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The culture of death

posted: 08/26/2014 3:10 a.m. Comment 1

What is heroic?

Columnists: Bug love

posted: 08/26/2014 3:09 a.m. Comments 2


Others say: Bravery in many forms

posted: 08/26/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Real bravery is knowing that you're risking your life for a worthy cause but doing it anyway.

Columnists: Wrong-way nation

posted: 08/26/2014 3:08 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. 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.

Editorials: The plague in Harrison

posted: 08/26/2014 3:08 a.m. Comments 10

Ebola 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.

Columnists: The worst people on Earth

posted: 08/25/2014 6:26 a.m. Comments 3

Baghdad 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.


posted: 08/25/2014 3:04 a.m. Comments 3

Find, 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?

The wagon fills up

posted: 08/25/2014 3:03 a.m. Comments 54

Filmmaker 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.

Columnists: Be careful of the wounded bear

posted: 08/25/2014 3:02 a.m. Comment 1

The 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.

Editorials: What we have become

posted: 08/25/2014 3 a.m. Comment 1

How 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?

Column One: In the news

posted: 08/24/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

The 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:

Why should we care?

posted: 08/24/2014 2:05 a.m. Comment 1

On 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.

Good cop, bad cop: Remembering Mr. Bannister

posted: 08/24/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

It's been a long time since I thought about Mr. Bannister.

War as a way to set the world right

posted: 08/24/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Woodrow 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.

Texas politics take aim at Gov. Perry

posted: 08/24/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Being a governor seems to be risky business these days.


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