Sat, Oct 17, 2009

Doug Giles | October 17, 2009

Why the silence of the lambs, Jesus people? I would have thought you guys would be all over this stuff like stink on a monkey. But alas, the holy ones are wholly silent. Well … almost.

Brent Bozell | October 17, 2009

The programming gurus at MTV are basing their profit-making strategy on the viewer demographic of 12 to 34 -- as if there’s no difference in maturity level between 12 and 34.

Fri, Oct 16, 2009

Mark Hillman | October 16, 2009

Talk about personal responsibility is cheap. Legislating personal responsibility isn't. Take the movement to require everyone to purchase government-approved health insurance.

Kevin Glass | October 16, 2009

Not Evil Just Wrong takes global warming alarmists head-on with a convincing narrative of the methods of environmentalist panic.

Sandy Rios | October 16, 2009

Do you remember the anticipation surrounding the great non-debate between Barack Obama and John McCain hosted by Pastor Rick Warren? Televised from Saddleback Church as millions watched, Warren pledged to ask the hard questions in order to get to the truth.

Roger Schlesinger | October 16, 2009

I remember as a high school student, once in a while, actually more than once in a while, waiting until the night before an exam to begin studying. By that time, it was too late to read the book, so I used Cliff Notes. I got the gist of the story, but there was plenty of material in the book I missed entirely, never having read it.

Rich Tucker | October 16, 2009

Some things never change. It’s been decades since people regularly carried pocket watches. Heck, since the advent of cell phones, many people don’t even bother with a wrist watch anymore.

Diana West | October 16, 2009

Before I get to the chilling implications for free conservative speech underscored by the vicious, public campaign to blackball Rush Limbaugh as a potential owner of an NFL team, I want to provide a little context about the pre-existing NFL comfort zone of expression.

Patrick J. Michaels | October 16, 2009

Antarctic Ice Melt Lowest Ever Measured. Where’s the headline? Where’s the television camera? Anyone out there?

Julie Gunlock | October 16, 2009

Capitalism seems rather out of fashion these days. Whether it’s President Obama’s penchant for taking over private industry, Congress’ uncontrolled spending, or the media’s near-constant attacks on Wall Street, one can safely assume capitalism will be placed in the “out” category on those ubiquitous year-end round-ups of trends that are “in” and “out” of fashion.

Michelle Malkin | October 16, 2009

Here's the dirty little secret about political candidates and officeholders labeled by the mainstream media as "moderate Republicans": There's usually nothing moderate about them.

Jonah Goldberg | October 16, 2009

Do you lay awake at night worrying about Britain's nuclear weapons? France's? Israel's? Of course not, because stable democracies in general, and stable democratic allies in particular, aren't a threat.

David Limbaugh | October 16, 2009

The left systematically destroyed President George W. Bush with the most egregious lies, repeated to the point that people who knew better even began to believe them.

Mona Charen | October 16, 2009

As Obama, Pelosi, and Reid rush to transform America into a European-style social democratic state, they must be nervous; they must feel the sand sliding under their feet.

Oliver North | October 16, 2009

The U.S. dollar isn't the only currency headed to new lows. After months of drifting along in "the winds of change," America's diplomatic credibility is sinking alongside the greenback.

Pat Buchanan | October 16, 2009

Before President Obama even landed at Andrews Air Force Base, returning from his mission to Copenhagen to win the 2016 Olympic Games, Chicago had been voted off the island.

Michael Gerson | October 16, 2009

Over the next few decades, African farmers will need to feed a growing population without expanding into ecologically important lands, while adapting to climate disruptions that make drought, pests and floods more common. They will need Bill Gates' help, and more.

Suzanne Fields | October 16, 2009

Enough already. Barack Obama got the Nobel Prize for Hope and Hype, and now the rest is up to him.

David Harsanyi | October 16, 2009

It is always curious to hear irascible members of one political party accuse members of the opposing political party of "playing politics" as if it were a bad thing. Can you imagine?

Jillian Bandes | October 16, 2009

Upon listening to “America the Beautiful,” President Obama’s most recently confirmed District Court judge’s first thought was not of spacious skies or amber waves of grain. The judge couldn’t quite appreciate the beauty described in the song because of his cynicism towards America.

Linda Chavez | October 16, 2009

"That's not the change America voted for." The implied criticism of President Obama comes not from Rush Limbaugh or Fox News but from the AFL-CIO in a newspaper ad this week letting the president and congressional Dems know unions' "bottom line for health care reform."

Matt Towery | October 16, 2009

By and large, the pundit class has it that momentum now favors passage of a national health care program.

