Saturday, November 27, 2021


By Scott Johnson | Powerline

Glenn Loury is a voice of reason in the madhouse of higher education. He speaks with a powerful voice that is all the more powerful for its modulation. Peter Robinson sat down with him at FOX News in New York City to record an installment of his Uncommon Knowledge series last month, although it was just posted online this week. Here are the show notes:

Professor Glenn Loury is in social sciences and economics at Brown University and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Prior to that, he became a tenured professor of economics at Harvard at the age of 33. How he got from there to here is an inspiring and fascinating story of hard work and accomplishment that is explored in great detail in this interview. Professor Loury also explains the crucial role his parents and his extended family played in his education and his opinions. Now, in his 70’s Loury has become a leading spokesman on the right, often speaking out against woke culture prevalent on many campuses and other institutions. He also explains his radical (for an academic institution, at least) reading list and syllabus for the courses he teaches at Brown and how an undergraduate student/teaching assistant inspired Professor Loury to create a course intended to liberate his students from the “groupthink” that is far too prevalent at most universities.

There is much more that could be said to supplement or qualify or endorse Professor Loury’s views, but I can’t think of a better use of time over the long holiday weekend than taking in this much needed dose of common sense and civilized sensibility (and passing it on). In the course of the conversation Peter quotes from Thomas Sowell’s recent column “High stakes in Virginia.” You may also want to take that in if you haven’t already.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO: Glen Loury’s Journey from Chicago’s Southside To The Ivy League And Beyond.

'I'm Not Trashing Biden, It's Facts': GOP Rep. Clashes With Committee Chair

In a discussion with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman in the House Small Business Committee last week, Congressman Byron Donalds (R-FL) clashed with Committee Chair Nydia Velázquez, after she warned him that he was violating the quorum.

Congressman Donalds exposed how Joe Biden’s policies are destroying small businesses.


The Woke Mob Strikes Again!


The "woke" news in the below article "Thomas Jefferson statue removed from City Hall after 187 years" is ironic since Jefferson's statue was banished because he owned slaves, while the New York Democrats who demanded the banishment are perfectly happy to remain in the party that fought to preserve slavery.

As Michael Scheuer wrote, the Democratic Party is the party of the four S's: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.

For details, see the article "The Party of Civil Rights" by Kevin D. Williamson that was published May 28, 2012 in NR.

U. S. Congressman Vern Buchanan in a letter to his Florida constituents wrote:

“A nearly 200-year-old statue of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, the third President of the United States and one of America’s Founding Fathers, has been removed from City Hall in New York City.

“The man who infamously wrote “all men are created equal” and the founder of the party that evolved into today’s Democratic Party is now being removed from the public sphere – by Democrats.

“If the “woke mob” can topple Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who’s next?

“Even in our own back yard, the infamous “Unconditional Surrender” statue in Sarasota nearly fell victim to the radical left’s calls for removal. I advocated to keep the statue right where it is, as it honors the Greatest Generation and the end of World War II. Much like the statue of Jefferson – it should be celebrated, not hidden.”


Thomas Jefferson statue removed from City Hall after 187 years

By Julia Marsh | The New York Post

The statue of Thomas Jefferson was taken out of City Hall today. – Photo by Gregory P. Mango

Thomas Jefferson is no longer in the room where it happens.

Art handlers packed up an 884-pound statue of Jefferson in a wooden crate Monday after a mayoral commission voted to banish the likeness of the nation’s third president from City Hall, where it’s resided for nearly two centuries — because he owned slaves.

About a dozen workers with Marshall Fine Arts spent several hours carefully removing the painted plaster monument from its pedestal inside the City Council chambers and surrounding it with sections of foam and wooden boards.

They then lowered the massive structure down the stairs leading to the building’s first-floor rotunda with a pulley system and ushered the Founding Father out the back door.

The 1833 statue will be on a long-term loan to the New York Historical Society, which plans to have Jefferson’s model survive in its lobby and reading room.

Keri Butler, executive director of the Public Design Commission that voted to banish the statue, at first tried to block the press from witnessing its removal. Butler relented after members of the mayor’s office and City Council intervened.

The commission also attempted to vote on the statue’s removal without a public hearing on the controversial move until The Post revealed the plan.

“Removing a monument without a public conversation about why it’s happening is useless. New Yorkers all need to talk about who we want to honor and why,” said Erin Thompson, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice who authored the forthcoming book “Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments.”

Thompson said the removal could spark a broader understanding of history. “Moving this statue doesn’t mean New Yorkers will forget who Thomas Jefferson was — but some of them might learn from the controversy that the man who wrote ‘all men are created equal’ owned over 600 of his fellow humans,” Thompson said.

Members of the City Council were split on the statue’s removal from its chambers.

