Now This Is French I Can Understand
Our good friend David French has written a wonderful appeal for National Review’s annual end-of-year webathon. Please check it out and follow DF’s sound advice.
Some folks have, by the way. I’m thrilled to share their kind ...
Of Contact Lenses and Iranian Bombs
Thanks to the Power Line blog, which linked to it, I learned of an article published yesterday in the Times of Israel. It’s about Iran and the Bomb.
The Times, you remember, is the online newspaper founded by David ...
In the Times (of London) today, there is a curious report:
An Italian journalist has resigned after the son of a man he ordered to be murdered was named editor of his newspaper.
Adriano Sofri, 73, said he was stepping down ...
I’ve been accumulating these for years: Way too many Thanksgiving links.
The mean drunk gene: Your Appalling Drunken Behavior Might Be Genetic.
After 6 Years And 720,000 Attempts, Photographer Finally Takes Perfect Shot Of Kingfisher.
It’s Black Friday, Charlie Brown.
Molenbeek: A Troubled Neighborhood in a Failing State
In the course of a post last weekend, I linked to a bleak piece in Politico about Molenbeek, a Brussels neighborhood that has come into sharp focus after it emerged that some of the Paris attackers came from there.
A Wonderful Time of the Year
Years ago — 20 — I wrote a piece on presidential Thanksgiving proclamations for The Weekly Standard, where I was then working. Here it is. This is kind of funny:
Bill Clinton? It will shock no one that last year’s proclamation was ...
NRI Seeks Applicants for 2016 Washington and New York Fellows
Did you skip the political-science courses in school, while preparing for your career in other fields? Are you right-leaning, but wish you knew more about the foundational principles of conservatism?
Have we got a fellowship for you! Explore the great ...
The Palestinian Authority’s Brutal Treatment of Journalists
The Good and the Great, with the president of the United States and the utopians of the European Union in the lead, work single-mindedly for the creation of a Palestinian state. It is axiomatic in these exalted circles that peace ...
What Jeb Bush Gets Right About Fighting ISIS
Yesterday, I had a chance to catch up with Jeb Bush and discuss his recent speech at The Citadel, where he clearly opened the door to a ground combat presence in the fight against ISIS. I had three primary areas ...
For Marco Rubio, the Force Awakens
This article is not about the upcoming Star Wars movie. But it is the article you are looking for!
The GOP primary electorate has a Force that “surrounds us” and “binds the [GOP] together”. That Force is the somewhat conservative ...
On Tuesday two Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian Su-24 fighter bomber over Turkish territory.
Given the crowded skies over Syria these days, with American, French, British, Turkish, and now Russian planes all taking part in strikes against ISIS ...
Stop Saying That Public School Teachers Are ‘Underpaid’
One of the more enduring education-policy myths is that public-school teachers are “underpaid” on average, and therefore that raising teacher pay across the board would improve student achievement. The latest exercise in mythmaking is a Time article titled, “Teachers Make ...
Attacking Trump, Ineffectively
I don’t think that this line of attack on Trump is going to be effective at reducing his support. Republican voters are used to being told that the candidates they like are dangerous extremists, and to writing off that ...
New Kasich Web Video: Donald Trump Is Pretty Much a Nazi, Right?
From the last Morning Jolt of this Thanksgiving Week:
New Kasich Web Video: Donald Trump Is Pretty Much a Nazi, Right?
Yeesh. John Kasich’s campaign takes its biggest shot at Donald Trump, featuring a former U.S. prisoner of ...
The New Hamtramck -- and the Looming Question
When I was growing up in southeastern Michigan, Hamtramck was the Polish-American stronghold. It must have been one of the most Polish cities outside of Poland. We were all kind of proud of it. It was a bit exotic. You ...
Krauthammer's Take: Turkey Also Shot Down Any Chance of a U.S.-Russia Alliance
In shooting down a Russian fighter jet that violated its airspace, Turkey also greatly diminished any chance the U.S. will accept Russian into its anti-ISIS coalition, Charles Krauthammer argued tonight.
Speaking of French President Francois Hollande’s visit today ...
