A reasonable parent begins the long process of teaching the child that selfishness and temper tantrums are not appropriate. That would be a reasonable parent. Unfortunately, reason seems to be a diminishing quality in today’s parents. For many parents today, narcissism on steroids has replaced reason.
Ahhh… The delicious irony of postmodern emergents asking me for evidence to support my arguments from last week’s “Why Al Qaeda Supports The Emergent Church”… when their relativistic worldview proclaims the futility of both evidence and argument.
Guess what, freshman conservative college student? In a couple of weeks you’re going to have your liberal campus and its professors shove more crap down your throat than Rosie does her gullet during Chili’s Monday Night Nacho Monster Blowout Special, that’s what.
Sports fans can be forgiven for believing that their avocation draws the world’s most intelligent people into its ranks. repeatedly touted in the media as “geniuses.” However, there’s one place where the collective brainpower of the residents outweighs even that of the locker room: the halls of Congress.
For all those who protest any effort to crack down on illegal immigration…for those who claim that we should pursue an open borders policy at all costs…I can only hope that you will study the story of Zina Linnik and reconsider a course which is putting our children at serious risk.
Calling him a "senior Taliban commander," The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Abdullah Mehsud blew himself up at his hide-out in the town of Zhob in southwestern Baluchistan Province in Pakistan, rather than surrender to government forces.
During the heady days of 1993 when former First Lady Hillary Clinton assembled a group of health experts to reconfigure our health-care system, liberal strategists realized that the march toward socialized medicine might be a slow and halting one. Thus, they devised several alternate routes to the promised land of a universal, government-run system.
The rich soil of the Midwest can grow just about anything. Including, apparently, dollar bills. In fact, to grow those, one doesn't even need a plot of land.
Liberals like to think of themselves as "progressives," which is not only a euphemism to avoid the stigma attached to "liberal," but is intended to convey that they are a step ahead of conservatives -- socially, culturally, morally and, not least, intellectually.
Wendy Shalit is loathed by a certain kind of feminist. When as a twentysomething college graduate she published her first book, "A Return to Modesty," she was scorned by The Nation's Katha Pollitt as a "twit," a "professional virgin" who should be given the task of designing "new spandex chadors for female Olympians." Others were less civil.
With Democrats in control of Congress now, expect them to try to water down No Child Left Behind, as Washington works on a bill to reauthorize the landmark Bush education reform enacted in 2002. That is, expect Democrats to try to squeeze as much money as possible from federal taxpayers -- they rarely complain about spending -- while watering down accountability requirements so that schools don't have to do a better job teaching children. And they'll do it by undermining the testing system so that illiterate students can be labeled as success stories.
Because I’m convinced that, come November of 2008, Hillary Clinton will be the presidential candidate of the Socialist party, I think it’s particularly important that the Republicans nominate Rudy Giuliani. I will admit that I have been waiting to see if Fred Thompson was going to toss his hat in the ring, but I finally got sick and tired of waiting. The guy’s about 6-foot-5 and probably weighs 280; which doesn’t hurt when he’s portraying a New York City D.A., but he’s simply not cut out to play a coquette.
A recent media report on a reliably conservative channel indicated that the God gap going into the 2008 election is now even because both parties have pursued the religious vote. Since 1980 Republicans have held a near-monopoly on religious issues. In 2004, the so-called values voters re-elected President George W. Bush. Voters across the country turned out to change state constitutions, affirming that marriage is between one man and one woman. The marriage issue, especially in Ohio, assured that Bush had enough votes to win re-election.
For Barack Obama, it was strike two. And this one was a right-down-the-middle question from a YouTuber in Monday night's South Carolina debate: "Would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea?" "I would," responded Obama.
There were a few good moments watching the CNN/YouTube Democrat debate, but the real story is about moments that never happened. It appears that Senator Clinton got a pass on the questions that everyone should be asking her. Then to top it off, no candidate was asked about the most important issue for the next president.
For precisely two hours and five minutes on the morning of July 21, 2007, there was something different about our world. The center of gravity shifted: President George W. Bush temporarily transferred the powers of his office to Vice President Dick Cheney.
The Framers drew their design for our Constitution from a basic understanding of human nature. From the wisdom of the ages and from fresh experience, they understood the better angels of our nature, and the less admirable qualities of human beings entrusted with power.
Actor Matt Damon appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week to promote his latest Jason Bourne flick, but most memorable from the interview was a clip Leno showed of Damon performing in a spot to promote alternative fuels. In the video clip Damon dressed as a gas pump and delivered the following line: “"Come on, Congress. Come on, big oil. Mandate cleaner cars and cleaner fuel. Flex fuel. A little bit of corn and a pinch of can-do attitude is all it takes. And kids love it too. Yippee!"
