As another year turns, we're reminded that the more things change, the more they stay the same. As our popular culture pushes ever further into anything goes, we're reminded that anything-goes has certainly gone before.
The great cliche among the chin-stroking, eat-your-spinach types these days is that they've never seen Washington so partisan. What's funny is that there probably hasn't been a time in the last 20 years when the forces of David Broderdom haven't waxed dyspeptic about the "tone in Washington."
Thanks to column readers from coast-to-coast who submitted New Year's resolutions on behalf of the president, George W. Bush. Without further ado, here's Inside the Beltway's annual list of what you would like to see Mr. Bush resolve to accomplish in 2006:
While off for the holidays, I took my 90-year-old, former Marine, Republican dad to his inner-city barbershop. Dad goes to the same barbershop that my brothers and I went to when we were growing up.
To be born black in Okolona, Miss., in 1935 was to have two strikes against you and a fastball coming at your head. Unless, that is, you are William Raspberry, the syndicated columnist who has announced his retirement from column writing after 40 years, but not retirement from life after 70 years.
When the president of Turkey arrived in Erzincan in December 1939, two days after an earthquake that had killed 50,000, an elderly woman wearing a black dress covered with dust ran past security guards and demanded of him: "President! President! My family is gone! Why? Why?"
I believe more African-Americans spent this season reflecting on the birth of Christ than some phony non-Christian holiday invented a few decades ago by an FBI stooge. Kwanzaa is a holiday for white liberals, not blacks.
Philosopher David Hume warned that, "It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once." That's why we should guard against any encroachment on liberty, no matter how small. Let's look at a couple of instances where, at our peril, we've failed to do so.
Watching Tom Brokaw, Ted Koppel and Tim Russert this past Sunday wasn't quite like seeing dinosaurs asking each other what's happened to all the tasty fronds, but the year-ending edition of NBC's "Meet the Press" offered an excellent glimpse at why the elite mainstream media as we know it is facing extinction.
According to police, it appears certain that the cause of the sudden death of James Dungy, the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts' head coach Tony Dungy, was suicide. On four levels my heart goes out to Tony Dungy and his wife.
The anti-school-prayer decisions of the past 40 years -- not unlike the pro-choice-in-abortion decisions, starting with Roe vs. Wade -- haven't driven pro-school-prayer, anti-choice Americans from the marketplace of ideas and activity.
But the more interesting question – and the one I did not ask the eavesdropping Democrat - is why? Why do so many Democrats not care if our borders are left open – even at the expense of national security and a rising crime rate? Surely, there must be more to the equation than pure apathy?
The decision by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III to bar the teaching of "intelligent design" in the Dover, Pennsylvania public school district on grounds it is a thinly veiled effort to introduce a religious view of the world's origins is welcome for at least two reasons.
Late on Dec. 16, the U.S. House or Representatives passed legislation billed as the border protection, anti-terrorism and illegal immigration control act, requiring employers to verify the legal status of each employee.
The New York Times' Christmas gift -- sorry, holiday gift -- to the nation's political dialogue was its Dec. 16 story reporting that the National Security Agency has been intercepting telephone conversations between terrorism suspects abroad and U.S. citizens or legal residents in the United States.
As if the "war on Christmas" was not enough to darken the season, psychologists have just released data that should really make you want to spike your eggnog. A new study on happiness seems to point to the conclusion that life is inherently unfair.
The new U.S. Embassy is finally taking its place on the Berlin skyline. An enormous crane cuts across the view of the Brandenburg Gate at Pariser Platz, triumphantly testifying to the Phoenix rising from the ashes of World War II, not far from the spot where the Nazis seized Germany.
Here in California, the divorce culture is further along and more deeply entrenched than in most places. It isn’t unusual for children to grow up not only with divorced parents, but also with divorced grandparents. Holiday times can be particularly stressful for these families.
This past week Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Kadima electoral list suffered two major setbacks. Taken together, the blows present his former party - the Likud - with its first realistic chance to make a significant dent in public support for Kadima and to move much of that support to the Likud.
Tonight is the first night of Chanukah, a minor Jewish holiday that's become a major one over the years. The first candle will be kindled, leaving seven to go, one for each night of the eight-day festival. There'll be latkes to be eaten, songs to be sung . . . .
Too much navel-gazing at a pet project often tricks the mind into thinking every notion, however indulgent, represents some artistic insight waiting to be born. This certainly seems to be the case with Terrence Malick’s third film in his 32-year career.
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