Breaking: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Passed Away

Featured image News breaking at this hour that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at age 87. If you thought this election was already thermonuclear, just wait for what happens over the next 72 hours—and seven weeks to the election for that matter. I’ll refrain for now on discussing all of that and allow for a decent interval of observation and remembrance, though I suspect that won’t be the case elsewhere. We’ll »

Trump and Biden Come to Minnesota [Updated]

Featured imageIn a historic first, President Trump and Joe Biden both visited Minnesota today. Biden went to Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, and spoke at a carpenters’ union training center. This in itself is anachronistic. Biden is trying to rebuild the “labor” component of the Democrat-Farmer-Labor party, but it is much too late for that. Union members in northern Minnesota will vote heavily for Trump. Biden’s appearance verged on the bizarre. »

Princeton responds to the Department of Education’s letter

Featured imageIn a letter to Princeton’s president Christopher Eisgruber, the U.S. Department of Education has asked Princeton to explain how Eisgruber’s admissions of systemic, embedded, and damaging racism at the university can be reconciled with the university’s duty under federal law not to discriminate, and with its many past statements to the government and others that it doesn’t discriminate. I wrote about this development here. Yesterday, Princeton issued a statement about »

Inside the Free State of George Floyd

Featured imageThe degradation and decline of the city of Minneapolis proceed apace. 5 Eyewitness News has posted the report by Jay Kolls (video below) from inside the city’s “autonomous zone,” a/k/a the Free State of George Floyd. Whatever you do, you don’t want to be in need of police help in the Free State of George Floyd — Marcia Howard to the contrary notwithstanding. Compare and contrast Kolls’s report with the »

Steelers’ star: I should have done more research before honoring drive-by shooter

Featured imageI wrote here about how the Pittsburgh Steelers will be honoring Antwon Rose, a drive-by shooting participant and probable shooter, by wearing his name on their helmets this season. Only one player — Afghan war vet Alejandro Villanueva — refused to go along with this nauseating decision. He will wear the name of a fallen warrior, Alwyn Cashe, an African-American who was killed in Iraq. Now, however, another player, star »

On Dog Whistles and Democrat Pea-Brains

Featured imageAs we’ve commented here many times, any liberal who talks about Republican “dog-whistles” is the dog. Right now Democrats are in a panic about Trump’s strong showing with Hispanic voters, which could flip Nevada and even New Mexico into Trump’s column. Today in the New York Times, two left-leaning academics totally blow the narrative with this passage reporting on the results of some in-depth focus groups with minority voters (with »

Want Tax Cuts for the Rich? Vote for Biden

Featured imageAs we never tire of saying, if liberals didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all. And the best exhibit of this right now is that if Biden and the Democrats sweep the election, one of the first things they will do is . . . deliver a big tax cut to the rich. Don’t believe me? Then perhaps you’ll believe the . . . (checks notes) »

Coronavirus in one state (101)

Featured imageWhile I was otherwise engaged with Magistrate Judge Thorson and officials from the Minnesota Department of Health yesterday — settlement negotiations continue for another week or two, during which I am bound to confidentiality — the rest of the MDH crew held another press briefing. I have posted MPR’s audio recording of the briefing below. It is worth a listen to tune into the voice of Assistant Commissioner Dan Huff. »

From a Minneapolis Principal, a Cry From the Heart

Featured imageIf you want to understand what is going on in Minneapolis, which is probably similar to what is happening in a number of leftist-run cities around the country, please take seven minutes to watch this video. It was made by the Principal of Minneapolis’s North High School, in modern times the most heavily black high school in the city. Her name is Mauri Melander Friestleben. The boy whose death she »

The Washington Post Smears AG William Barr. I was There.

Featured imageI have been in DC (Northern Virginia, actually) for the last two days, in connection with Hillsdale College’s Constitution Day event. Last night, Attorney General William Barr spoke at dinner. The main subject of his speech was the rule of law, and how the rule of law is advanced by the fact that in federal agencies, final decisions are up to the senior, political appointees. In the Department of Justice, »

William Barr tells it like it is

Featured imageAttorney General Barr spoke last night at Hillsdale College. The Washington Post labels Barr’s address “remarkable,” and I agree. It’s remarkable that a public official spoke in public as plainly and as truthfully as Barr did. Here are some of the comments that made the Post’s Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky unhappy: In response to criticism that Barr is “interfering” by overruling the decisions of career prosecutors, the Attorney General »

Quotations from Dementia Joe, cont’d

Featured imageWe’re going to have to differentiate among the forms of dementia when our book of Quotations From Dementia Joe comes out. The quote below falls into a straightforward category of demented — not confused, not addled, not senile — TDS-demented, right up the alley of CNN viewers at whom it was pitched. Just in case you missed it last night…this one is a killer, so to speak. Quotable quote: “Just »

Conventional wisdom distilled

Featured imageAs Obama administration Secretary of State, John Kerry delivered the deal with Iran that made the Munich Agreement look good and lied volubly about it in crushing tones of condescension. The signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House this week affords us the opportunity to look back at this piece of conventional wisdom circa 2016 and evaluate it in light of this week’s events. Often wrong but never »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll invents a new hashtag and commences a new campaign: #YEAH, ME NEITHER. She writes: We already have the hashtag campaign #MeToo that encourages women everywhere to remember that time when, God forbid, a man told them they looked nice, or a co-worker put a hand on their shoulder without a notarized permission slip, or when a classmate had consensual sex with them but then failed to return their »

Princeton’s “systemic racism” captures the government’s attention

Featured imageTwo weeks ago, Princeton University’s president, Christopher Eisgruber, issued a letter to the Princeton community in which he admitted that the institution he has run for seven years is plagued by “systemic racism.” This is quite an admission for a number of reasons. One of them, as I pointed out, is that it confesses to a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Title VI provides that “No »

Stanley Crouch told it like it is

Featured imageStanley Crouch died yesterday at the age of 74. Crouch is best known as a great jazz critic. His biography of Charlie Parker is a classic. But Crouch was also a literary critic and a critic of our culture. Here are some gems from his criticism: On rap: It is “either infantile self-celebration or anarchic glamorization of criminal behavior.” On Toni Morrison: She has a certain skill, but she has »

Seeing the Minneapolis Effect

Featured imagePaul G. Cassell is the Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Professor of Criminal Law and University Distinguished Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He is also the foremost scholar of the “Minneapolis Effect” reflecting the spike in murders following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Professor Cassell describes the effect in the opening of today’s Wall Street Journal »