Vigilant police officer shot; vigilant policing under assault

Featured image A plainclothes New York City police officer was shot in the face in Queens yesterday when an ex-con opened fire into his unmarked patrol car, the New York Post reports. According to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, the police officer, Brian Moore, and his partner were on patrol when they spotted the suspect “adjusting an object in his waistband.” When they pulled up and tried to question the suspect, he pulled »

The British Election and Its Lessons for Us

Featured imageBritain goes to the polls on Thursday to elect a new government. Did you know this? It is hardly getting any media notice here in the U.S., perhaps because our lazy media can’t take its eyes off the long coronation of Queen Hillary.  Anyway, the polls are a scramble, and everyone paying attention (which means only Michael Barone and Henry Olsen) is saying it is the most unpredictable election in »

Why Are Police Shootings Dominating the News?

Featured imagePolice shootings and other tales of alleged police abuse (e.g., Eric Garner) dominate the news these days. You can hardly open a newspaper or turn on a television set without seeing protesters, rioters and looters, along with earnest talking heads debating the issue. Why is this? Why has violence on the part of policemen become the story du jour? One possible answer is that police violence is a terrible problem »

Never Trust Liberal “Fact Checkers”

Featured imageThe Democratic Party controls almost all of the news media. Some years ago, the Democrats came up with a great idea: they established “fact checkers” within Democratic Party newspapers to spin unfortunate facts in the Democrats’ favor. Today, several such “fact checkers” are well known. Are they reliable? Of course not. To see why, read this brilliant post by Sean Davis at The Federalist. The Federalist published a simple fact »

At the NRI Ideas Summit

Featured imageSenator Tom Cotton was interviewed by John O’Sullivan at the National Review Institute 2015 Ideas Summit this past Saturday morning. NR has posted the video here. I have embedded the video below. “You seem to me to be the exact opposite of a professional politician,” O’Sullivan says by way of introduction. The interview opens with the question of Iran and the Cotton letter. To quote Bob Dylan, “the wheel’s still »

Climate: Only One Day to Go!

Featured imageFrom The Guardian, May 4, 2007: UN Scientists Warn Time Is Running Out to Tackle Global Warming Governments are running out of time to address climate change and to avoid the worst effects of rising temperatures, an influential UN panel warned yesterday. Greater energy efficiency, renewable electricity sources and new technology to dump carbon dioxide underground can all help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the experts said. But there could »

Mosby so far [With Comment by John]

Featured imageBaltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby has charged six Baltimore police officers with serious crimes in connection with the death of Freddie Gray on April 19. The New York Times account of the charges is here. The Washington Post enumerates the charges here and takes a look at Ms. Mosby here. The charges quickly followed both Gray’s death and the rioting of the mob in Baltimore. Ms. Mosby’s announcement of the »

Visa Abuse at Disney

Featured imageDisney CEO Bob Iger is a co-chairman of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a group that advocates increasing the H-1B visa cap. The Partnership recently sponsored a closed briefing for Congressional staff on Capitol Hill. One of the documents distributed to staffers said: “H-1B workers complement – instead of displace – U.S. Workers.” It argued that employers use foreign workers to fill “more technical and low-level jobs, so »

Climate: Better Put Some Ice on That

Featured imageThe climatistas have long been fond of warning us about “tipping points,” which will unleash a torrent of “perfect storms,” or some other mashup of overused clichés.  Blink, and you’ll miss them. (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)  Al Gore famously predicted that we’d have an ice-free arctic by this year if we did nothing. Now one problem with letting climate clichés do your thinking for you is that there’s a very »

A look at the 6 officers charged

Featured imageThe Washington Post has the lowdown on the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddy Gray. As Paul Mirengoff inferred from the silence at the time of the charges, it’s a “diverse” group: The six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray face a litany of charges that include second-degree depraved-heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, false imprisonment and misconduct in office. The officers — three white, three »

What Does Iran Have In Common With the Baltimore Rioters?

Featured imagePresident Obama told Congress to stand down with respect to Iran, and Baltimore’s mayor reportedly directed police to stand down with regard to the looters. Which inspired the great Michael Ramirez to produce this gem, depicting Iran as a rampaging rioter and President Obama running interference–holding off, I would say, both Congress and Israel. Click to enlarge: »

David McCullough recommends

Featured imageI read A Stillness at Appomattox when I heard David McCullough describe its impact on him. McCullough had majored in English at Yale and received the book as a graduation present in 1955. Reading this one of Bruce Catton’s several magnificent books made McCullough want to write history. I thought, correctly, that must be some book. Daily Beast editor John Avlon asked McCullough about his favorite books and authors recently »

Marilyn Mosby: hypocrite, grandstander, ideologue

Featured imageAlan Dershowitz, the famous defense lawyer, has called the case against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray “a show trial.” The actions of prosecutor Marilyn Mosby “had nothing to do with justice,” but instead amounted to “crowd control,” Dershowitz said in remarks reported by the Daily Caller. With regard to the second-degree murder charges against Caesar Goodson, Dershowitz stated that “there’s no plausible, hypothetical, conceivable »

Liberalism Meets Reality In the Comic Book Business

Featured imageVia InstaPundit, a lesson in economics for liberals. This time, it’s the minimum wage: San Francisco’s Proposition J, which 77 percent of voters approved in November, will raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 by 2018. As of today, May 1, [Brian] Hibbs is required by law to pay his employees at Comix Experience, and its sister store, Comix Experience Outpost on Ocean Avenue, $12.25 per hour. That’s »

The Week in Pictures: Mother’s Day Edition

Featured imageMother’s Day isn’t officially being observed until next weekend, but Mother’s Day came a week ahead of time in Baltimore, where real fathers seem to be as scarce as city fathers. Plus we got the lowest-attended major league baseball game in history. Bruce Jenner is the new honorary chair of Women’s Republican Clubs, to the supreme annoyance of the Diversity Enforcers everywhere. And Hillary has a challenger: Go Bernie! And »

Additional thoughts about the Freddie Gray case

Featured imageI have posted my initials thoughts on the criminal charges against six Baltimore police officers. Former federal prosecutor Bill Otis has offered more extensive, and better-informed, observations. Among them are the following, all of which make good sense to me: Will the mob tolerate an acquittal? The calls in recent days have been for “justice.” I have considerable doubt whether those doing the loudest calling have even a slight interest »

Mayweather-Pacquiao: A Preview

Featured imageThe long-awaited fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is tomorrow night. Will it live up to expectations? I doubt it: look for Mayweather to win easily. It seems odd to say that the undefeated Mayweather, whose opponents are a who’s who of the welterweight division, is underrated. Nevertheless, it is true. Mayweather is one of the all-time greats. Eventually, he will lose to Father Time. But when that happens, »