PowerLine – Israeli doctors, spies rally to save 5-year-old Syrian girl.
- Meanwhile in Israel
- “This alien intrusion”
- The Week in Pictures: New York State of Mind Edition
- The Trial as how-to manual
- Giuliani says he’ll vote for Trump
|Meanwhile in Israel
Posted: 09 Apr 2016 02:25 PM PDT
(Scott Johnson)The Times of Israel reports a story of Israeli devotion to the sanctity of life in “Israeli doctors, spies rally to save 5-year-old Syrian girl.” If you follow the news from Israel, you may be familiar with Israel’s dedication of resources to save casualties of the Syrian civil war, but this story of a young girl adds a novel wrinkle:
One cannot cease to be amazed by the inversion of reality wrought by the enemies of Israel in the United States and around the world.
|“This alien intrusion”
Posted: 09 Apr 2016 12:46 PM PDT
(Scott Johnson)Heather Mac Donald gives us the quote of the day in the opening of her City Journal column “Bubba bites back.” She writes: “Bill Clinton injected a disruptive element into the Democratic presidential campaign yesterday: truth. The question now is: How will his wife recover from this alien intrusion?”
It’s a good question. I think events have provided the inevitable answer. Clinton regrets his detour into the truth. He more or less apologizes for it. And she will more or less accept his apology.
|The Week in Pictures: New York State of Mind Edition
Posted: 09 Apr 2016 04:55 AM PDT
(Steven Hayward)So we’re heading to the big New York primary smackdown. And yet lifelong New York Yankees fan Hillary Rodham doesn’t know how to work a subway fare card. Why isn’t this her “supermarket scanner” moment? (Because she’s a Democrat, dummy.) Turns out she can’t pour beer, either. (See below.) Meanwhile, Bernie is jetting off to Rome to commune with the Pope. This is the best trolling of LaRoucheite conspiracy theorists ever! I have to give Bernie major props for this move, which I did not see coming!
And finally. . .
|The Trial as how-to manual
Posted: 09 Apr 2016 04:51 AM PDT
(Scott Johnson)Does anyone read Kafka anymore? I doubt that high school and college students take him up as faithfully as we once did, but the bureaucratic tyrants running the Department of Education in the Obama administration appear to have drawn on Kafka’s Trial as a how-to manual rather than a modernist warning of a nightmarish future.
The book opens: “Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested.”
Josef K. struggles to comprehend what is happening to him:
Josef K. wonders:
As it turns out, Josef K. has nothing on Laura K. FIRE’s Aaron Reese and Chris Maltby take up Laura K.’s case in “Laura Kipnis’s Title IX inquisition at Northwestern.” They write:
Laura K. tells the story of her Title IX inquisition in the video below.
Looking around online, I see that KC Johnson cites Kafka in “Amherst’s version of Kafka’s The Trial.” Johnson’s narrative of the Title IX proceeding he recounts is indeed Kafkaesque.
Listening to Laura K., however, it occurs to me that there is nothing institution specific about the Kafkaesque nightmare Johnson tells. The Obama administration seeks to institutionalize it on campus. It follows from the administration’s Kafkaesque “Dear Colleage” letter to educational institutions that receive federal funds. Moreover, the comparison to Kafka is literal, not metaphorical, and the Kafkaesque nightmare represents the Obama administration’s beau ideal of due process for members of disfavored groups.
|Giuliani says he’ll vote for Trump
Posted: 08 Apr 2016 06:44 PM PDT
(Paul Mirengoff)Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani intends to vote for Donald Trump, he said today in an interview. Giuliani isn’t formally endorsing Trump, though. He will be a delegate to the Republican convention and believes he will have more sway on the floor if he hasn’t endorsed anyone.
It’s natural that Giuliani supports Trump. Cruz is far to the right of Giuliani. Moreover, the ex-mayor says he didn’t take kindly to Cruz’s attack on “New York values.”
I don’t blame him.
Giuliani isn’t far away ideologically from John Kasich. However, he doesn’t see the Ohio governor as a bona fide contender. This is a race between Trump and Cruz. Giuliani, reasonably from his perspective, favors Trump.
He also considers Trump a friend. “The man that I know is not the man you see on television,” Giuliani insists. “He’s a gentleman, he’s a good father.”
A gentleman, Trump is not. But one can understand his affinity with Giuliani. The ex-mayor was a bully during his days as a federal prosecutor and no great respecter of individual rights as mayor. He was good at both jobs, but had some Trumpian tendencies (unlike the tycoon, however, Giuliani had command of the issues).
Will Giuliani’s non-endorsement endorsement help Trump? I think so. Could it boost Trump past the magic 50 percent mark statewide or in a few congressional districts? Possibly. (The views of those who know New York politics are welcome on this subject).
Even if Trump wins all of New York’s 95 delegates, he still will be a little bit off pace in terms of getting, via caucuses and primaries, to 1,237 — the number of delegates he needs to be nominated. But if Trump wins all 95 or loses only a few, it will change yet again the way people are talking about the Republican race.