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Wrong-way nation

Subscriber onlyGov. Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punch line? I have absolutely no idea. This isn't a horse-race column. Continue reading...

The plague in Harrison

It’s got all the symptoms of Hysteria

Subscriber onlyEbola isn't the only plague in this troubled world. Another one is called hysteria, and it's just shown up in little Harrison, Arkansas--which is in the most picturesque part of the state, up in the Ozarks. It's got mountains, it's got streams, it's got forests--and the nicest, most welcoming people. Ordinarily. Continue reading...

How We See It: Shift Of Fines To Local Coffers No Reason To Change Law

Subscriber onlyLaw enforcement agencies always have to be on guard that their actions are not misinterpreted. Continue reading...

Commentary: Buckets Of Misplaced Charity

Subscriber onlyUnless you've been living under a rock for the last few weeks -- and even then, I imagine the icy images would have found their way under your slab -- you've likely heard of the "Ice Bucket Challenge." If you haven't -- maybe you're an Unfrozen Cave Man Lawyer, I'm not here to judge -- it's a bunch of people ostensibly trying to bring attention to Lou Gehrig's disease by dumping freezing water over their heads. For all its faults, at least that step in logic makes sense. Continue reading...

The worst people on Earth

Subscriber onlyBaghdad called President Obama's bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyFind, pursue your passion Regarding Mr. Clint Vogus' essay, "Education inflation": Why has the cost of education risen faster than inflation? Perhaps he can answer his question better than I, but I see elaborate facilities on campuses. I see students bringing to school a semester's value of toys--cars, clothes, electronics, etc.--and I see them spend highly on fast food, coffee and alcohol. Are these necessities for their education? Continue reading...

The wagon fills up

Subscriber onlyFilmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza uses an interesting analogy to explain the logic of the welfare state, one in which one part of the population sits in a wagon that is pulled by the other part of the population. Those dependent on the welfare state are in the wagon; those doing the pulling are the taxpayers who pay for that welfare state. Continue reading...

Be careful of the wounded bear

Subscriber onlyThe convoy of about 300 whitewashed Russian military trucks on the Ukrainian border is an apt metaphor for this depressing conflict. Russia says they're carrying humanitarian aid. Ukraine says Russia has invaded. Continue reading...

What we have become

It’s clear in how we treat our veterans

Subscriber onlyHow should a great nation treat its best, those citizens who have defended it--and the cause of freedom--all over the world and over many years? Continue reading...

How We See It: Lieutenant Governor Changes Could Improve State Government

Subscriber onlyExcept for the anachronistic office of constable in Arkansas, the lieutenant governor's office might just be the Rodney Dangerfield of government. Continue reading...

Commentary: Giving By The Bucket

Subscriber onlyWith so many bucketheads dousing themselves with ice water on Facebook and other social media sites, I wondered whether anyone was actually following through with donations. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyThe indispensable In the News column on the front page continues to offer its daily mix of the amusing and appalling, sometimes in the same concise item, always just one (1) sentence in length. Which must take some inspired editing. The spice and variety of its offerings are a kind of dim sum for the mind. Every day. Consider this one tidbit, which the column served up without editorial comment: Continue reading...

Why should we care?

The Taliban’s legacy lives on in ISIS

Subscriber onlyOn the morning of September 27th, 1996, residents of Kabul awoke to a regime change. The night before, the rumbling of old Russian tanks in our streets and the smell of smoke and diesel in the air marked the government's retreat to the north as the Taliban took control. Continue reading...

Good cop, bad cop: Remembering Mr. Bannister

Subscriber onlyIt's been a long time since I thought about Mr. Bannister. Continue reading...

War as a way to set the world right

Subscriber onlyWoodrow Wilson is almost never quoted by name when modern presidents speak, but he remains audible all the same, particularly in the echoes that still reverberate a hundred years after the Great War. Continue reading...