Is Hillary Clinton a "Liberal?" This has been one of the central questions of her presidential campaign so far. Last night’s CNN/You Tube debate included an opportunity for Hillary to answer this question and the result was yet another example of the former first lady trying to have it both ways.
Mayoral control, the hot new trend in urban school reform, began in Boston and Chicago in the 1990s. Now it's the New York City school system, under the authority of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, that's become the beacon for education-mayor wannabes like Adrian Fenty of Washington, D.C., and Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles.
I once heard it said, "The attitude of Congress toward hidden taxes is not to do away with them, but to hide them better." Clearly, the same Democratic leadership that pledged to run the House with integrity and fiscal responsibility at the beginning of this year has abandoned that pledge in place of a new covenant similar to the one above.
Two April days threw a clarifying light on the state of race in America. On the 11th, North Carolina's attorney general exonerated three white Duke students of the rape charges that a black stripper had lodged with much press fanfare a year earlier. The next day, CBS fired shock jock Don Imus for calling black Rutgers women's basketball players "nappy-headed hos."
Drawing attention to the "gut feeling" expressed by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff earlier this month about an increased risk of a summertime terrorist attack in the United States, the Federal Protective Service (FPS), a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has issued an internal document detailing high-risk threats to federal buildings and employees.
In January I wrote in The Hill that after our losses last November, House Republicans "must recommit to the principles of limited and accountable government." Here we are, seven months into the 110th Congress, and I'm pleased to report we're doing just that.
If Gen. David Petraeus can't stabilize Iraq by autumn - or if Americans decide to pull out of Iraq before he gets a fair chance - expect far worse chaos eventually to follow. We will see ethnic cleansing, mass murder of Iraqi reformers, Kurdistan threatened, emerging Turkish-, Iranian-, and Wahhabi-controlled rump states, and al-Qaida emboldened as American military prestige is ruined.
Credit CNN with trying to shake things up in an otherwise dull, exasperating and too-long campaign season with its YouTube Democratic presidential "debate" Monday night. There was a good deal of silliness, like Sen. Chris Dodd claiming he has white hair because he's a hardworking senator (what does that make senators with dark hair, dyed hair or no hair?).
So many debates, so much time. The Democratic candidates complain of debate strain (or their staffs do, anonymously). Too many candidates, too little to say. The debates, a leading Republican non-candidate insists, are good reasons not to run for president.
Last week brought a convergence of issues into the public realm, all of which I've previously written about, polled on or participated in.
You can tell a lot about presidential candidates by the policy wonks they surround themselves with, especially the economic advisers. The Democratic presidential front-runners have brought in like-minded Wall Street financiers, economists and policymakers. But in some cases, others are thrown into the mix who have radically different ideas, and some of it may be sheer window dressing to appeal to the special interests they need to win the nomination.
While the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been busy attacking syndicated columnist Cal Thomas recently for supposedly “Islamophobic” comments, the media-hungry group did not condemn the recent foiled terrorist plots in London or the successful one in Glasgow, Scotland.
The following letter should have been written, but was not, by an illegal alien:
the Senate on the one hand and President Bush on the other appear to have crafted a generous extension of the program that may now fall prey to the House Democratic desire to provoke a presidential veto — and the children be damned!
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's report makes one thing perfectly clear: Gov. Eliot Spitzer's administration tried to trump up a scandal against his major opposition leader, then lied vigorously to the public afterward for weeks about their role.
Don't be alarmed if you look up and see a person dangling from the U.S. Capitol dome. To ensure that the "umbrella" over the Rotunda remains watertight, there is about to be a monthlong inspection and resealing of joints along the exterior shell of the dome, from the base of the Statue of Freedom downward.
Sen. Joe Biden is the embodiment of snide. Snide is the embodiment of the left-wing attitude toward gun owners. So when snide Joe Biden confronted a YouTube user who asked Democrat presidential candidates about gun control during a debate Monday night, what unfolded was a Teachable YouTube Moment -- the caught-on-tape embodiment of ideological snideness toward the Second Amendment and those who defend it.
Sometimes the advocates of socialized medicine claim that health care is too important to be left to the market. That's why some politicians are calling for us to adopt health care systems such as those in Canada, the United Kingdom and other European nations. But the suggestion that we'd be better served with more government control doesn't even pass a simple smell test.
Just as our troops are fighting the terrorists in Iraq so we don't have to face them here at home, I watched the Democratic Party presidential debate on Monday so you wouldn't need to let those egregious people into your own living rooms. (Although, obviously, our troops in Iraq face deadly duty, while I only face deadly dull duty.)
Another editor here at the paper wants to know if I consider writing a science or an art. He's compiling a booklet on the subject for young writers, and would like me to contribute a chapter, maybe offer some practical suggestions. Glad to, I say. Writing about writing is so much easier than writing.
