Category Archives: Columns

Selma, 50 Years On

On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, how stand race relations in America? “Selma,” a film focused on the police clubbing of civil rights marchers led by Dr. King at Selma bridge in March of 1965, is being denounced by Democrats as a cinematic slander against the president who passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965….

Oxford and the Crisis of the University

I spent Thanksgiving debating at the Oxford Union. Oxford University is the most prestigious university in the world. And the Oxford Union, hosting debates since 1823, is the world’s most prestigious stage for competing ideas. These facts made what transpired all the more depressing. The proposition debated was: “Hamas is a greater obstacle to peace…

Reverend Al Goes to Hollywood

I don’t know about you, but I think Al Sharpton gets a bad rap. The guy can’t do anything without conservatives jumping all over him. Even when he does something clearly worthwhile, all he gets is grief from Whitey. Take Sharpton’s latest attempt to make America a better place. He’s called for an “emergency meeting”…

To Die for Charlie Hebdo?

“I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.” That maxim of Voltaire was among those most invoked by the marching millions in Sunday’s mammoth “Je Suis Charlie” rally in Paris. This week, in the spirit of Voltaire, French authorities arrested and charged…

Attack of the Open-Borders Mau-Mau-ers

I stand with the Santa Barbara News-Press. How about you? The newspaper is under fire for refusing to kowtow to left-wing word police and militant propagandists who demand unfettered illegal immigration. Last week, in the wake of angry protests against the publication, vandals threw paint bombs and spray-painted graffiti on its offices. So, what exactly…

Hackers and Harpies and Maggots, Oh My!

Notice how I put hackers before harpies and maggots.  That’s because I think hackers are the worst and should all be executed or at least have their fingers broken. Ok, ok, I know that sounds a bit extreme but I am royally p.o.’d!  I’m a “mom and pop operation” minus the “pop.”   I’m not a…

What Jon Stewart Didn’t Ask Jimmy Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter was a guest on the Daily Show recently and when the subject turned to Paris and Islamic violence in general, Mr. Carter said this about root causes: “Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem. And this aggravates people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab…

Honesty and Islamic Terror

As any recovering alcoholic or drug addict will tell you, the first step on the road to sobriety is honesty. It can be excruciatingly difficult, but it's essential to admit your problem. The same is true in politics and punditry. As just one example, those of us who supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq should…