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No matter what, don’t give up the fight

My social circle was shaken a few days into the new year with an upsetting blog post. A friend I will call Mary is seriously ill. The blogger requested loving messages to her to be sewn into a quilt.This bombshell began a flood of phone calls, emails, and Facebook posts.Mary - sick? What? The ...

Obama has bloody Yemen disaster

When President Obama declares something a "success story," you know it has "TOTAL FAILURE" embedded in its DNA.Four months ago, America's King Midas in Reverse crowed about the fruits of his triumphant foreign policy in jihad-infested Yemen. A "light footprint" approach to counterterrorism ...

Google Glass joins failure hall of fame

Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain them all. But a few fall from such enormous heights of hype and hope that they deserve special ...

Unraveling community college myths

Months before Caitlin Johnson graduated from high school, she opened Ohio State University's early-decision letter and felt the doors open wide.For as long as she could remember, she'd wanted to go to OSU's veterinary school. She was on her way.But on the drive home with her parents after ...

Return of the US war hero in movies

Clint Eastwood's new movie, "American Sniper," marks the return of the American war hero.Heroism on the battlefield had never gone away, of course, far from it (witness the Medal of Honors awarded for acts of extraordinary valor in Iraq and Afghanistan). But the classic war hero is more than ...

When pope talks, people listen

WASHINGTON - Forget E.F. Hutton. It's P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen.And then they get busy trying to figure out what he was really saying. Even non-Catholics are keen to study his words, so surprised and delighted are they to hear a pope say things that ...

Keystone is pipeline to nowhere

When Maria van der Hoeven summed up the 20-year outlook for global energy investment in London last year, she identified a couple of daunting challenges.The amount of money required by 2035 is a staggering $48 trillion, the International Energy Agency chief and former Dutch economy minister ...

Obama sings same old song

Here's a suggestion for Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa, who will deliver the GOP response to the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Get a chorus together and open with this old Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne number: "It seems to me I've heard that song before; it's from an old ...

You’ve got food but is it edible?

Armed with hefty grants from the Pentagon, squads of food technologists are on a mission to supplant nature with a great leap forward into the Brave New World of synthetic foodstuffs.Not satisfied merely to tinker with the genetic makeup of nature's products, these mad scientists have a ...

Will west defend against terror?

Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe's massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America's leftists and progressives ...

Smart phones could be poisoning children

Kim Gunoo is a 15-year-old South Korean boy who has lived with perpetual diarrhea since birth.His first seven months were spent in and out of the hospital, where four major surgeries resulted in the full removal of his large intestine. Ever since, Gunoo has required regular monitoring from ...

Open borders mau-mau-ers attack

I stand with the Santa Barbara News-Press. How about you? The newspaper is under fire for refusing to kowtow to left-wing word police and militant propagandists who demand unfettered illegal immigration. Last week, in the wake of angry protests against the publication, vandals threw paint bombs ...

Gilded youth are feeling real pain

A Hollywood-handsome Princeton grad recently shot his hedge-fund-founder father to death. The alleged reason: Thomas Gilbert Sr.'s plan to cut his allowance by $200 a month.There's a lot going on here and while mental illness is almost certainly part of it, as said, there's a lot going on. For ...

Finally some common sense on cannabis

Until recent years, marijuana prohibitionists have been able to intimidate most reform-minded politicians by simply threatening to brand them as "soft on drugs."But finally, thanks to determined activists and broad support from the general public, politicians are starting to use common sense ...

Primary, general, presidential platforms are badly needed

There are likely to be many surprises in a race for the Republican presidential nomination that has something like 20 plausible potential candidates. The first of those surprises came in the last hours before New Year's when Jeb Bush announced he was setting up an exploratory committee to ...

Is a Bush-Romney faceoff going to happen in 2016?

WASHINGTON - If Jeb Bush's early disclosure that he's clearing the decks for a 2016 presidential bid was meant to scare off all Republican opposition, it appears to have backfired on him.The party's 2012 losing nominee, Mitt Romney, seems to have aroused himself from declared retirement to ...

Rhetorical extremes seen from administration

Could this argument be any dumber?The Obama administration has forced America and much of the world into a debate no one wanted or needed. Namely, does Islamic terrorism have anything to do with Islam?This debate is different than the much-coveted "national conversation on race" that ...

Girls just wanna have fun …. and Dance

MARQUETTE-There is an old adage that says, "Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals," which is exactly what the dancers at Superior Dance Academy try to convey through their performances.As the dancers prepare for their winter production of "Sleeping Beauty," set to open Feb. 7 ...

Things I wish all in a neat list

I wish I spoke louder. I wish I was less shy. I wish I made movies. I wish I could fly. I wish I could do this without being repetitive. But you know I can't do that, you can see my incentive.To keep going and writing it's all you've ever heard, but perhaps there's still one last story, that ...

Kids should get independence

When I started second grade at St. Mary's Elementary School in Albuquerque, my parents decided it was time I learned how to walk to school.The trek from my grandparents' house, where we lived in a small two-room adobe casita at the rear of the property, to the school a mile away took about a ...