Why Ted Cruz Probably Won't Win
Ted Cruz is now the flavor of the week. He has risen dramatically in polls, both nationally and in key states like Iowa, and now many pundits are saying he’s the man to watch. Maybe so, but that vastly ...
The Rapidly Spreading States of Emergency
On November 12, President Obama said it was “premature” to say that ISIS was “the greatest terror threat in the world.”
Since then, four countries have declared a national “state of emergency” in response to attacks by ISIS or its affiliates: ...
The Self-Muzzling of America
Democratic candidates are apparently not allowed to say “radical Islam.” Or “All lives matter.” If they say those things, there’s hell to pay. And now Hillary Clinton has pledged not to say “illegal immigrant.”
By the time the caucuses ...
Inside Higher Education sets the stage:
In 1934, Ann Rice O’Hanlon painted a fresco — then the largest one ever painted by a woman — in the University of Kentucky’s Memorial Hall. Ever since, thousands of students have walked past it ...
The Failure of the Jeb Bush PAC's Autumn Ad Barrage
Was Jeb Bush SuperPAC’s big advertising push in early autumn the least effective multi-million dollar advertising campaign ever?
In mid-September, Jeb Bush’s SuperPAC, Right to Rise PAC, unleashed $24 million in advertising, mostly in key early primary states — $6 million ...
Once Again, the Obama Administration Threatens to Crackdown on Corporate Inversions
Liberals tend to have a hard time wrapping their heads around this simple fact: People and corporations tend to try to get around paying punishing taxes. In the case of the extremely punishing corporate income tax system, one of the ...
Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet, and the World Gets Even More Complex
And now a NATO partner has engaged in a direct military confrontation with Russia:
Turkish warplanes shot down a Russian jet Tuesday after NATO-member Turkey says the plane violated its airspace on the border with Syria, a major escalation in ...
. . . wherever you are, Bill Buckley. I wager in Heaven, where you rightly belong, probably with Priscilla and Jim Burnham and so many others who helped bring freedom to millions. He would have been 90 today, and is sorely missed, always remembered ...
We are selling copies of the new edition of Bill Buckley’s classic memoir — the foreword by Neal Freeman and afterword by Joe Scarborough are terrific. You can buy Unmaking at the NRO Store, right here. It is a great ...
Rubio Campaign Unveils First Early-State Ad, 'Bartender'
After unveiling their first national ad, Marco Rubio’s campaign unveiled their first early state ad, one that focuses on Rubio’s immigrant father and the candidate’s familiar line that his father worked in the back of the room ...
The I-Word and the J-Word
Hillary Clinton said last week, “The obsession in some quarters with a clash of civilization, or repeating the specific words ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ isn’t just a distraction, it gives these criminals, these murderers more standing than they deserve. It ...
Today, I recorded a Q&A podcast with four of my favorite people. Three of them, NR readers know well: Mona Charen, Kevin Williamson, and Charlie Cooke. The fourth is Scott Immergut, a Ricochet producer and lynchpin. The podcast is ...
Kansas Professor On Leave Because Her 'Discourse' Is Allegedly 'Uncomfortable, Unhelpful, and Blatantly Discriminatory'
Does the University of Kansas harbor a racist in its midst? That’s the implication of this story, from the Chronicle of Higher Education:
A professor at the University of Kansas at Lawrence is on leave while the university investigates ...
Fourteen Things that Caught My Eye Today (Nov. 23, 2015)
I turned on Scandal Thursday night and so here is my syndicated column.
I was with 500 religious sisters in St. Louis a week ago, wrote a little about it here.
1. Jim’s item on Syria:
Use of chemical weapons in ...
New Rubio Ad: 'What Happened in Paris Could Happen Here'
Marco Rubio’s campaign unveiled its first ad, to run nationally on cable networks starting tomorrow.
MARCO RUBIO: This is a civilizational struggle between the values of freedom and liberty, and radical Islamic terror. What happened in Paris could happen ...
'It Made America Look Like a Liar and Weak.'