Minority leader Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) called the move an attempt to “sideline history” while Black, Latino and Asian Caucus co-chair I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens) said he wanted the statue gone because it doesn’t represent contemporary values.

The original bronze statue, by sculptor Pierre-Jean David, is still on display in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC. The plaster replica was gifted to City Hall by naval officer and Jefferson admirer Uriah Phillips Levy in 1834.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Ahmaud Arbery’s Father Throws a Wrench into the Race-Hate Industry, Says ‘All Lives Matter’


(Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

The killers of Ahmaud Arbery have been convicted of murder, demonstrating once again that Leftists’ narrative of “systemic racism” and “white supremacy” is false, hollow and divisive. After the Rittenhouse acquittal, numerous prominent people made paranoid, hysterical claims that white people can commit murder without penalty while black people are brutalized and framed for crimes, ignoring the fact that a black man, Andrew Coffee IV, was acquitted of murder on the same day Rittenhouse was also acquitted, and on the same grounds of self-defense. The conviction of Arbery’s killers was another torpedo in the establishment narrative, and then on Tuesday, Ahmaud Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery, made matters even worse by taking up what Leftists insist is that notorious slogan of racists everywhere, “All Lives Matter.” Is Marcus Arbery a white supremacist? The mind reels.

Arbery said: “For real, all lives matter. Not just black children, we don’t want to see nobody go through this. I don’t want to see no daddy watch his kid get shot down like that. It’s all our problem. It’s all our problem. So hey, let’s keep fighting. Let’s keep doing it and making this place a better place for all human beings. All human beings. Everybody! Love everybody! All human beings need to be treated equally….Today is a good day.”

The best part of Arbery’s statement, however, wasn’t even so much what Arbery said, as great as it was, but the fact that he said these things while standing in front of the notorious race-hate entrepreneur Al Sharpton. Sharpton’s wordless response to Arbery’s words is fascinating: he first watches Arbery warily, and then begins to nod and mutter “That’s right,” all the while looking slightly pained. At one point, Sharpton begins to look directly at the camera, as if hoping against hope that maybe the moment wasn’t being captured on video. But it was.

Sharpton struck back at those who affirmed that “All Lives Matter” in June 2020 on English broadcaster Piers Morgan’s show. Morgan asked him, “You see people, as they have been doing in America and here, ‘Well, white lives matter, too. All lives matter.’ What is the correct response to that?” It’s noteworthy that Morgan didn’t ask Sharpton for his response to that, but for the “correct” one, taking for granted that Sharpton was an impartial oracle dispensing the correct and acceptable opinions that the masses were allowed to hold. Morgan also gave the question a racist spin by focusing on the phrase “White Lives Matter,” which is actually just as misleading as “Black Lives Matter” in singling out one group at the expense of others.

Not surprisingly, Sharpton focused on the “White Lives Matter” phrase, saying: “The correct response to that is that there has never been any argument that White Lives Matter. There has never been any debate and when a white life was taken, it is mitigated, prosecuted and, if convicted, incarcerated. The problem has been that it has not been equal on the other side. So, there has been no equal need to say ‘white lives matter.’ That has been a given and the system has worked that way. It has not worked that way around white lives. So, we’re not saying ‘Black Lives Matter more’. We are saying Black Lives Matter as much, equally and should be treated the same.”

Sharpton’s claim that “the system” has favored whites over blacks was belied again by the Arbery verdict. Then Arbery’s words delivered an even more crushing rebuke, refuting the Left’s claim that to say “All lives matter” somehow undercuts concerns for the civil rights of blacks.

The career race-baiter has had a tough few months. In September, he visited the border after false reports circulated of Border Patrol officers using whips on migrants. But his race-hate message fell on deaf ears: hecklers shouted Sharpton down, saying: “You’re a racist. Nobody wants you in Texas. Nobody wants you in Texas. Why are you here? Why are you stoking racism where it doesn’t exist? Nobody wants to hear your racist nonsense in Del Rio!”

And now Sharpton has even lost the father of a black man who was murdered by whites. Michael Shellenberger, author of San Fran-sicko: Why Progressives Ruin Citiescommented: “Marcus Arbery, father of Ahmaud, who was senselessly murdered, had every reason to give an angry & vindictive speech, & he would have been applauded for doing so Instead he affirmed his faith in the Kingian vision of racial equality, and in so doing restores our faith in America.”

That is true. And no one is farther from Martin Luther King’s vision of racial equality and harmony than the veteran divider Sharpton. On Wednesday, Marcus Arbery gave him a well-deserved rebuke, implicit but unmistakable. Marcus Arbery is a man of clarity and vision who deserves to be listened to and heeded far more than Al Sharpton does.


Related: ‘Get Out of Texas’: Protesters Blast Al Sharpton During Border Visit

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

America's Everyday Rebellion Gathers Momentum With Each New Outrage From the Left


AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

It’s the day before Thanksgiving — that most American of holidays — and among much else, I am deeply thankful for Judge Daniel Green of Cole County in the Show-Me State.

