Sun, Dec 30, 2012

Debra J. Saunders | December 30, 2012

With humble apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer, who wrote "Casey at the Bat," which was published in The San Francisco Examiner in 1888.

Sat, Dec 29, 2012

John C. Goodman | December 29, 2012

If you are one of the folks who voted for Barack Obama in the last election, what did you vote for? More generally, if you voted for any liberal politician, what did you vote for?

Bob Barr | December 29, 2012

The legal principle placing the burden of proof on accusers rather than the accused can be traced back to Second and Third Century Roman jurist, Julius Paulus Prudentissimus. Yet, this ancient concept, which forms the legal and moral cornerstone of the American judicial system, is quickly being undermined in the name of “national security.”

Ken Blackwell | December 29, 2012

The editorial staff of the Washington Post, surely meant well. They wanted readers to think that Sen. John Kerry’s vast experience in foreign policy over four decades equips him to serve as Secretary of State in the second Obama administration.

John Ransom | December 29, 2012

“Jim Jett always used to say that his brother was the damndest scoundrel that was ever borne,” drawled Abraham Lincoln, “but by the infinite mercy of providence he was also the damndest fool.”

Linda Chavez | December 29, 2012

The last year has been a tough one for conservatives. The hope that four years of failed policy would be enough to repudiate the liberal/progressive ideology of the Obama administration ended when the majority of the American public voted to maintain their entitlements -- so long as someone else paid for them.

Paul Greenberg | December 29, 2012

While the national spotlight is on the looming Fiscal Cliff and whether the country will go over it, plunging into the roaring waters below -- cue scary music -- the usual high-rollers (with your money, Dear Taxpayer) have seen their chance.

Paul Driessen | December 29, 2012

“Superstorm” Sandy killed more than 100 people, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, and left millions without food, water, electricity, sanitation or shelter for days or even weeks. Our thoughts and prayers remain focused on its victims, many of whom are still grieving as they struggle with the storm’s wintry aftermath and try to rebuild their lives.

Kyle Olson | December 29, 2012

It was hardly surprising that the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers immediately called for stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings.

Steve Deace | December 29, 2012

Each December I gaze into my crystal ball and predict what I believe will be the top 10 stories of the coming year. I almost never get these right but they’re fun to speculate about nevertheless.

Bob Beauprez | December 29, 2012

Less than a year ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, "the Republican failed economic policies of President George Bush took us to a financial meltdown, took us into near depression, took us into deep deficits that we still have to deal with!" But, now the Democrats are signing a very different tune; preserving that which they spent the last decade damning has suddenly become the President's and Democrat leadership's raison d'être.

Celia Bigelow | December 29, 2012

It might seem easy to say, “you get what you vote for,” to the millions of young voters who supported President Obama and now can’t find work.

Bill Tatro | December 29, 2012

With astonishing ineffectiveness, Murray, Hensarling, and their committee members could not find a way to cut less than 3% out of the budget.

David Sterman | December 29, 2012

Every year around this time, financial publications publish their list of America's fastest-growing companies. And their advertising departments love them. These are often the most popular issues of the year, as consumers try to find "the next Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)" or "the next Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)."

Fri, Dec 28, 2012

Oliver North | December 28, 2012

WASHINGTON -- It's "Auld Lang Syne" time again. Robert Burns is credited with "collecting" the lyrics for the old Scottish drinking and dancing ballad that's become a traditional part of New Year's festivities.

Brent Bozell | December 28, 2012

The year 2012 was a depressing time for people who are already pessimistic about the state of our common culture. Conversely, the re-election of Barack Obama, in large measure made possible by the heavy financial support of Hollywood, projects the optimism of the cultural Left. They anticipate increased blue-state voting patterns in favor of gay "marriage," legalized pot, gun regulations, and what next? Legalized prostitution? Euthanasia subsidized by Obamacare?

Jonah Goldberg | December 28, 2012

One of my New Year's resolutions is to work harder to persuade ideological friends and foes alike that the way to reduce partisanship and maximize happiness in America is to embrace federalism -- the view that we should push as many decisions as possible to the lowest local level feasible.

David Limbaugh | December 28, 2012

The reason President Obama and Republicans can't come to an agreement on the fiscal cliff negotiations is that they don't share the same goals. This is also the key to understanding why President Obama appears far less worried about going over the cliff.

Mona Charen | December 28, 2012

Who wants a fantastic job? Unemployment is high, so there ought to be many candidates. The job is leader of the Republican Party.

Pat Buchanan | December 28, 2012

In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel's name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst.

