It had been a tragedy-filled weekend. We spent yesterday, the Sabbath, huddled together in fear for our lives while grieving the execution of Jesus on trumped-up charges. Bewildered and emotionally empty, I kept recounting the events of the past three years and wondering what it all meant.
“If all you have is a hammer,” the old saying goes, “everything looks like a nail.” Left unsaid is the fact that the real problem isn’t the possession of a hammer, but the certitude that all you need is the hammer. In other words, it’s a failure of the imagination — which is a kind of arrogance — that’s really to blame. “I’ve got my hammer, and that’s all I need. Besides, have you ever seen a problem that didn’t look like a nail?”
George Leef, director of research for the North Carolina-based John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, authored a Forbes op-ed article titled “Obama Administration Takes Groupthink To Absurd Lengths.”
Agree with him or not, you have to respect Jeb Bush’s honesty. On two issues, immigration and a common core in education, Bush recently went on record stating positions at odds with some powerful activists in his own party.
How do you recognize a military veteran? Really see them, once they’re out of military fatigues. No boots and camouflage. After the homecoming is over, with its flags and patriotic speeches and TV cameras and families weeping in relief.
Legalizing marijuana is an issue made to order for the Democratic Party. A majority of Americans now supports the idea, and so do two out of three Democrats. Two states have done it, and several more may vote on it in 2016.
Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has declared war on “the man in Pennsylvania.” This bizarre battle pits Erdogan against an elderly Turkish scholar of Islam named Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Saylorsburg, Pa., on a 26-acre compound called the Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center.
Congratulations, Kwasi Enin. You’re a 17-year-old Long Island high school student who applied to all eight of the nation’s elite Ivy League universities — and received acceptance letters from all of them!
What country do Americans overwhelmingly like the most? Canada. What country do Canadians pretty much like the most? America.
WASHINGTON — After writing close to 3,000 columns, I’ve learned that people sometimes read what they’re looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote. Same words, different prisms.
Eleven years ago, Richard Stearns went to Washington. Stearns — president of World Vision, the billion-dollar Christian relief organization — joined other faith leaders in lobbying Congress to spend $15 billion combating AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean. He acknowledged he and his fellow evangelicals were late to the fight against this pandemic and explained their tardiness with remarkable candor.
The recent Supreme Court decision over-ruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the left.
Walt Disney once said children are our greatest natural resource — a notion that conveys both love for children as well as the belief that they must be protected.
The documentary Engineering Evil was recently shown on the Military History channel. It’s a story of Nazi Germany’s murder campaign before and during World War II.
It has been more than 40 years since the United States Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that a woman, in consultation with her physician, has the right to decide whether to have a child in the early months of pregnancy.
The Supreme Court decision killing limits on total donations to political candidates means billionaires will be running amok. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson can lay out astronomical sums to help Republicans. Oilmen Charles and David Koch can see him and raise him. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg can burn through his fortune like a blowtorch.
Why does so much of our talk about race and poverty leave us Americans spinning our wheels? One big reason is etiquette. What is said often matters less than who says it.
I like Megyn Kelly. The Fox News anchor is smart, lively and gorgeous. But she’s managed to walk right into a controversy over race and ethnicity, and it’s not the first time.
The ruckus around the Affordable Care Act rollout has been loud, and Republicans are beefing up the amp to rally voters this November. Democrats, meanwhile, are reverting to bad old habits by using the wind machine as an accurate gauge of public feelings.
President Obama was doing his favorite thing recently: talking to crowds of adoring young people who already agree with him while acting like he persuaded them about something.
March ended with this uplifting news: For the first time in seven years, no U.S. soldiers died that month in combat. Not one.
Only a decade ago, Christian social conservatives were a commanding force in American politics. They helped elect one of their own, George W. Bush, to two terms. They were a cornerstone of a GOP coalition that appeared to hold a permanent electoral majority. But today, the movement has lost its momentum — in part because one of its assets has become a liability.
Lawyers for Hobby Lobby recently urged the Supreme Court to let companies opt out of certain health insurance rules for religious reasons, and they have a good chance of success. If employers are allowed to refuse to provide coverage that pays for certain types of contraception, it will be a big victory for religious conservatives. Or will it?
Japan recently turned over to the United States enough weapons-grade nuclear material to make dozens of nuclear bombs.
There are several race and sex issues that need addressing. Let’s look at a few of them with an ear to these questions: Should we insist upon equal treatment of people by race and sex or tolerate differences in treatment? And just how equal are people by race and sex in the first place?
The first shocking headlines after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared revealed that two men had boarded with stolen passports. “Stark evidence of security gap,” blared The Christian Science Monitor.
A controversial ruling by the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board recently gives college football players the right to form a union. At issue was whether scholarship players should be considered employees of the university, in this case Northwestern University. NLRB Regional director Peter Ohr ruled that the players are athletes first and students second.
The federal government believed Colby Sue Weathers was a paranoid schizophrenic. It had information that she was delusional and suicidal, unable to work and therefore eligible for Medicaid and disability benefits.
I admit it. I have been obsessed with the plane. Most of the stories I’ve read offered no new information, but I read them anyway.In a way, I suppose, it is a relief to know that the 777, long considered to be an extremely safe plane, was not brought down by some as yet unknown engineering defect.
Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator and candidate for secretary of state in California, has been a longtime champion of gun control. Recently, he was arrested on numerous charges, including conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and conspiracy to illegally transport firearms.
And what shall we say now that the monster has died? His estranged sons Mark and Nate told the world recently that their 84-year old father, Fred Phelps, was in the care of a hospice and “on the edge of death.” Later, he went over the edge.
If you take an economics course, you may learn about the different events that can cause an increase in workers’ pay. The demand for the product a worker makes may rise, causing the demand for workers to go up. The supply of workers may decline, causing employers to bid up wages to keep the ones they have.
If television is chewing gun for the eyes, as an old saying goes, the Malaysia Airlines mystery plane has turned cable television news into candy for the ears.
The story of Josue Noe Sandoval-Perez, an illegal immigrant recently deported back to his native Mexico, perfectly captures the chaos of our broken immigration system — and for all sides of the debate.
Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time — and, above all, some serious thought — into how to go about doing it.
Who speaks for Ghanson Debrosse? Before he was born, many people did. Anti-abortion groups did. Churches did. Protesters did. And lawmakers did. Florida, for instance, requires that a woman undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion, and the provider must offer her the option of viewing the image.
Some statements and arguments are so asinine that you’d have to be an academic or a leftist to take them seriously. Take the accusation that Republicans and conservatives are conducting a war on women. Does that mean they’re waging war on their daughters, wives, mothers and other female members of their families?
Will everyone please stop talking about a new Cold War? However badly things work out between Russia and the United States and the West, a new Cold War isn’t in the cards because Russia today isn’t the Soviet Union. Sure, there are similarities. We are in a diplomatic and geostrategic conflict with Russia, which was the heart of the old Soviet Union.