As America travels the well-worn and brutal path earlier empires paved, it increasingly disdains the pretense of ruling “of, by and for the people.” And so the führer in the White House threatens to ram his impractical and deeply offensive plans for nationalizing medical insurance down our throats, regardless of how loudly we shriek “No!” Meanwhile, Congress prepares to imprison indefinitely any “enemy belligerents” who object to the government’s whims. You might suppose that dictators controlling almost 309,000,000 subjects would be too busy to fuss with legal niceties. But no. A preoccupation with legislative permission characterizes tyrannies, perhaps because it protects those responsible from prosecution should justice resurrect one day. The Nazis are notorious for legalizing their plunder, kidnapping en masse, and murder.
Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone, starring Matt Damon, is a thrilling cinematic experience that effectively raises some very important questions regarding the American presence in Iraq. Damon plays Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, whose primary purpose is to find the weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Miller discovers a major problem, however: they don’t exist.
It’s not difficult to understand the fall of Obama — the largest presidential drop in Gallup’s approval ratings in half a century. Just start with Obama’s overly-cocky notion that he’s exceptional and America isn’t.
Time for an axiom: Big Government is Bad.
Or, put another way, power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Or, maybe another one: big government is the last, best refuge of scoundrels.
Case in point, the three taverns in Philadelphia busted recently by cops in armed, simultaneous raids.
Most politicians, and probably most Americans, see health care as a right. Thus, whether a person has the means to pay for medical services or not, he is nonetheless entitled to them. Let's ask ourselves a few questions about this vision.
The Hollywood Kodak Theatre rolled out the red carpet for the star-studded 82nd annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. Celebrities from all over the world dressed to impress and made their way down the red carpet, stopping for photo opportunities along the way, of course. Steve Martin and Alex Baldwin co-hosted the show and just as expected, it was an evening to remember.
Director Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland boasts an impressive $116 million at the North American box office this opening weekend. Burton’s film is an entertaining mélange of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, often shortened to Alice in Wonderland. Much like Carroll’s works, the film is enjoyed by children and adults alike, though the violence and dark undertones of Burton’s film may force parents to look elsewhere when choosing a family film for the young ones.
When Najibullah Zazi pled “guilty” to “plotting a suicide bomb attack on New York City subways with al Qaeda training” last week, the Feds assured us yet again they’d thwarted "one of the most serious terrorist threats to our nation since September 11, 2001, “as Attorney General Eric Holder put it. No wonder anyone with even a shred of decency cries for an end to the War-on-Liberty-Disguised-as-a-War-on-Terror: the case against Mr. Zazi is about as substantive as a politician’s promise.