Jeb Bush’s Ties to Big-Money Immigration ‘Reform’ Backers
Jeb Bush was associated for years with the tip of the spear of the Republican establishment’s campaign for a permissive immigration policy.
For five years the American Action Network (AAN) and the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), well-heeled outside spending ...
Even MSNBC has its limits — so learned Jamilah Lemieux earlier this week, when she crossed the rhetorical line on the network’s afternoon program Now with Alex Wagner. Responding to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s remark that he stopped ...
Army Charges Bowe Bergdahl with Desertion, Misbehavior Before Enemy
Here is the U.S. Army’s official statement, announced at Fort Bragg, N.C., minutes ago:
Sergeant Bergdahl is innocent until proven guilty, of course, but remember that the White House proclaimed he “served with honor and distinction” when ...
With Hillary, the Buck Stops Anywhere but Here
Addressing the legal questions surrounding Hillary Clinton’s email evasions, our friend Shannen Coffin noted last night:
The Federal Records Act says that the obligation of the department is actually the obligation of the secretary. The Federal Records Act says ...
Starbucks Social Justice Only Comes in Venti
Among the many blessings of liberty afforded by these fifty nifty United States of America is the freedom to make business decisions based on an inflated sense of self-righteousness. Thus Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who has over the past few ...
Rove: Obama's Remarks on Ferguson Shooting Troubling
President Obama’s response to the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Mo., was troubling, says former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove.
“I am worried about the president’s language,” said Rove on Fox News Sunday. “When the ...
Trey Gowdy Responds to NRO's Andy McCarthy on Delayed Clinton Subpoena
On Sunday morning’s Meet the Press, House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) responded to National Review Online’s Andrew McCarthy, who wrote last week:
Just as Mrs. Clinton did not turn over any of ...
Gowdy: 'Huge Gaps' in Clinton Benghazi E-mails
There are “huge gaps” in the supposedly exhaustive e-mail record Hillary Clinton submitted to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, says chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.).
“We haven’t seen obviously any evidence of a crime, and if we ...
Photoshop lapse? Or subtle editorial statement? Time magazine’s latest cover:
To be fair, though: Even if Time has given Hillary additional headgear, she still would not be the horniest member of the Clinton family.
'Congenital Liar,' Indeed
Jay: Homer may have nodded, but Bill Safire never did. He responded to critics of the choice of “congenital” in his famous “On Language” column in February 1996:
When the ghost of the vituperative columnist Westbrook Pegler seized control of an ...
Krauthammer's Take: 'Disclose Everything'
What’s the solution for Hillary Clinton’s email troubles? “Disclose everything,” says Charles Krauthammer.
“This whole thing is about non-disclosure,” said Krauthammer on Monday’s Special Report. “It’s about hiding e-mails. It’s about having your own server, ...
The Injustice the DOJ Uncovered in Ferguson Wasn’t Racism
Occasionally even a blind squirrel finds a nut. And so, Eric Holder’s Justice Department has found an injustice. Only it’s not the one they think.
The Department of Justice’s “Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department,” released this ...
Yes, Hillary Clinton Broke the Law
Over at Media Matters for America — the liberal spin operation founded by well-known Clinton backer David Brock — the machine is in high gear contending that Hillary Clinton did nothing unlawful by conducting her business as secretary of state from a ...
SNL's ISIS Sketch Was Funny—and We Need More Like It
Apparently “half the Internet” was outraged, but I found Saturday Night Live’s “controversial” Islamic State sketch not just amusing, but sharp. In case you missed it:
Twitter users leapt to scold the skit — which parodies Toyota’s “My Bold ...
Catholic Schools Should Be Catholic, Even in San Francisco
If you care to learn how thin our conception of religious liberty has become, look to the Bay Area.
In early February, San Francisco archbishop Salvatore Cordileone released a statement “regarding the teachings and practice of the Catholic Church,” to ...
The Oscars: Where Leftists Get Bashed for Not Being Left Enough
Selma was nominated for Best Picture, but star David Oyelowo was not nominated for Best Actor, and Ava DuVernay was not nominated for Best Director, so obviously the 87th Academy Awards were hideously racist.
That is, the Academy of Motion ...
'The Muslim Ferguson,' cont'd
I wrote yesterday about the tragic triple-murder of three Muslim Americans in Chapel Hill, N.C. — and about the president’s shameful depiction of it as just another example of a supposed rising tide of “Islamophobia” in the United States. ...
