Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Sexual harassment or hurt feelings?

Featured image Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Houston, is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). These days, he’s crusading to impeach President Trump. The “reckoning” for accused sexual harassers, including CBC founder Rep. John Conyers, thus comes at a bad time for Green. A decade ago, he was an accused sexual harasser. The accuser was the director of his Houston office, Lucinda Daniels. The two had sex together. That’s »

How Democrats turned on Charles McCullough

Featured image In January 2016, in response to an inquiry, Charles McCullough III, the Intelligence Community inspector general, informed the Republican leadership on the Senate intelligence and foreign affairs committees that emails beyond the “Top Secret” level passed through Hillary Clinton’s unsecured personal server. Democrats immediately responded by trying to intimidate McCullough. Scott documented this effort in a January 25, 2016 post that highlighted threatening comments by Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff. The »

Is “Pocahontas” a racial slur? [UPDATED] [With Comment By John]

Featured image Today, President Trump honored the “code talkers,” Native American soldiers who were deployed during the world wars to send messages between units in their native languages — an almost unbreakable code. During World War II, Navajo men were recruited and used for this purpose. Surviving Navajos came to the White House for the event in their honor. After one of the code talkers gave a speech, Trump put aside his »

The left clings to power at the CFPB

Featured image The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the federal agency that’s supposed to protect consumers in the financial sector. It was created by the Dodd-Frank Act. The CFPB’s director heads the agency free from presidential supervision. Given the CFPB’s broad authority over the U.S. economy, the director “enjoys significantly more unilateral power than any single member of any other independent agency.” So said the U.S. Court of Appeals for the »

The battle for the lands of the caliphate

Featured image Cliff May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracy, argues that territories taken from the Islamic State (ISIS) must not be surrendered to the Islamic Republic (Iran). Such a surrender is almost certain unless President Trump acts to prevent it. The territory in question is in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, which contains large oil and gas reserves and is adjacent to the Iraqi border. May warns that if Iran’s »

Even on Thanksgiving, for the left it’s all about holding power

Featured image Our Thanksgiving dinners are diverse in this sense: the entire spectrum of political opinion is present. We don’t discuss politics, though. That would be a recipe for disaster. However, politics is never far below the surface. This year, the discussion turned to the Civil War. When one guest, a West Point grad and retired Army officer, wondered whether the South could have won it, a liberal feminist guest said, quite »

Trump’s immigration enforcement policy in action

Featured image Vivian Yee of the New York Times has written an account of immigration enforcement under the Trump administration in Atlanta, a non-sanctuary city. Yee reports that the regional ICE office in Atlanta made nearly 80 percent more arrests in the first half of this year than it did in the same period last year, the largest increase of any field office in the country. It has done so with cooperation »

The Freddie Gray scorecard

Featured image This week, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis dismissed all administrative charges against Alicia White, the last officer facing discipline in the Freddie Gray case. Thus, all six officers who were accused of wrongdoing in connection with Gray’s death will keep their jobs. Of the other five, one was not charged administratively; two were cleared by an administrative review board; and two pleaded guilty at the administrative level, accepted discipline, and »

Is Sessions Trump’s most effective cabinet member?

Featured image Many conservatives would scoff at the idea that Attorney Jeff Sessions is President Trump’s most effective cabinet member. They would cite his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation (probably the right call), his refusal to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton (probably the right call), and his failure to remember various obscure meetings with Russians, etc. (unfortunate). But those who pay close attention to policy know »

Darkness lives at the Washington Post

Featured image Janell Ross covers “race” for the Washington Post. Judging by this article, she does so stupidly and less than honestly. Ross is also a left-wing activist. This would not distinguish her from many of her Post colleagues except for the fact that she recently sat on a panel at a secret meeting of Democrats during which she offered strategic advice. So reports Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon. Scher »

North Korean escapee soldier was severely malnourished

Featured image The world was transfixed by the dash of a North Korean soldier across the DMZ into South Korea. North Korean guards shot the escapee at least five times, but South Korean doctors performed three surgeries and managed to save his life. In treating the North Korean, doctors discovered that he was malnourished and had a severe parasitic infection they hadn’t seen before except in medical textbooks. The tapeworms they found »

Al Franken’s transgressions

Featured image The cliche about sexual harassment holds that it’s not about sex, it’s about power. I say it depends on the harasser, the harassment, and maybe the victim. There’s plenty of truth in the cliche, though. A good deal of sexual harassment consists of subjecting women to crude, demeaning sex-related comments. There’s no sex, per se, in that. Sexual remarks are a means to an end, with the end often being »

DOJ investigates Harvard for race discrimination

Featured image The Department of Justice is investigating Harvard University’s use of race in undergraduate admissions. It has also warned Harvard that it is out of compliance with federal civil rights law because it has not provided documents the department requested. The investigation concerns admissions policies that depress the number of Asians admitted to Harvard. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color »

Court documents raise questions about Corfman’s account

Featured image Here in the Washington D.C. area, polite society has reached judgment on the allegations against Roy Moore, and moved on. Mitch McConnell, a political enemy of Moore, rendered the verdict. “I believe the women,” he said. He didn’t tell us what facts he had reviewed or why he believed all of them. Ivanka Trump, who has a brand to protect, concurred, declaring: There is a special place in hell for »

Thief of MAGA hat faces criminal charge

Featured image Back in September, we posted video of Edith Macias, a left-wing student at the University of California, Riverside, who stole the “Make America Great Again” hat of a fellow student. In an enlightening encounter, the hat thief and her victim exchanged views while college employees tried to adjudicate the dispute. Macias’ view was that the “f***ing hat” is promoting laws and legislation that are “literally killing people.” Also: “You feel »

Trump speaks about the Alabama race

Featured image President Trump made two points today about the Alabama Senate race. First, he called Democrat Doug Jones “terrible on crime, terrible on borders, terrible on the military.” Trump added: “We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat.” Second, he noted that the alleged sexual misconduct by Roy Moore took place “40 years ago” and that the candidate has insisted “this did not happen.” Trump also said Moore has »

Springtime for Marx and Germany

Featured image I suppose it was inevitable, given the left’s re-enchantment with Communism, but I still found news of the 2017 film “The Young Karl Marx” jarring. The American Film Institute will be showing the movie as part of its “European Union Film Showcase” next month in Silver Spring, Maryland. Here is how the AFI describes this German/French/Belgian co-production: Following his documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, Raoul Peck takes on the »