Scottie Hughes | December 28, 2012

March 20th, 1974 started off like any other as my 8 year old brother headed off to school wearing his blue ball cap and backpack. That was the last time she saw my brother, Cliff.

Suzanne Fields | December 28, 2012

Here's a resolution for one and all as we slide down the fiscal cliff (or not): Beware of fakery in popular places. Fakery, particularly in the culture both high and low, bubbles up from the media, affecting the way we see everything -- even, for example, politics.

Michael Brown | December 28, 2012

Fresh off his attack on America’s gun control laws, Piers Morgan set his sights on another set of laws that trouble him, the laws of Moses and the Bible. But before he called for an amendment to the Bible to recognize “gay rights,” Morgan actually asked his guest, Pastor Rick Warren, a very fair question, and Warren stumbled in his answer.

Diana West | December 28, 2012

Early in 2012, I opened a column with this question: "Is there a single public official who is examining -- who cares about -- the murder spree by Afghan security forces against Western troops and security contractors in Afghanistan?"

John Ransom | December 28, 2012

We’ve entered a cowardly new world where every time someone gives up looking for work it helps drop the official unemployment rate, while simultaneously allowing Obama to shellac the rich.

Paul Greenberg | December 28, 2012

Franz Kafka is one of those authors whose name has become an adjective, as in Shakespearean or Faulknerian or this dictionary entry: Kafka-esque -- adj., referring to the nightmarish, surreal, illogical quality Franz Kafka evoked in works like "The Metamorphosis," "The Castle" and "The Trial."

Kyle Olson | December 28, 2012

It pays to work for the government. Just ask the teachers in the Westerly, Rhode Island school district. The school committee just agreed to a new union collective bargaining agreement that doubles teachers’ pay in nine years.

Casey Mattox | December 28, 2012

What might have been? If Robert Bork had been confirmed, perhaps this column would have appeared in this space.

Fritz Pfister | December 28, 2012

The next four years will prove a great test for those who believe in liberty for everyone. The low information citizens, like French citizens, believe by ceding power to big government to confiscate the wealth of fellow citizens, to be redistributed back to themselves is a never ending proposition.

Night Watch | December 28, 2012

The language of the Foreign Ministry is almost a direct lift from the style that Soviet propagandists used to describe a problem for which the government could find no favorable solution and which was getting worse.

Paul Tracy | December 28, 2012

What do all of these companies have in common? They all operate boring, predictable businesses that see steady demand in any sort of environment. This means even in a slow-growing economy, these companies can prosper.

Thu, Dec 27, 2012

Humberto Fontova | December 27, 2012

Say what you want about Senator John Kerry, nobody ever called him lazy. He landed in Congress and immediately rolled up his sleeves and spat on his hands.

John Hanlon | December 27, 2012

It isn’t unusual for an unsuspecting viewer to walk into a movie theater expecting two hours of mindless entertainment only to be surprised by a liberal political message that overshadows the proceedings.

Cliff May | December 27, 2012

It seems like only yesterday that Bashar al-Assad was being courted by progressive Western politicians even as he conspired with Iranian jihadists and Kremlin strongmen. And it was less than two years ago that Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue and Comandante of the Fashionistas, was celebrating First Lady Asma al-Assad as “a rose in the desert,” whose “style is not the couture-and-bling dazzle of Middle Eastern power but a deliberate lack of adornment … a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement."

Rachel Alexander | December 27, 2012

The Obama administration is following the direction of the United Nations and suppressing any mention of radical Islam's association with terrorism. Even the word “terrorism” is being censored because it has become associated with Islam. Remember President George W. Bush's “War on Terror?” The phrase has disappeared, even though terrorist attacks are increasing. Obama has stopped using the phrase.

Victor Davis Hanson | December 27, 2012

The year 2012 saw the triumph of cold reality over pie-in-the-sky dreams.

Michael Barone | December 27, 2012

In combing through the results of the 2012 election -- apparently finally complete, nearly two months after the fact -- I continue to find many similarities between 2012 and 2004, and one enormous difference.

Larry Elder | December 27, 2012

To a black ESPN sports analyst, this is the critical question: Is Robert Griffin III, aka RG III, the black rookie sensation Washington Redskins quarterback, "a brother, or is he a cornball brother?" What has RG III done or said to raise a suspicion about his bona fides as a black person?

Cal Thomas | December 27, 2012

It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. "advisers" to South Vietnam to help battle the communist North and 37 years since the end of that divisive war and the country's unification under Communism.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | December 27, 2012

A year ago, I resolved to spend 2012 praying more and, in my prayers, asking for patience. I have prayed, I have asked, I have received, but not enough. Ask my family, and they may attest that I must not have prayed enough, as my patience often runs thin.

