Looking Back — and Forward

Whatever Barack Obama’s words, his deeds have been directed less toward stopping Iran from going nuclear than they have been toward stopping Israel from stopping Iran from going nuclear.

Obama’s “Transformation” of Free Speech

Obama represents the worst in people: Unaccountability, resentment, envy and unearned entitlement. He speaks to the small-minded and petty in people, and he has the “audacity” to call this “progressive.”

Big Plus Rich Equals Evil: How Hollywood Dug Its Own Grave

As executives from almost every studio chatter nervously about the need for better "content protection" technology, those responsible for piracy continue to hide somewhere Hollywood hasn't bothered looking: the mirror. "Piracy is a huge issue," warned John Mass,...

The Sniper and the Gun Controllers

It was perhaps inevitable that the recent sniper killings in the Washington area suburbs would be seized upon by advocates of gun control. Like so much in the agenda of the political left, gun control arguments would collapse like a house of cards if people just...

Unfiltered Intelligence

Who knows more about the latest Hollywood blockbuster -- the people who read the reviews or the people who see the movie? The second group, obviously. The others must depend on the reviewer, who decides what's worth going to see and what isn't. Second-hand information...

The White-man-Holds-You-Back-Don’t-Trust-Republicans Mindset

Singer/activist Harry Belafonte viciously lashed out at Secretary of State Colin Powell, calling Powell a house slave and a lackey to "master" George W. Bush. "You got the privilege of living in the house," said Belafonte, "if you served the master exactly the way the...

The Other Beltway Shooter

He struck during morning rush hour. He used an AK-47 rifle. He killed two people and wounded three outside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. Then, he slipped out of the country and eluded authorities for four, long years. He was the other Beltway shooting spree...

Loose Lips in the Pressroom

Since when did being a journalist mean forgetting your responsibilities as a human being? If you think I'm being too harsh on today's press, consider the coverage of the Beltway Sniper attacks. It goes beyond just publishing leaked information about messages left by...

Jimmy Carter’s Ignoble “Peace” Prize

The politicization of prizes was never more blatantly revealed than in the comments of two of the members of the committee that awarded former president Jimmy Carter the Nobel Prize for peace. One member clearly implied that the prize was meant as a criticism of the...

Lessons From Bali: Facing Up To Evil

Perhaps the massive bomb blast on the Indonesian island of Bali will cause some second thoughts -- or perhaps first thoughts -- by those who blamed the United States for having provoked the September 11th attacks by its actions and policies in the Middle East. Very...

2002 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

Here's what I said in last year's November column: "George Mason University economists are leaders in economic thinking. They include scholars such as Nobel Laureate James Buchanan, who along with his colleague Gordon Tullock, pioneered the field in economics known as...

A Cycle of Injustice: Mob of Teenagers Beat Man to Death

On September 29th, 2002 in Milwaukee, a 14 year-old teenager threw an egg at a man, named Charlie Young. The man in turn struck the teenager for throwing it, knocking out the teenager's tooth with the force of his hit. "According to police, a mob of boys as young as...

Reason and Justice vs. Faith and Humility: Turn the Other Cheek?

When I was a youngster at St. Mark's parochial school in Buffalo, New York, I was not one of those kids on the top of the physical pecking order and occasionally, I got into the scrapes that come with such status. I remember once after mounting a rather ineffective...

The Long and Shoremen of It

Labor’s opposition to productivity improvements goes back at least to the early nineteenth-century Luddites.

One-Uppers vs. Survival

Among the many commemorations of the September 11th anniversary, the one at Berkeley was unique. The American flag was banned because it might offend people from other countries. "The Star Spangled Banner" was banned because it was considered too militaristic, while...

Whacking Google: The Church of Scientology vs. Search Engines

Several decades ago, mathematician Edward Kasner conceived a number so large, it would exceed the total number of elementary particles in the known universe, with room to spare. He asked his nine-year-old nephew to name this new number, a one followed by one hundred...

Race and IQ, Part 3

I happened to run into Charles Murray in Dulles International Airport while he and Richard Herrnstein were writing "The Bell Curve." When I asked him what he was working on and he summarized what he was writing, he could tell that I was concerned about him, so I told...

How your Tax Money Supports Amiri Baraka’s Hatred America

Amiri Baraka hates America. Yet, in the land of the free that he despises so deeply, this black nationalist writer has had no trouble finding fellow Americans to show him love. At the top of Amiri Baraka's donor list: The American taxpayer. In the 1960s, Baraka (then...

Business Model Bloopers and Blunders

You can talk about all of the things impacting our economy - government regulation, terrorism, the Fed's determination in 2000 to convert a virtuous cycle into a vicious cycle - but I think that there is another problem facing our economy: flawed business models....

The Battle of Environmentalists versus the US Military

As America's military deploys troops, armor, planes and ordinance to bases in the Middle East surrounding Iraq, they will do so after years of fending off another kind of attack, one by the massed forces of environmental organizations that have done everything in...

Race and IQ, Part 2

Professor John McWhorter, a black faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley, has made a suggestion that is explosive in itself and directly the opposite of what is being said by those who are seeking to promote lower college admissions standards for...

Lawmakers Who Love Lawbreakers

Democrat Sen. Bob Torricelli of New Jersey is not through yet. While media pundits are busy writing his obituary, the Torch and his colleagues continue to make America safe for lawbreakers. On Sept. 23, Torricelli and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.,...