The Reductio Ad Absurdum of Diversity

Featured image St. Catherine University (generally referred to locally as St. Kate’s) is a Catholic school in St. Paul, Minnesota. Its undergraduate school is for women. For the last few years, St. Kate’s has put on a “leadership conference” for students and others. But on December 8, this year’s conference, which was scheduled for January 19 and had approximately 200 registrants, was abruptly canceled. A St. Kate’s dean explained what happened in »

Are you sure Alger done it this way?

Featured imageThe Mueller project continues on its inevitable path, yet every day the synthetic Trump-Russia collusion scandal appears more absurd. It appears more absurd every day not only because of the absence of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, but also because of the actions undertaken by the administration adverse to Russian national interests. The Frankenstein monster nevertheless lumbers on. Yesterday the Trump administration designated five Russian entities and 19 Russian individuals under »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll has been triggered. She is full of seasonal thoughts about SAVING DAYLIGHT. She writes: I hope by now you are more or less adjusted to Daylight Savings Time. I have read that it takes as long as a week for our body clocks to recover from “losing” that hour. (Try flying to Israel sometime…about the time your body knows what’s going on, it’s time to fly home.) As »

Block this

Featured imageReaders may recall that (state) Rep. Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) as Minnesota’s first Somali legislator whom I wrote about in “The curious case of Ilhan Omar” and “Ilhan Omar’s many firsts.” Star Tribune education reporter Faiza Mahamud (@faiza_mahamud) seems to have done something that irritated Omar. Rep. Omar has exacted punishment by blocking her on Twitter (below). State Rep. Ilhan Omar blocked me on Twitter a few hours after taking a »

The death penalty for some drug dealers?

Featured imageAt the campaign rally in Pennsylvania last week, President Trump seemed to advocate the death penalty for some drug dealers. Now, reportedly, the administration is finalizing a plan for responding to the opioid crisis that includes capital punishment for dealers in some cases. Politico says: According to language circulating this week, the Trump administration will call for the death penalty as an option in “certain cases where opioid, including Fentanyl-related, »

More Times Mueller madness

Featured imageNew York Times reporters Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman break the story that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents. They say that some of the subpoenaed documents are “related to Russia,” but they don’t know what documents Mueller has subpoenaed. They have taken their information from “two people briefed on the matter,” so the story is at least one remove from anyone with personal knowledge. »

Andrew Cuomo’s Corruption Circus Rolls On

Featured imageMy conservative cousin from New York (for a few more months) filed this dispatch on criminality in Andrew Cuomo’s inner circle. Tuesday’s conviction of Andrew Cuomo’s close associate Joe Percoco deals a sharp blow to the Governor’s 2020 Presidential hopes and may even jeopardize his reelection prospects this year. Percoco was Cuomo’s executive deputy secretary and longtime confidant. He was found guilty of soliciting and accepting bribes from top management »

Jane Mayer revisits “golden showers”

Featured imageOnce upon a time the New Yorker was justly famous for its long-form journalism. In 1946 it published John Hersey’s “Hiroshima.” In 1966 it published Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” In 1968 it published Edward Jay Epstein’s “Garrison,” a personal favorite of mine. The New Yorker’s reputation is not just based on history. It continues to publish distinguished long-form journalism. I think, for example, of John Colapinto’s 2013 article “Giving »

Gina Haspel: Tom Cotton’s take

Featured imageLast night, I noted the reactions of several key players to Gina Haspel’s selection to be Director of the CIA. The signals, as I read them, were mixed. Today, Sen. Tom Cotton told me that Gina Haspel will be a good Director. The Senator also endorsed Haspel, along with Mike Pompeo, in a public statement: Gina Haspel is also an excellent choice to become the new CIA Director. A true »

Dueling Headlines

Featured imageA few weeks back in a moment of mischief I tweeted the following for discussion: Well let’s see where we are today, with the following dueling headlines from The Hill: Dems are angry over Hillary Clinton’s latest comments Democrats are angry that Hillary Clinton continues to discuss what went wrong during the 2016 presidential election against President Trump. Even some of Clinton’s own former aides and surrogates say the former »

California’s Suicide Attempt, Part 5: Gov. Girly-Man Goes Flabby

Featured imageIn today’s installment of California Crazy, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (better known as “Governor Girly-Man“) has announced that he, too, intends to sue major major oil companies for “knowingly killing people all over the world.” Let’s see: this would be the same Schwarzenegger who agitated to have a mass-market consumer version of the Humvee after Gulf War 1?  The same Schwarzenegger who used to fly back and forth from his »

DeVos DOE clings to perverse Obama-era policy on school discipline

Featured imageFour years ago, the Obama administration promulgated a Dear Colleague letter on school discipline. It was a joint Department of Justice/Department of Education production. More than a year into the Trump administration, the letter still stands. The fault lies with Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education. The Justice Department under Jeff Sessions strongly supports recalling the Dear Colleague letter. I’m told, however, that the DOE is pushing back. The DOE’s pushback »

What is to be done?

Featured imageRussia’s attempted murder of former Russian spy Serge Skripal and his daughter Yulia on British soil is an act of war, isn’t it? Austin Bay takes up the question here. I take it that if it’s not, it may be close enough for government work. Someone remind me. What did President Obama do about Iran’s attempted assassination of the Saudi ambassador to the United States in Washington, DC. Whatever it »

On Today’s Despicable Misuse of Children

Featured imageToday students were excused from classrooms all across America to participate in demonstrations in favor of firearms bans of one sort or another. These were anything but spontaneous actions organized by children. Rather, the anti-gun demonstrations were condoned, if not sponsored, by school administrations that are almost universally liberal. And the teachers’ unions played a part too. The National Education Association issued a statement that included this: Since the horrific »

Amy Wax barred from teaching mandatory first-year class at Penn law

Featured imageReaders may recall how Amy Wax, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, incurred the wrath of the left, including black law students at Penn, by saying that which must not be said — the social practices at the heart of middle class America from the late 1940’s through the 1960’s are a recipe for success, personal and societal, and their rejection is a recipe for dysfunction and decline. Wax and »

Larry Tribe: A Sad Case

Featured imageI knew Larry Tribe decades ago, when he coached the Harvard debate team and I debated for Dartmouth. We had a friendly relationship then, and also later when I took a course from him at Harvard Law School. The Larry Tribe I knew was a smart and normal guy. Today, unfortunately, he has gone off the rails. One could say that he personifies the descent of much of the Democratic »

Democrats double down on fake

Featured imageFor those of us who don’t view the 2018 midterm elections as near no-lose for Republicans, the result of last night’s special election in Pennsylvania has to be somewhat concerning. The Democrat and the Republican split the vote evenly in a Republican district that Donald Trump carried by 20 points. The Democrats’ strategy this year is straight from the 2006 playbook. In moderate and conservative jurisdictions, run candidates who pretend »