John Allen Muhammad: Hating America

When a Ukrainian immigrant murdered Ennis Cosby, the son of Bill and Camille Cosby, Ms. Cosby blamed America. She wrote, “I believe America taught our son’s killer to hate African-Americans.” Reeling from the pain of her loss, Cosby’s...
Random Thoughts October 2002

Random Thoughts October 2002

Random thoughts on the passing scene: People who cannot be bothered to learn both sides of the issues should not bother to vote. Considering that we all enter the world the same way and leave in the same condition, we spend an awful lot of time in between trying to...

Halloween is Harmless

It happens every October. A handful of particularly uptight Christians prohibit their children from participating in Halloween, because they consider it “satanic.” While a parent has every right to control his child’s activities, I think the claim is...

The Rush From Judgment

Like many people, it crossed my mind early in the Beltway Sniper case that this might be a terrorist attack. I reserved judgment, realizing — unlike the armchair experts who flocked to fill airtime on cable news channels — that I did not know all of the...

The Snipers: Crazy or Jihadis?

‘Why now? Why? Why? Why? Why? That’s the question I think everyone is asking.” So agonized the half-brother of Lee Malvo, the alleged 17-year-old sniper, baffled by the causes behind the Washington, D.C.-area shooting spree that left 10 people dead....
In That Voting Booth

In That Voting Booth

One of the most common laments in letters from readers is a sense of helplessness to do anything about the negative trends in politics and society. Yet the people who make those laments have the ultimate power in the most powerful nation on earth. All they have to do...

God Bless Our Assassins, Commandos and Bombs

In the past few weeks radical Muslims have attacked again, including a bombing of a French ship, a bombing that killed hundreds–mostly Australians–in Indonesia, bombings in the Philippines, and possibly a bombing of a Moscow McDonald’s restaurant....

Rights vs. Wishes

We hear so much about “rights” — a right to this and a right to that. People say they have a right to decent housing, a right to adequate health care, food and a decent job, and more recently, senior citizens have a right to prescription drugs. In a...
Explaining to the Grandkids

Explaining to the Grandkids

Those of us who are optimists believe that someday sanity will return to our society. Our media, our officials — perhaps even our schools and colleges — will begin to talk sense. Those of you who are young may live to see it. But there is a downside to...