A national conversation

The shootings of the last few weeks–of black suspects; of police–have at least provoked what has seemed to be impossible:  a national conversation over race.

We have black people defending the police; gun rights activists defending a black man shot by police; liberals questioning their extreme rhetoric; conservatives showing empathy for both sides.  Moving outside the usual categories is a helpful thing, if we are going to face up to our problems and do something about them.  So says conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg. . . . [Read more…]

Five police killed, seven wounded, at “Black Lives Matter” rally

Snipers killed five police officers, wounded seven more, plus two civilians in Dallas last night.  It happened at a “Black Lives Matter” march, protesting police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.  Three suspects are in custody.  One shooter was killed by a robot bomb.   Details after the jump. [Read more…]

Hillary Clinton let off the hook

The FBI director scolded Hillary Clinton for her illegal e-mail set-up and her careless handling of classified information.  But then he said that no charges would be filed against her.

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,” he said,  “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges.”  Of course they do.  And one factor for administration prosecutors is that the violator of the statutes is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. [Read more…]

Are Christians responsible for the Orlando shooting?

The left is blaming Christians for the Orlando attack on gays and lesbians, while defending Islam.  Even though the attacker himself said that he acted in the name of Islam.  David French explores this odd pattern of accusation and defense. [Read more…]

Gays are buying guns for self-defense

Commenters on the Orlando shooting have been calling for more gun control.  But now, in the aftermath of the attack, many gays are arming themselves for self-defense. [Read more…]

IRS allows fake social security numbers for illegal immigrants

Fake social security numbers are against the law, but the IRS tolerates them when used for employment purposes.   This is true even when the Social Security administration notifies them about the fraud.  This is so that the U.S. government can tax the earnings of illegal immigrants.

When called on this breach of the law, IRS officials say, “no harm, no foul.”  Isn’t it better, they say, that illegal immigrants have to pay taxes, rather than that they earn their wages tax free?

Well, if they couldn’t get on payrolls because they didn’t have a genuine social security number, they wouldn’t be getting jobs, so they would have no incentive to be entering the country illegally!  This sounds like an obvious area for enforcement, if the government were interested in any kind of enforcement.   [Read more…]