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During this season of joyous religious celebrations and especially the holiday cheer enjoyed with family and friends during Christmas time, we should not forget that in too many corners of the world Christianity is under siege with Christians abused, brutalized and murdered. Ghastly crimes like the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian Christian school girls by the Islamist terrorists of Boko Haram, the beheadings of Christians by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the flight from riot and murder by Coptic Christians from Egypt during the Muslim Brotherhood reign make headlines. But “usually unseen by the world” is the … ]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:31:46 -0600 <![CDATA[ Questions between the lines in the news ]]> Lead story image

Reading between the lines of news stories sometimes turns up interesting and provocative questions. Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee delivered an indignant condemnation of the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques. As former FBI Director Louis Freeh noted in a Wall Street Journal article, the committee’s leadership was regularly briefed about the CIA’s work years ago while the controversial measures were in use. He asked, “Will the committee now declassify and release all such notes so that Americans will know exactly what the senators were told and the practices they approved?” In other words, what did Chairman Dianne Feinstein and other … ]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:32:06 -0600 <![CDATA[ Bad timing on one-sided torture report ]]> Lead story image

In the middle of war, a key government goal should be to keep morale among the troops fighting that conflict high. It’s hard to see how the Senate Democrats’ one-sided report on CIA harsh interrogations achieves that objective. There’s also the issue, advanced by Secretary of State John Kerry, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and others, that the inflammatory details of the report might provoke our enemies to redouble efforts to attack U.S. facilities overseas and target Americans. Then there’s the question of how it may discourage allies from cooperating with the CIA in the sometimes morally complex netherworld … ]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:57:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ Jobs surge reflects well on the GOP ]]> Lead story image

President Barack Obama was quick to boast Friday about the big surge in hiring reported in November. He didn’t take note of the obvious, that the addition of 321,000 workers came as the Republicans took control of Congress in a wave election. Maybe businesses big and small are starting to feel confidence in the economic future because the end of the presidency of the redistributor-in-chief is in sight. Soon-to-be Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promises to get the Senate working again after years of do-nothing dysfunction under the hyper-partisan czarism of Democrat Harry Reid. Prospects are rising for corporate tax reform, … ]]> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 02:40:42 -0600 <![CDATA[ Free speech is for the real goofs, too ]]> Lead story image

Regrettably but inevitably, it’s frequently jerks who push and define the limits of the First Amendment right of free expression. Recall the U.S. Supreme Court decision rightly protecting the jackasses who burn our flag. And the one — I hate to agree but have to — allowing heartless fanatics to “protest” at funerals of fallen warriors. And the ruling — another one correct but hard to swallow — keeping out of jail sickos who videotape dog fights. The First Amendment means nothing if it doesn’t safeguard obnoxious speech that offends us. Now before the high court is the case of … ]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:04:56 -0600 <![CDATA[ A top Democrat admits they blew it ]]> Lead story image

It’s taken four years, but a top Senate Democrat finally admits passage of Obamacare was a mistake. Sen. Charles Schumer’s admission has Republicans chortling. They might also pay attention to the rest of his speech, which lays the groundwork for what sounds like a Democrat Contract with America. Still, the GOP can hardly be blamed for celebrating the New York senator’s comments about the unpopular Affordable Care Act at the National Press Club last week. Schumer acknowledged as true what many of us said as Democrats forced Obama­care through Congress without a single GOP vote in 2010 when they had … ]]> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 02:41:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ Thanks for fracking — and chocolate ]]> Lead story image

Typically on this holiday we give thanks for family, friends and the good things in our lives. Perhaps this year it might be appropriate to expand our gratitude to those things in our society that contribute so much to the good things in our lives. The Constitution. Yes, our governing document is under stress from a president who believes his ends justify his means. But our Constitution is bigger than Barack Obama. It survived Richard Nixon, it will survive Obama, his immigration diktat, his rewriting of the Affordable Care Act for political gain and the IRS harassment of his political … ]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:00:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ Evil Palestinian propaganda deters peace ]]> Lead story image

The pounding of nails or the buzz of a saw to build a home in an Israeli community in the disputed lands of the West Bank never fails to spark outrage against Israel from the State Department or European capitals. Virtually unnoticed by them is the sewer of hate against Israel and Jews that spews through Palestinian society. Only a revolting crime like last week’s massacre in a Jerusalem synagogue can rouse from Washington an acknowledgment of the evil of Palestinian propaganda, such as was voiced by Secretary of State John Kerry: “To have this kind of act, which is … ]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:34:15 -0600 <![CDATA[ Obama’s immigration power grab ]]> Lead story image

It looks as if President Barack Obama’s diktat revising immigration law is only hours away. But Americans will have to live with the consequences of this presidential power grab for years to come. Obama will announce Thursday night what sources call a “comprehensive” executive order to protect from deportation and give work permits to 5 million illegal immigrants. Like millions of citizens, I believe the immigration system needs to be fixed. But, under our Constitution, that’s the job of Congress. Obama himself is on record saying many times that executive action “would be ignoring the law in a way that … ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:12:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Belittling the voters — now that’s stupid ]]> Lead story image

