Every fourth Thursday in November we Americans give thanks for our many blessings, and there are indeed many. From President George Washington’s Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789 (the first year of the national government under the Constitution) to Abraham Lincoln’s in 1863 in the midst of a bloody Civil War, to the presidential proc
Marty the Magician performed magic tricks for kids, including the traditional rabbit-out-of-a-hat. Then one day: “I was signing autographs and taking pictures with children and their parents,” he told me. “Suddenly, a badge was thrown into the mix, and an inspector said, ‘Let me see your license.’”
Yesterday, November 19, and the day after tomorrow, November 22, get our attention this week because they mark, first, the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and, second, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Kennedy. To some, the convergence of these events could not be more appropriate, but to others th
For the millions of Americans who are losing health plans they liked as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the name of that law is a bitter joke. They do not feel protected, and they often find that the replacement coverage they are forced to buy costs a lot more.
But President Obama has a solution. “We hav
The capture was made while I was, of all things, playing a board game at a friend’s house.I was ten years old, and my friend was taking too long to make his next chess move. As I stared out the window, I saw my twin brother and another friend running between two houses towards the street. The second they reached asphalt, police
Most criticisms of the ObamaCare rollout, beginning October 1 and limping along six weeks later, have been that incompetence and insincerity were to bame. It seemed to many that the practically non-functioning web site and the lame attempts to explain away its failures were proof of colossal ineptitude.
My inclination has been the same,
The market is fine for some things, people will say, but other activities are too important to be left to the market. Or too complicated. Or too fundamental to our democracy. I say: Privatize everything.
To some of you, that will sound callous — but failure to privatize services, keeping them in government hands instead, is w
T he warning signs were all around about the “train wreck” (quoth Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mt.) that is the piously named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but it takes a meticulous record of its failures and shortcomings to convince those for whom liberalism is a secular religion to acknowledge them.
The problem with wha
Jofi Joseph was a smart guy — up to a point. He rose smoothly through the foreign affairs establishment, boosted by a fancy fellowship and political connections. He ended up a staff member on the National Security Council.
But he led a second life on Twitter, using the handle @NatSecWonk to post snide comments about national securi
We human beings cannot survive without accurate information. Not even today’s vast electronic media network can satisfy this need, for we need information every waking moment. Sure, we have routines and have developed habits which take much of the guesswork out of life, but predictions are risky, especially about the fut
National politicians are resuming the battle over the budget with the Democrats feeling flush and Republicans licking their wounds. The controversy over ObamaCare nevertheless is not over and the question of whether to raise the national debt ceiling will be with us again in a few months. So now is a good time to do some hard thinking about how
W e are in the throes of the worst fiscal crisis this nation has ever faced and we are bogged down in a debate over who’s responsible for the current government shutdown or a possible default on our national debt. What we should be doing is cutting back unconstitutional government programs and reducing the level of taxation. But we can&rsq
If Congress tried to limit spending by newspapers, the courts would reject such meddling as a blatant violation of the First Amendment. Likewise if Congress tried to accomplish its goal indirectly by limiting the amount of money newspapers receive from advertisers.
Yet the same sort of distinction supposedly justifies federal limits on c
Fans of representative democracy know that there are ways to advocate one’s beliefs short of threatening and delivering harm to the larger society. It used to be that one could blame the parade of manufactured crises not on the whole Republican Party but on its unruly tea party faction. That’s becoming less and less so as what remain
Government wants you to play a role in the “shutdown” of the federal government. Your role is to panic.
Republicans and Democrats both assume that shutting some government is a terrible thing. The press concurs. “Shutdown threatens fragile economy,” warns Politico. “Federal workers turn to prayer,” la
Republicans were warned not to attempt to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but they went ahead anyway. That is, people like Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer warned them that the Democrats would do exactly what they did in 1995, which was to shut down the government and blame it on the Republican s. So now we are into the second we
People say public schools are “one of the best parts of America”. I believed that. Then I started reporting on them.
Now I know that public school — government school is a better name — is one of the worst parts of America. It’s a stultified government monopoly. It never improves.
Our nation is experiencing the slowest and weakest “recovery” from a recession ever. Typically, once the worst effects, such as inflation and unemployment, are wrung out, economic activity resumes a pace similar to or greater than before.
But we stagger on with persistently high unemployment (more than 10 percent in the
I n “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Arthur Dent discovers that the plans for a highway project involving demolition of his house have been “on display” in the basement of a government building at “the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Be
T he amazing story of Pei-Shen Qian has given the art world pause. A struggling Chinese immigrant, Qian painted fake works attributed to the stars of abstract expressionism — Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell.
A woman would pick up the pictures at Qian’s shabby house in Queens, N.Y., paying him a few th
I nvent something and the first thing that goes through some people’s minds — especially politicians’ minds — is what might go wrong.
3D printers now allow you to mold objects right in your living room, using patterns you find online. It’s a revolutionary invention that will save time, reduce shipping costs
Many Americans gave up on the major television network news years ago because they noticed a consistent pro-Democrat bias among those employed at ABC, CBS and NBC. Besides what is plain to their senses, we know that most those “news” people vote for Democrats and contribute money to their campaigns.
Those millions have shifte
Last month, 296 days after voters in Colorado and Washington decided to legalize marijuana, the U.S. Justice Department responded with a memo that leans toward accommodation rather than confrontation. Last week, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the author of that memo, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, explained why the feds d
T o the rising pile of shooting rampages, Americans can now add the rapid-fire murder of 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. It is a sign of our remarkable times that this horrid deed seems to pale next to the massacre of 20 schoolchildren in suburban Connecticut last December.
Behind virtually every one of these slaughters is a loner
Why not consider utilizing spiritual practices the next time you face frightening challenges. Researchers are finding this exercise can yield beneficial rewards.
Mark Hyman, MD, in Calm Your Mind, Heal Your Body, writes “What is this critical factor that determines so much about how healthy or how sick you are? It is your atti