FrontPage Mag readers almost certainly are familiar with British journalist Melanie Phillips from her book Londonistan, which chronicled England’s multicultural slide into submission to Islam, or from her more recent book The World Turned Upside Down, about the West’s slide into secular mass derangement. (Snip) This quick and compelling memoir of her personal and professional life “is the story of my culture war: the account of my battles with the hate-mongering left.” Those changes left two Britains in their wake: one “adhering to decency, rationality, and duty to others,” and the left, “characterized by hatred, rampant selfishness,
The Washington Times has hired David Keene, former president of The National Rifle Association, to serve as its opinion editor. Keene, the longtime chairman of the American Conservative Union, stepped down as NRA president in May following what the Times described as "the group´s successful effort to block new restrictions on gun ownership and sales in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy." Keene will now oversee the paper´s editorial page, commentary section and online opinion strategy. In a statement,
Protesters in Los Angeles and Oakland blocked traffic and clashed with police in a day of protests in California against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Several people were arrested in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police said they began making arrests early Monday morning after about 80 protesters gathered
SANFORD, Florida - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009. The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law´s dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show. "Don´t use pepper spray," he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend.
Profiting from the death of a child is sick and disgusting. Unfortunately, this describes the circle of exploiters promoting the Trayvon Martin traveling show after his death in February 2012. And if you´re Trayvon´s parents, there´s nothing like having the president, the attorney general, the state attorney general, several civil rights lawyers, and invested others to help you in your campaign. Shame on Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, the State of Florida, the lawyers, and all the vultures picking a dead kid´s bones clean for a lousy buck and political points. In contrast to the feeding frenzy surrounding Trayvon,
The president has more than proven that he is not a uniter. He is a committed divider. Jesus said, "If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand." Hence, try as we might, it´s getting harder to ignore what appears to be a burning desire on Obama´s part to destroy the great and glorious house called America. With an eye toward stepping in and reorganizing everything from our social and economic structure to the U.S. Constitution, it appears that Obama´s plan to gain control involves stirring up discord and
As far back as 1604, when James I of England published A Counter-Blaste To Tobacco, smoking has been recognized as a public health threat. There have since been countless attempts to discourage tobacco use by the general populace. Among the few such efforts to achieve any success has been the practice, by insurance companies, of charging higher health premiums for smokers than for non-smokers. Thus, not even Obamacare’s opponents objected when its authors inserted a provision permitting insurers to penalize smokers with a 50% surcharge. Predictably, however, Obama administration ineptitude will prevent this provision from taking effect.
Destroying the Second Amendment and the people´s right of self-defense was the real goal of the George Zimmerman prosecution. Liberals hoped to scare gun owners, regardless of the eventual verdict. Traumatizing and intimidating people from using a firearm to defend themselves were what this case was really about. This prosecution was an attempt to overturn Florida´s "stand your ground law." Florida dramatically changed the law effective October 1, 2005 by amending Florida Statute 776.013(3). Previously, one had to run away if possible when threatened.
Last week, in Chicago, 16-year-old Darryl Green was found dead in the yard of an abandoned home. He was killed, relatives reported, because he refused to join a gang. Unlike most tragedies, however—which remain local news—this one caught the attention of conservative activist Ben Shapiro, an editor for Breitbart News. Using the hashtag “#justicefordarryl,” Shaprio tweeted and publicized the details of Green’s murder. (snip)Shapiro, echoing many other conservatives, is angry over the perceived politicization of the Zimmerman trial, and believes that activists have ”injected” race into the discussion,
There are two institutions we are asked to trust to supervise the National Security Agency and the rest of the intelligence community to make sure they are obeying the Constitution and the law. We are told that we have to rely on Congress really, the House and Senate Intelligence committees and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), because the operations of the intelligence community, its sources and methods of gathering information, are and must remain secret. On the other side of the equation, we are told by fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden —
News coverage of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman has been awful from the beginning. In fact, if it hadn’t been for false and misleading news stories, there likely never would have been a prosecution in the first place. The quality of commentary in the conventional press hasn’t improved much since the verdict exonerating Zimmerman came in last night. For one thing, lots of commentators, especially on the left, are still talking about “stand your ground” laws. Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, has vowed to campaign for repeal of such laws. But, as has been explained here and many other places,
It was quite the morning for Fox News Sunday. Ann Coulter called George Zimmerman a “sacrificial lamb for this media narrative about America as being run by the Klan,” Geraldo Rivera said that if “you dress like a thug, people are going to treat you like a thug,” and Tucker Carlson gave viewers his nuanced opinion on why he doesn’t believe several key civil rights leaders should be called that. “I don’t know how I feel about George Zimmerman,” Carlson said (watch video here). “But I am positive that people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton do not deserve
The Obama Justice Department is reviving its bogus civil rights investigation of George Zimmerman, despite a Florida jury’s acquittal of Zimmerman yesterday on all charges. The trial demonstrated a dearth of evidence that he intended to kill Trayvon Martin, much less that he killed him with an intent to deny his civil rights. The New York Daily News reports on DOJ’s announcement: “Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department’s policy
CREVE COEUR, Mo.—Shirley Rose has seen Shirley heaven: More than 50 of her namesakes descended on St. Louis in May for the inaugural 2013 Shirley Club USA Convention. The participants, all women and mostly grandmother-aged, ate and danced, played Shirley Bingo and sang the "Shirley Song," which was composed by Shirleys from Australia. Shirley, which was a popular child´s name in the 1930s because of child star Shirley Temple, is much less so these days, and that makes membership in the Shirley Club an exclusive one. Founded in Australia by Shirley Brown 17 years ago, the club opened its U.S. branch
When the University of California regents were looking for a new president for perhaps the best public university system in the world -- with 10 campuses and more than 230,000 students -- they chose Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano? What? Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wasn´t available? At UCLA, UC Berkeley, and the other UC campuses, students who are undocumented immigrants -- the so-called DREAM´ers -- should be packing their stuff and seeking sanctuary at the nearest community college. One day, all UC students might need to produce their green cards, birth certificates, or proof of citizenship when they
Wendy Davis won the battle, but Rick Perry won the war. Today, the governor signed the omnibus pro-life bill that, for at least a few weeks, drove thousands of protesters to the statehouse and put a national spotlight on Texas. Strangely, it came down to the issue of transportation. The legislature didn’t pass needed transportation legislation during the normal session, which led Perry to call a special session. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst sent Perry a letter requesting that a special session address, among other matters, pro-life issues. Perry agreed. It’s important to note that the pro-life legislation,
Pretty much everyone involved in Friday´s jaw-droppingly racist moment in local TV news fails history has apologized for the incident at this point. But Asiana Airlines isn´t willing to forgive and forget after KTVU falsely "identified" the pilots of the flight 214 crash as, for example, "Sum Ting Wong." According to the AP, the airline is considering legal action. Asiana is already awaiting the results of an investigation into why one of their commercial flights missed a landing, killing three and injuring over a hundred. And they´ve already become the subject of ethnic-based speculation simply because the airline is Korean.
