Sat, Aug 18, 2007

Jonathan Garthwaite | August 18, 2007

Following Mitt Romney's decisive victory and Mike Huckabee's surprise second place finish at the Iowa Straw Poll, the campaigns must quickly turn their attention to the next pre-primary season challenge - the Townhall.com Texas Republican Straw Poll.

Doug Giles | August 18, 2007

Tiny Muskens, a Dutch Roman Catholic Bishop in Amsterdam, released another nifty idea this week upon his wooden shoe wearing sheep.

Fred Thompson | August 18, 2007

You can’t have national security without border security. It’s not only necessary for any meaningful immigration reform; border security plays a key role in both the interdiction of illegal drugs and in defending America against terrorist threats.

Caroline Glick | August 18, 2007

Sometimes terror doesn't have to pay. Reports last week that Fatah Prime Minister Salaam Fayad had paid the annual salaries of members of Hamas's army in Gaza caused US Congressman Eric Cantor to shoot off a livid letter to Fayad.

Robert Novak | August 18, 2007

Anticipating that Sen. Hillary Clinton will clinch the Democratic presidential nomination, some supporters are beginning to argue against her principal rival -- Sen. Barack Obama -- for vice president. They maintain that Obama provides no general election help for Clinton. As an African-American from Illinois, Obama represents an ethnic group and a state already solidly in the Democratic column.

Nick Nichols | August 18, 2007

Economist Milton Friedman once wrote that some “businessmen believe that they are defending free enterprise when they declaim that business is not concerned merely with profit but also with promoting desirable social ends; that business has a social conscience and takes seriously its responsibility for providing employment, eliminating discrimination, avoiding pollution and whatever else may be the catchwords of the contemporary crop of reformers.” Friedman added, “In fact, they are . . . preaching pure and unadulterated socialism. Businessmen who talk this way are unwitting puppets of the intellectual forces that have been undermining the basis of a free society these past decades.”

Nathan Tabor | August 18, 2007

An interesting story has come across the Associated Press wire—one that should give every taxpayer in America pause. President George W. Bush noted that the $22 billion difference between the spending proposed by the White House and by Congressional Democrats is not, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi maintains, a "very small difference."

Fri, Aug 17, 2007

Kathryn Lopez | August 17, 2007

It's the summer of 2007, and I have breaking news: Women are liberated.

Brent Bozell | August 17, 2007

Every year, there are literally dozens of new shows premiered in the vast television universe -- broadcast, basic cable and the premium pay-per-view channels.

Rich Tucker | August 17, 2007

We’re still more than a year from the next presidential election, and the cast of characters involved seems underwhelming. It’s difficult to get excited over whether or not Mitt Romney was able to convince a few thousand Iowans to eat his free food and cast a straw poll ballot for him.

Michael Gerson | August 17, 2007

When I asked Karl Rove this week to summarize his approach to politics, he quoted from memory a 167-year-old letter by Abraham Lincoln to his Whig campaign committee: "Keep a constant watch on the doubtful voters, and from time to time have them talked to by those in whom they have the most confidence."

John McCaslin | August 17, 2007

Our mailbox overfloweth this week, thanks to Washington resident John Lockwood, who while conducting research at the Library of Congress came across an intriguing Page 2 headline in the Nov. 2, 1922 edition of The Washington Post: "Arctic Ocean Getting Warm; Seals Vanish and Icebergs Melt."

Tom DeLay | August 17, 2007

Denny Hastert never met a problem he couldn’t solve. He was so good at legislating that it’s possible he would have been just as successful in his career had he never been Speaker at all. That is to say, Denny didn’t need the gavel to lead, but to a greater degree than many know, Congress needed him to govern.

Donald Lambro | August 17, 2007

Pessimism is a contagious affliction, born by fears of some cataclysmic result that is based on little or no compelling evidence -- usually in the face of a pile of facts to the contrary.

Hugh Hewitt | August 17, 2007

You don't often hear any Congressmen or Senators demanding answers on how long the duration or how great the number of troops will be required in Kosovo, South Korea, or Germany. But you hear little other than those questions when the subject of Iraq comes up.

John Hawkins | August 17, 2007

Now, I will be the first to admit that the GOP was very disappointing in the 2006 election cycle and although the Republicans have improved significantly in a lot of areas, they're still not doing as much as conservatives have asked them to do on spending, corruption, immigration, and foreign policy.

