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Speaking truth to power at MJC

On Sept. 17, Army veteran Robert Van Tuinen decided to celebrate U.S. Constitution Day by handing out copies of the Constitution at Modesto Junior College, where he is a student. If he were at the University of California, Berkeley or another politically correct campus, some liberal students probably would have picked an argument with him and maybe even would have accused him of hate speech.

October 19, 2013 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Bad for the GOP’s political health

Whacking yourself on the head with a ball-peen hammer would be stupid. Doing it again and again? That's insane.

October 19, 2013 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Goodbye, affirmative action

If Tuesday's argument before the Supreme Court is any indication, a Michigan law prohibiting "preferential treatment" is on its way to being upheld by the United States Supreme Court. The law was held unconstitutional last year by a panel of judges on the United States Court of Appeals because, in their view, the primarily white electorate was taking away from minorities the benefits of an admissions policy that supported racial diversity in the state college and university system.

October 18, 2013 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


BART: Waiting for the Apocalypses

What do you call waiting for the end of a partial government shutdown while waiting to see if Congress raises the debt limit while waiting to see if Bay Area Rapid Transit workers strike and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit workers join them? Waiting for the apocalypses? Or: Bargaining bad.

October 17, 2013 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Runaway Spending concern is anarchy?

A national network reporter, during an interview about about the government shutdown, actually told me: "Democrats believe government should do some things. Republicans don't believe government should be doing anything." Where had we heard that characterization of the GOP?

October 16, 2013 | | Other Views


Farm bill’s wasteful welfare program

Some aspects of American agriculture are quite odd. For example, to meet a farmer these days, you don't need to venture out to the hinterland. Thousands of our farmers are city slickers.

October 15, 2013 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Kids majoring in techno-mayhem

As video games grow ever more violent and realistic, the latest sign of "progress" is the arrival of female characters you can take into combat in the latest version of the war game "Call of Duty."

October 15, 2013 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Congress’ bipartisan self-destruction

The Republican Party is paying a steep price for the House Republicans' decision to follow Sen. Ted Cruz's self-destructive crusade to partially shut down the government in a reckless gambit to defund Obamacare.

October 15, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Obama disobeys law of the land

The Democrats are chanting that Republicans must fully fund Obamacare because it is the law of the land, passed by Congress, signed by the president and upheld by the Supreme Court. Therefore, they say, it must be obeyed and can't be altered by Republicans who want to defund it.

October 14, 2013 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY | Other Views


McDonald’s moving McSlow on menu

The fast-food chain swears it will offer plenty of healthy choices at all its restaurants but not

October 14, 2013 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Shutdown: This is nuts

Actually, as best I can tell, it's not nuts: The FDA folks who are in charge of inspecting nut factories aren't working. Did someone say salmonella? Yes, we have a chicken problem, and it's not clear whether those folks are working, either. Apparently, the CDC has recalled some people to deal with salmonella, but flu is another matter. Seafood and produce from outside the country? That appears to be a no. Stay away from national parks. Waiting on a home loan? Wait. Small-business loan? Nope.

October 11, 2013 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


‘Young invincibles’ to mature vulnerables

The founts of wisdom on the Affordable Care Act spent the past year anguishing over whether "young invincibles" - young adults with low medical costs and no health coverage - would buy policies under the act. If young adults instead chose to pay the $95 fine, experts predicted, Obamacare would falter.

October 11, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Reckless default fear-mongering

Never before has an American president threatened and risked the U.S. economy and financial markets the way Barack Obama has in recent days. For his own narrow political ends, Obama and his minions have actually accused the Republican party of deliberately provoking a Treasury debt default because they don't agree with the Obama position on the continuing budget resolution and the debt ceiling.

October 10, 2013 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Dear John: Enough is enough

Hey there, Mr. Speaker.

October 09, 2013 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


How low can you go in DC?

The feud between Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and David Vitter, R-La., doesn't have the import of the federal government shutdown, but it does shine a light on the Beltway's partisan rancor. If there is a lesson for Washington politicos from this mud fight, then it is this: Don't try to be clever. There will be blowback.

