After vowing not to become involved in recriminations over the Bush anti-terror policies, President Obama has allowed his attorney general, Eric Holder, to appoint a special prosecutor to dig up all the dirt he can find on the CIA and the anti-terror investigators whose aggressive questioning saved us from countless attacks.
The politics of business is getting perilous for CEOs trying to traverse the ideological battle between capitalism and socialism.
On Tuesday the Guardian reported that the Obama administration is now making Israel an offer it can't refuse: In exchange for a government order to freeze construction for Jews in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, the administration will adopt a "much tougher line with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program."
As our society abandons the conservative values that make women into ladies, women with grace and dignity have become an endangered species—especially on today’s college campuses. The kind of woman who inspired Tom Jones’ song “She’s a Lady” has become an antiquated figure from America’s past.
Liberals can’t stop talking about “death panels.” Sarah Palin introduced the term on her Facebook page to describe the likelihood that faceless Obamacare bureaucrats would decide people’s fates. Predictably, Mrs. Palin is being assailed from every corner of the media for providing the catch phrase for what everyone else is thinking.
Colleges and universities either prohibited by law from factoring race into admissions decisions or those that prefer a subtler approach to admitting applicants based on race do so by measuring personality, leadership qualities, life experiences, creativity, resilience, and other "noncognitive" factors.
One of the more pernicious myths surrounding the debate over health care is the oft repeated claim that conservatives do not want reform. Nonsense! What we do not want is the warm bucket of snake oil currently being sold to the American people by this administration.
Immediately following Obama's coup at General Motors, and near-takeover of Chrysler as well, there was about two weeks of news coverage of the shocking number of dealerships summarily, and seemingly arbitrarily, put out of business.
In 1715, a public weapons magazine was built in the center of the Colonial Virginian capital of Williamsburg. It was erected to house weapons and supplies necessary for the defense of the colony against slave revolts, Native American attacks, and pirate raids. But in 1775, the small brick building became a flash point of the American Revolution when Patrick Henry led a citizens’ militia of up to 500 armed men against the Royal Government of Virginia.
The death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, we are being told, should strengthen our resolve to act in a bipartisan fashion. Many of the tributes, from former presidents and Republican colleagues, have stressed the late senator's willingness to find "common ground." Well, since ancient Rome we've been exhorted not to speak ill of the dead. But neither should we completely disfigure the truth.
Eric Holder has named a special prosecutor to go after the "rough men" who, to keep us sleeping peacefully at night, went too far in frightening Khalid Sheik Muhammad, the engineer of the September massacres. Yet, it seems now indisputable that those CIA interrogators, with their rough methods, got vital intelligence that saved American lives, as Dick Cheney has consistently contended.
This is everybody's bummer of a season, particularly these rough weeks for Barack Obama. You could call this a summer of discontent, but there's nothing poetic about it. The president warns that the economy will only get considerably worse before it gets better.
Ted Kennedy had an immeasurable impact on the American political landscape during his time in office and has been praised by feminists as a champion of women’s rights.
Liberalism lost its most reliable champion with the passing of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy this week. The senator virtually defined American liberalism for his 47 years in public office and it is not easy to see who will step into his role. But before his body has even been laid to rest, some of his colleagues are hoping to use the senator's death to push through ObamaCare. Several senators have urged that legislation be named in Kennedy's honor in hopes that his Senate colleagues, including Republicans, be persuaded to pass a bill quickly.
Obamacare Version 1.0 is dead. The 1,000-page monstrosity that emerged in various editions from Congress was done in by widespread national revulsion not just at its expense and intrusiveness but at the mendacity with which it is being sold.
A Thought Experiment: You walk into your home to find an armed intruder threatening to shoot your spouse and children, trapped with nowhere to run. Fortunately, you have a gun. You try to negotiate, but the intruder is in no mood to talk. His intention is murder. You have seconds to decide. What do you do?
Here's an irony for you: Each year, the most prestigious universities in America—some of them founded long before our country—are ranked to great fanfare by the staff of a third-tier news magazine that has actually stopped its print edition.
There will be no shortage of fond memories and good words aplenty from those Senator Ted Kennedy favored with patronage or praise or just a word of support. Their number includes the current president of the United States when he was still a presidential candidate. Sen. Kennedy was never one to underestimate the power of doing a friend or even an enemy a favor. Now, with the news of his death, the Kennedy mystique/myth will be dusted off and rolled out once again.
Something about the death of a famous liberal person turns the media into grieving widows whose dictum against speaking "ill" of the dead eliminates all sober analysis of the life in question. Once, death in the passing parade came to us, more or less, in "just-the-facts, ma'am" obituaries. Now, breaking, live and for the duration, a celebratory loop plays on about even the most mixed and controversial public lives.
Today Senator Reid is holding a teleconference where he will accept screened questions from selected constituents. It’s unfortunate that Senator Reid has declined to hold even a single public town hall for his constituents on the principal reform issue of our day, instead ducking debate and calling constituents who oppose his far-reaching agenda names such as “evil-mongers” and “phonies.”