Charles Krauthammer | October 16, 2009

About the only thing more comical than Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize was the reaction of those who deemed the award "premature," as if the brilliance of Obama's foreign policy is so self-evident and its success so assured that if only the Norway Five had waited a few years, his Nobel worthiness would have been universally acknowledged.

Thu, Oct 15, 2009

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | October 15, 2009

How much is this going to cost? This is a simple and reasonable question to ask before signing a document stating that you are responsible and will pay any amount not covered by your medical insurance when having a procedure done.

Larry Kudlow | October 15, 2009

Dow Jones 10,000 arrived on Wall Street Wednesday for the first time in a year. It's a milestone of sorts, and it certainly represents a vote for investor confidence in economic recovery.

La Shawn Barber | October 15, 2009

Thirteen years after California amended the state constitution to bar the government from discriminating against or preferring individuals or groups in admissions, contracting, and hiring, on the basis of race and sex, courts still are eradicating discriminatory provisions from the code.

Cliff May | October 15, 2009

I picked an interesting moment to visit Pakistan: four terrorist attacks in less than a week. The first was at the World Food Programme office here in the capital; 5 killed.

Meredith Turney | October 15, 2009

The ugly political practice of race-baiting has now infected the NFL. Last week news broke that conservative radio talk show king Rush Limbaugh was part of a group placing a bid to purchase the St. Louis Rams NFL franchise and in the ensuing days a race firestorm erupted.

Michael Reagan | October 15, 2009

So much has already been said and written concerning President Obama's startling receipt of a Nobel Peace Prize this past Friday that I don't want to bore you with a regurgitated version of yesterday's news.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | October 15, 2009

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama was so enigmatic that it skipped bad and went to laughable ... a punch line to a joke.

Michael Barone | October 15, 2009

The legislative process can also be a learning process, and as Congress considers health care legislation -- the latest act being the Senate Finance Committee's vote in favor of Chairman Max Baucus' bill, or "conceptual language" -- we have been learning something useful.

Larry Elder | October 15, 2009

The Democratic-controlled Congress reached another hurdle in achieving health care "reform." The Senate Finance Committee passed a version, 14-9, with one Republican vote. At last, "bipartisanship"!

Mike Adams | October 15, 2009

Trouble started a few years ago. Grain prices, which account for 75 % of the cost of raising a pig, began to skyrocket. They had been around $2.00 a bushel for over ten years. Then, in the summer of 2008, they hit $8.00 a bushel. This was despite two of the largest corn crops in U.S. History.

Ken Blackwell | October 15, 2009

The ruling (barely) Palestinian party on the West Bank has just about lost patience with President Obama. That didn't take long.

Cal Thomas | October 15, 2009

Gay service members have a point when they claim a double standard exists for heterosexuals and homosexuals regarding sexual behavior.

Debra J. Saunders | October 15, 2009

On Oct. 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake brought down a chunk of the upper deck of the Oakland-Bay Bridge onto the lower deck. Anamafi Moala Kalushia, 23, of Berkeley died. Twenty years later, some 280,000 cars use the bridge daily -- and it still isn't safe.

Jillian Bandes | October 15, 2009

Townhall.com's Jillian Bandes joined readers today to discuss any and all subjects that met their fancy. Find out her thoughts on upcoming governors' races, Ricky Rubio, tea party protests and more!

Paul Driessen | October 15, 2009

What if we applied corporate standards to the “science” that is driving global warming policy?

Steve Chapman | October 15, 2009

Watching Washington policymakers in action, I sometimes think they make mistakes because of unrealistic goals, flawed thinking, blind obedience to party or dubious information.

Emmett Tyrrell | October 15, 2009

I have been defamed by Taylor Branch, and he will not reply to my repeated calls for clarification. The defamation takes place in his new book, "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History With the President."

George Will | October 15, 2009

Candidate-recruitment successes make it reasonable for Republicans to hope that in January 2011 the Senate will contain fewer than 60 Democrats.

Douglas MacKinnon | October 15, 2009

It appears that the purveyors of political correctness and the ignorant or hate-filled on the far-left are about to exact their revenge against Rush Limbaugh.

Wed, Oct 14, 2009

Jillian Bandes | October 14, 2009

The explanations of many political scandals that involve sexual affairs invariably involve men – rather than women – committing a breach of marriage, morals, common decency, or some combination thereof.

Michelle Malkin | October 14, 2009

Debates about the blurred lines between opinion and journalism are all well and good. But don't the talking-points crafters in the Oval Office have something better to do than carp about the talking points they don't like hearing on the one cable network that hasn't been completely overrun by Obama sycophants?