October 08, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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‘Get out of jail free’ cards

"Many people were inconvenienced by the Montgomery bus boycotts. Do you think Rosa Parks should pay restitution for that?" Mollie Costello hectored the Bay Area Rapid Transit board at a recent hearing. Costello is one of the Black Friday 14 - 14 protesters arrested Nov. 28 for shutting down the West Oakland BART station and four of five transit lines for three hours to protest the killing of unarmed black men by police officers.

February 04, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Old McPontiff had a farm

Old songs occasionally need to be refreshed with updated verses.

February 04, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Oil experts miss crude crash

I recently mentioned in a column on renewable energy that solar power could generate half of the world's electricity by 2050. I cited the International Energy Agency as my source.

February 03, 2015 | By EMILY GRECO Managing editor of Other Words | Other Views


Word games & racism

The brilliant actor Benedict Cumberbatch is in hot water for getting his words wrong. Appearing on Tavis Smiley's show, the Oscar-nominated star of "The Imitation Game" took a strong stand in favor of greater diversity in Hollywood.

February 01, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Abortion protesters don’t count?

Hundreds of thousands of protesters descend on Washington every January to "March for Life," protesting the horror of more than a million abortions in America every year. Every year the "news" outlets report next to nothing, even when their reporters are there documenting the event as their cameras film it.

January 31, 2015 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Where the real battle is happening

The Super Bowl is well timed. It comes mid-winter, a month after our New Year's resolutions begin deflating, when the market is teetering, our finances are squeezed, and the collections agencies calling day and night. For those who were fortunate to make some income last year, the 1099's or W-2s arrive, and we brace ourselves to face off with the IRS.

January 31, 2015 | DEAN McFALLS | Other Views


‘NEW’ GAS TAX

So why is it that while other states are now enjoying gas prices of less than $2 per gallon, California is still paying higher prices?

January 29, 2015 | By GEORGE RUNNER State Board of Equalization member | Other Views


When in Riyadh, don’t do as royals do

First lady Michelle Obama made an important statement when she showed up in Saudi Arabia with her husband Tuesday to mourn the death of King Abdullah and meet successor King Salman. Though the first lady dressed in a fashion respectful of Saudi custom - in black pants and a long, loose jacket that fully covered her arms and legs - she did not don a headscarf. Saudi women do not have that choice. Thus, the first lady made a fashion statement that sent a politely assertive message to the all-male Saudi delegation.

January 29, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Marriage on chopping block?

Within hours after the Supreme Court announced it would decide whether the Constitution requires every state to recognize marriages between persons of the same sex, the New York Times published an editorial gleefully predicting the inevitable outcome. When its ruling comes down in June, the Times assures us, the Supreme Court will "end the debate once and for all."

January 27, 2015 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Hair-raising hypocrisy in Texas

As messed up as it sounds, in the unending struggle for justice, there is such thing as a "positive negative." This occurs when you win a struggle that you never should have had to deal with in the first place.

January 27, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Jeb Bush: Boring speaker

Jeb Bush may be the front-runner in the GOP 2016 primary. He is the son and brother of former presidents and can tap into their vaunted fundraising machines. In some eyes, the former Florida governor always was the more disciplined, thoughtful and worthy son. Maybe. But Jeb Bush also has a problem: He is a boring speaker.

January 26, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Pelosi’s ploy versus Boehner’s invite

"I don't believe I'm poking anyone in the eye," House Speaker John Boehner asserted Wednesday. That was after His Speakership told the media that he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress about "the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life."

January 24, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The greatest ‘Babe’ in sports

I recently addressed a rather odd topic for an audience of political progressives: "Who was your sports hero growing up?"

January 24, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Selma snub vs. Eastwood eclipse: Who’s the victim of discrimination?

Where's the Clint Eastwood Million Cowboy March on Hollywood? The case for bias against Eastwood is far stronger than that of the alleged "snub" of the movie "Selma." "American Sniper," a new film directed by Clint Eastwood, set box-office records for a film opening in January. Yet he was "shut out" of the director category. Was Clint Eastwood, a white, unabashed George W. Bush-supporting Republican, a victim of political discrimination?

January 22, 2015 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


New math on campuses

The New York Times published a provocative news story called "The New Math on Campus." No, it's not about the failure of Common Core to teach arithmetic; it's about the changing ratio of males to females on most college campuses.

January 20, 2015 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


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