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Will Left-Wing Ideology Trump Fundamental Fairness for Kavanaugh?

In today’s Wall Street Journal, editorial board member Allysia Finley writes a powerful piece (“Will the Senate Kill a Mockingbird?”) that describes the haunting similarities between the current Kavanaugh ordeal (69% call it a national disgrace) and Tom Robinson’s sham trial in Harper Lee’s classic novel: The novel chronicles the persecution of an innocent man by a bigoted and bloody-minded town. Amid the left’s crucible of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Lee’s enduring lessons about due process merit reflection. “She’s mistaken in her mind” When Atticus cross-examines “the fragile-looking” Mayella, she bawls and accuses him of bullying. She then contradicts herself: “No, I don’t recollect...

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Failed education ideas about to transform Twin Cities region

On July 25, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling with the potential to transform K-12 education in the Twin Cities region for decades to come. The court decided that Cruz-Guzman v. State of Minnesota—a case in which plaintiffs seek court-ordered metro-wide racial balancing in the Twin Cities’ region’s public schools—can go forward. Plaintiffs will now return to district court. There they will demand a comprehensive, legislatively mandated plan to distribute students—including those in suburban districts and charter schools—into schools across the metro area on the basis of their race and socio-economic status. The remedy plaintiffs seek will likely cost taxpayers enormous sums...

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Is Diversity Our Strength?  Should There Be Any Limits?

The Left’s mantra and article of faith in the ongoing immigration debate is that “Diversity is our strength.”  Here is a well-written contrary view from California State University political science professor Edward Erler that was recently delivered at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar.  The full adaptation of his remarks is available here. Progressive liberalism no longer views self-preservation as a rational goal of the nation-state. Rather, it insists that self-preservation and national security must be subordinate to openness and diversity. America’s immigration policies, we are told, should demonstrate our commitment to diversity because an important part of the American character...

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Suicide of the West by Jonah Goldberg

Influential conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg’s new book, Suicide of the West, was released this week, and his sober essay in National Review, adapted from the book, can be found here.  His main point is that our “suicide” is not accidental or happenstance, it is a deliberate choice we are making.  Here is a summary of his important points: He says poverty is man’s natural environment, and, somehow, about 300 years ago, “we stumbled into a different world,” one that was unnatural and accidental, that he calls “the Miracle.” Today “Western civilization generally, and America particularly, is on a suicidal path. The threats...

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When Harry Became Sally: The Left’s Assault on Reality

In October, 2015, Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul, one of the top charter schools in the nation at the time, was torn apart trying to accommodate a “transgender” five-year-old who only stayed four months before his activist parents pulled him out and filed a complaint with the Human Rights Department.  The tragic story, chronicled by Katherine Kersten in First Things, along with a detailed discussion of how to best help those suffering from gender dysphoria, is available here. Now, on the same subject, I commend to you Nation Review’s compelling review of Ryan Anderson’s compelling book, When Harry Became Sally:...

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Keith Ellison Endorses Political Violence

Shockingly, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has come out in favor of political violence. Yesterday he tweeted an endorsement of the fascist Antifa group, which has rioted in cities across the country. Antifa members wear masks and wield baseball bats and ax handles, attacking innocent bystanders, smashing store windows, burning vehicles, and otherwise engaging in political violence. Yesterday Ellison tweeted this photo of himself with Antifa's manifesto: Ellison added: At @MoonPalaceBooks and I just found the book that strike [sic] fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump I think Ellison is delusional when it comes to President Trump,...

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Meltdown In New Brighton Over “White Privilege”

One of the silliest phrases in the Leftist lexicon is "white privilege." What it means, no one knows. But if you are a liberal, you are probably convinced that it exists, like the unicorn. This video of a City Council meeting in New Brighton, featuring Mayor Val Johnson, is making the rounds on the internet. If, like me, you have long wondered what "white privilege" supposedly consists of, you won't hear the answer from Mayor Johnson. When challenged by the only City Council member with enough gumption to question Johnson's harangue, she responds with incoherent bullying. The encounter is entertaining,...

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White Privilege Training for Edina’s Custodians and Bus Drivers? Can It Get Any Crazier?

Of the countless examples of left-wing bullying that we have received from Edina school parents, students, teachers and staff, none will make your skin crawl quite like this one. A widow sent this to us yesterday. It is a training program that her late husband, a bus driver for the Edina public schools, was forced to attend in 2012 which left him utterly humiliated. At this "Equity and Racial Justice Training" day, bus drivers and custodians were instructed in diversity, cultural competency, oppression, racism, and whiteness. Bus drivers and custodians. Equity and Racial Justice Training.  What?! Edina schools have reached a whole new level...

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The Abnormal Danger of Waxing about Norms

Remember how, in the sit-com “Cheers,” every time Norm rumbled through the door of the Boston bar where everyone knew your name, everyone in fact would shout out “Norm”?  Well, “norm,” albeit of the lower-case variety, is about what a foursome of writers, one of the of the strange-bedfellow variety, shouted approval recently. Going first were Amy Wax, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Larry Alexander, a law professor at the University of San Diego, who wrote an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer with the headline, “Paying the Price for Breakdown of the Country’s Bourgeois Culture.”  Yes, I...

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My Quick Conservative Take on the Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates Debate

I attended the Minneapolis mayoral candidates debate today at the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.  The best part was the excellent questions asked by the moderators, Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey School and Lee Schafer, business columnist for the Star Tribune.  Their common-sense questions called the candidates to account for all the anti-business craziness that’s been coming out of City Hall in recent years.  Here’s what they asked: Are you seeking the support of business owners? What do you say to business owners who say that their complaints about hostility in city government toward the business community has fallen on...

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