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Round up the usual reminders

Featured image In Barack Obama’s world, Islamist terrorism was never about terrorism. When Muslims went on jihadi rampages shouting “Allahu akbar,” the motive was always a deep secret to be kept from the American people. In the eyes of Obama and his crew, we couldn’t handle the truth. The Islamic State — not Islamic. The Islamic Republic of Iran — not Islamic. Hamas, Hezbollah and all the rest, well, you know. Can’t »

De Blasio Unplugged

Featured image One of the things I learned taking in the APSA last weekend is how fully today’s radical left rejects the liberal democratic tradition in toto. The rule of law, democratic institutions, and majority rule itself are all tools of oppression that need to be replaced. And then there’s New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was interviewed a few days back by New York magazine. He was asked, “In »

Bringing art to the masses, Mayor de Blasio style

Featured image My conservative cousin from New York has more to report on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to impose leftist cultural orthodoxy on the City. He writes: Mayor Bill De Blasio appears to be coasting towards a second term. He faces only token opposition in the Democratic primary. Polls show him running better than 3 to 1 against his likely GOP opponent, a relatively unknown State Senator who represents Staten Island, »

De Blasio’s New York reading program channels college common reading

Featured image In this post, my cousin wrote about Mayor de Blasio’s “One Book – One New York” initiative which urged Gothamites to vote for a work of literature to all read together. The nominees were anti-American screeds by the likes of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamamda Ngozi, and Junot Diaz. Commenting about the post, David Randall of the National Association of Scholars (NAS) calls “One Book – One New York” a college common »

Bringing literature to the masses, Mayor de Blasio Style

Featured image My conservative cousin from New York has been following New York City mayors since the days of Robert F. Wagner, Jr. I think John Lindsey remains his nominee for the worst of the lot, but the current mayor seems to be closing in fast. My cousin reports: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is an ardent admirer of Communist Cuba and the Sandinistas. He presides over a town whose »

Not blasé about de Blasio (3)

Featured image The New York Post remains unrelenting in its campaign to call its lunatic left-wing mayor to account. First the Post alerts us to the news inside with this irate cover. Then the Post reports: Mayor de Blasio flew all the way to Hamburg, Germany, to praise that city’s police in a speech — while cops back home continued to mourn, without him, the assassination of one of their own in »

Not blasé about de Blasio (2)

Featured image New York Post columnist Bob McManus follows up on the Post’s bon voyage to Mayor de Blasio on his trip to join the protest of the G20 summit in Hamburg. The Post headlines McManus’s column “Comrade de Blasio doesn’t care about New York.” I had forgotten the word “philippic.” McManus’s column dredged it up from the back of my mind. The column is a philippic. Here is the opening: Kaiser »

Not blasé about de Blasio

Featured image The New York Post is not too thrilled by the timing or the mission of Mayor de Blasio’s sudden departure to join the mob in Hamburg. The Post headline reads “De Blasio races to Germany to protest G20 summit.” The Post has five reporters on the story. They bring the heat: Mayor de Blasio on Thursday skipped an NYPD swearing-in ceremony made somber by this week’s assassination of a cop »

Is Mayor Putz going down?

Featured image Michael Goodwin summarizes the latest news emanating from the prosecutors circling around New York’s Mayor de Blasio in the New York Post column “The mayor is going down!” The schadenfreude is overwhelming. The Post runs the column with the tabloid cover below. I’m thinking there must be something to it. Goodwin writes: Less than a week ago, Mayor de Blasio was offering aid to Ecuadorians after the earthquake there. Now »

A New York value

Featured image We’re in New York for 48 hours to celebrate an anniversary (late) and see a couple of Broadway shows. Speaking of New York values, as we were in what already seems like the ancient past, I came across a sidewalk pushcart at 47th and Lexington in midtown Manhattan, a block from where we are happily staying (photo below). No animals were harmed! I thought it might bring a smile or »

City Journal at 25, with Brian Anderson

Featured image The Manhattan Institute’s City Journal is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. The table of contents for the twenty-fifth anniversary issue is posted here (subscribe here). To salute the magazine’s milestone, and bring the magazine to the attention of readers who might not be familiar with it, I submitted a set of questions to long-time editor Myron Magnet (now retired) and current editor Brian Anderson. I posted my exchange with Myron Magnet »

City Journal at 25, with Myron Magnet

Featured image The Manhattan Institute’s City Journal is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. The table of contents for the twenty-fifth anniversary issue is posted here. City Journal is a fantastic and fantastically influential quarterly magazine that I have read regularly over the years (subscribe here).To salute the magazine’s milestone, and bring the magazine to the attention of readers who might not be familiar with it, I submitted a set of questions to long-time »

Dante’s inferno

Featured image We are inundated with race hustling baloney from the top on down, from President Obama and Attorney General Holder to New York’s Comrade de Blasio (as Sean Hannity calls him) and MSNBC’s Power Dem Al Sharpton. Before the murders of the NYPD officers, when the protesters were riding high, de Blasio had soliloquized over the painful warnings he had given his mixed-race son Dante about the perils of a black »

The PETA Democrats

Featured image You can now mark down PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, though my own personal PETA chapter stands for “People Eating Tasty Animals”) as part of the Democratic Party establishment whose demands must now be met. Back on January 1 of this year I noted that New York’s incoming Sandinista Mayor Bill DeBlasio was promising to shut down New York’s horse-drawn carriages—not because of horse dung or other »

Dems keep it creepy

Featured image Yesterday a reader forwarded us a copy of a letter sent by Democrats to his daughter in Brooklyn. The letter is unbelievably creepy. Below is a screenshot of the letter with the recipient’s name and address redacted. It is impossible to imagine the furor that would accompany this story if it were Republicans rather than Democrats taking a page out of the 1984 playbook (as the cutline on the letter »

Mayor de Blah-sio, or Oblasio?

Featured image H.L. Mencken’s line that “democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard” comes to mind when looking at New York and Washington right now.  Americans seem to need to be reminded every now and then just what high octane liberalism is like, but better if this laboratory of liberalism is confined to New York City, Illinois, Detroit, etc. »

Inequality — a necessary ingredient of New York’s greatness

Featured image At his inauguration, New York’s new mayor Bill DeBlasio denounced the city’s economic inequality. He seemed to argue that to remain truly great, New York must remedy income inequality. I submit, however, that New York is great in part because of income inequality. The wealth at the top end of the economic spectrum clearly has played a major role in the city’s greatness. For one thing, the very rich have »