Over in The New Yorker, David Remnick has a fascinating look at “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (R.B.S.S.), a kind of underground journalistic-activist enterprise that, under the threat of grisly execution, smuggles images and reports on ISIS ...
A round-up of Thanksgiving links: how turkey got its name, why the Lions and Cowboys always play, Ben Franklin’s account of the first Thanksgiving, Buffy Thanksgiving episode (ritual sacrifice, with pie), and more.
Icky science of the day - ...
‘It Doesn’t Reflect Well on Us At All’
The coach of the Turkish national soccer team has said one of the most poignant things I have heard recently, where the War on Terror is concerned. Let me set the stage for you, or you can read about the ...
For decades now, I’ve written about clashes of pieties — pieties on the left. For example, you love, love wind power. But the killing of rare birds by the turbines? Um …
You love, love abortion — or at least “abortion rights.” ...
Argentina Votes Evita's Heirs Out of Office
Argentina’s election on Sunday represented the starkest choice the country has faced since the authoritarian era of Juan and Evita Peron began in the 1940s. The seven-point victory of center-right candidate Mauricio Macri may herald a real shift towards ...
Meet the Press Roundtable Tackles the National Crisis of . . . Social-Media Flag Disparity
Four observations from the wide-ranging discussion about Islamophobia on Meet the Press this morning:
One: Arsalan Iftikhar, senior editor of Islam Monthly, contended that Trump had called for a database of all Muslims, and asked, “I wonder if the two ...
Understanding the Yoga menace used to be a fairly straightforward matter. Back in 2011, Father Gabriel Amorth (then described as the Vatican’s Chief Exorcist) helpfully explained what was really going on in all those studios.
”Practising yoga brings evil as ...
A Strange New Awareness of Who's Trying to Cross Our Southern Border
The New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, July 8:
On Fox Business on Tuesday, [Marco] Rubio gave a pathetic master class in cowardly evasion, stammering his way though an interview in which he was asked repeatedly for an opinion about [Donald] ...
Sweden and Belgium: Silencing and Denial
Sweden’s immigration catastrophe is hardly news, but, writing in the New York Times, Benjamin Teitelbaum underlines how much of the responsibility for it lies with the refusal of ‘establishment’ parties of the left, far left (well, it’s Sweden ...
From the Daily Mail, October 2 2015:
An Asian family who converted to Christianity claim they are being driven out of their home for the second time by Muslim persecutors. Nissar Hussain, his wife Kubra and their six children said they have ...
On Wilson's Progressive Racism
I still haven’t decided what I think about the tumult at Princeton. I’m against caving into the mob. I’m also against airbrushing history. But I also really hate Woodrow Wilson. I’ll keep pondering.
But in the ...
College Sports Nomenclature Update
After much defiance, foot-dragging, and gritting of teeth, the citizens of North Dakota have finally, reluctantly chosen the name Fighting Hawks for the University of North Dakota’s athletic teams. The new nickname replaces Fighting Sioux, which was dropped in 2012 ...
Colbert Mocks Conservatives, and His Ratings Decline
It looks like the liberal cocoon comedy of late-night political satire doesn’t play quite as well to a broader audience. Via Instapundit, I discovered this:
For Stephen Colbert, the late-night honeymoon appears to be over . . . according to a Hollywood ...
Enjoy this wonderful commemorative video courtesy of our sister organization, the National Review Institute:
Want 'Power' in College? Read a Book.
A Columbia University undergraduate is on the super-super-senior track to graduation because of, you guessed it, Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, et al. From the Daily Caller:
Columbia students and faculty gathered Wednesday night for a panel discussion on “Race, Ethnicity, and ...
As Jim explains at some length below, even the insurance companies that were the greatest boosters of the so-called Affordable Care Act are fleeing the exchanges or preparing to flee them; certain unkind rodential-nautical metaphors come to mind. USA Today ...
Watch Trump's Exchange on Muslims Registering With the Government
Watch Donald Trump’s exchange with a reporter about requiring Muslims to register with the U.S. government and judge for yourself.
Here’s a transcript of their exchange:
MSNBC Reporter: Should there be a database or system that tracks ...