So did you hear the one about American soldiers playing with dead baby parts found in a mass grave in Iraq? No wait, how about the guy who loved to drive Bradley armored vehicles so he could knock down concrete barriers and mow down little doggies sunning in the road?
Sometimes the advocates of socialized medicine claim that health care is too important to be left to the market. That's why some politicians are calling for us to adopt health care systems such as those in Canada, the United Kingdom and other European nations.
When someone unleashes a seemingly incomprehensible amount of rage upon innocent civilians – as seen in the recent Virginia Tech killings – there is one question everyone seems to ask: “What would motivate someone to do such a thing.”
Last week, conservative bloggers came to the defense of American soldiers after The New Republic published its third article by “Scott Thomas,” a pseudonym for a soldier that says he is currently serving in Iraq. On July 13, “Thomas” relayed an incident that took place in the chow hall in which he and a group of soldiers made fun of a female contractor whose face was disfigured by an IED.
Even if it would help, which it wouldn't, I certainly would not advocate getting rid of sub-prime mortgage loans.
Contrary to predictions by practically every pundit in Washington, Mr. Cheney outlasted repeated rumors of his impending demise, whether it be due to "declining health," spreading "faulty intelligence," CIA spy-leak "links," using "poor" judgment, or just plain peppering his pal with birdshot.
What did Fred Thompson's son, Daniel, do to earn the more than $170,000 that his firm, Daniel Thompson Associates, was paid from his father's federal political action committee, the Fred D. Thompson PAC? The records suggest he did next to nothing.
Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.) called opponents of the Senate immigration bill “racist,” strutted picket lines and said universal health care should include abortion in his last week of campaigning for the Democratic nomination for President.
The release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in the Harry Potter series, has momentarily diverted the public's attention from certain realities: The weather, which normally depresses during winter months when there is less sunlight, has been crying unmercifully on Britain, bringing what the Daily Telegraph calls "chaos and misery" as homes are flooded, flights are canceled, or delayed, and train and subway service is disrupted.
With the recent charges that a major National Football League player had allowed cruel dog fights on his home property, the issue of cruelty to animals has been brought to national attention.
Debates about same-sex marriage and gay adoptions always include the argument that a child has the right to both a father and a mother. If that is true, why is a child usually deprived of that right when heterosexual couples divorce? It would seem that maintaining the father's love and authority would be crucial when a child's life is turned upside down by divorce. Yet, family courts routinely deprive children of one parent, usually the father, restricting his time with his child to about six days a month.
If you see something, hire a lawyer. Then, perhaps, you can say something. That would be the new mantra for passenger vigilance -- replacing the ubiquitous "If you see something, say something" -- if Democrats get their way in Congress.
So how does the world's largest animal rights organization show its appreciation to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry for proposing legislation aimed at eliminating dogfighting, as well as for sending a strongly worded letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting he suspend Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who was indicted this past week on dogfighting charges?
The children and grandchildren of baby boomers have been called a lot of names, and most of the printable ones are taken from the alphabet: Generation X, Y and Z. The young professionals, as they call themselves, may turn out to be the most rebellious generation of all.
Last Tuesday night, two contrasting groups gathered in Washington, D.C. One group held an anti-Iraq war vigil, orchestrated by the Democratic senatorial team. The opposing group was a pro-Israel assembly of over 4,500 Christians gathered at the D.C. Convention Center for a night to honor Israel.
If Howard Dean, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has any sense at all, he will spend as long as it takes to fix this mess. Not only should he put America’s biggest labor and union supporter, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on his speed dial, but he should park his butt on their front porch until they agree to see him. Because without their financial support and the votes of the ten million union members in America, Dean can forget about taking back the White House next year.
Can’t anybody shut up Jimmy Carter once and for all? In his latest statement, he blamed America for fomenting trouble in Gaza by siding with the Fatah against Hamas.
It’s no secret: Everyone who wants to sell anything wants to be a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. They may not admit it but they do. Authors, experts, actors and politicians all hope and believe that, if they appear on the show, they will experience the Oprah effect, a rapid increase in sales and popularity from the 49 million viewers who tune in each week.
Congress hasn’t accomplished much this year, but at least our politicians are displaying a flair for political theater.
"You can't legislate morality." You hear it all the time in Washington, DC. Some Americans assume that there is something unseemly about making laws based on moral standards. Such a notion is absurd, of course. All laws are based on someone's moral standards, someone's view of how things ought to be.
One of the most prolific writers on the subject of the Democratic Party and religion is Amy Sullivan, an editor with the Washington Monthly. TIME magazine recently posted two essays by Ms. Sullivan that are must-reads for evangelical Christians as we consider the faith of the Democratic presidential candidates.