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Trayvon Rallies Feature the Usual Suspects

Featured image My sense is that the “Justice for Trayvon” rallies that were held in various cities today didn’t amount to much. One basic question is, did they even have much to do with Trayvon Martin? The answer to that question is suggested by this flyer that was handed out at the rally in New York: This is exactly the same stupidity we have seen over and over from the left. Boycott »

Obama, Trayvon Martin and the Democrats’ Race-Baiting

Featured image Yesterday President Obama delivered extended observations on the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case to reporters, on a seemingly impromptu basis. Obama’s comments were widely praised, and Paul gave them a characteristically generous assessment here yesterday. My own view of Obama’s comments is more negative, and I also think it is important to put Obama’s often high-sounding statements about race in the context of his administration’s deliberate promotion of racial division to »

Did the Department of Justice Stir Up Trayvon Martin Riots?

Featured image Today Judicial Watch released a set of documents that it obtained from multiple government sources relating to the role of the Department of Justice in demonstrations relating to the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. This is how Judicial Watch described the documents: Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents in response to local, state, and federal records requests revealing that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), »

House Democrats Politicize Trayvon Martin

Featured image You can always tell when a political party is out of intellectual ammo. You can tell because it starts doing things like this: House Democrats said Tuesday they will offer an amendment to push to overturn stand-your-ground self-defense laws in states like Florida. Laws relating to self-defense are entirely a state concern. This is one of many areas where the federal government has no legitimate role. The amendment, which would »

Thoughts on Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

Featured image We haven’t written anything about one of the day’s major news stories, the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. So let’s wade in: 1) For liberals, it is always 1962, and we are always in Mississippi. Unfortunately, however–from their perspective–it isn’t 1962, and the problems we now face are far more complicated and harder of solution than the problems of the early 1960s. In fact, liberalism offers no guidance »

A Less-Is-More Presidency? (And Who Ruined It in the First Place?) [with comment by Paul]

Featured image A few days ago George Will devoted a column to advocating that a good presidential candidate—and by extension a good president—would be someone who talked less and promised less: All modern presidents of both parties have been too much with us. Talking incessantly, they have put politics unhealthily at the center of America’s consciousness. Promising promiscuously, they have exaggerated government’s proper scope and actual competence, making the public perpetually disappointed »

In Florida, More Journalistic Malpractice

Featured image A Jacksonville, Florida jury has found Michael Dunn guilty of several counts of attempted murder, but hung on the more serious charges of first and second degree murder, and manslaughter. The facts, very briefly: Dunn pulled into a gas station with his fiancé. Black teenagers in a nearby SUV were playing loud rap music. Dunn asked them to turn it down; they refused. Dunn testified in his own defense, something »

Where’s ALEC? [Updated]

Featured image We wrote here, and numerous times thereafter, about Dick Durbin’s inexcusable attack on the American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”). Durbin announced a hearing on “stand your ground” laws in his Senate Judiciary subcommittee, and, “blaming” ALEC for laws which have been enacted in 30 states and are supported by a solid plurality of voters, tried to bully ALEC’s corporate members, most of whom had nothing to do with gun issues. »

If Barack Obama Had a Son, Would He Look Like Chris Lane? [Updated]

Featured image Chris Lane is the Australian college student and baseball player who was murdered while jogging along a street in Duncan, Oklahoma. The perpetrators were three teenagers who were bored and decided to murder someone just for fun. They saw Lane running by, got in a car, drove behind him and shot him in the back. Two of the bored teenagers, Chancey Luna and James Edwards, have been charged with first »

Anti-Gun Group Distorts Zimmerman Case In “Stand Your Ground” Campaign

Featured image The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has produced a “public service announcement” urging repeal of the stand your ground provisions that are part of most states’ laws on self-defense. The ad features, naturally, the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, even though that provision of Florida law had no application to the case–you can’t retreat when you are lying flat on your back–the defense did not invoke or rely on “stand your »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 8

Featured image On Friday the Washington Times published an editorial addressing Dick Durbin’s campaign of intimidation against ALEC and its supporters. We have featured Durbin’s campaign in several parts of this series; it represents a shocking abuse of his office. Durbin speaks up defending his behavior in a (patently false) Chicago Tribune column that Roll Call quotes here. Yesterday we excerpted Professor Bradley Smith’s concise condemnation of Durbin’s campaign. Here is Friday’s »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 6

Featured image When the IRS targeting of conservative groups first saw the light of day this spring, Dick Durbin intoned: “It is absolutely unacceptable to single out any political group — right, left or center — and say we’re going to target them. That is unthinkable. That goes back to some of the worst days of the Richard Nixon administration.” (Durbin could teach Uriah Heep a thing or two about false sincerity.) »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 4

Featured image John Hinderaker is past chairman of the Center of the American Experiment, Minnesota’s voice of sanity. I am a past member of the board. The Center is a nonpartisan, tax-exempt, public policy and educational institution that brings conservative and free market ideas to bear on the hardest problems facing Minnesota and the nation. To borrow the immortal words of Daniel Webster in the Dartmouth College case, it is a small »

The Long, Hot Summer of 2013?

Featured image Who could have imagined that the summer of 2013 would be largely dominated by stories about racial conflict? To be sure, today’s stories aren’t exactly like the original long, hot summer of 1967, when race riots burned sections of major American cities. And no one is getting lynched or barred from attending school. Today’s race stories are odd in that they don’t seem to have much to do with race »

Is Dick Durbin the Dumbest Democrat?

Featured image The competition is intense, but Durbin is definitely a contender. Here is the latest evidence: In preparation for a previously announced hearing on controversial “stand your ground” laws announced after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., sent letters to more than 300 possible corporate backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council, requesting their position on such policies in states »

Juror B29 and Zimmerman Revisionism [With comment by Paul]

Featured image One of the George Zimmerman jurors, identified as Juror B29, gave an interview to ABC News on Thursday that some news outlets treated as a blockbuster. The juror, whose first name is Maddy, was quoted as saying that Zimmerman “got away with murder.” (Some observers said that if you watch the unedited footage of the interview, which is available online, the suggestion that Zimmerman got away with murder was offered »

The evasions of the president’s speech

Featured image In re-reading President Obama’s remarks about the Martin-Zimmerman matter, I was struck by his assurances that the African-American community isn’t “naïve” about the social “dysfunction” (Obama’s term) that prevails in many black neighborhoods. First, he stated: Now, this isn’t to say that the African-American community is naïve about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators »