Sat, Jan 02, 2010

Doug Giles | January 02, 2010

Umar, In case you didn’t hear about the Polite War we’re trying to wage with you, the gist of what we’ll do for you and your people who are trying to slaughter us is this: We will not attack you during your sacrosanct celebrations.

Fri, Jan 01, 2010

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | January 01, 2010

With the signing of an under-publicized amendment to Executive Order 12425, Barack Obama has fundamentally altered your constitutional rights.

Michelle Malkin | January 01, 2010

Most news outlets end the year with extensive reviews of their top headlines and scoops. But the stories they didn't cover deserve much greater attention.

Brent Bozell | January 01, 2010

It was a year in which the dominant cultural story was the sad but eerily almost-predictable drug-addled death of Michael Jackson. But there were a few good moments sprinkled in with the outrageous and the tawdry in 2009.

Jonah Goldberg | January 01, 2010

Capitalism doesn't just create generous wealthy people, but generous poor people, too. Americans give twice as much to charity as the most generous European nations, and the most generous Americans are, in fact, poor Americans.

Mona Charen | January 01, 2010

It may not be President Obama's fault that our multibillion-dollar Homeland Security apparatus is more Keystone Kops than "24," anymore than it was President Bush's fault that city, state, and federal agencies failed to respond adequately to Hurricane Katrina.

Oliver North | January 01, 2010

Thank God for wardrobe malfunctions. On Dec. 22, 2001, Richard Reid failed in an attempt to blow up American Airlines Flight 63 using 50 grams of the explosive PETN and became known as "the shoe-bomber."

Pat Buchanan | January 01, 2010

Had he not proven incompetent to detonate his lap bomb, Umar Farouk Abdulmullatab would have carried off an air massacre to rival Lockerbie. We would all have ended Christmas day watching TV footage of 300 mangled bodies being picked up around Detroit.

Suzanne Fields | January 01, 2010

The Academy Awards have expanded the number of best picture nominations to 10, and the buzz on Planet Earth is all about "Avatar."

David Harsanyi | January 01, 2010

A few years back, an aerospace executive quipped that every time he flew and was forced to remove his shoes, he was grateful Richard Reid was not known as the Underwear Bomber.

Humberto Fontova | January 01, 2010

History records no propaganda campaign as successful and enduring as Fidel Castro’s.

Linda Chavez | January 01, 2010

Clueless. It’s the word that best describes the Obama administration’s first year in office.

Rich Tucker | January 01, 2010

So are your children still playing with the toys you gave them for Christmas? Or have they already set them aside and moved on to something newer and better?

Charles Krauthammer | January 01, 2010

Janet Napolitano -- former Arizona governor, now overmatched secretary of homeland security -- will forever be remembered for having said of the attempt to bring down an airliner over Detroit: "The system worked."

Thu, Dec 31, 2009

Paul Greenberg | December 31, 2009

The killing of that Salvation Army major in little North Little Rock, Ark., by a couple of thugs apparently bent on robbing him would have advanced our cause even if it hadn't so disheartened our enemies.

Matt Towery | December 31, 2009

I remember New Year's Eve of 2000 because I was working on a television retrospective of the 20th century. Had I known what lay ahead, I would have skipped that project and instead crawled under the set and assumed the fetal position.

Janet M. LaRue | December 31, 2009

If saner minds rule the day, the “Flying Dutchman” will replace Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security.

La Shawn Barber | December 31, 2009

On international science tests, American students perpetually lag behind their peers in other developed countries.

Diana West | December 31, 2009

There's at least one more aspect to consider when appraising the past six years in Iraq climaxed by the "surge." This would be the indirect effect of "reflected glory," if such a quaint term applies, and has to do with the sort of state the U.S. helped create in Iraq.

Michael Reagan | December 31, 2009

Well, it is that time of year when most of us have unwrapped all of our gifts, eaten too much ham and pumpkin pie, and started to think about making a New Year's Resolution.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | December 31, 2009

The start of a new year, a new decade no less, should be marked by a pause in our daily lives. Time to get rid of what is dragging us down and to focus on what is working in our lives.

Victor Davis Hanson | December 31, 2009

In the waning days of 2009, Iran has announced it has no intention of dismantling its nuclear facilities and ignored the latest Obama deadline to cease.

Michael Barone | December 31, 2009

That's the takeaway from a recent Rasmussen poll that shows that 46 percent of government employees say the economy is getting better, while just 31 percent say it's getting worse.

Larry Elder | December 31, 2009

Did Saddam Hussein's fall and the formation of a fledging democracy in Iraq encourage and embolden regime-threatening dissent in Iran?

Cal Thomas | December 31, 2009

No one I know makes New Year's resolutions anymore. In part this may be because the resolutions often deal with our weaknesses -- lose weight, quit smoking -- so that when we fail, we resolve to stop resolving rather than be reminded of our inability to keep them.

Debra J. Saunders | December 31, 2009

Most Americans already have health care insurance, but many middle-class Americans are afraid of losing what they have.