Jonah Goldberg | August 17, 2007

The consequences of envy run even deeper. It will never be known how many millennia man endured in misery and darkness under the moldering blanket of envy.

David Limbaugh | August 17, 2007

Is Barack Obama black enough? Is John Edwards Latino enough or woman enough? Heaven save us from the bean counters.

Oliver North | August 17, 2007

The great horned owl is a magnificent raptor with feathers so soft its prey can't even hear it coming until it's too late.

Debra J. Saunders | August 17, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards complained to the Progressive magazine that antiwar critics such as Sen. Barack Obama are "behaving in a holier-than-thou" manner on Iraq. Too bad for Edwards that Obama opposed the war in Iraq in 2002, while her husband John Edwards -- as well as Sens. Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd -- voted for the Iraq war resolution.

Linda Chavez | August 17, 2007

The GOP has traditionally been the party of political primogeniture. From Ronald Reagan to George Herbert Walker Bush to Bob Dole to George W. Bush, Republicans have nominated the man who could best lay claim to being the natural heir.

Paul Greenberg | August 17, 2007

"What's the South like?" said the man in the white suit, as if repeating a question. "That's what they all ask. Well, that depends on which South you mean - the antebellum mansion, the fly-specked roadhouse, or the latest of the New Souths, the Sunbelt? Or northern Mexico, aka Texas? Or one of the uncountable other Souths? And which image is the facade for which? One South fits into the last one like one of those Russian dolls. Do not be too quick to decide which is the real South. There is no such thing. Nor is it easy to see which South is supplanting the other at any given time. The professional Southerner is all leaf and no roots; the most Southern of us all may never think on what it means to be Southern."

Rebecca Hagelin | August 17, 2007

The only thing worse than being against baseball, Mom or apple pie is being “anti-kid.”

Amanda Carpenter | August 17, 2007

Despite the fact that NASA tried to block him from accessing U.S. temperature data, persistent efforts by a climate change blogger forced the government to amend U.S. temperature data.

Burt Prelutsky | August 17, 2007

Lately, there have been a lot of nasty rumors floating around about Rudy and Judith Giuliani. I’ve heard, for instance, that he’s been having an affair. I’ve also heard that she, wife number three, is a royal pain in the butt who goes berserk if anyone dares call her Judy.

Paul Weyrich | August 17, 2007

Unlike his father, President George W. Bush sometimes is difficult to understand. However, one issue about which he has been resolute and consistent in recent times is taxes. In the past Bush did not veto higher spending bills. In his entire first term and well into his second President Bush did not veto a single bill. Even now he has vetoed only three bills, two of which would have expanded embryonic stem-cell research. His rationale for not exercising his veto power was that he did not want to quarrel with the first Republican Congress since 1995-1996. He let Congress get by with profligate spending until exasperated voters threw out the rascals in 2006.

Charles Krauthammer | August 17, 2007

In the fable, the farm boy phenom makes his way to the big city to amaze the world with his arm. At a stop at a fair on the train ride to Chicago, he strikes out the Babe Ruth of his time on three blazing pitches. Enter the Dark Lady. Before he can reach the stadium for his tryout, she shoots him and leaves him for dead.

Kathleen Parker | August 17, 2007

It was bound to happen -- and it seems fitting that a cleric named Tiny would think of it.

Larry Kudlow | August 17, 2007

Wall Street remains caught in a tizzy over a power outage in the credit markets. But Main Street is in fine economic shape, according to the latest reports out of Washington.

Mike Gallagher | August 17, 2007

What happens when a criminal who seeks and receives sanctuary in a church in order to escape prosecution eventually leaves the church?

Diana West | August 17, 2007

This is what comes through, loud and ugly, from that mountaintop in Afghanistan, where four young Americans ultimately agreed it was better to be killed than to kill.

Thu, Aug 16, 2007

Bill Steigerwald | August 16, 2007

Citizen Watts may look like a troublemaker to NASA's experts but he's convinced he's on to something important. He's found no evidence that anyone except him has ever made an effort to verify the quality-control standards at every weather station site.

Rich Lowry | August 16, 2007

In September 1898, an outnumbered British-led army battled the forces of a Muslim fanatic in Omdurman, Sudan. The Brits unleashed machine-gun fire and artillery on the primitive warriors and suffered a loss of 48 dead and 434 wounded, while killing 9,700, wounding 13,000 and capturing 5,000 of the enemy.

