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Can we believe Ilhan Omar’s autobiography? | Spectator USA

Can we believe Ilhan Omar’s autobiography? | Spectator USA

This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman Street Books, pp.288, $27.99Political autobiographies are written to conceal, not to reveal. They come in two eminently pulpable forms. One is the twilight apologia of the retired or defeated politician, the other the resumé-polishing pitch of the rising star. Which category Ilhan Omar’s autobiography falls into depends on whether you, like her, think she’s a cruelly traduced beacon of hope in a land of benighted bigotry; or whether, as one investigative journalist concluded, she has  the ‘worst spree of felonies by a...

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Let’s blame China | Spectator USA

Let’s blame China | Spectator USA

This article is in ’s June 2020 US edition. .Is Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, Hillary Clinton in drag? I ask because when he takes to the pages of the Washington Post to lecture us that ‘’ with respect to China’s role in helping to spread the coronavirus, I could almost believe I was back at that Congressional hearing after Muslim lunatics attacked the American consulate in Benghazi and murdered four Americans, including the US ambassador. The dulcet strains of the then Secretary of State Clinton skirling ‘at this point what difference does it make?’ are ringing...

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Obama should apologize to Trump | Spectator USA

Obama should apologize to Trump | Spectator USA

Anyone who has children understands the importance of teaching them to say ‘sorry’ when they’ve done wrong. Apologizing for causing harm to others teaches our young to be empathetic. Being able to say sorry helps knit the fabric of society together. Otherwise, our social contract would devolve into petty squabbles and endless lawsuits.Alas, in the last few decades, as America has become more and more engaged in a cold civic war, we appear to have lost the ability to be contrite, especially in politics.We now know unequivocally that there was no substantial basis for the investigation of...

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Obama’s political police | Spectator USA

Obama’s political police | Spectator USA

In the beginning there was a clandestine ‘surveillance’ and ‘unmasking’ program by operatives in the Obama executive branch, targeting figures in some way related to President-Elect Trump during his 75-day transition period. But on January 5, 2017 the outgoing Obama administration took a fateful step.Obama convened a meeting in the Oval Office; present were his VP, the Deputy AG, his National Security Adviser, the heads of the FBI and CIA and perhaps one or two others. A decision was taken to open a counter-terrorism investigation. The target: the incoming president, Trump. The FBI chief,...

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Leonard Toboroff
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America’s worst lockdown laws | Spectator USA

America’s worst lockdown laws | Spectator USA

COVID-19 has the states in a state. Governors aren’t sure whether to roll out the reopening or roll up and arrest anyone who dares to step foot outside. Cockburn has violated plenty of laws in his time, as well as many time-honored customs in remote societies where the light of the Lord’s word has yet to penetrate. But he has yet to come across taboos so intolerable and regulations so ridiculous as the ones contrived by our corona-conscious elected leaders:Gov. Tom Wolf’s name sounds identical to that of novelist Thomas Wolfe. The governor goes in for similarly prolix flights of...

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Stanford study suggests coronavirus might not be as deadly as flu | Spectator USA

Stanford study suggests coronavirus might not be as deadly as flu | Spectator USA

One of the great unknowns of the COVID-19 crisis is just how deadly the disease is. Much of the panic dates from the moment, in early March, when the World Health Organization (WHO) published a mortality rate of 3.2 percent — which turned out to be a crude ‘case fatality rate’ dividing the number of deaths by the number of recorded cases, ignoring the large number of cases which are asymptomatic or otherwise go unrecorded.The Imperial College modeling, which has been so influential on the UK government, assumed an infection fatality rate (IFR) of 0.9 percent. This was used to compute the...

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Lockdowns are as contagious as COVID | Spectator USA

Lockdowns are as contagious as COVID | Spectator USA

Schools might never have closed in the first place had the coronavirus not started in China. Imagine it had started in Sweden. Whoever responded first was going to set the tone for the nations that followed. When we are uncertain about what to do, we look to the behavior of others to guide us.Imagine walking down a street with a new restaurant on either side (you remember restaurants, right?), and that you do not know anything about either of them. One has some customers inside, the other has none. Assuming you can get a table, you would choose the one with people in it because, in the...

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Biden’s mental frailty makes him a Teflon candidate | Spectator USA

Biden’s mental frailty makes him a Teflon candidate | Spectator USA

President Trump gets away with a lot because much of the world thinks he’s a buffoon. Former vice president Joe Biden gets away with a lot because much of the world thinks he’s demented. Welcome to American politics in 2020.Trump may or may not be a buffoon; Biden may or may not be — there’s been perhaps too much speculation about his mental health. What is certain is that he gives the strong impression of being a doddery old codger. Perversely, in what Gore Vidal called the United States of Amnesia, that could be the key to his success. You can’t really blame a man who has lost his mind....

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