Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco — a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of who belongs to their group and who doesn’t? Who are they?
A Bronx man died in police custody earlier this month after police responded to a 911 call. An Iraq combat veteran in El Paso serving a two-day DWI sentence died after being subdued by guards. A woman died after being Tasered by sheriff’s deputies in a Fairfax, Virginia, cell.
By now everyone has had their say about Jeb Bush’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. The consensus is that Bush misheard Megyn Kelly’s “knowing what we know now” question about the Iraq War. I’m not convinced.
Congress is rewriting federal higher education policy. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the upper chamber’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, recently outlined his reform agenda, which includes a measure that could force colleges to assume some of the financial risk for their students’ loans.
Why was 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to die in a state so generally opposed to capital punishment? A recent Boston Globe poll found that only 19 percent of Massachusetts residents wanted the Boston Marathon bomber put to death. The state hasn’t seen an execution since 1947.
Twenty-eight thousand high school seniors across Texas have taken and passed all the courses required for graduation. Moreover, they have taken Advanced Placement tests, International Baccalaureate tests, SAT and ACT tests the old-fashioned way and scored well enough to be selected by colleges and military academies for admission.
For a long time, there was a bipartisan consensus for free trade. President George H.W. Bush, a Republican, negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement, and Democrat Bill Clinton got it passed. It prevailed in the Senate in 1993 with the support of 27 Democrats and 34 Republicans.
Denton’s state Rep. Myra Crownover voted recently for House Bill 40, a piece of legislation that will kill Denton’s fracking ban. Yes, the same ban her constituents overwhelmingly approved in the November election. Then she had the nerve to turn around and tell us HB 40 is actually in our best interests.
Pope Francis’ decision to give formal recognition to a Palestinian state is puzzling at best. Some conservative Catholics — most prominently scholar and papal biographer George Weigel — have given a wide berth to the pope’s views on income inequality, climate change and how best to integrate gay and divorced Catholics into the Church’s ministry, even as the left has gleefully embraced the pontiff’s rhetoric.
If the numbers are so good, how come everyone I know is depressed? I mean the job numbers. And I don’t mean that literally everyone I know is depressed. But you don’t hear too many people humming show tunes in the grocery line. People seem to pull away from the television screen in the elevator, as if the bad news is contagious.
It seems certain that House Bill 40, also known in Austin as the “Denton anti-fracking bill,” will become effective any day now. Denton’s ordinance prohibiting hydraulic fracturing was approved Nov. 4, 2014, by Denton residents at the ballot box. Yet, HB 40 likely will render Denton’s ordinance unenforceable.
When President Obama announced nine months ago that the United States was going to war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Congress reached an unusual near-consensus on two big points: Entering the fight was a good idea, but it was also important that the legislative branch formally authorize the campaign.
The left’s success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold. The case put forth by a showboating Sen. Elizabeth Warren — that Obama cannot be trusted to make a deal in the interests of American workers — is almost worse than wrong. It is irrelevant.
Denton’s ban on hydraulic fracturing has been in the news quite a bit recently, but there’s an issue that has been lost in much of that debate: taxes.
One lesson of American history is that in times of war or crisis, American presidents, lawmakers and citizens often lose their minds. Another lesson is that they eventually regain their senses. When it comes to national security in the age of terrorism, it looks as though the national fever has broken.
Before we examine the issue of police shootings of blacks, I would like to start the conversation with another question.
WASHINGTON — The recent spectacle of Pamela Geller, the erstwhile journalist who organized a provocative Prophet Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest in Texas, gives pause to even the most passionate defenders of the First Amendment.
Riots can bring out the best in politicians — and the worst. The Watts riots in Los Angeles 50 years ago, among other civil disturbances of that period, led President Lyndon B. Johnson to pass the Fair Housing Act of 1968. They also led him secretly to look for possible communist conspiracies behind the uprisings.
Like her former boss Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton is more interested in goading Republicans on immigration than she is in actually fixing our broken system. Clinton recently announced that she would expand on Obama’s executive action, which would defer deportation and grant work permits for up to five million illegal immigrants in the U.S.
A few thoughts about Toya Graham. You may not know her name, but you probably know what she did. You’ve probably seen the viral video of Graham, during the recent unrest in Baltimore, using some rather pungent language and some open-handed smacks upside the head to pull her 16-year-old son out of the riot zone. She told CBS News he had gone there in defiance of her orders. When she saw him, dressed for mayhem in a black face mask, rock in hand, “I just lost it.”
House Bill 937 and Senate Bill 11 would allow people to carry firearms on college campuses. The bills are pending in the Texas Legislature.
To the good people of Denton, we say “welcome to the party.” Well, it’s not really a party, actually more like a wake, where communities from across the country are mourning the loss of local control and democracy.
WASHINGTON — Comments about recent events in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray provide a glimpse at perhaps one of our greatest challenges — perception.
They had it all. And then, in a moment, it all changed.
The harshest charges against Hillary Clinton — that she made decisions that favored donors to her family’s charitable foundation when she was secretary of state — aren’t sticking.
Californians are experiencing their third year of drought. Headlines read: “Current California Drought Is Driest In State’s History; Scientists Fear ‘Megadroughts’ On Their Way.” “Global Warming Upped Heat Driving California’s Drought.”
There’s been some tense back-and-forth over the Canadian mother who said she had stopped opposing vaccinations after all seven of her kids came down with whooping cough.
We all make mistakes and some of us learn from them. What is even better is to learn from other people’s mistakes, where they pay for those mistakes while we learn free of charge.
The Denton school district has a long history of excellence within our community.
Those few little words made me the most hated man in the juvenile diabetic world. My wife called me up crying and telling me that my comment on her post had been screenshot and placed on multiple diabetes groups with my name attached.
What’s the true test of one’s commitment to free speech? It does not come when he permits people to be free to say or publish ideas with which he agrees.
“... You foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but do not see, who have ears, but do not hear.” — Jeremiah 5:21
One of the first things I was told upon my arrival in Austin 15 years ago was, “You can always defend a no vote.” A no vote can be easily explained away — “I support the cause, but I didn’t like the method,” or “I think the method was good, but I just can’t support the cause.”
Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy.
One of the wonders of modern times is that reality is often seen as a social construct and therefore optional.