On ObamaCare, as on immigration enforcement and welfare requirements, Barack Obama is following the course that cost King James II his throne. He is dispensing with the law. James II was ousted in the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89, in large part for claiming that he could in particular cases dispense with — that is, ignore — an act of Parliament. The law in question was the Test Act of 1673, which required that all government officials and military officers be members of the Church of England. It is not a law admired by Americans today or, for that matter, by our Founding Fathers.
Analysts, law enforcement officials and, most of all, the media warned of potential riots and violence in the streets after Saturday night’s acquittal of George Zimmerman. Instead, in the hours after the Hispanic former neighborhood watch volunteer was cleared of murder charges in connection with the February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, protests across the country mostly were peaceful. Some awoke Sunday morning expecting to hear of overnight chaos, which was heavily hyped by the news media as a possibility — perhaps a certainty — as the verdict drew nearer. But that chaos never materialized,
In early April 2012, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey decided not to take the George Zimmerman case to a Grand Jury, opting for the filing of a Criminal Information which then was presented along with an Affidavit of Probable Cause. The Court found probable cause for the charges. It turned out, once pre-trial discovery was exchanged, that the affidavit upon which probable cause was found had not disclosed a lot of significant exculpatory details. There was no mention of the significant injuries to Zimmerman, or of John Good’s eyewitness account that Martin was on top of Zimmerman hitting him
If the wreck happened some 10 miles away, across the Maine border, it would have been on the front page of every American newspaper for days. “It was like Hiroshima,” says Lt. Michel Brunet, who works with the Sûreté du Québec, the province’s police force. “It was the biggest explosion I’ve ever seen. It was like a yellow mushroom cloud.” Even now, just over a week after a runaway train transporting crude oil jumped the tracks in the middle of the night and leveled the heart of the tiny, picturesque village Lac-Megantic, the air is still thick
Of all the many changes that the Obama administration has enacted over the last five years, the least remarked upon are the strange changes in our vocabulary. To fathom the shifting meaning of words, here is a guide to the new Obama lexicon. Affordable Care Act: Mostly unaffordable, uncaring, and inactive. Assault Weapon: Paint your .22 black and add a plastic handle. Associated Press: Leakers who dared to challenge the White House monopoly. Baby: Punishment for a mistake. Benghazi: We won’t have any more because one video-maker is now in prison. Berlin Wall: Analogous to the Cold War fence
California rushed headlong into the implementation of ObamaCare, eager to be the first model state to show off the many wonderful ways in which the law was ostensibly meant to work. Much like at the national level, however, California is encountering some pretty heady problems as they, too, try to get everything organized by the October deadline by which people are supposed to be able to start signing up for the system’s proffered health insurance choices. Besides the very glaring problems of sharply higher insurance premiums and major insurers fleeing the individual insurance market for via-employer insurance only,
Hollywood’s summer is more than halfway over, and the box-office report is telling: If you want to have a hit, don’t lard your film with tendentious, off-putting, off-topic political messages. The summer’s big winners at the box office are mostly mindless spectacle: “Iron Man 3,” “Fast 6,” “Man of Steel,” plus cute family fare like “Monsters University” and “Despicable Me 2” and the buddy comedy “The Heat.” What they all have in common is that they pretty much lack any hint of a political argument. That won’t stop Hollywood from trying to sneak, or rather ram, PC messages into its movies,
WASHINGTON -- Calls for the Justice Department to look into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin reverberated as soon as George Zimmerman was acquitted of state charges in a Florida courtroom, but it may be even tougher to mount a federal case against Zimmerman. The department says it´s reviewing evidence to determine whether criminal civil rights charges are warranted, but legal experts see major barriers to a federal prosecution - including the burden of proving that Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader, was motivated by racial animosity
After Marshall Duer-Balkind, 30, exited a blood donation center on Friday morning, he held up a long green form as evidence that he had been rejected as a blood donor. On the form Duer-Balkind pointed out that section that disqualified him from being a blood donor because of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy that bans men who have sex with men from giving blood. After Duer-Balkind showed the form to two volunteers from the National Gay Blood Drive demonstration, the volunteers pulled out a red ink pad and stamped "Rejected" on his forearm.