November 23, 2011
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OPINION: Next week's GOP presidential candidates debate more likely to be collection of rehearsed sound bites
Next week, 10 Republican presidential candidates will gather on a stage in Cleveland, Ohio, behind podiums like “Jeopardy” contestants. With so many candidates having so little time, little useful information will be dispensed.
OPINION: NASA discovery could be the answer to all of our problems
The first step in boldly going where no one has gone before is to re-name the planet. Kepler-452b won’t do. How about Krypton?
OPINION: Video of Planned Parenthood exec draws strong reaction
The sting video included discussion centered on the sale of donated tissue from aborted fetuses. The reason no one should be shocked by any of this is because it is the inevitable outcome when moral boundaries are removed.
At his press conference last Wednesday, our president of self-regard again linked himself with Ronald Reagan, seeking to equate his supposed success in gaining a deal with Iran not to build a nuclear weapon for 10 years to Reagan’s arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union.
OPINION: In a word, Hillary Clinton is boring
To employ a tennis term, Hillary Clinton has double-faulted. She is both uninspiring and uninteresting.
If politicians are so afraid of losing the Hispanic vote that they do nothing in response to the murder of Kathryn Steinle, they should be removed from office. The notion that Hispanics won’t vote for a party that stands for justice is racist.
OPINION: Only 24 percent of Americans think media reporting is unbiased
The downward trajectory of the public’s trust in media is not encouraging for those of us in what used to be considered, at least by those in it, an honorable profession, the only one mentioned in the Constitution, if you don’t count government as a profession.
OPINION: U.S. and Iran negotiators are repeating themselves, so why cant I?
I have yet to hear from a U.S. government official why anyone can trust an Iranian regime whose dictatorship kills its own people, conducts secret trials, and openly and proudly states its god wishes everyone who disagrees with its version of Islam eliminated from the planet.
OPINION: Many embarrassingly wrong predictions have been made about global warming
Pope Francis accepts as a matter of scientific doctrine that the Earth is warming and that humans are responsible for it. Yet near the end of the encyclical, he confesses that “the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics.” Which is it?
OPINION: A number of schools are changing to single-color robes for graduation ceremonies
In the age of Caitlyn Jenner, any effort to classify the sexes is becoming increasingly difficult, if not downright impossible.
OPINION: The values exemplified by the Wright brothers were once reflected in many levels of American culture
Not only is “The Wright Brothers” beautifully written in (David) McCullough’s familiar narrative style, it reminds Americans of what we once honored and promoted: vision, initiative, talent, genius, entrepreneurship, faith, even clean living.
OPINION: Violence erupts in Democratic-run major cities
While Memorial Day weekend featured the traditional parades, barbecues and moments of silence at baseball games for those who gave their lives in wartime to preserve our freedoms, in some of America’s biggest cities virtual shooting galleries produced the sort of carnage more likely to be found in the Middle East from Islamic State terrorists.
OPINION: Though false gods can't deliver, stupid people still act as if they can
Not worrying about paying for anything is classic liberalism. If they aren’t raising taxes, they are borrowing money from China to achieve their “vision,” though it’s more like a mirage.
OPINION: Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward
The rules of the road to journalistic success have changed dramatically, as has the definition of journalist. Today, one can self-identify as a journalist without any background or experience.
OPINION: Failed liberal policies in Baltimore are the real culprit
It will come as no surprise if the Justice Department investigation concludes that the Baltimore Police Department is at fault because accusing the department of racism diverts attention from the city’s real problem: Baltimore, a laboratory for liberal policies, is a failed city that has shortchanged the poor for decades.
OPINION: Prime Minister 'Question Time' refreshing
On Thursday, the three main candidates for prime minister — David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg — one by one appeared before an audience of voters at the Leeds Town Hall where for a half-hour voters asked them informed, pointed and detailed questions. The host, the BBC’s David Dimbleby, called for questions and occasionally followed up, but mostly voters drove the program
OPINION: Should the Supreme Court re-define and force the states to accept a new definition of marriage?
