George Orwell admonished, "Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious." That's what I want to do — talk about the obvious. Suppose that a person is faced with the choice of spending $50,000 on a brand-new car or paying two years worth of college tuition for his 18-year-old. What is the solution?

Barry Bujol of Texas converted to Islam. So did Carlos Eduardo Almonte. He lives in New Jersey near his friend Mohamed Alessa, also Moslem. Judging by names, these guys boast ethnicities as different as their two states. Yet they have more in common than religion.

Dennis BehreandtIn China, one man has had enough. Yang Youde, who lives near the city of Wuhan, has had to begin defending his property rights with homemade artillery.

He's not fighting off who you might think. There are no roving gangs of thugs, no sneaky, shifty criminals eager to invade his home. No, privatized criminals like these present no threat to Yang. Instead, the threat comes from his own government.

Becky AkersIf you had to choose one amendment from the Bill of Rights that most undergirds liberty, which would it be?

I’d probably go with the Second, because guns are freedom sculpted in metal. Even today, with all the restrictions that infringe the people’s right to keep and bear, our ability to shoot back still has our rulers buffaloed. American governments at all levels have every advantage totalitarian governments do, from propaganda and secret police to technology that purports to reveal what their subjects are doing, saying, and even thinking, yet they hesitate to take those final steps that will turn the country into one giant gulag. Why? Because despite their best efforts, too many Americans still cherish their guns.

Walter WilliamsMy March 2008 column "Is Obama Ready for America?" started out: "Some pundits ask whether America is ready for Obama. The much more important question is whether Obama is ready for America and even more important is whether black people can afford Obama." Let's look at this.

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