Peter Wehner | August 16, 2007

As we approach next month’s report by General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker, the debate about Iraq will intensify. One key point of discussion will be a threshold question: How important is Iraq in the larger war against Islamic extremism? Is Iraq a central battleground in the fight against jihadists, or a distraction?

Paul Edwards | August 16, 2007

Churches and ministers bury sinners every day. But we don’t highlight their sin on the big screen while we’re doing it. We exalt Christ. We proclaim the gospel

Jerry Bowyer | August 16, 2007

It's not sub-prime; that asset class just isn't nearly large enough. It's not the business cycle; profits are up substantially over the last quarter.

Lamar Smith | August 16, 2007

For far too long, too many have spoken out on the problem of illegal immigration but done too little. The laws we need to combat illegal immigration are on the books in this country, and they are pretty clear. However, these laws only work if they are enforced across all levels of government – federal, state and local. If we are to end illegal immigration, we must establish the rule of law and enforce the current laws.

Janice Shaw Crouse | August 16, 2007

Going back for a high school class reunion sharpened my focus on certain realities. It was a milestone event for me this past weekend in Griffin, Georgia. Driving into town for the first time since my parents moved a year after my graduation was a trip back into what I like to think is authentic America.

Rich Galen | August 16, 2007

Interesting, isn't it, now that Rove has announced he is leaving the White House Democrats (who consider him to be a combination of - in reverse order of publication - Lord Voldamort, Darth Vader, and Grendel) are leaping up and down with joy, elbowing each other out of the way on cable news chat shows to point out that they don't really care if he stays or goes and they never thought that much of, or about, him anyway.

John McCaslin | August 16, 2007

We've learned that Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan will be the featured speaker at Virginia Rep. James P. Moran's 16th annual Women's Issues Conference on Sept. 15.

Michael Fumento | August 16, 2007

In retrospect, you knew there would be trouble when you put the people responsible for the Space Shuttle program in charge of tracking U.S. temperatures. So perhaps it shouldn’t have come as a big surprise when it was revealed that NASA committed a bit of an oopsie regarding data constantly used by the mainstream media and other global warming proponents.

Brent Bozell | August 16, 2007

Howard Fineman of Newsweek recently ratified the conventional media wisdom on the vice president. "Dick Cheney isn't running for anything, which, of course, gives Dick Cheney a lot of scary freedom in people's eyes."

Larry Elder | August 16, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards' wife, wants affirmative action -- for white males. Okay, she didn't put it exactly that way. Here's what happened.

Ken Blackwell | August 16, 2007

A general good rule of thumb is to expect that someone will be soaked whenever Congress starts talking about making the tax code fairer. Another good rule is if you want less of something, tax it. Such is the case with a proposed adjustment to an established tax rule with far reaching implications for the American economy.

Cal Thomas | August 16, 2007

In every child's life there comes a time when childhood fantasies are shattered and he or she is forced to accept reality - there is no Santa Claus or tooth fairy; parents don't always mean it when they promise to stay married until parted by death.

Suzanne Fields | August 16, 2007

Every generation is sure that its social and cultural trends are here to stay. When history moved slowly before the dawn of the electronic media, it might have seemed so. But with instant communication through cell phones, fax machines, e-mail and Internet meeting places, such as Facebook and YouTube, cultural trends accelerate dramatically. The future as imagined by Generations X, Y or Z is easily blown away by the high velocity winds of change.

Matt Towery | August 16, 2007

Those outside the insulated bubble of Washington, D.C. -- remember us? -- nevertheless recognize the real issue for the 2008 elections.

Donald Lambro | August 16, 2007

The bewilderingly shifting dates in next January's early presidential primaries may complicate the candidates' timing and tactics, but is it wreaking havoc in our American political system? I don't think so. The major primaries and caucuses will be held a little earlier than usual in January, as anticipated by the candidates. But Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and now Nevada will remain the entry portals to the Feb. 5 Super Duper Tuesday when it is likely that the nominees will have been all but chosen by their parties.

Cliff May | August 16, 2007

“The only thing this surge will accomplish is a surge of more death and destruction.” That was the prediction of blogger and anti-war activist Arianna Huffington back in December of last year -- one month before the Senate unanimously confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as commander in Iraq.