If human history, tradition, the Bible, the Constitution and biology are to be ignored or re-defined, on what basis do courts say “no” to anything? If “equality” and “fairness” are the new standard, one might as well have no standard at all because such emotional appeals could justify any relationship or form of behavior.
OPINION: Remark by Gen. Dempsey a new low that leaves dead soldiers and memories of them behind
During the counterinsurgency campaign in Anbar province between April 2004 and September 2007, 1,335 Americans and nearly 9,000 Iraqis died in the battle for Fallujah and Ramadi. Perhaps Gen. Dempsey should have told them in advance that their sacrifice would not be worth it. Their lives might have been spared.
OPINION: The film is set in a Southern California town during World War II
The film draws on themes embedded deep within America’s DNA, but scorned by much of modern culture: patriotism, freedom, faith, forgiveness and reconciliation.
OPINION: Hillary Clinton may not become the first woman U.S. president
Carly Fiorina, for HP CEO, says that, unlike a male candidate, she could better take on Hillary Clinton: “No matter what that man says, she will play the gender card or the war on women card. She won’t be able to do that with me.”
OPINION: Facts do not matter when the media and gay activists believe they can find an issue that stirs controversy
The uproar about Indiana’s law is political theater. It is also a trap set by the Left, which Republicans risk falling into.
OPINION: What the establishment and the left really dislike about Ted Cruz is that he paints in bold colors
Here’s some advice, not only for Sen. Ted Cruz, but for the other would-be presidential candidates: Instead of nonstop attacks on President Obama, adopt a positive and future-oriented agenda.
OPINION: The Finance Stability Oversight Council could use some scrutiny
The Dodd-Frank Act exempts the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) from the Federal Advisory Committee Act, better known as the federal “open meetings” law, which is why the sun needs to shine in.
Solutions to the problems of black America are not a secret, but they must be taught at every level. They begin by allowing parents to choose where their children go to school.
OPINION: Louisiana governor is not the first on most lists of GOP presidential nominees
Maybe we should at least start paying attention to Gov. Bobby Jindal. If one’s political enemies are any indication of potential strength, Louisiana governor may be a more formidable force than some people realize.
OPINION: Forecasters and politicians shout 'Snowmageddon!' at the drop of a snowflake
For those not buying into the cult of climate change, formerly known as “global warming,” the website climatedepot.com is an excellent source for authoritative science and reporting that debunks the claims of climate alarmists.
OPINION: The Christmas Story is either true or not
The claims made about the birth of Jesus leave no room for middle ground, despite what some theologians claim.
OPINION: Are we fighting a war or competing for Miss Congeniality?
In Britain, the Army has issued new guidelines for interrogating suspected terrorists. They include no shouting, no banging of fists on tables and no “insulting words.” If Britain had employed those techniques during World War II, Hitler’s face might be on the British pound note, instead of the Queen’s.
OPINION: The immigration debate in Britain mirrors the one in the U.S. in many ways
Britain, by treaty, must accept immigrants from the European Union, but prime Minister David Cameron is proposing to deny certain welfare and other benefits to them for the first four years they are there.
OPINION: Palestinian leaders condemn Israeli murders, yet continue to teach hatred of Jews
The murder on Tuesday of five people and the serious wounding of several others while they were praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem is only the latest in a continuing pattern of violence and hatred directed against Israel and the Jewish people.
OPINION: One Obamacare architect professes stupidity, deception needed for its passage
Jonathan Gruber is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who helped craft Obamacare. In a rare moment of unvarnished candor, Gruber told an audience last year at the University of Pennsylvania the law passed because of the “stupidity of the American voter.”
OPINION: Ignoring Iranians' religious motivation has U.S. negotiators at a disadvantage
Given the Obama administration’s horrible record in the Middle East — treating Israel as an enemy and Islamic dictatorships as potential friends — things don’t look good for an agreement that will curtail or reverse Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
OPINION: Government does not undertax; it overspends
Republicans need to reject the notion that government needs more money and change the subject to the elimination of wasteful and unnecessary spending. Deep within our DNA remains a Puritan ethic of living within one’s means and not borrowing to pay for what we can’t afford.
