Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

“Trump 2.0” can’t just be better speeches

Featured image In a pair of posts, John has praised a pair of speeches by Donald Trump — one in Wisconsin and the other in North Carolina. And rightly so; they are good speeches. John says the Wisconsin speech contains the message that will win Trump the presidency if voters hear it. The proviso is important because, as John points out, the Democratic Party media will do everything possible to prevent Trump’s »

Trump, the judiciary, and this election

Featured image For the first time in decades, I am an undecided voter in a presidential election. I haven’t decided whether to vote for Donald Trump or to vote for no candidate. Concern over what the Supreme Court (and the lower courts) will look like if Hillary Clinton wins is one of the main considerations that might cause me to vote for Trump. Thus, when I saw that John Yoo and Jeremy »

Obama administration: Iran cash payment depended on prisoner release

Featured image Yesterday, the Obama administration finally admitted that its $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of a group of American prisoners. State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the U.S. withheld the delivery of the cash as “leverage” until Iran permitted the Americans to leave the country. There was also this exchange: In basic English, you’re saying you wouldn’t give them $400 million in cash until »

What the Washington Post doesn’t want you to read about “implicit bias”

Featured image I wrote here about the Department of Justice’s efforts to push “implicit bias training” on law enforcement personnel and about a lame column in which Joe Davidson of the Washington Post cheers on the DOJ. In his column, Davidson attacked Hans von Spakovsky for, among other alleged offenses, questioning the “science” behind implicit bias training. Davidson didn’t take on Hans’s analysis. Instead, he suggested, circularly, that by questioning the “science,” »

Islamist preacher convicted in Britain

Featured image Anjem Choudary, the British hate-spewing Islamic preacher, has been found guilty of supporting Islamic State. He faces up to ten years of prison time. Choudary will be familiar to some of our readers. He used to appear on Fox News talk shows to defend the actions of terrorists. Often with a smile. Or was it a smirk? Choudary was convicted at the Old Bailey. Jurors heard testimony that he swore »

When a lawyer is past his sell-by date

Featured image Here are some signs that a lawyer is past his sell-by date (I speak from personal experience.) You begin to regard calls from clients as intrusions. You become irritated too easily during depositions. Reading judicial opinions used to be fun but now you sometimes find yourself asking ‘what do I care what this hack thinks?’. And here’s one I hadn’t thought of: you tweet to help think through a legal »

Black Milwaukee cop is subject of death threats

Featured image The name of the black police officer who killed Sylville Smith has been made public. The officer is Dominique Heaggan, also referred to as Dominique Heaggan-Brown. According to this report, Heaggan grew up poor and “rough” in the same neighborhood as Smith. Indeed, the two attended the same high school and apparently knew each other at the time. Heaggan joined the city’s police force as a police aide in 2010. »

Larry Tribe violates professional responsibility in attempt to harm Trump

Featured image Yesterday, Larry Tribe tweeted: “I have notes of when Trump phoned me for legal advice in 1996. I’m now figuring out whether our talk was privileged.” There is nothing to figure out. Except in extraordinary situations, a lawyer cannot reveal “information relating to the representation of a client” unless the client gives informed consent or the disclosure is impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation. A lawyer’s dislike »

Aleppo update

Featured image In early August, I wrote about the apparent break through by Syrian rebels in Aleppo. Before the war, Aleppo was Syria’s economic hub and a cultural treasure. Since 2012, it has been divided between regime forces and opposition fighters. It became the Syrian rebels’ last urban stronghold and, as such, the target of a siege by the Assad regime and Hezbollah forces supported, crucially, by Russian air power. A few »

Tehran today

Featured image A friend recently returned from Tehran where she visited her family. She hadn’t been back in 38 years. Readers may be interested in her observations. I was, though presumably they are influenced by the views and circumstances of her family, which I take to be middle class or upper middle class. Anyway, here they are: It’s a party city. Persians love to party. Some partied, albeit in a subdued fashion, »

DOJ pushes “implicit bias training” for local police officers

Featured image Conservatives and some liberals have reached a common way to express sympathy (maybe genuine, maybe not) with the police. They like to say that when officers kiss family members goodbye in the morning, they don’t know whether they will return home to them that evening. This is true. But here’s a concern I have not heard mentioned: When officers kiss their families goodbye in the morning, they don’t know in »

Another implausible Black Lives Matter martyr

Featured image We’ve commented before about the lack of selectivity displayed by Black Lives Matter and its fellow travelers in choosing “martyrs.” There was a time when the left, especially the black left, routinely glorified thugs who ran afoul of the law to their detriment. But that was 40 years ago or more, during the heyday of the Black Panthers. Since then, the left usually has tried to emphasize the grievances of »

Ford Foundation will fund Black Lives Matter big time

Featured image Ellen McGirt at Fortune Magazine reports that the Black Lives Matter movement will receive millions of dollars in funding from the Ford Foundation. The Foundation states, in one of the more sickening pieces I have read in some time (read the whole thing if you have the stomach for it): By partnering with Borealis Philanthropy, Movement Strategy Center, and Benedict Consulting to found the Black-Led Movement Fund, Ford has made »

Dead Milwaukee man raised gun at police officer, police chief says

Featured image Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has provided details of the fatal shooting by a black police officer of Sylville Smith, a black Milwaukee man. The shooting sparked riots on Saturday and Sunday night. According to Chief Flynn, who reviewed video from the body camera of the officer who shot Smith, the chain of events that led to the shooting occurred during a period of just 20 to 25 seconds. It »

Trump running behind GOP Senate candidates in many key states

Featured image In this post, I expressed doubt that Donald Trump’s candidacy will have a significantly adverse effect on other Republicans running this year, unless Hillary Clinton wins by a landslide (which may happen). My post prompted a reader to send me some polls through which we can compare Trump’s standing in swing states with that of the Republican Senate candidates running in them. Here are the RCP averages: Ohio Trump -2.6 »

Violence erupts in Milwaukee after black police officer kills armed black man [UPDATED]

Featured image Milwaukee is the latest scene of anti-police rioting. Yesterday, rioters set fire to a gas stations, a bank branch, a beauty supply company, and an auto parts store. Three people were in the gas station. All managed to escape unharmed. The rioters also attacked a line of police officers who had been dispatched in response to the lawlessness. When the officers got in their cars to leave, some in the »

Our Fractured Republic

Featured image In a recent podcast, Steve talked with Yuval Levin about his brilliant new book, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in an Age of Individualism. In the interview, Yuval summarized the book’s themes and some of its key arguments. The discussion begins at around the 19 minute mark. At 21 minutes, Yuval sets forth his core thesis. At 23 minutes, he begins his critique of contemporary conservatism. I can’t »