A good piece in today’s Post on how concerns over pollution in China are boiling over, sometimes led by local officials standing up to their superiors. Environmentalism was also the first crack in the Soviet edifice, as people began to speak out about the poisoning of Lake Baikal, the Aral Sea, Lake Sevan, and elsewhere, since they were initially able to present it as a safe, non-political, quality of life issue. But what really got my attention was the unauthorized organization started by village leaders: “Leading Group of 100,000 People Living Along the Qingshui River Protecting Our People’s River.” The acronym would be unmanageable in English, but it’s probably just three characters in Chinese!
Even after a 7–2 Supreme Court decision protecting Colorado custom baker Jack Phillips from overt religious discrimination, the state is doubling down. It’s participating in and empowering a grotesque campaign of discrimination and harassment that should shock the conscience of sensible ... Read More
‘We are deeply saddened.” So begin the many perfunctory statements of many Catholic bishops today in response to the Pennsylvania grand-jury report detailing how priests in that state abused children and how bishops shuffled these priests around. What deeply saddens these men? The rape of children, the ... Read More
Every now and then, I’ll read some news that makes my eyes bug out and my jaw drop to the floor because I can’t believe how stupid it is. This week, it was the news that fired FBI agent Peter Strzok has raised over $400,000 for his legal costs and lost income via a GoFundMe campaign. Let me rephrase: ... Read More
After eight years of displeasure with Barack Obama’s presidency, Carla Johnson was ready for a drastic change. The 41-year-old lab technician from Cresco, Iowa, fell for Donald Trump very early in the 2016 primary season. She loved his “take-no-[sh**]” style, his conservative stances on gun control and ... Read More
People are making this so complicated. A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times editorial board hired a technology writer, Sarah Jeong. When it was revealed that she had tweeted barbs against white people, conservatives formed a Twitter mob to demand her dismissal. While a few on the right said — or claimed ... Read More
‘Ladies and gentlemen, the star witness in this case is the documents.” That is the theme prosecutor Greg Andres hammered home in his summation at Paul Manafort’s bank- and tax-fraud trial in an Alexandria, Va., federal court. It is a theme that much of the media coverage has glossed over, though it is ... Read More
The New York Times recently hired as a writer and board member Sarah Jeong. The Times knew that in recent years Jeong had posted a series of unapologetically racist anti-white tweets. She had offered wisdom such as “#CancelWhitePeople” and expressed hatred for males. Yet when the Times discovered less ... Read More