On Friday, President Donald Trump said Robert E. Lee was a “great general.” Trump didn’t praise the Confederacy — his point was to emphasize the importance of Union General Ulysses S. Grant, who thought outside the box to finally defeat Lee, who as Trump said was “winning battle after battle.” Even so, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) jumped on Trump’s comments, even going so far as to declare that Jim Crow segregation is still alive and well today.
“Robert E. Lee was a slaveholder who led an armed rebellion against the United States to keep people enslaved,” SPLC Intelligence Project director Heidi Beirich declared in a statement. “By praising him, President Trump is making a direct appeal to the politics of resentment.”
If you haven’t been reading the business pages, you might not know that Canadian ingenuity has developed a stunning new business model: producing expensive oil and giving it away cheap.
The gap between Canadian and U.S. oil is nudging US$50 a barrel. Alberta gets around US$26 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate is in the neighbourhood of US$72. The discount is so juicy that China has started switching away from Venezuela towards bargain-basement Canada. That tells you something — even claptrap, broken down, corruption-riddled Venezuela can’t undersell Canada’s sad-sack inability to peddle its oil.
Mounir el-Motassadeq was collected from his German jail cell, where he had spent almost 15 years, on Monday, ready for deportation to Morocco. His jail term for complicity in 3,000 counts of murder in the September 11, 2001 attacks and for membership of a terrorist organization was set to expire this November.
It seems a world away, but tracing 9/11 today takes us to Steindamm, a busy road in the center of Hamburg. On a blustery afternoon late this September, few people linger. The shops sell vegetables, kaftans, and flights to Mecca and Turkey.
No Palestinian — or anyone else for that matter — has been made privy to US President Donald J. Trump’s long-awaited plan for peace in the Middle East, which has also been referred to as the “deal of the century.” This minor detail however, has not prevented the Palestinians from rejecting the rumored plan, on the pretext that it is aimed at “liquidating” the Palestinian cause and national rights.
Hardly a day passes without Palestinian leaders and officials across the political spectrum behaving as if they know every detail of the “deal of the century.” The Palestinians are not even prepared to wait until the US administration actually presents a plan.
Democrats are all “do as I say, not as I do.” And no Democrat is a greater hypocrite than Hillary Clinton.
Clinton was a vocal critic of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing, and the mainstream media ate it up with a spoon. She decried the so-called “sexual assault” — when, 36 years ago as a 17-year-old, Kavanaugh allegedly groped a 15-year-old at a drunken high school party.
A town in Italy that has denied school meals and bus services to the children of migrant families has been denounced as “despicable” by critics but applauded by the country’s hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini.
Around 200 children have been affected by the controversial new measures in Lodi, a town in the northern region of Lombardy that is run by the hard-Right League party.
Matteo Salvini, who is head of The League as well as interior minister and deputy prime minister, praised the mayor of the town on Monday, saying: “The gravy train is finished.”
At some point, America’s high schools, liberals arts colleges, and universities got taken over by Leftist radicals, who starting in the 1960s had burrowed into the system as eternal graduate students and who gradually emerged, like parasites, to devour their hosts. The result has been increasingly politicized, feminized institutions that, in many cases, bear almost no resemblance to their original incarnations besides their names. They’ve become an expensive parody of education, some costing into six figures per year, all in. Obsessed with “social justice,” they bristle with diversity administrators and other barnacles; teaching has become secondary to the schools’ primary mission of ideological indoctrination; and the diploma has become simply a very expensive certificate of attendance, different from a mail-order diploma mill only in the prestige of the name on the piece of paper.
To an entire generation of young shoppers, Sears is the store they least want to visit in the mall they rarely patronize.
But for much of its 132-year history, the company was at the forefront of American retail. Its early mail-order and distribution innovations made it the Amazon of the Gilded Age.
Later, its vast spread of brick-and-mortar stores positioned it in prime retail locations across the country. For years, it was the largest retailer in the United States, operating out of the tallest building in the world. At various points, it sold products like fishing tackle, tombstones, barber chairs, wigs and even a “Stradivarius model violin” for $6.10.
Most democratic governments claim they are against extremism and terrorism. If so, then why does it appear possible that governments are funding it? Would senior members of a democratic government send taxpayers’ money down a path they know will lead to more extremism and terrorism?
According to the Princeton University disarmament group, Global Zero, an agreement on “No First Use” would be in a new treaty — one in which everyone “sincerely vows” never to use nuclear weapons first.
In Harper’s view, the liberal establishment has taken advantage of globalization to divide the world up into “somewheres”—who embrace their particular families, communities, and nations—and “anywheres,” the Davoisie who belittle the majority of the people as “fringe” or “extreme” or “deplorable.” The predominant, elite culture of “corporatism, elitism, cultural relativism, and alienism,” as Harper put it, cannot help but eventually prompt a backlash.
“When 10, 20, 45, 50 percent of the people are saying that they’re looking at new options, it’s just not good enough to dismiss them as fringe and extreme or as ‘deplorable,'” he said.
Google is throwing itself a hell of a 20th birthday party. And everyone is bringing the gifts.
While the dot com giant puts up celebratory doodles and shows off its original garage headquarters, Attorney General Sessions had already convened 14 state attorney generals to discuss censorship, privacy issues and antitrust issues involving, among other tech monopolies, the cutesy corporation.
Few meetings between Sessions and AGs well to the left, like California’s Xavier Becerra, would have gone as well as this, but big tech monopolies were already controversial on the left, now they’re also being unfriended by Republicans. There’s a growing consensus that they’re just too big and powerful.