Joe Biden is a Fraud

The conventional wisdom holds that Joe Biden would be the most formidable opponent for Donald Trump. The problem with conventional wisdom—as evidenced by the recent failure of Hillary Clinton as the anointed one—is that it’s often wrong. Many of the Democrat candidates are frauds. But Biden has so much baggage I hope he runs. He … Continue reading Joe Biden is a Fraud

The Times and Flyover Country

With its myopic view of flyover country, The New York Times has designated Wyoming as one of its 52 places to visit in 2019. The reason: In 1869, the Territory of Wyoming passed the first law in the United States giving women the right to vote. The state should be applauded for its acknowledgment of … Continue reading The Times and Flyover Country

Democrats, a Union, and Corruption

John Dougherty may not be a household name, but he is the kingmaker of Philadelphia and much of Pennsylvania. Dougherty, known as Johnny Doc, is a classic example of Democrat machine politics that have nothing to do with making people’s lives better. Take, for example, the much-heralded tax on sweetened beverages that became law in … Continue reading Democrats, a Union, and Corruption

The Left’s Failures on Crime, Drugs, and the Environment

Here in Philadelphia, a bastion of leftist ineptitude, the city is facing mounting problems with crime, drugs, and even recycling. The head of Philadelphia’s police union attacked District Attorney Larry Krasner, charging that Krasner had decimated the prosecutor’s office, turned it into the public defender’s office, and harbors “great disdain and dislike for law enforcement.” … Continue reading The Left’s Failures on Crime, Drugs, and the Environment

1979: A Crack in Time

When I arrived in the Middle East in 1979, I didn’t realize how momentous that year would be. As it turned out, 1979 became one of the most important years in recent history. At the outset, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran to take power after decades in exile, removing a key U.S. ally in the … Continue reading 1979: A Crack in Time

I Am a Racist Again, Not a Victim Again

Some Temple University alumni have called for me to face disciplinary charges because I wrote about a group of black female teenagers on campus who harassed me, threatened me, and spat on me. In a letter to the student newspaper, the alumni defended the anti-Semitic comments of Marc Lamont Hill, praising his analysis while disparaging … Continue reading I Am a Racist Again, Not a Victim Again

Guns for Teachers

After last year’s mass murder at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the media traced every micro-move of a small group of students who advocated gun control. What you haven’t heard much about is the recent recommendation that schools should have more people with guns to prevent such terrible events. The commission investigating the massacre … Continue reading Guns for Teachers

The ‘Real’ Stories Behind Football

As the college and professional football seasons lumber toward their conclusion, I couldn’t help but recall and then watch the brilliant TV series “Friday Night Lights,” a wonderful program about high school football in Texas. The series' setting, Dillon, is a small town in rural Texas—not unlike my high school days in Sioux Falls, South … Continue reading The ‘Real’ Stories Behind Football

The Democrat Divas

Cher, a singer of limited talent, a diva with an unlimited wardrobe, and a leftist of limitless anti-Republican rants, has been chosen to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. For those who may remember, Cher and then-husband Sonny Bono sang some pop ditties in the 1960s that rivaled “Sugar, … Continue reading The Democrat Divas

The Trouble with Tenure

The case of Marc Lamont Hill, the social justice warrior at Temple University, is a classic example of what’s wrong with tenure, which guarantees a lifetime job in academia. Hill engaged in hate speech in a presentation to the United Nations. He got fired at CNN, where he worked as a political gabber. At Temple, … Continue reading The Trouble with Tenure

I’m Not The Victim–Again!

The message from a Temple University police detective wasn’t subtle. If I carried a weapon on campus, I would be fired. When I got the telephone call, I thought perhaps the police were following up on my harassment by a group of teenagers on campus—an incident I wrote about a few weeks ago. See … Continue reading I’m Not The Victim–Again!

My Colleague: Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lamont Hill, the ousted gabber for CNN, is a poster child for what’s wrong with academia and journalism. Last year Hill contacted Temple University about teaching there, and the university bigwigs jumped at the chance to employ him. The school gave him a tenured job, coupled with an endowed chair in the Department of … Continue reading My Colleague: Marc Lamont Hill

On Being Catholic

It’s tough being a Catholic these days. Throughout the years, I have had an on-again, off-again relationship with the church. I blamed the church for the death of my mother when I was 13. She attended church almost every day, but her pastor abandoned her when she needed his help. As a journalist, I often … Continue reading On Being Catholic

I Am A Racist, Not A Victim!

It’s troubling when you see the failure of American institutions close up. As I was waiting for my takeout order at a local Chinese restaurant, five black teenagers ran into the store and started to steal stuff. I instinctively grabbed one of the five girls and held her while I asked people to call the … Continue reading I Am A Racist, Not A Victim!

The Myths of Jonestown

As one of the few journalists who visited the horrific scene in Jonestown, Guyana, I remain dumbfounded about why the myths about the tragedy, which happened 40 years ago, live on. Here’s what happened on Nov. 18, 1978. I arrived in Guyana with a team of editors, photographers, and reporters from The Washington Post, the … Continue reading The Myths of Jonestown