Ann Coulter | October 14, 2009

The question of whether President Obama should send more troops to Afghanistan misses the point. The most important part of warfare is picking your battlefield, and President Bush picked Iraq for a reason.

Marvin Olasky | October 14, 2009

Let's look at the other citadel of secular liberalism, media, and see how the recent cracking of ACORN shows why outsiders, including Christians, have the best opportunity in almost two centuries to become journalistic leaders.

Janice Shaw Crouse | October 14, 2009

We know that the colonists were deeply divided between those who vowed to have “liberty or death” and the loyalists who did everything within their power — despite his tyranny — to keep the colonies under the security provided by the rule of King George.

Matt Barber | October 14, 2009

OK, this is just too easy. You have to ask: Did the Norwegian Nobel Committee devise a secret plot to completely marginalize President Obama in the international community (I mean, beyond that which he’s already managed on his own)?

Hugh Hewitt | October 14, 2009

What percentage of Dallas Cowboy fans do you think are conservative? 60% 75? 90%.

Michael Medved | October 14, 2009

New polling brings good news and bad news for beleaguered Republicans yearning for a comeback in the Age of Obama.

Thomas Sowell | October 14, 2009

It is understandable that many people do not pay nearly as much attention to political issues as they do to practical decisions that they have to make in their own lives. For one thing, they have only one vote among millions, so their influence on what policies the government will follow is in no way comparable to the weight of their decisions in their own personal affairs.

John Stossel | October 14, 2009

Michael Moore's new movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story," begins by suggesting that all was well until Ronald Reagan became president and cut the top 90 percent income tax rate. Everything was downhill from there.

Walter E. Williams | October 14, 2009

College education is a costly proposition with tuition, room and board at some colleges topping $50,000 a year. Is it worth it? Increasing evidence suggests that it's not.

Brent Bozell | October 14, 2009

Like everyone else on the morning of Oct. 9, the major media's first reaction to Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize was shock and disbelief.

Jonah Goldberg | October 14, 2009

The successful poet, meanwhile, understands that good poetry is ultimately not about the experience of the author but of the reader. "He understands that a plea of sincerity is of no account in the ultimate court of literary judgment, which will look at the poem itself and simply ask: Does it work?"

Tony Blankley | October 14, 2009

Despite the current disharmony in politics, there's one policy on which all of Washington agrees. Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, president and Congress all agree that after last fall's financial crisis, the federal government has to regulate the financial industry more closely to protect our economy from risk of systemic financial collapse.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | October 14, 2009

Will a young, healthy, childless individual or couple buy health insurance costing 7.5 percent of their income as required by Obama's health legislation? Not until they get sick. Then, they can always buy the insurance -- and the Obama bill requires the insurance companies to give it to them. And, if the premiums come to more than 7.5 percent of their income because they are now sick, no problem. Obama will subsidize it.

Michael Gerson | October 14, 2009

President Barack Obama's Nobel Prize for climate change -- the Nobel committee credited him with "creating a new climate" -- was useful in at least one way. It exposed the truest of the true believers -- those who believe that the tonic of Obama's presence deserves the Nobel Prize for medicine, that his magnetism merits the Nobel Prize for physics, that his charisma demands the Nobel Prize for personal chemistry.

Ben Shapiro | October 14, 2009

According to the left, I am now a member of a treasonous group. I cheered when President Obama and his newly made-over milquetoast wife made asses of themselves in Copenhagen while attempting to wheedle the Europeans into granting Chicago the 2016 Olympics. And I gnashed my teeth when the Nobel Prize Committee decided to fete Obama with the Peace Prize. So, that makes me an America-hater.

David Harsanyi | October 14, 2009

How can Americans be expected to wrestle with the myriad dangers that confront them each day? Insalubrious cereal? Unregulated garage sales? Pools of death? Sometimes it's too much to process.

Austin Bay | October 14, 2009

Action in the world ought to trump worlds evoked by words, especially when awarding a global prize allegedly recognizing sustained, courageous effort on behalf of peace in our world's deeply conflicted corners.

Paul Greenberg | October 14, 2009

The headline on the front page made it sound like big news: UN nuclear chief sets Iran inspection. So? Another year, another inspection by the sleepiest watchdog on the planet, the United Nations' own Maxwell Smart -- the one and only Mohammed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Agency and Office of General Permissiveness.

Jacob Sullum | October 14, 2009

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which President Obama plans to sign soon, is named after two men who were murdered in 1998. Shepard, a gay college student, was beaten to death in Wyoming. Byrd, a black hitchhiker, was dragged to death behind a pickup truck in Texas. Bigotry seemed to play a role in both crimes.