An obscure, self-promoting economist at an elite East Coast university is having his 15 minutes in the spotlight — and finding that, outside the oh-so-smart and sophisticated left-wing precincts, mocking American voters as stupid is, well, just plain stupid. You might not have heard of Jonathan Gruber of MIT, but you’re going to. Several videos have surfaced with him saying the concept behind Obamacare was so unpopular that “a lack of transparency” in writing the law was a “huge political advantage” in getting it passed. As was, he said, “the stupidity of the American voter.” Gruber is an acknowledged expert … ]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:33:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ Beware of regulation of the Internet ]]> Lead story image

The folks who gave you the rollout, a fiasco perhaps unprecedented in the history of the Internet, have decided they’re smart and savvy enough to regulate . . . Internet service. You can’t make this stuff up. President Barack Obama is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to declare that broadband Internet service is a public utility. In other words, he wants to regulate Internet service providers under laws mostly written in the Great Depression or earlier to govern railroads, land-line telephones and the telegraph — remember that? Obama is pushing a concept that certainly sounds nice: net neutrality. … ]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:26:19 -0600 <![CDATA[ Reid leaves a legacy of wreckage ]]> Lead story image

The first order of business for the U.S. Senate under Republican Mitch McConnell will be getting the Senate back in business. For most of the last four years, Democrat Harry Reid manipulated what was once the world’s greatest deliberative body for political purposes, not for the hard task of governing. The House passed more than 300 bills but they mostly died from neglect in the Senate. What little legislation that made it to the floor crashed as Reid manipulated Senate rules to ban amendments and debate. When Republicans refused to bow to his tin-pot dictatorial rule, he accused them of … ]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:43:46 -0600 <![CDATA[ 11 lessons from Tuesday’s elections ]]> Lead story image

Some thoughts about the election results:  Americans remain leery of big government. Just as President Barack Obama had said, his policies advocating an expansive Washington agenda were on the ballot. But voters hadn’t forgotten the health care website meltdown, VA incompetency in caring for vets, the White House’s badly off-the-mark assessment of the Islamic State as the jayvees of terrorism, the initial fumbling on Ebola, and the IRS abuse of conservatives. Obama fatigue was the issue. In the days leading up to the election, the White House argued that Democrat candidates were making a mistake keeping the president at arm’s … ]]> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 07:51:16 -0600 <![CDATA[ Insulting Netanyahu was a bad idea ]]> Lead story image

At a time when Islamist fanaticism is roiling the Middle East and the Islamic State is on the march in Syria and Iraq, the Obama administration insults Israel, our only reliable ally in the region, by mocking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a barnyard epithet for coward. Disrespecting a friend is no way to conduct foreign policy or impress allies in these troubled times. The outburst by unnamed officials is only the latest sour exchange in what has seemed for some time like a deteriorating relationship. Even the best of allies have disagreements. The White House and State Department have … ]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 06:48:46 -0600 <![CDATA[ Democrats already pointing fingers ]]> Lead story image

I voted early the other day. But I didn’t slap on my shirt one of those “I voted” stickers they were handing out at the polling place. I didn’t want someone on the street asking me if I voted for Barack Obama. The president, of course, is not on the ballot. But in the hotly contested U.S. Senate races, Democrat incumbents have found themselves squirming under the question — asked time and again — of whether they voted for Obama in presidential elections. While candidates have adopted a don’t ask, don’t tell policy, Obama is having none of it. He … ]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:01:21 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ebola shows how government bumbles ]]> Lead story image

These are tough days for liberals. Their central dogma — that government is the answer to our problems — is taking a beating. Voters are learning what conservatives have always known, big government can fail in big ways. Consider what has Americans scratching their heads now: How could a doctor who spent a month treating Ebola patients in Africa return to densely populated New York City and not be told by public health officials to stay close to home during the disease’s incubation period? Dr. Craig Spencer rode New York’s subways and went bowling in Brooklyn the night before he … ]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:08:37 -0600 <![CDATA[ Politicians say the darnedest things ]]> Lead story image

In a long campaign season filled with super heavy issues like the weak economy, the Islamic State and Ebola, let’s pause to savor a few of the lighter moments. In Kentucky, Democrat senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan “I’m not Barack Obama” Grimes — the quote is from one of her campaign commercials — is refusing to say whom she voted for in the last two presidential elections. Her rationale at a one debate ­­— “I’m not going to compromise a constitutional right.” Ms. Not-Obama-Grimes may be on to something. The secret ballot protects us from retribution for our political choices. Obama’s … ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:05:55 -0600 <![CDATA[ Enjoy the cheaper oil while we can ]]> Lead story image

Falling oil prices have us smiling when we fill ’er up. But economics is not known as the dismal science for no reason — good news often is accompanied by a downside, and economists are raining on our parade. But first the silver lining in the 20 percent drop in oil prices: Cheaper gas puts dollars in the pockets of consumers to spend on other things, giving the economy a boost. Lower fuel costs in manufacturing and transporting products may also show up in lower, or at least more slowly rising prices, for goods. Each penny decline in the cost … ]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:25:06 -0600