Category Archives: Contributors

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…

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…

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…

“Obama’s Racist Pointman” and “The Last Time I Saw Paris”

I know that even six years into his presidency there are people who still see Obama in the exact same way he was presented to us in 2008 — as the great uniter of blacks and whites. But, then, there are those who also approve of his foreign policy in the Middle East. Sometimes you…

Hey, How’s America’s Rail Security Doing?

With vengeance-seeking global jihadists on the loose here and around the world, now is a good time to ask (again): Are we ready for a nefarious terrorist attack on our train and transit lines? Smoke and fire plagued two of the nation’s major metro rail stations this week, raising justified questions about safety and preparedness….

Weather Suddenly Doesn’t Matter in the Climate Change Debate?

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The other day, one of my liberal friends posted one of those sharable, meme images featuring a quote from comedian Stephen Colbert on her Facebook page. It has become a fairly popular quote – one that I’ve seen posted a number of times over the past couple of months: “Global warming isn’t real because I…