The professional chattering class - the men and women who appear on television and radio and explain how the world works to the rest of us- are fond of castigating politicians who vote on complex legislation without having read the bills. It seems the politicians are not the only ones who refuse to let ignorance get in the way of expressing an opinion.
With a long road ahead before Afghanistan’s first presidential election is decided, a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll showed a majority of Americans have no faith in the ability of U.S. troops to keep the peace in the country.
President Obama's summer vacation was well timed to avoid having to be close to reporters when his Administration's budget revision was released this week.
Assisting the needy in health care is a "moral imperative" -- not a constitutional right. The two are as different as a squirt gun and an Uzi. If something is not permitted under our Constitution, the federal government simply cannot do it. Period.
After pledging during last year's presidential campaign, and as recently as the spring, not to re-visit the past, the Obama administration, in the person of Attorney General Eric Holder, has named a special prosecutor to go after CIA interrogators who pried information from terrorist suspects, preventing more deadly assaults on the country.
Michael Savage, the third-most-listened-to radio talk show host in the United States, was lumped together on a list of "undesirables" with terrorists and murderers.
Contrary to what President Obama wants you believe, the problem with rising health care costs is not greedy doctors or insurance companies-it's something economists call third party purchases. And his reforms even with the public option will only make matters worse.
Apparently, promising to cut costs by having a panel of Washington bureaucrats (for short, "The Death Panel") deny medical treatment wasn't a popular idea with most Americans. So liberals started claiming something else.
At a time when civilized nations are continuing to wage a collective and challenging fight against terrorist organizations, and the rogue nations that harbor them, this week's release by Scottish officials of one of the masterminds behind the 1988 Lockerbie bombing constitutes a major setback.
Jacqueline Jackson broke her leg. It was August, and she and her husband, the Reverend Jessie Jackson, were visiting the Ivory Coast. Without warning, a performance stage collapsed under the weight of dancers and somehow Jackie Jackson was injured.
At the Democrats' 1960 convention in Los Angeles that nominated John Kennedy, his 28-year-old brother Ted was standing with the Wyoming delegation when it sealed the victory. He was then a sibling for minor missions. He would become the most consequential brother.
Last week, the administration showed just how desperate it is to pass its healthcare plan. Despite the president ignoring the National Day of Prayer and failing to join a church in DC, he mustered enough faith to call on the Church community to participate in a national conference call.
Savor the silence of America's self-serving champions of privacy. For once, the American Civil Liberties Union has nothing bad to say about the latest case of secret domestic surveillance -- because it is the ACLU that committed the spying.
Depending on your view of the Bush administration's "enhanced interrogation techniques," this spontaneously expressed fear shows either that the officers knew they were breaking the law or that they worried they would be punished for policy decisions made by their superiors.
There was never doubt that whenever the economy began turning around the Obama administration, and especially the $787 billion stimulus package, would get the credit. “Absolutely” the stimulus package was working, Christina D. Romer, Chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, insisted in an August 6 address to the Economic Club of Washington D.C. Yet she accompanied that talk with contradictory evidence – which is about par considering that since joined the administration Ms. Romer has herself become a contradiction.
America's fiscal and economic outlook is looking a lot bleaker under President Obama's impotent and misguided spending-stimulus policies. While there are fragile signs the recession appears to be bottoming out and making a tenuous comeback in parts of the economy, the painfully slow turnaround has had little to do with the Democrats' huge $800 billion spending binge that hasn't made a dent in the nation's unemployment rate.
Many of the issues of our times are hard to understand without understanding the vision of the world that they are part of. Whether the particular issue is education, economics or medical care, the preferred explanation tends to be an external explanation-- that is, something outside the control of the individuals directly involved.
So here I am feeling a lot better about the possibility of rolling back Obama statism, when I come across an AP report that Sen. John McCain is throwing President Barack Obama a health care life raft. It's official; the Beltway GOP simply can't stand "prosperity."
I'll always remember how magical it was to see Tinker Bell flitter across the TV screen. She would touch the top of Cinderella's Castle with her magic wand and release a million tiny sparkles that cascaded down the television screen and seemingly into my living room.
The Travel Channel had an “extreme” marathon this weekend – Extreme Waterparks, Extreme Terror Rides, Extreme Restaurants, etc. In the Extreme Towns episode, there was a segment on the town of Metropolis, Illionois, featuring a picture of Barack Obama standing in the Superman pose in front of the town’s 15-foot tall, 2-ton bronze Superman statue.
Whenever I think that some Western country or institution has reached a low point, shortly thereafter, sometimes the very next week, another Western government or institution proves me too optimistic.
Signs direct tourists to gaze guiltily across a canyon to hillside damage done when Route 82 was constructed. The bare cliff looks remarkably similar to many areas where avalanches have scraped away tons of rock.
The election of Audra Shay to chairwoman of the Young Republican National Federation in July stirred up strong reactions from critics; it remains to be seen how the new leader will both remake her image and steer the organization in a time of ardent GOP activism.
The American medical system has the latest technology, the greatest variety of new drugs and unparalleled resources. But anyone who thinks we're getting something great for our dollars inevitably encounters a two-word rebuke: infant mortality.