OPINION: City Ordinance sparks controversy
Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the city of Houston and its openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is supposed to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination. All well and good, but according to the Independent Journal Review, the ordinance to ensure nondiscrimination, discriminates against those of faith who oppose it.
OPINION: In the U.S. we are drowning in political commercials
The world appears to be falling apart and America resembles Humpty Dumpty after the fall, except we have no leaders to put it back together again.
OPINION: A growing number of people no longer accept biblical teaching
There are at least two problems with using a moral and biblical argument. One is: How do same-sex marriage opponents persuade people who don’t believe traditional marriage was God’s idea and should remain as He intended? The answer is they can’t. And so it becomes a political power play with one side quoting Scripture or history and the other side demanding “equality.” Whoever gets the most votes — at the ballot box or by judicial decision — wins.
OPINION: Sometimes it seems the priority of our elected officials and experts is self-protection
Failure to tell the truth about a whole range of things has contributed to public distrust, even cynicism, about government.
OPINION: While willing to accept credit for success, the president spreads blame for failure
Evidence of the rise of ISIS was visible in the terrorist group’s conquering of Fallujah at the beginning of this year. Many in the intelligence community predicted ISIS would attempt to seize more Iraqi territory, which it has.
College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, “The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. … One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker.”
OPINION: A change in American thinking is needed in the war against the Islamic State
This war against a constantly shifting force of what is, despite denials by the president and Secretary of State John Kerry, a religious-political virus, is likely to last years, perhaps decades.
OPINION: Many Americans have forgotten what it means to be an American
Since the turbulent ’60s, some Americans have chosen to ignore, even oppose, values taught to their forebears. These tenets begin with personal responsibility and accountability, hard work, capitalism, self-reliance, faith in God and patriotism.
OPINION: Hillary Clinton's record as first lady, senator and secretary of state has little substance
There is much we know about Hillary Clinton by whatever label she chooses to wear or hide behind. She has been in the national spotlight for more than two decades and most people have already decided what they think of her.
OPINION: There is no excuse other than legitimate life-preserving self-defense for a man becoming physically violent towards a woman
If the NFL wants to help itself in this area more, women should be put in positions of power where they could not only provide a useful check on players, but on the predominately male management that has for too long made excuses for outrageous and even criminal behavior.
OPINION: Not surprisingly, China lied about freedoms promised to Hong Kong
China has been slowly eroding freedoms in Hong Kong, but its latest move takes a bigget bite.
OPINION: The referendum generally pits a younger liberal population in favor of separation against older, more conservative Scots
If Scotland leaves its British “home” of three centuries, it may find it can’t go home again.
OPINION: An international coalition must be created to fight and defeat the militant Islamic fanatics
ISIS supporters already are distributing leaflets in London, calling on people to abandon Britain in favor of the Islamic State.
OPINION: Full of joy on the outside, Robin Williams apparently was tormented inside
Many people misunderstand clinical depression. They think because someone has wealth and fame, or circumstances better than others, they should be happy, or at least content.
OPINION: Nixon was not brought down; he committed political suicide
President Richard Nixon thought he could get away with what other politicians had done, but forgot the rules were different for Republicans.
OPINION: Of all the wars, this one may have been the least predictable
What was then called The Great War turned out to be “great,” but only in its carnage. The figures, though still in dispute, are staggering even to this day.
OPINION: Most Americans believe influx from south is because of economic reasons
Critics will call it a stunt and accuse Texas Gov. Rick Perry of showboating, but at least he is taking action, while President Obama, who took an oath to defend the country from all enemies foreign and domestic, drinks beer, plays pool and attends fundraisers as our borders are overrun
OPINION: President, Democrats may be losing iron grip on African-American voters
Criticism of President Barack Obama from African Americans in Chicago would have been regarded as the political equivalent of heresy a few years ago.