Last year, under the metamorphic pressures of grief, racial tensions, and political opportunism, the image of Michael Brown, hands raised, being murdered for the color of his skin became an unshakeable article of faith for many across the nation — despite ...
Philosophy Between the Lines
For those who take a bit of Plato with their politics, over at the University Bookman today I review Philosophy Between the Lines, Arthur Melzer’s compelling new study — part intellectual history, part philosophical tome itself — of “the lost history ...
WaPo's 'Anti-Muslim' Hate Crime Headline Hoax
For those wondering how the leftwing media negotiates the common conflict between acceptable narratives and some semblance of the factual truth, the Washington Post offered a tutorial yesterday in its coverage of a multiple stabbing that took place last weekend ...
Report: Denver Police Ordered to Stand Down While Protesters Vandalize Police Memorial
There is discretion, and then there is dereliction of duty. Via Denver’s CBS4:
[On Saturday, February 14,] approximately 100 to 200 people marched down Colfax Avenue from Lincoln Park to the Denver Police Department headquarters located at 1331 Cherokee Street. . . .
Denver police say ...
Will: Congressional Republicans Seem Not to Understand Separation of Powers
On Fox News Sunday, columnist George Will had harsh words for Republicans’ handling of the question of Department of Homeland Security funding.
“When the Republicans took control of the Senate,” said Will, “their fundamental promise was adult supervision, that under ...
Boehner: Obama's Proposed AUMF Not Sufficient to Beat ISIS
The president’s proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force against the Islamic State, currently before the House, is alarmingly restrictive, says House speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio).
“The president is asking for less authority than he has today under ...
Boehner: If DHS Goes Unfunded, Blame Senate Dems
Responding to Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace’s sharp questions about Department of Homeland Security funding, a subject which has divided House Republicans from their Senate colleagues in recent weeks, House speaker John Boehner insists, “The House has acted. ...
Prayers for Pastor Abedini
During a National Prayer Breakfast address that was otherwise troubling to American Christians, President Obama managed to strike one encouraging note:
Last year, we prayed together for Pastor Saeed Abedini, detained in Iran since 2012. And I was recently in Boise, ...
Wis. High School Quiz: GOP Thinks Helping the Poor Is 'Waste of Money'
Wisconsin taxpayers’ dollars at work. Via Fox News:
A Wisconsin mother claims her 16-year-old son’s classroom assignment last week described Republicans as opposed to helping the poor because “it’s a waste of money.”
The woman said her son, ...
Can the Pentagon Really Tell if Putin Is Autistic?
‘Universal History, the history of what man has accomplished in this world,” wrote the great British historian Thomas Carlyle, to open his 1840 Lectures on Heroes, “is at bottom the History of the Great Men who have worked here.”
It was ...
Brian Williams’s Invented Valor
It is a tall, tall tale that mischievous Falstaff tells of the highway robbers who set upon him halfway through Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I. “I am a rogue if I were not at half-sword with a dozen of ...
Rand Paul: 'Things Happen Sequentially.'
Rand Paul seems to have a knack for making bad situations worse. Following Chris Christie’s inelegant remarks on vaccination on Monday, it was entirely predictable that every potential GOP presidential candidate would be asked a similar question. So when ...
After December Massacre, Pakistan Province Arming Teachers
Pakistani Taliban terrorists aspiring to repeat December’s Peshawar massacre, which killed 150 children and teachers, will steer clear of these schools. Via Fox News:
Government authorities in Pakistan’s northwest frontier have given permission for teachers to carry concealed firearms ...
If You Give a Dictator a Cookie . . .
In a perfect exhibition of the chasm between the power the Obama administration actually wields in foreign relations and the power the administration thinks it wields: the current White House offered, virtually without condition, the restoration of full diplomatic relations ...
No, the NFL Does Not Have a 'Violence Against Women Problem'
An advertisement scheduled to air during Sunday’s Super Bowl is enjoying some controversy — and this one doesn’t even feature naked beauties flaunting cheeseburgers. Produced by the women’s rights organization UltraViolet, the advertisement is intended to tackle, so ...
Salon: Koch Bros' 2016 Spending Will Destroy Planet Earth
This seems reasonable:
Why the Koch brothers’ 2016 spending spree could mean planetary disaster http://t.co/CUwYZaKEJ3
— Salon.com (@Salon) January 28, 2015
Life is too short to spend any part of it debunking this (or any other Salon) article, but it ...
