Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Russia and Iran running neck-and-neck in Obama-humiliating sweepstakes

Featured image Iran and Russia are competing to see which nation can humiliate President Obama more. Russia got off to a flying start with its intervention in Ukraine and its “assistance” to Obama in the non-enforcement of the president’s red line against the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria. Iran, its economy crippled by the U.S. led sanctions regime, was falling way behind. But the mullahs trumped Putin »

Donald Trump and the decline of America’s moral ecology

Featured image Peter Wehner writes about the “cultural and moral context that allows someone like [Donald] Trump – narcissistic, crude, obsessed with wealth and fame, and who has never felt the need to ask God for forgiveness – to emerge.” Pete believes that “it is hardly a coincidence that Donald Trump shot to the top of the polls in a nation that celebrates the Kardashians.” I agree. Pete ties his discussion of »

Paul Ryan: Luis Gutierrez’s choice for Speaker

Featured image I may be one of the few who is saying publicly that Rep. Paul Ryan is a bad choice for Speaker, but I’m not the only one who believes his selection would benefit liberals, comparatively speaking. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an extreme left-wing Democrat, told MSNBC that Ryan’s ascent to Speaker “would be good for the country.” Breitbart correctly describes Gutierrez as “perhaps the most extreme open-borders advocate in Congress.” It »

Poll: Clinton’s support among Dems drops 10 points in less than a week

Featured image According to polling by Reuters/Ipsos, Hillary Clinton’s support among Democratic voters fell from 51 percent to 41 percent from October 4 to October 9. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders’ share rose from 24 to 28 percent and Joe Biden’s from 16 to 20 percent. This particular poll has been pretty volatile. I suspect that Clinton’s actual loss of support in such a short period isn’t as dramatic as Reuters/Ispos found. The loss »

“Early signs of Russian intent”

Featured image That’s the front page headline of today’s Washington Post (paper edition). The story is about signs in August that Putin was mobilizing for a military offensive in Syria. Despite these signs, the Obama administration was “caught flat-footed” when the Russian offensive materialized two months later. In a larger sense, “Russian intent” has long been clear. Putin has said he consider the fall of Soviet power a geopolitical catastrophe. He wants »

This day in baseball history — Osteen succeeds where Drysdale and Koufax failed

Featured image This month marks the 50th anniversary of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Minnesota Twins. 1965 was only the Twins’ fifth season in Minnesota and they were already in the World Series. In Washington, DC, from whence they came, the franchise hadn’t been the Series since 1933. This World Series was dramatic in the sense that it went seven games. However, the games themselves didn’t produce »

Newly disclosed emails mean more trouble for Hillary

Featured image Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has told Elijah Cummings, his Democratic counterpart on the committee, that he will soon release 1,500 pages of new Hillary Clinton emails concerning Libya that the State Department recently turned over. A “small number” of them pertain to the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound, Gowdy said. In his letter to Cummings, Gowdy also revealed that many of the »

Will Paul Ryan be the next speaker? I hope not

Featured image Following Kevin McCarthy’s surprising decision to drop out of the race for House Speaker, attention has turned to Paul Ryan. The widely respected Wisconsin man is viewed by many as the Republican representative most likely to (1) obtain the votes needed to become Speaker and (2) perhaps provide a degree of party unity post-selection. Ryan apparently does not want the job, for an obvious reason (it’s a daunting post) and »

Who gets released when drug sentences are relaxed?

Featured image Sens. Grassley, Cornyn, Lee, Flake, and (inevitably) Lindsey Graham have teamed up with liberal Democrats like Sens. Leahy, Durbin, and Schumer to push legislation that will result in the release of major drug felons, some of whom brought guns along when they committed their crimes. Hoping to increase the momentum for this sort of leniency, the Washington Post presents a warm front-page profile of a “non-violent drug offender” who was »

Hillary’s emails: What the FBI is up to

Featured image In response to my post about the FBI’s prospects for recovering Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails, now that a number of important devices are (or soon will be) in its possession, a reader writes: As both a lawyer and computer forensics specialist, I can tell you that what is quite likely happening is that the FBI is reconstructing Mrs. Clinton’s previous email data universe by mining several data sources. The State »

Experts see Hillary’s deleted emails as recoverable

Featured image Earlier today I suggested that the FBI has a decent shot at recovering Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails now that it possesses or is about to possess (1) Clinton’s server, (2) the Platte River server and a second Platte River device associated with the server, (3) Datto Inc.’s node that allowed it to store data from Clinton’s server on its cloud, and (4) four servers just seized from State Department headquarters. »

FBI to take second device from Hillary’s IT company

Featured image The Daily Caller reports that Platte River, the IT company hired by Hillary Clinton to manage her private email network, will turn over a second Clinton-related device to the FBI this week. Platte River previously gave the FBI the server Clinton maintained as secretary of state. Now, it will turn over a separate device manufactured by a company called Datto Inc. Platte River calls the second machine “a simple device »

Chairman Grassley then and now

Featured image Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is sponsoring the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (SRCA). That Act would mandate shorter sentences for certain drug offenders and cause the immediate release of many drug felons, including some who carried guns when they committed the drug offense. If the Senate passes this legislation, it will do so mainly because of Chairman Grassley’s support. But in March, Grassley gave »

Report: Team Hillary asked Platte River to reduce email data storage

Featured image In 2013, Hillary Clinton hired Platte River to manage her private email network. Thereafter, according to a letter written by Sen. Ron Johnson and obtained by the Daily Caller, the Clinton Executive Services Corp. — a Clinton family company — twice instructed Platte River to reduce the amount of email data being stored during each server backup by decreasing the backup time period for email retention. The change caused the »

Crime rate soars; Republicans join leftists in seeking release of felons

Featured image As ideological leftists and misguided conservatives rush to have felons released from prison, the crime rate continues to soar. It’s certainly soaring in Baltimore, where the recently-fired police chief says that cops are “taking a knee” in response to lack of support from city officials. According to Fox News: For September, homicides were up 39 percent and non-fatal shootings nearly doubled over the same month in 2014, continuing a disturbing »

Hide the women and children, the Supreme Court is back in session

Featured image The Supreme Court is back in session, and the mainstream media has coalesced around the narrative that this term will see sweeping victories for conservatives. This theme is being peddled by the Washington Post, CNN, and NPR. I found NPR’s coverage especially nauseating: ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: They’re back. The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court opened a new term today with subjects on the docket as diverse and contentious as »

The Washington Nationals’ horribly disappointing season, what went wrong?

Featured image The regular baseball season ended yesterday, which means the end of the line for the disappointing 2015 Washington Nationals. The bookmakers pre-season favorites to make the World Series limped home in second place in their division, 7 games behind the New York Mets, with a record of 83-79. Today they fired manager Matt Williams. Washington fans are debating whether the Nats’ season represents the biggest disappointment by a Washington team »