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Author Archive: Bill O'Reilly

Teenage werewolves had it easier

Back in the 1950s, “Little Joe Cartwright” starred in a movie called “I Was a Teenage Werewolf.” That’s right, after seeing a full moon, Michael Landon ran around a public high school foaming at the mouth and pretty much out of control. Since there was little difference between his behavior and that of the normal […]

Real meaning of Christmas is clear

Anyone offended by public displays of Christmas needs to see a psychiatrist. Are we clear on this? You are a loon if the sight of baby Jesus arouses anger or sadness in you. Get help. This brings us to the governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee. He recently told me on national television that the […]

Merry Christmas, 1913

One hundred years ago in America, Christmas was a mighty different situation. Based on newspaper reports, MyHeritage.com recently put together a list of the most-asked-for gifts by children who lived back then. Here are the top five requests: Candy. Nuts. Rocking Horse. Doll. Mittens. It’s a modest list, to say the least, but reflective of […]

December 16, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 4 Replies

Viewers fleeing TV for good reason

Marketing surveys now show that when Americans come home from work, more folks turn on their computers than their television sets. That is a first. The reason is twofold: First, you can create your own world on your PC, and second, TV is awful. Flat-out awful. For years, television has been losing viewers because the […]

December 09, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Technology obscures nature

ANGUILLA, British West Indies – So here’s the setting: the warm azure water of Maundy’s Bay sliding up and down bright soft sand. In the distance, the islands of St. Maarten and Saba can be seen. The blue sky above is dotted with huge white clouds that bob along propelled by a warm breeze. It […]

The French way a path to certain ruin

Readers of The New York Times must have been confused the other day when the paper ran an article titled “Under Strain, France Examines Its Safety Net.” Because the Times is ultra-liberal on its editorial page – pretty much advocating every entitlement possible – the hard news story seemed somewhat out of place. It chronicled […]

November 18, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 9 Replies

Are the kids truly amazing?

For many American children, the floor has become their closet. This drives me crazy. I walk into a room where an urchin resides, and there are clothes scattered everywhere. Believe me, I know the passive-aggressive tactics that kids use to torture their parents, but something else is going on here. More than a few times, […]

November 11, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

We are, in fact, a welfare nation

My parents were children during the Great Depression, and it scarred them, especially my father, who saw destitution in his Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood: adults standing in so-called “bread lines,” children begging in the streets. My grandfather was a New York City cop, and so my dad did not suffer as others did. But he never […]

November 04, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 7 Replies

Is the party over?

The tea party is on the run. New polls say less than 25 percent of Americans now view the movement favorably. That is a stunning turnaround, because in the fall of 2010, the tea party achieved huge victories in congressional races all across the country. So what happened? Unlike the far-left Occupy Wall Street movement, […]

We live in a zombie nation

When I first heard folks discussing “The Walking Dead,” I thought they were talking about Congress. But no, it was zombies. The undead. Flesh-eating creatures. Bodies that do harm. The nation of Haiti embraced the zombie legend a long time ago. In fact, there’s an old Bela Lugosi movie about that called “White Zombie.” Apparently, […]

October 21, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

‘American Graffiti’ 40 years later

On Saturday nights at my house, I often trot out classic movies and force the urchins to watch them. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I think it’s important to teach kids about American culture, and films certainly are a big part of it. Actors such as John Wayne, Cary Grant, Marilyn […]

October 14, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Trust the people? Not so much

Amid all the madness over the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown comes a fascinating poll about “we the people.” For years, the Gallup organization has asked the following question: Do you trust the American people to make good judgments about political issues? Eight years ago, 78 percent of those polled said they had […]

October 07, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 11 Replies

Over the falls without a barrel

While writing my latest book, “Killing Jesus,” I knew I would catch a ration once it hit the marketplace. Your mom was right when she told you never to discuss politics and religion, because emotions run so high in those arenas. Especially religion. Even before “Killing Jesus” was released, the mail began pouring in. Some […]

September 30, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Bullets prove we have lost our way

We live in a vicious world. It took about one hour before the Russians started gloating about the Washington Navy Yard massacre. Alexei Pushkov, chairman of a foreign affairs committee in the Russian parliament, tweeted: “A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington – a lone gunman. . . . Nobody’s even surprised anymore. A […]

September 23, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Drug peddling not a higher calling

Here’s the crime story of the week: New York City cops busted a heroin ring comprised of five religious Jews, all male. Prosecutors allege that the men sold a variety of hard drugs out of a Brooklyn apartment but would not provide the narcotics from Friday evening through Saturday morning because of Shabbat. The rest […]

