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.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a Justice Department investigation to determine whether the Baltimore Police Department’s practices are unconstitutional and violate civil rights; in short, whether or not the police force there is racist.
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: Tribute to his wife by George Clooney has women swooning
What produced such a mushy reaction from women to George Clooney’s remarks? A part of it is that in the modern “relationship” era where people have “partners” not spouses, it is a rare thing to see a famous man publicly expressing love for his wife.
OPINION: The former president exhibits many symptoms of a classic sex addict
Virginia Roberts is reported in the British press to be considering a “tell-all” book. If it contains any verifiable facts about Bill Clinton and underage, or even of-age women, voters may be reluctant to return him to the White House in a “first man” capacity.
It will take more than a new Congress in 2015 and a new president in 2017 to save us from the fate of other empires. It will take a revival of the American spirit, and that can only come through changed attitudes towards our institutions and each other.
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.
It has always mystified me why so many African-American voters remain loyal to the Democratic Party when that party — and especially the first black president — has done nothing to improve the circumstances of the poor among them.
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.
Members of ISIS have targeted Christian churches, destroyed symbols of Christian faith and killed Christians because of their beliefs, but from American Christians we hear very little. Even President Obama, a self-described Christian, rarely speaks about the persecuted.
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.
For a government official to try to intimidate or censor speech from the pulpit, or any other form of communication, is clearly unconstitutional and this effort by Houston’s mayor should not survive a single court challenge.
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.
Last weekend at a conference of donor nations held in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss rebuilding Gaza, following the latest exchange of rockets between Hamas and Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged an additional $212 million in U.S. aid for the project, nearly doubling the total U.S. commitment (so far). The Palestinian Authority claims rebuilding could cost $4 billion.
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.
Sometimes it seems the priority of our elected officials and experts is self-protection rather than the protection of the public, which they are supposed to serve. We only know what they tell us. We presume they have access to accurate information, but we only get their version of the truth.
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.
Jack Ma is the founder of the Chinese Internet retailer Alibaba. According to The New York Times, Alibaba is “the world’s largest Internet commerce company, with 231 million active buyers using its site, 11.3 billion annual orders and $296 billion in annual merchandise sales.”
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.
Prior to his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: “…she is much more progressive in her thoughts and her inclination than most people may think.”
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.
The soap opera that played out in Richmond these last weeks and ended with the convictions of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy charges is a tragedy for them, their children and the voters of Virginia.
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.
A common humanity is what separates us from plants and animals. It should not separate us from each other.