The Corner

Dissing Cal

I want to be very clear: I don’t care about this subject at all. I know nothing about it and desire to read no email or anything else on it. But in the interests of those who do, here’s a note from a reader:

Jonah,

Nobody in the Corner seems to give a twit that a supreme act of injustice has denied Cal its rightful berth in the Rose Bowl. It is outrageous that the #4 team the nation should be relegated to playing the #23 team . . . in the Holiday Bowl? Is that a ceramic something with trees and Santa Clauses on it that you put out at this time of year to hold the nuts? Besides, anyone with any sense of tradition at all knows the Rose Bowl is a Pac 10 POSSESSION, not to be invaded by interlopers. Come on; the BCS has to be an Islamist plot.

Now I freely acknowledge that I am probably one of the very few Cal grads regularly in the Corner, but we need some support here!

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Strzok by a Farce

An investigation is one of two things: a search for the truth, or a farce. The House is conducting a farce. That fact was on full display during ten hours of testimony by Peter Strzok, the logorrheic lawman who steered the FBI’s Clinton-emails and Trump–Russia probes. The principal question before the ... Read More
World

EuroTrip

Dear Reader (Especially everyone who got ripped off ordering that giant blimp online), Imagine an alien race that built its civilization on the fact it literally defecated highly refined uranium, or super-intelligent and obedient nano-bots, or simply extremely useful Swiss Army knives. Now imagine one of ... Read More
Film & TV

Stalin at the Movies

Toward the end of The Death of Stalin, two Communist Party bosses size up Joseph Stalin’s immediate successor, Georgy Malenkov. “Can we trust him?” one asks. “Can you ever really trust a weak man?” his comrade answers. Good question. Last week brought the news that the head of Shambhala ... Read More
World

‘The Warning Lights Are Blinking Red Again’

One of President Trump’s outstanding appointments has been Dan Coats, his director of national intelligence. Coats is a former House member, former senator, and former ambassador to Germany. He is a Hoosier (i.e., from Indiana). Whether he plays basketball, I don’t know. At Wheaton College, he played soccer. ... Read More