Jackie Gingrich Cushman:
Smells and Politics
As a life-long, occasionally conscripted political volunteer, I've encountered my share of smells along the political way. Fried chicken in the summer at church picnics and BBQ on Fourth of July in Newnan, Georgia, (with the argument about which BBQ was better -- Melear's or Sprayberry's). Then there was the smell of glue from the backs of the envelopes we were sending. (Yes, if there are enough freshly licked envelopes you can smell the sticky, sweet smell of the glue).
Victor Davis Hanson:
Where Have All the Allies Gone?
If unchecked, the Islamic State will turn what is left of the nations of the Middle East into a huge Mogadishu-like tribal wasteland, from the Syrian Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. And they will happily call the resulting mess a caliphate.
Have You Heard About Hillary?
We hear where she goes. We hear what she wears. We hear how much she makes. But what we dont ever seem to hear about Hillary Clinton is what she would do as president. Her every move is reported, every speech covered as if it were a decree brought down from a mountaintop. But what does she want to do?
On Domestic Violence, NFL Uses NOW's Playbook
When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down a mere a two-game suspension for domestic violence, he took his cue from some of the very same women's groups now calling for his head.
Prayers and Preparation
A trial is a thing to be avoided whenever possible. When it becomes impossible to avoid, it consumes you. You lose a measure of control over your life and you just have to trust your attorneys and follow their orders. In March, my attorneys ordered me to sit down and read my deposition, which was taken back in 2009. They warned me that in my trial, which was scheduled to start on March 17, 2014, opposing counsel might try an old trick on me. They might just ask the same questions from that deposition, simply for the purpose of eliciting an inconsistent statement that could impeach my credibility.
DA's Abuse of Discretion Should be Condemned, not Cheered
PROSECUTORS ROUTINELY reduce criminal charges or waive them altogether. They agree to plea bargains. They settle misdemeanor cases in exchange for compensation to the victim. Under our legal system, the government's prosecuting attorneys have extraordinary leeway in deciding whom to prosecute, and for which offenses, and what punishment to seek.
An Idiotic Government with Idiotic Goals
Creating the type of artificial inflation the Fed is after is idiotic. And even in their idiotic goal theyve failed to live up to their own expectations.
School Tells Kids to Remove American Flags On 9/11
Sometimes good intentions have unintended consequences. Just ask the principal of Woodruff High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Why do Americans Hate America?
After some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said he thinks one reason for the defection is that too many of the defectors have forgotten what it means to be British. As a means of fighting the radicalization of young people, he wants all of Britains schools to again teach British values."
To Protect the Constitution We Must Win the Senate
On this day in 1787, 39 patriots signed the U.S. Constitution, a document that not only organized our government but also changed the world.
Debra J. Saunders:
Keep the No-Ransom Policy
The video of a Syrian captor beheading American freelance journalist James Foley "has done more damage than any ransom ever could," former Iranian hostage Sarah Shourd warned on CNN recently.
Fed on Interest Rates Raises Serious Questions
Wall Street was more than willing to endure the Federal Reserve Board's announcement Wednesday that it would end the monetary equivalence of "crack cocaine" by ending its longstanding "QE" program designed to pump liquidity into the economy.
Virginia's Worrying Look at Medicaid Expansion
Abusing the legislative process has become part and parcel of rolling out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). Since it became law in 2010, the Obama Administration has delayed, waived, or otherwise ignored key provisions of the Act over two dozen times.
First things first. I was on CNN the other day with Donna Brazil and Prof. Larry Sabato. The host wanted to start a fight about whether President Barack Obama had flip-flopped on his committing U.S. military forces in Iraq.
Faith, Fanaticism, and Fantasy in the Middle East
God created war, theorized Mark Twain, so that Americans would learn geography.
I'm Living Large, but It's an Illusion
A few months ago I made a trip to attend my daughter Isabelle's commencement at an institution of higher learning. Having no apparel to signify my investment in this particular school, I entered the bookstore and found a shirt emblazoned with its name. Too impatient to try the shirt on, I eyeballed the medium and the large and decided the medium would fit.
From Pete Rozelle to Roger Goodell
Goodell has just appointed four women to some sort of policy positions in the NFL to appease this angry minority. As I say, being a sports impresario has never been as easy as it looks.
The Challenge: What "Runs in the Family"
If you could take any aspect from the family you grew up in and bring it into the family you have created, what would it be? A certain holiday tradition? The way your home was always filled with visitors? The friendship and affection your parents had for each other? Or maybe even the tough, but refining love they showed you?
Ransom Notes Radio:
Fed Policy is Turning into a Joke
The Yellen Fed seems determined to keep pushing for some artificial economic growth. Doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results, is apparently NOT the definition of insanity Its just Federal Reserve policy.
Playing Catch Up
The headline was dramatic Consumer Prices Fall for the First Time in Six Months. Of course, the pundits say The main reason is due to the decline in the cost of filling up at the gas station. Steaks and burgers continue to escalate further.
We the Sheeple and Baaaaad Government
It seems we have a government who increasingly, since the establishment of this great nation, thinks that in order to promote the general welfare it needs to generally promote welfare for all.
Hey Libertarians. War, What's It Good For?
Americans should always be suspicious of government's natural tendency to devour liberty.
The Irony of California’s Ousting of Campus Christian Groups
A disturbing story came and went, barely noticed a few weeks ago. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is being unceremoniously booted off the campuses of Californias 23 state universities. This begins with a process of derecognizing these as legitimate campus groups.
Big Government's Next Big Reach
Developments were brewing in Washington that could have a much larger impact on the market and your retirement. John Bogle, father of the mutual fund industry, is trying to get Washington involved in your pension and retirement accounts.
Taliban Steps Up Violence in Afghanistan
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) press office in Kabul confirmed that three ISAF soldiers were killed as a result of a suicide bombing attack in Kabul today.
Daniel J. Mitchell:
Statist Policy and the Great Depression
Its difficult to promote good economic policy when some policy makers have a deeply flawed grasp of history.
A New Fed Playbook for the New Normal
We have entered a new chapter in the short and checkered history of central banking. This paradigm shift, as yet unaddressed in the textbooks, changes the basic policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making.
Scots Should Vote No on Independence
Scots will be worse off if they vote for independence. Its not good economics and not much else is at stake.
Companies' Stock Buybacks at Biggest Pace Since 2007 - Are Companies Rewarding Investors?
In yet another sign of market over-exuberance, the Wall Street Journal reports Share Repurchases Are at Fastest Clip Since Financial Crisis.
The Importance of Choosing Life
Physician-assisted suicide, much like abortion and same-sex marriage, has become something of a cultural bellwether.
Admit it! If there's one thing you've always wanted to do, it's exude. And I don't blame you. Exuding is cool. Especially, if what you are exuding is success.
The Spread of Rocky Mountain Jihad
Something's fouling Colorado's crisp air -- and I'm not talking about the pot smoke.
Walter E. Williams:
Multiculturalism Is a Failure
German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that in Germany, multiculturalism has "utterly failed."