What would the great civil rights leaders of the past think of their youth today?
OPINION: The Founders understood human natural had to be controlled
The growth, reach, and cost of big government is happening before our eyes and eroding our liberty, largely because too many Americans are not familiar with the brilliant system of government our Founders established.
OPINION: The global warmers refuse to discuss, debate or even mention science questioning and disproving their theories
The nihilists are those who refuse to accept any scientific information that undermines their claim that the globe is warming and humans are responsible for it. Cults are like that.
OPINION: President Obama has made a warning by President Bush seven years ago come true
The “Great Satan” retreating in the face of a few thousand members of “Allah’s army” will serve as a productive recruiting film for more jihadists to come join the fight.
OPINION: Colleges and universities clearly are not teaching what they once did
The ACTA survey found that 70 percent of recent college graduates knew D-Day occurred during World War II, compared to 98 percent of college graduates 65 and older.
The crumbling National Health Service in the United Kingdom is a glaring example of what goes wrong when a government runs health care.
To paraphrase the old Peter, Paul and Mary song: where has all the money gone? Long time passing. Gone to earmarks and down a sinkhole. When will we ever learn?
Most people, perhaps even the super-wealthy, who are usually accountable to auditors, want to know where their money goes. Not so with the federal government.
OPINION: Former Justice John Paul Stevens is proposing six constitutional amendments in his new book
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ proposals, including a weakening of gun rights and abolishing the death penalty, is a revealing look at the thought process of a liberal.
OPINION: Faced with indifference, global warming alarmist raise the decibel level
The Obama administration and liberal politicians in general seem to promote climate change fiction in order to gain even more dominance over our lives. Apparently controlling one-sixth of the economy through Obamacare isn’t enough for them.
OPINION: A peace process will not work if one side does not want peace
The accumulation of evidence over the years points to one thing: Palestinians want Israel wiped out and believe they have a divine mandate to destroy it.
Most businesses conduct audits or internal reviews to make sure they are operating efficiently. Not the federal government.
OPINION: School choice would bring competition to the education field
Parents and children want to have choice in where those children are educated, but that runs into conflict with unions and politicians.
Though Fred Phelps is gone, the kind of hate he preached remains. It is why hate must be opposed no matter which group, faith, ceremony, or individual is the target.
OPINION: Western leaders look for good in bad people when there is none
Russian President Vladimir Putin fooled President George W. Bush, and now Putin is laughing at the worthless sanctions the U.S. is imposing for his military invasion of Crimea.
OPINION: There is never a top 10 list of ways to feel satisfied with your life
Working longer and working harder are not necessarily the same thing. Eulogies review a life in terms different than society’s values for success.
Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the “religious freedom bill” passed by the Republican legislature. While there is no mention in the bill of same-sex marriage, or even homosexuals, most people believe same-sex marriage and homosexuals were the targets of the proposed law.
OPINION: Sen. Cruz says the overall record of Tea Party candidates is far better than the establishment’s record
The Republican senator says that history has proven failing to rock and boat and take stands is a recipe for a party to fail at the ballot box.
After much criticism from conservative quarters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided, at least for now, to withdraw plans for its proposed study of how media organizations gather and report news.
OPINION: Attacking Bill Clinton’s philandering will not sway women from voting for Hillary Clinton
People long ago made their judgments on the Clintons and decided his — and her — behavior about infidelity was a private matter.
Michele Bachmann remains confident and resolute despite many political setbacks. We met in her office while much of Congress was fleeing the Capitol Building ahead of a major storm that eventually dumped a foot of snow on Washington. The snow was a big deal to residents of the nation’s capital, but little more than flurries to a Minnesotan like Bachmann.
OPINION: The merits of ‘Along Yet Not Alone’ ahould be decided by the voters
While claiming the Christian-based song was unfairly promoted via email, the Academy of Motion Pictures hierarchy has ignored high-visibility promotional campaigns from better-funded Hollywood productions.
Should Governor Christie be exposed as a liar about lane closures, would that be more serious than the lies the president has told about far more serious matters?
