Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

A mistake anyone might make

Featured image This morning, a MSNBC news anchor, reporting on Bill Cosby’s court appearance regarding allegations of rape, referred to Cosby as “Bill Clinton.” It was a slip of the tongue, but not a random one. Rather it was a Freudian slip, one that suggests the image of Bill Clinton as sexual predator may be embedded in the national consciousness. Freud is reputed to have said that sometimes a cigar is just »

Nationwide crime wave confirms the Ferguson effect

Featured image Heather Mac Donald, writing in the Wall Street Journal, describes the crime wave that is sweeping the nation, and attributes much of it to the Ferguson effect. She notes that even some who initially denied the Ferguson effect now admit that the phenomenon is real. Mac Donald points to Richard Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, who was an early and influential critic of the Ferguson »

The Taliban: al Qaeda’s ally; Hillary’s peace partner

Featured image I believe it’s widely known, though also widely forgotten, that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton orchestrated “peace talks” with the Taliban. Clinton discussed her role in some detail in her book, Hard Choices. Robert Potts at the American Thinker provided a good summary of Clinton’s involvement, as described by her, in this article. Clinton’s goals were to “shatter the alliance between the Taliban and al Qaeda, end the insurgency, and »

Judge acquits officer in Freddy Gray case

Featured image Judge Barry Williams today acquitted Officer Edward Nero on all counts brought against him for his treatment of Freddy Gray, who died in police custody. Nero was acquitted of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and two counts of misconduct in office. The prosecution argued that Nero assaulted Gray by detaining Gray without justification. The reckless endangerment charge was based on his role in putting Gray into an arrest wagon without buckling »

The embarrassing Republican arguments for saving AFFH

Featured image Last week, 16 Republican Senators blocked Senator Mike Lee’s amendment to defund AFFH, the Obama administration regulation through which the left seeks to force high-density housing on unwilling cities and towns and to let federal bureaucrats decide the racial, ethnic, and income balance of local communities. What arguments did these Republicand advance against defunding this radical left-wing scheme? Did they actually defend AFFH on the merits? Stanley Kurtz has examined »

EPL All-Stars, 2015-16

Featured image The English Premier League wrapped up its season yesterday, as Manchester United defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 in extra time in the FA Cup Final. Wayne Rooney put in a true captain’s and man-of-the-match performance. He hoisted the Cup for the first time in his long, illustrious career. The real story of the season, though, was Leicester City wining the League. The odds on them accomplishing this were 5,000-1 at the »

Group that helped sell Iran nuke deal is major NPR funder

Featured image Bradley Klapper of AP reports that a group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave National Public Radio $100,000 last year to help it report on the pact and related issues. The group, Ploughshares, has funded NPR’s coverage of national security to the tune of at least $700,000 since 2005. All grant descriptions since 2010 specifically mention Iran. As the White »

Can Clinton count on Sanders voters?

Featured image A few days ago I wrote: Once Clinton becomes the nominee, it’s likely that Democrats and left-leaning independents will coalesce around her candidacy. Probably not to the same extent that her supporters coalesced around Obama in 2008, but to a considerable degree. In March, when Clinton was far ahead of Trump in the polls, I was even more convinced of her ability to win the support of Sanders voters. But »

Donald Trump and the “F” word

Featured image Yesterday I said this about Robert Kagan’s claim that Donald Trump will bring fascism to America: It’s obvious to me that Trumpism contains an authoritarian streak. To equate it with fascism, or even with the authoritarianism implicit in the left-liberal agenda, is a different matter. Michael Ledeen argues that Kagan has hurled the “F” word at Trump without a proper understanding of what it means. Kagan sees fascist movements as »

Senate Republicans block Lee Amendment, preserve AFFH

Featured image The Lee Amendment to defund President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation failed in the Senate yesterday because not enough Republicans backed it. The Amendment was tabled by a vote of 60-37. Jeremy Carl aptly describes this vote as a defeat for conservatism, community control, and common sense. It is a victory, as Carl says, for turning the federal government into a National Zoning board, forcing high density housing »

Undecided, Part Two

Featured image I’m undecided about whether to vote for Donald Trump. Two recent columns, both anti-Trump, have helped me think about my decision. Readers who, like me, are struggling to decide may find one or both of them helpful. The first is by Michael Gerson, one of Trump’s most persistent Republican critics. Gerson’s piece helped me frame the issue, but didn’t didn’t move my needle. Gerson grudgingly (almost sarcastically) sets out a »

Indians to Redskins name-change advocates: Get a life

Featured image Nine in 10 Native Americans say they are not offended by the Washington Redskins name, according to a new Washington Post poll. This is basically the same result produced by the last major survey on this matter, conducted by Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2004. Thus, the national movement to force the Redskins to change their name, though successful with many white liberals, has utterly failed to move the needle »

Sen. Tom Cotton on Crime and Justice in America

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton delivered an important address today at the Hudson Institute on crime and justice in America. Cotton said he believes that the criminal-leniency bill in the Senate — which would, among other things, lead to the release of many thousands of federal drug felons from prison — is dead in this year’s Congress. What the Senator didn’t say is that he deserves much of the credit for rallying »

Can Trump be trusted on the Supreme Court?

Featured image Donald Trump’s Supreme Court list continues to dominate conservative discussion, at least the discussion that I follow. John Yoo strongly commends the list but worries that Trump won’t appoint anyone from it, or anyone comparably conservative. It is a legitimate concern. Trump has not said he will nominate someone from the list to fill the Scalia vacancy. Instead, he stated: “The following list of potential Supreme Court justices is representative »

Trump’s Supreme Court list

Featured image Donald Trump has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia if he’s elected to the White House. The impressive list contains these names: Steven Colloton (8th Cir.) Allison Eid (Colorado Sup. Court) Raymond Gruender (8th Cir.) Thomas Hardiman (3d. Cir.) Raymond Kethledge (6th Cir.) Joan Larsen (Mich. Sup. Court) Thomas Rex Lee (Utah Sup. Court »

The Trump bounce

Featured image Steve has observed that recent polls show Donald Trump running only slightly behind Hillary Clinton. He also suggests that Trump might really be ahead of Clinton, but that some respondents aren’t expressing their support for the tycoon to pollsters. However, when it comes to projecting a winner in November, there’s a countervailing consideration. Trump probably has received a bounce by virtue of having locked up the nomination and ended the »

Media alert

Featured image I will appear today on Todd Herman’s radio show on AM 770 KTTH in Seattle. I’m scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. We will be discussing President Obama’s fair housing power grab, otherwise known as Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). I’m looking forward to it and hope that some of you will be able to listen. »