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'Shake it off.' That old coach's nugget seems to be most Republicans' response to the recent devastating election results. The message of many is that it was a unique situation, a massive one—time blow that has left the party with a mild concussion, but from which we can... More
There have been but 17 federal officials impeached by the House of Representatives since 1787 when the framers included the process in the U.S Constitution. Of these were two presidents, one cabinet member, one senator, and one Supreme Court Justice. The remaining defendants were all... More
Watching their liberal American Congressional Democrats triumph at the polls, Canadian Liberals now are looking for a star candidate to take over the reins of their party and lead them back into power. But it's far from certain they will find such a candidate and uncertain whether they'll be... More
The BBC, known familiarly to many Britons as "Auntie Beeb", has mounted a landmark High Court bid to hide from public scrutiny an internal report alleged to be 'highly critical' of its journalistic coverage of the Middle East.
The Balen Report was set in motion back in 2003 amidst... More
Just prior to the mid—term elections, Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV and his wife Valerie Plame sued Scooter Libby, Vice—President Cheney, Richard Armitage and ten as yet unnamed others, charging a variety of tort and constitutional claims.
French economic growth is slumping and the problems at Airbus are getting blamed for it. The two year delay in delivery of the A380 super jumbo is reverberating throughout the French and EU economies. Politics, always a factor at the mammoth 'social enterprise,' continues to intrude, as fear of... More
Almost within hours of the release on Wednesday morning of summaries of the national exit polls, conducted with voters across the county on Election Day, I received several gloating emails from liberal Jewish acquaintances, pointing to one specific result within the
Twelve years in the congressional minority failed to make a dent in the Democrats' core belief that the universe is unfolding as it should, only when they are in power. They don't bother to argue that their victory in 2006 marks a return to Democrat domination of national politics. They assume... More
The problem with government education, according to James Tooley in Reclaiming Education, is its addiction to "neat—and—tidy" solutions.
The government experts and bureaucrats, not to mention the voters, all want things neatly tied down with comprehensive, mandatory national... More
With the resignation of 5 Hezb'allah and Amal cabinet ministers following the breakdown of the National Dialogue talks last weekend, the tiny nation of Lebanon may be on a downward spiral toward civil strife or worse — a wave of violence that would... More
The Iraq Study Group (ISG), a purportedly bi—partisan group chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Congressman Lee Hamilton, has been convening hearings and soliciting opinions from experts regarding the future course America should take regarding Iraq.
'The problem, Mr. President, is people don't believe we're at war.' — a law student speaking to George W. Bush
The 2006 midterm elections mark the worst defeat for the... More
It goes without saying that November 7, 2006, will be viewed by history as a bad day for the Republican Party. The question is, how bad?
Despite suggestions by an exuberant media that this Democrat victory represented a significant change in the political makeup of the country, the... More
I have been diagnosed with the neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis. I got that diagnosis in May. Making a long story short, about three weeks ago, the MG started to get much more acute. Since my limited experience up to that time was that the medications I was taking would... More
In politics, it seems like nothing goes the way the experts thought it would. Conventional wisdom had it that the Democrats would likely take over the House in the 2006 mid—term elections, but the Republicans would retain a majority—albeit reduced—in the Senate.
Such was... More
My wife was shocked and understandably angry when our 19 year old son, Justin, informed us of his intention to enlist in the the United States Marine Corps Reserves. Maybe it was the man in me, but my own shock was tempered by an inner voice saying, "I wish I were that brave when I was his... More
In his compelling new book, America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It, conservative commentator extraordinaire Mark Steyn analyzes the current state of the 'clash of civilizations' (in Samuel P. Huntington's much—used... More
One of the most dangerous police activities, placing at risk not only men and women in uniform, but the general public as well, is the chasing of suspicious people driving vehicles. During my police years in plainclothes investigations, I found myself embroiled in many hair—raising... More
Are Christians permitted to carry the sword (or modern weapons)? What should the Church's policy be on war and peace? Should it counsel the State to turn the other cheek? Are Christians permitted to join the police force and the military? How can they 'love their enemies' and have to kill some... More
On January 8th of 2003, Congressman Charles Rangel [D—NY] began an extensive campaign to bring back the military draft. He repeatedly submitted legislative bills to begin a military draft and compel all American men and women up to the age of forty—two to serve two years of military... More
I didn't find any wisdom in that wreckage. Perhaps the American electorate is right. I've been persuaded about the wisdom of crowds. I certainly hope they are. Living on the edge here in Kuwait, it's a... More
In retail the customer is always right; in politics the voters are never wrong. Republicans need to bear that in mind as they contemplate the wreckage left behind by Tuesday night's Democrat tide. Defeat can be a great teacher and now is the Republican's time to learn.
