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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Even as Obama tries to make a hard case for sentencing reform, prisoner rehabilitation and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty. Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he has refused to discuss what he might call for. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

When danger is deliberate

Barack Obama is blowing past all signs of caution on the left lanes of the road of American politics. That’s a dog-bites-man headline that by now is common knowledge. He no longer cares what Americans think of his leadership. His “my way or the highway” handling of the Syrian refugee crisis, which could endanger the homeland, seals it.

FILE - in this Nov. 13, 2012 photo a worker pulls a line of shopping carts toward a Wal-Mart store in North Kingstown, R.I.  Wal-Mart reported improved customer traffic and an uptick in a key sales figure as it topped earnings expectations in the third quarter, even as a stronger dollar pressured its performance overseas. Its shares edged up more than 2 percent in premarket trading Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 after it detailed results from the quarter that ended Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Jeers for the greedy on Thanksgiving Day

Black Friday is traditionally the first taste of holiday cheer. Thanksgiving is unique in that it has never been commercialized like Christmas, although they’re working on it. One national advertiser thinks it should be renamed “Thanksgetting.” For union organizers, it means an opportunity to protest for higher wages. If the crowds flocking to the nation’s malls are anything like recent years, it means consumers aren’t buying the politics of envy.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he talks during a news conference at the end of the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The leaders of the Group of 20 wrapped up their two-day summit near the Turkish Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya Monday against the backdrop of heavy French bombardment of the Islamic State's stronghold in Syria. The bombings marked a significant escalation of France's role in the fight against the extremist group. (Anadolu Agency via AP, Pool)

A new crisis in an old place

These are scary times. Miscalculations can be expensive, paid for by everyone. The shooting of a mere archduke set off World War I, and Japanese militarists thought they saw an unarmed America too proud to fight, and ordered the raid on Pearl Harbor. The Arab nations thought Israel would fold under attack, and started two wars that ended with the Arab nations folding like the accordion.

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In this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 photo, opposition presidential candidate Mauricio Macri waves to supporters during the closing campaign rally in Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina. Macri will face the ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli in a Nov. 22 runoff. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Hope for change in Argentina

There's something hopeful to sing about in the Argentine. The election of Mauricio Macri, 56, the center-right mayor of Buenos Aires, as the new president is an attempt — the latest — to write permanent finis to the Peronista epoch in the nation's history.

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Waiting for the repo man

President Obama and his liberal friends insist they should be judged not on performance but on good intentions. This conceit enables them to condemn critics of federal programs as mean-spirited when the evidence clearly demonstrates that the problem with the program is that it just doesn't work. They want to be graded on "commitment" to alleviating things like poverty, social injustice and regulating the weather and the high seas.

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.

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.

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.

Steam and smoke rises from the smokestack of a coal-fired power plant near Ordos in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Tilting at the elusive windmills

France mourns its dead, and President Obama is getting ready to lead the heads of 196 nations into the city of light in pursuit of his climate change agenda. Every man to his own idea of what's important. Despite the manufactured hysteria over the weather, the production of energy is not the most dangerous work of humankind. The most dangerous barbarians are those who are busy beating their plowshares into swords.

U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the media upon arrival Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, as he arrives for the APEC summit. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Obama stands down

Surprise is a crucial element in successful warfare, as Stonewall Jackson demonstrated in the early months of the Civil War, as the Japanese demonstrated at Pearl Harbor and as the Islamic terrorists of the Islamic State, or ISIS, demonstrated in the streets of Paris. Barack Obama, a legend of leadership only in his own mind, announces with fanfare that under no circumstances will he commit significant ground forces to "degrade and destroy" the radical Islamic terrorists.

President Barack Obama leaves after posing for a family photo at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to redouble U.S. efforts to eliminate the Islamic State group and end the Syrian civil war that has fueled its rise, denouncing the extremist group's horrifying terror spree in Paris as "an attack on the civilized world." (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The threat to America

Neither bombs nor bullets can awaken Barack Obama and the Democrats from their Utopian reverie. Hillary Clinton's inability to figure out who that enemy is at the gate betrays her as an unserious candidate for president. Neither of them seem to understand that the first responsibility of any president is to know the nation's enemies.

Confusion in Hollywood

Here comes another defense of the Hollywood conscience. The Hollywood conscience is different from the conscience of others. Where but in Hollywood would it be fashionable to justify the betrayal of friend and country as conscience abused.

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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.