Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Black Lives Matter: From a lie to a murder spree

Featured image Katherine Kersten of the Center of the American Experiment describes how, in Minneapolis, a lie by Black Lives Matter produced a spike in the murder rate: [S]tarting in November 2015, Black Lives Matter and other activists wreaked havoc for weeks protesting the death of Jamar Clark. Clark was a 24-year-old with at least 20 previous arrests. He assaulted a woman; blocked paramedics from treating her; refused to comply with officers’ »

Second Baltimore prosecutor on Freddie Gray team resigns

Featured image We wrote here about the resignation of Lisa Phelps, a 15-year veteran prosecutor who objected to continuing the prosecution of one of the six officers involved in the arrest and/or transport of Freddie Gray. Now a second prosecutor who, along with Phelps was on the team that would have prosecuted that officer and another, has resigned. Sarah David declined to specify her reasons for resigning. However, she did say that »

This day in baseball history: A tie atop the National League

Featured image At the close of play on Sunday August 6, 1966, three teams were virtually tied for first place in the National League. Two of them, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, were in familiar territory. Winners collectively of three of the last four NL pennants, they had battled for dominance during most of the entire decade. The third team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, had been little heard from »

Syrian rebels reportedly break through in Aleppo

Featured image Syrian rebels say they have broken a weeks-long siege in Aleppo in northern Syria. Such a breakthrough would represent both a symbolic and a strategic victory against the Assad regime, Hezbollah, and their backers — Iran and Russia. The Assad regime denies that there has been a breakthrough. However, video and photos uploaded by rebels and opposition activists suggest that the rebels have at least temporarily broken through the siege. »

Black Lives Matter expresses solidarity with slave traders

Featured image I wrote here about the scores of demands made by a multitude of organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. The demands combined the cant of the old “Black Power” movement and worldwide “liberationist” ideology with that of Bernie Sanders. It confirmed that Black Lives Matter isn’t about reforming the police in order to reduce shootings by cops, but rather about transforming America across-the-board in the interests of Black-centric »

Government says Wearing “Don’t Tread on Me” insignia might be unlawful racial harassment

Featured image The Gadsden flag dates back to the Revolutionary War. It depicts a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike, along with the words “DONT [sic] TREAD ON ME.” The flag was designed by Christopher Gadsden, a delegate to the Continental Congress and a brigadier general in war that made the U.S. independent. In modern times, it has been used by the Tea Party and by supporters of the U.S. national soccer »

Unfortunate political news from Tennessee

Featured image I’ve written several times about the Republican primary race in Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District. In that contest, Grant Starrett challenged incumbent Rep. Scott DesJarlais. I strongly supported Grant and encouraged readers to do the same. On Tuesday, the voters opted for the incumbent. DesJarlais won by about 5,500 votes, 54.5 to 42.7. Though hardly a resounding triumph for an incumbent, it is more than sufficient and, in its own sad »

Obama’s ransom payment (5)

Featured image Team Obama keeps denying that it paid a ransom to Iran, so we’ll keep demonstrating that it did. Hey, it’s easy blogging. The latest evidence comes from one of the hostages, who discloses that he and the others were kept in the airport overnight until the Iranians confirmed that the plane with Obama’s payment had arrived. Omri Ceren has emailed the details. He writes: To resolve the [dispute over whether »

Clinton’s bounce is probably here to stay

Featured image There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton received a sizable bounce from the Democratic convention. Sean Trende says that Clinton’s position in the polls appears to have improved by at least six points, though some of the improvement may be due to Donald Trump’s dispute with the parents of a dead war hero, rather than the Dems’ convention per se. Trende asks whether the bounce will last. He notes that »

Obama commutes sentences of 55 more firearms offenders

Featured image Yesterday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 people serving federal prison sentences. Obama has now granted a total of 562 commutations — a number that the White House says is more than the previous nine presidents combined. Many of those whose sentences Obama previously commuted were convicted of firearm-related offenses. Earlier this year, Sen. Richard Shelby complained that 12 of the 61 recipients (just under 20 percent) of one »

In D.C., Metro police officer accused of helping ISIS

Featured image Until today when he was fired, Nicholas Young was a transit police officer for Washington, D.C.’s Metro system which operates the city’s subway system. Today, Young was arrested and charged with providing material support to ISIS. He is said to the first police officer in the United States arrested and charged with supporting ISIS. Young’s involvement with foreign terrorists extends back to at least 2010. According to CNN: Young has »

Obama’s ransom payment (3)

Featured image The Obama administration’s denial that the $400 million cash payment to Iran — a payment that coincided to the day with the release of hostages — was a ransom would be hilarious, but for the fact that the money went to a regime whose motto is “death to America.” To my knowledge, the administration does not dispute the fact that without the payment, the hostages wouldn’t have been released. That’s »

Obama passes judgment

Featured image Yesterday, Barack Obama pronounced Donald Trump “woefully unprepared” and “unfit to be president.” He added, graciously, that the two previous nominees — John McCain and Mitt Romney — were fit for the office. Obama may be right about Trump. He certainly is right about McCain and Romney. But no intelligent American will take Obama’s word when it comes to assessing the fitness of his potential successor. Obama’s overriding objective is »

Obama’s ransom payment

Featured image The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran in January at the same time Tehran was releasing four jailed Americans. The Journal, citing U.S. and European officials and congressional sources, says that Team Obama procured the money from central banks in Switzerland and the Netherlands. Reportedly, it was stacked on wooden pallets and flown to Tehran in an unmarked cargo »

Black Lives Matter: from a lie to a revolution

Featured image The Black Lives Matter movement emerged as a force just about a year ago, following the killing of Ferguson, Missouri thug Michael Brown by a white police officer who was defending himself. The movement was predicated on a lie, namely that Brown was murdered without justification after he declared “hands up don’t shoot.” The Obama Justice Department would demonstrate the falsity of this claim. The larger lie behind the Black »

Polls show Hillary pulling away from Trump

Featured image Recent polls show that Hillary Clinton clearly in the lead over Donald Trump. She’s ahead in all four polls in the RCP list that were taken since the end of the Democratic convention. Here are the results: PPP (7/29-30) Clinton +5 (1,267 LV) CBS (7/29-31) Clinton +6 (1,131 RV) CNN (7/29-31) Clinton +9 (894 RV) YouGov (7/30-8/1) Clinton +3 (933 RV) (Note that three of the four polls are of »

Report: Leaked text messages demonstrate Mosby’s bad faith

Featured image Carly Hoilman of the Blaze says Fox News’ Trace Gallagher is reporting that leaked text messages between one of Marilyn Mosby’s deputies and the lead investigator in the Freddie Gray case raise new concerns about Mosby’s honesty and good faith in deciding to charge six officers with Gray’s death. The leaked messages reportedly suggest that the prosecutors planned to charge the officers regardless of what the evidence showed. Detective Dawnyell »