Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Menendez indicted, but why?

Featured image Sen. Robert Menendez was indicted today (April 1) on federal corruption charges. He is accused of using the influence of his office to advance the business interests of a longtime friend and political supporter in exchange for luxury gifts, lavish vacations, and more than $750,000 in campaign donations. The indictment is here. The indictment comes on the heels of Menendez’s strong opposition to President Obama’s Iran policy. It also comes »

Magic, Mateen, Jumpin’ Johnny, and Sweet Mo Pete — Michigan State’s all-time basketball greats

Featured image Michigan State was a so-so basketball school until Earvin “Magic” Johnson arrived on campus in 1977. Less than two years later, the Spartans were national champions. The 1980s saw MSU revert to relative mediocrity. However, since 1990, they have been a fixture in the NCAA tournament. In fact, since 1997, Tom Izzo’s third year as coach, the Spartans haven’t missed out on the NCAA tournament. Izzo’s run has featured a »

How Republicans can give Obama leverage against Iran, whether he wants it or not

Featured image Negotiations between Team Obama and the mullahs of Iran failed to result in an agreement before the supposed deadline. However, to no one’s surprise (except the Washington Post) the parties will continue to negotiate. White House spokesman Josh Earnest intoned that “it’s time for Iran to make the serious commitments that they know the international community is expecting them to make to reach an agreement.” Actually, it’s past that time. »

Did the Virginia State Bar tell its members the truth?

Featured image I wrote here and here about the Virginia State Bar’s decision to cancel a seminar it had scheduled in Jerusalem. The cancellation occurred after a small number of anti-Israeli petitioners objected. VSB president Kevin Martingayle tried to defend the decision in two letters to members. I reprinted the first letter, which announced the cancellation, in my first post and the second letter in my follow-up piece. The second letter, co-written »

ALANDO, LITTLE STRETCH, AND FRANK THE TANK — ALL-TIME WISCONSIN BASKETBALL GREATS

Featured image For the second year in a row, the University of Wisconsin has made it to the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Last year, I tried my hand at naming Wisconsin’s all-time basketball greats. I did not include any members of the 2013-14 team. This year, I think some of Wisconsin’s current stars need to be added to my list. After all, this group has twice accomplished what »

So much for Hillary’s “one device convenience” excuse

Featured image I doubt that anyone believed Hillary Clinton when she claimed she exclusively used a personal email address on a home server for “convenience,” so that she could carry a single device. In this day and age, the assertion is sufficiently implausible that only a Clinton would offer it. Now, the Associated Press reports that Clinton used an iPad in addition to her BlackBerry to email staff. In response, Clinton admits, »

Iran moves the goal posts again

Featured image In negotiations, parties tend to moderate their positions as the deadline for a deal approaches. Sometimes, though, the parties (or at least one of them) aren’t willing to compromise. Instead, they continue to insist on the positions they have maintained throughout the process. What’s quite unusual is for a party, at eleventh hour, to insist on a position it hasn’t previously taken. When this occurs, it means one of two »

GOOSE, SKY, AND MONSTER MASH — ALL-TIME KENTUCKY BASKETBALL GREATS

Featured image Over the weekend, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Duke advanced to what looks like an attractive Final Four in the Men’s NCAA basketball tournament. Once again, I will present all-time all-star teams for these programs. I have previously done so for Wisconsin and Kentucky, who were in the Final Four last year. Wisconsin’s list will need to be redone. As for Kentucky, the combination of (1) a phenomenal history, (2) »

The Virginia bar continues to disgrace itself [Updated]

Featured image As we reported here, the Virginia State Bar (VSB) cancelled its midyear legal seminar trip to Israel. In response to stinging criticism of this decision, including from the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, VSB president Kevin Martingayle sent this letter trying to justify his decision: Dear Fellow Members of the Virginia State Bar, On Friday March 27th, we canceled the Virginia State Bar’s planned Midyear Legal Seminar trip »

Claiming race-victimization — everyone wants to get in on the act

Featured image Recently, Taraji Henson, a well-known actress, accused the Glendale, California police of racial profiling after an officer pulled her son over and questioned him. In a magazine interview, Henson stated: My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what »

The Hillary “spoliation”

Featured image The latest news about Hillary Clinton’s email destruction may take her emails saga to another level. As John and Scott have discussed, Clinton apparently had her server wiped clean of emails after a congressional committee had been established to investigate matters as to which she knew her emails were relevant Even more importantly, Trey Gowdy says that Clinton made this decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State »

The Virginia bar disgraces itself [UPDATED]

Featured image The Virginia State Bar has sent the following letter to its members: March 27, 2015 Dear Fellow Members of the Virginia State Bar, Certain members of the Virginia State Bar and other individuals have expressed objections to the VSB’s plan to take the Midyear Legal Seminar trip in November to Jerusalem. It was stated that there are some unacceptable discriminatory policies and practices pertaining to border security that affect travelers »

Diversity of thought, Princeton style

Featured image The Daily Princetonian reports that during the 2012 presidential campaign, 157 Princeton University faculty and staff members donated directly to the presidential candidates. Two of them gave to Mitt Romney; the rest gave to President Obama. The amount donated to Obama exceeded $169,000. The two donations to Romney amounted to $1,901. Who were the two renegades that gave to Romney? One was James Shinn, a visiting lecturer at the Keller »

Saudi Arabia throws a monkey wrench into Obama’s Iran deal

Featured image As noted in a post I wrote earlier today, France has joined Israel in expressing dismay over the nuclear deal President Obama seems intent on reaching with Iran. Needless to say, Saudi Arabia, Iran’s arch-enemy, shares the disgust. Israel and France seem to have little leverage with Obama. Indeed, Obama probably feels delighted that Prime Minister Netanyahu is unhappy. Saudi Arabia might be another matter. In fact, the Saudis may »

What price appeasement?

Featured image The damage to America’s relationship with Israel caused by President Obama’s desperate quest for a deal with Iran has been well-documented. It’s of no concern to Obama, who would like to see our ties with the Jewish state weakened anyway. For him, the weakening is a collateral benefit of the appeasement. But now, the U.S. relationship with France has been shaken by Obama’s accommodation of the mullahs. Adam Kredo of »

Iranian-backed militias accept Obama’s invitation to pull back from Tikrit

Featured image When President Obama decided to employ U.S. air power to support the effort to dislodge ISIS from Tikrit, he pushed for the Iranian-dominated Shiite militias to leave the battlefield. He did so even though these forces made up more than 80 percent of the attacking force. The Shiite militiamen didn’t need to be asked twice. According to the Washington Post, they have refused to continue fighting. One militia threatens to »

Meet Dartmouth’s new radical professors

Featured image Dartmouth claims to be “moving forward,” but its academic hiring reflects a commitment to marching in place to the drumbeat of the left. The latest issue of Dartmouth Life invites alums to “meet Dartmouth’s new faculty members.” We meet the new profs through one paragraph statements about “what engages their intellectual curiosity.” In too many cases, the answer appears to be leftism. Here is what Christian Haines, the one new »