Sun, Dec 24, 2006

Debra J. Saunders | December 24, 2006

On Thursday, President Bush commuted the prison sentence of Phillip Emmert, who was convicted on methamphetamine charges and sentenced to 22 years, followed by five years of supervised release in 1992.

Sat, Dec 23, 2006

Jeff Emanuel | December 23, 2006

For eight decades now, the final TIME Magazine cover of each year has featured, the “individual or group of individuals who have had the biggest effect on the year's news.”

Diana West | December 23, 2006

It's not hard to imagine that the United States would take the first opportunity to wish that dream-come-true government well in defending, governing and sustaining itself, and then high-tail it back home. But that's no strategy.

Kathryn Lopez | December 23, 2006

During the 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy downplayed his religion. Another Massachusetts pol, Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, is now contemplating a run.

Robert Novak | December 23, 2006

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is about to return to the Washington political scene as a high-profile operative for the American Conservative Union

Doug Giles | December 23, 2006

When Jesus Christ got injected into the human mix two thousand plus years ago, from the cradle to the cross, He was a lightning rod of controversy.

Donald Lambro | December 23, 2006

The best way to help ordinary income earners create wealth is to let them begin investing part of their Social Security taxes in safe, diversified bond and stock funds.

Fri, Dec 22, 2006

William F. Buckley | December 22, 2006

I note a stray statistic: that hospitalizations increase during holiday seasons. One lightly assumes that this is caused by incontinent celebrations -- but apparently not.

Janet M. LaRue | December 22, 2006

In 1972 the National Coalition of Gay Organizations demanded the “repeal of all legislative provisions that restrict the sex or number of persons entering into a marriage unit; and the extension of legal benefits to all persons who cohabit regardless of sex or numbers.”

Floyd Brown | December 22, 2006

In recent weeks there has been much commentary about the “War on Christmas.” FOX News host Bill O’Reilly recently spoke up on November 18 saying, “It’s all part of the secular progressive agenda ... to get Christianity and spirituality and Judaism out of the public square.” He then added, “because if you look at what happened in Western Europe and Canada, if you can get religion out, then you can pass secular progressive programs, like legalization of narcotics, euthanasia, abortion at will, gay marriage, because the objection to those things is religious-based, usually.”

Cliff May | December 22, 2006

How often have you heard journalists tell politicians they should admit their mistakes rather than equivocate or cover up? So when a major mainstream newspaper makes an error how is it handled?

W. Thomas Smith, Jr | December 22, 2006

Though there were certainly many small-unit actions, raids, and Ranger operations during the Colonial Wars – and there was a special Marine landing in Nassau in the early months of the American Revolution – no special mission by America’s first army has been more heralded than that which took place on Christmas night exactly 230 years ago.

Lorie Byrd | December 22, 2006

I started thinking this week about what I want for Christmas. Unfortunately, nothing I want will fit under a tree.

Rebecca Hagelin | December 22, 2006

A world free of religion would certainly have no heaven. But there would be plenty of hell -- and right here on earth.

Rich Tucker | December 22, 2006

If there’s one thing upstate New York needs, it’s some private industry jobs. Back in 2000, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton promised to help create 200,000 new jobs in the region. Not quite.

Jonah Goldberg | December 22, 2006

For Giuliani to have any chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination, he'll need to remind conservatives that he's more than just the feel-good mayor everyone suddenly loved after 9/11.

David Limbaugh | December 22, 2006

America has the greatest health care in the history of the universe, but the system is fraught with problems that are getting worse every day.

Oliver North | December 22, 2006

Our FOX News Team is aboard a U.S. Marine C-130 aircraft, departing Iraq, headed for Kuwait -- the eighth time we have left war-torn Mesopotamia this way.

Paul Greenberg | December 22, 2006

Even the Ivy League schools seem to have noticed: Their students are not only arriving biblically illiterate but leaving pretty much the same way.

Burt Prelutsky | December 22, 2006

How is it that Jimmy Carter, that sanctimonious phony who was a disaster during his four years in the White House and a disgrace in the quarter of a century since, can pass himself off as equal parts statesman and saint?

Charles Krauthammer | December 22, 2006

There's always the husband who takes his wife to Paris for Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day?

Larry Kudlow | December 22, 2006

Two of the most important qualities necessary for a run to the Oval Office are decisiveness and strength of character. In recent weeks, John McCain has proven that he has more stock in these traits than most any public official today.

Kathleen Parker | December 22, 2006

It all started with a Marine major general's widow, who wanted to donate her wheelchair to a Marine who needed it.