William Rusher | August 16, 2007

If you want to pose as an all-purpose expert on the Middle East, just assume the demeanor of a wise old owl and announce, "It's all about oil." Why did the United States invade Iraq? "Oil." What are the Sunnis and the Shiites battling over? "Oil." What is Iran's motive in its Byzantine power plays? "Oil." Don't try to explain the details of your analysis: Keep it simple, and just blame everything on oil.

Marvin Olasky | August 16, 2007

Should biblical churches host gay-glorifying funerals? Should evangelical politics move leftward? Many news organs give us one answer: Yes!

George Will | August 16, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Exactly a century ago, panic seized financial markets. The collateral for perhaps half the bank loans in New York was securities whose values had been inflated by speculation.

Robert Novak | August 16, 2007

Prior to the recent global financial crisis, the Federal Reserve Board under Chairman Ben S. Bernanke was ready to take a subtle step toward easier money in order to stave off U.S. recession fears.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 16, 2007

Anonymity on rare occasions may have a place in protecting whistleblowers or honest journalistic sources fearful of retaliation. But lately it is being misused.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 16, 2007

It is indicative of the bias that gusts through our media that when the most successful political strategist in memory, Karl Rove, retires from his powerful position in the Bush White House, the press reports his departure tsk-tskingly.

Wed, Aug 15, 2007

Ann Coulter | August 15, 2007

All the Democrats' most dearly beloved anti-war/anti-Bush heroes invariably end up in the Teresa Heinz Kerry wing of the nut-house.

Katie Favazza | August 15, 2007

Townhall.com’s gold partner Freedom Alliance is sponsoring the 2007 Hannity Freedom Concerts all across America this summer. Greg Stamps, a native Texan and a longtime member of the Townhall.com team, represented Townhall at the August 14 concert in Texas.

Don Kroah | August 15, 2007

Contrary to the extreme and unfortunate claims by Mississippi Republican Senator Trent Lott that talk radio is “running America” and that “we have to deal with that problem,” the fact remains that the entire new media, of which talk radio is such a dominant part, really is making a difference in the American political landscape—an overwhelmingly positive difference.

Michael Gerson | August 15, 2007

In the field of environmentalism -- where brows tend to be frozen in furrow and despair is a professional credential -- Gregg Easterbrook of the Brookings Institution is notable for his optimism. And one cause of his sunniness is smog in Los Angeles.

Amanda Carpenter | August 15, 2007

At an August 13 New Hampshire campaign stop, Obama said that as President he would move more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to “get the job done there, and that requires us to have enough troops so that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there.”

John McCaslin | August 15, 2007

"Nonsense," writes Inside the Beltway reader James McIntosh, regarding our item yesterday on the Architect of the Capitol boasting of taxpayer savings of $2.2 million per year after installing energy-efficient comfort-control systems and lighting that shuts off automatically when nobody is in the room.

Michael Medved | August 15, 2007

The more I think about Mike Huckabee’s stunning 18% showing at the Iowa straw poll the more I’m persuaded that he could be the exciting, unifying conservative standard bearer the GOP base has been craving.

Maggie Gallagher | August 15, 2007

After his second-place finish in the Iowa straw poll, Mike Huckabee emerged as the mainstream media's favorite conservative.

Michelle Malkin | August 15, 2007

Will the execution-style murder of three young students in Newark, N.J., finally turn the tide in the immigration enforcement debate?

John Stossel | August 15, 2007

Farm subsidies are popular with politicians because Big Agriculture lobbies hard, and many people believe that without subsidies, we wouldn't have a reliable food supply.

Walter E. Williams | August 15, 2007

Environmentalists, with the help of politicians and other government officials, have an agenda that has cost thousands of American lives. In the wake of Hurricane Betsy, which struck New Orleans in 1965, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed building flood gates on Lake Pontchartrain, like those in the Netherlands that protect cities from North Sea storms. In 1977, the gates were about to be built, but the Environmental Defense Fund and Save Our Wetlands sought a court injunction to block the project.

Jonah Goldberg | August 15, 2007

There's an old maxim that if Napoleon had been struck by a cannonball on his way to Moscow, he would be remembered as an unrivaled military genius and liberator. But Napoleon overstayed history's welcome and was treated harshly for it, first by the Russians and Mother Nature, then by his own people and, ultimately, by historians.

