What a non-judgmental society amounts to is that common decency is optional -- which means that decency is likely to become less common.
Clinton Baby Prompts A Decision More Important Than Hillary's Plans
It seems hard to imagine that there is a more important question than the effect Charlotte Clintons birth will have on the 2016 presidential race. But there is.
Would Midterm Loss Crack Stonewall On Keystone Pipeline?
The federal government recently began its seventh year of considering whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Supreme Court Justice Eric Holder?
After 5 1/2 bumpy years of controversial service, the besieged but bolstered attorney general, Eric Holder, resigned.
Transgenderism Is A Mental Illness, Not A Civil Rights Issue
If someone came to a doctor and asked him to cut off a perfectly healthy arm because it just felt "wrong" for the arm to be there, should the doctor do it?
Obama Stands Aloof From America's Four Foreign Policy Traditions
President Obama's speech at the United Nations last week was "an important turning point in American foreign policy -- and in his presidency."
To Speak the Truth
We had been sitting in the attorney/client waiting room for less than two hours when we heard a knock on the door.
For Casinos — and For Repealing the Casino Law
On Election Day, I plan to vote for Question 3, the ballot initiative to repeal the Massachusetts casino law.
Obama's Narcissism a Threat to National Security
We mention President Obama's narcissism not as an exercise in name-calling but because it continues to be relevant to how he conducts himself in office, and it's not pretty.
Social Issues Are The GOP's Gateway To The Ghetto
No one grows up with aspirations of government dependency. Social issues give Conservatives the perfect opportunity to prove theyre the big brothers to Americans and not the bullies.
Who Are You Calling the Party of the Rich?
The median American household saw its net worth decline by 36 percent during the Great Recession. That is a hard reality.
The Collapse and Abuse Obama Doesn’t Want You to Know About
Its time that the children in this abusive marriage between bankers and DC sue to end the relationship. The bankers, as the battered spouse in this relationship, are too close to the abuser to object. That's why it lies to rest of us to do it for them.
Combating Campus Sexual Assaults
College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, "The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. ... One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker."
What the Arab World Produces
At least since the early part of the 20th century, aside from oil, the Arab world has produced and exported two products.
Must We Loose This Mortal Coil at 75?
My mother took up golf in her 69th year. She had a terrible grip since she was missing her left thumb. It had become infected prior to the discovery of penicillin and was amputated.
Barack Obama, Outside Agitator
In his U.N. address, President Obama listed a parade of horrors afflicting our world: "Russian aggression in Europe," "terrorism in Syria and Iraq," rapes and beheadings by ISIL, al-Qaida, Boko Haram. And, of course, the Ferguson Police Department.
Who is This Man?
If you don't know who Gao Zhisheng is, welcome to the vast club.
The Best Interest of the Dog
The supposed standard for child custody in family courts is the "best interest of the child." The Vermont supreme court has now extended that to the best interest of the dog.
Afghanistan Taliban Starts Importing ISIS War Tactics
The most ominous feature of the Ajristan attack is that the Taliban leaders adopted the practice of beheading. That is an export from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Conservative Think Tank Tries to Tie Gold Standard to Hitler And The Nazis
Sympathy toward the gold standard is a stand for which other conservative groups are on record, including the Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and, of course, the American Principles Project.
Public Schooling: War without End
Students in Jefferson County, Colorado began walking out of school last week to protest a proposal to ensure that the Advanced Placement programs history classes "promote citizenship, patriotism ... (and) respect for authority." Simultaneously, the nation has been observing Banned Books Week, intended to shine a spotlight on campaigns to remove controversial books from libraries, including at schools.
Cheerleaders Do an End-Run on the ACLU
After Oneida, Tenn. school officials decided not to fight the American Civil Liberties Unions (ACLU) demand that they cease an opening prayer before high school football games, the schools cheerleaders tackled the matter.
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Who Are We Really Fighting in the Middle East?
Why is it so hard for Obama & Company to be honest about what is going on in the Middle East? National security expert John Wohlstetter joined the show to discuss the Obama Administrations reluctance to talk about radical Islam
On Religion and Morality
Are religious people as equally prone to immoral acts as nonreligious people?
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Landslide Vote against Single-Payer Confirms Switzerland Is an Outpost of Rationality
Every so often I see polls, for instance, suggesting that French voters overwhelmingly want less government spending. But then they go out and elect statist presidents such as Sarkozy and Hollande. In Switzerland, by contrast, voters are sensible where it counts most in the voting booth.
The Unknown Challenge Facing America's Oil and Gas Industry
What is the single biggest challenge facing the oil and gas industry today? The answer isn't discovering a green frac fluid, or keeping prairie chickens and other cute little critters out of harms way from oil extraction in western Kansas. Nor is it earthquakes, Obama or China...
The Ebola Crisis: A Test Case for Enlightened Self-Interest
There is always a lesson in a crisis if youre humble enough to look for it. As the Ebola crisis spreads throughout West Africa, both the on-the-ground struggles and the international response have been enlightening to say the least.
Spain's Fake Recovery is Officially Over
The alleged recovery in Spain is already over. Retail sales are down month-over-month and year-over-year in July. August and September are both projected to be weak.
Neville Chamberlin Would Have Been a Perfect Fit for Obama’s Foreign Policy Team
On this day, in 1938, the British and French Prime Ministers signed the Munich Pact with Adolf Hitler in an effort to avoid the onset of another world war Spoiler alert: It didnt work.
'The War' on ISIS: The Case for Skepticism II
Recently, I cautioned my fellow Americans against falling for the notion that the so-called Islamic State is among the gravest threats, or any considerable threat, to the United States.
Five Forces that Will Shape the 21st Century
Powerful men searching for legacy often evoke grand challenges and personal solutions, but climate change is only one of several forces that will make civilization different 100 years from now.
Stand With Israel
Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations about their struggle with Hamas.
Banking with the Enemy...and the Federal Reserve
Right now, sources think ISIS generates $6 million a day from oil, wheat, taxes, ransoms, and even donations, and controls up to $2.0 billion in assets. What concerns me the most is the cash flow and where ISIS is banking.
David French Slays Goliath
I first met David French back in 2004. He had just taken a job as president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. I loved working informally with their organization and wanted to make sure our relationship remained intact under the new leadership. So I picked up the phone and called David just to introduce myself and to wish him good luck. That phone call would drastically alter the course of my life.