Americans like trials. It's the civil, fair, just way to settle disputes. But we like them too much. A general critique of Americans is that we bring everything to court. Our more serious problem, however, is that our addiction to trials infects and distorts our foreign policy.
A recent catalogue from the giant second-hand camera dealer KEH listed a Canon camera made for the Japanese navy during World War II. This model is described as one of only 15 such cameras made and as being still in excellent condition. Its price is $40,000.
I have, sitting on my desk, a box of EnviroKidz Organic Gorilla Munch. I found this cereal at my local Fresh Fields Whole Foods Market, where I had been sent on assignment by my editors at National Review (other journalists get to cover wars, I get to write about stores that pride themselves on their unpronounceable mushrooms).
The little boy, watching a puffy white cloud sitting like a wide brimmed sombrero on top of Volcano Chaparrastique looming majestically over San Miguel, squealed with delight: "The volcano wears a hat." Salvadorans take their pleasures in the landscape where they can find them.
The majority of America's political leaders come from urban areas. Not surprisingly then, they speak to the issues that are of unique concern to the urban voting populace - urban sprawl, mass transit and corporate tax structures engineered to haul our economy forward.
It is gratifying, if not notably noble, that some Democrats, having recalibrated their self-interest in the light of last year's elections, are rethinking their enthusiasm for eviscerating the First Amendment in the name of campaign finance reform.
Dubya kept hitting 'em into the seats as he took his swings last week before Congress. "An artist using statistics as a brush could paint two very different pictures of our country" - one with warning signs, the other full of blessings. He went on to get most everything mostly right....
Ex-Klansman Robert Byrd, the senior senator from West Virginia, casually used the phrase "white nigger" twice on national TV this weekend. Enraged civil rights groups organized a protest campaign against Sen. Byrd and demanded that he undergo sensitivity training ... not.
It may explain why some in the news media have gone thoroughly hysterical to the point of outright dishonesty in their reporting, so desperate are they to see his plan defeated. The hostile fire is coming from many directions, but nothing is quite so consistent, and outrageous, as the ack-ack coming from CBS News.
I almost fell out of my chair watching Fox News Sunday when liberal Juan Williams questioned whether the black community's unflagging support of Bill Clinton could be attributable to something other than Clinton serving the black community's interests.
Repeal of the marriage tax penalty was always good for a big round of applause in the campaign speeches of most political candidates last year. But it's scheduled for bumpy sledding in the drafting of this year's tax-cut bill.
On two separate occasions in recent weeks, top Clinton Administration officials have published op.ed. articles in the Washington Post largely echoing the strong misgivings about President Bush's commitment to defend America against ballistic missile attack that are being heard from Moscow, Beijing and various allied capitals.
The Library of Congress has put George Washington's diaries on the Internet. Perhaps one of these days Congress will restore to the calendar the "Washington's Birthday" holiday now widely supplanted by "Presidents Day." The latter has no congressional mandate. A diligent Congress, demonstrating proper respect for "the father of our country," will bring "Washington's Birthday" back.
Using new definitions for accepted meanings of established words, politicians have changed adultery into freedom of expression; sex is now fooling around, promiscuity is recreational, homosexuality is a lifestyle and abortion is a choice.
A media boom is under way on behalf of transgendered men and women. Last week, for instance, A&E's "Investigative Reports" ran a segment, "The Transgender Revolution," quoting an activist who called it the fourth great rights movement of our era.
No. It's not the furniture. It's not the bridal registry. It's not the Carnegie Hall penthouse. It's not the Inauguration Day grandstanding. It's not the 11th hour plea-copping on his Lewinsky perjury. It's the pardons, stupid.
Disquieting rumors persist that some of President Bush's advisers are eager to sign a campaign finance ``reform" bill, or at least to avoid vetoing one. Bush should beware of what Edmund Burke called ``the irresistible operation of feeble councils."