Never has American freedom of speech been attacked so flagrantly, promiscuously and on so many fronts. The most egregious examples come from campuses and Congress. On campuses, censorship proliferates as political advocacy is confined to designated spaces. In Congress, 54 Democratic senators voted last year to amend the First Amendment to empower Congress to regulate the quantity, content and timing of political campaign speech.
Jump into the office fantasy football league with a few bucks, or your brother in-law’s baseball pool, or put down $10 with your March Madness bracket and in Washington you participate in a crime. Those who run the games commit a felony. They don’t know it, of course, because it is a ludicrous law all ignore. Nevertheless, in Washington, all fantasy sports played with money are illegal gambling.
We have had occasion to express our admiration for the people of Entiat. Over its history this small community on the Columbia’s west bank has been treated as flammable, or floodable, or partially expendable by those who live elsewhere, and yet it perseveres. Its people have hopes and dreams they will not let go. They know they are situated in a beautiful spot, at the mouth of an extraordinary valley with miles of shoreline on a great and scenic river, and they will use those assets to build for the ...
WASHINGTON -- Tell me: What's a suicide bomber doing with a passport? He's not going anywhere. And, though I'm not a religious scholar, I doubt that a passport is required in paradise for a martyr to access his 72 black-eyed virgins.
You should relax. Take a deep breath. Load up a cracker with smoked salmon and brie. Sip a crisp, cool fermented beverage. Know that what I am about to tell you may make you queasy. It may upset you. It will sound thoroughly icky, unnatural, totally disgusting and revolting in the extreme.
Paris was for all Americans, but especially for Republicans, a summons to seriousness that should have two immediate impacts on the Republican presidential contest. It should awaken the party’s nominating electorate from its reveries about treating the presidency as an entry-level job. And it should cause Republicans to take another look at Chris Christie, beginning with his speech in Florida the day after the Paris attacks.
On Sept. 11, 2001, like most people I watched in stunned horror as the World Trade Center towers first rained human beings and then collapsed in smoking ruin. We could see this was a well-planned and coordinated attack. Then before the dust cleared I was told to write an editorial, our press to roll within the hour.
As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama’s caution in the fight against the Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as “weak” and “feckless” should tell us if they support the logical alternative: Sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.
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