Waste no time... More
In November 2004, Americans gave the Republican Party and its leader, President George W. Bush, a resounding mandate to enact conservative policies in his second term. Two years later, when it was clear to these same voters how poorly the G.O.P. responded to this call to arms, the citizens took... More
So the midterms went big against the GOP, even though the Dems didn't have a clear message of their own. Most voters probably couldn't articulate exactly why they voted the way they did. Human beings work by intuition, not usually by some explicit list of reasons. Just try riding a bicycle... More
Let us be honest. This was a wipeout. The Republicans did not win any Democrat—held House seats. They won no Democrat—held Senate seats. They won no Democrat—held Governors races. That has not happened before within memory.
The vote for Congress appears to give... More
The House of Representatives appears to be securely in the hands of presumptive Speaker Nancy Pelosi. After the celebration of the historic first female speaker, and the Democrat leadership moves into new more spacious offices, the business of holding the majority together and positioning her... More
A general estimate is that Saddam Hussein killed 300,000 people, started two major wars (the first against Iran, costing a million lives, and the second against Kuwait, with perhaps 100,000 dead); according to the New York Times' latest
Rahm Emanuel, head of the Democrats' House takeover effort, wants to win the Illinois 6th Congressional District more than any other seat in the House of Representatives. It is Henry Hyde's old seat.
As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Hyde is blamed by Emanuel... More
When you vote today, if there is a Senate race in your state, consider the following words of members of the party which hopes to take over majority control of that body.
The rabid reactionary... More
Two big balloons popped over the weekend. The Bears were routed at home by Miami, and those Super Bowl reservations already made by their fans now seem a bit premature.
And that Democratic wave in the polls that Stuart Rothenberg and Charles Cook have been surfing too? It might be a... More
'A visibly shaken Hussein was sentenced to death for crimes against humanity for his role in ordering the deaths of 148 Shiite villagers in the town of Dujail in 1982.' —— Deutsche Welle
St. Louis has been much in the spotlight of late with the World Series victory of the Cardinals turning attention to the Gateway City. Unfortunately the City has also gotten some less flattering attention; it has been declared the most dangerous place in America, and a massive voter registration... More
Midterm elections aren't often as important as this one. On Tuesday we are not electing a president, but we are making an historic choice —— possibly a life—and—death choice. It is comparable to the
The Democrats have a problem with America's warrior culture, and consequently, with our military. And yet, honesty compels me to say that such hostility and scorn does not explain all of the Democratic left's attitude to our troops, present and veterans. There are some with outright contempt,... More
People, like computers, have natural default settings or positions. Creatures of habit, we all do this to save ourselves literally from the figurative beast of having to think things through thoroughly. When we don't need to consciously invent a new behavioral reaction to a situation... More
A distinct subculture, a belief system if not a religion, exists in the United States. Its members draw their instruction on what to believe and how to live from the New York Times. I call them the Times Echoes. They exist in urban social ecosystems all across American.
There are... More
Exhausted from covering J—Lo, T.O., Foley—o, and other uh—ohs, will the media ever find time for minor matters?
Such as that 8,000 Iraqi soldiers and police — volunteers all — have died in just two years, with 16,000 more wounded.
That Iraqi recruits... More
On Wednesday, AIPAC, the American Israel Political Affairs Committee, released a statement on the impact of a change in control in the Congress on the US Israel relationship. The statement reads as follows:
'In recent weeks, some have suggested that it is better for Israel if one party or... More
On the same day that Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, outraged voters of all political persuasions with his comments made at a rally in support of California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides that military personnel were
Three decades of... More
Seymour Hersh reportedly has claimed at a recent speaking event in Montreal that,
'In Vietnam, our soldiers came back and they were reviled as baby killers, in shame... More
The Republican Party has had a good two days thanks to John Kerry's insulting remark about the intelligence and drive of our military in Iraq on Monday, and his ham—handed inability to apologize for it right away. Kerry gave the GOP a free day to bash him by refusing to directly apologize... More
Bob Herbert was, in a bygone age, tough—minded yet passionate, a doggedly objective reporter who seemed to embody the best traits of those incorruptible newshounds of the silver screen. Once capable of making sharp distinctions, of offering his readers the occasional penetrating insight,... More
"No Viet Cong ever called me nigger."
That was the battle cry of my generation, or rather it was the retreat from battle cry of my generation. The great Mohamad Ali said it, and like so many other things he said, he was of course right about this one. No Viet Cong... More
Why is there never a GOP couple parked at a Waffle House, innocently listening into cell phone conversations among Democrat political leaders in order to capture some history for their grandchildren? Actually we know the answer to that question, and it tells us a lot about the differences... More