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Some laws more criminal than charges

Thomas Sowell: Syndicated columnist The recent conviction of Martha Stewart for lying to federal investigators looking into “insider trading” is one of the sad signs of our times. If you create enough laws, everyone will be a c...

 

Conservative radical offers platform for office

From time to time some kind readers suggest I run for public office, even for president. No need for those on the left to panic. It is not going to happen. Such suggestions, however, cause me to imagine what my platform would be... Full story

 

Brown president's slavery claims a con

The president of Brown University has appointed a committee to look into the history of the connections of that institution to the slave trade. This is to be no academic exercise of scholarly research. There is obviously supposed...

 

Limiting outsourcing will have penalties

Every political campaign seems to have some buzzword, and this year’s buzzword is “outsourcing.” Since the economic recovery has not yet reached the stage when new jobs are being created to the extent expected and hoped, the...

 

Minorities make ‘gay marriage’ an issue

The problem with the “gay marriage” issue is that the more fundamental issue is not gay marriage. The real issue is who should decide such issues — that is, what kind of country and what kind of government do we have or want...

 

Those who 'correct' history make it worse

Those of us who believe in the brotherhood of man have to be able to accept the negative, as well as the positive, aspects of that belief. For example, a stupid and counterproductive idea that catches the fancy of one part of the...

 

Honesty in journalism does not require posturing

The British Broadcasting Corporation has made itself look ridiculous by issuing orders that its reporters are not to refer to Saddam Hussein as an ex-dictator. Apparently using the word “dictator” would compromise the BBC’s... Full story

 

Anti-business attitude hurting California

If you wonder what has gotten California in such an economic mess, here is a recent sample: The state legislature has passed a law requiring landlords to give tenants 60 days’ notice, instead of 30 days, before evicting them. In... Full story

 

Consider profits at the source

Profits are certainly without honor among the intelligentsia. The very word produces negative reactions, even from people who cannot give you a single reason why money carrying that label is worse than money called by other names....

 

Judges becoming too power hungry

Lawlessness usually conjures up images of a wild frontier or mobs in the streets. But the painful reality is that the supreme examples of lawlessness in our times are in the august and sedate chambers of the Supreme Court of the Un...

 

Eye-opening books can be right Christmas gifts

When the joy of Christmas starts turning to the desperation of trying to find the right gift, that is the time to turn to that old standby — books. You don’t have to know someone’s measurements to buy a book, nor does it...

 

No real reason to prohibit organ sales

It was gratifying news when fans around the country volunteered to donate their kidneys to basketball star Alonzo Mourning, who would otherwise have to cut short his career because of life-threatening medical problems with his own...

 

Medical drugs: Many complaints, few answers

Reader responses to the discussion of government-controlled medical care in this column raised questions that need answering. The most frequently raised question was why American pharmaceutical drugs sell for less in other... Full story

 

Don't kill the goose that lays golden eggs

It is always fascinating to see elementary economics make front-page news. It was front-page news in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal that there are long waiting times for seeing medical specialists in Canada and in other countrie...

 

Debunking illegal immigrant fallacies

Many Americans are concerned because millions of illegal immigrants enter this country and little seems to be done to stop them. But California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives,... Full story

 

Justice has scared leftists into agression

The nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown of the California Supreme Court to become a federal Court of Appeals judge has brought out vicious special interest groups with their long knives — and a long record of smears and...

 

New book outs truth of ‘FDR’s Folly’

They say “truth will out” but sometimes it takes a long time. For more than half a century, it has been a “well-known fact” that President Franklin D. Roosevelt got us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s. That view...

 

Random thoughts on the passing scene

If you have a right to respect, that means other people don’t have a right to their own opinions. My computer operating system is so out of date that people don’t even write viruses for it any more. If the debate among...

 

Money not a cure for education problems

Everyone knows that black students in general do not perform as well in school as white students, much less Asian American students. But few realize how painfully large the gap is. Even fewer know that there are particular black...

 

Democrats feigning shock in California

In hip and non-judgmental California, Democrats are suddenly expressing shock over Arnold Schwarzenegger's past sex life, his father's politics, and the example that his movies may have set for the young. Senator Dianne Feinstein...

 

Law and order make for great country

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July? After all, we are taught from kindergarten to the universities that all cultures are entitled to equal respect. Why then celebrate the creation of a nation that is no better than any other...

 

Some not-so-politically-correct random thoughts

Random thoughts on the passing scene: • If there was affirmative action in golf, nobody would give Tiger Woods half the credit he gets — and deserves. • Would you prefer to have a “compulsory” health care system imposed... Full story

 

Racism does not end by reversing it

The Jayson Blair scandal has most of the elements of the modern American classic. There’s a celebrity angle, a race dimension, a drug and alcohol excuse, and hypocrisy in high places. The only missing element so far is sex. No... Full story

 

Charen tome exposes ‘useful idiots’

The term “useful idiots” has been attributed to Lenin, as a description of those mindless people in the Western democracies who would always find ways to excuse whatever the Soviet Union did. Columnist Mona Charen’s new book...

 

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