Cumber-bashed: Actor Uses 'Offensive' Language in Call for Racial Diversity in UK Film Industry
Today’s word-crime blotter, via the Guardian:
Benedict Cumberbatch has apologised after referring to black actors as “coloured” during an interview on US television, saying he is “devastated” to have caused offence. . . .
Talking on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS, ...
The Kale Cops are out. Via WATE News:
Dr. Justin Puckett was asked to sign a note sent home with his daughter Alia after the teacher saw her eating marshmallows and chocolate at lunch earlier this week.
He refused to ...
Report: ISIS Nearly Expelled from Kobani
A bit of good news in the fight against the Islamic State. Via the Associated Press:
The extremist Islamic State group has nearly been pushed out of the Syrian border town of Kobani, activists and Kurdish officials said Monday, making ...
Why DeflateGate Is a Cultural Problem
Marshawn Lynch, a.k.a. “Beast Mode,” starting running back for the Seattle Seahawks, is being fined $20,000 by the National Football League for grabbing his crotch during a touchdown celebration amid last week’s NFC championship game against the Green ...
Kyle Derangement Syndrome
With the release of Clint Eastwood’s Chris Kyle biopic American Sniper, based on the life of America’s deadliest marksman, the Left has been eager to take potshots at the late Navy officer and Iraq veteran. By deceptively quoting ...
Those so inclined can think of advantages accruing to Mitt Romney should he attempt another go at the presidency. For example: Unlike his potential opponents, he has been through this before, and his political and personal history, from his Massachusetts ...
Michael Moore Inadvertently Supports Second Amendment
Probably not what he meant, but still the smartest thing liberal filmmaker Michael Moore has ever said:
BREAKING: @MMFlint recognizes the need for the second amendment, calls gun owners “brave”, “neighbor”! pic.twitter.com/2ff0cWdfuY
— Ken B (aka CaffSec) (@...
Sen. Graham: 'The President's Polices Are Getting People Killed'
“When [President Obama] left Iraq, he did so based on a campaign promise. He’s trying to close Gitmo based on a campaign promise. His campaign promises are getting a lot of people killed.” So said South Carolina senator Lindsey ...
Will: 'No Empirical Evidence' that Gitmo Creates Terrorists
The Obama administration faces “an uphill climb” trying to convince the public that the Guantanamo Bay detention center needs to be closed, says columnist George Will.
“The administration’s two arguments are passing strange,” Will explained, appearing on Fox News ...
New Charlie Hebdo Editor: To Blur Out Our Cartoons Is to Blur Out Democracy
Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, Gérard Biard, the new editor of Paris humor magazine Charlie Hebdo, voiced his criticism of outlets — NBC among them — that declined to show the latest cover of the magazine, which featured yet ...
Huckabee: Beyoncé, Obamas Do Not Come from 'Land of God, Guns, Grits and Gravy'
Appearing on ABC’s This Week, potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee contended that there exists a “cultural divide” separating the media and political hubs of the country — Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles — from the America ...
Duke’s Religious Pluralism, or Preference
Via an op-ed in the Raleigh–Durham-area News & Observer this week, Christy Lohr Sapp, associate dean for religious life at Duke University Chapel, announced that the adhan, or Muslim call to prayer, will now sound from the chapel’s bell ...
Are All Terrorists Muslims?
Deigning to condescend to Fox News viewers, the Daily Beast’s Dean Obeidallah purports to have debunked the oft-repeated trope that “not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” “Overwhelmingly,” he writes, “those who have committed terrorist attacks ...
Flogging Through the Centuries
One does not acquire the monicker “The Hanging Judge” by chance. In the late 17th century, George Jeffreys, of Welsh provenance, earned his pendulous reputation — and it extended beyond the gallows. Having sentenced a young woman to lashing at the ...
The Troubling Math of Muslim Migration
A major Islamist terror attack in France was only a matter of time. For several decades, the country has invited immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa en masse – first to bolster the labor force in the rebuilding years ...
Anti-Semitism, Old and New
Editor’s Note: A version of this piece appeared in the August 25, 2014, issue of National Review.
Twitter reached its most loathsome depths when, in late July, the hashtags “#HitlerWasRight” and “#HitlerDidNothingWrong” became global trends. It was not so long ago ...
The timing of Michel Houellebecq’s new novel was, unfortunately, serendipitous. The French author’s book Soumission (Submission), which depicts a 2022 French presidential election between Front National leader Marine Le Pen and Mohammed Ben Abbes, the head of a newly ...
