Kaci Hickox, Self-Absorbed Hero
There is something uniquely jarring about a display of selfish insolence from someone who is so praiseworthy in other respects. Maddening traits usually come from maddening people, as their true character surfaces.
Jackie Gingrich Cushman:
Getting Stuff Done
Prognosticators are predicting a Republican takeover of the United States Senate, and a pickup of a few seats in the House of Representatives. Driven in large part by the unpopularity of President Barack Obama (latest Gallup poll 42 percent approve, 53 percent disapprove of Obama), this potential change in control provides both an opportunity and a risk for Republicans.
Victor Davis Hanson:
Our Make-It-Up World
Do bothersome facts matter anymore? Not really. This is an age when Americans were assured that the Affordable Care Act lowered our premiums. It cut deductibles. Obamacare allowed us to keep our doctors and health plans, and lowered the deficit. Those fantasies were both demonstrably untrue and did not matter, given the supposedly noble aims of health care reform.
Environmentalists: The World Could Use A Good Pandemic Or War
In the late 1960s through the 1970s, there was a panic that the Earths population, if not controlled, would lead to mass food shortages, water shortages, death, wars and the end of civilization as it existed. But much like the global cooling movement during the same period, it was proven to be horribly, horribly wrong.
PunditFact Lies Again
PunditFact strikes again. For the second time.
Judge Andrew Napolitano:
The Presumption of Liberty
In the years following the adoption of the Constitution, before he was Secretary of State under President Thomas Jefferson and then president himself, James Madison, who wrote the Constitution, was a member of the House of Representatives. During that period of his life, he gave illuminating speeches and wrote elegant essays and letters about human freedom.
Can the Pope Shut Up Too?
Like similar comments by Francis on the economy and homosexuality, those on the Left will seize upon the Pope's words to demoralize and degrade believers in the Christian Church.
Obama’s Dove Crows: Israel’s Hawk a Chicken****!”
Feathers are flyingin Washington and in Jerusalemover the off-the-record comments by a senior Obama administration official to the respected Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. The unnamed dovish Obama policy maker said the thing about Bibi [Netanyahu] is hes a chicken****! Direct quote, characterization included.
Jeb Bush and Taxes -- Ready my Lips, Part II
Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL.) is thinking seriously about running for president in 2016, according to his son, George P. Bush.
Debra J. Saunders:
Trying to Silence Bill Maher in the Cradle of Free Speech
"The students at the University of California at Berkeley represent a diverse array of students from all walks of life," begins the student petition. Somehow you just know that before the end, the document will demand that the administration muzzle someone -- for the sake of diversity. The spirit of far-left censors trumps exposure to novel ideas. Hence the petition, titled "Stop Bill Maher from speaking at UC Berkeley's December graduation."
Harry R. Jackson, Jr.:
Does the Republican Party Have a Prayer in 2014?
With the midterm elections rapidly approaching, candidates around the country are scrambling to make their case to voters. Republicanswhose brand has been weakening for at least a decadeare hoping to make big gains, particularly in the Senate. Polls indicate that many races are still tight, so the outcome is far from certain.
Sharing the Danger
The issue is mandatory isolation - quarantine - of doctors, nurses, and military personnel who have been in the Ebola area of West Africa. I have unending respect for Americans who make the decision go into dangerous places to help try to save people's lives.
Obama and the Virtues of Inaction
In responding to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is being his usual self: passive, detached, unable or unwilling to lead. So say his critics, who accuse him of being an idle observer of his own presidency.
After the Wave Comes the Liberation
Nate Silver, the left-leaning psephologist, says the Republicans have a better than even chance to win both houses. He puts their chances of capturing the Senate at 63 percent. Remember, too, that the mainstream media is full of uncertainty. That seals it. Republicans are headed for another election wave much like 2010.
President Obama vs. Franklin Graham on Islam
According to President Obama, this figure of three million Muslims would make us one of the biggest Muslim nations. Was he accurate? Not by a mile. Not by many, many miles. In fact, he was embarrassingly wrong and inaccurate.
Black leaders in Chicago call out crony urban political machine
This is encouraging. If there is any place where free market reforms can help people practically immediately it is in the inner cities of the United States.
Afghanistan: As America Moves Out, the Taliban Moves In
In some provinces, the Taliban appear to be trying to make substantial gains before winter sets in. In others, they are probing and testing the strength and reaction time of Afghan forces.
An Appeal to Christians Who Plan to Sit Out This Election
In polite society, youre not supposed to talk about politics, sex, or religion. Sorry, but this column will discuss all three, directly or indirectly.
Ferguson, the Insurgency Grows
Listening to the recent rhetoric from some of the protestors coming out of Ferguson, Missouri might lead one to wonder: is this still about justice for Michael Brown, or is there something more at play ?
Taking a Vacation from Vacations
It's sad. Used to be, you'd spend 50 weeks a year waiting for your vacation -- two blissful weeks without ringing telephones, raging bosses, insane assignments, bottomless responsibilities, weirdo co-workers, and life-threatening paper cuts. Now, you don't get two weeks vacation and 50 weeks work. Now, you get 52 weeks of vacation and, if you can squeeze in a day or two of work, well, what kind of sucker are you?
Divining Median Household Income from Payroll Tax Data
Can we use monthly payroll tax collection data to reasonably approximate the median income being earned by U.S. households?
Goodbye Retail Associates, Hello Robots
Not only do robots cost less than humans, they don't complain, they speak multiple languages, and most importantly, by scanning aisles they know where every item is in the store and can take you straight to it.
Daniel J. Mitchell:
Are Well-Meaning but Misguided Conservatives Being Seduced by the Value-Added Tax?
Libertarians are sometimes accused of being unrealistic and impractical because we occasionally talk about unconventional ideas such as competitive currencies and privatized roads.
Connecting the Dots to Despotism
Recently, I wrote a column suggesting that we are living in an age of insanity. Events since then show the madness morphing into soft despotism, which may harden into outright tyranny.
The Other Side of Technology
While the wizards of new technology wax lyrically about the wonders of technological development, there is another side, one often overlooked in the avalanche of new products.
Are all the Parties Over?
Facebook joined Twitter after taking a nosedive following the posting of its earnings that, for the most part, beat the street, but offered guidance that gave investors pause. This will rekindle talk of a tech bubble...
Hysterical Media Tells Us To Calm Down
In the past week, The New York Times has ridiculed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie for having "fed panic" by ordering quarantines for health workers arriving from Ebola-plagued countries.
The Spectacular Self-Immolation of Wendy R. Davis
Wendy Russell Davis is on fire. And I don't mean that in a good way.
Walter E. Williams:
Africa: A Tragic Continent
Ebola threatens the very existence of the West African nations Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Moreover, the deadly disease is likely to spread to neighboring nations.