The successful homeschool phenomenon in the United States does not address the question of how public education can be improved here. The Finnish model cannot be replicated as long as our progressive educators are determined to keep dumbing down America’s teachers. Finland produces the world's smatest kids because they are taught by the smartest teachers on the planet. And the teachers do not use poverty as an excuse for any student not doing well, as U.S. teachers are being led to do.

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 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.

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

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