At the Mall

Featured image In the Paul Simon song, it’s all happening at the zoo. In Minnesota, it’s all happening at the mall — the Mall of America. Sunday was a big day at the Mall. We had the knife stabbings that did some serious damage to two customers trying on clothes at Macy’s. Minnesota man Mahad A. Abdirahman is the alleged perpetrator. He is charged with two felony offenses and being held on »

Rand Paul’s neighbors dismiss “property dispute” reports

Featured image In the aftermath of the assault by Rene Boucher ( “the leftist next door”) on Sen. Rand Paul, Boucher’s lawyer claimed that politics played no part in the attack. I put no stock in public statements by attorneys defending their clients. However, there were also reports about landscaping dispute, and suggestions that Sen. Paul is not a good neighbor. Even if these reports were true, it wouldn’t mean that Boucher’s »

Self-help, Texas style: Stephen Willeford edition

Featured image To learn the lessons of the Sutherland Springs massacre we must take into account the examples of Johnnie Longendorff and Stephen Willeford. In his column today, Rich Lowry calls them “two bystanders who refused to stand by.” Thank God, Willeford was within the sound of the massacre: “When Stephen Willeford, 55, heard of the shooting, he left his house barefoot with his AR-15 and started exchanging fire with Kelley outside »

Thoughts About Mass Murder

Featured image My wife and I returned a few days ago from a vacation in England. At one point, we walked across the Westminster Bridge, where earlier this year an Islamic terrorist drove a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians, killing four and injuring more than 50. Since that attack, barriers have been erected between the roadway and the pedestrian paths across the bridge. They are referred to by some as “diversity »

Johnnie Langendorff, take 2

Featured image Rich Lowry has posted another interview with our man Johnnie Langendorff, who answered the call in Sutherland Springs yesterday (video below). Rich salutes him “as one of the heroes” to emerge from the church shooting massacre. The interview gives us another take on self-help, Texas style, and a small ray of sunshine on a sad day for the United States. The Washington Post’s Kyle Swenson has more here. »

Self-help, Texas style

Featured image The Guardian recounts the story of Johnnie Langendorff, who chased down the murderous Baptist church shooter who killed at least 26 yesterday in Sutherland Springs, Texas. What an enraging, horrifying, heartbreaking scene. The AP conveys what we know as of this morning here, here. Langendorff happened onto the scene and saw the shooter engaged in a gun battle with the good Samaritan wielding a rifle. Either the man with the »

The leftist next door

Featured image As more information becomes available, we learn that Rene Boucher, the man who assaulted and seriously injured Rand Paul, is (as John suggested) a rabidly anti-Trump leftist. According to this report from PJ Media, Boucher’s activity on social media consists to a considerable degree of reposting anti-Trump memes and stories and sharing posts from Bernie Sanders. However, Boucher wasn’t solely a copycat. He did offer this original thought: May Robert »

Cleta Mitchell: Brazile describes “a massive violation of federal law” that “triggers criminal penalties”

Featured image I’m not on Facebook, but I was told that Cleta Mitchell’s page contains a brief discussion of the legal implications of the Hillary Clinton-DNC scandal. As many of our readers know, Cleta Mitchell is a star lawyer. She has played a leading role in defending conservatives targeted by the IRS under the Obama administration and in pushing to hold the IRS accountable for the targeting. Here is Cleta’s take on »

The Papadopoulos plea [UPDATED]

Featured image With news of today’s indictments of Paul Manafort and his colleague came word that former (minor) Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty earlier this month to making false statements to investigators. In addition, we learned that Papadopoulos has been cooperating with the Mueller investigation. Papadopoulos was in the news back in August, when the Washington Post reported that during the presidential campaign he sent emails to the Trump campaign »

The squeeze on Manafort

Featured image Politico has posted the 12-count indictment handed up against Paul Manafort and Richard Gates on Friday by the Washington grand jury hearing evidence brought before it by Robert Mueller’s team of all-star prosecutors. The charges all relate or derive from Manafort’s business activities that predate Manafort’s involvement with the Trump campaign (although various related deceptions are alleged to date). I don’t believe that Gates ever had any involvement with the »

Mapping the massacre: A comment

Featured image In “Mapping the massacre” I posted the remarkable New York Times video mapping the Las Vegas massacre. The Times prefaced the video with this brief summary: “The shots began at 10:05. Twelve bursts of gunfire later, police broke down Stephen Paddock’s door at the Mandalay Bay. Using forensic analysis, The Times mapped 30 videos that show a vivid picture of what happened that night.” I had (and have) no comments »

In key Virginia race, Gillespie focuses on crime and consequences

Featured image We’re following pretty closely the race for governor of Virginia. Democrat Ralph Northam, the lieutenant governor is leading Republican Ed Gillespie in the polls, but there’s evidence that the race is tight. These days, Democrats consistently win state races in Virginia. They do so by piling up big margins in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Gillespie is targeting voters in these suburbs with aggressive advertising on television. Although Northam is »

Mapping the massacre

Featured image A New York Times team including Malachy Browne, Drew Jordan, Nicole Fineman and Chris Cirillo has produced a video that maps a timeline of the Las Vegas massacre: “The shots began at 10:05. Twelve bursts of gunfire later, police broke down Stephen Paddock’s door at the Mandalay Bay. Using forensic analysis, The Times mapped 30 videos that show a vivid picture of what happened that night.” The Times has posted »

Our under-incarceration problem, Maryland/Delaware edition

Featured image America has an under-incarceration problem. Too many people whose history of criminality shows they should be in jail are on our streets committing crimes, including heinous ones. I’ve written about this here, here, here, and elsewhere. Today’s news brings more evidence of the problem. Radee L. Prince killed three co-workers and wounded two others at his workplace in northern Maryland and then drove to Delaware where he shot a sixth »

Judge refuses to dismiss case against Menendez

Featured image The bribery case against U.S. Senator Bob Menendez will proceed, and eventually be resolved by a jury, the trial judge ruled today. Judge William Walls rejected a motion by the defense to dismiss the charges against Menendez. A few days ago, it looked like the defense motion would succeed. Judge Walls initially indicated a willingness to accept Menendez’s position that the prosecution’s bribery case cannot withstand the Supreme Court’s decision »

Harry Reid’s role in the Menendez scandal

Featured image Earlier this week, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified in the corruption trial of former Senator Robert Menendez. According to Sebelius, she was pulled into an “unusual” meeting regarding an $8.9 million billing dispute between Menendez’s friend and benefactor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, and Medicare. The meeting occurred in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, with Reid present. Though Dr. Melgen’s name apparently wasn’t mentioned during the meeting, Menendez »

Speaking of Las Vegas

Featured image While we wait for the authorities to complete their investigation of the Las Vegas massacre, I want without further comment to compile a few of the stories documenting the humanity and heroism amid the horror. At the bottom I include President Trump’s statement at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department yesterday paying tribute to law enforcement officers who answered the call: • Wesley Lowerey (Washington Post): “Two strangers bond over »