Ed Feulner | October 14, 2009

Your parents probably told you that you can’t get something for nothing. But your government is sending a very different message. For now, at least.

Marybeth Hicks | October 14, 2009

Today's observation: Is it any wonder our teenagers are confused? They're surrounded by absurd mixed messages from adults that defy logic and fly in the face of common sense.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | October 14, 2009

How much should one save as a percentage of their income? Ten? Fifteen? Twenty?

Tue, Oct 13, 2009

Cal Thomas | October 13, 2009

Like the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, along with the Oscar and Emmy for film and television, the Nobel Peace Prize is an inside job in which liberal, wishful-thinking humanists give awards to each other.

Roger Schlesinger | October 13, 2009

Like the icebergs that sunk the Titanic, hidden dangers lurk in the murky depths of the American economy. They are as difficult for our economists to see as they were for the captain of the Titanic. Our economy is headed in the wrong direction, and icebergs are everywhere, ready to wreak havoc on us.

Brian Birdnow | October 13, 2009

At first glance one would be hard pressed to align David Horowitz and Sir Salman Rushdie on any socio-cultural barometer together, but this is no longer the case.

Dennis Prager | October 13, 2009

The Nobel Peace Prize, already devalued, has sunk to a new low. This assessment has nothing to do with one's estimation of this year's recipient, President Barack Obama. Most of those on the left, with a few predictable exceptions such as the New York Times, regard giving the president the award as belittling him and the prize.

Thomas Sowell | October 13, 2009

Our current economic meltdown results from the federal government, under both Democrats and Republicans, declaring home ownership to be a "good thing" and treating the percentage of families who own their own home as if it was some sort of magic number that had to be kept growing-- without regard to the repercussions on other things.

Chuck Norris | October 13, 2009

God and guns are what our country was founded upon. But more and more, these pillars of American life and liberty are being attacked and abandoned out of not only sheer bias but also ignorance of our Founding Fathers, the Revolutionary period and our Constitution.

John Hawkins | October 13, 2009

Because our servile journalists spend their days awash in ecstasy, thinking endlessly of the tingle that runs up their leg when they see Barack Obama, they don't seem to be able to find the time to ask him any tough questions. That leaves the rest of us out in the cold, dreaming of queries we'd like to see asked of the President of the United States -- if our press would turn in its Obama Fan Club memberships and start acting like members of the media again.

Mike Adams | October 13, 2009

In late October of 2004, I flew to Miami to go deer hunting for the weekend of my 40th birthday. Doug Giles picked me up at the airport. He greeted me with a Cuban cigar. When I told him I also liked Cuban food he decided to take me down to Little Havana for the evening.

David Limbaugh | October 13, 2009

Is there no problem Obama and his mesmerized Democrats think cannot be solved with money -- other people's money? Just when you think you've heard it all, more news stories about this bunch surface to shock you.

Mona Charen | October 13, 2009

Picture this: It is midnight on Nov. 4, 2009. The previous day's elections in Virginia, New York's 23rd congressional district, and New Jersey have all been won by Republicans. Health reform is stalled. The latest employment numbers are still dismaying. President Obama cannot sleep. He paces the halls of the White House and comes upon a portrait of Warren Harding. Since President Obama is nothing if not a receptacle of received understanding, he would probably snort "Harding! What a disaster he was! Cronyism. Laissez-faire economics. Corruption. Incompetence."

Pat Buchanan | October 13, 2009

All my life, said Voltaire, I have had but one prayer: "O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous. And God granted it." In awarding the Nobel Prize for Peace to Barack Obama, the Nobel committee has just made itself look ridiculous.

Debra J. Saunders | October 13, 2009

"What happened to global warming?" read the headline -- on BBC News on Oct. 9, no less. Consider it a cataclysmic event: Mainstream news organizations have begun reporting on scientific research that suggests that global warming may not be caused by man and may not be as dire and eminent as alarmists suggest.

Phyllis Schlafly | October 13, 2009

If Barack Obama had campaigned on what he has actually done in his first 300 days in office, would he have been elected? That's the question so many are asking today.

Bill Murchison | October 13, 2009

Plutarch tells us that, back in the fifth-century B.C., when the citizens of Athens were voting on whether to ostracize -- i.e., throw out -- Aristides the Just, one sourpuss explained his emphatic yes vote: "I am tired of hearing him called 'the Just.'"

Jon Sanders | October 13, 2009

An Associated Press story last week related "good news" about expected heating costs this winter: namely, it will cost people less to heat their homes this year, according to the Energy Information Administration. To read the story, one would think that the government considers that to be good news, too.

