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Illustration on giving thanks for the American military by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Grateful for American muscle

We Americans have much to be grateful for. Every year we gather together with friends and family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. When we do, we should be grateful as well for the service of the American military in far-flung outposts.

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen answers to the House Oversight Committee in the panel's continuing probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the government's tax agency, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Earlier this month, IRS official Lois Lerner was called to testify about the controversy but refused to answer questions by committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and invoked her Fifth Amendment rights at least nine times. Associated Press Photo

Impeach IRS chief John Koskinen

After revelations that the Internal Revenue Service was restricting political speech and targeting conservative and tea party groups, John Koskinen was appointed to head the agency, promising reform and transparency.

The monument to General Gouverneur K. Warren at Gettysburg     The Washington Times

A Thanksgiving message in bronze

In the fall of 1865, America marked its first Thanksgiving since the end of the Civil War. Seven months earlier, after Robert E. Lee had surrendered on April 9, the North held a spontaneous jubilee. Cannons boomed, fireworks illuminated the night sky, bands played, people sang in the streets and crowds cheered the savior of the Union, Abraham Lincoln.

Religious Roots of Thanksgiving Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Proclaiming a day of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time when America’s religious roots and traditions are publicly displayed. While we think of feasting at tables filled with food and drink, and imagine the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony inviting neighboring Indians to join them to celebrate a plentiful harvest, Thanksgiving Day has a much more religious meaning. It was not uncommon in the 17th and 18th centuries for individual colonies to set aside days for prayers of gratitude to our Lord.

An American flag sits in front of gravestones on Veterans Day at San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio of San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A refugee’s tale of Thanksgiving

As I grew up in America, I came to realize that the most effective antidote for fear is not courage, but gratitude.

Illustration on the processing of national security intelligence by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Memo to presidential campaign advisers

This memorandum is addressed to the brave souls advising presidential candidates. As you know, the recent terrorist attacks in France — and in Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel — have altered the political landscape. With less than a year to go before the 2016 election, the landscape may stay altered even if there are no more attacks — and that seems unlikely.

The Approval of Technical Wrong Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the gun-ignorant make gun laws

When the state of Maryland quietly killed off its 15-year, $5 million social experiment in gun control — so-called “ballistic fingerprinting” — it served up the latest example of people who know nothing about firearms making technical laws about guns. The news of this latest failure (not a single crime solved in 15 years) followed New York shutting down a similar program, and it generated from gun owners and gun makers a tired “We told you so.”

MS St. Louis, 1939. The Voyage of Doom.

Stopping the next Holocaust

By now, in the days following the Paris massacre and the Brussels lockdown, many Americans have been reminded of the awful fate of the S.S. Saint Louis. In 1939, fleeing the impending doom of the Holocaust, some 900 Jews boarded the cruise ship in Hamburg, Germany, and crossed the Atlantic.

NATO Safe Area for Refugees Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Responding to humanitarian catastrophe

The international community just celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Accords, a landmark peace agreement that brought an end to the Bosnian War and a grave humanitarian crisis in the Balkans.

Illustration on the need for streamlines conceal carry permits in Washington, DC by Alexander Hunter/the Washington Times

Fighting ISIS with concealed carry

Following the recent Paris attacks, the Islamic State recently announced its intention to “strike America at its center,” in Washington, D.C. Our response should be swift and decisive.

Air Force Tech Sgt. Aaron Allmon           Associated Press photo

A military witch hunt that almost succeeded

Along with many Americans, I salute The Washington Times for having the courage to not only report on the Air Force general court martial persecution-prosecution of Air Force Tech Sgt. Aaron Allmon, but to continue following this case with a series of updates from the courtroom trial in Minot, N.D., until the court martial concluded on Nov. 14.

Former President George W. Bush speaks at the George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Feb. 19, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

How Obama cooks the terrorism numbers

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Barack Obama has given an eloquent testimony to a Christian faith, but his sympathies are always with Islam. He insisted from Asia that “99.9 percent of Muslims worldwide reject terrorism,” and that’s good news, if true. But it clearly is not.

Persecution of Christians by Muslims Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

No Christians and persecuted minorities allowed

Standing before the cameras in Turkey, President Obama found his safe place to indict half his countrymen for raising the issue of religion in their concern over his plan to open America’s gates to tens of thousands of Muslim “refugees” from Syria. Subjecting refugees to a religious test runs counter to American values, said Mr. Obama.

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CFPB Spinning Out of Control Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Reforming the 'consumer protector'

It's been a rocky five years for the Federal government's top consumer defender, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Since its creation as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, the watchdog agency has been mired in scandals that range from spying on American consumers, to massive budget overruns, to racial and gender discrimination.

Illustration on the loss of intellectual freedom in the academic world by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The demise of academic freedom

Last week, I was attacked by so-called "diversity" groups at Yale Law School because I had accepted an invitation from a student group (providing a forum for diversity of ideas), to speak on the meaning of the Birthright provision of the 14th Amendment.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2015, file photo, people wait in line to enter the migrant and refugee registration camp in Moria, on the island of Lesbos, Greece. Some Republicans are pushing back against aggressive opposition in their party to Syrian refugees resettling in the U.S., fresh evidence of a rift within the GOP that threatens to complicate the party’s outreach to minorities heading into the 2016 presidential contest.  (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)

A clear and present danger

President Obama is angry because his constituents are angry about his scheme to resettle thousands of largely "unvetted" refugees in places across the 50 states. He thinks the anger is not legitimate, but manufactured by Republican partisanship, bigotry against Muslims and an overreaction to that business in Paris.

