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Americans Are On Israel’s Side

Featured image Our “elite” universities–a designation that doesn’t mean their students know anything about history, can do math, know anything about science or are acquainted with Western (or any) literature–have come down heavily on the side of Hamas in the current Middle Eastern conflict. This may be due to the fact that Islamic countries have poured billions of dollars into their coffers, or maybe it is just the usual perversity of American »

How to read Herman Wouk

Featured image Herman Wouk died last week at the age of 103, 10 days short of his 104th birthday. So notes William Grimes in his New York Times obit of Wouk. Grimes’s obit is equivocal about Wouk’s accomplishments as an author, but one must be amazed by his career. One cannot miss this in Grimes’s obit. Wouk lived one of the great American lives. We nevertheless know him, if at all, entirely »

Using bogus charge of “racism,” big media turns down Trump ad

Featured image CNN, NBC News, and Fox News are all refusing to run a campaign ad that features footage of (1) Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers and (2) the caravan of illegal immigrants heading towards the U.S. The point of the ad is to attack Democrats as soft on illegal immigration which, manifestly, they are. CNN insists the ad is »

Loose Ends (38)

Featured image Got a large backlog of news items to catch up with. • In the “News You Can Use” Department: Study Says Drinking Alcohol Is Better Than Exercise For Living a Longer Life [Excerpt] After her team analyzed the data from the study, they concluded that individuals who consumed two glasses of wine or beer per day reduced their risk of an early death by an astonishing 18%. To compare that statement, »

APSA After-Action Report

Featured image I’m still digesting the weekend’s endurance contest better known as the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. It’s one of those chores I take on so that you don’t have to. A lot of the panels are of course silly, like “Søren Kierkegaard and Political Thought.” Description: Altogether, in broad strokes, Kierkegaard’s thought saturated the air of the most important moments in twentieth century political thought—interwar Germany, post-WWII »

How to read Herman Wouk

Featured image Yesterday CBS News profiled author Herman Wouk at the ripe old age of 102. The cluelessness of the CBS correspondent made the interview uncomfortable viewing, but it reminded me that I had meant to draw attention to the essay by Williams College Professor Michael Lewis about Wouk. This Michael Lewis, I should add, is Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History at Williams College, not the popular journalist and author. Published in »

The Washington Post dishonestly denies that Trump has changed on illegal immigration

Featured image There were only two ways the mainstream media would portray Donald Trump’s speech on immigration once he finally delivered it. Either Trump would be the same dreadfully inhumane guy he’s been throughout the campaign or he would be a flip-flopper whose word cannot be trusted on anything. The “meany” option was always the preferred one. Voters seemed to have little problem with Trump flip-flopping to more reasonable ground on immigration. »

Do Blue-State Policies Lead to Prosperity?

Featured image The New York Times publishes a lot of dumb stuff, but this article by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson titled The Path to Prosperity Is Blue is a classic. It purports to show that liberal policies at the state level lead to “broad prosperity,” but the piece’s logic is laughable. To begin with, the authors purport to be measuring prosperity, but of the five statistics they try to relate to »

Freddie Gray judge prosecuted police misconduct cases for DOJ

Featured image The trial of the first of the first of six Baltimore officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray began today in Baltimore with jury selection. Officer William G. Porter, 26, faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment because he allegedly did not get medical help for Gray when he complained of injuries after his arrest. None of the 75 potential jurors in »

Why The Secret Service Fiasco Shouldn’t Surprise Us

Featured image So Julia Pierson, the first female head of the Secret Service, is falling on her service revolver today and resigning as a result of the recent fiasco at the White House, in which an intruder got much further into the presidential mansion than any sensible person would think possible. You can understand how the Secret Service got lazy at the sight of unlikely intruders; after all, Obama made it much »

Secret Service Follies

Featured image Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testified today before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the security breach that allowed an intruder to enter the White House. The episode was a fiasco on multiple levels, and Ms. Pierson endured a sustained grilling that was somewhat bipartisan. One fact that has emerged is that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, got much deeper into the White House than the Secret Service originally »

Bombs and the First Amendment: The Anarchist Cookbook

Featured image Karl Pierson, the Colorado high school senior who tried to murder his debate coach and instead gravely wounded a random student, Claire Davis, was a self-described communist. He was distraught, apparently, over being dropped from his high school’s debate team, or otherwise disciplined in some way. The facts are still murky. But this interesting point has emerged: The student who opened fire last week at a Colorado high school, leaving »

Guns, Glocks, Shooters, and a Day at the Range

Featured image The anniversary of the Newtown murders passed quietly, with no serious effort by liberals to revive their failed gun control proposals–none of which would have done a thing to prevent the Newtown murders, as pretty much everyone now understands. In Colorado, high school student Karl Pierson was suspended for threatening to murder his debate coach. It turns out they should have arrested him, not just suspended him. Pierson wasn’t kidding. »

The United Kingdom turns its back on freedom of speech and freedom of travel

Geert Wilders is the chairman of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands. He is also a member of that country’s parliament. Wilders is a leading voice, if not the leading voice, in the fight against the Islamization of Europe. This week, the government of the United Kingdom banned Wilders from entering England. Today, Wilders flew into London’s Heathrow Airport anyway. His purpose was to attend a screening of his »

Top secret, take 2

At Armavirumque, James Pierson has a thoughtful post on the possible prosecution of the New York Times: “Is the New York Times about to be indicted?” Pierson’s post contributes his own close reading of the Times to interpret the Times’s handling of its criminal jeopardy. I set out my own analysis of the legal issues in the Standard column “Exposure” and Gabriel Schoenfeld explored the issues at length in “Has »

LBJ’s failure

At Armavirumque, James Pierson reflects on the rise of the cult of sentimentality in the Democratic Party: “Lyndon Johnson and the cult of sentimentality.” Pierson’s post has planted LBJ’s off-putting voice in my head and made me feel twenty years older than I am. »

The importance of ideas

Commentary has just made available online the important essay by James Pierson from its May issue charting the role of conservative philanthropy in the conservative renaissance of the past 30 years: “Investing in conservative ideas.” Commentary’s precis of the essay in the hard copy of the May issue reads: “Philanthropists have played a key role in the advance of today’s governing philosophy, but tomorrow’s remains up for grabs.” Yesterday RealClearPolitics »