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Thomas Sowell

Fact-free left ignores tangible evidence

The outrage over another multiple murder of American military personnel on American soil by another Islamic extremist has been exacerbated by the fact that these military people had been ordered to be unarmed – and therefore sitting ducks. Millions of American civilians have also been forbidden to have guns, and are also sitting ducks – […]

Is the Civil War over?

In the wake of the recent killings in a South Carolina church, the killer’s hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it. Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate flag from in front […]

Looking back on 85 years

After my 85th birthday a little more than a week ago, I looked back over my life and was surprised to discover in how many different ways I had been lucky, in addition to some other ways in which I was unlucky. Among the things I did not know at the time was that I […]

Supreme Court decisions dismantle our freedom

Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about “Obamacare” and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them. But there is a deeper and more long-lasting impact of […]

Left engaged in what could be called micro-totalitarianism

The political left has come up with a new buzzword: “micro-aggression.” Professors at the University of California, Berkeley have been officially warned against saying such things as “America is the land of opportunity.” Why? Because this is considered to be an act of “micro-aggression” against minorities and women. Supposedly it shows that you don’t take […]

June 20, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Who lost Iraq?

After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the Communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question: “Who lost China?” China was, of course, never ours to lose, though it might be legitimate to ask if a different American policy […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

They’re paying the price

Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves, in order to curry favor with local voters. Now murders in Baltimore in May have been more than […]

June 06, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Graduation gifts to consider

This is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood in the real world. Given the narrow range of left to far left views of […]

May 30, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Government never just ‘asks’ for money

In a recent panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave another demonstration of his mastery of rhetoric – and disregard of reality. One of the ways of fighting poverty, he proposed, was to “ask from society’s lottery winners” that they make a “modest investment” in government programs to help the poor. […]

May 23, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Race, politics and lies

Among the many painful ironies in the current racial turmoil is that communities scattered across the country were disrupted by riots and looting because of the demonstrable lie that Michael Brown was shot in the back by a white policeman in Missouri – but there was not nearly as much turmoil created by the demonstrable […]

May 09, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Europe infuses fashionable notions into antitrust law

We all make mistakes and some of us learn from them. What is even better is to learn from other people’s mistakes, where they pay for those mistakes while we learn free of charge. Many Americans who say that we should learn from other people, especially Europeans, mean that we should imitate what they did. […]

May 02, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Chaos in the primaries

Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy. Seldom does the initial “front-runner” in either party’s primaries end up being the actual candidate when Election Day rolls around. However, […]

April 25, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

President a success or failure?

Those people who say that President Barack Obama has no clear vision and no clear strategy for dealing with the ISIS terrorists in the Middle East may be mistaken. It seems to me that he has a very clear and very consistent strategy. And a vision behind that strategy. First the strategy – which is […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Irresponsible choices have consequences

The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people “moderately disapprove” of Barack Obama’s performance as president and 39 percent “strongly disapprove.” Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now “strongly disapprove” of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, […]

September 07, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Facts vs. visions, and real outcomes

The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence. Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned […]

August 31, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Media, mob trample rule of law

Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. We all know what has happened since then – and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs […]

August 24, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Attacks on achievement leave real problems unchallenged

New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves “progressive,” is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn’t exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist. The nonexistent problem is the use […]

August 17, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Is thinking now obsolete?

Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era. Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of […]

August 10, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Cease the Israel-Gaza cease-fires

Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East – Arab and Israeli alike – were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere. It was painful to think that they were going to grow up killing each other. But that […]

August 03, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

We’re bordering on madness

In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, “We are as good as you are!” One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history […]

July 27, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Lawsuits, impeachment poor ploys for GOP

Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public’s attention from the Democrats’ problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate? With public opinion polls showing President Barack Obama’s sinking approval rate, in the wake of his administration’s multiple fiascoes and scandals – the disgraceful […]

July 20, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

New book a good primer on race

Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience. “Please do not do any more good in my country,” he said. “We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done.” That is essentially the message of an outstanding new book […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Can American get back its rightful spirit?

Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America’s birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America – and have long made “America” a ringing word of freedom, not only […]

July 04, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Here’s a thought: We are a lame duck country

Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama’s recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another “lame duck” president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office. That has happened to other presidents. But it is extremely unlikely to happen to this president. There are reasons why other […]

June 29, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

News out of Iraq leaves bitter after-taste

The news from Iraq that Islamic terrorists have now taken over cities that American troops liberated during the Iraq war must have left an especially bitter after-taste to Americans who lost a loved one who died taking one of those cities, or to a survivor who came back without an arm or leg, or with […]

June 22, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Put prisoner swap deal in perspective

People are arguing about what the U.S. got out of the deal that swapped five top-level terrorist leaders for one American soldier who was, at best, absent from his post in a war zone. Soldiers who served in the same unit with him call him a deserter. The key to this deal, however, is less […]

June 15, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Ambassador shows parallels to US post office

At one time, people in India had to get on a waiting list to buy Hindustan Motors’ Ambassador automobile, even though it was an obvious copy of Britain’s Morris Oxford of some decades earlier. The reason was simple: The Indian government would not allow cars to be imported to compete with it. The fact that […]

June 08, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

Here are some random thoughts on the passing scene: Will the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal wake up those people who have been blithely saying that what we need is a “single payer” system for medical care? Delays in getting to see a doctor have been a common denominator in government-run medical systems in England, […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Youth in poverty often blind to options

Many years ago, in upstate New York, there was a woman who was caught in a fierce snow storm that produced conditions called a “whiteout.” That’s when the snow is falling so thick and fast that all you can see in any direction is just sheer white. This woman wandered around in the storm, struggling […]

May 25, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Kangaroo courts on campus?

There seems to be a full-court press on to get colleges to “do something” about rape on campus. But there seems to be remarkably little attention paid to two crucial facts: (1) rape is a crime and (2) colleges are not qualified to be law-enforcement institutions. Why are rapists not reported to the police and […]

May 18, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,
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