Progressive Elites Ignore Human Nature at Everyone Else’s Expense
Human nature is unchanging, predictable — and can be dangerous if ignored.
Five-time deportee and seven-time felon Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an unauthorized immigrant, recently was arrested in San Francisco for the murder of an innocent passerby, Kate Steinle.
The alleged …
Baltimore Is Just the Latest Target in Obama’s Civil-Rights Crusade against Police Departments
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
When Republican leaders rationalized confirming Loretta Lynch as attorney general — notwithstanding her stated commitment to facilitating President Obama’s lawlessness – they mumbled about how the country needed to end the …
A Prosecution That Threatens a City
An incompetent prosecutor — or worse, a politically driven prosecutor who also happens to be incompetent — can do worse things than blow an important case. The more one scrutinizes the case against six Baltimore police officers said to be …
Baltimore’s Problem, and America’s
It would be ungracious of me not to acknowledge with gratitude the column on Sunday of my old friend Fareed Zakaria, citing several sources, including me, as he recounts the almost unmitigated moral bankruptcy of the U.S. criminal-justice system. …
In Baltimore and Elsewhere, It’s the Culture that Can Make or Break a Cycle of Poverty
That’s the upshot of two fascinating new studies from Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues. In the 1990s, the federal government launched an experiment, called the Moving to Opportunity project. It created a lottery for housing …
Baltimore’s Mayor Floundered, While Maryland’s Governor Led
Bill Clinton saved his presidency by heading to Oklahoma City after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building there 20 years ago. Former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco declined to run for a second term after the botched response to …
Why the Left Won’t Call Rioters ‘Thugs’
Two months ago, the New York Times published an op-ed piece by a professor of philosophy titled, “Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts.”
This is how the professor began his piece:
“What would you say if …
Krauthammer’s Take: Speed of Baltimore Charges ‘Looks Like Appeasement of the Mob’
Some people are questioning the alacrity with which Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby brought charges against the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. The problem in evaluating, says Charles Krauthammer, is that we know nothing.
“We don’t know …
Baltimore: A Lesson in Why Robin Hood–ism Hurts the Poor
The morning after the Baltimore protests first turned violent and destructive, USA Today carried a front-page photo well worth a thousand words. With a burning car and police van in the background, a looter carried away his prizes: two cans …
What does the burning of Baltimore by feral young men have to do with the Supreme Court’s recent oral argument over so-called same-sex marriage and with the Book of Revelation? More than you might think.
Let’s begin with …
The Steep Cost of Politicians’ Scapegoating the Police in Baltimore
Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves, in order to …
Jay Nordlinger talks with former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich about what ails Baltimore, what ails America, and what we can do to get back to health.
One Weird Trick That Can Help Make Your City More Prosperous
I have never understood why West Philadelphia became a slum. There’s certainly nothing wrong with the real estate: Right in the middle of West Philadelphia is an Ivy League university; go eight-tenths of a mile east from the University …
How Martin O’Malley Created Today’s Baltimore
Maryland Democrat and 2016 presidential aspirant Martin O’Malley called the Baltimore riots a “wake-up call” for the entire country. O’Malley was a fixture in Baltimore politics and government for 24 years before Baltimore exploded last week. Was he asleep during …
The T-Word Is Not the N-Word
In a perfect case of missing the big picture, some liberal politicians, activists, and commenters are failing to decry the civic self-destruction of Baltimore’s rioters. Instead, they are slamming the critics of those who looted, vandalized, and incinerated their …
The Inconvenient Truth about Ghetto Communities’ Social Breakdown
Among the many painful ironies in the current racial turmoil is that communities scattered across the country were disrupted by riots and looting because of the demonstrable lie that Michael Brown was shot in the back by a white policeman …
No, Calling the Baltimore Rioters ‘Thugs’ Does Not Make You a Racist
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Murder, Manslaughter Charges Filed against Six Baltimore Cops in Freddie Gray Case
Via the Associated Press:
Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying “no one is above the law.”
“Mr. Gray’s death was …
Black Thugs Hammer Black Citizens
Dear Black Thugs:
To each of you I echo what actor Terrence Howard’s character told his gangbanger brother in the Academy Award–winning film Crash: “You embarrass me. You embarrass yourself.”
From Ferguson to Baltimore, the whole world is …
Baltimore, a Great Society Failure
President Barack Obama responded to the Baltimore riots with a heartfelt bout of self-righteous hectoring.
Supposedly, we all know what’s wrong with Baltimore and how to fix it, but don’t care enough. Not only is this attitude highhanded, …