The Revolution Eats Its Own
The new wave of campus radicalism has spread to Princeton, as John Fund points out. At the top of the agenda for left-wing Princetonians: shoving Woodrow Wilson down the memory hole (to borrow a term from Orwell’s 1984). If these ...
Princeton President Caves to Mob Occupying His Office
It took only 20 protesting students from the Black Justice League just 32 hours to hold a sit-in in his office for Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber to cave to their demands.
Here’s the Daily Princetonian reporting on Eisgruber’s signing ...
Another Reminder That Free Speech is not a ‘European Value’
Yes, yes, Cameron, Hollande and all the rest of them marched in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo murders, but if you actually believed what they had to say about the importance of free speech, you hadn’t been paying attention.
Molenbeek, Belgium’s Present and (Perhaps), Europe’s Future
Belgium’s 7Sur7 is reporting that an official police ‘watchdog’ has reported that the police don’t ‘dare’ patrol parts of Brussels’ Molenbeek district. They will go into ‘quartiers chauds’ only when strictly necessary or in response to a call ...
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Krauthammer's Take: Under Obama, ISIS Has Create Largest Terror-Training State in History
Under President Obama’s leadership, ISIS has created a terrorist-training proto-state bigger than anything in the history of the world, Charles Krauthammer charged tonight.
“We just learned today, we did not even flatten the oil facilities of ISIS, because it ...
Sweden. The ‘(Humanitarian) Superpower’, Overwhelmed
Sweden’s political elite have liked to boast that their country is a ‘humanitarian superpower’, a boast that has quite a bit to do with years of immigration policies that have made no sense to anyone with the slightest sense ...
Skin, Skin, Nothing but Skin
For years on end, we’ve heard about “white privilege.” If you’re white in America, your life is supposed to be nothing but cotton candy, pretty prom dates, glowing health, and riches. A cloud never crosses your sky. In ...
Thankful and Generous Friends of NR
Our Webathon proceeds. Please be a part of it — donate here. And now, some inspiring words from some of our donors.
With his $50 contribution, Mark says, “Keep up the great work. Open and honest political reporting is one of the ...
1) People tell me, over and over, that Donald Trump is the tribune of the working man, the voice of the working man. I find this so odd (but not necessarily untrue). Donald Trump is a trust-fund baby. (Nothing wrong with ...
This morning, I did a little television, in what I thought would be a segment about my new book. (Plug plug plug!) It turned out to be about Ted Cruz and Iowa, which was fine. (My disclosure, written last summer.)
The FORM (Fed Oversight and Modernization) Act would direct the Federal Reserve to come up with a rule to guide its policies. If it chooses a rule other than the well-known, widely-supported “Taylor rule”–which suggests where the Fed should ...
Nine Things that Caught My Eye Today (Nov. 25, 2015)
Just a few windows open on my computer before Thanksgiving:
1. From Terry Mattingly about the new Louisiana governor:
what did this win tell the Democratic establishment? If it wants to return to power in the South, to even a small ...
This Train Is Not Bound for Glory
Jay: I’ll see your prudishness, and raise you.
Several months ago, I spotted this ad during my morning commute:
I’d say, “Don’t miss the disclaimer at the bottom” — but you couldn’t miss it if you tried; ...
Time to invite the neighbors to dinner, kill them, and take their land.
Here’s a huge roundup of Thanksgiving links: how turkey got its name, why the Lions and Cowboys always play, Ben Franklin’s account of the first ...
The West Takes on ISIS, Even without U.S. Leadership
From my most recent NRO article, on France’s response to the attacks: “The French government has responded admirably to the Paris outrage and is preparing to cooperate with the Russians in attacking ISIS, and may be able to commit ...
Below, Ian has a post on the advertising that is permitted on New York subway trains and the advertising that is not. Well, I bring you some advertising that is: A few inches from an adorable little girl’s head ...
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday demanded Amazon suspend its subway advertising campaign for its new show, “The Man in the High Castle,” which has plastered Nazi and Imperial Japanese iconography all over the 42nd Street Shuttle.
