Our globe would probably cool off several degrees if Al Gore would just shut up and loose some weight. First things first, Al.
The Super Bowl draws the largest television audience in America every year, and this year's estimated audience -- 93 million viewers, the second most-watched Super Bowl in pro football history -- was no slouch. Perhaps the oddest thing, then, is TV coverage rarely focuses on the football.
Since the American female elected to hop off her pedestal to seek "equality" with males, Valentine's Day has been seen as a ritualistic throwback to the days when men would routinely strew the ground beneath the pedestal with candy hearts, red roses and assorted chocolates -- at least, metaphorically speaking. That is, ideally, he would do so metaphorically speaking.
Whenever I give a speech (or get started on a rant) I explain the power of the New Media this way: Consuming news in the Old Media environment is a “lean back” experience while consuming news in the New Media environment is a “lean forward” experience.
What was he thinking? As one looks back at John Edwards and his Potty-Mouthed bloggers, that’s the question that keeps springing to mind. What circuit misfired in the Edwards campaign that led him to hire two of the blogosphere’s most notoriously bilious, hate-filled and obviously controversial denizens?
Every generation has a few atheists who seem eager to tell the world how much smarter they are than everybody else. The fact that such individuals still exist, and that they are still producing popular tracts in defense of their disbelief, is no surprise.
After his role in destroying Al Gore's chance to win the 2000 election, consumer activist and all-around maverick Ralph Nader would seem to have lost his credibility as a presidential candidate. In 2004, as if to punish him for his spoiler role, he got only 1 percent of the national vote, not enough to have any impact on the election.
If you ever doubted the complete triumph of the therapeutic culture in America, look no further than this week’s news. Take NASA for example. How did it respond to the sad and bizarre story involving a love triangle and an astronaut charged with attempted murder?
Last week C-SPAN featured a discussion about Rudolph Giuliani that left me shaking my head. The gist of the guest's message was that Giuliani was a "Rockefeller Republican" who was suddenly transformed into a darling of conservatives after 9/11.
What is San Francisco State University teaching that makes student leaders think that if they don't like what other students say, they can use student organizations to stifle those with dissenting views? Do they even know about the First Amendment?
National Intelligence Estimates are not supposed to be amusing. And the latest NIE on the situation in Iraq was uniformly grim. But the document's determined effort to split the difference on the use of the phrase "civil war" did verge on the comical.
This is a problem that deserves study and debate about what realistically can be done about it. But it doesn't justify the bizarre panic that suggests the issue has become a trendy vehicle for traditional fears of the apocalypse and for rituals of guilt and expiation.
Memo to the national Democratic Party: Having a reputedly Hezbollah-supporting imam lead you in a Muslim-based spiritual and political prayer does not support your contentions that your values better reflect true Christianity than those of Republicans and that you support the troops.
At the tender age of 14, knowing no other America but one in which abortion is legal, my daughter doesn’t understand why our nation allows such a heinous act to be inflicted on the innocent and voiceless. Common sense tells her it’s wrong. How can it be, she wonders? I have no answers.
Timothy Ball is no wishy-washy skeptic of global warming. The Canadian climatologist, who has a Ph.D. in climatology from the University of London and taught at the University of Winnipeg for 28 years, says that the widely propagated “fact” that humans are contributing to global warming is the “greatest deception in the history of science.”
What began as misgivings about Iraq by a dovecote of military officers, mostly retired, has expanded now - with the Democratic takeover - into a full-blown revolt of the generals in Congress.
Though it no longer seems real to far too many citizens of America, Great Britain, Canada, and much of the rest of the West, the terrorist threat facing us has not gone away, and has, on repeated occasions, shown itself in (largely thwarted, thankfully) plots against each of our nations and their citizens.
Only a Democrat like Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland could say with a straight face that President Bush's proposed $2.9 trillion budget for 2008 is "spartan and skimpy." Democrats never have enough of our money to spend on their favorite entitlement programs - the ones that keep them in office.
The men and women who shake us down at the airport are getting a crash course in Muslim culture. A training DVD that runs for 45 minutes tackles such "sensitive" questions as why Arabs often avoid looking someone in the eye. An agent of the Homeland Security Administration questioning a suspected terrorist, for example, may regard dropped eyes as evidence of suspicious behavior, suggesting the suspect is hiding something.
Eighteen years ago, Richard M. Daley went into the family business, which is the business of being mayor of this city. Back then, he hardly could have imagined that he would become an accomplished practitioner of today's new wrinkle in public finance, here and elsewhere. He says his father, who died in 1976, would approve, but one wonders.
I will confess that, as a conservative with Republican leanings, I have long nurtured a healthy fear of John Edwards. As a former senator from North Carolina, who burst onto the political scene after amassing a huge fortune as a trial lawyer, Edwards has always seemed (not least to himself) destined for higher things.
In a rare example of journalistic integrity, CNN correspondent Rick Sanchez actually called A-list actress Charlize Theron (most famous for her Oscar-winning portrayal of serial killer Eileen Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster) on the carpet for the anti-American idiocy she proceeded to spew during their interview last Sunday.
The nominees for the 2008 presidential race will be selected in 2007. The tempo of the new political process, driven by 24-hour cable news, Internet bloggers, conservative talk radio, and liberal NPR is so rapid that the nomination race cannot exist in stasis waiting for Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina to get around to holding their votes in early 2008.