Mary Katharine Ham | December 22, 2006

Washington Post movie reviewer Stephen Hunter called it “a radically conservative encomium to trying hard, to capitalism, to salesmanship, to Dean Witter, to never saying die, and to reaping the big reward.”

Mona Charen | December 22, 2006

When he was 9 years old, our middle son began to behave oddly. Normally talkative and happy, he seemed to have no energy and complained often of feeling sick.

Pat Buchanan | December 22, 2006

In discussing the late pope and traditional Christians, Meyerson tosses about insults like "benighted," "tribal" and "Phobics."

James J. Kilpatrick | December 22, 2006

The case stems from the punishment imposed upon a high school student for publicly unfurling a 20-foot banner that read: BONG HITS 4 JESUS.

Thu, Dec 21, 2006

Rich Lowry | December 21, 2006

At the front, German loudspeakers broadcast across the lines, "How would you like to die for Christmas?" Americans didn't intimidate so easily.

Maggie Gallagher | December 21, 2006

I don't actually live in Briarcliff Manor anymore, but most mornings find me in the village diner, sipping coffee and reading the New York Post. This is the year, in other words, the Christmas wars came home.

William F. Buckley | December 21, 2006

When he took the oath as secretary of defense, Robert Gates was weighed down by factors he couldn't ignore and couldn't alter.

Ed Feulner | December 21, 2006

Instead of reaffirming “fundamental human rights,” the United Nations shelters the worst human-rights abusers. Faced with rape, pillage and nearly 200,000 deaths in Darfur, for example, the Security Council hasn’t acted to stop the violence.

Jason Mattera | December 21, 2006

As college costs soar through the roof—averaging above $31,000 a year for tuition, room & board—today’s college students study adultery, genitalia, and Native American feminism. That’s not a misprint.

Hugh Hewitt | December 21, 2006

Two modern presidents have faced fury in the press because of stalled wars. Truman, of course, looks pretty good fifty years after leaving office, but the country never generally advocated quitting in Korea: The voters wanted to win.

Janice Shaw Crouse | December 21, 2006

Once in awhile, life changing situations happen. Ten years ago, I received a phone call asking me to be part of a national effort to combat sex trafficking.

Chuck Colson | December 21, 2006

There are an estimated 600,000 to as many as one million Christians in Iraq. They are called "Assyrians" or "Chaldeans," and as these names suggest, they have lived in Iraq since time immemorial. What’s more, they are one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, dating back to at least the second century. If any group has an historical claim to their part of Iraq, it’s them.

Hugh Hewitt | December 21, 2006

The Pentagon's most recent report on the conditions in Iraq has a lot of good news and a lot of bad news. As is typical, the report was cherry-picked by the mainstream media (MSM) to emphasize the worst developments from early August through early November, and only the briefest of mentions referred to progress made there by Coalition forces.

Victor Davis Hanson | December 21, 2006

Read any newspaper or turn on any news broadcast and you're bound to encounter stories of Islamic radicals fighting, killing and threatening each other — and just about everyone else.

Michael McBride | December 21, 2006

My mom begged me to read The Great Santini, which I finally did immediately after completing OCS. It is a powerful book on ego and matriculation into manhood.

Thomas Sowell | December 21, 2006

People who dread Christmas shopping and the hand-wringing over what present to buy for which person should consider giving books.

Suzanne Fields | December 21, 2006

The first Hanukah was about a Middle Eastern oil crisis -- not about a shortfall in the desert, a debate over whether to drill in environmentally correct habitats or even about oil found underground.

Debra J. Saunders | December 21, 2006

Donald Trump has figured out that America is addicted to addiction stories.

Matt Towery | December 21, 2006

As a component of George W. Bush's world of "globalism," the status and health of the U.S. dollar deserves close scrutiny here at the end of 2007, closer than my mention of it in a recent column.

Paul Greenberg | December 21, 2006

December 21st sneaks up on me every year unnoticed - till a glance at the calendar brings it all back, rings a bell, stops me cold.

Donald Lambro | December 21, 2006

Some Democrats are beginning to doubt Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's electability in 2008, and they are saying so publicly for the first time.

Robert Novak | December 21, 2006

While Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama soak up news media attention, John Edwards has pushed for organized labor's support.

George Will | December 21, 2006

Time magazine asked a large number of people to name the Person of the Year. They were in a populist mood and named the largest possible number of Persons of the Year: Everybody.

Steve Chapman | December 21, 2006

Part of becoming an adult is accepting responsibility for the consequences of your actions.