Emmett Tyrrell | December 31, 2009

A couple of weeks ago on Oprah Winfrey's "White House Christmas Special," our first postmodern president, Barack Obama, gave himself a "good, solid B-plus" for his performance over the past 11 months.

Cliff May | December 31, 2009

Several hundred men, women, and children will live to see the New Year thanks to good luck: The terrorist on Delta/Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit was inadequately trained, and one passenger turned out to be remarkably quick-thinking and courageous.

Ross Mackenzie | December 31, 2009

I'm upset about Iran and Obama's administration's seeming ignorance and incompetence regarding both jihadist terror and national security.

George Will | December 31, 2009

Already 99.9 (and about 58 more 9s) percent of the universe -- it is expanding lickety-split -- is beyond Earth's atmosphere. Into what is it expanding? Hard to say.

Wed, Dec 30, 2009

Ann Coulter | December 30, 2009

Terrorists who plan to bomb planes during the first seven hours of the eight-hour flight, however, should face no difficulties, provided they wait until after the complimentary beverage service has been concluded.

Larry Kudlow | December 30, 2009

In 2009, the stock market had one of its greatest rebounds in history. And in 2010, we’re likely to witness a mini boom in economic growth.

Michael McBride | December 30, 2009

Death of liberalism is near, and its harbinger is not a conservative onslaught, nor a new Contract With America. Its demise is being signaled by activities in a small town in Oregon, noteworthy only for a rambunctious annual Shakespearean Festival.

Rich Galen | December 30, 2009

The system pretty obviously did not work because if the system had worked "the passengers and crew of the flight" would not have had to take any "appropriate action" other than whining about the agents taking too long to bring the jet bridge up to the plane.

Thomas Sowell | December 30, 2009

The only thing healthy about Congress' health insurance legislation is the healthy skepticism about it by most of the public, as revealed by polls. What is most unhealthy about this legislation is the raw arrogance in the way it was conceived and passed.

Michelle Malkin | December 30, 2009

Sen. Joe Lieberman was right to sound the alarm about Yemen in the wake of the Undy-Bomber's Christmas Day terror attack over American skies. But he was wrong to call it "tomorrow's war."

John Stossel | December 30, 2009

There is no greater threat to individual freedom and autonomy than government.

Walter E. Williams | December 30, 2009

For a president and congressman to shamelessly propose something like the Pre-existing Condition Patient Protection Act demonstrates just how far we've gone down the road to perdition.

Brent Bozell | December 30, 2009

On Dec. 22, the networks calmly, briefly and quietly acknowledged the news that the government revised its economic-growth number for the third quarter downward. As 2009 comes to a close, the media elite are showing enormous patience with the pace of a recovery, without any troublesome talk of whether Barack Obama's dramatic expansion of government is helping or hurting the economy.

Jonah Goldberg | December 30, 2009

You probably don't need a long synopsis of James Cameron's half-billion-dollar epic "Avatar," in part because even if you haven't seen it, you've seen it.

Tony Blankley | December 30, 2009

Franklin Roosevelt was famous for being able to give people on all sides of a policy dispute the impression that he supported each person's position.

Ken Blackwell | December 30, 2009

What did Theodore Roosevelt himself think of his new-found allies, the Progressives? He was sincerely committed to reform. And he certainly thought he had been cheated out of the Republican Party presidential nomination in 1912.

Michael Medved | December 30, 2009

The biggest political lesson of 2009 connects directly to the best political news about 2010, and both factors should help inspire conservatives to sweeping and historic victories in the year ahead.

Ben Shapiro | December 30, 2009

Will it take another decade like the last decade to learn our lesson?

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | December 30, 2009

One of the worst things you could do now is take on more risk than is comfortable. On the other hand, if you invest too conservatively, you risk falling short of your goals.

Howard Rich | December 30, 2009

During the 1980’s, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar built a global cocaine cartel of unrivaled power and influence based on a simple philosophy, Plato O Plomo.

Austin Bay | December 30, 2009

For decades, the Blame Amerika Crowd has made a media living alleging attacks on American citizens, U.S. embassies and U.S. territory are somehow, someway provoked by the U.S.

Jacob Sullum | December 30, 2009

While a mandatory underwear check seems unlikely given the delays it would entail, it is at least as logical as many of the measures the TSA required in the wake of Abdulmutallab's abortive bombing.

Tue, Dec 29, 2009

Paul Greenberg | December 29, 2009

It's normally the most news-fallow week of the year, the one between Christmas and New Year's. Consider it the best of Christmas gifts. Along with Congress' not being in session. No doubt its members are enjoying their time away, but surely not as much as the country is.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | December 29, 2009

Many of us are looking forward to 2010 and thinking about what resolutions we will make. We are glad this year is coming to a close, as 2009 will go down in history as a year of scandals, disgraces, and re-evaluations.

Diana West | December 29, 2009

So much for the lack of post-surge U.S. business benefits in Iraq, as I wrote last week. Now, what kind of post-surge ally is Iraq?

