Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Playing the victim game in reverse

Featured image In the aftermath of the Charleston massacre, the left, predictably, is looking for racial slights in developments ancillary to the shootings so it can attribute them to “systemic, pervasive racism.” For example, as I discussed here, it complains that Dylann Roof has not sufficiently been branded a terrorist. Two can play this game, and though we are better advised not to, let me try my hand. In 2011, Jared Lee »

Charleston shooting brings out the worst in race-mongering radical profs

Featured image Anthea Butler, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, takes to the pages of the Washington Post to advance the proposition that “racial hatred and white supremacy. . .continue to pervade our society.” She relies mainly on media coverage of the Charleston massacre and other instances of racial violence. In doing so, she commits a series of howlers. For example, Butler argues that “Michael Brown stole cigars. . .and many. »

On the money

Featured image The U.S. Treasury Department has decided that “a woman” will appear on the redesigned ten dollar bill. The image of Alexander Hamilton, who basically created our nation’s financial system, presently graces the ten note. It looks like he will either appear on the reverse side of the bill or find a home on a separate series of tenners. Which woman will supplant Hamilton? Treasury Secretary Jack Lew doesn’t know. He »

Will the U.S. and France deal Israel a double blow?

Featured image Shoshana Bryen, a long-time observer of the Middle East, senses danger to Israel arising from two areas of dispute between France and the U.S. The first area of disagreement involves the Iranian nuclear negotiations: The French government has expressed increasing concern that the emerging [nuclear] deal is flawed — perhaps fatally. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reportedly told the French Parliament, “France will not accept [a deal] if it is not »

Max it out!

Featured image Last Sunday in Milwaukee, Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals took a perfect game into the seventh inning. Then, Carlos Gomez, leading off the inning, dropped a broken-bat single into shallow right field. Scherzer allowed no other hits, but walked Scooter Gennett in the eighth. In the end, he retired 27 of the 29 hitters he faced, striking out 16 of them. All things considered, it was the best game »

Labeling the Charleston massacre

Featured image Almost immediately after Dylann Roof was apprehended, the Justice Department announced that it would investigate whether the Charleston massacre was a “hate crime.” I’ll give DOJ a hint. This was a hate crime, both in the dubious way this concept is understood by the law and in ordinary parlance. The Justice Department now says it’s going to investigate whether the killings were an act of terrorism. This is a less »

Brian Williams optioned to minor leagues

Featured image NBC News has decided to retain Brian Williams, but to ship him down to MSNBC. There, he will handle “breaking news and live reports.” Paul Fahri of the Washington Post calls Williams’ transfer to a “little-watched” cable news network “the equivalent of a major leaguer being sent down to the minors.” To extend the analogy, being assigned to MSNBC can be equated to being farmed out to “low A” ball. »

Heartbreaking

Featured image Dylann Roof reportedly told police that he almost didn’t go through with his massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal because everyone was so nice to him. I can believe it. If there is a warmer, more welcoming place than inside a predominantly African-American church, I haven’t found it. Roof is deeply disturbed, so he ignored what he saw and carried out the massacre. The rest of us need to believe, »

Obama’s pathetic comments on the Charleston massacre

Featured image President Obama wasted no time before using the tragic massacre in Charleston, South Carolina to argue for gun control (or, more accurately, to sulk publicly about his failure to impose it). Obama stated: We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. Now is »

Latest Blumenthal emails raise new questions about Hillary’s email purge

Featured image It’s every litigator’s nightmare. You turn over thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of documents to the opposing party pursuant to its request for production. Your production includes every responsive document your client gave you. But then, a non-party gets subpoenaed, and she (it was a woman when it happened to me) turns over an important document responsive to the production request that your client wrote or that was addressed to »

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz move to the left of Lindsey Graham on terrorist rights

Featured image Earlier this week, the Senate passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that limits the entire U.S. government to only the interrogation and detention techniques outlined in the Army Field Manual. The vote was 78-21. The Army Field Manual does not permit physical contact with detainees, not even a slap. The harshest method it permits the “Fear-Up (Harsh).” In this approach, “the interrogator behaves in an overpowering »

Media alert

Featured image Tonight, I will be on One America News Network’s “On Point” program talking about the upcoming budget battle and the Democrats’ threat to block all spending bills unless Republicans agree to exceed sequestration limits on domestic spending. The show is called “On Point.” The host is the dynamic Tomi Lahren. On Point begins at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. I’m told that I will be on the second segment. One America »

Hillary and Jeb on Iraq: compare and contrast

Featured image Iraq figures to be a major issue in the presidential election, as it should be given the current disastrous situation. It’s less clear that Iraq as it was in 2003 should be an issue, but it’s fair to look back that far, and at subsequent inflection points, to see what positions (if any) various candidates have taken on Iraq. A reader sent me a comparison of Hillary Clinton and Jeb »

The left wants it both ways on policing

Featured image Heather Mac Donald has an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal called “Explaining Away the New Crime Wave.” It’s a response to the left’s frantic efforts to avoid the obvious inference that the spike in crime many cities are experiencing results in part from the growing reluctance of cops to engage in proactive policing. Mac Donald’s article is worth reading in full, if you can penetrate the Journal’s pay »

Presidential hopeful touts his gucci store

Featured image After hearing Hillary Clinton’s claim to have left the White House “dead broke,” is it refreshing to hear Donald Trump say, “I have a Gucci store that’s worth more than [Mitt] Romney”? No it is not. Trump’s bragging is as distasteful as Hillary’s poor-mouthing. Some say “it’s not bragging if you can do it.” Actually, that’s exactly what bragging is. If you can’t do it, it’s lying. It has been »

Jeb Bush enters the race impressively

Featured image It’s official. Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for president today at Miami-Dade College. The text of his speech is here. Bush isn’t my preferred candidate for the Republican nomination (I don’t have one yet), nor is he likely to so become. However, I thought his speech was impressive, both in content (he can thank his speechwriters) and in delivery. Bush didn’t seem exactly “joyous,” but he certainly looked comfortable — »

Are 20 percent of college women sexually assaulted? [With Comment by John]

Featured image The Washington Post is claiming, based on a poll, that “twenty percent of young women who attended college during the past four years say they were sexually assaulted.” That’s an alarming finding. But is it valid? Scott Greer and Blake Neff of the Daily Caller point to flaws in the Post’s study that undermine the 20 percent claim. First, the Post didn’t asked the female students polled whether they were »