Things Get Worse in Ukraine and the Crimea

Russian troops are in the Crimean Peninsula, and are busy "taking control of military and civilian installations." Ukraine is getting ready to respond, but let's not pretend that Ukrainian forces are any real match for the Russians in Crimea (although it would appear that if Russian forces seek to further expand their reach, Ukrainian forces …

Your Non-Shocking News of the Day

Stop the presses. Martin Heidegger was an anti-Semite: For decades, controversy has marred the legacy of Martin Heidegger, whose theories and complicity with the Nazi regime led many to brand him an anti-Semite. Yet there was never a smoking gun in the late German philosopher’s expansive work, an explicit pejorative reference to Jews or Judaism …

Opportunism Knocks

Over in California, Republicans are trying to get Democratic state senator Rod Wright kicked out of the California legislature for having been convicted of "eight counts of voter fraud and perjury for lying about whether he lived in his district." Democrats are resisting, claiming "hilariously" that "the judge could overturn the verdict." Of course, it …

Things Are Very Bad in Ukraine and the Crimea

Let us just run down how bad: This story informs us that "Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine." And if that weren't bad enough, we are also told that "[t]he newly installed government in …

Speaking of Bill de Blasio . . .

This is unconscionable: Mayor de Blasio brought down the hammer Thursday on three charter schools operated by his nemesis Eva Moskowitz, leaving hundreds of kids without classrooms this fall. “This has to be the saddest day for the Success Academy’s children, family, teachers, school leaders,” Moskowitz said after meeting with stunned charter parents in Harlem. “Right …

The de Blasio Administration: Where Ideology Trumps Competence

Let me start this post by being fair to Bill de Blasio: He won the election, his political philosophy got affirmed in the process, and as a consequence, he has the right to hire people who share that philosophy. That having been written, it would be nice if he would balance out ideological hiring with …