Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Is this where it all ENDAs?

Featured image I’ve suspected for some time that there is something radically out of kilter with the gay rights movement in America. Now, I’m sure of it. The Washington Post reports: Several major gay rights groups withdrew support Tuesday for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would bolster gay and transgender rights in the workplace, saying they fear that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill might compel private companies to begin »

World Cup preview — Argentina vs. Holland [UPDATED -- Argentina wins]

Featured image Before taking a look at tomorrow’s World Cup semifinal between Argentina and Brazil, let’s take a quick glance back at today’s remarkable 7-1 victory by Germany over Brazil. It’s clear that Felipe Scolari made a huge mistake by not using three central midfielders. As I suggested before the match, doing so might have enabled Brazil to protect its back four, which was missing its best player (Thiago Silva); to limit »

Barack Obama, Rick Perry, and the handshake that won’t happen

Featured image Gov. Rick Perry has declined to greet President Obama at the airport when Obama arrives in Texas. Instead, Perry has called on the president to hold a “substantive meeting” with him to discuss the wave of young illegal immigrants pouring into border states I have mixed feelings about Perry’s decision not to greet Obama. Any president deserves a show of respect from other elected officials. They need not embrace the »

Israel prepares for ground operation against Hamas

Featured image Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has decided to expand the military operation in Gaza and to begin preparing for a ground operation. Accordingly, the Israeli Defense Force has called up 40,000 reserves to serve in the West Bank, thus freeing up regular forces to move to the Gaza border. Israel has tried to counter rocket attacks from Gaza by strikes against dozens of terror targets. However, the rocket attacks have continued. »

World Cup preview — Brazil vs. Germany [UPDATED]

Featured image The romance of the free flowing, relatively high-scoring World Cup Group Stage is a distant memory now. At this point, the big boys are playing for keeps, and they are taking no prisoners. All three of the big boys in the semifinals — Brazil, Germany, and Argentina — won their quarterfinals match by scoring early and then grinding the life out of the opposition — Colombia, France, and Belgium. Only »

This day in baseball history — Callison’s walk-off all star game homer

Featured image The Major League All Star Game has produced come from behind wins and walk-off home runs. The 1964 All Star Game, played on July 7, 1964 at Shea Stadium in New York, produced both. The National League had won six of the previous eight contests and featured the stronger team in 1964. For example the starting NL outfielders — Billy Williams, Willie Mays, and Roberto Clemente — all ended up »

The College Board, the Common Core, and “the world without America”

Featured image Years ago, Richard Rorty, the left-wing pragmatist philosopher, defended the leftist slant in university instruction by arguing that it was an antidote to the rah-rah, pro-American indoctrination students received in high school. In Hegelian-Marxist terms, high school instruction was the “thesis,” college instruction was the “antithesis,” and students could work out their own “synthesis.” Rorty’s argument was characteristically clever. But the content of high school education was always destined to »

Egypt a year after Morsi

Featured image One year after the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, Daniel Pipes finds the situation in Egypt “pretty awful”: In the debate over the proper role of Islam in the lives of Egyptians, the dividing lines have only increased, spawning violence, further extremism, and a sense that the country’s split between Islamist and anti-Islamist factions will last for many years. Even the dividing lines among Islamists and among anti-Islamists are hardening. The »

Bart Gelllman confirms the value of NSA intercepts

Featured image Bart Gellman and his colleagues at the Washington Post’s shadow NSA have produced another breathless article purporting to show the threat to civil liberties posed by the NSA’s interception of private internet communications. Ultimately, though, the article succeeds only in confirming the value of the NSA’s practice in combating the threat to our safety posed by terrorists. Leftists like Glenn Greenwald have persistently maintained that NSA’s electronic spying is basically »

Hillary Clinton and the “neocons”

Featured image Jacob Heilbrunn is an expert on “neocons.” He should be. He helped invent the species, which differs from “neoconservatives,” about whom he lacks much understanding. Heilbrunn warns readers of the New York Times that the “neocons are getting ready to ally with Hillary Clinton.” He writes: Even as they castigate Mr. Obama, the neocons may be preparing a more brazen feat: aligning themselves with Hillary Rodham Clinton and her nascent »

Dana Milbank’s fantasy

Featured image Dana Milbank, the Clown Prince of the Washington Post, argues that having an “all-Republican Congress” might help President Obama. By all-Republican Congress, Milbank means a majority Republican Senate to go along with the majority Republican House. Milbank reasons that with Republicans in control of both chambers, they would pass conservative legislation on matters such as immigration, health care, the budget, and abortion. Obama could then veto that legislation, thereby enhancing »

Legislation trumps administrative regulation, left irate

Featured image Lost in the sound and fury coming from the left in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby is this point, made in a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle by Emmett C. Stanton: People choose to forget that when Obamacare passed so narrowly, it was in large part because the administration misled pro-life Democrats about its abortion and abortifacient coverage. The legislation never would have passed if »

World Cup update: What goes around comes around for Brazil

Featured image Brazil defeated Colombia 2-1 yesterday in a foul-filled match. But the hosts paid a price. Neymar, their best attacking player, will miss the rest of the tournament due to injury. And Thiago Silva, their best defender, will miss the semifinal due to suspension. Brazil’s manager, Felipe Scolari, came up with both the lineup and the tactics necessary to bring down the high-flying Colombians. He replaced Dani Alves with Maicon at »

An islamist critique of soccer

Featured image Conservative pundits aren’t the only activists with ideological objections to soccer. Salafi clerics in Saudi Arabia and Egypt issued fatwas against viewing the World Cup before the tournament began. Their beef is that watching the World Cup will cause Muslims to neglect their religious duties and expose themselves to negative influences. Saudi cleric Sheikh Abd al-Rahman al-Barrak put it this way: There is no doubt that football, played according to »

World Cup preview — The Quarterfinals

Featured image So far, this World Cup has delivered almost everything a soccer fan could want: lots of scoring in the Group Stage, plenty of matches decided by late goals, star performances from most of the tournament’s superstars, the emergence of major new stars, seven tense matches of the eight games played in the Round of 16, and six or seven formidable teams remaining in the tournament’s last eight. The only thing »

That’s no gentleman; that’s Bill Clinton

Featured image The front page of the print edition of the Washington Post’s “Style” section — once known as the Women’s Page — features a mock poster that says “Bill Clinton for First Gentleman.” In the accompanying story, Clinton insists, presumably with a straight face, that he is “just a bit player” in the run-up to his wife’s likely campaign for president. “I am a foot soldier in any army; I will »

Revisiting the Obama-Ayers connection

Featured image Many of you probably watched portions, if not all of, Megyn Kelly’s interviews with Bill Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist of yesteryear. Kelly did her usual excellent job of pressing Ayers on his violent past. But Stanley Kurtz wishes she had pressed Ayers more about his relationship with Barack Obama. For, as Kurtz points out, Ayers and Obama had a much tighter political alliance than Ayers admitted to on Kelly’s »