Debra J. Saunders | December 27, 2012

Abandon all hope, ye who watch the "fiscal cliff" drama.

Terry Jeffrey | December 27, 2012

America is now in a time that in some ways resembles the 1850s, when freedom-loving people, attentive to political and cultural trends, saw a great crisis coming.

John Ransom | December 27, 2012

Boehner’s Plan B was a “Morning-After Tax” because it attempts to fix a several decade-long, promiscuous love affair with federal spending in way that is consequence-free for almost everyone. And standing up for the victims of the plan is just considered bad taste.

Austin Bay | December 27, 2012

As 2012 ends, the Greek debt crisis continues. In December, the Greek government began restructuring its debt for the second time this year.

Matt Towery | December 27, 2012

Here's a New Year's wish I would love to see come true. However it is defined or however many people are part of it, it is time to send the giant never-ending "GOP Establishment" made up of some professional politicians, some moneyed nouveaux riche who -- by virtue of their contributions and the faux friendships it buys with politicians -- consider themselves political landed gentry and the endless scam artist consultants they support packing.

Donald Lambro | December 27, 2012

Have you seen the latest development in President Obama's waste-ridden, clean energy program that's now under federal investigation at the U.S. Treasury Department?

Ed Feulner | December 27, 2012

Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were all my business.” Americans, it seems, truly take Jacob Marley’s ghostly warning to Ebenezer Scrooge to heart -- not only at Christmas time, but throughout the year.

Kyle Olson | December 27, 2012

There have been all sorts of responses to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday.

Emmett Tyrrell | December 27, 2012

The year 2012 is about to expire. It was a blank in my judgment -- poof and it is gone. We have the same sorry vacuity in the White House, bereft of knowing how to run the government. Just now he is off to Hawaii to loll in the sun, having left behind questions as to how to avoid our "fiscal cliff." Yes, he wants to raise taxes on the top two percent, but how do we reduce the deficit and finish off the tax bill? He has headed for the beach -- and practically no one remarks on the amateurism of it. The president is a poseur.

Susan Stamper Brown | December 27, 2012

With dark shadows of uncertainty descending upon the hearts of so many at the conclusion of 2012, one can only hope 2013 will be a year of promise. But even in these dark days, miracles do still happen, especially when people are willing to roll up their sleeves for the cause of freedom.

Bob Beauprez | December 27, 2012

The New York Post is reporting that the highest ranking of the group, Assitant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, is "just switching desks" within the State Department. The other three are on "administrative leave and are expected back" on the job.

Marvin Olasky | December 27, 2012

Our first issue of the year is usually my time for announcing contests tied to WORLD’s goals—and for 2013 we have three for those who care about fighting poverty or improving journalism, plus a fourth opportunity.

Crystal Wright | December 27, 2012

A day late and a dollar short best describes the National Rifle Association’s inept response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. As the nation’s most powerful defender of the second amendment (the right to bear arms), the NRA displayed cowardly silence for more than a week following the shooting. Then four days before Christmas, the NRA held ghoulish 30-minute press conference America would have been better off never witnessing.

Bill Tatro | December 27, 2012

The reality that 48 million Americans are on food stamps, 100 million working-age U.S. citizens do not have a job, and that one-out-of-every-four Americans that do have a job earns less than $10/hr could all be mitigating factors.

Wed, Dec 26, 2012

Ann Coulter | December 26, 2012

Is it just me, or does Kwanzaa seem to come earlier and earlier each year? And let's face it, Kwanzaa's gotten way too commercialized.

Jeff Jacoby | December 26, 2012

Whatever else the New Year brings, at least it won't be a presidential election or any of the primaries, caucuses, or conventions leading up to it. Which is more than OK with me. American presidential campaigns have grown excruciatingly overlong, and I look forward to a respite from the obsessive political coverage, the ginned-up gaffes and controversies, the rush to dissect each twitch in public opinion, the avalanche of dishonest advertising and disingenuous "fact-checking."

John Ransom | December 26, 2012

Kurt Schumacher played left tackle for Woody Hayes as a two year starter and twice an All-American. He played in two Rose Bowls, winning both in his junior and senior year. He was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 1975 NFL Draft with the twelfth overall pick.

Tim Phillips | December 26, 2012

In a few days we’ll celebrate the holidays with gift exchanges, eggnog, Christmas light viewings, and perhaps a political argument with a family member or two. Given the current fiscal cliff negotiations, this argument may be more lively than normal. Don’t be unprepared when Uncle Bob says that we can fix the deficit by just raising the top tax rate or when Aunt Susan says they've already cut spending to the bone.

