The big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is bad enough in itself. But politics can make anything worse.

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.

“The American public needs to know and understand that the government that serves best is the one that serves less.” This is how Judge Andrew Napolitano concluded his debut episode of Freedom Watch on the Fox Business Network on June 12. His words aptly defined the premise of the first episode, which he called a “summit” of the Tea Party movement.

The 2010 remake of the Karate Kid is a definite improvement upon the 1984 version. It expands upon the coming-of-age element found in the original film, but with impressive choreography and cinematography. In doing so, the Karate Kid becomes not only a film about a child’s acquisition of life lessons, but an adventure in itself.

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