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I won Taekwondo…clearly

After our daughter’s last dance recital and totaling up that seven costumes and six pairs of shoes that cumulatively cost approximately the same as Brazil’s annual GDP we decided to let her choose a new activity. For the amount that dance costs you could, theoretically, rent an entire dance ...

A wild misinterpretation of normal

I've been away from home for much of the past month for weddings and work meetings. On the way to the airport, my brother mused that he hopes I don't return to a home infested with snakes. Since moving to the wild, we have discovered the occasional scaled squatter after returning home from ...

Bones discovered under hen house!

I've known for a long time that there were bones under our hen house. A year ago this spring, when I was patching up the floor of the shed, getting ready to turn the shed into a hen house, I spied an old bone through a hole in the floor. There was a long bone attached to a knuckle with some ...

U.S. to be Largest Oil Producer

The United States is poised to become the world’s largest oil producer next year, overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia to seize the top spot. Domestic oil production has doubled over the last decade as new drilling technologies, like fracking, have allowed U.S. producers to profitably pump ...

Trump isn’t attacking NATO. He’s strengthening it.

WASHINGTON — As President Trump put Germany and other allies on notice for the harm they are doing to NATO with their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, Democrats in Washington came to Germany’s defense. “President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of ...

The culture leads, not the Supreme Court

Just about every American election year is peppered with quotes from seemingly very serious people claiming that, for some reason, this is the most important election of our lifetime. This year, we’re also being told that the political battle to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony ...

When abortion becomes a sacrament

This week, amid widespread Democratic tumult regarding the selection of a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, alleged comedian Michelle Wolf paid tribute to the most important facet of American life: abortion. On her Netflix show on Sunday, Wolf dressed up in red, white and ...

Statue of Liberty protest highlights nation’s divisions

Last Wednesday, on the 242th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, television and the Internet were dominated by views of a woman protester climbing the base of Lady Liberty in New York, protesting the separation of small children from their asylum-seeking immigrant mothers. Members ...

Abortion and the Constitution

As we enter into what surely will be another contentious confirmation process for a new Supreme Court justice, let’s consider underlying realities that deeply divide us and make it so hard to agree about how our Constitution should be interpreted and applied. The Declaration of Independence ...

The Brett Kavanaugh nomination

If Alexander Hamilton had been nominated for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court today, Democrats would likely oppose him. About the court, Hamilton said: “1/8A3/8 limited Constitution ... can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it ...

The media vs. Brett Kavanaugh

Supreme Court retirements under President Donald Trump cause an extra measure of heartburn for Democrats. They nominated Hillary Clinton and her seven-mile train of scandalous baggage for president, and that’s jake. They elected Bill Clinton as president, who perjured himself and sullied his ...

A nation of self-imposed segregation

A recent editorial cartoon by artist Gary Varvel features what appears to be a biracial couple at the maitre d’ podium at an upscale restaurant. The pompous-looking greeter’s line has stuck in my mind ever since I saw the cartoon in my local newspaper: “Dinner for two ... liberal or ...

The anger stage of grief

It’s a big deal, as a journalist, to work for The New York Times, The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal. Wielding the press badge of one of the biggest newspapers in the country is a fast-track pass onto talk shows, including ones that cover the practice of journalism. Even as just ...

Will AMLO and Trump narrow the U.S.-Mexico gap?

Will NAFTA survive? Last week, Mexico elected as president longtime NAFTA critic Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (always called “AMLO”) by a wide margin. He promptly had a cordial telephone conversation with longtime NAFTA critic President Donald Trump, who remains U.S. president for the next ...

Free speech for the goose

The New York Times, borrowing Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s language from her dissent in last week’s Janus v. AFSCME case, purported in a June 30 article to explain “how conservatives (have) weaponized the First Amendment.” The plaintiff in Janus successfully argued that he ...

One nation, many individuals

We celebrate the Fourth of July because that’s the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, 242 years ago. You might call July 4 America’s birthday. The Declaration didn’t just declare our independence from Britain; it vowed to create a government that respected all people’s ...

Shooting ourselves in the foot

The Canadian government, lining the pockets of its dairy producers, imposes high tariffs on American dairy imports. That forces Canadians to pay higher prices for dairy products. For example, Canadians pay $5.24 for a 10.5-ounce block of cheddar. In Washington, D.C., that same amount of cheddar ...

Taking the Disraeli test

Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th-century British prime minister and writer, shrewdly advised that to be a successful political leader, a man (even though it was the Victorian era, it was still a man’s game) must first know himself and then know and understand the times in which he lives. Whether ...

The never-Trumpers are never coming back

With never-Trump conservatives bailing on the GOP and crying out for the Party of Pelosi to save us, some painful truths need to be restated. The Republican Party of Bush I and II, of Bob Dole and John McCain, is history. It’s not coming back. Unlike the Bourbons after the Revolution and ...

The asylum phenomenon on the southern border

People hoping to settle in the United States wait years for a green card to be legal residents. They play by the rules. These law-abiding newcomers must feel like idiots, watching what’s happening on the southern border. Hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants are walking right ...