Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Congressional Dems under attack for not hiring minorities

Featured image Earlier this month, a CNN contributor dismissed an African-American who served as a top aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions as, in effect, a token. The former Sessions aide, William Smith, was debating Angela Rye, a strong critic of Sessions’ record on civil rights. Rye told Smith: “Because you are the one black guy that he hired on the committee doesn’t make him a civil rights leader.” Perhaps realizing what she »

Has Trump made Republicans pro-Putin? [with correction]

Featured image The Washington Post has published a piece by James Kirchick called “How Trump got his party to love Vladmir Putin.” The title is ridiculous. Republicans don’t love Putin, and Kirchick’s article provides no evidence that they do. In fact, although Trump takes too soft a line on the Russian leader, there is no basis for saying that he loves, or even likes, Putin. The article itself is also over-the-top in »

An opportunity for Trump in Iran

Featured image Michael Ledeen reports that the Iranian dissident Ayatollah Hossein Boroujerdi is out of prison. He has been held in miserable conditions for a decade. Ayatollah Boroujerdi advocates toleration of all religious (and non-religious) beliefs and opposes the involvement of religious leaders in politics. He has repeatedly criticized the fundamentalist doctrines of the Iranian theocratic state and spoken out against anti-Semitism. In 2010 he sent Hanukkah greetings to the Jews of »

Rooney ties Sir Bobby [UPDATED]

Featured image Debate still rages as to whether Wayne Rooney is an all-time England soccer great. But when you’re tying and breaking records held by a bloke with “Sir” in front of his name, there really isn’t room for discussion. In 2015, Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record for most goals scored for England. Today, he tied Charlton for most goals scored for Manchester United. Rooney also had an assist in his »

Judge allows case against Marilyn Mosby to proceed

Featured image The criminal cases brought by Marilyn Mosby in the Freddy Gray matter have all been dismissed. Not one was successful. Now Mosby is in the dock. She is the defendant in a civil action brought by five of the six accused police officers. Casear Goodson, driver of the police van in which Gray was injured and the only defendant to be charged with homicide, did not join the case. Yesterday, »

Another leading Alabama Democrat endorses Jeff Sessions

Featured image Sue Bell Cobb, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has endorsed Sen. Jeff Sessions in a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Montgomery Advertiser describes Cobb as “one of Alabama’s most prominent Democrats.” She served on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals before being elected to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2006. She resigned in 2011. Describing her relations with Sessions when »

Trump acknowledges Russian election-related hacking efforts [Update: media dishonesty ensues]

Featured image President-elect Donald Trump was briefed today by senior intelligence officials who laid out their case regarding Russian cyber-intrusion into American politics, especially the recent presidential election. After the meeting, Trump acknowledged that Russia hacked the Democrats. He also said that Russia attempted to hack the Republicans. Here is his statement: I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leaders of the Intelligence Community this afternoon. I have tremendous respect »

Joe Biden: “It is over”

Featured image Last month, I promised that when Donald Trump’s victory became completely official I would post my two favorite “it’s over” videos — the Roy Orbison classic and the iconic call of England’s 1966 World Cup victory. Today, Trump’s victory was certified in Congress. I will keep my promise. But thanks to a ridiculous last ditch attempt by some House Democrats to challenge electoral votes for Trump, I have a new »

GOP Senators bring clarity to the Russia election hacking debate

Featured image Yesterday, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on Russian hacking especially as it pertained to last year’s presidential election. Paul Kane, a liberal at the Washington Post, gives this account: Senate Republicans walked a tightrope Thursday trying to show their toughness against Vladi­mir Putin’s Russia without undermining the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in November. Again and again during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Russian »

Report: Senior Russian officials “celebrated” Trump’s victory

Featured image The Washington Post reports that American intelligence agencies intercepted communications showing that senior officials in the Russian government “celebrated Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a geopolitical win for Moscow.” The Post says the communications also show that “Russian officials congratulated themselves on the outcome.” Celebrating would mean that the officials in question wanted Trump to win. Congratulations would suggest that Russia tried to help him win. Without seeing »

Perfect: DNC Chair Candidate Forum to Be Held at Anti-Israel Restaurant

Featured image Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon reports that the Democratic party’s slate of nominees for DNC chair has agreed to participate in a candidate forum hosted at a restaurant owned by a rabid critic of Israel. The decision to hold it there may give the leading contender for DNC chair — the rabidly anti-Israel and one-time Louis Farrakhan backer Keith Ellison — something of a “home field” advantage. Sadly, »

Schumer talks tough on Obamacare; does he have a good hand?

Featured image Yesterday, I observed that Chuck Schumer’s tough talk on the Supreme Court is backed up by a hand consisting of. . .nothing. Schumer is no Paul Newman, so for him nothing isn’t a cool hand. Schumer is also talking tough about Obamacare. He insists that Democrats will not help Republicans replace the Affordable Care Act. He anticipates, therefore, that repeal will produce a disaster. He intends to call that disaster »

Schumer talks tough on Supreme Court, but has a losing hand

Featured image Chuck Schumer has declared that he intends to oppose any Supreme Court nominee who falls outside the judicial “mainstream,” even if this means keeping the seat formerly occupied by Justice Scalia vacant until after the 2018 elections. The vow is similar to Mitch McConnell’s promise not to move on Merrick Garland’s nomination, with this key difference — McConnell was (and is) the majority leader; Schumer is not. To be sure »

Son of civil rights leader prosecuted by Sessions endorses the Senator

Featured image In a piece called “Washington Post unwittingly destroys the ‘Sessions is a racist’ slander,” I reviewed the evidence set forth in an article that supports the slander and the evidence that undercuts it. The undercutting evidence is overwhelming. It includes, but is hardly limited to, the testimony of African-Americans, including several from Alabama, who have known and/or worked with Sessions over the years. Evidence on the other side of the »

Mike Pence: Trump will hit the ground running fast

Featured image Vice president-elect Pence met this morning with House Republicans. According to what I’ve been told by a member who was present, Pence said that Donald Trump will cut short his inauguration parade so he can go to the Oval Office and rescind many of President Obama’s executive orders. In addition, as I understand it, Trump will take immediate action to begin undoing some of the administration’s regulations. There are limits »

Blaming “them”; it’s the new American way

Featured image Many readers will recall the Trump rally in North Carolina where a 79 year-old elbowed a young African-American protester. The old man, John Franklin (“Quick Draw”) McGraw was unapologetic. “We don’t know if he’s ISIS; we don’t know who he is,” McGraw said. “The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.” The next time McGraw saw the protester, Rakeem Jones, was in a Fayetteville, North Carolina »

Freakout in Alabama

Featured image Left-wingers associated with the NAACP are occupying the Mobile, Alabama office of Senator Jeff Sessions to protest Sessions’ nomination as attorney general. The protesters, apparently a dozen or so in number, say they will continue their sit-in until Sessions withdraws as a nominee for attorney general or they are arrested. As usual, the left is breaking new ground in incivility. I can’t recall this tactic ever being used against a »