Kennedy made Satan more frustrated than Ted Nugent would be watching Dianne Feinstein attempt to shatter the Guinness Book of World Records’ longest break dance.
In 2004, within four months of each other, two three-judge panels of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided cases involving the Constitution's Establishment Clause and its requirement of government neutrality regarding religion.
“A Time for Choosing”, the celebrated nomination address by Ronald Reagan supporting Barry Goldwater for president in 1964, included a strong message about the dangers of appeasing the Soviet Union.
Those familiar with the Clinton response to scandal know the process by heart. It inevitably goes something like this: first, deny any wrongdoing; then explain it as a misunderstanding or bureaucratic mistake; when it is clear there is actual wrongdoing begin to stonewall and obfuscate; then move on to simultaneously attacking anyone who brings up the scandal and dismissing the issue as old news.
In a move better suited to a liberal rag than a legitimate conservative journal, Romney Advisor Cesar Conda recently undertook the strange tact of criticizing Rudy Giuliani for cutting taxes by $9 billion, while praising Romney, despite the Cato Institute’s analysis that he raised fees by over $500 million and proposed hundreds of millions more in business tax increases.
For the past two weeks I have lived as most normal people live – too busy with work and kids to pay much attention to the details of national news and politics. A new job and a return to the school calendar have demanded I forego my usual political junkie cable news/internet news/blog fix. I have followed politics since high school. Back then it was by reading columnists in my local paper and watching This Week with David Brinkley, The McLaughlin Group and Nightline on a regular basis.
There has been a lot of talk about Larry Craig's on again/off again decision to resign from Congress. Like most Republicans, I'm of the opinion that Craig should resign, but wouldn't it be great if he could take a few people with him?
Given our success with the counterinsurgency operations and the stakes involved in the outcome of the war in Iraq, President Bush and other Republicans have a window to restate their case for the importance of Iraq in the War on Terror.
It is good to be back to work this week, refreshed from our summer breaks. Patty and I took our time in August to visit our son and daughter-in-law and their two children at their beach cottage on the lovely island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts—yes, that Martha’s Vineyard, made famous by the Kennedys, the Clintons, and scores of other politicians and media figures who take refuge on this lovely wooded island, covered with charming cedar-shingled cottages, rocky wind-swept coastlines, and surrounded by yachts.
As repulsive as Michael Vick's actions were, what I've heard and read in the aftermath has struck me as being far worse. The dogfights themselves, and Vick's executions of the under-achieving canines, as vicious and sadistic as they were, involved only the Atlanta quarterback and a handful of his feebleminded lackeys.
When we last left it, Prince William County in Virginia was trying to defend itself and its legal inhabitants against the massive influx of illegal aliens pouring into the county. A migration that is putting a tremendous strain on the infrastructure of the county while substantially raising the crime rate.
A movement is underway across the nation to change the way we elect the President.
Two senators campaigning for their party’s nomination for president reiterated their drastically different positions on the war in Iraq when they received their report from an independent commission about progress being made by Iraqi Security Forces.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights turns 50 this week. Created by the 1957 Civil Rights Act, signed into law Sept. 9 that year by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Commission's work rarely makes the front pages as it did in the heyday of the civil rights movement.
Some set the matter aside as being nothing more than verbal play for the benefit of word-men. What term properly designates what we are doing, and what we are enduring, in many parts of the world, the symbolic center of which is the Twin Towers site in Manhattan? Sometimes the words chosen can mean the justification of an additional measure of military power. Always they calibrate the public mood and the public perception of what is going on.
Shortly before he made headlines by urging Idaho Sen. Larry E. Craig to reconsider his decision to resign from the Senate after Mr. Craig was caught up in a sex-sting operation in the Minneapolis airport, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter arrived back in Washington after a two-week congressional junket to Britain, Finland, Russia, Turkey, Poland and France.
Question: Should taxpayers, through government programs and policies, support the choices of other people?
Next week General Petraeus will report on progress of the war. It will likely mark a turning point in America’s role in Iraq, and will refocus voters on what they should be looking for in a president. It also reminds us that the elephant in the room in 2008 is the global war against radical jihadists and their reign of terror.
Throughout our young history, Americans have been admonished to "Remember the Alamo," "Remember the Maine" and "Remember Pearl Harbor." These remembrances - and others - were for the purpose of motivating the public to fight on until an enemy was vanquished. When victory was assured, the memory faded into history.
Like many Americans, I’ve tried to tune out Elizabeth Edwards’ constant stream of Drudge-worthy gaffes to supposedly elect her husband president. It’s clear that even the Left is tired of it. This week, Susan Estrich wrote, “I’m the last person to recognize even a kernel of truth in Ann Coulter’s repeated attacks on the use of victims to say what others can’t, but Elizabeth Edwards is making the number one ranter of the right actually look like she’s onto something.”
The winner of the Hypocrite of the Year award goes to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). Even though the year is far from over and is likely to have its fair share of hypocrisy, Mrs. Clinton’s comment on the need to compromise to achieve political and social progress has to outclass any other current or future entrant.
Visitors to the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., encounter a bit of ticky-tacky architecture when they enter the otherwise grand, white-marble building: They must pass through a façade that resembles the entrance of a little red schoolhouse. It’s probably the most ridiculous, oxymoronic (and moronic) structure in town. And just to make sure that folks feel all “folksy” as they enter, the phrase “No Child Left Behind” is emblazoned across the top. Some DOE genius seems to believe that if you force people to first walk through a little fake door of a fake neighborhood school, maybe they’ll ignore the fact that they have entered the belly of a bureaucratic beast. Heck, maybe they’ll even think they’re at Disneyworld.