This week’s Bookmonger podcast is with Paul A. Rahe, author of The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta: The Persian Challenge. We talk about the guys who inspired the movie 300, whether their martial power and heroism saved Western civilization, and ...
Undeterred by pesky responsibilities like the War on Terror (as we called it in the bad old days), President Obama is headed to Paris to confront the Greatest Threat of Our Time: global warming (as they called it in the ...
Cathy Lanier Is Highly Confused About Concealed Carry
D.C.’s police chief sees a role for the citizenry in thwarting terror attacks against their city. Per the Washington Post:
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier is urging that civilians confronted by an active shooter in some ...
Webathon Waiting for You to Celebrate NR's Six-Oh!
Come here often? Somehow I have the feeling I should be wearing fishnet stockings when I ask that. Anyway: We’re in the midst of our annual end-of-year online fundraiser, which overlays brilliantly with our 60th anniversary, and we are ...
Here Comes Cruz in Iowa, Part 2
In the latest Quinnipiac poll, Cruz has nearly caught Trump. It’s Trump 25, Cruz 23. Cruz is asserting his dominance among Tea Partiers (he’s at 42 percent support with them) and very conservative voters (38 percent), and leads among evangelicals, although that’...
I Suppose the Eighties Were on the Line, Mr. President
I’m sorry, but on a day when a NATO ally shoots down a Russian jet, I just had to repost this bit of Obama condescension:
The Left trumpeted this exchange as a win for Obama, but now it’s ...
My column today:
Ater the Paris attack, conventional wisdom held that Republican voters would finally turn away from political outsiders and reward candidates representing sobriety and experience. No one stopped to consider that, actually, voters might be drawn to the ...
Why should journalists know anything about economics or history? That’s the question the journalism department at UNC–Chapel Hill couldn’t answer, and so it has eliminated these basic requirements, as Jay Schalin of the John William Pope Center ...
Why the Facts of American Muslims and 9/11 Matter
Can you endure more discussion of Donald Trump, Jersey City, and 9/11? From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
As discussed Sunday night, there is no television footage of “thousands and thousands” “cheering as the World Trade Center came down,” ...
More on the I-Word and the J-Word
Ramesh makes excellent points regarding Hillary Clinton’s tendentious blather about how she prefers the term “radical jihadist ideology” to “radical Islamic terrorism” because the latter supposedly gives “these criminals, these murderers more standing than they deserve.”
As Ramesh observes, ...
Deconstructing The Donald: November
Donald Trump didn’t move much in the polls this month, and that might be the most telling fact of all. He’s not gaining, but neither is he dropping. Seemingly locked on a 25–30 percent share of Republican primary voters, ...
Clock Boy — Not a Bombmaker, Just a Blackmailer
In case there was any doubt that the Ahmed “Clock Boy” Mohamed-episode was an extended exercise in fraud and extortion, the family has now made it explicit. Via Fox 4 News:
Give us $15 million – or else.
That’s the demand from ...
Everyone knows that the Iowa caucuses kick off the 2016 nomination season, but how much do you know about them? Whether your answer is “uh, not too much” to “more than you, buddy,” you’ll like this piece, the first of ...
The CBS poll over the weekend had Cruz nosing into second in Iowa. Trump still leads at 30 percent, with Cruz at 21 and Carson at 19. At this point, I think you have to say Cruz is the favorite to win Iowa — ...
I spent part of the morning listening to the Michael Smerconish program (incidentally, now the most entertaining thing, certainly the most bearable thing, on political radio) and the subject was the controversy at Princeton over the fact that a school ...
The Americans Slain by ISIS that You Haven’t Heard About Yet
From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
The Americans Slain by ISIS That You Haven’t Heard About Yet
A week ago, Wednesday:
Three Dearborn residents, including a mother of four who had returned to her native Leba...
After sundown you see the first
Out of the corner of your eye, then another
In the middle distance, the gloaming,
Where a grove of maples conspires,
Darkly thinking night-thoughts
While these inklings of light multiply
Glowing only as ...
National Review is rich in friends — among whom is Jeff Jacoby, the Boston Globe’s star columnist. He has written a valentine to NR, and I now, in the form of a tiny blogpost, send one back: Thank you, Jeff, ...