Everyone has heard that statement before but how many of you have seen my picture. Not a picture of me, but a picture that hopefully will amaze you in a way that you will finally make the move to a shorter term mortgage. Enough said; take a look and see for you.
Angry, left-wing Washington Post blogger William Arkin considers American troops in Iraq who believe in their mission "mercenaries" who are "naive" and should be thankful they haven't been spit upon yet. Curdled Democrat Sen. John Kerry thinks those soldiers, who volunteer for service, didn't "make an effort to be smart" and are "stuck in Iraq" because of their intellectual deficiencies.
It would be interesting to know what kind of reaction the scientists got to the Chevy ad for their HHR car, entitled “Men Can’t Keep Their Hands Off It.” The spot was suggested by a University of Wisconsin coed, but then produced by some high-priced pros.
The signs of reduced levels of racism have become so powerful and unmistakable, in fact, that the refusal to acknowledge this breathtaking decline in bigotry may soon comprise a greater threat to the black community than racism itself.
Here's irony for you. Last spring, focus-group guru Frank Luntz said that Sen. Joseph Biden should be considered a front-runner in the Democratic presidential primaries because so many Democrats in New Hampshire and Iowa judged him to be - wait for it - "articulate."
Last week, President Bush took some long overdue action to constrain the growing burden of federal regulation on the economy. Predictably, Democrats howl that Republicans are endangering all Americans by leaving them to the mercies of greedy corporations. But they would be well advised not to block Bush’s order, because it will come in handy when Democrats retake the White House.
The ink has barely dried on its new code of conduct, and already Congress is redefining ethics and pork to fit a global warming agenda. As Will Rogers observed, "with Congress, every time they make a joke, it’s a law. And every time they make a law, it’s a joke."
Prominent and indispensable among our rights is the “right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Second Amendment rights, never to be infringed, were posited by our nation’s founders as among the most essential tenets of the free and just republic they sought to establish.
Entitlement is a disease, much like cancer. I fought and won my personal war against cancer, but have thankfully never suffered from entitlement. If there is indeed a divide in our country, as liberals in both political parties are all too willing to espouse and exploit, it may very well be between those Americans who feel entitled to guarantees of health care, retirement income and protections of their self-defined class, and the rest of us who have read the Constitution.
I hate to disagree with my friend Glenn Sacks, but I think he has missed the boat in his recent comparison of lesbian "social" mothers with divorced fathers. Mr. Sacks, a prominent fathers’ rights advocate, is correct that in both cases, family law courts diminish the claims of people who want to maintain a relationship with a child.
In the race to the bottom for votes to win office, or to preserve themselves in office, it would be difficult to out-run Republicans as they pander to the Hispanic vote by refusing to control our southern border against an invasion by millions of illegal aliens. Democrats are trying and they may soon pass Republicans in their cynical pursuit of political power.
It's not the climate scientists we need to worry about in this time of global warming.
I suppose its still too early to put new UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the same underclass as Kofi Annan. Kofi was as anti-American as they come, but the new UN boss is showing symptoms of AAD – American Appreciation Disorder – which afflicts most of the bureaucracy at Turtle Bay.
The late Milton Friedman, who was the nation's foremost advocate for school choice, would be more than pleased with the news coming out of Utah. By a vote of 38-37, the Utah House last Thursday approved the first-ever statewide universal school choice plan.
Mental health screening of all children is the goal of legislation introduced into many state legislatures this year.
An essential part of this life-saving exercise is to support real women's rights. Nancy Pelosi may think she liberated hundreds of American girls to dream of one day becoming Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, but there are girls out there who are really actually oppressed.
Remember self-esteem? It was one of the sillier - and more dangerous - fads in educational circles, which keep going round and round. The theory was that promoting kids' self-esteem was going to convince them they were great. And it just might. But that's no guarantee they are great.
Black History Month is generally not a time for thought and introspection. It's used more as a time to celebrate black achievement.
In recent days, it’s become clear that Democrats in the U.S. Senate are determined to pass some version of a non-binding resolution that will – as General David Petraeus explained in congressional testimony – have the effect of emboldening America’s enemies.
This week, President Bush will kick off a critical discussion about our country’s future when he unveils his budget proposal. His plan will balance the federal budget within five years – an important goal Republicans and Democrats can accomplish without raising taxes on working Americans.
Certain neurotic themes are dominant in the radical liberal mind’s perceptions of the world. All of them portray the citizen as a suffering child who is victimized, helpless and in need of rescue. All are evident in various liberal platforms. They represent the liberal mind’s transference of childhood dynamics into the world of adult relationships.
I know I’m not supposed to say this as a conservative and as a Christian, but Steve Colbert, John Stewart, David Letterman, Carlos Mencia, Dave Chappelle and Bill Maher are funny hombres.
Only two weeks after the elections in November of 2008, The United States of America, a nation of former greatness lay in absolute desolate ruin. Within the previous 72 hours a series of eight successive, delayed nuclear devices had been detonated.
No one plays the political game harder or better than Clinton. If the book "Primary Colors" is an accurate, behind-the-scenes look at the political rise of Billary, make no mistake about it: The woman is large and in charge when it comes to figuring out ways to get elected.
In our country and our state today, government is too big, growing too fast, too intrusive in our lives, costs too much, and delivers too little value for the dollar. I say so in homage to Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, whose birthday is Tuesday.
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