Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

When a moment of silence is too much to ask

Featured image The Paris terrorists attacks occurred during a six day period of “international” soccer matches — i.e., contests between national teams. In fact, one of the attacks was directed at the Stade de France, where France was hosting Germany. During the remaining matches, there was supposed to be a minute of silence in honor of the victims of the Paris attacks. Unfortunately, this was too much to ask of many Muslim »

A copycat league

Featured image The Ivy League has long been a copycat league, especially when it comes to its students. In the late 1960s, Dartmouth’s radical activists consciously copied our Harvard counterparts. However, Dartmouth’s administration, learning from Harvard’s response, handled our takeover of the administration building with more savvy, thus avoiding much of the post-takeover turmoil we had hoped to generate. Flash forward 45 years or so, and we see black protests over nothing »

The French government steps up its game

Featured image On Sunday, I posted a discussion by Paris lawyer (and Power Line reader) James Gillespie of the measures taken by the French government in response to the Paris attacks, and the legal underpinnings of these measures. Since then, of course, the government has conducted a highly visible (and successful) raid in Saint Denis, just outside of Paris. This, one strongly suspects, is just the tip of the iceberg. To get »

Harry Reid under investigation by Utah prosecutor

Featured image A Utah county prosecutor says he is investigating Sen. Harry Reid in connection with a pay-to-play scheme involving two former Utah attorneys general. The prosecutor investigating Reid is Troy Rawlings of Davis County, a Republican. The former Utah attorneys general are Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, both Republicans. The two were arrested last summer after prosecutors accused them of engaging in a wide-ranging scheme through which they traded favors with »

Report: Refugees are among ISIS plotters recently charged in U.S.

Featured image The Daily Mail reports that in the past 18 months, U.S. law enforcement authorities have charged at least 66 men and women with ISIS-related terror plots on American soil. A handful of those charged are refugees, according to the Daily Mail. More typically, the plotters are American Muslims including some who converted to Islam. The conspirators include a U.S. Air Force veteran, a National Guard soldier who allegedly plotted to »

Under Obama, America is France’s jayvee

Featured image The Obama administration likes to boast about the thousands of sorties our Air Force has undertaken against ISIS in the past year-plus. But according to this report, if one takes into account the fact that only approximately 25 percent of our sorties result in the dropping of bombs, it turns out that we are striking ISIS from the air only around 11 times per day. This pales in comparison not »

J.J. Watt’s microaggression

Featured image J.J. Watt, a defensive end for the Houston Texans, is arguably the best player in the National Football League. Andy Dalton is the red-headed star quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. Some call him “The Red Rifle.” Last night, after Houston upset previously undefeated Cincinnati and held the Bengals to six points, Watt said this: Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red »

John Kerry’s Freudian slip

Featured image John Kerry said this today: There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo [and what happened in last week’s Paris attacks], and I think everybody would feel that. [In the Hebdo case] [t]here was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of »

Cruz’s vulnerability

Featured image I wrote here and here about what I take to be Marco Rubio’s greatest vulnerability in the GOP presidential race — his sponsorship of immigration reform legislation that would have granted amnesty and a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants. However, one views the merits of Rubio’s Gang of Eight legislation, I think it’s beyond dispute that this represents a serious problem for his campaign. Not surprisingly, Ted Cruz is »

Obama’s fallacious “religious test” argument

Featured image In response to the idea that the U.S. should limit the flow of Syrian refugees into this country to Christians, President Obama had this to say: That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have a religious test for our compassion. This sounds good in the abstract. For at least two reasons, however, it is not a persuasive objection to limiting entry to Christians. First, Syrian Christians face »

Abedin warned that Hillary “is often confused”

Featured image Judicial Watch, that heroic organization, has released a new batch of emails written by Huma Abedin, a top Hillary Clinton aide at the State Department. In one of them, from January 2013, Abedin advised another Clinton aide, that it was “very important” to go over phone calls with Clinton because the former Secretary of State was “often confused.” Here is the text: Abedin: Have you been going over her calls »

Does “mismatch” help explain militant black fragility?

Featured image How should we explain the fact that black student militancy is now manifesting itself in the disruption of campus libraries and demands for postponement of exams? Here’s one plausible explanation: mismatch is to blame. “Mismatch” refers to the fact that, due to aggressive race-based admissions preferences, many African-American college students fall short of the white students with whom they attend school in terms of the credentials most closely associated with »

Hillary Clinton: “I come from the ’60s, a long time ago”

Featured image I didn’t watch the Democrats’ presidential debate on Saturday night. There was too much good college football on tap, which probably helps explain why the Dems staged the event in this time slot. Or is it just coincidence that the debate, held in Iowa, conflicted with the game between undefeated Iowa and the University of Minnesota? This report from the Washington Post suggests that the Democrats were wise to hold »

Paris close to home

Featured image One of the targets of Friday’s Paris attack was a popular Cambodian restaurant called Le Petit Cambodge. At least 13 people were killed there. My younger daughter, who lived in Paris for a year, has eaten at Le Petit Cambodge. It’s a favorite restaurant of one of her cousins who lives nearby. As soon as she heard about the attacks, my daughter contacted her cousin to see if he was »

The French government’s response to the Paris attacks

Featured image In the aftermath of the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday, the French government has taken three major actions: declaration of a state of emergency, implementation of border controls, and convening of Congress. James Gillespie, a lawyer in Paris and a Power Line reader, has prepared a discussion of these measures and their legal underpinnings. Here is James’ analysis: State of Emergency By a decree issued in the night of »

Rubio’s vulnerability, Part Two

Featured image I wrote here about Marco Rubio’s vulnerability on the issue of immigration. Ted Cruz, I contended, is especially well-positioned to exploit Rubio’s vulnerability. The Cruz campaign has, in fact, started to attack Rubio for sponsoring the Gang of Eight amnesty/path to citizenship legislation of 2013. And Rubio has fired back. Figuring that the best defense is a good offense, Rubio told reporters, “I don’t think our positions are dramatically different; »

The lesson from today’s attacks: step up our game

Featured image When I was in France this summer, I saw far more evidence of anti-terrorist security measures than one sees in the U.S. Military men with heavy weapons were visible at some of the major tourist spots in Paris and also at Reims Cathedral. Today, security must have been farily robust at the Stade de France for the France-Germany match attended by the French president. Otherwise, I imagine the attack would »