Many of my columns speak highly of the wisdom of our nation’s founders.
“You were my little red-headed girl.”
President Barack Obama has a choice: He can either destroy the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq or see the Islamic State bring its war to America. It is only a matter of time.
Like many others, I can’t resist academic studies on happiness. They often come up with persuasive reasons some seem to be happier than others. I’m always on the lookout for pointers.
It is amazing how many different ways the same thing can be said, creating totally different impressions. For example, when President Barack Obama says that defeating ISIS is going to take a long time, how is that different from saying that he is going to do very little, very slowly?
America’s refugee screening process is so tight — only about half are accepted after a process that can take two years or more — that it probably would be easier for the Islamic State to sneak a jihadi terrorist in by rowboat.
This is how fearmongering works. The year could be 1942 … or 2015. “I’m reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. And it appears that the threat of harm to America from ISIS now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.”
One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next? The pace and threat of terror seem to have picked up, each incident feeding on the previous. Fear takes hold, momentum builds. Rhetoric flies in the face of reason, until all reason abandons the field.
“Let’s stop worrying about people’s rights.”
Judging from some of the more extreme rhetoric on the presidential campaign trail, the biggest threat to U.S. national security today comes from frightened Syrian families fleeing the brutality of Islamic State.
Many French people referred to the January attacks on the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and other sites as their 9/11. As awful as that time was, it was not a 9/11. Seventeen people died that day.
DES MOINES, Iowa — You can’t drive far in these parts without seeing Ben Carson on a billboard, looking more like a man of the cloth than of the operating room.
I’m a dad, husband, business owner and bicyclist. Every October, my wife and I are brought to tears as we watch the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Every athlete competes in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race and 26.2-mile run. Ironman provides a fascinating opportunity to witness real people push personal limits to the extreme.
According to legend, if not actual historians, Harold Macmillan was once asked what he most feared could derail his agenda. The British prime minister allegedly said, “Events, my dear boy, events.”
Two important principles are clashing on university campuses these days from Yale to Missouri and beyond. On one side we have the principle of free expression. On the other, the principle that minority students — and their allies — should have “safe spaces,” protected from “micro-aggressions” and other tone-deaf insults.
Ben Carson’s whole life has been very unusual, so perhaps we should not be surprised to see the latest twist — the media going ballistic over discrepancies in a few things he said.
The Republican presidential candidates have not rallied behind Ben Carson in his clash with the news media, but they should be grateful to him. His misrepresentation of reality on matters concerning his past has distracted attention from his rivals’ misrepresentations of reality on a matter concerning the nation’s future: tax policy.
The recently proposed Renewable Denton Plan would increase our use of solar and wind power from 40 percent of our electricity portfolio to 70 percent. And it would nearly eliminate our dependence on coal. This is the right kind of thinking. Denton should be on the road to 100 percent renewables.
WASHINGTON — If the truth sets us free, then Bush family members should be warbling from rooftops.
Americans could learn a thing or two from Bibi Netanyahu.
Voter ID laws have been challenged because liberal Democrats deem them racist. I guess that’s because they see blacks as being incapable of acquiring some kind of government-issued identification.
The tiny town of Pagedale, Mo., would make a good setting for an episode of The Twilight Zone.
Canada was recently ranked the freest country in the world, but newly installed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t about to let it rest on its maple leaves. He won the October national elections after proposing something no major American presidential nominee has ever dared to endorse: legalizing marijuana.
If you’ve seen news reports on suspicious state contracts or chemical waste pits or officials’ text messages in the Waco biker shootout, you may notice a recurring theme: Government records obtained through the Texas Public Information Act.
Since 1927, the Texas Veterans Commission has been leading the way in veterans services.
WASHINGTON — As Republican presidential candidates debate the debates, roiling and railing against the unfairness of it all, campaigns have been busy rebooting candidates and crafting fresh slogans.
I came upon this article on procrastination and saved it for “later reading.” Ha-ha-ha. Procrastination jokes are one of the best ways of putting off work.
The deaths of Middle Eastern refugees are becoming so commonplace they rarely make it on to the front pages in the United States. However, the deaths of 23 refugees in a rocket attack in Iraq on Oct. 29 should have been the exception.
Republican presidential candidates may have some legitimate complaints to make about media bias, but sometimes I think they protest too much.
A recent, widely publicized incident in which a policeman was called to a school classroom to deal with a disruptive student has provoked all sorts of comments on whether the policeman used “excessive force.”
Paid parental leave has been offered as a compulsory benefit in most industrialized countries for decades. However, in the United States, this is far from the case.
Fraternities and sororities have a choice. Either they can be part of the solution to campus sexual assaults or they can choose to be part of the problem.
High school locker rooms are not places kids go to feel comfortable and relaxed.
Hillary Clinton told a mixed audience, “I mean, if we’re honest, for a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear.”
Two groups of young men are walking on opposite sides of the street. One group is black, the other, white.
WASHINGTON — Soon after the latest Republican debate, the phone rang: “Did the fat lady sing?” asked the voice on the other end.
Here’s something you may not know: Dr. Ben Carson is black.
Here’s the setup. Hillary Clinton has been pointing out that her opponent Bernie Sanders, the darling of the left, has actually opposed gun control.
There was a time when presidential debates were just that, debates on policy among candidates. Not so the recent slugfest in Boulder, Colorado.
Some police say the stress of always being seen in a negative light in the post-Ferguson era is taking its toll. I am tempted as the father of a young African-American male to say, join the club.
Many people may share Sen. Bernie Sanders’ complaint that he was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s emails. But the controversy is about issues far bigger than emails.
The Durfee Hills contain some of the finest elk hunting grounds in Montana. Some 2,700 acres of this majestic country is open to sportsmen, courtesy of the land’s owner, the United States government.
Here’s my question to you: If an evil person is guaranteed that he can inflict physical pain upon others and guaranteed to never suffer pain himself, what happens to his willingness to inflict pain?