The price of indifference

Barack Obama's heart is just not in the fight against the enemies of the West. Why fight when you can make a speech, deliver a few remarks of empty rhetoric at photo-ops, and hope everything turns out all right. Fighting is so fatiguing. Bashing Republicans, George W. Bush and the Confederate flag is more fun.

Changes at The White House Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama's distorted strategy

While France remains in a state of shock over the ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris, they are also most likely confused and disappointed over President Obama's declaration that there will be no fundamental change to his current policy and strategy to "now contain and defeat ISIS."

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Blue Guitar'

Quirky is the word that captures this author. Who else would write with such drollery about the collapse of a love affair.

Scott Smith, a supporter of open carry gun laws, wears a pistol as he prepares for a rally at the Capitol on Jan. 26, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (Associated Press)

The senselessness of defenselessness

Gun-free zones are zones where you're more likely to be gunned down by demented murderers who can dispatch a large number of victims in a short time, and the killers know it. A "gun-free nation," like France, is even more inviting. The radical Islamic terrorists kept up their grim attack in Paris for more than three hours, and then all but one of them took his own life without help from the police.

U.S. turned blind eye too long

With allies like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, who needs enemies ("Islamic State 'not contained' as Paris attacks show," Web, Nov. 14)? We ignored Riyadh's promotion of Wahhabism and tolerated its playing of the destructive sectarian card against the 'apostate' Shiites. The merciless attacks on Shiite worshippers by Sunni Wahhabis occur with sickening regularity in Iraq and Pakistan, and lately in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait.

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 file photo, with the White House in the background and the National Christmas Tree at right, people stand for a song at the end of the lighting of the National Hanukkah Menorah, during an event sponsored by the American Friends of Lubavitch, on The Ellipse in Washington marking the second night of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. Starbucks' late 2015 cups, holiday drinks and merchandise put it in the legion of companies that have seized on the sales potential of the Christmas season, while preferring to glaze over religiosity in a country that is increasingly pluralistic, said Leigh Schmidt, author of "Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of the American Holidays." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A surprise for the holidays

The warning by the FBI that the radical Islamic terrorists are plotting a holiday surprise for the nation's capital has to be taken as a grim and serious alarm. The Islamic State, or ISIS, is working to reprise Paris in the United States, and no occasion would suit the terrorists better than the season of thanksgiving and the festive celebration of the Prince of Peace.

Create volunteer U.S.-Muslim army

In searching for a strategy against the Islamic State, President Obama should call for and arm a volunteer brigade of U.S. Muslims to fight the terrorist group. Politically incorrect? No way. Just as men in my German-American family went into uniform to fight the Germans in World Wars I and II, American Muslims should be asked to show their loyalty to the United States through their action now.

Where is federal government's loyalty?

The president, almost all Democrats and most of the media seem unfazed when officials of sanctuary cities absolutely ignore federal immigration laws. But when state governors want to protect their residents from potential terrorists, those same people say the governors do not have the right to turn away refugees that the federal government intends to force upon them.

BOOK REVIEW: 'My Kitchen Year'

When Conde Nast unexpectedly closed Gourmet magazine, a popular favorite with home cooks for 69 years, its 10-year editor, Ruth Reichl, like the rest of the staff, was stunned. She was devastated, feeling responsible for the closure as it happened under her tenure, and unsure as to where she could turn next. The future looked bleak: A new job for a sixty-something food writer, editor and cook is not easy to find.

Illustration on the current spate of college protests by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The race to riot on college campuses

College campuses are again in turmoil. According to The New York Times, "Racist, sexist and anti-Semitic incidents on and near college campuses from Dartmouth to Wisconsin to Stanford this fall have provoked worries by education and civil rights leaders that such acts are on the increase."

Illustration on the Bill O'Reilly/George Will contratemps by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When history and celebrity collide

Earlier this month, premier Fox newsman Bill O'Reilly became unhinged on live television. A red-faced Mr. O'Reilly loudly and repeatedly called his invited guest, Washington Post columnist and fellow conservative Fox News journalist George Will, a "hack" and accused him of lying.

Syrian Immigrants Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The fruits of a failed Syria policy

As news of the heinous attacks in Paris spread, the question on everyone's mind was simple: How can we prevent another of these deadly tragedies? To be clear, we should not have been unprepared. After all, this is the same ideology that spurred the attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, and the attacks in Paris just months ago on Charlie Hebdo, and it is the same danger the international community is facing in Iraq and Syria on a daily basis.

Obama Control of the Ecosystem Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to halt the president's climate change ploy

President Obama will soon agree to a global warming treaty at the United Nations climate conference in Paris. While he'll hail it as an historic moment, he will insist it isn't really a treaty. Why?