American Politics, News, Opinion


Wolf Blitzer is No Tim Russert

Judging by the reaction to Thursday night’s CNN debate, everything seems to be falling into place for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president. After flirting with subjecting her to some scrutiny, the media seem to be coming to the conclusion that her nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate is inevitable.

By Roger Aronoff - Monday, November 19, 2007

An Immigration Plan

The problem of illegal immigration is really a problem with illegal immigration from Mexico and from Central American nations. There are two reasons why immigration is such a political hot potato.

By Bruce Walker - Monday, November 19, 2007

Here’s your Money, Now SURRENDER!

How soon we forget, when we practice the art of selective memory and exploit the war and our troops in battle for political gain.

By JB Williams - Monday, November 19, 2007

Understanding Social Conservatives

Because the religious right is the most visible champion of social conservative values today, and the secular socialists have worked so hard to make sure that social conservatism is defined as some right-wing religious extremism, it is in vogue to refer to social conservatives as some mutant breed of social Nazis.

By JB Williams - Sunday, November 18, 2007

Descent into Gong Show Journalism

After spending far too many years in obscure newsrooms across the country, I can now take some comfort in sitting back on my aging haunches and ponder the state of the industry I once so enthusiastically embraced and defended.

By Bill McIntyre - Sunday, November 18, 2007

Debate Lost the Debate

The Las Vegas Democratic Debate began with the fanfare of an NBA game.  The players individually took the court to the cheers of their fan groups in attendance. Wolf Blitzer allowed a paparazzi moment for team photos while he briefed us on his role as enforcer of the rule that answers must be related to questions—a job he performed with the adeptness of a WWF referee.

By Lee Cary - Sunday, November 18, 2007

Mexican President Calderon Proves That Stupidity Is Transferable

When the term of former Mexican President Vicente Fox ended nearly one year ago, many pundits predicted a new age of enlightenment in third world Mexico. Felipe Calderon, Fox’s eventual successor, was supposed to usher out the traditional stupidity that has captivated Mexico for decades.

By John Lillpop - Friday, November 16, 2007

Christmas Under Assault: Dumping the Christmas Tree for a ‘Family Tree’

imageIn a further erosion of our American traditions and holidays, Lowe’s Hardware stores has decided that they aren’t in the business of selling Christmas trees anymore. They have decided, instead, that the big seller for 2007 will be the erstwhile “Family Tree”—that Christmas thingie being so gauche and offensive and all, you see. In fact, in their 2007 holiday catalog, Lowes uses the word Christmas a grand total of two times. And on their website, the tree listings all avoid the word in their descriptions.

Take a look at the first page of their “Family Tree” section in their new print catalog:

By Warner Todd Huston - Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Golden Compass Has no Moral Compass

With its fantasy world backdrop, sympathetic talking animals and extravagant battle scenes, the new movie, The Golden Compass, may resemble C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia.  But parents be advised, this film—which is very intentionally being marketed toward children—is nothing of the sort. 

By Matt Barber - Thursday, November 15, 2007

Richard Pipes Was Awarded the National Humanities Medal Nov. 15, 2007 at the White House

imageThe medal was awarded by President George W. Bush in a White House East Room ceremony today (Thursday, November 15, 2007). The president was joined by First Lady Laura Bush; Mrs. Lynne Cheney; Dana Gioia, chairperson, National Endowment for the Arts; Bruce Cole, chairperson, National Endowment for the Humanities; and recipients of the National Medal of Arts, who also received their honors at the event.

By David M. Dastych - Thursday, November 15, 2007

Obama’s Card Trumps Clinton’s

Both Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama have played their respective cards from the deck of protected classes under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—gender and race.

By Lee Cary - Thursday, November 15, 2007