Mon, Oct 12, 2009

Cliff Ennico | October 12, 2009

Is it just me, or are people getting awfully touchy these days?

Rebecca Hagelin | October 12, 2009

When we have wronged someone it is often a great challenge to humble ourselves, say, “I’m sorry” and ask for their forgiveness. But, more often than not, the greatest challenge for most people is to do the forgiving.

Michael Farris | October 12, 2009

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, recently announced that children of that nation should be excluded from all political activities. Quoted in the Indian newspaper The Daily Star, Hasina said that “Children would be aware of politics but should not be used in political activities.”

Richard Olivastro | October 12, 2009

There is no shortcut to success. The certain route for everyone seeking success is focus and work. Most would clarify “hard work”. That’s the case in every endeavor for every person including presidents. Whenever any worthwhile goal or objective is accomplished in any field, results should be evident to all. Applause, recognition and deserved awards often follow.

Michael Barone | October 12, 2009

Some of the headlines in recent days are not worthy of belief. No, I'm not referring to the headlines that Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, however odd that many seem to many (including, it seems, Obama himself). I'm referring to the headlines earlier in the week to the effect that the health care bill sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus will cut the federal deficit by $81 billion over the next 10 years.

Mike Adams | October 12, 2009

Stick with me for the next few days and you’ll probably feel a whole lot better about your country and your future.

Star Parker | October 12, 2009

The latest installment of "change we can believe in" is sweeping reform of the financial services industry.

Terry Paulson | October 12, 2009

Yes, America needs change. It needs a "Reformation," not more deficit-expanding, economy-crippling reforms. While many of the world's economies are bouncing back from recession by showing spending restraint, cutting taxes and stimulating private economic growth, we're facing exploding deficits, jobless stagnation and looming higher taxes.

Bruce Bialosky | October 12, 2009

After the defeat of their attempt to insert a public option into the Senate Finance Committee health care bill, Senators Jay Rockefeller and John Kerry moved to reduce the tax deduction for charitable contributions for what Mr. Dionne calls the “well-to-do.”

Robert Knight | October 12, 2009

Do you think Congress should vote on bills without reading them? How about voting on bills that don’t even exist yet?

Allen Hunt | October 12, 2009

Congratulations, Mr. President, you won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now it is time for you to earn it since your nomination was submitted just after you had actually taken office.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | October 12, 2009

Is the fight against same-sex marriage primarily one fought between religious groups and the gay community?

John Andrews | October 12, 2009

Attention, liberals. A new book urges that in order to help Obama improve our country, you should adopt a dog, quit smoking, and conciliate conservatives.

Sun, Oct 11, 2009

Jillian Bandes | October 11, 2009

The National Equality March saw tens of thousands of homosexual activists flood Pennsylvania Avenue and cover the lawn of the Capitol, denouncing legislation that many participants said didn't reflect policies of "love."

David Stokes | October 11, 2009

The speaker talked of dreams. He communicated a compelling personal narrative, including a description of profound pain. He also told his enthusiastic audience, “It’s time to shake things up!”

Salena Zito | October 11, 2009

The “Overseas Contingency Program” – more commonly known as the “war on terror” – is back at the center of the political world, thanks to the uncertain prosecution of the war in Afghanistan.

Debra J. Saunders | October 11, 2009

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker opened the gates to hell this month when he ruled that strategists for Proposition 8 -- the 2008 ballot measure, passed by 52 percent of California voters, that limited marriage to a man and a woman -- must release internal campaign documents to measure opponents.

Steve Chapman | October 11, 2009

Obese people and public-health scolds have one thing in common: a compulsion to keep behaving in a way that does not produce helpful results. The obese tend to keep eating too much and exercising too little regardless of what others say. Disciples of maternal government persist in meddling in individual choices whether it works or not.

George Will | October 11, 2009

Anger is one of the seven deadly sins. Therefore advanced thinkers are agreed that conservatives are especially susceptible to it. As everyone knows, all liberals are advanced thinkers and all advanced thinkers are liberals.

Ken Connor | October 11, 2009

Cynics say the term "celebrity justice" is an oxymoron. They point to the cases of O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson as examples; but most recently they point to Roman Polanski as the reason for their cynicism.

Austin Hill | October 11, 2009

Breaking news: some of the American Catholic Bishops are in disagreement with President Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress, over their proposals for healthcare legislation.

Paul Jacob | October 11, 2009

Left, right, center . . . but especially now the left: It's not what you've done, it's who you know.

Kevin McCullough | October 11, 2009

If President Obama wishes to be seen as a serious world leader, he should decline the Nobel Peace Prize. Doing so would be, in fact, the most honorable thing for him to do.