The current flap over Sen. Larry Craig, the Idaho Republican who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct after an undercover police officer accused him of soliciting sex in a Minneapolis airport men's room, raises a whole series of interesting questions and observations.
"If anyone is in heaven, there is no question Mother Teresa is there," is a sentiment shared by millions of Americans, believers and non-believers alike. Yet her own words suggest it was a sentiment Mother Teresa struggled with and may well have not believed.
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign hints that agreeing to refrain from campaigning in outlaw Florida and Michigan primaries is a noble sacrifice bowing to party rules. Some of the news media bought into that, with The New York Times reporting: "The decision seemed to dash any hopes of Mrs. Clinton relying on a strong showing in Florida as a springboard to the nomination." Rather, her forbearance looks like a windfall for the Democratic front-runner.
WASHINGTON -- Leaving no talent untapped in its quest for perfection, the Ford Motor Co. asked Marianne Moore, one of America's foremost poets in the 1950s, to suggest a name for the product it would debut in late summer, 50 years ago. She replied: "May I submit Utopian Turtletop? Do not trouble to answer unless you like it."
After signing a 10-year, $130-million contract with the Atlanta Falcons less than three years ago, Michael Vick appeared to have it all – and maybe he did – but only for a moment. In the last few days, he has plummeted from role model and hero to despised dog abuser.
Yesterday, I read Bob Novak's column titled "Republican Melancholy," which correctly caught the current depressed mood in GOP circles. President Bush's position on illegal immigration has deeply alienated much of the loyal rank and file Republicans across the country.
Here's a peculiar thing about the holier-than-thou Campaign Finance Reform crowd. Whenever the stench of dirty money starts wafting from Democrat Party coffers, the clean election lobbyists are nowhere to be found. They'll raise hell and hackles over American corporate donors. But when it's shady foreign operators infusing cash into our electoral system, you'll only hear one sound: the deafening swell of crickets chirping.
On October 25, 2004, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) held a site visit for the purpose of reaccrediting the Purdue University Calumet (PUC) Master’s in Family Therapy Program. The AAMFT officials held a group meeting to discuss student concerns, but Mr. Ford remained silent at this meeting. He was afraid of inviting more retaliation if he spoke.
According to a recent report from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, 19,047 hectares of poppies were eradicated in Afghanistan this year, 24 percent more than in 2006. Meanwhile, the number of opium-free provinces more than doubled, from six to 13.
Oh for the good old days when Jimmy Carter lusted only in his heart. Now deviancy's downward spiral has reached the level where a United States senator pleads guilty to cruising an airport men's room in search of an anonymous "quickie" and is forced to resign.
Many analysts scoured this week’s Federal Reserve minutes looking for clues as to what the central bank is going to do. Raise rates? Not raise rates? I scoured them, too, in search of a reason why the fed funds rate hasn’t already been lifted — like the stock, bond, and commodities markets have been telling the Fed to do.
There is no shortage of candidates running to be our next President – so why am I doing what I am doing? In short, it is because conservative Republicans have for too long been taken for granted and worse, taken for fools by our elected leaders. We have had too many say they were conservative when they wanted our votes; only to watch them almost turn into liberals once they were elected.
It’s never good when Republicans become recognized as much for their sex scandals as for their family values. That’s why Republicans made it very clear last week that Senator Larry Craig had no choice but to resign his Senate seat, why Senator David Vitter offered up a humiliating public mea culpa, and Representative Mark Foley left Congress.
One by one the warriors ascended the stage Sunday evening to receive their commendations for battlefield valor and heroism during the war with Hizbullah last summer. Showing no emotion, they stood stiffly at attention before IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi as an announcer recounted how each one in turn eschewed his own safety and voluntarily walked, flew or rode into enemy kill zones to save wounded comrades and defeat the enemy.
Those who hoped that -- with the victory of the antiwar party in 2006, the departure of Rumsfeld and the neocons from the Pentagon, the rise of Condi and the eclipse of Cheney -- America was headed out of Iraq got a rude awakening. They are about to get another.
Public men and women of hard-won, well-understood substance aren't in oversupply right now, and the question is why? Why so many Kerrys and Doles and Dukakises, not to mention Trent Lotts, Harry Reids, Chuck Schumers, Chuck Hagels and Barbara Boxers? Why, Lord?
Another Labor Day is upon us/has come and gone. But are we still celebrating a blue-collar, industrial work force that barely exists anymore? Lots of people think so, but not city guru Joel Kotkin.
I’m talking about the two discoveries that came out in August that should force all those “man evolved from apes” evolution charts in schoolbooks to be redrawn.
Labor Day is a time to reflect on the economic well-being of the American worker, an issue on which our nation is deeply divided -- between those who say we've never had it so good and those who complain that things have never been worse.
The three-nation summit at Montebello, Quebec, was held behind closed doors, well guarded behind an intimidating fence and plenty of police, but the news conference that followed on Aug. 21 revealed more than the three heads of state had planned.
As the support for Senator Larry Craig (R–Idaho) continues to erode after his arrest in a Minneapolis airport, I wonder how we as Americans, who entrust these elected officials to set an example of virtues and honor for the country and the world, should respond. We all want forgiveness when we've done something wrong, but seem so set on denying it when others err.
As measured by offices held, Republicans have been in much worse shape during my half-century of reporting in Washington. Their party was a mere remnant after the Democratic landslides of 1958, 1964 and 1974. But never before have I seen morale within the party so low.
As 2008’s presidential racers hit the traditional Labor Day starting line, John Weaver no longer works for the man he helped to make into a contender.
On a bluff above the sand and a half a mile from the ocean's edge at low tide, which was the condition when the first allied soldiers left their landing craft, a round circle of concrete five feet in diameter provides a collar for a hole in the ground.
I have a question for the homosexual community: is this a normal gay thing…the…uh…toilet sex?