When discussing a new study about liberals’ and conservatives’ favorite television shows recently, pundit Bill O’Reilly and his guests mentioned that liberals like works about “flawed people.” If this is so, they will certainly appreciate Barack Obama’s just published children’s book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters.
Go to most college campuses today and you will find religion a much neglected subject. At secular institutions, it is regarded as, at best, a refined taste, reserved for those nerdy types who seek fulfillment (one almost never hears of salvation) in another world. For the intellectually curious, there are courses in Comparative Religion, which are probably about as stimulating as courses in Anatomy and Physiology taught by Mrs. Grundy. Or Contemporary Theology, taught by Sister Wendy Trendy.
Most informed Americans have heard of the town of Sderot in southern Israel that has been the target of Gazan rocket attacks for years. In fact, the reason why the Israelis mounted a full-fledged military operation against Gaza in 2009 was to stop these attacks on Sderot and other towns in southern Israel.
"How's all this hopey-changey stuff workin' out for ya?" asked an upbeat Sarah Palin, as her beaming, beauty-pageant smile put a happy face on the angry protests of her Tea Party crowds. Mama Grizzly, the hockey mom, has been waging a pit-bull rhetorical war against the Obama administration with the not-so-subtle hint that things would be better if we had only stuck with the Republicans.
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.”
If 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.
Two weeks after the Democrats' joyride with rock star Obama hit a very jarring bump on the road, many members of the nation's oldest political party are no doubt wondering what hit them. I here suggest that in addition to the public's general disdain for big government solutions to government-created problems, what hit the Democrats was a backlash from voters who are tired of their assault on decency in the name of compassion.