Tony Blankley | August 15, 2007

Sometimes we can better understand where we are politically from afar than from within. Consider this assessment from Europe's biggest and Germany's most influential magazine, Der Spiegel, this week:

Cal Thomas | August 15, 2007

Former White House speechwriter Michael Gerson has been accused of self-aggrandizement and taking credit for speeches he did not fully write, stealing the lines of others and making them his own. The accusations come from his former speechwriting colleague, Matthew Scully, in the September issue of the Atlantic magazine.

Lisa De Pasquale | August 15, 2007

Last week we got another glimpse of the Left’s true feelings about our troops. At a campaign breakfast in Iowa, anti-war Daily Kos diarist Rachel Griffiths asked Mitt Romney why none of his five sons enlisted in the military. It’s a popular form of “gotcha” that the Left likes to play in order to bring out their favorite cat call – Hypocrite! Romney responded, “My sons are all adults and they’ve made decisions about their careers and they’ve chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard. One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.”

Pat Buchanan | August 15, 2007

If one had to sum up the legacy of Karl Rove as political adviser to the 43rd president, it could probably be done in four words: tactical brilliance, strategic blindness.

Terry Jeffrey | August 15, 2007

Some believe the greatest emerging threat to the human race can be found in the Middle East, where terrorists seek weapons of mass destruction. Others point to melting glaciers, adamant they have discovered proof of environmental doom.

Ben Shapiro | August 15, 2007

When it comes to destroying America, the self-reflective anti-heroes of Hollywood and Islamic terrorists join hands.

Austin Bay | August 15, 2007

Four years after an explosives-packed suicide cement truck blew up and destroyed the U.N. headquarters building in Baghdad, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to expand its operation in Iraq.

Paul Greenberg | August 15, 2007

Whatever happened to the once strong, vital, unique American language? It hasn't been seen in some time. It's been completely obscured by the thicket of "you knows" and "whatevers" and other verbal tics that now cover the language like kudzu.

Kathleen Parker | August 15, 2007

"Innocent until proven guilty" is a favorite, if sometimes ignored, American trope. We are reminded of that once again with charges being dropped against two Marines in the so-called "Haditha Massacre" of November 2005. As well, we are reminded of the difficulty in applying civilian perceptions and standards to military conflict.

Douglas MacKinnon | August 15, 2007

Tragically, horrifyingly, but quite predictably, it’s going to happen. The only question being which American city or cities?

Paul Weyrich | August 15, 2007

I have not spoken recently with Paul Jacob. Years ago he was a leader of the movement to establish term limits for elected officials. Jacob is one of the most honest men in Washington. I always listen to what he says.

Jacob Sullum | August 15, 2007

A deeper problem is that publicity does not deter wasteful, parochial spending that legislators want to publicize. Consider what happened last month when Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., challenged a $100,000 appropriation for a prison museum near Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Amanda Carpenter | August 15, 2007

Hillary Clinton wants to manage the economy, but she hasn’t disclosed how she would pay for a signature platform of her campaign, or what it would cost.

Tue, Aug 14, 2007

Debra J. Saunders | August 14, 2007

I asked top Bush adviser Karl Rove -- the man who didn't deliver national unity and has announced he is leaving the White House -- over the phone Monday: Why?

Rich Lowry | August 14, 2007

Karl Rove loomed so large in our politics that no one could see him clearly. He was both underestimated and overestimated, and he leaves the White House with both significant political achievements and frustrated ambitions.

Betsy Hart | August 14, 2007

"Fewer Mothers Prefer Full-time Work" blared the headline of the recent Pew Research Center study.

Fred Thompson | August 14, 2007

If you listen to folks who oppose immigration and border enforcement, you get the feeling they think we put locks on our doors to keep everybody out. The truth is we have locks so we can choose who comes in.

Stephen Bird | August 14, 2007

After months of lobbying and five months following an assassin’s attempt on his life, President Reagan headed for his beloved Rancho del Cielo where he signed the Economic Recovery Tax Act into law on August 13, 1981.

John Boehner | August 14, 2007

People often tell me that their first emotion on the night of November 7, 2006 was disappointment. Indeed, after spending many nights on the road last summer and fall, traveling around the country and seeing firsthand the enthusiasm and commitment of Republican volunteers nationwide, our loss in the House and Senate was a bitter pill to swallow. But my personal disappointment quickly gave way to resolve, and I knew that if Republicans were going to earn back the congressional majority in 2008 we would have to start the next morning.

