak to people hundreds of years into the future and explain to them who we were and how we lived.

The postmodern claim, which the woke have adopted, is that communication between people of different eras – even different cultures – is impossible. Any text, they point out, has an infinite number of possible interpretations. And to that (small “t”) truth, they add the lies that no interpretation is more relevant than the rest and that words are merely tools of oppression in a world in which there are only oppressors and oppressed.


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I went into a state of numbness this morning. I do it so infrequently that I had to ask myself what was going on. I came to realize that I was succumbing to the pain of those around me, and protecting myself in this primitive way:

I received a forwarded text from a friend who had met regularly with me and our friend Earl (whom some of you may remember); we studied together for an hour every week for many months, until Earl, 88 years old, passed away. Today my friend forwarded a text from Earl’s daughter, thanking us for the time we had spent with him and how much he loved it, and how much she missed him. I miss him, too.


The King of Stuff welcomes Christian Toto, editor of the film and entertainment site, Hollywood in Toto. He belongs to the Critics’ Choice Association and the Denver Film Critics Society, is a Rotten Tomatoes certified reviewer, and an award-winning journalist, film critic, and podcaster. Jon and Christian discuss the dissolution of the media, the future of celebrity, and the passing of Ennio Morricone.

Subscribe to our brand-new Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. In honor of the Maestro, Christian recommends Morricone’s soundtrack for The Hateful Eight and Jon recommends The Mission soundtrack.


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So that his name would live forever, Herostratus burned down the Temple of Artemis, which Greeks considered to be the most beautiful building in the world. Destruction as a path to fame is easy, creation is hard. As Paul Graham once said:

Graffiti happens at the intersection of ambition and incompetence: people want to make their mark on the world but have no other way to do it than literally making a mark on the world.


Thorin (aka Duncan Shields) is an Esports historian who has been deeply involved in the Esports scene professionally since 2001, as well as a journalist and writer, winning Esports Journalist of the Year at the 2017 industry awards. Thorin joins Carol Roth to talk about the history and business of Esports, including what actually counts as an “Esport”, what the big industry challenge is, whether there is an investment bubble, if Esports will ever take the place of other sports and even advice on what to do to become a professional gamer.

Plus, a “Now You Know” segment on the history of Esports in South Korea and a bonus segment on the odd way Carol discovered the gamer “Ninja”.


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This is completely out of thin air, and I haven’t even finished reading The Tuesday newsletter yet, but this phrase utterly destroyed me and I have to share it.

The range of expression in the typical American newspaper’s op-ed pages is like paint-by-numbers for people who can’t count past four.


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We all get those annoying headlines stating “Biden is ahead of Trump by X.” And we’re told that it’s based on science and Big Data, so you can take it to the bank. Well, any amount of time around conservative sites like Ricochet knows that we try very hard not to take “Biden is ahead of Trump by X” as gospel.

Today, we have a legitimate, authoritative, reason to distrust polls. Today, the US Supreme Court announced its decision in Barr v American Association of Political Consultants Inc. For a little background, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 prohibits companies from making robocalls to cellphones. Congress, in 2015, decided to add an exception to the TCPA for purposes of collecting on any debt owed to or guaranteed by the U.S. Government.


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I noted a week ago that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had opened two weeks in a row with a remembrance of all the black lives that do not matter to the Marxists running Black Lives Matter, the DNC, and their media jackals. I showed that the press corps completely ignored and buried that news in their half-hour hate. I concluded that Kayleigh McEnany should continue the demonstration of real care for all black lives this Monday and then slam the trap shut when the leftists again ignore black lives lost on our city streets. She did, and it was a thing of beauty, “all black lives matter:”

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany
Issued on: July 6, 2020


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I live in the county with one real town and one used-to-be town. Total population, just under 24k.

Around 3 June, I happened to be at the county Walmart for my weekly grocery run. While there I observed two vehicles, both out of state, whose occupants were primarily black males with dreadlocks. Both vehicles had markings/decals that made me wonder: BLM was hand-painted on the rear window of one of them. There was one black female I saw. It was a curiosity to me but that’s about all so I forgot it: Just assumed they were passing through.


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What is happening to my country of Israel is heartbreaking and terrifying. Since March, the government has robbed us of our fundamental freedom; they took power over every aspect of our lives. They surveil us like suspected terrorists; they give us fines for not obeying arbitrary orders; they forbid us to earn a living, pushing a growing number of citizens into financial destitution.

