Winners and Losers 2015

Winners & Losers: 2015

Each year, “The McLaughlin Group,” the longest-running panel show on national TV, which began in 1982, announces its awards for the winners and losers and the best and the worst of the year. Rereading my list of 39 awardees suggests something about how our world is changing. As “Person of …

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The Allure of Mass Murder

The Allure of Mass Murder

“Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight.” That blog post on the email address of Oregon mass-murderer Christopher Harper-Mercer was made after Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed that Roanoke TV reporter and her cameraman. “I have noticed,” said the blog post, “that people …

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What are the forces pulling nations apart? Ethnicity, culture, history and language — but now also economics.

Is Red State America Seceding?

In the last decade of the 20th century, as the Soviet Empire disintegrated so, too, did that prison house of nations, the USSR. Out of the decomposing carcass came Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Moldova, all in Europe; Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus; and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, …

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Gun War

Who Is Winning the Gun War?

Attacks from abroad — Pearl Harbor, 9/11 — have united us. Yet domestic atrocities lately seem only to deepen our divisions. The bombing of the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City was seized upon to savage government critics like Rush Limbaugh. After the murder of six innocents, including a 9-year-old …

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Gun Rights

America’s Coming Gun War

Eight days after the massacre of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary, where each child was shot with a Bushmaster .223, The Nation’s Gun Show, the biggest east of the Mississippi, opened. “A line already snaked around the building shortly after the three-day event began at 3 p.m., and the …

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Hate

The Dead Soul of Adam Lanza

“No set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society.” So said President Obama in words of comfort in Newtown. The president was right to speak of evil, but mistaken when he called the massacre “senseless.” For this was a …

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Obama’s Zimmerman Problem

God save me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies. That thought must be coursing through the mind of President Obama right now as his White House rigs for silent running in the murder trial of George Zimmerman. Obama foolishly inserted himself into this volatile case weeks …

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A Nation Arms Itself — For What?

With the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer who was legally carrying a 9-millimeter handgun, the familiar wail has arisen from our cultural and media elite: America has too many guns! “Open carry” and “concealed carry” laws should be repealed. Florida’s “Stand-your-ground” law, replicated in two …

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