Emmett Tyrrell | December 21, 2006

The Democrats' abandonment of this war makes it apparent that an entirely new strategy is necessary if our military is to be used to achieve our diplomatic goals.

Joel Mowbray | December 21, 2006

With the implosion of George Allen, movement conservatives no longer have a candidate in the presidential mix that looks and acts like one of them.

Larry Elder | December 21, 2006

When you greatly admire a famous person, someone once said, avoid meeting him. Otherwise, prepare yourself for disappointment.

Marvin Olasky | December 21, 2006

Who knows how evangelism could affect the lives of prisoners already burdened by life sentences?

Alan Reynolds | December 21, 2006

No economist who hopes to avoid professional ridicule would try to deny that consumption is a better measure of long-term living standards than the most widely cited income distribution figures, which do not even add transfer payments or subtract taxes.

Wed, Dec 20, 2006

Ann Coulter | December 20, 2006

New York Times theater critic Frank Rich made headlines on the Drudge Report last week by announcing: "We have lost in Iraq." Of course, Rich was saying we had lost in Iraq more than six months before we went into Iraq.

Mary Grabar | December 20, 2006

After watching The View and following the inane statements made on the program, I’ve come to the conclusion that it really is true what Aristotle, Saint Paul, and John Milton said: Women, without male guidance, are illogical, frivolous, and incapable of making any decisions beyond what to make for dinner.

Ross Mackenzie | December 20, 2006

And so at Christmas, as Dickens noted, we do come home.

Michael McBride | December 20, 2006

To repay this country for the freedoms it has afforded you, your ancestors, and your offspring. To share the in sacrifices that are required to keep this country free…sacrifices being made every day by others unknown to you and your family.

Cal Thomas | December 20, 2006

As we approach the day once known as Christmas, before it became "holiday," there is a sense that the Messiah, which the day is supposed to acknowledge, is rapidly being supplanted in the public consciousness by a new American religion called politics.

Rich Galen | December 20, 2006

My birthday is Thursday, December 21. My birthYEAR is 1946. Even I, with my oft-demonstrated lack of arithmetical capability, understand the significance of this birthday.

Ryan Kruger and Mike Catalano | December 20, 2006

Recent outcry for a ban on payday lenders made me wonder how many of those pointing fingers ever tried to open one of the doors they want to kick down. Have they listened to a customer describe what is on the other side?

Michelle Malkin | December 20, 2006

It began with the Danish cartoons. It ended with the flying imams. Two thousand six was a banner year for the Religion of Perpetual Outrage.

John Stossel | December 20, 2006

Gee, I'm all for good health, but shouldn't it be a matter of individual choice?

Walter E. Williams | December 20, 2006

Racial profiling controversy is nothing new. For a number of years, black Americans have made charges of racial profiling by police and store personnel who might give them extra scrutiny.

Brent Bozell | December 20, 2006

It's amazing that as the 20th century escapes from our rearview mirror, some hippie liberals are still recycling their '60s angst. For God's sake, it's almost 2007.

Jonah Goldberg | December 20, 2006

This year's award for editorial cowardice goes to Time magazine. In a crowded field of competitors, Time stood out for its sausage-spined decision to name everybody the Person of the Year. That's right. Time's person of the year is ... "You."

Tony Blankley | December 20, 2006

Before the invention of movable type in the 15th Century, the media of mass communication was limited to architecture, paintings, sculpture, and images on coins and songs song by balladeers.

Pat Buchanan | December 20, 2006

The Army is "about broken," agrees Colin Powell, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

Ben Shapiro | December 20, 2006

So here's to you, Prison Pete. You are a 50-year-old former computer programmer and current inmate -- and blogger -- in the New York State Penitentiary.

Terry Jeffrey | December 20, 2006

As a very political year approaches an end, and a new presidential election cycle looms, it's a good time for conservatives to step back from partisan politics and reflect on their cause.

Austin Bay | December 20, 2006

Military service always entails self-sacrifice, ranging from the loss of holidays to the rugged test of a year-long deployment away from family, to the greatest of all, one's life.

Linda Chavez | December 20, 2006

When it comes to Iraq, there may be no good options. But at least one man believes that we still have a chance to make matters better in Iraq

Jacob Sullum | December 20, 2006

When I was working for my hometown newspaper right after college, my editor assigned me to write eight Hanukkah stories, one for each day of the festival.

Kathleen Parker | December 20, 2006

The coulda-shoulda-woulda chorus just added a new soprano. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton says she wouldn't have voted for the Iraq War if she'd known then what she knows now.