Robert Knight | December 26, 2012

With the fiscal cliff looming, Washington is looking under every rock for new forms of “revenue.”

Michelle Malkin | December 26, 2012

These simple common-sense steps are adapted from a post I published on my blog after the horrific Newtown, Conn., massacre.

John Stossel | December 26, 2012

Charity -- helping people who have trouble helping themselves -- is a good thing two times over.

Walter E. Williams | December 26, 2012

It's good to have hope, but if we're going to be realistic, there's little chance for Middle East emergence of what we in the West call democracy.

Kurt Schlichter | December 26, 2012

When you argue for a living, you can tell how an argument is going for you. The evidence and my gut both tell me that the liberals have lost control of the gun control narrative.

Brent Bozell | December 26, 2012

A "serious" proposal is one that has a reasonable expectation of resolving a conflict. Anyone studying Speaker Boehner's Plan B proposal knows it wasn't serious.

Mike Adams | December 26, 2012

As a candidate for president of the United States, it is incumbent on me to make a statement regarding the Sandy Hook massacre and to explain how my policies would help prevent other such massacres should I become president.

Ben Shapiro | December 26, 2012

If the media pays attention to the shootings in Chicago, it will have to talk about the fact that Chicago is heavily gun controlled. It will have to discuss the fact that guns are illegally flowing into areas of heavy gun violence.

Jacob Sullum | December 26, 2012

An "active national database of the mentally ill" clearly would not have stopped Lanza, who used guns legally purchased by his mother.

George Friedman | December 26, 2012

Unless we are prepared to hermetically seal the frontier, populations will flow endlessly around barriers, driven by economic and social factors. Mexico simply does not end at the Mexican border, and it hasn't since the United States defeated Mexico.

Ralph Benko | December 26, 2012

There’s an urban legend besetting the urbane that capitalism is a system of privilege designed for the Ebenezer Scrooges of the world. Not so. Capitalism works at least as well for us Bob Cratchits as it does for misers, probably better. Capitalism is the only proven mechanism by which the workers of the world may unite to lose their chains.

Tue, Dec 25, 2012

Thomas Sowell | December 25, 2012

Behind the mist of their lofty words, modern liberals' totalitarian mindset shows through.

Chuck Norris | December 25, 2012

Imagine it's Christmas Eve in your local church and the offering plate is passed to help a local orphanage build an addition because there's "no room in the inn."

Mona Charen | December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to the Fourth Estate! Hope you've enjoyed your goose or turkey or whatever your family tradition includes.

Cal Thomas | December 25, 2012

Most people who haven't finished their shopping are starting to worry about what gifts to give a friend, relative or spouse. Quick, what did you give or receive last year? How about two years ago? Most of us can't remember, unless it was a big-ticket item.

Dennis Prager | December 25, 2012

When I was 20, I spent my junior year in college in England. When classes let out for the last two weeks of December, I traveled to Morocco, where something life-changing occurred.

Pat Buchanan | December 25, 2012

For two millennia, the birth of Christ has been seen as the greatest event in world history. The moment Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, God became man, and eternal salvation became possible.

John Ransom | December 25, 2012

Before this last century boys your age were considered men really. They held all sorts of jobs and responsibilities, including general, emperor and king.

Paul Greenberg | December 25, 2012

It may not be easy to credit now, but once upon a time the United States Senate could be seriously described as "the world's greatest deliberative body."

Phyllis Schlafly | December 25, 2012

It should have been a loud wakeup call in December when North Korea successfully launched a three-stage rocket delivering a payload in orbit around the globe.

Bill Murchison | December 25, 2012

It's always best, I find, not to talk too rapturously about Ye Olde Days: days which, on careful inspection, yield evidence of problems aplenty.

Jerry Bowyer | December 25, 2012

The phrase–surplus population–is what first tipped me off to Dickens’ philosophical agenda. He’s taking aim at the father of the zero-growth philosophy, Thomas Malthus.

Armstrong Williams | December 25, 2012

G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two?” The shortest way to happiness that I know is gratitude, counting your blessings.

Night Watch | December 25, 2012

The informal results show that just fewer than 5.5 million people made the decision for 82 million Egyptians that Egypt will be a more devout Islamist state, governed by Sharia.

Mon, Dec 24, 2012

Byron York | December 24, 2012

This March will mark three years since Obamacare became law, and it still has not had any serious effect on most Americans' lives.

Michael Gerson | December 24, 2012

This is a Christmas season shadowed by sorrow. We know, of course, that human beings, even small ones, sometimes die in horrible, unfair ways.

Rachel Marsden | December 24, 2012

After a tragedy like the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., the injection of anything short of seriousness into the subsequent public discourse about guns is touchy.

