The Vietnam-Watergate Backlash
In the past year, thanks first to John F. Kerry and
now to Mark Felt, Democrats and the liberal media have obliged normal
American citizens to relive two connected events, the Vietnam War and
the Watergate "scandal."
There's not a college professor in a thousand who
isn't a product of the American educational incubator, which insures that
people of relatively high intelligence will, if they choose a career in
academia, never be forced to confront what most of us know as reality.
An Open Letter to Diversity's
Those who promote what they call "diversity"
have insisted that American schools provide instruction in both English
and Spanish so that Hispanic children will not have to learn English.
As near as I can determine, the reasoning is that Hispanic people living
in the United States are at risk for losing their cultural identity if
they learn the language spoken by the overwhelming majority of their fellow
An Islamist Bluegrass Homecoming
I had thought "gospel" would be on
the PBS list of forbidden words, much like "terrorist" is for
Reuters, which is why I was surprised when the network aired a program
entitled "A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming." I confess that I fully
expect PBS, in the interest of the fairness and balance they're so noted
for — wait a minute, that's Fox News I'm thinking of . . . sorry
— to air a counter-program entitled "An Islamist Bluegrass
"Street Cred," International
Around the globe, the term "street cred"
has come to be applicable to those who represent the interests of a people
or a culture that has historically been "victimized" by western
Raymond Chandler: An Appreciation
Let me start with this 'first principle' of Chandler's,
about which I think most everyone can both agree: "Everything written
with vitality expresses that vitality; there are no dull subjects, only
You Better Hope You Fail
I've got one thing to say to leftists and Islamists
in America who are looking forward to the day they somehow manage to overthrow
the United States government: You damn well better hope you fail!
The Carbohydrate Conspiracy
Former Buffalo Bills All-Pro Nose Tackle Fred
Smerlas, an outspoken Christian conservative, has gone so far as to suggest
that there may be some sort of conspiracy associated with the fact that
high-carbohydrate diets have been pushed so hard by so many people for
The Carbohydrate Conspiracy Revisited
Much of the response to an earlier article, "The
Carbohydrate Conspiracy," focused on how unfair it was of me to implicate
liberals (and the left in general) in a so-called conspiracy to promote
the consumption of excessive carbohydrates.
The Easy Allure of "Lifestyle"
The values and behavior on display in the most
insistent popular culture venues, particularly in popular music and music
videos, are characterized by the gross over-representation of certain
contemporary "lifestyles," which has given rise to the notion
that "lifestyle" choices have as much validity as legitimate
Above the Law
From the cowardly way in which Dems in the Texas
state legislature fled with their tails between their legs across the
Texas-Oklahoma border in order to illegally (although Texas Republicans
aren't pursuing a strategy of prosecuting them) thwart a vote on redistricting,
to the Chuck-Schumer led illegal filibusters of President Bush's legislative
program and his judicial appointees, Democrats are defining themselves
as Marxist to the core, and they're using the time-honored Marxist tactic
of subverting the laws of our country to do it.
Teach Your Children Well
Contrary to what Hillary Clinton and others of
her ilk would have us believe, there are many reasons America works. Among
them is that we're a capitalistic society. Capitalism, while it is, of
course, not free from excess, is the one economic system that enables
anyone, no matter what his ethnicity or his origins, to create his own
means for making a living.
It turns out that when they resort to namecalling,
those on the Left are actually desperately trying to conceal their own
There's Gold in Them Thar Pills
Within the last several months, three events
occurred that have refocused attention on the drug industry and on the
fact that it's become the tail that wags the dog of American medicine.
The old joke goes something like this: "If
somebody actually is trying to kill you, then you're not really paranoid."
The statement is, of course, true, but that doesn't stop people from insisting
that even those who are justified in the belief that they are being targeted
for harm should nonetheless behave "just like everyone else."
A Response to the Harvey Milk
School: It's Still Discrimination
It is a misapplication of public money to fund
a public high school the admission to which is based on the "gender
preferences" of students.