Harry Reid Didn't Do It Alone
I do not wish to unburden Harry Reid of his many sins, but, to follow up on Charlie’s post and on our scathing (and entirely apposite) editorial, two additional indictments are in order.
First, as Charlie notes, Reid happily ...
On that Vietnam Women's Memorial Photo . . .
Another photo — this one not of a dress — has the Internet abuzz. On Tuesday, Matthew Munson, an Ohio tourist visiting the nation’s capital, posted to his Facebook page a photograph he snapped, showing two young girls scrambling atop the ...
Marco Rubio Delivers Withering Rebuke of Obama's Treatment of Israel
On the Senate floor on Thursday, Florida senator and prospective Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration’s recent treatment of Israel.
Beginning with a declaration of Israel’s virtues — “How much better would ...
Netanyahu Strategist: Tuesday's Vote Shows Israelis Firmly Oppose Obama on Iran
Mario calls yesterday’s Israeli election result “a sweeping, unambiguous victory for Netanyahu,” and a strategist for the prime minister concurs, telling National Review, “This was a stunning election.”
“This is a big statement from the people of Israel, that ...
Finney: Country Wasn't Ready for Hillary in 1990s, Now Is Holding Her to Unfair Standard
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Karen Finney, former communications director for the Democratic National Committee, defended Hillary Clinton’s almost universally condemned press conference this week.
“I think the fact she went out there and did it and said, ...
Dem. Congressman Won't Answer Clinton Emails Question, Tries Desperately to Change Subject
Did Hillary Clinton sign a required State Department exit form (OF-109) mandating the surrender of all unclassified documents related to her work? And, if she did, does the revelation that she may have held back emails mean that she broke ...
Gowdy: Hillary Clinton Should Turn Over Private E-mail Server
The House Select Committee on Benghazi cannot subpoena personal property, but the full House of Representatives can. Will that body be forced to subpoena Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server?
“Well, we shouldn’t have to,” committee chairman Trey Gowdy (...
The Ethics of Rhetoric in Ferguson
As usual, my colleague Charlie makes a sharp, right-minded argument against today’s “attempt[s] to indict the entire post-Ferguson activist movement” for the shooting of two Ferguson police officers yesterday evening. Charlie’s points are well-taken, but I find ...
Why Is Harry Reid Blocking a Sex-Trafficking Bill over Abortion Funding if He’s 'Strongly Pro-Life'?
The “Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015” is the sort of bipartisan bill Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid should like. Introduced in mid January by Republican whip John Cornyn, of Texas, the bill strengthens enforcement procedures against human trafficking, ...
Apparently unsatisfied with Hallmark’s seasonal greetings, Robin Paul, manager of the Seamless Transition Integrated Care Clinic at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, opted for a homemade touch on her holiday cheer. So, on December 18, the “...
Madison, Wis. — the New Ferguson?
Over at Legal Insurrection Andrew Branca has an exhaustive analysis of what we know to-date about last week’s fatal shooting in Wisconsin’s capital, but here are the basics.
On Friday night, Madison police officer Matt Kenny responded to ...
Why David Brock Will Say Anything for the Clintons
No one has fled a campaign this quickly since Berezina.
On Sunday, Hillary Clinton was marching steadily toward the sunlit uplands of the Democratic presidential nomination, the party at her heels. Four days later, following revelations that she used a ...
LAPD Shooting Tragic, But Likely Justifiable
The shooting death of a homeless black man by Los Angeles police has the ubiquitous “Black Lives Matter” protesters on alert. But the evidence available so far suggests that this was far from the cold-blooded murder certain leftwing elements are ...
The Islamic State’s Utopian Vision
For his posthumous 1937 book Mahomet et Charlemagne: Byzance, Islam et Occident dans le haut Moyen Age, Belgian historian Henri Pirenne became an early victim of political correctness in the academy.
Already taking hold in the 1930s was an account of ...
Does Scott Walker Have a Common Core Problem?
Amid its recommendations for improving Badger State students’ literacy, Wisconsin’s Read to Lead Task Force noted in January 2012 that the state had already taken strong initial steps to encourage improvement in reading:
In response to the need to improve ...
To Protect Oscar Stars, LAPD Deployed . . . Snipers
Hollywood’s brightest stars were kept safe last night, thanks to the “most sophisticated security effort yet” deployed by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In a year that saw silver-screen glitterati bashing American Sniper, Chris ...