Judge Green struck a blow for liberty and republican government earlier this week when he wrote:

“This case is about whether Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) regulations can abolish representative government in the creation of public health laws, and whether it can authorize closure of a school or assembly based on the unfettered opinion of an unelected official. This court finds it cannot.”

In two wonderfully succinct sentences, Judge Green thus captured the essence of the battle between the aspiring totalitarians on the American Left using COVID and public health to displace government by the consent of the governed and the legions of Americans across the political spectrum who have had their fill of being told to shut up and do what we’re told because we’re all bigots, oppressors, and reactionaries.

Missouri officials occasioned Green’s ruling by imposing unreasonable mask mandates on indoor and outdoor gatherings even as the vaccination rate continued to go up and the state’s per capita death rate due to COVID was 0.006.

Judge Green’s decision is a small but notable development in a gathering rebellion of everyday Americans against government by decree brought to a head by bureaucrats and little dictators in public office hiding behind the protection of public health.

Another blow was struck this past week when Robert Tyler and Advocates for Faith & Freedom filed suit in the Superior Court of California for Orange County seeking to force Gov. Gavin Newsom to comply with state law and withdraw his long-running COVID-based state of emergency.

Plaintiffs in the suit — including the Orange County Board of Education, Children’s Health Defense, and Children’s Health Defense-California Chapter — declare in their opening paragraph:

“This action seeks to restore the checks and balances on which American democracy depends. Governor Gavin Newsom eliminated those checks and balances during the spring of 2020 when he declared a state of emergency related to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

“That may have been necessary at the time, to respond to a virus that caught government officials off-guard. But a state of emergency cannot last forever, especially when the government has used the emergency to exercise vast powers, including an unprecedented “stay at home” order through which the government told 40 million Californians what they could and could not do for 18 months.”

The suit notes that Newsom conceded in June that citizens of California had “successfully curbed the spread,” an admission which requires that the state of emergency no longer exists and thus must be withdrawn.

At the federal level, so many suits were filed challenging President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates that judicial officials were moved to consolidate 34 of them into one court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Among the 34 is one filed by the attorneys general of a dozen states challenging the Biden decree that healthcare facilities that do not require employees to be vaccinated will lose federal funding.

“The lawsuit argues that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shot mandate on facilities that receive federal funding for treating patients exceeds the agency’s statutory authority and violates the Social Security Act’s prohibition on regulations that control the hiring and firing of health care workers. It also violates multiple federal laws, the Spending Clause, the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine and the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution,” according to Liberty Counsel, the Florida-based public interest law firm that has taken a leading role in bringing suit on behalf of members of the U.S. military, civilian federal employees and thousands of private sector healthcare workers.

“The Vaccine Mandate causes grave danger to vulnerable persons whom Medicare and Medicaid were designed to protect—the poor, sick, and elderly—by forcing the termination of millions of ‘healthcare heroes,’” the lawsuit claims.

The mandate violates the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution by seeking “to commandeer state-employee surveyors to become enforcers of CMS’s unlawful attempt to federalize national vaccine policy and override the States’ police power on matters of health and safety,” the suit continues.

Another case was filed on behalf of 35 Navy SEALS who seek a religious exemption from the vaccine mandate by First Liberty Institute, the Plano, Texas-based public interest law firm that specializes in religious liberty litigation.

“The fact that the government has not granted a single religious exemption from the vaccine mandate shows that the Biden Administration does not care about religious freedom.  Instead, this appears to be an attempted ideological purge.  Forcing a service member to choose between their faith and serving their country is abhorrent to the Constitution and America’s values,” said Mike Berry, First Liberty’s General Counsel.

“After all these elite warriors have done to defend our freedoms, the Navy is now threatening their careers, families, and finances.  It’s appalling and it has to stop before any more harm is done to our national security,” Berry added.

It will take time for the legal system to process this issue, but it is difficult to see how the outcome would continue to give the green light to the mandates. But it’s not just the mandates at work here in prompting the Everyday Rebellion.

Progressive prosecutors who free chronic murderers, rapists, and sexual predators to continue preying on innocent Americans are also fueling the movement. Consider Darrell Brooks, who is charged with multiple murders in the Waukesha, Wisc. Christmas Parade attack.

Brooks has a lengthy criminal record, but a Left-wing prosecutor agreed to a minimal bail a month ago after he allegedly ran over his child’s mother with his Ford Escape, the same vehicle seen mowing down parade participants, including multiple seniors, little children, and spectators.

George Soros and other wealthy Leftist luminaries have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to put dozens of such prosecutors in office around the country. And every time one of them frees another murderer, rapist, or sex offender, more everyday Americans say they’ve had enough. The proliferation of organized mass shoplifting in malls and downtown shopping districts does the same thing.