Thomas Sowell | December 29, 2009

Watching old boxing matches on DVDs tells us something about some of the ways in which American society has changed.

Chuck Norris | December 29, 2009

As I wrote last week, I knew that President Barack Obama's Christian message in his Christmas address was going to be the weakest in presidential history. But never did I expect to hear him dodge children on the main message of Christmas and then teach them a revised version.

John Hawkins | December 29, 2009

Let's face it: if you're conservative, you're not going to get your proper due from the mainstream media for your accomplishments.

David Limbaugh | December 29, 2009

The Washington Post's Dan Balz thinks that "with new priorities, Obama and Democrats can recover in 2010." Sorry, Dan; it's about more than priorities. It's a matter of their worldview.

Salena Zito | December 29, 2009

A congressman who oversees American intelligence operations, a former CIA operative and a current U.S. intelligence official agree that Christmas Day's aborted attack on a U.S. airliner proves that the nation's anti-terrorism efforts are flawed.

Cal Thomas | December 29, 2009

Had it not been for a malfunctioning detonator, nearly 300 people traveling on a Christmas Day flight might have perished. Only the faulty device, along with some fast-acting passengers, prevented a disaster.

Dennis Prager | December 29, 2009

New Year's resolution: For every couple of letters of complaint or oral complaints we communicate about someone or about some company, we should write a letter or make a call to commend someone or some company.

Pat Buchanan | December 29, 2009

About the first decade of what was to be the Second American Century, the pessimists have been proven right.

Phyllis Schlafly | December 29, 2009

New reasons emerge almost daily as to why Obamacare can and must be defeated.

Rebecca Hagelin | December 29, 2009

As we begin the New Year it’s time for America to face the fact that the modern American family is in crisis. With the pressures of dual careers, often no one is keeping the home fires burning. What families gain with an additional bread-earner, they often pay for with a loss of nurturing.

Jon Sanders | December 29, 2009

Leaving slavery in Egypt, having miraculously crossed the Red Sea and fed from the daily miracle of manna, and being led by no less than the presence of the Lord, the Israelites nevertheless complained.

Debra J. Saunders | December 29, 2009

osh darn, I feel great to live in a country that gives full constitutional rights to a foreign national who, on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, was tackled by passengers and crew as he reportedly was trying to blow up the plane.

Bill Murchison | December 29, 2009

Here's what we can look for as the federal government implements new rules meant to thwart the likes of Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalib, the would-be pants bomber:

Mon, Dec 28, 2009

Paul Greenberg | December 28, 2009

I haven't written about the Copenhagen conference. Maybe because it ended not with a bang but with a whimper heard 'round the world: a flurry of non-binding agreements.

Nick Rizzuto | December 28, 2009

For 52 years now, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged has stood alone as the shining example of political allegory. Rand's novel has long been considered to be essential reading for American individualists and advocates of free markets.

Rich Galen | December 28, 2009

You may be wondering what it was like getting on this flight in the wake of yet another Islamic extremist jackass, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, trying to attack a U.S. airplane by lighting himself on fire and/or blowing himself up.

Byron York | December 28, 2009

In the high desert of central Arizona, more than 5,000 miles from the hall in Copenhagen where negotiators struggled and failed to come up with a global-warming agreement, sits an aging and unfinished vision of the enviro-friendly, sustainable life that some climate-change activists foresee for us all.

Katie Gage | December 28, 2009

Even though this past year was a disappointing one for Big Labor from the perspective that they weren’t able to get enacted into law their top priority, the job-killing Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act, that does not mean that the small business community can rest on its laurels.

Michael Barone | December 28, 2009

Every year roundabout Christmastime, the Census Bureau releases its population estimates for each state for the 12 months ending on July 1. The numbers look dry on a sheet of paper (or on an Excel spreadsheet on your computer), but they tell some vivid stories.

Star Parker | December 28, 2009

The war's front is here at home. The war we are having with ourselves. After the horrendous attacks on September 11, 2001, a few Christian pastors stepped up to say that the unprecedented violation of America's homeland was a sign of weakness within our nation.

Carol Platt Liebau | December 28, 2009

Certainly, 2009 is not ending on the note that Obama supporters – or the President himself – expected.

Bruce Bialosky | December 28, 2009

Rampant discussion swirls through our society as to whether or not there has been a degradation of cultural values.

Sun, Dec 27, 2009

Salena Zito | December 27, 2009

What is the overriding lesson learned about this year of promised “hope” and “change,” given the politics, public scandals and shifting social behavior that have permeated American pop culture?

Austin Hill | December 27, 2009

Who cares about the U.S. Constitution, when Barack Obama’s vision for America is weighing in the balance?

Steve Chapman | December 27, 2009

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the blossoming of democracy around the world, stimulated in part by the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989. Far from producing much new growth, however, 2009 brought to mind an old folk song: Where have all the flowers gone?

Paul Jacob | December 27, 2009

Those with a nose for power often smell the darndest things.