Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

All charges dropped against remaining Freddy Gray defendants

Featured image Prosecutors have dropped all remaining charges against the three remaining Baltimore police officers (William Porter, Garrett Miller, Alicia White) accused of crimes in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Three other original defendants (Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson, and Brian Rice) have been found not guilty. The Baltimore Sun describes the prosecution’s move as “startling,” and maybe it is. However, it was the only rational decision available to them. In »

Bill Clinton leaves us wondering how he could have been such a louse to Hillary

Featured image I caught Bill Clinton’s speech on the radio driving back from a minor league baseball game in Woodbridge, Virginia. Woodbridge is far enough outside the beltway that nary a person sitting near me tonight mentioned politics. But despite its distance from my house, about 40 miles, Bill’s oration lasted for nearly the entirety of my drive home. Clinton devoted almost his entire speech to trying to paint an attractive picture »

Guess who filled in for Wasserman Schultz yesterday

Featured image If you said Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, you understand the modern Democratic party very well. Rawlings-Blake formally opened the proceedings in place of the deposed Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Readers will recall that, as rioting commenced in Baltimore, Rawlings-Blake stated: It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave »

In Normandy, ISIS “soldiers” slit priest’s throat, take nuns hostage

Featured image The Democrats declined to mention ISIS (or even terrorism) one time during the 61 speeches delivered on opening day of their convention, but the “jayvee” remains active nonetheless. Armed men (believed to be two in number) shouting “Allah Akbar” stormed a church in France during morning mass today. ISIS promptly declared that its “soldiers” carried out the attack. The church is in Normandy, near the gorgeous city Rouen — “the »

He (she) who gets booed

Featured image I doubt that anyone, Republican or Democrat, watched the entire session of the Democratic convention yesterday, except for those who are paid to. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post is paid to report, from a leftist perspective, on the human comedy. Thus, he apparently watched the whole thing. Here, from Milbank’s column, is a list of folks who were booed yesterday when they mentioned Hillary Clinton’s name. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen »

Bernie shouts the case for Clinton in dark speech

Featured image Bernie Sanders made the socialist case for Hillary Clinton tonight. It’s a strong case that should persuade his rational supporters. Fortunately, for Donald Trump, it may well be that many Sanders supporters are irrational. Sanders’ address was preceded by a speech by Elizabeth Warren and an introduction by Keith Ellison. Before that, Michelle Obama spoke. I didn’t hear her speech, but assume she was good. She always is. Warren’s speech »

Chappaquiddick movie heads towards production

Featured image Last December, John wrote about the plan to make a movie about the Chappaquiddick scandal. It was at Chappaquiddick where Ted Kennedy, who was drunk, drove a young campaign worker off a bridge to her death, failed to take reasonable steps that might have saved her, and tried to cover up his culpability. The notion of Hollywood going through with such a project struck me as implausible. It’s easy enough »

The meaning of Kaine

Featured image Yesterday, I noted how much the far left Sanders faction of the Democratic party hates the selection of Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Considering that this faction probably makes up at least 45 percent of the party, this is a concern. The outrage is justified. It isn’t just that Clinton has poked the Sanders folks in the eye, as a prominent Sanders delegate put it, adding insult to »

Trump gets a bounce

Featured image The Republican convention may have been “dark” and “disunited,” to use the MSM’s favorite descriptions, but its nominee appears to have gotten a “bounce” from the event. Heading into the convention, Clinton had led in four of the five latest polls in the RCP list. In polls taken since the convention began, Clinton has led only once. In the four most recently completed surveys, Trump leads by 1, 2, 3, »

Donald Trump: “Extreme vetting” for French and Germans

Featured image Donald Trump says that people from France and Germany could face “extreme vetting” before entering the United States because their countries have been “compromised by terrorism.” Trump also argued that France and Germany are to blame for the terrorism that is “compromising” them. “It’s their own fault,” he said. “They allowed people to come into their territory.” Trump isn’t wrong to blame immigration policy for the terrorism rocking France and »

Syrian refugee murders woman in Germany [Update: Suicide Bomber In Bavaria]

Featured image Today, a 21-year-old refugee from Syria killed a woman with a machete in southwestern Germany. Police apprehended the murderer after a motorist deliberately ran him over. The man previously had been charged with causing bodily harm in an incident the police declined to describe. The fatal attack on the woman does not appear to have been an act of terrorism. Police believe the act stemmed from “relationship difficulties” between the »

Disunited Dems set to dump Debbie

Featured image I want to add a few thoughts to John’s post about the disunity the Democrats already are experiencing before their convention formally begins. Most reports center around Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the leaked emails that confirm how the DNC operated to undermine Bernie Sanders’ campaign. I agree with John that Wasserman Schultz likely will be sent packing soon. Like many before her, she damaged her reputation serving the Clintons and, »

Summer reading

Featured image NRO takes time out from politics to offer summer reading suggestions. The recommendations come from Richard Brookhiser, Nancy French, Kathryn Jean Lopez, David Pryce-Jones, Tevi Troy, Ian Tuttle, Hans von Spakovsky, and Kevin Williamson. I can recommend two of the books cited. The first is Karl Rove’s The Triumph of William McKinley. I wrote about that book here and here. The second is Yuval Levin’s The Fractured Republic, a brilliant »

The NBA enters the bathroom wars [UPDATED][With Comment by John]

Featured image The 2017 NBA all-star game, which was scheduled to be played in Charlotte, will be played elsewhere. The league is moving the game to protest a North Carolina law. That law, among other things, nullified a Charlotte ordinance that required businesses to allow transgender individuals who have not taken surgical and legal steps to change the gender noted on their birth certificate to use restrooms based on their own gender »

At the Washington Post, it’s unanimous: Trump’s speech was dark

Featured image On Friday morning, the Washington Post (paper edition) sang in unison about Donald Trump’s speech to the GOP convention. The lead headline read: “Trump portrays a nation in peril.” Below that Philip Rucker and David Farenthold began their story: “Donald Trump painted a dire portrait of a lawless terrorized nation as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination. . . .” The front page also contained this headline by gussied up »

It’s Kaine

Featured image As expected, Hillary Clinton has named Sen. Tim Kaine to be her running mate. I discussed what I think this means earlier today. The mainstream media likes to portray Kaine as a “centrist” and a “bridge builder.” The reality is quite different. In the Senate, Kaine almost always votes the liberal line. The American Conservative Union consistently gives him a zero rating. Same with the Eagle Forum. With Americans for »

Up next, Clinton’s VP selection

Featured image The political calendar gives us only three days between party conventions. Most of the buzz during this respite will concern Hillary Clinton’s choice of a running mate. The word is that she will select Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. The second choice is said to be Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture. If this is true, what should we make of two white males from the Democratic party’s former mainstream »