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Glen Faison

Oscars controversy shows demand for villains

The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year’s Academy Awards in Hollywood. The assumption seems to be that different groups would be proportionally represented if somebody were not doing somebody else wrong. That assumption carries great weight in far more important things than Academy Awards and […]

Do emotions trump facts on Trump?

Those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational can sometimes have a hard time trying to explain what is going on in politics. It is still a puzzle to me how millions of patriotic Americans could have voted in 2008 for a man who for 20 years – 20 years – […]

What are elections for?

After months of watching all sorts of political polls, we are finally just a few weeks away from actually beginning to see some voting in primary elections. Polls let people vent their emotions. But elections are held to actually accomplish something. The big question is whether the voters themselves will see elections as very different […]

‘Messing with the Constitution’

In recent years, a small but growing number of people have advocated a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The reaction to the proposal has been hostile, out of all proportion to either the originality or the danger of such a convention. The political left has been especially […]

Complicating the obvious

Engineers who design computerized products and services seem to have an almost fanatical determination to avoid using plain English. It is understandable when complicated processes require complicated operations. But when the very simplest things are designed with needless complications or murky instructions, that is something else. For example, like all sorts of other devices, computers […]

Remembering 2015

How shall we remember 2015? Or shall we try to forget it? It is always hard to know when a turning point has been reached, and usually it is long afterwards before we recognize it. However, if 2015 has been a turning point, it may well have marked a turn in a downward direction for […]

January 02, 2016 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

The busybody left now targeting neighborhoods

The political left has been trying to run other people’s lives for centuries. So we should not be surprised to see the Obama administration now trying to force neighborhoods across America to have the mix of people the government wants them to have. There are not enough poor people living in middle class neighborhoods to […]

December 26, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Attacking the truth on affirmative action: Part II

The case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, involving racial double standards in admissions to the University of Texas at Austin, has an Alice-in-Wonderland quality that has been all too common in other Supreme Court cases involving affirmative action in academia, going all the way back to 1978. Plain hard facts dissolve into rhetorical mysticism […]

December 19, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Attacking the truth on affirmative action

Among the many sad signs of our time are the current political and media attacks on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for speaking the plain truth on a subject where lies have been the norm for years. The case before the Supreme Court is whether the use of race as a basis for admitting students to […]

December 16, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

The president’s speech offers nothing new

When the President of the United States asks the television networks to set aside time for him to broadcast a speech from the Oval Office, we can usually expect that he has something new to say. But President Obama’s speech Sunday night was just a rehash of what he has been saying all along, trying […]

December 12, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

A resurgence of intolerance on campus

Storm trooper tactics by bands of college students making ideological demands across the country, and immediate preemptive surrender by college administrators – such as at the University of Missouri recently – bring back memories of the 1960s, for those of us old enough to remember what it was like being there, and seeing first-hand how […]

December 05, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Gifting books (mine, too) and movies for Christmas

People who want to buy Christmas gifts without having to confront the crowds at the local shopping mall (or shopping maul) can take a load off their feet by buying books or movies on the Internet, while sitting in the comfort of their own homes. In addition to old standbys like gorgeous coffee table books […]

December 03, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Disappearing governors a loss to voters

There is a painful irony in a recent decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on the side of Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, whom the U.S. Department of Justice tried to stop from making charter schools widely available to minority youngsters in his state. The Circuit Court’s decision overruled a lower court […]

November 28, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Stop the bleeding; close the borders

There was a painful irony when France’s immediate response to the terrorist attacks in Paris was to close the borders. If they had closed the borders decades ago, they might have avoided this attack. Someone once said that the First World War was the most stupid thing that European nations ever did. Countries on both […]

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

Carson’s misstatements don’t add up to a pyramid of beans

Dr. Ben Carson’s whole life has been unusual, so perhaps we should not be surprised to see the latest twist – the media going ballistic over discrepancies in a few things he said. Years ago, when I was writing some autobiographical sketches, I dug up old letters to check out things that I remembered – […]

