Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ever the bully and sore loser. Witness its ham-fisted clobbering of John Tyner, the passenger who warned its thugs last weekend not to “touch” his “junk” at San Diego’s airport: The agency has “opened an investigation targeting” him. And is trumpeting this fact in a blatant attempt to discourage other rebels: “Michael J. Aguilar, chief of the TSA office in San Diego, called a news conference … to announce the probe.”

Thomas SowellAnother deficit reduction commission has now made its recommendations. My own recommendation for dealing with deficits would include stopping the appointment of deficit reduction commissions.

When I think of modern America, conjured up is an image of a boxer who, while sometimes bobbing, weaving, blocking, and occasionally directing a blow with his right, intermittently hits himself in the head with his left. I also might then imagine how the other man in the ring would laugh upon witnessing the spectacle of an opponent who, inexplicably, does half his job for him.

Becky AkersIf you’re among the ever-diminishing minority still entrusting yourself to America’s aviation gulag, don’t forget your cellphone. This invaluable weapon can protect you from the 50,000 terrorists menacing our skies. You know, the thugs wearing the brown — sorry, blue shirts and gloves of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the ones who claim they’re only doing their jobs as they fondle 13-year-old girls and torment toddlers.

Inflated self-esteem can be decidedly counterproductive.

American students, for example, took first place in self-judged mathematical ability in a comparative study of eight countries, but last place in actual mathematical competency.