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Editorials

No longer a nation of laws

"It is unheard of for a U.N. member state not to oppose resolutions critical of its own laws," The Associated Press emphasized in a story earlier this week.But the AP reporter noted that very thing may happen in the next few weeks - and it will be the United States with egg on its face.Cuba's ...

Ben Carson’s warning

"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:15-16)Major newspaper editorials and some columnists have their knickers in a twist over remarks by Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson. ...

The U.S. shouldn’t feel migrant guilt

The U.S. has joined the global bidding on Syrian refugees. At first it said it would take 10,000 Syrians. Now it says it will increase the annual U.S. overall refugee intake from 70,000 to 100,000 during the next three years to help deal with the migrant wave deluging Europe.The Obama ...

Government: here to help!

Government wants you to think it helps you at every turn. Every time you make a decision, a purchase, government wants to be there, looking essential.But it's a trick. Most government "help" creates new problems.Students once went to private banks to get college loans. Banks, since they had ...

Still defending ‘Christian’ Obama

The Obama years may be winding down, but our President Obama-loving media never stops being hypersensitive about the man. CNN's latest poll asked respondents "Do you happen to know what religion Barack Obama is?" and "Where was Barack Obama born, as far as you know?"A major American media ...

Corruption at VA must be stopped

Inspectors general can be godsends for people who have to rely on the government, as well as for taxpayers. But they can be a curse, too, and that may be the case at the Department of Veterans Affairs.Far from leading the crackdown on VA officials who fail veterans in need of health care, the ...

Obamacare after Obama

The morning of the recent Republican debate, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of uninsured Americans in 2014 had dropped by about 9 million from the year before. This was thanks, of course, to the Affordable Care Act.So it did cross one's mind that at least one of the Republican ...

It’s not Fiorina who’s wrong in the Planned Parenthood fight

"Anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, 'We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.' This is about the character of our nation, and if ...

U.S. and Catholicism in crisis

During the 1950s, the twin pillars of worldwide anti-communism were Dwight Eisenhower's America and the Roman Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII.During the 1980s, the last decade of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan and the Polish pope, John Paul II, were the pillars of resistance.When Pope Francis ...

Strategy of mutiny

Unemployment reports for August were released last week. Once again, our corporate home state of West Virginia has the highest rate of joblessness in the country - and that rate went up, from 7.5 percent in July to 7.6 percent in August. The Associated Press can so clearly see the connection ...

Students are the real victims of censorship

The 2015-16 academic year has opened with a predictable collection of demands for banning certain views, often involving sexual or racial matters. Many are couched in convoluted claims that disagreeable speech is making students feel "unsafe."Much of the squelching aims to fend off challenges ...

Francis’ fact-free flamboyance

WASHINGTON - Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony. With a convert's indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false and deeply reactionary. They would devastate the poor on whose behalf he purports to speak - if his policy ...

Is the pope a false prophet?

Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky., has invited me to the House of Representatives to watch Pope Francis address a joint session of Congress. This generous Methodist congressman has invited your traditionalist Roman Catholic columnist and cable TV guy to this grand event. I am going with joy ...

Trust but verify

It is highly doubtful the FBI, on the trail of a terrorist bomb-maker, would ask him to provide samples of the wood from his basement workbench to be tested for traces of explosive materials. He could wipe a little oil and sawdust onto a just-purchased board, hand it in and walk away.But the ...

Liberal reasoning: idiotic or dishonest?

Many people argue that liberals, socialists and progressives do not understand basic economics. I am not totally convinced about that.Take the law of demand, for example, one of the fundamental principles of economics. It holds that the lower the cost of something the more people will take or ...

Do Republicans care about winning?

The question dogs any woman who writes about politics: "Don't you want to see the first woman elected president of the United States?" The unstated premise, always obvious, is that you are some sort of traitor to your sex if your hand isn't itching to pull the lever for someone with the correct ...

Another cynical Democratic ‘Citizenship USA’ voter drive

There's only one time when you can depend on the chronically backlogged, recklessly inefficient Department of Homeland Security to perform smoothly: election season.While hundreds of thousands of visa overstayers and deportation fugitives remain on the loose, federal bureaucrats at the U.S. ...

Make sure to get your flu vaccine

If you are like most people, you buckle your seatbelt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there's no sense taking chances.So ... Gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Influenza kills about 24,000 Americans every year.If you ...

Downsize the city council

Here's an ugly truth: The City of Minot has 14 members of the city council, and just four of them faced competitive elections to win those offices.Think about that for a moment. Four members of the city's governing body - which makes spending decisions with millions upon millions of our tax ...

With charity toward some

WASHINGTON - In the spirit of charity prompted by Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., let's not call them bigots.Let's just call them the clueless, the incurious, the moronic, the dull. In short, ignoramuses.I refer to those Republican wits who unconscionably demonize a swath of Americans based on ...