Michael Medved | December 20, 2006

For me, the most significant (and welcome) change noted in this report may involve the altered attitudes of young people.

Tue, Dec 19, 2006

Armstrong Williams | December 19, 2006

Jesus Christ was brought to earth for one purpose: to give his life for ours. His death on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice to forgive the past, present, and future sins of God’s people.

Lindsay Boyd | December 19, 2006

Do you ever wonder, "Why do Americans, and particularly Westerners, feel less free?" Or, "What happened to our Constitutional liberties and the rule of law?" William Perry Pendley has the answers.

Debra J. Saunders | December 19, 2006

The latest federal judge to rule against the constitutionality of a state's death penalty is U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, who issued a ruling Friday that found California's lethal injection protocol to be "intolerable under the Constitution." Chalk up the ruling as a victory for Michael Morales, who was sentenced to death for raping and murdering 17-year-old Terri Winchell of Lodi, Calif., in 1981.

Henry Edmondson | December 19, 2006

This October, the population of the U.S. reached 300 million. Even more, it’s estimated we will top 400 million by the middle of the century. The reaction this benchmark has not been as hysterical as some expected, though there has been hand-wringing over...

Floyd Brown | December 19, 2006

Fidel Castro is near death, and it is important to realize that with his death one of the last hardcore communist totalitarian states may fade—remaining only as a bad memory.

Roger Schlesinger | December 19, 2006

I have spent a lot of time thinking about those ads, and in all my life, I do not believe I have ever seen someone buy a car for somebody else for the holidays.

Rich Galen | December 19, 2006

Here's an example of how Newt took a big issue, the First Amendment, and reduced it to an unassailable example of (a) why it is not an absolute right for every person in every circumstance and (b) how anyone who disagrees with him is daft.

Mike Adams | December 19, 2006

Think this matter over carefully before you get back to me. Neither I nor our nation can tolerate another of your metrosexual missives.

Megan Basham | December 19, 2006

This year, however, while the stories of the ACLU’s grinchiness remain as ridiculous as ever, I’m having a little trouble mustering up my traditional holiday outrage.

Thomas Sowell | December 19, 2006

After all this time, it finally came out in court last week that the DNA samples collected from the underwear and private parts of the alleged victim contained DNA from other men -- but none from the Duke lacrosse players who were accused of raping her.

Cal Thomas | December 19, 2006

Which of the following scenarios constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, as prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution: (1) aborting a baby with a fully developed nervous system and probably inflicting great pain; (2) murdering a nightclub manager in cold blood; (3) taking 34 minutes - twice the normal time - to execute the murderer of the nightclub manager?

Dennis Prager | December 19, 2006

On the eve of the year 2007, it is evident to anyone with the fortitude to see reality that the world is not getting better, nor even staying the same, but getting worse.

Pat Buchanan | December 19, 2006

This year Time could not bring itself to name the obvious choice. Instead, it chose you and me, all of us citizens of the digital democracy who create on the Worldwide Web. Why the copout?

Kathryn Lopez | December 19, 2006

A recent "Los Angeles Times" editorial headline was dangerously understated. It read: "Holocaust denial can be dangerous." How about the "Holocaust denial IS dangerous"?

Lynn O'Shaughnessy | December 19, 2006

Investors think they know when to dash in and out of the market, but they don't. Not even the experts know.

Jack Kemp | December 19, 2006

One of this nation's premier journalists (also a friend of long standing) wrote a column last week that can only be labeled as "Bush bashing" writ large. E.J. Dionne Jr. writing in the Washington Post and Investor's Business Daily, wrote the following: "winning the war in Iraq was never the Bush administration's highest priority, saving its tax cuts was more important."

Bruce Bartlett | December 19, 2006

In a recent column, I discussed the disaffection of libertarians within the conservative coalition, suggesting that many might be more at home on the political left.

William Rusher | December 19, 2006

Unless you are just in from Mars, you can hardly have escaped noticing the nationwide campaign to eliminate all references to Christmas from the public square.

Bill Murchison | December 19, 2006

Here at Christmas, I wasn't going to talk about Christmas, inasmuch as public mention of the sacred feast leads these days to exchanges of rocks and epithets -- none of it very conducive to "comfort and joy." I changed my mind.

David Limbaugh | December 19, 2006

While there are, of course, enormous differences between the big picture war on terror and the Cold War and the smaller picture war in Iraq and the Vietnam War, there are also uncanny parallels that might enhance our understanding of today's global conflict.

Paul Weyrich | December 19, 2006

It seems to me that it is about time for the Senate to reform its rules.