To defend those totalitarian policies, they claim to protect us. Do they really protect us when they forbid us from providing for our families and forming healthy human relationships?


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Musician, composer, and soundtrack master Ennio Morricone died Monday at the age of 91 in his beloved hometown of Rome. He was in the hospital to treat a broken femur and passed away during the night.

After years spent in Italian radio and TV, Morricone introduced himself to the wider world with his iconic soundtracks for Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns. The low-budget flicks didn’t have the budget for a full orchestra, so Morricone employed whipcracks, gunshots, whistling, the newfangled electric guitar.


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In the midst of today’s heightened racial unrest, the calls for black reparations have become more insistent. In their recent book, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century, William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen write: “Racism and discrimination have perpetually crippled black economic opportunities.” The offenses cited are slavery, legal segregation under Jim Crow, and more contentiously, “ongoing discrimination and stigmatization.” Their book figured centrally in a recent article in the New York Times Magazine by Nikole Hannah-Jones, who launched the highly controversial 1619 Project. In her piece, “What is Owed,” she makes this claim:

Reparations are not about punishing white Americans, and white Americans are not the ones who would pay for them. It does not matter if your ancestors engaged in slavery or if you just immigrated here two weeks ago. Reparations are a societal obligation in a nation where our Constitution sanctioned slavery, Congress passed laws protecting it and our federal government initiated, condoned and practiced legal racial segregation and discrimination against black Americans until half a century ago. And so it is the federal government that pays.


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Check out the patriotic cover of Time Magazine for this Independence Day weekend. Headline: “America Must Change.” Powerful cover art. Lots of featured authors who apparently all think the same thing. Just in case there’s anyone out there who isn’t sure why all this chaos is happening right now – intentional economic shutdowns, riots in the streets permitted by Democrat mayors, cancel culture demanding complete submission to their demands of the day. Why now? Because “America Must Change.” And that change begins at the top, don’t you know.

Between now and November, the violence and unrest are only going to get worse. Because it must. The left understands that the only way to get Trump out of office is to make Americans hurt, make them blame themselves somehow for these assaults on their culture, and to make them seek to make all this go away by voting for new leadership. That’s all this is. It’s just the left’s approach to politics. Especially when they’re desperate. And the overwhelming success of President Trump so far makes them desperate. So they run every play in their playbook. It looks violent and nasty. But it’s just politics.


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Anyone familiar with the behavior of abusive husbands recognizes the signature characteristic of the breed, which is an ability to make the victim feel that she, and not her husband, is the one in the wrong — that the abuse is her fault, that she deserves it.

The nation is taking a beating today. Property, public and private, is being destroyed by a self-righteous mob that assures us that this beat-down is the fault of America — of everyone who isn’t as woke as the smashing, looting mob. People are being fired, their careers ruined, for decades-old and trivial “offenses,” fired by employers who are terrified that the mob will turn on their companies next if they don’t instantly vouchsafe their obeisance.


James was a bit jealous of Toby’s Covid-19 antibody test results last week, so he went to get his own – and that was after dropping more than a few quid on one just a couple months ago. But the results were so important James interrupted his holiday to share them with us.

After those preliminaries, Toby enthuses about Hamilton (now streaming on Disney+) as the perfect rebuttal to the BLM/Howard Zinn version of American history. However, people who gushed over the show when Lin-Manuel Miranda was performing for President Obama in the White House are now calling the show “problematic.”


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On Sunday, there was a large gathering of BLM protesters in my little town of Lynden, WA. A lot of us who don’t toe that particular line were mildly nervous about how it’d go, but it went fine. Some counter protesters, Trump supporters and flag wavers, etc.

My daughter, a brash young woman if ever there was one, decided to drive by the protesters with her Keep America Great hat on, and the national anthem playing loudly. Apparently, this effrontery was much too much for a couple of her “good” friends. Within minutes she had a text: “On behalf of [nitwit] and I, you are no longer our friend. The national anthem is disgusting, and driving past us with your Trump hat on is disgusting.” Or some such nonsense.


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Director Robert R. Redfield of the US Center for Disease Control has presided over the most scandalous incompetence in a plague season rife with scandalous incompetence.

From The Atlantic, Alexis C. Madrigal and Robinson Meyer report:


We all have the tendency to want to avoid bad feelings—pain, anger, sadness, and disgust. But is it right to simply push them away? In this episode, Arthur and Ceci discuss the biological importance of bad feelings, as well as how to manage your unhappiness and even benefit from the inevitable pain and suffering that are a normal part of life.

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