John McCaslin | August 14, 2007

D.C. resident John Lockwood was conducting research at the Library of Congress and came across an intriguing Page 2 headline in the Nov. 2, 1922 edition of The Washington Post: "Arctic Ocean Getting Warm; Seals Vanish and Icebergs Melt."

Thomas Sowell | August 14, 2007

Two recent tragedies -- in Minnesota and in Utah -- have held the nation's attention. The implications of these tragedies also deserve attention.

David Limbaugh | August 14, 2007

The much ballyhooed debate on "Meet the Press" between former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. and Markos Moulitsas, publisher of the liberal Daily Kos website, was instructive for what it revealed about both the divisions in the Democratic Party and the underlying disingenuousness of both factions.

Dennis Prager | August 14, 2007

One of the two major political parties of the United States has linked all its electoral hopes on domestic pathologies, economic downturns and foreign failure.

Pat Buchanan | August 14, 2007

Mitt Romney won his anticipated victory in the Iowa Straw Poll, with 32 percent and 4,500 votes, but fell short of expectations. Ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, with 18 percent, exceeded them, and is the man of the hour to the political press.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 14, 2007

The scandal of imported products from China has accelerated to a level that the public should demand "China-free" labels on anything that goes into a mouth. This includes not only food, vitamins and medicines but toothpaste and toys which, as all parents know, go into children's mouths.

Bill Murchison | August 14, 2007

What? Karl Rove leaving the George Bush White House? I read the words; I can't digest them. Going home to Texas to write a book and, not only that, leaving politics altogether? So he announces. We'll see.

Robert Novak | August 14, 2007

WASHINGTON -- The most useless speculation today in Washington is whom Chief of Staff Josh Bolten might choose to replace Karl Rove at the White House. He is genuinely irreplaceable. Nobody will attempt to combine the political and policy functions as Rove has done. Indeed, fellow Republicans question whether he should have attempted the feat himself.

Jack Kemp | August 14, 2007

Make no mistake dear readers, listening and watching the presidential candidates in the Democratic Party debate over the economy, I believe they are all headed in the direction of higher tax rates, and protectionist trade policies.

Mon, Aug 13, 2007

Cheryl Felicia Rhoads | August 13, 2007

When I was a kid I recall that Merv Griffin would always break from a guest at the commercial and announce "We will be right back!" So it was a thrill almost 20 years later, when another TV star, McLean Stevenson (TV's MASH and a cousin to Adlai Stevenson) brought Les Sinclair, the talent coordinator for Merv Griffin, to see me and another young performer at the Los Angeles Improv comedy club.

Ray Haynes | August 13, 2007

Buying a house is the biggest financial decision that most people ever make. Homeownership isn't always easy, but most buyers are responsible.

Fred Thompson | August 13, 2007

Whoa now. Let’s hold our horses a minute and think about the calls for new tax increases to fix our infrastructure problems. The Minneapolis bridge collapse is a tragedy, but we can’t let it be used to compound other problems – which is what will happen if we’re scared into raising gas taxes.

Ken Connor | August 13, 2007

Foolish. Naïve. Downright stupid. That is how some have described the actions of a group of South Korean missionaries who went to Afghanistan to give humanitarian aid and to preach the Gospel. On July 17, members of the Taliban captured twenty-three of the missionaries and held them hostage, demanding the release of eight Taliban prisoners. Two of the twenty-three missionaries have been killed, with more deaths to come unless the demands of the fundamentalist sect are met.

John McCaslin | August 13, 2007

A lawyer in Atlanta, Mr. Barr in recent days slammed President Bush on the issue of privacy, which was a primary reason for him leaving the Republican Party in the first place. The former Republican is angry the president signed the new anti-terrorism law that amends the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which Mr. Barr contends violates the privacy rights of Americans.

Bill Steigerwald | August 13, 2007

Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming by Bjorn Lomborg (Knopf)

Timothy Lee | August 13, 2007

Radical Environmentalists Continue Politicization of Doomsday Clock, Literally Equating Climate Change to Nuclear Weapons

George Allen | August 13, 2007

Twenty-five years ago, President Ronald Wilson Reagan shepherded a reluctant world media up the mountain to his beloved Rancho del Cielo to witness the enactment of a 25 percent across-the-board tax cut. This momentous policy change unleashed the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity of America that dwells within all of us.