Mon, Dec 18, 2006

James J. Kilpatrick | December 18, 2006

The good gray New York Times has something in common with that little girl who had a little curl. When the Times is good, it is very, very good. Trouble is, now and then it is horrid.

Rich Lowry | December 18, 2006

Partly because he felt it necessary to counteract the pessimism of the media, President Bush accentuated the positive for far too long.

Phyllis Schlafly | December 18, 2006

The technology industry has dispatched its fat-wallet lobbyists to demand that the new Congress vastly increase the number of foreign computer software techies and engineers who can be imported on H-1B visas.

Frank Gaffney | December 18, 2006

Now, we are told, President Bush is preparing to put substantially more troops in Iraq at least temporarily, as part of a final push to prevail there. There are, however, several problems with this proposal.

David Strom | December 18, 2006

It was bound to come, sooner rather than later. November’s defeats at the polls for Republicans could not but spark a war between advocates of differing visions of conservatism and the best avenue for a rebirth of the Republican Party.

Cliff May | December 18, 2006

I was privileged to serve as one of the "expert" advisors to the Iraq Study Group (ISG), along with former ambassadors and CIA operatives, retired military officers and distinguished academics. It was a stimulating, edifying and -- ultimately -- disappointing experience.

Michael Medved | December 18, 2006

With today's ruthless emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity, many members of the nation's Christian majority have begun to worry that even the most innocuous yuletide celebrations may somehow offend adherents of minority religions.

Carrie Lukas | December 18, 2006

Even as the new Congress prepares to convene in just a few short weeks, it’s still unclear exactly what voters can expect in terms of big domestic policy changes.

Michael Barone | December 18, 2006

Obamamania seems to be the political flavor of the month.

Suzanne Fields | December 18, 2006

Watching the coverage of the Holocaust-denial convention of big liars in Tehran was an immersion in the theater of the surreal. All it lacked was Borat. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the bizarro president of Iran, had to be satisfied with David Duke.

Donald Lambro | December 18, 2006

The 109th Republican Congress, in one of its last acts before adjournment, responded to the demands of voters to end the pork-barrel spending madness -- at least for now.

Robert Novak | December 18, 2006

Meeting privately with the Baker-Hamilton commission before its report on Iraq was released, George W. Bush did not seem pleased.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | December 18, 2006

Yes, the liberal media voted early in 2006. The result was a major loss for the conservative movement in the U.S. Fear was projected by the media in order to create the “better-change-now” buzz in the nation.

Burt Prelutsky | December 18, 2006

Nothing that I have ever written has provoked as huge a response as a piece I wrote recently called “The Jewish Grinch That Stole Christmas.”

Star Parker | December 18, 2006

Paula Zahn devoted two of her hour-long CNN shows this week to the topic "Skin Deep: Racism in America." After taking the time to watch, the question I walked away with was: "What was the point?"

Mary Grabar | December 18, 2006

You would have thought that the two women on the Bill O’Reilly show were from the Sisters of Mercy, wanting to help the poor and hungry—at least that’s the way two “entertainers” from a “gentleman’s club” named Scores in New York presented their case.

Doug Wilson | December 18, 2006

It’s a time for personal generosity and philanthropic giving. It’s also a perfect time to examine the state of charitable giving in America.

Sun, Dec 17, 2006

Roger Schlesinger | December 17, 2006

As we reach the holiday season, I can think of nothing more appropriate or important a gift than to give someone the gift of knowledge. Therefore, my simple offering for all of you is more information on the mortgage industry.

John Andrews | December 17, 2006

Hold it; Christmas and death in the same thought? That can’t be right. It actually has been right for 2000 years now. Life is brutal, and it was not in denial but in defiance of evil that Jesus’ followers believe he came.

George Will | December 17, 2006

McCain has said that current U.S. policy regarding Iraq is not working, that defeat in Iraq would be "catastrophic," and that defeat will result unless we increase the number of U.S troops there. He calls the ISG report, which does not recommend that, a recipe for defeat.

Kevin McCullough | December 17, 2006

Get ready to say President Barack Hussein Obama, because as much as I wish to be wrong, as these trends continue - I'm sad to say - I won't be.

Paul Jacob | December 17, 2006

Ah, Washington, D.C., where power remains unaccountable even when the behavior brought into question is repulsive and illegal.

Nathan Tabor | December 17, 2006

Here’s another prognostication—somewhere in the U.S. this coming year there will be an effort to tie religion—or, at least, a certain brand of religion--with racism. And it will be ugly.