Crime

Is the Purpose of a Newspaper to Promote Delusion?

Featured image A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of race, crime and policing over the last few months, but rarely to so little purpose as in this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, headlined “Racial disparities in Twin Cities arrests are widespread.” The Strib reporter suggests that the fact that blacks are arrested in greater than pro rata numbers is evidence of discrimination: Data released by the city »

Baton Rouge Murderer Identified

Featured image Authorities have identified the man who murdered three police officers in Baton Rouge this morning as Gavin Eugene Long, age 29, a former Marine sergeant from Missouri. The Daily Caller claims to have identified a YouTube channel operated by Long. If that identification is correct, Long was a former member of the Nation of Islam who was obsessed with race (he hated “crackers”) and with police shootings, including the death »

Multiple Police Officers Killed In Baton Rouge [with comment by Paul][Updated][More]

Featured image At least three police officers are reportedly dead and four three more said to be in critical condition after being shot by a gunman armed with a semiautomatic rifle in Baton Rouge. Reportedly, police received a call about a “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle.” When they responded, the perpetrator opened fire. It isn’t clear at this point whether the gunman was an anti-police liberal, a »

About That Harvard Study on Police Use of Force. . .

Featured image A few days ago I linked to the New York Times article and Harvard study about police use of force broken out by racial categories. A sharp-eyed and highly numerate reader delved into the numbers in the study, did some extra math, and sends along this very interesting analysis: Hi Steve, I was struck by dramatic differences in odds ratio for use of force for “compliant” vs. “all” encounters in »

The Obama factor (7)

Featured image With the country festering in racial hostility that he has done his best to aggravate, President Obama conducted a gabfest in the White House yesterday. “Obama called the meeting following the killing of five police officers in Dallas in a racially motivated sniper attack,” Jordan Fabian reports in The Hill. Obama made a statement after the gabfest adjourned. The White House has posted a transcript of his remarks under the »

Return of the Dog Whistle

Featured image Last week, Donald Trump proclaimed himself “the law and order candidate.” If he would apply that to ISIS as well as domestic upheaval, and stick tenaciously to the theme, he would win. But of course, Trump never sticks to anything for long. Rep. James Clyburn responded to Trump in predictable fashion: Wednesday on MSNBC, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s claim of being “the law »

Seth Leibsohn and Me, on Black Lives Matter

Featured image Seth Leibsohn is a friend of ours who once produced Bill Bennett’s radio show and now has his own top-notch show in Phoenix. I have been on Seth’s show a number of times, as have other members of the PL crew. Yesterday afternoon, Seth and I talked about my post Victims of a Misapprehension of Fact and related matters of race, policing and violence. It was an interesting conversation, I »

David Kendall’s deceitful “Whitewater” op-ed

Featured image Yesterday, the Washington Post published an op-ed by David Kendall, the Clintons’ lawyer, in which he claimed that, although Hillary Clinton was nearly prosecuted in the 1990s, “as a matter of legal and factual analysis” this was “Never. . .a. . .close. . .call. . .at. . .all.” (Obnoxious ellipses in original). Kendall makes this assertion as “one who observed [the 1990s] investigation at every step.” Kendall observed the investigation »

Obama on Crime: Tear Down This Wall!

Featured image On Barack Obama and violent crime, Michael Ramirez nails it. After all, if someone is breaking into your house in the middle of the night, do you call a community organizer? Actually, if someone is breaking into your house, you might not want to wait until help arrives in any form. The National Rifle Association, America’s largest and most successful civil rights organization, reminds us of this: But that doesn’t »

Chicago, San Francisco, and Other Progressive Utopias

Featured image I spent the day in Chicago yesterday, where I lucked into my first ever up close up encounter with a Black Lives Matter march. (Photos nearby.) The throng blocked the intersection at Wacker Avenue and the Chicago River downtown right at the beginning of the evening rush hour. The police did nothing to disperse the crowd; to the contrary, they police enabled the march to proceed. One fellow got up »

Rioters Injure 21 Policemen In St. Paul

Featured image Hundreds of Black Limes Matter rioters shut down Highway 94, a major interstate that connects Minneapolis and St. Paul, for several hours last night. The rioters bombarded police with chunks of concrete, pieces of rebar and other hard objects, injuring 21 police officers. One policeman suffered a broken vertebrae when a concrete block was dropped on his head from above. Around 100 rioters were arrested. Policemen ultimately dispersed the rioters »

Are Blacks Disproportionately Involved In Police Shootings?

Featured image Listening to liberals like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, you would think that enormous numbers of black men are being gunned down by police officers. When the issue is debated, many take it for granted that a vastly disproportionate number of blacks are involved in police shootings–in fact, if you didn’t know better, you might think that only blacks are ever shot by policemen. The numbers tell a different story. »

James Comey’s baffling testimony (3) — Criminal intent

Featured image Yesterday, I watched James Comey’s testimony from start to finish (okay, I fast-forwarded through some of the questioning by Democrats). Comey came across well. In a better world, all government witnesses would answer questions as straightforwardly as he did. Yet, Comey’s testimony continued to baffle me. Scott and I have discussed his seemingly nonsensical contention that more than gross negligence is required to establish a violation of a statute that »

Democratic Congresswoman Charged With Brazen Fraud

Featured image Congresswoman Corinne Brown, who represents Jacksonville, Florida, has been charged with an extraordinary fraud, even by Congressional standards: U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was indicted Friday on charges she used some $800,000 in charitable donations as a “personal slush fund” for items that included box seats to a Beyonce concert and an NFL game, the Justice Department said. Where do you suppose she got that idea? Court documents show [Brown and »

The War On Police Spreads

Featured image Violence against police officers is becoming epidemic. In Tennessee, Lakeem Scott shot four people, including a police officer, because he was “troubled by recent events involving African-Americans and law enforcement officers in other parts of the country.” In Georgia, earlier today, “a phony 911 caller ambushed a patrolman when he responded to the suspect’s request for help.” The Georgia Bureau of Investigation “said a motive for the shooting is not »

Restraining our way to lawlessness and unrestrained government, Part Two

Featured image Charles Krauthammer suggests that James Comey’s decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton, like Chief Justice Roberts’ decision to uphold the Obamacare mandate, was driven by an unwillingness to upend or overrule the political processes on a momentous matter. In Roberts’ case the momentous matter was legislation providing free or cut-rate health to millions of Americans. In Comey’s it was a presidential election. I agree with Krauthammer. In both instances, it »

Terrorism in Dallas

Featured image As John discusses below, three to six police officers [update: eleven officers, five of whom were killed] are reported to have been shot in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter protest, or a protest along similar lines. At least some of the officers are said to be gravely wounded. (As always in these situations, such reports should not be taken as definitive.) Reportedly, at least two shooters were involved and »