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On The Wrong Side Of History

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, during his vacation August 20, 2014. Obama on Wednesday vowed that the United States will not be swayed from airstrikes against Islamic State after the group beheaded an American journalist, an act he said is proof that the militants stand for no religion. Obama's response to the execution of James Foley marked his strongest condemnation yet of Islamic State militants, and he gave no sign of a pause in U.S. targeting of militant positions in Iraq.    
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Ronald Reagan once said, "I do not believe in a fate that will befall us no matter what we do; I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing."

Breastfeeding And The Right

11:49 AM 08/20/2014

Though it didn't receive much attention, not too long ago, Facebook updated its photo policy regarding breastfeeding mothers.

When Following The News Is A Bad Idea

9:34 AM 08/20/2014

Words to live by: "[W]hatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things."

For Journalists, A Temptation To Become The Story

10:37 AM 08/19/2014

Over at HotAir, Noah Rothman asks: "Is the press in Ferguson behaving irresponsibly?"

Base Connect Responds To My Critique Of The Direct Mail Business

2:10 PM 08/18/2014

The other week -- without mentioning any names -- I wrote a general critique of the direct mail fundraising business.

Leadership Lesson: Never Take The Window Seat

9:21 AM 08/18/2014

As I strode down the aisle of an airplane last week, as is my custom, I surveyed the first class passengers.

Time Off (For Bad Behavior)

8:40 AM 08/12/2014

It's summer, and I'm taking a few days off from the blog.

Did ‘Bro Country’ Drive Political Diversity Out of America’s Music?

11:11 AM 08/11/2014

A few months ago, I wrote a jeremiad against "bro country" music. But I never delved into why it seems to have conquered country radio. And I neglected to note how this phenomenon seems to have coincided with a sort of political homogeneity.

The Case For Freaking Out America

12:42 PM 08/08/2014

My latest column examining "why Americans are freaking out about the Ebola outbreak" elicited some pushback from the Washington Post's Daniel Drezner.

Why The Ann Coulter / Erick Erickson Split Over Ebola Treatment Is A Bigger Debate

9:01 AM 08/07/2014

The case of a missionary doctor brought back to America for treatment of Ebola has revealed an interesting schism on the right.

Heroic Journalist Says It: Back Hair Is Beautiful

2:36 PM 08/06/2014

Finally, someone said it.

Grifters: Why The Worst Get On Top

1:41 PM 08/05/2014

I've given up counting how many times Eric Hoffer's maxim -- "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket" -- has come in handy.

Exclusive: McDaniel Team Strikes ‘Black’ References From Press Release

11:37 AM 08/04/2014

Still refusing to concede, Chris McDaniel's team issued a press release late last week saying that the Mississippi GOP is "prohibited from recognizing Thad Cochran as their nominee for U.S. Senate in accordance with the rules of the Republican National Committee" -- because Democrats participated in his election.

Reagan Authors Clash: Craig Shirley Accuses Rick Perlstein Of Lifting Copy

8:42 PM 08/01/2014

As Page Six is reporting, "Craig Shirley, who wrote two award-winning books on Ronald Reagan, claims Rick Perlstein plagiarized his prose in at least 45 instances in his new book, 'The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.'"

Is Reagan Optimism Passé For Conservatives?

11:20 AM 08/01/2014

Over at The Week, I've penned a short essay on the border crisis.

House Border Bill Blues

1:11 PM 07/31/2014

The paralysis in Washington is on full display once again, as efforts to pass what seems like a fairly reasonable response to the humanitarian crisis on the border are in jeopardy of being stymied by a coalition of the right and the left.

George Takei Praises John Wayne

8:49 AM 07/30/2014

He's no fan of William Shatner, but Star Trek star and LGBT activist George Takei has fond memories of the late, legendary actor (and proud Republican) John Wayne.

Mike Myers’ Advice: ‘Don’t Want To Be Famous; Want To Be Legendary’

10:37 AM 07/29/2014

As someone constantly trying to spur creativity, I'm fascinated by the stories and techniques of smart and creative people. Whether it's an actor, politician, comedian, architect -- you name it! -- I want to know their secrets of success and wisdom they have accrued.

The Direct Mail Fundraising Racket: Is It Ethical?

11:25 AM 07/28/2014

The Fox affiliate in Detroit deserves some kudos for this hard-hitting investigative report on the direct mail fundraising racket. Since this is a topic I know a bit about, I figured I would rant a bit on its ups and downs.