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Distinguished persons of the week

Hillary Clinton’s campaign calls it a partisan attack. Her spinners deny there is anything to see. Republicans demand Clinton be treated like others alleged to have mishandled classified material. In the middle of the maelstrom over alleged mishandling of classified materials is the FBI and its director, James Comey. They seem to be living up their […]

Why a politician-free House of Lords is the only democratic solution

In my business, there’s a lot of fretting about the idea of representativeness. Pollsters put questions to, say, a thousand people – and take them as a sample of the country. How to… Continue reading The post Why a politician-free House of Lords is the only democratic solution appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Drunken Bro Fight in Philly Has Surprise at the End

"Philadelphia?s reputation hasn?t been viewed in the best light lately, with hitchBOT's untimely death, bad listicle rankings for sports fans and a generally poor view of our geniality recently prompting plenty of jokes at our expense. But, as the above video shows, the truth is that we're really not so bad." -- Nick Vadala, Philly.Com

Walters & Murray: The New Jim Crow revisited

(Scott Johnson) After John Walters wrote a Weekly Standard article on President Obama’s commutations of incarcerated drug offenders, I asked him to take a look at Michelle Alexander’s dreadful but influential book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Show More Summary

"I used my 'I'm not making a tag for this' tag because I couldn't think of an existing tag that fit or a new idea for a tag..."

"... that would apply to other posts in the future. John suggested 'self-censorship' and — proving the likelihood of future applicability — pointed to 4 old posts that could take the tag...."

Death by falling.

1, "Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American actor to play the iconic lead role of Jean Valjean in the popular Broadway musical 'Les Misérables,' died on Friday after falling from a fire escape in Brooklyn. He was 21.... The police said that Mr. Show More Summary

How to Sell

By getting people to trust you: Great salespeople are exceptional listeners and have a high degree of integrity and trustworthiness. Sales is predicated on getting people to trust you, quickly. How else would they give you their money? What works in sales translates to life as well. Show More Summary

THIS IS WHAT GOVERNMENT TRANSIT LOOKS LIKE. BUT GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE WILL BE AWESOME! Metro: Trac…

THIS IS WHAT GOVERNMENT TRANSIT LOOKS LIKE. BUT GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE WILL BE AWESOME! Metro: Track Defect Deleted From Inspection Report. A technician “erroneously” deleted information from a July inspection report about a serious track defect that caused a train to derail Aug. 6, Metro said in an investigation report released to the public on Friday. […]

Oliver Sacks has died.

We knew he was dying. He wrote about it. (Eloquently, as always.) But it's very sad to see that he has departed. He gave us so many fascinating books over the decades. What a terrible loss!Here's the NYT obituary, which — amid the good — includes the criticism:Dr. Show More Summary

‘Like the Fishes and the Loaves’

In the anarchy that followed Hurricane Katrina, two women found themselves running unofficial shelters for thousands of displaced people.

Sunday Funnies

Laugh or cry: Donald Trump doesn’t think the 14th Amendment would stand up in court. There are signs Jeb!’s campaign is faltering, and who else would move into the #2 position but … Ben Carson? This week Carson said that there’s no “war on women”; the war is on what’s inside of women. After this […]

THE HILL: Enraging industry, labor board asserts its power under Obama. The National Labor Relat…

THE HILL: Enraging industry, labor board asserts its power under Obama. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has become a lightning rod for controversy under President Obama, with its aggressive actions fueling sustained warfare between business and labor. From the labor board’s bitter fight with Boeing, to the creation of new union election rules, the […]

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up

Ruth Marcus makes the case for Joe. Could Joe Biden be the man for this season? ... there is an argument that 2016 could be Biden’s year — a moment that will reward, even celebrate, his loose-lipped authenticity and his from-the-gut middle-class politics. Show More Summary

Sorry Owen Jones, but your moral grandstanding won’t solve the migrant crisis

I’m getting tired of the self-righteousness of Owen Jones. His response to the terrible spate of deaths of people fleeing Syria and Africa is to imply that if only everyone… Continue reading The post Sorry Owen Jones, but your moral grandstanding won’t solve the migrant crisis appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Peaceful yet violent: why Thailand’s Buddhist paradox still baffles the West

The scene of the recent bombing at the Erawan shrine has swiftly been remodelled to make it seem as though nothing happened. Upbeat slogans – ‘Stronger Together’ – and a forensically… Continue reading The post Peaceful yet violent: why Thailand’s Buddhist paradox still baffles the West appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

When David told Boris to ‘f—ing shut up’

Oh dear. Although Lord Ashcroft said he would be pleasantly surprised if Anthony Seldon’s biography of David Cameron offered anything more than ‘a sanitised account’ of his time in Number 10,… Continue reading The post When David told Boris to ‘f—ing shut up’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Rooting Out Racists

The Times published an interesting feature the other day on Maajid Nawaz, founder of Qulliam, a counter-terrorism think tank which appears to have the ear of government these days. A key point made by Nawaz is that Islamist extremists...Show More Summary

Union Priorities

When I checked the GMB Scotland web site the other day there was no news on the situation in North Lanarkshire where hundreds of union members are still locked in battle over their equal pay claims. But there was this out of date reminder encouraging GMB members to register for the purpose of voting in the Labour Party's leadership election. Show More Summary

Summary Justice

Summary justice is an uncomfortable concept for people living in western, secular democracies where there is rule of law for all citizens, regardless of religion, and a right to due process and a fair trial. Yet in dealing with the 'mad...Show More Summary

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