Americans typically hate waste. It is why as children most of us were told to clean our plates because somewhere in the world there were hungry people. Requiring the left to prove their programs and policies are producing outcomes at reasonable cost would shift the debate from ideology and good intentions to reality.
Outrage is the primary ingredient for political fundraising and political power. One must always have an enemy.
Freedom and security should not be contradictory, but complimentary. In an age of terrorism, this “devil” is really in the details.
This is the problem when humanity does not accept an Authority higher than itself, an Authority that holds life, all life, however inconvenient, however tiresome, infinitely valuable. But if we consider ourselves nothing more than evolutionary accidents in an impersonal universe, then we are all potentially vulnerable, depending on the value assigned to us by the state.
Many violent revolutionaries became peacemakers once their oppressors were removed from power. Whether Mandela experienced a “conversion” after we met him, or simply adapted a more pragmatic path to his goals, I cannot say. Let us charitably assume the best about a man revered by many who ended an evil and gave his country an opportunity to build something better.
If things satisfied, wouldn’t Americans be the most satisfied people on Earth? We have more stuff than any generation before ours. The overflow we deposit in rented public storage units. The stock market is up substantially, but we want it to go higher with no bursting bubble this time. Then what?
History can be a great teacher if the “students” pay attention. Many things in the world have changed since the disastrous Munich Pact, but human nature never does. Tyrants respect agreements only so long as it allows them to further their objectives. Munich only delayed the onset of World War II; it did not prevent it.
On the 50th anniversary of his death, C.S. Lewis remains perhaps the 20th century’s most towering intellectual practitioner of the Christian faith. Lewis combined humility — rare among those who have achieved fame — with a style that relied less on argumentation than on logic and persuasion. He asks readers to join him on a journey he himself has taken and, like a tour guide, shows us a better world and a better life than the one he describes in “The Chronicles of Narnia” as being “always winter, but never Christmas.”
The administration pledges to watch Iran closely and if it violates any provisions in a final agreement, sanctions would be re-imposed. If sanctions and other means, such as the introduction of the Stuxnet virus into Iran’s computers, failed to deter Iran’s nuclear program, why would anyone think additional threats and more sanctions would produce the desired results? Iran is playing for time and it appears the United States is willing to give it to them.
If individual members of the Greece, N.Y. town board, or any other legislative body, wish to pray silently to their God before their meetings, no law or court decision prohibits them from doing so. Why would God be more impressed and more likely to respond to a public prayer than to a private one?
Too great for small dreams. What an inspirational line. Reagan believed the strength of America was not in Washington, but in the people. If the people can catch that larger vision, he believed, they could fulfill their greater dreams.
Rather than sending people to Washington in the vain hope the capital can be run like a state, Mike Pence says Washington should look to states “where there is innovation in health care, education, balanced budgets and taxes” and follow their lead.
Nothing would change Washington faster than the transformative idea that only we can make our lives better by our financial and moral choices. It’s long past time for politicians to say “eat your vegetables, they are good for you” and for citizens to comply.
If the United Kingdom, whose population of slightly more than 62 million people, is experiencing severe problems and potential insolvency with its 65-year-old National Health Service (NHS), why would anyone believe a government-run health insurance system in the United States and the health care monstrosity that must inevitably follow will be any more successful with a population more than 300 million?
There is no “community of nations.” There are individual nations with individual interests. If the United Nations could bring peace and prosperity to the world, progress toward that goal should have been made by now. Instead, 68 years after its founding, wars and rumors of wars are increasing.
It was an atypical August summer day in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago next week. Temperatures were in the low 80s, about 10 degrees cooler than normal. Skies were partly cloudy. Most government officials were vacationing.
It bears restating that the Ayatollah Khomeini believed in the strength and resolve of Ronald Reagan. That is why on the day of Reagan’s 1981 inauguration he released 52 American hostages held for 444 days. Strong individuals deter bullies. Strong nations deter enemies and keep the peace.
Baseball great Stan Musial died over the weekend. He was 92.