Judge: Granny Florist Who Refused to Serve Same-Sex Couple Violated Law
Meet Barronelle Stutzman, grandmother, florist, menace to Progress.
Via the Washington Post:
A Washington state florist who refused to provide flower arrangements for a gay wedding “because of [her] relationship with Jesus” violated the state’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection ...
The Only War Obama Is Fighting Is One on Language
About Eric Holder’s declaration that we are, turns out, “not in a time of war,” Andy of course makes just the right point — namely, that all those legal justifications for actions (what few of them) we have been taking ...
J-Lo Movie Sparks Rush for Iliad 'First Editions'
Shortly before high-school teacher Claire Peterson, Jennifer Lopez’s character in the just-released thriller The Boy Next Door, hops into bed with her 19-year-old neighbor and soon-to-be stalker, Noah (Ryan Guzman), the seductive youngster presents her with a gift.
Lucy and Ethel Take Foggy Bottom
Never in the history of public relations have an institution and its representatives been so mismatched as at the current U.S. Department of State, where, tasked with articulating America’s position toward Middle East terror outfits, Russian aggression, and ...
WH Statement on Murder of Egyptian 'Citizens'
In the wake of video showing Islamic State militants beheading 21 Egyptian Christians, the White House released the following statement. Notice anything missing?
Eh, just another “random” massacre of a “bunch of folks.”
Alabama Chief Justice: There's a 'Fundamental Misunderstanding' in the U.S. about Who Can Make Law
In late January, Alabama supreme-court chief justice Roy Moore ordered his state’s probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, contending that doing so was in violation of Alabama’s constitution. On Fox News Sunday, he defended ...
Boehner: WH's Animosity for Netanyahu No Secret in D.C.
Why did House speaker John Boehner not mention his invitation to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House? “Because I wanted to make sure that there was no interference,” the speaker told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
McCain: Cutting Off DHS Funding 'Would Be Terrible'
The president’s executive order on immigration may be lawless, says Arizona senator John McCain, but cutting off Department of Homeland Security funding to check it “would be terrible.”
“The American people didn’t give us a majority to have ...
Ben Carson Added to Southern Poverty Law Center's 'Extremist Files'
Meet the Southern Poverty Law Center’s newest “extremist”:
The posting includes a capsule biography of Carson, and quotations intended to support the SPLC’s claim that Carson is motivated by a “hateful” “anti-LGBT” animus. Quotes include this, from Carson’...
Pharrell Williams, Prince Promote 'Black Lives Matter' Movement at Grammys
Social justice statement, or choreographic coincidence?
Halfway through the performance of Pharrell Williams’s hit song “Happy,” the pop star’s backup dancers — all donning dark hoodies — and members of the on-stage orchestra slowly raised their hands in a gesture ...
Rotherham Council on Child Abuse Scandal: Never Happened, Overblown, Not Our Problem
In August, U.K. professor Alexis Jay spearheaded a report contending that the local government, child-social-services agency, and police department of Rotherham, in Great Britain’s South Yorkshire, had ignored at least 1,400 instances of child sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013, primarily ...
NBC Ad: Brian Williams Has Seen Things 'You Can Never Forget'
Common side effects of gazing up at San Francisco’s iconic Transamerica Pyramid must include neck pain, because the marketplace devoted to treating that condition in the vicinity is robust. There is San Francisco Acupuncture Group and Urban Refuge Acupuncture ...
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places,” Haldir the Elf told the Fellowship of the Ring. But who would have guessed that one such place is Kermit, Texas? The Odessa American reports:
Artwork Removed from French Museum for Fear of 'Irresponsible' Islamic Violence
“Je suis Charlie” — if that’s all right with you, of course. Via the Telegraph:
An artwork depicting high-heeled shoes on Islamic prayer mats has been removed from an exhibition after a Muslim group warned of possible violence in the ...
The Yale Police Department is continuing to investigate what precisely happened between a Yale police officer and New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s son on New Haven’s Ivy League campus last weekend. But we can be reasonably confident ...
Behind the Koch Caricature
According to a report in the New York Times on Monday, Charles and David Koch are aiming to spend $889 million on the upcoming 2016 election cycle. The subsequent seismic activity noticed in the Nevada area was, reportedly, Harry Reid’s head ...