Ken Connor | December 24, 2012

Every year the week before Christmas, St. Peter's Church in Purcellville, VA hosts a "Blue Christmas" service.

Paul Jacob | December 24, 2012

We have it so good we have to make up things to frighten ourselves. Those adept at this art sell a lot of tickets, and get rich.

Michael Barone | December 24, 2012

Last week, Republicans proved they are not a governing party. Next week we will see whether Democrats are.

Star Parker | December 24, 2012

Nothing strikes deeper to the heart than the loss of children. It's one more reason why the horror in Newtown, Conn., has hurt our nation so badly.

Terry Paulson | December 24, 2012

As believers, we ask--Is God guiding us, punishing us, or reminding us again of what truly counts in the Kingdom of God. After all, at this time of the year, when we celebrate the birth of Christ when God chose to lower himself into our playpen that by His grace we might join the family of God, we wonder what God is doing to this country we love.

Bruce Bialosky | December 24, 2012

In 1992, six Jewish people from Los Angeles decided to go to the Republican National Convention in Houston.

John Ransom | December 24, 2012

The PETA proposal memorializing the Cow-Victims-of-5/22 asks Illinois to glorify the animals that died while performing their function “in the meat trade.” The “meat trade” is what you and I call groceries.

Armstrong Williams | December 24, 2012

An entire country is in shock as we continue to watch the funerals of these innocent children and adults in Connecticut.

Mark Baisley | December 24, 2012

It is difficult to imagine safely burning candles fastened to the branches of a dispatched conifer, but that was the practice.

Shawn Mitchell | December 24, 2012

“Oh, fools!” he said. “Ye must petition Caesar to establish the kingdom here on earth! Ye are commanded to love one another and share one with another. Therefore, ye must ask Caesar to force all people to share of their substance. Only by invoking the command of the Roman legion can ye faithfully love and serve the poor!"

Sun, Dec 23, 2012

Derek Hunter | December 23, 2012

Was there anything about the Sandy Hook massacre the media got right on the day it happened? In their rush to be first, they ignored their obligation to be right. Nearly every detail they disseminated Friday was wrong, even down to the name of the killer.

Wayne Allyn Root | December 23, 2012

Why do liberal politicians and the biased liberal mainstream media (meaning pretty much all media in America but FNC) always come to the wrong conclusion, and usually come up with the wrong solution, in response to every crisis?

Ken Blackwell | December 23, 2012

Sen. John Kerry has a long and dubious record in foreign policy.

Austin Hill | December 23, 2012

It is, perhaps, the ultimate “do as I say, not as I do” scenario: progressive entertainment stars and politicians telling us that we shouldn’t possess firearms.

Michael Brown | December 23, 2012

In the wake of the Newtown massacre, Senator John Rockefeller has “called for a national study of the impact of violent videogames on children and a review of the rating system,” but the video game manufacturers claim there is “no connection between entertainment and real-life violence.” Are they in denial?

John Ransom | December 23, 2012

Your argument seems to be that since we regulate something, we ought to regulate everything, which, sadly, is probably your point. Because it’s definitely the point of the politicians in power, especially liberals. "Because I said so" seems to be the argument liberals mostly make now.

Paul Greenberg | December 23, 2012

How long is this show going to go on in Washington, and must it? They say closing time for its costars is midnight, December 31. That's when the president and the speaker of the House need to agree on the federal budget Or Else, but politicians never met a deadline they couldn't postpone, as in Can, Kick Down the Road.

Steve Chapman | December 23, 2012

Meteorologists know seasons are predictable. In the weather world, spring is always followed by summer. But the political world is different. Spring can proceed to summer, or it can lead to a sudden onset of winter.

George Friedman | December 23, 2012

The state of Israel has a basic, inescapable geopolitical dilemma: Its national security requirements outstrip its military capabilities, making it dependent on an outside power.

Tad DeHaven | December 23, 2012

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) is the new chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. His father, Bud, chaired the committee from 1995 to 2001 and would have been a first-ballot inductee into the Porker Hall of Fame if one existed.

Marita Noon | December 23, 2012

While there are no features of “historic or scientific interest” in the proposed land grab, there are potential oil-and-gas resources that would provide economic benefit to the state and the residents in the form of good-paying jobs, local spending, and revenues for government functions, such as schools.

David Sterman | December 23, 2012

Simply being associated with this sobering trend has been toxic for many defense-oriented stocks. Indeed, a pair of smaller, but more promising defense contractors have been tossed aside.

Debra J. Saunders | December 23, 2012

When terrorists attack Americans, Washington should always follow this simple rule: Blame the terrorists first.