What the TSA has succeeded at over the past almost decade and a half is stripping American citizens of their dignity and their birthright of liberty. Travelers now expect to be fondled, strip-searched, naked-scanned, stolen from, and otherwise harassed, frustrated, embarrassed, and angered. They have accepted it as part of "preventing another 9/11."

Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliche of "a legacy of slavery." But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about — whether fatherless children, crime or whatever — is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some of the many other things that have been done in the century and a half since slavery ended.

Let's list major problems affecting black Americans. Topping the list is the breakdown in the black family, where only a third of black children are raised in two-parent households.

>After my 85th birthday last week, 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.

The UN’s climate change experts, who are busily preparing for the world body’s December convocation in Paris to address supposed climate change, gleefully welcomed the pontiff’s message.