Plagiarism? Please.

Featured image Within minutes after Melania Trump’s outstanding speech at the GOP convention last night, Democrats and anti-Trump commentators were accusing her of plagiarizing portions of a paragraph, i.e. a few phrases and sentence fragments, from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech. Here is the comparison, a brief portion of Michelle Obama’s speech with the words that Melania Trump duplicated in bold, via the Weekly Standard: And Barack and I were raised with »

Behold the Power of Power Line

Featured imageI’m still digging out from two long weeks in Washington DC teaching two concentrated summer school courses, so I’m slow catching up with everything going on at the Republican convention. John and I mulled over the idea of attending the convention with press credentials, but decided against it. But maybe we should have turned up. PoliticoPro (subscription only) reported this yesterday: GOP platform aims to turn EPA into commission By »

The GOP Convention, Night One [UPDATED — Melania borrowed from Michelle]

Featured imageOn the second day of the 2012 Republican national convention, the theme was “We Built It.” This represented both celebration of small businesses and a response to Obama’s offensive “you didn’t built that” remark chiding entrepreneurs. The program that night was effective up to a point. But to what extent do Americans still associate with the entrepreneurial spirit? Yes, a great many Americans remain sympathetic to small businessmen and businesswomen. »

Obama to police: Confess

Featured imageThe Media Research Center’s Craig Bannister picks up President Obama’s telling remarks a week ago Sunday following a meeting with Spain’s Prime Minister Rajoy. The White House has posted the text of their remarks here. In the relevant exchange, President Obama toes the line of his friends in the Black Lives Matter movement and advises the police to confess to their alleged racist wrongdoing. The reporter ask Obamas: “[A]s you »

Melania Goes Yard [Updated]

Featured imageI watched the opening night of the Republican convention, starting out on Fox News. But I couldn’t stand how the network ignored what was happening onstage, instead giving us endless boring arguments between its own personalities, so I switched to CNN, which was at least slightly better. I made a number of notes through the early part of the evening, but most of them now seem forgettable. Marcus Luttrell and »

Another Day, Another Allahu Akbar

Featured imageIn southern Germany, a 17-year-old Afghan refugee pulled out a hatchet and a knife on a train and attacked his fellow passengers, wounding 19, three grievously. A teenage Afghan refugee shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before hacking at passengers during an axe and knife rampage on a train in Germany. … As many as 19 passengers needed hospital treatment while three victims are fighting for their lives after being attacked with ‘cutting »

Another full acquittal in Baltimore [UPDATED]

Featured imageCircuit Judge Barry Williams has acquitted Brian Rice of all charges related to Freddy Gray’s arrest and death. This is the fourth time, in four attempts, that prosecutors have failed to obtain a conviction in the Freddy Gray case. Judge Williams cleared Rice of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office charges this morning. Previously, he had dismissed a second-degree assault charge. Prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge at »

From the Trump National Doral

Featured imageI’m taking a sort of working vacation at the Pritikn Health Resort & Spa in Miami. My theory was that the “working” part would come in Pritikin’s location at the Trump National Doral Miami; Pritikin leases part of the propety from the Trump National Doral. My thought was that I would scout out the property to see what we could learn about Mr. Trump. At my physical this morning, I »

Police militarization after Baton Rouge

Featured imageWhen the Dallas police finally took out Micah Johnson, they used a robot with a bomb — a device that can be compared to a drone. I considered this great police work but, remarkably, killing Johnson in this way proved to be controversial. Some apparently believed that the officers engaged in the standoff with Johnson, who had tried unsuccessfully to persuade him to surrender, needed to come close enough to »

Baton Rouge Murderer Identified

Featured imageAuthorities 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 imageAt 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 »

Sheriff David Clarke smacks down CNN’s Don Lemon

Featured imageDon Lemon, who hosts a news show on CNN, may have thought he had a win-win strategy when he asked Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke this question following the murder in Baton Rouge of three police officers: I spoke to the heads of the sheriff department, the police department, and the state police down there and they told us how their hearts were reeling. Their message is peace and how »

Obama channels Donald Trump. . .and Malik Shabazz

Featured imageJack Dunphy* at NRO’s Corner points to something I didn’t notice in President Obama’s response to yesterday’s Baton Rouge police murders. Obama said: I traveled to Dallas for the memorial service of the officers who were slain there. I said that that killer would not be the last person who tries to make us turn on each other. Nor will today’s killer. As Dunphy points out, it was no great »

The fire this time

Featured imagePrsident Obama’s brief statement on the murder of Baton Rouge police officers was formulaic and annoyed (video below). When it comes to lamenting crimes against law enforcement, which he has done so much to foment and abet, Obama doesn’t have his heart in it. He prefers to lecture us on the alleged racism of the criminal justice system in the “inflammatory rhetoric” and “careless accusations” he purported to condemn. Even »

Three easy ways Obama could stop doing harm

Featured imageAs John points out in this post, President Obama has spent seven years stirring up racial division for the sake of political gain. The police has been one of his targets, from his earliest days as president, when without knowing the facts he derided Cambridge police, through his recent speech in Dallas, when he claimed that policing in America is infected with racism. There isn’t anything Obama can say that »

A Little Late: Obama Comes Out Against Divisive Talk On Race

Featured imageBarack Obama has spent seven years stirring up racial division for the sake of political gain. From his earliest days as president, when he derided Cambridge police as “stupid,” Obama has endorsed and propagated the great lie that American law enforcement is systematically racist. That strategy has worked very well for Obama and for the Democratic Party, but now, with events spinning out of control and the Democrats on the »

Kansas City 1976: the last great political convention

Featured imageTevi Troy, writing in the Washington Post, discusses the ways in which technology has changed, and continues to change, political conventions. Tevi’s piece is based on his fascinating essay in National Affairs about the evolution of such conventions. It’s sad that the contested convention vanished from the political landscape before modern high technology had taken hold. Imagine an old-style, multi-ballot convention taking place in our era of high technology — »