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National Columnists

Triggering the Google social credit system

i learned last week from a Silicon Valley whistleblower, who spoke with the intrepid investigative team at Project Veritas, that my namesake news and opinion website is on a Google blacklist. Thank goodness the Big Tech giant hasn't taken over the newspaper syndication business yet. Twenty ...

What will they learn at college?

For many parents, August is a month of both pride and tears. Pride because their teenager is taking that big educational step and tears because for many it's the beginning of an empty nest. Yet, there's a going-away-to-college question that far too few parents ask or even contemplate: What will ...

Dems’ politicizing is becoming toxic for Americans

Democrats' misplaced priorities in Washington are literally poisoning American citizens and putting lives at risk. Take Newark, New Jersey. Last week, the Garden State's largest city began facing a widespread water emergency, and authorities have warned residents their tap water isn't safe ...

Restore ban on assault weapons, not just background checks

For all the talk about a possible breakthrough on background checks for gun buyers, it would be only a minor success if military-type assault weapons remain on the market. Their continued availability since expiration of the ban enacted by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 1994 makes a ...

Socialism never?

resident Trump has repeatedly promised, "America will never be a socialist country." Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism. We may not be at the stage Bernie Sanders would ...

The land of the free and the home of the rent-seekers

Given its surplus of violence and scarcity of resources, Chicago surely has bigger things to worry about than the menace, as the city sees it, of Laura Pekarik's cupcakes. Herewith redundant evidence of regulatory government's unsleeping solicitousness for the strong. Pekarik, a ...

The rise of anti-Semitism on the left

Recently, the State Department revised its definition of anti-Semitism to include "drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis" — an apparent response to the rise of the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) movement whose supporters routinely make such ...

American meddling in Hong Kong affairs stirs outrage in China

What do you think the reaction would be in the U.S. if protests engulfed the streets of New York City and a photo was leaked of protest organizers meeting in a hotel lobby with a Russian or Chinese diplomat stationed at the local consulate? Surely the public response would be measured and ...

Kamala Harris’ hypocrisy on guns

Kamala Harris weighs in on guns on her campaign website with the headline "Taking executive action if Republicans continue to cower to the NRA." Sure, the National Rifle Association, with a reported 5 million members nationwide, is an influential policy group. But is it really running the ...

Feds’ outdated cancer advice deadly to patients

When it comes to protecting yourself from cancer, don't take the government's word. Listen to the experts. The biggest cancer killer isn't smoking or a chemical in the environment or even an inherited gene. It's the failure to screen patients at high risk of the disease. Curing cancer is ...

Mass murder? Blame ‘conservative media stars’

On Aug. 12, The New York Times published what The New York Times does best: a smear of conservatives in which they're attached to a national travesty. This time the headline was "How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars." The online article was illustrated ...

Sell an organ

Have you volunteered to be an organ donor? I did. I just clicked the box on the government form that asks if, once I die, I'm willing to donate my organs to someone who needs them. Why not? Lots of people need kidneys, livers, etc. When I'm dead, I sure won't need mine. Still, there ...

Open Borders Inc.: Who’s funding the wicked war on ICE?

All the gun control zealots out in full force last week have apparently gone to the beach. An alarming shooting took place at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in San Antonio on Tuesday. Local media reported that "multiple shots were fired on two floors targeting ICE ...

None dare call it ‘conspiracy’

After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigators discovered that the lone man assigned to guard the president, John Parker, had abandoned his post to watch the play from an adjacent box at Ford's Theater. Worse, at intermission, Parker adjourned to a nearby saloon to have drinks with ...

How important is today’s racial discrimination?

There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it's somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today. From a policy point of view, a far more useful question to ask is: How much of the plight of many blacks can be ...

Wind powers opportunity in North Dakota

This American Wind Week we’re celebrating the ways wind powers opportunity in all 50 states, including North Dakota, by creating jobs, investing billions of dollars in rural communities & providing support for schools, public safety & quality of life investments. North Dakota is a ...

A few words about guns and personal liberty

Last weekend's mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have produced a flood of words about everything from gun control to mental illness to white nationalism. Most of those words have addressed the right to keep and bear arms as if it were a gift from the government. It isn't. The ...

Mass murders are a symptom

Politicians and pundits are promoting familiar explanations, excuses and demands following the tragic mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. From more gun laws, to blaming President Trump, conservative talk radio and Fox News, we've heard it all before. A manifesto thought to be ...

Uncorking hate for pink and blue parties

The "gender reveal" has become a growing phenomenon in the world of social media. When expectant parents discover the gender of their unborn baby, they make a big announcement revealing the baby's sex, with cakes and balloons and even pyrotechnics. It's a celebration of life, a desire to ...

After the shootings — Look to culture, not politics

The nation must now endure another gut-wrenching tragedy, with 31 having been senselessly gunned downed in Texas and Ohio over a weekend. This following a week where three were gunned down in California. My appeal is to consider these tragedies a crisis of culture and not to turn them ...