September 16, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Back to school a relief to children

It used to be that most kids hated early September: those back-to-school ads all over the place and the dreaded specter of another long year sitting in front of Ms. Crabtree or whomever. Most baby boomers like me equated Labor Day with a trip to the dentist. No longer. These days, many urchins actually like […]

Content of character comes from parents

The singer Billy Ray Cyrus was supposed to be interviewed on television last week, but he canceled. Who could blame him? His daughter, Miley, embarrassed herself and her family on worldwide TV. Her narcissism on full display, the 20-year-old pop star simulated sexual activity with an older male singer while singing some kind of suggestive […]

September 02, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

The old days really were good

One of the highlights of my summer experience was the 50th reunion of my graduating class from St. Brigid elementary school on Long Island. Back in 1963, 60 children sat in a small classroom hoping for big things in the future. We had spent eight years together, but now high school beckoned, and all of […]

August 26, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Alaska a chilly place for the president

JUNEAU, Alaska — Up here, many folks don’t much like President Barack Obama’s vision of a big government colossus dictating health care, doling out entitlements and generally meddling in the affairs of the citizenry. Alaska voted against Obama by 14 percentage points in 2012, and if another election were held today, the anti-Obama vote would […]

August 19, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Help children the right way

As President Barack Obama heads for a nice vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, a place of wealth, I want him to work on a simple math calculation. One of the major themes of the president’s administration is that there is a tremendous problem of “income inequality” in this nation that must be addressed. Obama’s solution is […]

What’s the color of hope?

My friend Charles Krauthammer, a thinking man’s pundit, believes some problems cannot be solved. Charles points to the Palestinian-Israeli situation and to the collapse of the traditional black family in America. I disagree. It is possible to change black attitudes, but it will take a dynamic person to lead the way. The primary reason that […]

Exploitation of Trayvon Martin commences

Although they may not realize it, some supporters of the dead teenager Trayvon Martin are actually exploiting him, using his death to advance their own personal agendas. That is very disturbing when you think about it. After the acquittal of George Zimmerman, one loon out in San Francisco justified some mob-driven property damage, saying: “We […]

Fame has politics of its own

One of the downsides of being famous is that folks pay far more attention to you than they should. American celebrities are constantly under surveillance, and every word they say is subject to scrutiny. So be careful what you wish for if you desire fame. No human being should be a goldfish. That being said, […]

The alien plight

GALWAY, Ireland — The intense debate over immigration reform in the United States has riveted many in this bucolic area in the west of Ireland. That’s because in addition to millions of Hispanic aliens, a significant number of Irish would benefit from immigration clarity. Just ask anyone in the Woodside section of Queens, N.Y. The […]

America losing its religion

It was interesting to watch the state of Texas recently pass a law that allows anyone to say the greeting “Merry Christmas” in the state’s public schools and buildings. Gov. Rick Perry signed the law saying he wished it wasn’t necessary, but, in his opinion, protecting the words “Merry Christmas” has to be done because […]

Who’s your daddy?

With Father’s Day on Sunday, there is good news and bad news. First the negative: Single mothers head up almost 9 percent of American households. The good news? Fathers who care are making a huge difference in this country. How do I know? It is estimated that close to 40 percent of all those incarcerated […]

The heat is on

So, I’m back on the ball field a week ago Saturday, coaching my 9-year-old boy’s Little League team along with three other fathers. We lose big. Why? Because it was hot. Yes, I know what you’re thinking: Wasn’t it hot for the other team? Stop with the logic, OK? My team wilted in the fourth […]

A wrong against the right

Once again, graduation time is upon us, and a new study by the Los Angeles Times says plenty about the state of higher education in America. The paper looked at the invited commencement speakers for 150 colleges and universities. There are just four conservative speakers, as opposed to at least 69 liberal speakers. In fact, […]

Assessing blame? Not in our culture

So there I am coaching third base for my 9-year-old son’s Little League team. Man on second, one out. The batter hits a ground ball to third, and the fielder promptly boots it, so I send the runner in to home plate. He’s ahead of the ball – and then, suddenly, the kid stops running! […]

May 27, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

What happened, Mr. President?

It wasn’t a great week for the Obama folks, as the scandal du jour tour has firmly taken hold. Every day it seems another federal agency is exposed as having intimidated, snooped, covered up or gone to Vegas on the taxpayer dime. Zimbabwe is even making fun of us. On Jan. 21, 2009, in remarks […]

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