Rich Galen | August 13, 2007

The deal is, as I understand it, this. The original law regarding the ability of the National Security Agency (NSA) to eavesdrop on electronic communications stems from a 1978 law which permitted warrantless interception of electronic messages which were carried by microwave - that is, they were not carried along copper wires like a phone call between you sitting in your house in Cleveland and your mom in Philadelphia.

Jonathan Garthwaite | August 13, 2007

Here's what Townhall.com readers were talking about during the week that was -- August 5th-11th, 2007

Michael Barone | August 13, 2007

One issue thats going to come up this fall that you havent heard much about is trade. Or at least I hope its going to come up.

Suzanne Fields | August 13, 2007

In one brief compressed paragraph, the novelist captures a reality of war, the way rumors become stories and how stories testify to the human need for the messenger to embroider facts as though he lives in a romance, where characters are decorated in red and gold. Stephen Crane never went to war, but as every reader learns quickly, "The Red Badge of Courage" dazzles with the authenticity of experience. Good writers do that.

Paul Greenberg | August 13, 2007

Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, and Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian president, have met for the first time at Jericho, which would be on Palestinian soil if a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict ever emerges.

Robert Novak | August 13, 2007

Murtha is called "King Corruption" by Republican reformers, but what happened after midnight Aug. 5 is not a party matter.

Burt Prelutsky | August 13, 2007

Nothing that I’ve written recently has stirred up the hornets quite as much as a piece in which I declared my support for Rudy Giuliani. I can’t say I was too shocked. After all, aside from religion and, in certain strange circles, TV soap operas, there’s little that Americans feel more passionately about than partisan politics.

Mike Adams | August 13, 2007

After publicly displaying his shortcomings – as an attorney and as an American - Sandler is now threatening me with federal criminal prosecution. I received this letter from him a couple of days ago:

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | August 13, 2007

The year 2008 promises to be an historic election year. The reasons for this are numerous. Not unsurprisingly, we often cannot see the forest for the trees.

Star Parker | August 13, 2007

It's been equal-opportunity week to attack Barack Obama because of his remarks that seemed to justify a U.S. invasion of Pakistan. Democrats and Republicans alike had a field day at the expense of the poor senator.

Sun, Aug 12, 2007

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 12, 2007

This week, two articles regarding studies focused on children caught my attention because they highlighted everyday activities in children’s lives in America, fast food and TV/video. The Los Angeles Times’ headlines were: “Kids prefer McDonald’s-wrapped food, study finds” and “Baby Einstein': a bright idea?”

Austin Hill | August 12, 2007

Bottom line: Americans believe that a “marriage” is, necessarily, a relationship between one man and one woman. And however tolerant or accepting our culture has become of homosexuals and homosexual couples, at this point in time we simply aren’t ready to change the definition of marriage.

George Will | August 12, 2007

Sen. Barack Obama recently told some Iowa farmers that prices of their crops are not high enough, considering what grocers are charging for other stuff: "Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?" Living near the University of Chicago, Obama has perhaps experienced this outrage, but Iowans, who have no Whole Foods stores, might remember 1987, when Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis urged Iowa farmers to diversify by raising endive. Said a farmer to a Boston reporter, "Your governor scared me just a hair."

Frank Pastore | August 12, 2007

Liberals are predictably doing everything they can to win in 2008. Everyone knows a key part of their strategy is to “get religion” and trick as many Christians as possible to care less about the Bible, abortion and gay marriage and more about liberal policy positions: secularism, socialism, bigger government and higher taxes.

Salena Zito | August 12, 2007

Howard Dean came to the DNC not to play but to win. His biggest challenge will be the electoral strategy of the Democrats’ eventual presidential nominee.

Nathan Tabor | August 12, 2007

The 2008 election is already emerging as a faith-filled affair—if you are to believe the rhetoric coming out of some candidate camps this campaign season.

Paul Jacob | August 12, 2007

Go north, young man. And go down. Down, down, down. And plant a metal flag.

Kevin McCullough | August 12, 2007

Liberally oriented newspaper editors increasingly wonder why subscription and circulation numbers continue to plummet among the old guard of news media: the printed page. What are they, the dumbest people on earth?

Robert Bluey | August 12, 2007

Democrat leaders in the House and Senate are invoking the threat of “Big Brother” in an attempt to undo the changes Congress made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) before leaving for August recess