Portland’s failblazers

They aren’t your typical weapons -- pool noodles, hockey sticks, umbrellas and cigarette lighters -- but thanks to some gutless officials, they’re all the Portland rioters need to paralyze the whole city.

Virginia’s new four-letter word: flag

We can put it on the moon, but not a Virginia construction site. That’s how ridiculous the debate over the flag -- and all things American -- have become in the chaotic weeks since George Floyd’s death. The state that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason and Patrick Henry called home would be barely recognizable to those great men now. Now, amazingly, the flag under which slavery was abolished and segregation crumbled is “too offensive” for the state that helped build America.

What an amazing, pleasant surprise we had at Storm’s Drive-in last Tuesday at noon! The carhop hostess brought our lunch out and said the person who ordered just before we did wanted to pay for the person’s lunch that ordered right after they did. Can you only imagine?

An underappreciated American scholar

Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life.

Over the last four months, Americans have lived through what is arguably the most consequential period of government malfeasance in U.S. history. Public officials’ overreaction to the novel coronavirus put American cities into a coma; those same officials’ passivity in the face of widespread rioting threatens to deliver the coup de grace. Together, these back-to-back government failures will transform the American polity and cripple urban life for decades.

Despicable behavior from academicians

The Michigan State University administration pressured professor Stephen Hsu to resign from his position as vice president of research and innovation because he touted research that found police are not more likely to shoot black Americans. The study found: “The race of a police officer did not predict the race of the citizen shot. In other words, black officers were just as likely to shoot black citizens as white officers were.” For political reasons, the authors of the study sought its retraction.

Trump proves black workers matter

President Trump recently suspended nearly all guest-worker programs for the rest of the year. This historic executive order will open up more than 500,000 jobs to Americans -- and it’ll disproportionately help black citizens. These reforms aren’t mere rhetoric. They’re tangible proof that Donald Trump believes black workers matter.

Outrage over Goya CEO

It was the kind of program that, ordinarily, liberals would cheer. To hear them tell it, expanding the opportunities for minorities has always been their party’s idea. But when President Trump took a stab at it, announcing a business and educational project aimed directly at Hispanic people, the Left wasn’t about to cut him some slack. And worse than that, they’re out to destroy anyone who does.