I recently wrote a column in which I voiced my conclusion that gays have largely won the culture war and that conservatives should come to grips with that fact by making some painful compromises, including some form of civil unions in order to draw a protective line around traditional marriage.
Very brief comments, direct or implied, on news items astounding, discomforting, reassuring or bizarre.
"I have a new e-mail address," my 10-year-old daughter wrote in a recent message to friends and relatives. "My mom changed it from my old one because I was getting weird and disgusting messages from college girls who wanted a date with me! Gross!"
He was the moving force behind Live Aid and the "We Are the World" recording that raised money for famine relief in Ethiopia. But in typical "Useful Idiot" fashion, he just assumed that famine in Africa must somehow be the fault of the West, and particularly of the United States.
In the early hours of May 23, the House and Senate both approved H.R. 2, a bill that reduces tax rates on wages, dividends and capital gains, among other things. The following day, before the legislation had even been signed into law, The New York Times pronounced it a failure.
Inasmuch as June is around the corner and it's still winter, it is time to revisit the issue of "global warming." A sparrow does not a spring make, but in the Druid religion of environmentalism, every warm summer's breeze prompts apocalyptic demands for a ban on aerosol spray and paper bags. So where is global warming when we need it?
You could call it 'Testosterone Lite." Or maybe "the eunuch in the parlor" is the inevitable result of "the Myth of Masculinity," but you don't have to be a major in women's studies to notice that the Alpha Male has become the Beta Bum.
With the passing years, it becomes ever more painful for me to read the preambles of legislation. Time and time again, the wonderful and inspiring words in those preambles have turned out to have no relationship whatsoever to the actual consequences that followed.
Do you believe that a "post-September 11 backlash" has resulted in a nationwide wave of violence and bigotry against Muslims in America? The hype artists and book-cookers at the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) want you to think so.
It's entirely possible -- even probable -- that a hundred years from now, people will look on the America of today as being full of cowards and villains. But not for the reasons usually offered by those who already think America is an evil nation.
It must be depressing to go to a movie in Europe. To judge from last week's Cannes Film Festival, movies made for the European crowd are mind-numbingly nihilistic. This is the kind of material that would make Barney want to fling himself from a 12-story building onto a bed of nails.
In a matter of weeks, the Supreme Court will hand down its decision in the most important affirmative action cases in a generation, but it will do so based on incomplete and misleading information.
When it takes up the University of Michigan's racial preferences policy, the Supreme Court of the United States will be treading on the most sensitive ground in American life. If the justices are brave, they will pull the plug on racial quotas in education.
Thomas Huxley ("Darwin's bulldog") is said to have come up with the most famous defense of the atheist belief that life was created by chance, not God. In a debate at Oxford, he is reported to have stated that if enough monkeys randomly pressed typewriter keys for a long enough time, sooner or later Psalm 23 would emerge.
As summer approaches, there is good news and bad in our latest InsiderAdvantage poll. With terrorism in the back of our minds and a terrible economy in the front of it, only 17 percent of American adults say they plan to travel less this summer than in the past.
Critics of President Bush are spewing vicious rumors that his proposed tax cut will result in a loss of medical benefits for thousands of veterans. The major implication: President Bush cares about our soldiers' right up until the point that they return from battle. Then they are discarded.
From now on, anyone planning a college commencement will have to consider the Chris Hedges problem. Hedges is an anti-war activist and New York Times reporter who gave an unusually grating anti-war speech at the Rockford College commencement in Illinois.
How many undocumented immigrants will die before the Bush administration realizes that the most humane act it can take is to close our southern border and thus stop smugglers from taking the calculated risk that financial profits outweigh the costs of getting caught?
Mauldin wrote about Willie and Joe saying: "Their nobility and dignity come from the way they live unselfishly and risk their lives to help each other. They wish ... they were someplace else, and they wish ... they would get relief... But they stay in their wet holes and fight, and then they climb out and crawl through minefields and fight some more."
A new Gallup Poll suggests that the animal rights movement is gaining popularity: 25 percent of Americans polled agreed with the statement that "animals deserve the exact same rights as people to be free from harm and exploitation," while 35 percent strongly or somewhat support a ban on medical research on laboratory animals.
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