The Tyranny of Re-Education
The practice of detaining, not to say enslaving,
people for the purpose of educating them to "right thinking"
(that is, to the doctrines of a totalitarian regime) was of course commonplace
in Communist dictatorships. But while the very idea of such practices
brings a chill to the heart, the troubling truth is that they are also
carried out in America today.
It's the Drugs, Stupid!
Ripper is dead. He died of an overdose of prescription
psychotropic drugs which he was pounding (taking in excessive quantities)
during an on-line chat/videocam session with a number of internet acquaintances.
An Introductory Conservative Internet
In the interest of furthering understanding of
what's going on on the web, where free speech is actually honored, here
is a brief lexicon of terms and acronyms you're likely to encounter when,
to quote the late newscaster John Cameron Swayze, you're "hopscotching
the world for headlines."
The Power of the Word
A June 11 Gannett News Service story by Fredreka
Schouten contained this lead: "Pre-schoolers in the federal Head
Start program still lag behind average students in reading and math skills
when they enter kindergarten, according to a report released by the Bush
administration." The conditions at the root of this situation are
even grimmer than Ms. Schouten's article suggests.
It's my contention that it is much easier to bring
a frozen corpse back to life if you don't surgically decapitate it. Unfortunately,
in the case of baseball immortal Ted Williams, the simple precaution of
keeping head and body together during cryogenic interment was not taken,
and because of this, Williams' hopes for resurrection have been all but
Science in the Service of a Political
What happens when the scientific community ceases
to be a disinterested and objective contributor to the public debate?
What happens when policy makers stop accepting the input of the scientific
community in deciding public policy, or accept the input only of those
whose political views support a politically correct position?
Clearing the Air About the FDA's
Legalization of Prozac for Children
The point that is consistently ignored or obscured
by those writing about the recent FDA decision to legalize Prozac for
children as young as seven years old concerns the effects that psychotropic
drugs can have on human brains, particularly on the developing brains
of children and adolescents.
A Discussion of Abortion Rights,
Religious Fundamentalism and More
Now I agree that the killing of pro-abortionists
by anti-abortionists is not to be tolerated under any circumstances. I
also observe, however, that the killing of pro-abortionists by anti-abortionists
almost never happens, despite the tremendous heat and passion generated
on both sides of the abortion issue.
A Half Dozen of Hollywood's Best
How long has it been since you were hit on by a Hollywood
celebrity? If it's been more than a year, ladies, you've missed out on
a new crop of pickup lines that will have you champing at the bit to get
back to the L.A. party scene.
Some Thoughts on the Microsoft
The European Union last week fined Microsoft approximately
US$ 613 million for taking advantage of what it described as a "near
monopoly" in the area of desktop computer operating systems. Near
Mo' Better Liberal Media
New York Times reporters have been
telling lies and presenting opinion as fact — often in the service
of a Leftist, anti-American agenda — at least since the paper's
world-renowned fact-checkers allowed Walter Duranty's blatant (and readily
refutable) untruths about the famine in the Soviet Union to see the light
of day in the early 1930s.
Truth, Justice, and the AOL Way
For what it's worth, I'm in sync with America. I'm
tuned in to what America thinks and feels about the important issues of
the day. Translation: I always vote with the majority in those online
polls AOL presents to its members several times a week.
A 1975 Newsweek Magazine article
contained the following interesting information: "A survey completed
last year by Dr. Murray Mitchell of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration reveals a drop of half a degree in average ground temperatures
in the Northern Hemisphere between 1945 and 1968."
Rather: Born Too Late?
The liberal media are so blinded by the hatred on
which their political agendas are founded that somehow, in the dust kicked
up in the current melee, they've managed to characterize Saddam Hussein
as innocuous and the United States as the purveyor of evil in the world.
If You Can't Get a Life, Get a
It's been made abundantly clear lately that Left/Liberals
object to others criticizing what they say on the grounds that such criticism
is somehow an infringement of their right to freedom of speech. What's
missing from this Liberal whine is, as many have pointed out, the understanding
that free speech is guaranteed to all Americans.