Bill Murchison

Posted December 01, 2015

The president of the United States landed in Paris on Monday, his mouth full of grave and ominous reproaches for the heedless.

Posted November 24, 2015

The first Christmas tree on our block popped up the day after Halloween. Soon enough, garlands of white lights began to adorn neighborhood trees and doorways. It's Christmas -- except that it's not. From what I can see, Thanksgiving has yet to be acknowledged, much less observed.

Posted November 17, 2015

Is Vladimir Putin the new leader of the free world?

Posted November 10, 2015

I tell you, it's great to be alive and cognizant that the greatest thing going on at the University of Missouri, large-domed citadel of learning and culture, is -- you guessed it -- football!

Posted November 03, 2015

"The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media. ... And nobody watching at home (believes) that any of the moderators (have) any intention of voting in a Republican primary." -- Sen. Ted Cruz, at the Oct. 28 GOP presidential debate.

Posted October 27, 2015

With Jim Webb's resignation from the presidential race goes a piece of history.

Posted October 20, 2015

Opposition to Christian cultural and political arguments doesn't rise quite to the level of persecution -- a point that eludes various Christians (including Ted Cruz, but more on him in a minute). Still, the subject of growing estrangement between Christian belief and secular power needs attention in the presidential campaign.

Posted October 13, 2015

It strikes me all of a sudden that a word spoken on behalf of the Republican Party's "crazies" might not come amiss.

Posted October 06, 2015

By Monday, interestingly enough, the Russian invasion of Syria was receding as a topic of public concern.

Posted September 29, 2015

So that's it: John Andrew Boehner out as House speaker, and the way cleared (whoopee! Hallelujah! Pass the Dom Perignon) for a conservative revival on Capitol Hill?

Posted September 22, 2015

Notice the Washington Post-ABC News poll on Pope Francis. The results indicate that people over here love him. He throws open doors too long closed. "He's calming, he's relaxing, and he's reassuring," says one Catholic quoted by the Post. Another -- a sociologist at Catholic University -- says, "He talks like a person who actually knows something about human life."

Posted September 15, 2015

America's ongoing nervous breakdown -- Donald Trump high atop the GOP presidential polls, a self-proclaimed socialist earning Democratic affections, law officers as shooting-gallery ducks, Anthony Kennedy as supreme moral arbiter -- has roots in human nature, to be sure.

Posted September 01, 2015

Who gets believed, in our age of ever-present media, is who talks the loudest. Donald Trump, for example.

Posted August 25, 2015

President Obama had the grace -- and the political good sense -- to telephone and congratulate the three young Americans who thwarted the Moroccan gunman aboard that high-speed French train late last week.

Posted August 18, 2015

A searing sentiment driving debate in the presidential race is that ordinary Americans are losing control of their lives -- watching the right to moral decision-making wrested away from them. Wrested away by whom? By those who "know better."

Posted August 04, 2015

Joe? For president?

Posted July 28, 2015

Abortion activists and supporters -- which is to say, most of the Democratic Party and the entirety of the liberal intelligentsia -- like to frame abortion as a liberty issue.

Posted July 14, 2015

If the country is trending leftward -- as evidenced by all the demands for equality and redistribution coming out of the Democratic camp, and seconded by the media -- the question arises: Why is the country trending leftward?

Posted July 07, 2015

From across my small office I winked at Marse Robert. He winked back -- so his 7-by-6-inch portrait seemed to suggest -- white-bearded, gray-uniformed, arms folded serenely and confidently.

Posted June 20, 2015

Each in his own way, each to a wholly different purpose, the pope and Dylann Roof, the suspected Charleston gunman, have hold of something major.