John Leo

Posted April 23, 2006

Last week was a tough one for Stephen Reinhardt, the most liberal judge on the most liberal federal circuit (9th). The Supreme Court agreed to hear the state of California's appeal in the "buttons" murder case.

Posted April 17, 2006

In a surprising editorial, The Washington Post deviated from the conventional anti-Bush media position on two counts.

Posted April 10, 2006

Mr. Answer Man, why is it that many people don't like the idea of Katie Couric becoming the new Dan Rather? Is it because, after all those father figures, it's jarring to get the national kid sister? If we're going to bypass Dad, why can't we have a reassuring mother figure instead of turning immediately to one of the perky kids?

Posted April 03, 2006

In his 1995 book "The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy," the late Christopher Lasch argued that America's political and cultural elites had opened up a gap between themselves and ordinary Americans.

Posted March 26, 2006

The controversy over gay adoptions in Massachusetts is an issue that can be framed two ways.

Posted March 19, 2006

Like many news junkies, I’ve noticed that stories putting Muslims in a bad light tend to be sketchy and underreported.

Posted March 13, 2006

Rachel Corrie, a young American woman accidentally flattened by an Israeli bulldozer during a protest in Gaza three years ago,  is a hero to Palestinians and the anti-American left.

Posted March 05, 2006

Law professor Eugene Volokh calls it “censorship envy.” Muslims in Europe want the same sort of censorship that many nations now offer to other aggrieved groups.

Posted February 27, 2006

We are awash in euphemisms and evasive language.

Posted February 20, 2006

Mickey Kaus at says that the gay-cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain has the same marketing strategy as Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

Posted February 12, 2006

Is the biggest issue in the cartoon controversy free expression, sensitivity or fear?  One vote here for none of the above.

Posted February 06, 2006

The cartoon controversy is an ugly one-Muslim boycotts of Danish goods, death threats against publications that ran the cartoon and against a number of Christians and westerners in Arab countries.

Posted January 30, 2006

Liberals wage many battles, but have you heard which one is the major struggle now?

Posted January 23, 2006

Certainly our culture is awash in lies-politicians, professors, reporters, columnists, scientists, etc., so much so that numbness has set in.

Posted January 16, 2006

Consider the narrative line for Samuel Alito’s life. It’s perfect. He comes from a white ethnic community that valued family, tradition, patriotism and the Democratic party.

Posted January 09, 2006

Did New Orleans blacks die at a higher rate than whites in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? On the evidence so far, the answer is no.

Posted December 26, 2005

People no longer bother much to create new aphorisms, adages and memorable sayings. But when they do, this column boldly moves to collect them.

Posted December 19, 2005

“Tookie” Williams, put to death by lethal injection last week in California, was a “legend” who underwent “a meaningful martyrdom that sent a lasting message to the world,” according to old-time leftist Tom Hayden.

Posted December 12, 2005

What is your "holiday" IQ?

Posted December 05, 2005

The case of Michelle McCusker, the unmarried and pregnant teacher fired by a Catholic school, may turn out to be an important one, with heavy impact on our understanding of religious liberty.