Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Emails show what Hillary has in mind for Israel

Featured image Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, writing in the Observer*, says that having examined Hillary Clinton’s emails, he is “hard-pressed to find a single note that is sympathetic toward the Jewish state from any of the people she trusted.” He reminds us that Sid Blumenthal, one of Hillary’s most trusted advisers, sent Clinton dozens of anti-Israel articles written by Sid’s rabidly anti-Israel son Max. Hillary responded favorably to them. But, says Boteach, “the »

Bill de Blasio: Islamic terrorism is “vanishingly rare” [UPDATED]

Featured image Brendan Kirby of PoliZette reports that, in the wake of a radical Islamic terrorist attack on New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling citizens not to worry about the threat of jihadist violence and is pushing for even more questionably vetted migrants to be resettled in the United States. Writing in the New York Times, de Blasio and the mayors of London and Paris state: [I]t is wrong »

Police nab Manhattan-N.J. bombing suspect, a naturalized Afghan

Featured image Authorities have apprehended Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was wanted in connection with the weekend bombings in Manhattan and Seaside Park, New Jersey. It took a shootout to capture Rahami, who shot an officer in the stomach before eventually being gunned down and taken into custody. Fortunately, the officer’s bulletproof vest absorbed Rahami’s shot. Rahami is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan. Authorities do not know whether his »

Support Sen. Pat Toomey

Featured image George Will calls Sen. Pat Toomey’s race against Kate McGinty in Pennsylvania the “most consequential” of this year’s Senate contests. To understand its importance, look at Larry Sabato’s map of Senate races. As things stand, at least according to Sabato, a Toomey win probably gives Republicans the 50 seats needed to run the Senate if Donald Trump is elected president. And if Hillary Clinton is elected, a Toomey win probably »

Two hours of rural driving, not one Clinton sign

Featured image I spent the weekend in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It’s about a three hour drive from my house. The first hour gets you to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. After that, you’re on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in rural Delaware, traveling lesser highways. Signs for various political candidates begin to appear. Most of the ones we saw were for state and local candidates. However, Donald Trump was represented. Hillary Clinton, by contrast, »

How to “root out jihad from within”

Featured image Following the terrorist attack in St. Cloud, Minnesota (not France), John wrote about what he called delusional efforts to combat the influence of ISIS on Somali youth in Minnesota. The efforts consisted of “funding a broad array of mental health and education programs” and also the developing “community-led intervention teams” — groups of Somali leaders and educators enlisted to identify and intervene with young people believed at risk for radicalization. »

This day in baseball history — The Dodgers consolidate their lead

Featured image When we last visited the 1966 National League pennant race, the Dodgers had surged into first place on the strength of four consecutive shutout wins against the Houston Astros. As of the end of play on September 11, they led the Pittsburgh Pirates by one game and the San Francisco Giants by two. Four days later, as the Dodgers began a three game series with the Pirates, their lead was »

Donald Trump, medical marvel

Featured image As I was finishing my post about the comparative vigor of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, my wife told me that Trump was appearing on Dr. Oz’s television show to discuss his health. I stopped blogging and joined her in front of the television. Trump’s appearance was a success. It should help him extend his advantage over Clinton in the medical/vigor department and improve his image. The first segment of »

Is Hillary’s “fainting” a game changer?

Featured image Donald Trump had been gaining ground on Hillary Clinton before she appeared to collapse at a 9/11 event this weekend. Although the tycoon was still trailing, it seemed like he was within around two points of Clinton. When Clinton fainted (if that’s the right word), I felt that this event, captured as it was by cameras, would be worth at least two points to Trump. The very latest polls suggest »

A hack’s emails hacked (with potential Hillary bombshell)

Featured image One salutary byproduct of the Hillary Clinton email scandal has been its effect on the reputation of Colin Powell — one of the most overrated figures in modern American history. Powell has spent the last 12 or so years trying to live down his status as an apologist for the unpopular Iraq war. He succeeded to some degree by publicly supporting Barack Obama and by accusing the GOP — the »

Is Clinton as bad as Trump on his worst issues?

Featured image Plenty of conservatives are balking at the prospect of voting for Donald Trump, and not just the NeverTrumpers. There is also the “Hardly Ever” Trump contingent, some of whom, like me, are still making up their minds. One option I would thought have no conservative would choose is to vote for Hillary Clinton. Yet, some conservatives intend to do just that. As far as I can tell, they consist mainly »

Boycott the NCAA

Featured image The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina because it objects to the state’s law on use by transgender persons of public restrooms. Most of the championship events are not very important except to the participants and their families and friends. But the events include two rounds of the men’s basketball tournament (the round of 64 and the round of 32). That’s a big deal. I’m disgusted by »

Bogus allegations of “racism” undermine honest policy debate

Featured image Yesterday, Steve discussed a Reuters/Ipsos poll that measured the views of Americans towards blacks. Here’s how Slate described the results of the poll: A significant slice of Americans expressed racist views against blacks, and those who identify as Donald Trump supporters are more likely to fall into that group, though Hillary Clinton supporters are definitely there too. The characterization of “racism” is Slate’s (per author Josh Voorhees), not Reuters’s. It’s »

The 2016 Power Line Picks

Featured image However one feels about this year’s presidential election, I don’t think conservatives can dispute the importance of the congressional races. If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, a Republican House and Senate will be crucial to thwarting her left-wing designs. If Trump wins, a Republican House and Senate will be crucial to advancing the conservative part of his agenda (if any) and blocking the liberal part (if any). It’s true that »

The next great boxing movie?

Featured image Boxing has been a staple of Hollywood since before I was born. And why not? The drama of boxing matches and the back story of the game are tailored made for the big screen. The most famous boxing movie is “Rocky” (1976), the first in that long series. The most critically acclaimed is “Raging Bull” (1980), Jake LaMotta’s story as told by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro. The »

Syria “cease fire” already violated

Featured image Yesterday, I wrote about the farcical Syria cease fire negotiated by John Kerry with Russia. If I had waited a few hours, I would have learned that the agreement, which went into effect yesterday, was immediately violated. According to the Washington Post: Residents and activists of the besieged rebel portion of Aleppo said that Syrian government helicopters had dropped barrel bombs on one neighborhood of the city and that loyalist »

Good grief, John Kerry — Part Two

Featured image After months of negotiating with Russia, John Kerry has obtained a “cease fire” agreement in Syria. The Washington Post characterizes the agreement as “the renewal of a cease-fire,” which tells you all you need to know about the value of this deal. Like its predecessors, this agreement was made to be broken as far as Russia is concerned. Even significant portions of the Obama administration appear not to believe in »