The sick left

Notes on “Days of Rage” (3)

Featured image This concludes my series of posts on Bryan Burrough’s important and riveting new book, Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence. Part 1 is here; part 2 is here. We recorded an interview with Burrough about the book earlier this week; the interview is posted here. • Joanne Chesimard/Assata Shakur was a member and leader of the cop-killing Black Liberation Army. Burrough »

Notes on “Days of Rage” (2)

Featured image Reading Bryan Burrough’s book Days of Rage from cover to cover over the weekend, I flipped over the book. In this post I continue to jot notes on the book to amplify the attention it has received so far. Part 1 is posted here; our interview with Bryan Burrough, recorded on Tuesday, is posted here. • Burrough tells the story of six terrorist groups that conducted campaigns of “revolutionary violence,” »

Notes on “Days of Rage” (1)

Featured image Over the weekend I read Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence. I read it in preparation for the brief interview we recorded with the author yesterday afternoon for the Power Line podcast posted here. I would like to share notes, thoughts and excerpts in a series of posts, of which this is the first of what I think will »

The Left’s New Definition of Treason

Featured image Tom Cotton and 46 other senators have published an open letter to the government of Iran, in which they lay out the constitutional framework within which a president of the United States can negotiate international agreements. They point out that under Article II of the Constitution, an agreement with Iran has the status of a treaty only if it is ratified by two-thirds of the Senate. Otherwise, it is a »

Student Sit-Ins: Not What They Used To Be

Featured image Those of us who were college students in the late 1960s and early 1970s recall student occupations of administration buildings with varying degrees of fondness. Foolish as they may have been, student radicals in those days had a good idea what they were fighting for: an end to the Vietnam war (not that our colleges were doing anything to prosecute it) and, more broadly, imposition of a Communist dictatorship. Radicals »

The Climatistas’ Climate of Hate

Featured image I guess the strictures against “hate speech” don’t apply to the climatistas, or at least about their invective against climate skeptics. In our “Picks” section we linked David Rose’s Daily Mail column about the death threats he’s received for being environmentally incorrect (though Rose is, like Matt Ridley and several others, a “lukewarmer”—a category that the climatistas will not acknowledge or tolerate): Some would say this makes me a ‘lukewarmer’ »

John McCain Speaks For Me On CodePink

Featured image This morning the Senate Armed Services Committee conducted a hearing at which Henry Kissinger was a witness. When Kissinger entered the committee chamber, a ragtag group of ten or so CodePink members stood up, holding signs and chanting “Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes.” One of them dangled a pair of handcuffs. The demonstrators were virtually standing over Kissinger, as for some reason the Capitol Police were absent or were »

The crazy revisited

Featured image John included the video of Jimmy Carter below in in his post “The good, the bad and the crazy.” John filed it under “the crazy.” I would go a little further; I think it qualifies as sick, bad and crazy all by itself. I want to add a comment by way of a footnote to John’s post. The interviewer is Marc Lamont Hill. If he does say so himself, “Dr. »

Berns on Berrigan

Featured image I studied the writings of both Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns intently when I was in the process of abandoning liberalism and becoming conservative. I think I read just about everything each had published as of 1973. Fortunately for me, that included Jaffa’s great book on Lincoln, Crisis of the House Divided. I consumed Bern’s writings on the Constitution and the First Amendment, but I especially enjoyed Berns’s essay on »

Caldwell’s reflections

Featured image There are many excellent books on the European crisis reflected by the events in Paris this past week. Among them I would cite Bat Ye’or’s Eurabia, Bruce Bawer’s While Europe Slept, Melanie Phillips’s Londonistan, and Claire Berlinski’s Menace in Europe. If I had to pick one to recommend, I’m not sure which I would pick. I find myself returning frequently to one book that falls into this category: Christopher Caldwell’s »

Terrorism as Rorschach Test

Featured image Pretty much everyone in the world is opposed to terrorism in principle, or pretends to be, so the interesting part of anyone’s response to a terrorist atrocity is not the initial condemnation, but what follows after. Most such reactions are predictable. Conservatives generally say, so what are we going to do about it? Liberals generally say, but it has nothing to do with Islam! But some people can’t help themselves: »

Sarah Palin vs. PETA

Featured image In the early days of the blogosphere, as it was then called, there were frequent battles between web sites and, generally, between leftists and conservatives. There is still some of that, but for the most part the infighting has migrated to Twitter. So unless you are on Twitter, you could easily have missed the latest dust-up between PETA (and goofball lefties generally) and Sarah Palin. Governor Palin, for whatever reason, »

Open Season on the Police?

Featured image In the wake of the murders of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, armed attacks on law enforcement have continued across the country. In Florida, a drive-by shooter fired at two sheriff’s deputies. In North Carolina, two black men fired six shots at a police officer. In Los Angeles, two police officers were shot at in their patrol car. Are these enough incidents to constitute a trend? Let’s hope not. But »

Whose Puppet Are They?

Featured image To a large degree, those who engage in violent protests are the same people, regardless of their alleged cause–anti-war, anti-economic development, anti-police. And those who organize the demonstrations are, likewise, largely the same groups, year after year. We wrote here about the fact that the Communist group A.N.S.W.E.R. is a chief organizer of the anti-police protests in New York. That post might have been the inspiration for this cartoon by »

Communists Are Behind the Anti-Police Protests In New York

Featured image Beginning way back in 2002, we wrote about International A.N.S.W.E.R., a Communist organization that was founded in September 2001 and that organized substantial antiwar demonstrations during the Bush administration. A.N.S.W.E.R. embodied within itself the seeming contradiction between the far left and Islamic extremism: it enthusiastically supported both Kim il Jung and Saddam Hussein, and is directed in part by the Muslim Student Association. Our earliest posts on A.N.S.W.E.R. have been »

As Anti-Police Demonstration Rages at Mall of America, Two Cops Are Murdered in Brooklyn [Updated]

Featured image This afternoon there was an anti-police demonstration at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Twitchy had coverage. Stores were closed as chanting protesters occupied portions of several floors overlooking the mall’s rotunda. This photo is from Twitter: The person who posted it added: “Prosecute the police! Multilevel chant is thrilling.” The mall warned protesters to disperse, and police eventually cleared them out: While the demonstration was in progress, another anti-police »

Lena Dunham Walks Back Fabricated Rape Claim

Featured image The prospect of a libel suit tends to concentrate the mind. So Lena Dunham and her publisher, Random House, have finally responded to John Nolte’s investigation into her claim that she was “raped by a Republican” named Barry while a student at Oberlin. If you haven’t read John’s report, you should: it leaves no doubt that Dunham’s story is false. Random House now says that “Barry” is a pseudonym: “As »