Jack KennyWhile President Barack Obama was lecturing China's President Hu Jintao about human rights Wednesday, prosecutors in Philadelphia announced they had charged an abortion doctor with eight counts of murder in the deaths of one woman and seven babies. The infants were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said.

It’s always entertaining when politicians pontificate on the free market: they make even bigger fools of themselves than usual.

If anyone has been trying to pin the blame on rightwing Republicans for creating  a "climate of hate" that supposedly led to the January 8 shooting in Tucson, it hasn't been the New York Times.  That's what the Times says, anyway, in  a "news analysis" it published Tuesday.

Walter WilliamsSome Americans have strong, sometimes unyielding preferences for Mac computers, while most others have similarly strong preferences for PCs and wouldn't be caught dead using a Mac. Some Americans love classical music and hate rock and roll. Others have opposite preferences, loving rock and roll and consider classical music as hoity-toity junk. Then there are those among us who love football and Western movies, and find golf and cooking shows to be less than manly. Despite these, and many other strong preferences, there's little or no conflict. When's the last time you heard of rock and roll lovers in conflict with classical music lovers, or Mac lovers in conflict with PC lovers, or football lovers in conflict with golf lovers? It seldom if ever happens. When there's market allocation of resources and peaceable, voluntary exchange, people have their preferences satisfied and are able to live in peace with one another.

The Miss America 2011 pageant, which was held in Las Vegas and aired on ABC on January 15th, celebrated its 90th anniversary. It is now the fourth longest-running live event in TV history.