As my mother lay dying, 4th of July fireworks were exploding beyond her hospital window. That seemed appropriate, as hers was a quintessential American life, the likes of which, in our very different world, we are unlikely to ever see again.
Rangel's ethical woes have cast doubt on the 40-year veteran's future in the House.
In true postmodern fashion, objective facts have vanished in the mist of a progressive wish.
The congressman asks that the special counsel also look into "whether the Department has adopted a policy of enforcing voting rights laws in a racially discriminatory manner."
Wish the Gang of Four Democratic senators opposing the president the best of luck. Because we’re all going to need it.
The Times sees fit to cover the momentous trial ... but in the Local News section. With a vague headline that buries the story further still.
In England, it is the pro-capitalist Tories who practice anti-Semitic Jew-baiting.
Not surprisingly, Eric Holder had it all wrong when he said we don’t have the courage to talk about race. It’s the reverse. We don’t have the courage to not talk about it.
What is it about stopping illegal immigration that draws such misguided indignation?
Outwardly, anyway: Yusuf al-Qaradawi expounds the doctrine of taysir, which allows Muslims to practice a more “relaxed” version of Islam — so long as their hearts cling to the more “uptight” version.
An interview with the flimmaker behind the new documentary that highlights the desperation of parents and children affected by school choice — or the lack thereof.
There was a time when Republicans knew better than to handle radioactive material.
Berwick and gun control advocates share a flawed view of human nature and a disdain for the rationality of ordinary men. Thus, their paternalistic desire to restrict our freedoms.
After writing an expose of J Street, I was the target of character assassination from Journolist members — including a violent threat from Spencer Ackerman.
In a week when "Accusations of Racism" became a new category of news — sorry, "Sports" and "Weather" — Zombie breaks down the most prominent incidents and assigns each the proper "Level of Actual Racism" score.
Back in the 1920s, H.L. Mencken wrote that "It is the prime function of a really first-rate newspaper to serve as a sort of permanent opposition in politics." Almost a century later, his would-be successors see it as part of one party's "non-official campaign."
As with earlier artists, we should praise the work but not confuse it with its terribly flawed creator.
Israel’s conversion bill debate rears its head yet again.
Muslim youths have taken to the streets of France once again, rioting against perceived abuses at the hands of police in their "special urban zones" that separate them from the rest of society.
Was Ann Coulter right when she criticized Michael Steele's detractors?
To stop health care exploitation we must address the root issue: the nature of rights and the purpose of government.
On the JournoList, Spencer Ackerman wrote, "Let’s just throw Ledeen against a wall. Or, pace Dr. Alterman, throw him through a plate glass window." Not surprisingly, Michael proffers a much more civilized counter-proposal, instead — which Ackerman accepts. Update: Or not.
Former DOJ Civil Rights Division lawyer Hans A. von Spakovsky rebuts a post by our esteemed colleague.
One of the great things (among others) about being a blogger is receiving advanced copies of books in the mail. Yesterday, Lawrence Kane, the author of such non-fiction books as a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594391297?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594391297″span style=”font-style:italic;”The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594391297″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594390711?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594390711″span style=”font-style:italic;”Surviving Armed Assaults/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594390711″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / sent me his new work of fiction, “Blinded by the Night,” that comes out soon.br /br /I must admit that I am not much of a fiction reader. As a psychologist, I find truth to be stranger and more interesting than fiction, but I decided to give Kane’s book a try. I am still not finished and plan on taking it with me on vacation, but I must say, so far that it reads like non-fiction and held my interest with the intriguing characters. I like the fact that Kane himself is a martial artist, and works in the security field as this insight gives real life to his characters, mainly in the form of officer Richard Hayes who is a Seattle cop. br /br /The book opens with the reader learning about Hayes’s life and what is going through the mind of a cop as he works with various predators. This is the stuff I’m interested in. At some point, Hayes goes hunting for a serial killer, and then the book runs more into metaphysical fantasy when he finds out that “the vampire he destroyed was the ruler of an eldritch realm…By some archaic rule, having defeated the monster’s sovereign in battle, Richard becomes their king. Now he is responsible for a host of horrors who stalk the night, howl at the moon, and shamble through the darkness.”br /br /Now, normally, here is where I would drop out of the book, figuring that the fiction aspects would bore me, but Kane’s use of psychological insight and his knowledge of the inner world of cops and martial arts has kept me reading. It’s quite insightful and full of information about how this particular cop span style=”font-style:italic;”thinks/span about violence, which has piqued my interest.br /br /Anyway, I’ll stop here and read some more but I do have one question to ask of readers: Why are these darn vampires, like those in a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Furl%3Dsearch-alias%253Dstripbooks%26field-keywords%3Dtwilight%2Bseries%26sprefix%3DTwili%26ih%3D23_6%5F4%5F0%5F2%5F0%5F0%5F0%5F0%5F1.10%5F157%26fsc%3D-1tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325″the span style=”font-style:italic;”Twilight/span series/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=ur2o=1″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / so interesting to consumers of fiction?
The communists had their checkpoints. Leftists have their chokepoints. At the nation's universities and in government bureaucracies, they have the power to end careers and control people's lives — and they do abuse it.