Then there is the Kyle Rittenhouse prosecution. Rittenhouse was clearly defamed by legions of mainstream media figures, and he is almost certainly headed toward litigation that will hold them accountable, just as Nicholas Sandmann was able to do as a result of his defamation following an incident at the Lincoln Memorial.

When Rittenhouse starts winning multi-million dollar settlements, many more such suits will be filed by others emboldened by his success, and sooner or later, the Left-wing ideologues who have turned the mainstream media into the propaganda arm of the progressives who dominate the Democratic Party will have to start looking for new jobs.

Considering John Malone’s recent revelation that there are no “actual journalists” working at CNN, the ideologues who ruined Ted Turner’s formerly admirable creation may be hitting the pavement sooner than they think.

Yes, it’s the day before Thanksgiving and everyday Americans do indeed have much for which to be thankful.

'I Wish I Didn't Have To Give This Talk...': John Kennedy Unleashes On Biden On Senate Floor


On the Senate floor, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) slammed President Biden over inflation and the economy. 


“If the government was in charge of the Sahara desert, there’d be a shortage of sand in 5 years”  - Milton Friedman

Car-Ramming Attack in Waukesha Brought to You by the Democratic Party


AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

There has been a very quiet experiment happening in America since 2016. The experiment was launched by billionaire radical George Soros and includes “reforming” the U.S. justice system.

The “reform” is total — a top-to-bottom revolution that represents both the best and the worst of liberal democracy. Arguing that there is inherent injustice and bias against people of some colors in the legal system, Soros poured money into local prosecutors’ races, radicalizing district attorney offices in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and several other cities.

The results were astonishing — and predictable. The radical Soros-backed prosecutors nearly ended the bail system, lightened sentences for every crime, and saw incarceration as something evil, not as something necessary for the safety of society.

Today, U.S. cities are bearing the fruit of those efforts in increasing murder rates and other violent crimes. While proponents of criminal justice reform swear that destroying the bail system doesn’t mean that violent criminals would be free to commit other crimes, the evidence points to exactly the opposite effect. Prosecutors and judges can’t be sure that the criminals they are allowing to walk the streets or show leniency toward won’t continue to hurt people. Nor can they be certain that a criminal given a no-bail release will show up in court to be tried and sent to prison.

Case in point: Darrell Brooks, the man who police say was “fleeing a knife fight” and ended up crashing through barriers and running over 53 people with five of them dying at a parade in Waukesha, Wisc.

This was a crime brought to you by Democrats. These are Democratic Party policies, supported by Wisconsin courts, that allowed Brooks the freedom to kill. Brooks has battery charges and firearms offenses dating back to 1999. And because he claimed he was “indigent,” the judges in two cases — including the attempted murder of his girlfriend — allowed him to walk out of jail after posting $500 bail for one crime and $1,000 for another.

Brooks was also the subject of an active warrant in Nevada after violating Nevada’s sex crimes laws in 2016. Despite being arrested several times in Wisconsin, he was never turned over to Nevada authorities.

Fox News:

“We don’t have ‘held without bail’ in Wisconsin, but we will expect to be asking for high cash bail, significant cash bail so that for all intents and purposes, they don’t have the ability to post it because it’s so much money,” Opper told Fox News Digital on Monday.

The office of her Milwaukee counterpart, District Attorney John Chisholm, said earlier in the day that it opened an investigation into its own bail recommendation in Brooks’ most recent case and that he should not have been allowed to go free on just $1,000 earlier this month. But his office recommended the sum and the court set it as such, records show.

“The state’s bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks,” Chisholm’s office said in a statement. “The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime.”

The problem, as Democrats see it, is that there are too many black people who can’t make bail and end up going to prison.

AZ Central:

We must balance ensuring that people aren’t needlessly in jail on bails that they can’t pay while ensuring that bail is set high enough to keep potentially dangerous people locked up.

Cash bail favors the rich, who can pay it and go home, while poorer people are frequently forced to remain in jail while they await trial,” Seema Jayachandran, an economics professor at Northwestern University, argued in The New York Times.

That’s the kind of sophistry that passes for “debate” on the left. We have to make sure that potentially non-violent offenders go free while only those criminals who are a threat are locked up? What kind of a perfect world does that sort of system exist in?

George Soros and his “Open Society” group, which funds these radical DA races, believe in unicorns and fairy godmothers. And now, with their allies in the Democratic Party supplying a patina of rationality to an irrational movement, we’re seeing the results of believing that criminals aren’t really criminals. In the eyes of the left, these criminals are victims of a racist society so that many times their actions may break the law but are justified on that basis.

Until Democrats are forced to pay for their support of this nonsense, it will almost certainly continue.