Pro-Palestinian Activists Shout Down NYC Resolution Marking Liberation of Auschwitz
That pro-Palestinian activists disrupted a New York City Council meeting to protest a trip that 15 council members will be taking to Israel next month is a decidedly dog-bites-man story. But it is worth mentioning for this reason:
Council members reacted ...
Obama Proposes Expanding No-Drill Territory in AK; Senators Furious
After touting that the United States is “as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years,” and that the U.S. is “number one in oil and gas,” the president is keen to ensure ...
Slahi’s Tall Tales from Gitmo
The New York Times found a professor from the University of California, Berkeley, to read Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s “memoir,” Guantánamo Diary — which is appropriate, because only someone who teaches at Berkeley would be credulous enough to believe it.
SCOTUS Refuses to Hear La. Confessional Case
Earlier this year, National Review’s editors took note of a troubling religious-freedom case bubbling in the Bayou State. Here were the basics of the case, as we wrote in July:
When in 2008 Father Jeff Bayhi, a priest then at ...
The Demonization of Chris Kyle
In case you didn’t know: “The Real American Sniper Was a Hate-Filled Killer.”
So reads the first half of the headline to a January 6 essay by Lindy West at the Guardian’s website. It’s true that writers rarely ...
'Miss Lebanon,' Beauty Queen, Apparently Not in Support of World Peace
The 2015 Miss Universe pageant has sparked more than its usual share of geopolitical controversy. The Lebanese government is threatening to disqualify its beauty queen, Saly Greige, after she appeared in a selfie taken by the representative of Lebanon’s “sworn ...
Gibbs: We're at War with Terrorism, Not Islam
Former Obama White House spokesman Robert Gibbs reiterated on Sunday’s Meet the Press that the war against terrorism is not a war against Islam, and that United States has the responsibility of communicating that to the Muslim world.
Will: Romney Would Be 'Backward' Choice for 2016 GOP
“It’s very hard to produce unanimity in American politics, particularly among fractious Republicans,” says columnist George Will, “but Mitt Romney this week did so. So far as I can tell, there is no one expressing the desire, the pent-up ...
Steele: If Charlie Hebdo Were Published in U.S., Evangelical Christians Would 'Raise Up Mightily'
Evangelical Christian Republicans would have a serious problem with Charlie Hebdo were it to mock Christians in America, says former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele.
“It would be a real, real problem for a lot of grassroots evangelicals out ...
New Charlie Hebdo Editor: Our Cartoons Defend Freedom of Religion
Speaking via a translator, Gérard Biard, the new editor of French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo, responded to Pope Francis’s controversial comments about the relationship between free speech and religious faith on Sunday’s Meet the Press.
“Every time ...
Report: Jailed Saudi Arabian Blogger's Second Round of Lashes Postponed
Jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was due to receive 50 more lashes today — the second of 20 rounds, in his sentence of 1,000 lashes, ten years in prison, and a 1 million riyal ($267,000) fine for “insulting Islam” — but the punishment reportedly has been ...
Duke Cancels Weekly Muslim Call to Prayer
Journalism is, by definition, writing du jour — and sometimes it does not last that long. My latest piece, on Duke University’s decision to permit the Muslim call to prayer from the university’s chapel bell tower, seems to have ...
Today in Media Bias . . .
A headline at the Guardian’s website this morning:
So another gratuitous shooting by homicidal American law enforcement, right?
Police said the latest shooting happened just before 5pm after officers were dispatched to a busy eastern Albuquerque street after a ...
Secret Service: We Were Never Asked about Paris Trip
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday that security concerns were the reason President Obama did not join world leaders at Sunday’s “unity rally” in France. But the Secret Service says it was never even approached ...
NYPD Brass: No Vacation, Sick Days Until Slowdown Ends
A work stoppage by NYPD officers to protest a perceived lack of support from New York City leaders, among them Mayor Bill de Blasio, has earned a sharp rebuke from police commissioner Bill Bratton. Via the NY Post:
At precincts ...
TX to Grant Massive Amnesty — to Classroom Cupcakes
Further proof that Texas is the greatest state in the union. Via a press release from the Office of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller:
On Monday, Jan. 12, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller will host a press conference declaring amnesty for cupcakes ...
Why Do the Media Refer to ‘the Prophet Mohammed’?
The occasion of California senator Barbara Boxer’s announcing her retirement offers an opportunity to reflect on the strange life of titles. Mrs. Boxer — I mean “Senator Boxer” — was a stickler for her own, famously chiding a brigadier general for ...