January 8, 2011
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As this column has been reporting, there is a growing movement in America to "reform" the nation's tough laws against drug dealing. The pressure is coming primarily from liberal and libertarian groups who see the use of narcotics as a personal choice, something that freedom should allow.. That opinion is
The more laws that governments pass the less individual freedom there is.
The left-wing media went wild after the election when analysis showed that many poorer Americans supported President Obama and entitlements could have been a major reason why.
So there I am, pulling into a gas station in my town, and Tarek is smiling. He owns the station, and right now he's charging me $4.25 a gallon. American motorists may not be better off than they were four years ago, but
The moment Casey Anthony walks out of jail in Florida, America will be a poorer place. This woman’s negligence and apathy toward her precious 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, eliminate her as a responsible citizen. She’s simply another barbarian who couldn’t even be bothered to protect her baby.
Once again, we have an association controversy at the White House. This week, a rapper who calls himself ‘‘Common’’ was invited by Michelle Obama to read some of his ‘‘poetry’’ to a handpicked audience in the ‘‘People’s House.’’ The problem is that Common (real name Lonnie Rashid Lynn) has glorified convicted cop killers Joanne Chesimard and Mumia Abu-Jamal.
My pal Glenn Beck is leaving his program on Fox News Channel later this year. This has caused great joy among some uber-liberals who object to free speech, as well as to anything Beck. The Media Matters outfit took just seconds to misstate why Beck is changing venues, but what else is new? George Soros partially funds Media Matters, so why would the website ever say anything truthful when far-left propaganda is so much easier to dish?
One of the signature moments of the Bush administration came when the federal government failed to immediately react to the carnage caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. As you’ll remember, President George W. Bush seemed lethargic about the death and destruction, and the media buried him because of his lackluster posture.
Tis the season to be jolly, but you can forget about that in political circles. The current angst about the economy and taxes is so intense that even Santa’s reindeer are spooked. Speaking the other day on a cable news program, liberal Congressman Jim McDermott put it this way: ‘‘This is Christmastime. We talk about Good Samaritans, the poor, the little baby Jesus in the cradle and all this stuff. And then we say to the unemployed we won’t give you a check to feed your family. That’s simply wrong.’’
There used to be a code among former presidents that you did not speak ill of other occupants of the White House. In the summer of 1998, President Gerald Ford told me that he would not comment on President Bill Clinton’s personal problems, saying only that he hoped ‘‘respect for the presidency would be restored soon.’’ A couple of weeks ago, George W. Bush also declined to speak about President Barack Obama, except to say that raising taxes on anyone right now would not be a good idea.
Now that I’ve had a week to think about the big controversy on ‘‘The View,’’ I’ve come to the conclusion that my comment that ‘‘Muslims killed us on 9/11’’ was really not what caused Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off the set. No doubt that pithy piece of analysis ticked them off, but there is more to this deal than meets the eye.
Two years ago, Barack Obama was the political equivalent of Elvis Presley — rolling into towns across America, performing before adoring crowds. Like the King, then-Sen. Obama relished the adoration and gave the crowd a great show. I saw it myself in New Hampshire.
One of the admirable things about President Barack Obama is that he seems to be a man of principle. He does not appear to waver under public pressure. He sticks to his guns, as the old cliche goes. But those proverbial guns may now be pointed directly at him.
Shaming the White House press corps, a regular American named Velma Hart recently asked President Barack Obama the toughest question he has heard since being elected to the Oval Office.
One of the most underreported ongoing stories around is the war in Mexico between the government and the drug cartels. Here are the grisly stats: More than 28,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since 1996. In Iraq, 4,421 Americans have been killed. In Afghanistan, 1,141.
With polls showing that about 70 percent of Americans believe building an Islamic cultural center containing a mosque just two blocks away from ground zero is inappropriate, the far left is once again on the run. Failing with the bogus ‘‘freedom of religion’’ argument, the crew that is offended by the manger scene at Christmas is now saying the mosque controversy is another attempt to ‘‘scare white people.’’ Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has put forth that loopy argument from his second home: MSNBC.
And the winner is: Finland! According to Newsweek magazine, that is the best country on the face of the Earth. Who knew? The United States is the 11th best place to live, just behind Denmark, which, of course, is close to the promised land of Finland.
Oprah Winfrey is a savvy businesswoman whose perspicacity in presenting herself to the public has earned her hundreds of millions of dollars. Recently, Winfrey announced she is getting out of broadcast television and into cable with the startup of her own channel, fittingly titled the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN. Yes, she owns much of it.
This time last week, few Americans had ever heard of Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod. Now she is a household name in households that actually follow the news. A few days ago, Sherrod was fired by the Obama administration for admitting that more than 20 years ago — as an administrator in Georgia — she did not treat a white farmer as fairly as she would have treated a black farmer. Her admission came as part of a speech she made before the NAACP in March. Sherrod is black.
Bela Lugosi must be turning over in his grave — that is, if the stake through his heart would allow it. Lugosi, as you may know, became famous as Dracula in the 1931 movie based on Bram Stoker’s novel about a villainous Transylvanian blood-sucking vampire. For more than a century, Dracula and vampires in general were spooky cinema stalkers, usually dispatched with a sharp object in the chest.
Even a simple guy like me can figure out these words from the U.S. Constitution: ‘‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.’’ That’s contained in the Second Amendment. So why did four Supreme Court justices this week vote to infringe on the right to bear arms?
With the 24/7 cable TV news cycle now beamed all over the world, President Barack Obama must be wondering whether he will ever have a moment of peace again. If it isn't the tea party people calling him a socialist, it's disenchanted Republicans saying his administration couldn't care less about being bipartisan. As the nation becomes more polarized ideologically, the president is given no quarter in the criticism department.
The day before Halloween, the White House released a partial list of visitors since Jan. 20 of this year. The list is fascinating and highlights exactly what kind of house the Obamas are running.