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Weak, confused and ‘unable to grasp’

- The Washington Times

Many bad things happen when a leader is weak, confused and forever in search of a credible reason to do nothing. For all his softness on Islam, Barack Obama has little insight into the men who send out mobs to cry “death to America.” He can’t imagine that men can listen to the call to evening Muslim prayer, which so captivated him as a boy growing up in Indonesia — “the prettiest sound on Earth” — and be inspired to dream of bringing down death on America.

Illustration on NOAA's climate change fictions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

NOAA’s climate change science fiction

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the nation’s leading collector of climate data. Every day, NOAA analyzes vast amounts of data to predict changes to our climate, weather, oceans and coasts. The agency also publishes monthly temperature averages across the nation and compares those numbers to historical temperature records.

The Invincible Obama Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Behind Obama’s lack of leadership

President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed more than 200,000 civilians but stopped a war that had already killed tens of millions and could have wiped out millions more.

Illustration on Obama's undermining Arctic oil exploration and production by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tapping into energy obstructionism

When the Obama administration moved to embrace offshore energy exploration in Alaska earlier this year, skeptics raised a leery eyebrow. Could an administration so hostile to fossil fuels actually change its stripes?

U.S.-Iran Policy Paradox Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama’s Mideast paradox

Most students of Physics 101 have been exposed to a well-known thought experiment called “Schrodinger’s Cat.” In this experiment, renowned Danish physicist Erwin Schrodinger illustrates an absurd feature of quantum theory that allows a hypothetical cat to be both be alive and dead at the same time. This, however, is impossible, a paradox.

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.

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Illustration on the lack of direction in the West in the face of Islamic extremism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Massacre in Paris

Just hours before the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, "Good Morning America" broadcast an interview with President Obama. In it, the president told host George Stephanopoulos, "I don't think they're gaining strength.

Illustration on making a commodity of fear to increase sales by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

Merchants of fear

Fear sells. And companies are increasingly doubling down on this marketing strategy to target an American public that is more distracted, ad-weary and indebted than ever.

Jonathan Butler, front left, addresses a crowd following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the university in Columbia, Mo. Butler has ended his hunger strike as a result of the resignation. Associated Press Photo

Caving in to crybullies

Millions of people worldwide were horrified to learn that Paris had been attacked by terrorists. But some supporters of the student protests at the University of Missouri had a unique reason for their dismay: outrage over what had happened in France was taking the spotlight off their grievances.

The Demise of the European Union Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The death of modern Europe

We are witnessing the slow but accelerating death modern Europe. When the verdict of history is rendered, historians will record the cause of death as the curable but untreated diseases of terrorism and uncontrolled immigration.

Illustration on depressed interest rates on savings by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bad news for savers

Do not expect to get a higher real rate of interest on your savings -- ever. Traditionally, people could expect to receive 2 or 3 percent more than the rate of inflation on their savings or money market accounts. For instance, if inflation was 2 percent, many people received 5 percent interest per year on their government-insured savings accounts.

ISIS Committing Genocide Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Calling genocide by its rightful name

Emerging suggestions of a forthcoming statement by the Obama administration declaring the targeted mass killing, rape and enslavement of the Yazidi community under the Islamic State as "genocide" speak of a decisive move that would convey to the international community the moral and legal responsibility to protect the victims of these crimes.

The hypocrisy of smoking bans

When HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced a proposed rule to ban smoking in public housing nationwide, the absurdity was too much to bear. Here was another predictable liberal toady from President Obama's regime (and a man very often mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton) sanctimoniously issuing a supposedly grave concern about the health and safety of poor Americans.

No justice for Tayshawn Lee?

In the streets of Chicago a murder here and there does not mean a thing; killings and shootings are a way of life in the Windy City. So far this year there have been 390 murders and more than 2,500 shootings. Since no one keeps track of the later deaths that result from the shootings, the number of deaths is actually higher.

Draining the swamp of patent trolls

One single federal court district in a remote part of the country accounts for nearly half of all patent case filings this year. Indeed, 44 percent of patent lawsuits have been filed in the Eastern District of Texas Court thus far.

Nathaniel Prentice Banks

'Mr. Speaker' over the years

Now that the process of electing Paul Ryan as the Speaker of the House to replace John Boehner is over, it should be noted that the office in historical terms, in spite of the recent drama in finding a candidate, has attracted little attention.

Who's left holding the bill?

The American Revolution was something of a mockery of fact and truth. In their dispute with King George III, the revolutionaries imagined a host of grievances that were not of much substance. After all, who doesn't have some complaints regarding whomever is governing them?

The Tragedy of Heroin Use Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Banditos in the brush

White-tail deer hunting season opened in South Texas on November 7 and runs for the next two months. Since it's the event of the year for thousands of ranchers and hunters, anticipation at high school reunions and other social gatherings during the fall runs high.

Josef Stalin

A little history of 'politically correct'

Everything "politically correct" threatens to strangle the public conversation that nurtures democracy, and the growing numbers of skeptics eager to show their righteous contempt for it might be interested to know the origins of the term, which has been revived from its original use. It's a wicked attitude intended to stifle the conscience and suppress belief and conviction.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the VFW Post in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

The Clinton message

Hillary Clinton and her sidekick ought to be in pictures. They should be in the dictionary as the iconic illustration of crony capitalism. They didn't invent crony capitalism but they perfected it. Barack Obama shamelessly uses government power and largesse to promote his friends and pet projects, but he has been put in the shade of Bonny and Clod.

Concerned Student 1950 member Ayanna Poole uses a megaphone while leading a "We Are Not Afraid" march including local and regional campuses Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 on Rollins Street on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo. (Daniel Brenner/Columbia Daily Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

The folly of stoking campus racialism

Bernard Sanders has joined the campaign to shame U.S. colleges that has taken off in the wake of events at the University of Missouri, where top administrators resigned last week over allegations that they didn't do enough about racist incidents.

Trump is wrong, wages are not too high

Milwaukee, Wisc. -- Outside the massive Milwaukee theater, venue of Tuesday's 4th Republican presidential debate, were the noisy protesters marching for a hike in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. They held up signs chanting "Fight for $15."

Rescue workers gather at victims in the 10th district of Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Several dozen people were killed in a series of unprecedented attacks around Paris on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said, announcing that he was closing the country's borders and declaring a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Islamic State 'not contained' as Paris attacks show

Even as Islamic State terrorists carrying Syrian and Egyptian passports were moving into position last Friday morning to launch the most terrifying attack on Paris since World War II, President Obama went before the cameras on ABC's "Good Morning America" to assure George Stephanopoulos and his audience that we've "contained" ISIS.