Sweden Swings to the Right

Featured image That is what observers expect from tomorrow’s election, anyway: “Far-right poised for big wins in Sweden election.” The anti-immigration far-right is expected to soar in Sweden’s September 9 general election, capitalising on voter discontent as Swedes punish traditional parties over immigration, integration and health care. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s Social Democrats, who have dominated Swedish politics since the 1930s, will remain the biggest party in the country but likely with »

Stephen Miller’s insufferable uncle

Featured image Politico has published a opinion piece by David Glosser called “Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.” Glosser’s piece is a shrill, hyper-personal rant of the “Give me your tired, your poor” genre. But for Glosser’s status as Stephen Miller’s uncle, I don’t think Politico would even have considered running it. Glosser’s great-grandfather came to America from what was then Russia and now is Belarus »

Child raped because “sanctuary” Philadelphia released criminal ICE wanted [With Comment by John]

Featured image Last night, Department of Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen appeared on Sean Hannity’s program to discuss the outrageous story of a girl who was raped by an illegal immigrant released from prison instead of being held, as ICE had requested. Mike Brest of the Daily Caller reports on the interview, which I didn’t see. Here’s what Hannity said: Let me tell the audience about a case that we just found »

Judge Bates’ power grab

Featured image Scott has embedded the opinion of Judge John Bates in NAACP v. Donald J. Trump. Judge Bates ordered the administration to restart the DACA program within 20 days because, in essence, he doesn’t think much of the administration’s policy reasons for ending the program. I have plowed through the opinion. It reminds me of the scene in “Duck Soup” where Groucho Marx (Rufus T. Firefly) refuses to hear a matter »

Our robed master Bates strikes again

Featured image Paul Mirengoff frequently refers to “our robed masters” in the federal judiciary. Yesterday our robed master Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia administered the latest in a series of legal defeats to President Trump’s attempted rescission of President Obama’s unconstitutional program to regularize illegal immigrants by executive decree. The is President Trump’s second defeat in this case. The New York Times’s Miriam Jordan gave »

Eyeless in Rochester

Featured image I hate to have to pick up the local news from a national daily, but I learn from USA Today that a “Minnesota man” named Mahad Aziz gouged out the eyes of his 74-year-old relative in the course of a beating at the apartment of one or the other in Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic was conveniently at hand, but there wasn’t much the hospital could do. Aziz beat his »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll notes THE TRUMP ECONOMY IN THE HEARTLAND. She reports from flyover country: This will be a purely anecdotal account. I am not an economist, nor do I play one on TV. For one thing, I’m not dead wrong most of the time, but that’s another story, lookin’ at YOU, Mr. Krugman. As regular readers of this column know, I have spent more than half of July back in »

The Confusions of the Left, Or, When Bernie Made Sense

Featured image It’s giant bucket full-butter popcorn time watching the left not know how to react to Trump trashing the Koch brothers. Naturally I had to do up a custom meme just for the occasion. Not only are the Kochs disaffected with the Trump policy on trade, but they are also way more pro-immigration. Which brings me back to those old comments from Bernie Sanders that the left really want to make »


Featured image Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono dearly wants to advance the Democratic talking points on illegal immigration and related issues, but she has, shall we say, a limited understanding. Working from a written script, she doesn’t know what she is talking about. On Capitol Hill yesterday she tried the patience of ICE official Matthew Albence; he gave her a brief primer on immigration law (video below). I give her credit for honesty »

Misdiagnosing the opioid crisis

Featured image According to the Maryland Department of Health, a record 2,282 people died in Maryland from unintentional drug-and-alcohol-related intoxication in 2017. That’s more than double the number of such deaths in Maryland in 2014. Keep that year in mind. 88 percent of the intoxication deaths in Maryland in 2017 were opioid-related. Opioid-related deaths include deaths due to heroin, prescription opioids, and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl. Large increases in the number of fentanyl-related deaths »

What Do Voters Care About? Illegal Immigration, For One Thing

Featured image The post immediately below addresses the fact that voters don’t care much about the Democrats’ Helsinki hysteria. Most voters, I think, are smart enough to understand that Donald Trump, unlike his predecessor, is unabashedly pro-America. Thus, the Left’s insane claim that he committed “treason” by not denouncing Vladimir Putin in a public forum convinces no one, especially since the news outlets promoting that attack cheered Barack Obama’s give-away-the-store approach enthusiastically. »

The World Cup and racial politics

Featured image On Sunday, France defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup. I rooted for France, as I normally do once England and the U.S. are eliminated (if Brazil and France are both still playing, my allegiance varies based how much I like the particular players). This year, the U.S. failed to qualify and Brazil was eliminated before England. So rooting for France was an easy decision for me. Leftists and »

A Feel-Good Citizenship Story

Featured image Fernando Rodney has been a major league pitcher since 2002. A reliever, he broke in with the Detroit Tigers and had his most productive years as a closer for the Tigers, Tampa Bay and Seattle. At 41, he is still formidable and is closing this year for the Minnesota Twins. Last Sunday, something unusual happened: in a game against Tampa Bay, Twins manager Paul Molitor brought Rodney in to pitch »

Abolish ICE! Wait, what?

Featured image The call to abolish ICE is the Democrats’ hot new thing. I first heard it touted by Minnesota Fifth District congressional candidate Ilhan Omar on June 17 without realizing it was already on its way to achieving the status of a battle cry, if not a cliché. As the Democrats seek to retake the House and the Senate, however, it may not do to be this blunt. The time calls »

Abolish ICE! Wait, what?

Featured image The call to abolish ICE is the hot new thing among Democrats on the leading edge. And that leading edge is getting bigger all the time. It’s difficult to keep up. As Minnesota’s native son once put it, “He that gets hurt will be he who has stalled.” Indeed, Tom Bevan cites a new Morning Consult survey showing that a plurality of Democrats (43 percent) are behind the idea of »

Europe: Things Fall Apart

Featured image German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hanging on by her fingernails in Germany right now, as the backlash against migrants reached a critical mass in recent weeks. The cabinet minister who confronted Merkel and forced immigration concessions, Horst Seehofer of the “conservative” CSU party based chiefly in Bavaria, has seen his own poll ratings collapse in the aftermath of the political crisis. But this is just as likely to be the »

Poll: Americans approve of Trump’s handling of most key domestic issues

Featured image A new poll by the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard (CAPS) and The Harris Poll places President Trump’s approval rating at 47 percent. That’s the highest the number has been in more than a year, though it isn’t great. But Trump’s approval rating on key issues and subject areas may be more consequential than his general approval rating. Why? Because if Americans like the job he’s doing on, »