September 13, 2023
On Saturday, the New York Times surprised many people, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. among them, with a lengthy article questioning the “single bullet theory” in the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The man who got the Times’ attention is Paul Landis, a long-retired Secret Service agent who stood on the running board of Kennedy’s car that fateful day. What is odd about that attention is how little new information Landis adds to the conversation.
In my new book, “Untenable: The True Story of White Ethnic Flight from America’s Cities,” I make the argument that those who could flee the growing disorder of post-1960s urban America, fled.
Only whites were shamed for fleeing, but blacks fled as well. In the book, I tell the stories of Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy, Kanye West’s mother, Donna, and Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson.
All made the conscious decision to pull their children from harm’s way when their neighborhood and its schools broke down around them. “Call it black flight or whatever,” said West after her son was mugged, “I was ready to go.”
Wednesday at 6 p.m. Eastern, Tucker Carlson will roll out his interview with Larry Sinclair on X. Tens of millions of people will see it. The Obamas probably will not be among them.
The Bidens, however, may want to watch. Joe’s late son, Beau, may have been involved with Sinclair, not as a sex partner, but as a prosecutor. In January 2008, Sinclair fueled rumors about Obama’s sexuality when he went up on YouTube with his allegations of a two-day coke and sex romp with Obama in 1999.
Here’s how bad it has gotten. In a small Republican-leaning town, in a Trump +20 county, the local library board felt free to
Darwin Barker Library, Fredonia, ,New York
“disinvite” from speaking a mainstream conservative author with a dozen C-SPAN Book-TVs under his belt.
That author happens to be me. I had been reading about cancel culture for years, but I had never experienced it firsthand. Given the intimacy of a small-town environment, I have been able to document in detail how the whole process played out. As I learned, there is a banality to this kind of soft-core silencing that makes it even more insidious than an outright ban by hard-core censors.
Having written four books about Barack Obama, I read Jamie Glazov’s new book, “Barack Obama’s True Legacy,” not expecting any surprises. To my surprise, I was pleasantly surprised.
Glazov, the editor, assigned subject matter experts to review Obama’s policy decisions as president, with a focus on foreign policy. This strategy provides a depth of reporting not found in other assessments of the Obama presidency, my own included.
It’s unlikely that future Obama historians will know more about the Muslim Brotherhood than Robert Spencer, more about communism than Trevor Loudon, more about Benghazi than Clair Lopez, more about Israel than Daniel Greenfield or Dov Lipman, or more about Russia than J.R. Nyquist, just to name a few.
When I Google the name Hadi Matar the first article posted from a major mainstream media outlet dates back to Aug. 17, 2022. The headline of this New York Times article reads, “‘I’m Done With Him’: A Mother’s Anger Over Rushdie Attack.”
Five days earlier her son Hadi stabbed, nearly to death, famed author Salman Rushdie on a stage at the Chautauqua Institution, an increasingly woke Christian retreat in western New York.
Rushdie has lived much of his life in hiding following a 1989 fatwa by “Iran’s supreme leader.” Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” had, the Times reminded us, “provoked outrage among some Muslims.”
During the first week of October, the American Library Association (ALA) “celebrates” an exercise in self-delusion called “Banned Books Week.”
“For more than 40 years,” the ALA insists, “the annual event has brought together the entire book community – librarians, teachers, booksellers, publishers, writers, journalists, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
In my experience, libraries are notoriously hostile to “unorthodox or unpopular” ideas when those ideas come from the right. Fueling that hostility are insecure, left-leaning women, the “Karens” of our sidewalk encounters and sleepless nights.