The Final Collapse of a Liberal Democrat

Featured image Just a few years ago, Anthony Weiner was one of the leading left-wingers in the Democratic Party, a fire-breathing scourge of Republicans. For some time now he has been in disgrace, as a result of his unfortunate sexting habit. Given his former stature in the Democratic Party, Weiner’s downfall is of considerable interest, but that interest is naturally heightened by the fact that he is married to Hillary Clinton’s best »

More Obama-Kerry disgrace in Syria

Featured imageJohn Kerry’s latest “cease fire” agreement in Syria was a farce from its inception. Farce turned to tragedy on Monday when a Russian (or conceivably a Syrian) jet attacked a U.N. convoy near Aleppo. Aid workers say that trucks carrying desperately needed aid to the rebel-held side of the city were repeatedly bombed, as was a warehouse. At least 20 people were killed. Pursuant to the “cease fire” arrangement, notification »

Today’s Hot Reads

Featured imageThere are several articles up just now that deserve more than just a nod in our “Picks” banner. Start with The Week’s Damon Linker, a center-left writer usually worth reading for his straight shooting self-criticism of liberalism. His latest column dissents from the liberal line that the nationalism evinced by Donald Trump is solely and purely racist: [The] perfect distillation of liberalism in 2016: Trump voters and their analogues overseas »

Intense violence in Charlotte follows police shooting

Featured imageProtesters in Charlotte, North Carolina have engaged in violence on a large scale following the lethal shooting by police of an African-American. According to the Charlotte Observer, 16 police officers were injured last night in a series of clashes. In addition, there are reports of motorists on Interstate 85 being hurt and their vehicles damaged by rocks, bottles, and traffic cones hurled by protesters off interstate overpasses. Even if the »

Obama bestrides the narrow world

Featured imagePresident Obama is the devotee of an incredibly delusional and destructive ideology, and he is also a very small man. I believe him to be the smallest man ever to occupy the office of the president, though I may be overlooking some nineteenth century president whom I don’t know sufficiently well. Obama put his ideological claptrap, his arrogance, his pettiness and his vanity prominently on display yesterday in his final »

At the birth of birtherism

Featured imageSidney Blumenthal is one of Hillary Clinton’s closest confidants. His leading quality is reflected in the well-earned moniker Sid Vicious, though his viciousness is reflected most acutely in his lies. Students of ancient history may recall Blumenthal’s dramatic flood of lies about his appearance before a grand jury investigating Clinton scandals in 1998. As reported by the New York Times, Blumenthal emerged from the private grand jury proceedings to attack »

Charlie Crist vouches for Hillary’s honesty; hilarity ensues

Featured imageWho is the biggest charlatan in American politics today? Once, I would have said John Edwards, but he’s out of the game (as far as I know). These days, I think the correct answer is Charlie Crist. You can get a good sense of why I award the biggest charlatan title to Crist in this post and this one. One might have thought that, like John Edwards, Crist is out »

Emails show what Hillary has in mind for Israel

Featured imageRabbi Shmuley Boteach, writing in the Observer*, says that having examined Hillary Clinton’s emails, he is “hard-pressed to find a single note that is sympathetic toward the Jewish state from any of the people she trusted.” He reminds us that Sid Blumenthal, one of Hillary’s most trusted advisers, sent Clinton dozens of anti-Israel articles written by Sid’s rabidly anti-Israel son Max. Hillary responded favorably to them. But, says Boteach, “the »

Bill de Blasio: Islamic terrorism is “vanishingly rare” [UPDATED]

Featured imageBrendan Kirby of PoliZette reports that, in the wake of a radical Islamic terrorist attack on New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling citizens not to worry about the threat of jihadist violence and is pushing for even more questionably vetted migrants to be resettled in the United States. Writing in the New York Times, de Blasio and the mayors of London and Paris state: [I]t is wrong »

Midnight Regs, Part 2

Featured imageNo sooner are the pixels posted on my note yesterday regarding “midnight regulations” than The Hill reports this: GOP Mostly Powerless in Stopping Obama ‘Midnight’ Regulations . . . Republican lawmakers and independent experts expect more [regulations] to come. But Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas told Roll Call that his party cannot do much because “the framers of the Constitution didn’t give us a lot of tools that didn’t »

When Are Liberal Laws Good? When They Relate to Guns

Featured imageThe terrorist attack on the Crossroads shopping center in St. Cloud, Minnesota by Dahir Adan, a 22-year-old Somali immigrant, was stopped by a man named Jason Falconer. Adan was rampaging through the mall, stabbing people whom he encountered, including a 15-year-old girl. Providentially, Falconer happened to be at the mall and confronted Adan. Security video shows Falconer shooting Adan several times. Adan doesn’t stay down; he repeatedly gets up off »

“Minnesota man” strikes in St. Cloud

Featured imageWhen the United States Attorney for Minnesota brought the case against Somali Minnesotans with seeking to wage jihad with ISIS in Syria last year, headlines around the country reported the filing of terrorism charges against “Minnesota men.” I’ve drawn on the “Minnesota men” euphemism for three Weekly Standard articles about the case and now for the online column “A ‘Minnesota man’ strikes in St. Cloud.” I have been grateful for »

For the House, Mia Love

Featured imageMia Love is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who first ran for Congress in 2012, losing by 768 votes. She ran again in 2014, winning this time by 4,000 votes against a different opponent, Democrat Doug Owens. In office, Love has been a fiery spokeswoman for the GOP’s conservative wing. The American Conservative Union gives her a 96% rating on her two years in office. As a young, black Republican »

Hillary’s Health Again Front and Center in North Carolina

Featured imageDonald Trump and Hillary Clinton are neck and neck in North Carolina, and both were scheduled to make campaign appearances in the state today. Trump’s event was a public meeting that was expected to draw a crowd of 7,000 or 8,000 in a town with 855 residents. Hillary planned something less strenuous: a fundraiser at a home in Chapel Hill, where a privileged few would pay $100,000 for the honor »

Natural and “Unnatural” Citizens

Featured imageEveryone is skipping right past the deeper meaning of the little detail that the New York “devicer” (I guess “bomber” is now a trigger warning term?—heh) Ahmad Khan Rahami is a “naturalized” American citizen, having immigrated from Afghanistan some years ago. Stop right there, and let’s think for a moment about what the term “naturalized citizen” ought to mean, for in the case of Mr. Rahami, his “naturalization” process clearly »

The Post drops into St. Cloud

Featured imageThe Washington Post’s Abigail Hauslohner and Drew Harrell profile St. Cloud slasher Dahir Adan. The profile derives from Hauslohner’s second trip to Minnesota this year; this past May she attended the first three days of the trial of Minnesota’s Somali terrorist wannabes in Minneapolis. Hauslohner persevered through jury selection and opening statements and the opening of the government’s case during the first week of the terrorism trial. Then she headed »

Alice in Terrorland

Featured imageLast night City Journal editor Brian Anderson invited me to submit 500 words on the terrorist incident in St. Cloud, Minnesota. That took me about 15 minutes. Matthew Hennessy edited and improved the piece that I called “Alice in Terrorland.” That means I’ve got a few words left over, including a citation to Bob Dylan that Matthew removed, but I tried to put the good stuff in there. Given Brian’s »