A terrorist attack in Roanoke

Featured image A man in Roanoke County is in custody after attacking a couple in an apartment complex. The man, Wasil Farooqui, slashed the victims with a knife while allegedly shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The couple doesn’t know Farooqui. Apparently he selected them at random to be attacked. The male victim has neck wounds, but the police says this doesn’t look like an attempted beheading. The victim apparently has wounds all over his »

Back From the North Country

Featured imageYou might have noticed that I have been gone for a while. My family went up North for four days to Lake Vermilion, our preferred North Woods getaway for more than 25 years. My only contribution in absentia was a Drudge link to this post on Donald Trump’s progress as a presidential candidate. Click to enlarge: Is a Drudge link exciting? Let’s put it this way: the traffic that a »

The State Department as Protection Racket

Featured imagePaul wrote yesterday about the Huma Abedin emails discovered by Judicial Watch that show a pattern of corruption, whereby donors to the Clinton Foundation, the Clintons’ personal slush fund, got access to Secretary of State Clinton for help with their problems or priorities. Today the Associated Press follows up with a systematic and devastating analysis of Hillary’s calendar at the State Department: More than half the people outside the government »

Wedding planner vouches for Russell Wilson’s political correctness

Featured imageRussell Wilson is the star quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. Recently, he married someone called Ciara, an attractive singer, model, etc. The wedding took place in Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England. Not bad. The Wilson-Ciara wedding was planned by celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss. In an interview with a publication called The Knot, Weiss gave her version of the backstory on the wedding. According to Weiss, the pair originally planned »

Social Work, Anti-Social Ideology

Featured imageSchools and departments of “social work” tend to be the most ideological and politicized at universities today, so when the faculty of a department of social work complains about political correctness, you know things have gone too far. But that’s exactly what has happened at Smith College, as reported a few days ago in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Leaked Faculty Letters Expose Racial Fault Lines at Smith’s Social-Work School »

Title IX is not why U.S. women dominated at Rio

Featured imageWhen American women achieve notable success in athletics it’s never long before precincts of the feminist left attribute the success to the federal government. Now, following the 2016 Olympics, Jennifer Rubin, the house conservative at the Washington Post, peddles this notion in a piece called “Why American women dominated in Rio.” Rubin does so in the usual way; she cites Title IX. The argument is specious at several levels. Title »

Emails show that Clinton Foundation donors got improved State Dept. access

Featured imageFor once, the front page of the Washington Post isn’t dominated by reports about Donald Trump scandals real and imagined (the latest Post probe had a team of reporters poring over local property records to check the value of Trump’s golf courses). Instead, the Post shifts its attention to the question of access by big Clinton Foundation donors to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The story is called “Emails reveal »

Colin Powell refuses to take fall on Clinton email scandal

Featured imageColin Powell has spent most of this century trying to get back in the good graces of liberals who can’t forgive him for his role in the second Iraq war. He’s attempted this mainly by bashing Republicans and accusing them of racism. Never mind that Republicans were the ones who promoted him to positions that it’s far from clear he would have obtained but for his race. The problem with »

(Republican) Kids Say the Darndest Things…

Featured imageI guess there’s still an independent conservative trying to mount a presidential bid to offer an alternative to Trump, but if you can’t even summon up his name is this for real? And is it possible any more to get on enough state ballots to make any impression at all? The impulse for either an independent or new third party is hardly new, and I’m not sure it is really »

The ultimate Clinton scandal (2)

Featured imageJudicial Watch strikes again in today’s Washington Post update on the ultimate Clinton scandal: The FBI’s year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server uncovered 14,900 emails and documents from her time as secretary of state that had not been disclosed by her attorneys, and a federal judge on Monday pressed the State Department to begin releasing emails sooner than mid-October as it planned. Justice Department lawyers said last week »

The ultimate Clinton scandal

Featured imageThe scandal of Hillary Clinton’s private email server is in a sense the ultimate Clinton scandal. It shows Hillary Clinton’s heedless treatment of national security for corrupt personal reasons. It shows her willingness to say anything to extricate herself from a fix. Indeed, the scandal shows her pathological approach to facts. She may believe her own lies. One has the impression that she could pass a lie detector test on »

Are the police racist?

Featured imageThe great Heather Mac Donald is a fellow of the Manhattan Institute and the author, most recently, of The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. There is such a war, of course, and as in so much else, for whatever reason, the Obama administration is on the wrong side. Is there a hashtag for TruthMatters? Prager U has now released the »

Ilhan Omar stonewalls [updated]

Featured imageWhen Ilhan Omar finally got around to issuing a statement on her multiple marriages this past Wednesday evening, she drew on the Democratic scandal management playbook to put the story to bed. Omar characterized the allegations related to her marriages as “absurd and offensive.” Omar counts on cooperative Minnesota media not to follow up with impolite questions. KMSP 9’s Tom Lyden, however, is not in a cooperative mood. Lyden reported »

Addlebrained Academic of the Week: Pharaonic What?

Featured imageOf course there’s an academic journal called Violence Against Women (since 1995!), and it offers gems such as this: Pharaonic Circumcision Under Patriarchy and Breast Augmentation Under Phallocentric Capitalism: Similarities and Differences Tamar Diana Wilson, University of Missouri-St. Louis Abstract In this article, the author discusses the similarities and differences between Pharaonic circumcision and reinfibulation and breast augmentation under systems of male dominance and female subordination. Despite the medical problems associated »

Signs of the Times: Liberal Hypocrisy in 2016

Featured imageThe left has a simple refrain about Trump: he’s an authoritarian fascist, provoking violence and lawlessness. Why is it, then, that it is only Trump signs that are being vandalized, as this CNN report explains: For that matter, when was the last time conservatives shouted down a speaker on a college campus? Or demanded censorship of speech or a “safe space”? As we’ve noted before, if liberals didn’t have double »

Where does Trump now stand on illegal immigration?

Featured imageOver the weekend, BuzzFeed reported that “in a reversal, Trump indicate[d] to Hispanic leaders [an] openness to legalization for [illegal] immigrants.” Trump allegedly did this during a Saturday meeting with his “Hispanic advisory council,” a body he recently threw together. The Trump campaign promptly disputed BuzzFeed’s account. A campaign spokesman said: Mr. Trump said nothing today that he hasn’t said many times before, including in his convention speech—enforce the laws, »

A call for less conservative-on-conservative disparagement

Featured imageAndrew Klavan of PJ Media observes that conservative “NeverTrumpers” tend to be younger than conservatives who are willing to bite the bullet and vote for Trump. He speculates that this is because “for the young, there very much does seem to be a future in which the conservative movement can rebuild no matter what damage Hillary wreaks on the nation.” For the old, “this may not be the last election…but »