The fact that we can all readily identify the likes of Paris Hilton, Donald Trump and Michael Moore, doesn’t speak well for us. This is particularly true when you realize that there are only a tiny handful of people who could tell you who Willis Carrier, Maurice R. Hilleman, and Kaare Kristiansen were, even though each of those men made this world a much better place by his accomplishments or by his noble example.
For a long time now, we have known that Viacom was a shameless merchant of sleaze TV, a conglomerate intent on shredding everything good, decent, and even holy to feather its own filthy nest with money. What is new is that we didn't know that Viacom had a limit to its shamelessness.
Meet Al Gore, scaremonger. In 2004, Gore denounced President Bush for "playing on our fears." Today, he is at the forefront of a "green scare" about global warming intended to terrify Americans into submitting to his environmental policies.
Another war, another take. I-know-better generals are back. Six of them, retired, are denouncing the Bush administration and calling for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation as secretary of defense. The anti-war types think this is just swell.
I've just about had it with everyone. First of all we have these continuing stories of Members of Congress acting badly. Either they are guilty of outright bribery and corruption, or they acting in a way that is so close to the edge that they make the Duke Lacrosse team look like a Brownie troop selling Thin Mints in the garden center parking lot.
"Scott seemed somewhat choked with emotion as he delivered the news," observed Finlay Lewis of Copley News Service in Wednesday's White House pool report, referring to the resignation announcement by White House spokesman Scott McClellan. "It must have been the thought of saying farewell to our sunny personalities."
I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Alliance Defense Fund has now officially heard that Scott Savage has been cleared of sexual harassment charges. The bad news is that his clearance letter is quite strange.
Kentucky’s Third District, which encompasses Louisville and the Derby, is also the site of a less reverential competition, which takes place every other fall and is certainly not respectful. The participants? Not horses, but 5-term Republican Congresswoman Anne Northup and whichever well funded Democrat attempts to topple her.
Does Katie Couric lack the gravitas to take over the helm as host and managing editor of CBS News?
In geopolitics, the raising up of an ersatz moral equivalence induces inaction that invites defeat. We currently hear these arguments from equivalence:
Those who have always opposed all reductions in tax rates on dividends or capital gains believe they have schemed-up a way to cut a one-sided deal. The latest effort appeared in a New York Times piece by David Cay Johnston, "With Tax Break Expired, Middle Class Faces a Greater Burden for 2006."
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert returned to Illinois this week from Easter recess travels in India and Vietnam, still pondering the question he took on his globe girdling. What would he do about his close colleague and usual ally, Rep. Jerry Lewis?
However the Duke lacrosse rape case turns out, one lesson that absolutely will not be learned is this: You can severely reduce your chances of having a false accusation of rape leveled against you if you don't hire strange women to come to your house and take their clothes off for money.
How was your Monday? Did you file your tax return with a smile, looking forward to the refund check from Washington and forgetting that it was your money in the first place? Even if you wrote a big check, I bet you don't recognize just how heavy your tax burden is.
I met three servicemen (two majors and a lieutenant colonel) in a restaurant in Los Angeles. I approached them to thank them for their service, and we got into a long conversation about foreign policy, the media and the current unpopularity of the war on terror, particularly the war in Iraq.
What would the media do without manufactured crises? From global warming to bird flu to the obesity epidemic, news magazines, cable shows and local television news rush from one hysteria to the next in their attempt to entice readers and viewers.
The ballroom was packed with a who's who of business when Sen. Hillary Clinton addressed the Chicago Economic Club last week. No doubt about it, this was the address of a presidential hopeful. But unfortunately for Mrs. Clinton, the eyelids grew heavy as she droned on and on.
The day after I visited my niece in Tel Aviv, a young man named Sami Hamad blew himself up at a restaurant there. I had no particular reason to think my niece was anywhere near Mayor's Falafel at 1:30 p.m., but I called her anyway, just to make sure. She was on her way to a concert in Jerusalem.
We now know where Easter eggs come from - including the thousands scattered yesterday across the South Lawn for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. According to the official White House pool report, "the First Easter Bunny . . . left the appropriate droppings."
In 2001, she appeared out of nowhere to chronicle the foibles of the female "upper middle class" (the polite euphemism for those of us rich enough to have nannies, but not rich enough to retire and live off our wealth) for the Atlantic Monthly. She got noticed right away:
Consider two hypothetical situations. In the first, a United States Army general officer in a theater of war decides by himself that he strongly disagrees with the orders of the secretary of defense. He resigns his commission, returns to private life and speaks out vigorously against both the policy and the secretary of defense.
Taxes are due this week, and that means conservatives are champing at the bit to reform both the tax system and the onerous congressional pork. Along those lines, I'll tell you below about Tax Freedom Day and the Pig Book. In addition, I'll tell you about an unbelievable scandal involving a House appropriator, and two annual ratings that have just been released.
Thank heaven for the massive marches across the country by those favoring illegal immigrants. These marches revealed the ugly truth behind the fog of pious words and clever political spin from the media and from both Democrats and Republicans in Washington.
What a difference a few months can make. That’s all it took for the federal government to go full-circle, from prosecuting an alleged terrorist to headlining and funding an event co-sponsored by one of his biggest supporters—a group that also happens to be still under investigation itself.
Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe has announced that the administration of President George W. Bush is investigating universities that have fewer women in science and math programs than feminists would like.
I understand that George Bush and his Republican colleagues think they can have it both ways with this so-called guest worker program. Well, they can’t. Gussy it up any which way you like, it’s still amnesty. And like Reagan’s amnesty program of 1986, it will be another disaster for America.
A book with a presumptuous title like, How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics and the War on Sex, had better deliver. Cristina Page’s book of this title tries to motivate people by scaring them. Pro-life advocates will not recognize themselves in the cartoon caricature Ms. Page presents of them.
It's a question lots of people have been asking in Washington and around the country these days.
When it comes to matters of economy, I think of myself as libertarian. I believe in free markets, free trade and limited government. But I must confess, our Latino neighbors are challenging my libertarian instincts regarding our immigration conundrum.
President Bush is often criticized, usually by those of no faith, for talking about his faith in the public square, for referring to it as guidance in making public policy, but in doing so he is well within the precedent of those before him as occupants of the Oval Office.
In a surprising editorial, The Washington Post deviated from the conventional anti-Bush media position on two counts.
For the "Christian" to lean politically to the left means that he must blow off huge chunks of the Bible and replace the scripture with the make-believe notions of postmodernism's malleable "Christ."
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