An Enemy They’re Comfortable With
The pattern is very familiar: Islamist terrorists commit an atrocity somewhere, and our Left leaps to warn of one thing: “Islamophobia,” or a “backlash” against our Muslim neighbors. That is a fine thing to be concerned about (amid other things). ...
Trump on Muslim Cheers in New Jersey on 9/11: 'It Did Happen. I Saw It.'
Another noteworthy exchange between George Stephanopolous and Donald Trump this morning:
STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, you made — you raised some eyebrows yesterday with comments you made at — at your latest rally — and I want to show them, relating to 9/11.
(BEGIN VIDEO ...
Trump: 'I Want a Database for the Refugees.'
A fascinating phenomenon — no matter how many times Donald Trump is asked if he supports a database for all Muslims in the U.S., Trump answers as if he’s been asked about a database for Syrian refugees — which the ...
Trump Not Ruling Out an Independent Bid Again, Despite Pledge
Hey, remember when Donald Trump signed a pledge to run as a Republican and not run as an independent or third-party candidate? Remember when he said, “I see no circumstances under which I would turn up that pledge”?
The ISIS Debate Is Now an Immigration Debate; Of Course, That Helps Trump.
Are you ready for Donald Trump’s war on terror? According to ABC News’ new poll out this morning, most Republicans are:
Forty-two percent of leaned Republicans say they trust Trump over his top four opponents to handle terrorism; his ...
Terrorists, Climate, and Trump.
On Need to Know this week Jay and I welcome the great Steven Hayward of Powerlineblog.com to discuss the elaborate Kabuki show that is about to unfold in Paris — the climate summit. As Steve says, he keeps track of ...
DC Circuit Judge: ‘Metadata Collection Entirely Consistent with Fourth Amendment'
The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has denied a request to rehear a challenge to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of metadata – i.e., telephone usage information but not the content of conversations. ...
It's Long Past Time For Fixit
Finland’s economic woes are not news for anyone who follows the news from that part of the world, but, as the Daily Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard highlighted earlier this week, they illustrate the point that the euro doesn’t ...
More Evidence that Democrats Are the Party of Geezers . . .
This new DNC ad suggests a serious hearing impairment:
Don't Bet on the Harvard Law School ‘Hate Crime’
There are few student species more nakedly ambitious, focused, and future-oriented than the average Harvard law student. Having likely spent his undergraduate years planning admissions maximization strategies, he now has the Holy Grail almost within his grasp. Let him but ...
Pew Report Shows Attrition of the Illegal Population Is Possible
Is the era of mass migration from Mexico really “at an end”?
That’s the claim of a new report from the Pew Research Center titled ”More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S.” It finds a net decline ...
Uh, the House Bill to Pause the Syrian Refugee Program Doesn’t Really Pause the Syrian Refugee Program
It was nice to see the House get a veto-proof majority for its Syrian refugee bill. The problem is, when you get down to it, it doesn’t do anything. The bill doesn’t explicitly pause the in-take of Syrian ...
Cruz and the Politics of National Security
Senator Rubio has criticized Senator Cruz for voting to “weaken U.S. intelligence,” and other Cruz critics–including the inveterate ones at the Wall Street Journal–are hitting him on national security. I don’t think the criticisms are especially ...
Terror Attack in Mali Vividly Illustrates Jihadists' Reach
By now you’ve no doubt seen this news:
Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital on Friday with 170 guests and staff, killing at least three people and taking hostages in a city that serves as a logistics ...
One of my staff accompanied me to yesterday’s House immigration subcommittee hearing on Syrian refugee resettlement and she said afterwards, “We didn’t learn anything.” Never having attended a congressional hearing, she was surprised by this.
The Democrats followed ...
Dear Health Insurance Companies, Get Yourself Out of This Mess.
From the last Morning Jolt of the week:
One of Obamacare’s Biggest Supporters Finds It Unworkable, Pulls Out
Dear health insurance companies… get yourself out of this mess. We tried to stop you from going down this path, and ...