Category Archives: National Columnist

Column: Obama’s truth out of Africa

It is good to be President Barack Obama these days. In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind. Events include the Supreme Court’s favorable rulings on the… Continue Reading

Column: Documented irresponsibility dealing with immigration

People who entered the United States illegally may be called “undocumented” in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues. Both Democratic and Republican administrations have left the border with Mexico porous for years — porous not just for Mexicans… Continue Reading

Column: Planned Parenthood’s disturbing practices

“Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013   Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing. After protesting that it did nothing illegal, it apologized for the “tone” of one of its… Continue Reading

Column: Is Donald Trumping himself?

Donald Trump can’t help himself. Nor can we. The “worse” he gets, it seems, the better we like it. Watching Trump is so deliciously awful, we don’t hang on every word. We hang on the edge of our seats waiting for the next word. Whatever will this man say next? Trump’s list of quotables is… Continue Reading

Column: Iran nuclear deal a historic catastrophe

Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country’s exploration of the outside world the “worst political blunder in the history of civilization.” The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst political blunder of all time, with its Obama… Continue Reading

Obama’s perfect response to Confederate flag wavers

When President Obama arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a vulgar sight awaited him: About 10 demonstrators across the street from his downtown hotel waving Confederate battle flags as the motorcade pulled up. Such a greeting of the nation’s first black president would have been appalling under any circumstance. It was all the more repugnant… Continue Reading

Column: A modest proposal for humanity

In his satirical solution to Ireland’s prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner. His essay “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country … ” was intended… Continue Reading

Column: Instant judgment by the GOP

Negotiators in Vienna had announced the Iran nuclear deal only an hour earlier, but Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican presidential candidate, was already on the airwaves denouncing it. “You have created a possible death sentence for Israel,” he declared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “This is a virtual declaration of war against Sunni… Continue Reading

Column: Dare not say his name

In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name. The 21-year-old man-boy, who allegedly murdered nine people and incited unity instead of the race war he hoped for, has been condemned to an eternal slog not toward fame but to ignominy. He is no one. “We don’t say his name,” Gov. Nikki Haley told… Continue Reading

Column: Roberts v. Willett

Today’s most interesting debate about governance concerns a 110-year-old Supreme Court decision. Two participants in this debate are the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. The latter is trouncing the former. In his same-sex marriage dissent, John Roberts repeatedly denounced, with more animus than understanding,… Continue Reading

Exploring the dwarf planet Pluto

We need a pick me up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe’s most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification — amid plague and pestilence and, by God, in the middle of Shark Week — where can humanity turn for uplift? Meet New Horizons, arriving… Continue Reading

Column: A lesson in service from World War II

On April 24, 1944, 2nd Lt. John R. Pedevillano was flying in a B-17 over Nazi territory when the fighters escorting his formation were drawn away in combat, leaving the bombers defenseless against air and ground fire for an hour. Sixteen U.S. planes went down, and Pedevillano — the youngest B-17 bombardier in the 306th… Continue Reading

Column: Readers share savings tips for electronics

In a recent column, I shared the story of my “smart TV” that suddenly wasn’t. We purchased a new television less than three years ago with built-in streaming Internet video features. In April, a message on the screen notified us that the television would no longer support YouTube, even though it was advertised as a… Continue Reading

Coal is part of the answer, not the problem

There are those who believe that wind and solar are the only way forward for energy in a carbon-constrained world. They want to stop coal production and use. That nearly 40 percent of America’s electricity comes from coal while after decades of development and tens of billions of dollars in subsidies, wind and solar contribute… Continue Reading

A legacy of cliches

Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliche of “a legacy of slavery.” But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about — whether fatherless children, crime or whatever — is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some… Continue Reading

Sit back and enjoy the show

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/Populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/Pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes. And I don’t mean Miss Universes. Both men are holding second place in some polls behind Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, respectively. And both are steadily ascending in the… Continue Reading

Column: The wrinkle in the ACA decision

“What chumps!” — Chief Justice John Roberts, June 29, 2015 Roberts’ intellectual complexity does not prevent him from expressing himself pithily, as he did with those words when dissenting in a case from Arizona. Joined by Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, Roberts’ dissent should somewhat mollify conservatives who are dismayed about his interpretive… Continue Reading

The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence. In pursuit of his… Continue Reading

Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged

In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would evolve “with the changeable meaning of the words composing it.” Now, 147 years… Continue Reading

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