There is no way out of this increasingly grim fiscal situation but a sharp cutback in federal spending.

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police.

Is it correct to state that after nearly eight years of war in Iraq and the loss of 4,500 American lives the United States has finally pulled all of its forces out of Iraq? The answer is an emphatic “No.” Reports in mid-December confirm that the “U.S.-led” coalition will be beefed up to 4,600 troops, most of whom will be Americans.

The chant "Black lives matter!" — shouted increasingly by "progressives" — makes one wonder, "Don't all lives matter?"

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a fitting conclusion to Jackson’s six-movie Tolkien extravaganza. Where Jackson faltered from time to time in trying to capture the magisterial sweep of Tolkien’s grand saga of Middle Earth and the Ring of Power, The Battle of Five Armies very seldom falls short of Tolkien’s standard.