November 14, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Critics ignore bigger, obvious issues

A recent, widely publicized incident in which a policeman was called to a school classroom to deal with a disruptive student has provoked all sorts of comments on whether the policeman used “excessive force.” What has received far less attention, though it is a far larger question, with more sweeping implications, is the role of […]

November 07, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Hillary 2.0 quite similar to Hillary 1.0

Many people may share Sen. Bernie Sanders’ complaint that he was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s emails. But the controversy is about issues far bigger than emails. One issue is the utter disaster created by the Obama administration’s foreign policy in Libya, carried out by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. An even bigger […]

October 31, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Parents need to do their job better

In recent months, there have been a series of cases reported in the media, where some teenage thug – white, black or Hispanic in different cases – has been stopped by a policeman for some routine violation of the law and, instead of complying with lawful instructions, such as “show me your driver’s license,” chooses […]

October 24, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

More on ‘gun control’ as farce

The grand illusion of zealots for laws preventing ordinary, law-abiding people from having guns is that “gun control” laws actually control guns. In a country with many millions of guns, not all of them registered, this is a fantasy and a farce. Guns do not vanish into thin air because there are gun control laws. […]

October 19, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Farce of ‘gun control’ continues

President Barack Obama’s intrusion into the mourning community of Roseburg, Oregon, in order to promote his political crusade for stronger gun control laws, is part of a pattern of his using various other sites of shooting rampages in the past to promote this long-standing crusade of the political left. The zealotry of gun control advocates […]

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

Charlatans, sheep drive the numbers game

One of the many painful signs of the mindlessness of our times was a recent section of The Wall Street Journal, built around the theme “What’s Holding Women Back in the Workplace?” Whenever some group is not equally represented in some institution or activity, the automatic response in some quarters is to assume that someone […]

October 10, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Facts expose affordable housing fraud

Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of “affordable housing,” as among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters. A recent survey showed that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was just […]

October 03, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

The political left has its pope

Pope Francis has created political controversy, both inside and outside the Catholic Church, by blaming capitalism for many of the problems of the poor. We see more of the same during his visit to the United States. The pope is part of a larger trend of the rise of the political left among Catholic intellectuals. […]

September 26, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Why have elections?

In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one – Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after six years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning […]

September 19, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Distinction exists between opportunity, outcomes

A hostile review of my new book – “Wealth, Poverty and Politics” – said, “there is apparently no level of inequality of income or opportunity that Thomas Sowell would consider unacceptable.” Ordinarily, reviewers who miss the whole point of a book they are reviewing can be ignored. But this particular confusion about what opportunity means […]

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

Past, future collide with refugee crisis

The refugee crisis in Europe is one of those human tragedies for which there are no real solutions, despite how many shrill voices in the media may denounce those who fail to come up with a solution. Some options may be better than others, but there is nothing that can honestly be called a solution. […]

September 12, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Presidential candidates offer revealing clues

Even those of us who are not supporters of either Donald Trump or Jeb Bush can learn something by comparing how each of these men handled people who tried to disrupt their question-and-answer period after a speech. After Bush’s speech, hecklers from a group called “Black Lives Matter” caused Bush to simply leave the scene. […]

September 05, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Immigration excuses just that – excuses

One of the most lame excuses for doing nothing is that we can’t do everything. Such excuses have been repeated endlessly, even by some conservatives, when it comes to illegal immigration. We can’t deport millions of illegal immigrants already living in the country, some say, so the wise thing is to just learn to live […]

August 22, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

GOP engages in debatable ‘debates’

The so-called “debates,” among too many Republicans to have a debate, are yet another painful sign of how much words and ideas have degenerated in our times. No one expects these televised sound bites and “gotcha” questions to be anything like the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates on the momentous national issue of slavery. But the mob […]

August 15, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

The Donald may well be Democrats’ Trump card

With Hillary Clinton’s multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic Party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by “The Donald,” who can turn out to be their Trump card. Donald Trump has […]

August 08, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,
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