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EDITORIAL: Schoolyard bullies

Imagine what the outcry would be if the House of Representatives somehow passed a bill outlawing charter schools nationwide and, before the Senate had even considered the bill, officials throughout government began writing to school districts telling them to start planning to eliminate charters. The backlash would be enormous. How dare they pressure school districts to kill charter schools before the law actually has changed? Published November 30, 2009

EDITORIAL: The $300 million Louisiana purchase

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, provided one of the last two votes needed to bring the government health care takeover to the Senate. She didn't even blush about selling her vote. "I am not going to be defensive. And it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix," Mrs. Landrieu bragged on Nov. 21. This gross windfall will flood into her state through added benefits in the health care bill. This is government at its worst. Published November 30, 2009

EDITORIAL: Barbie converts to Islam

Western culture has lost another battle in the clash of civilizations as Barbie dons the burqa. Burkha Barbie, by Italian designer Eliana Lorena, will be among the dolls auctioned by Sotheby's in a benefit for the nongovernment charity Save the Children. The message to little girls worldwide: Abandon all hope. Published November 29, 2009

EDITORIAL: Terrorist conflicts at Justice Department

When considering how to handle captured terrorist suspects who represent an existential threat to America, the U.S. government owes the American people the fullest measure of reassurance that decisions are made by people without any conflicts of interest. In that light, the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are right to demand that the Justice Department fully disclose the backgrounds of the lawyers making the decisions in these cases. Published November 29, 2009

EDITORIAL: Death tax redux

The Obama administration and its congressional allies have a pretty straightforward choice when it comes to the death tax, which Democrats like to call the estate tax. They can set aside their ideological fixation, kill off the counterproductive death tax and reap a harvest of jobs before the 2010 elections, or they can stick to their fixation on robbing the productive rich at the cost of a bigger political bloodbath in 11 months. Published November 29, 2009

EDITORIAL: The true meaning of Xmas

Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday has arrived. With the Christmas season now semiofficially upon us, tradition dictates that consumers flood shopping malls and online marketplaces to buy everything in sight. At the same time, politically motivated busybodies stop at nothing to distract from, deny or delete any references to that Jesus guy who may or may not have inspired the holiday known as Xmas. The "X" stands for we can't remember what. Published November 27, 2009

EDITORIAL: The global-cooling cover-up

The climate-gate revelations have exposed an unprecedented coordinated attempt by academics to distort research for political ends. Anyone interested in accurate science should be appalled at the manipulation of data "to hide the decline [in temperature]" and deletion of e-mail exchanges and data so as not to reveal information that would support global-warming skeptics. These hacks are not just guilty of bad science. In the United Kingdom, deleting e-mail messages to prevent their disclosure from a Freedom of Information Act request is a crime. Published November 27, 2009

EDITORIAL: Thanks for our abundance

Since when did Thanksgiving become a time for suffering limitations? Coming hard on the heels of NBC's annual Green Week, we are hearing the now commonplace annual buzz about making this year's Thanksgiving eco-friendly and sustainable. It is another liberal plot to suck the joy out of life. Published November 26, 2009

EDITORIAL: A call to prayer and repentance

As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and the blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety without which social happiness can not exist nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed; and as this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty or of danger, when existing or threatening calamities, the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity, are a loud call to repentance and reformation; and as the United States of America are at present placed in a hazardous and afflictive situation by the unfriendly disposition, conduct, and demands of a foreign power, evinced by repeated refusals to receive our messengers of reconciliation and peace, by depredations on our commerce, and the infliction of injuries on very many of our fellow-citizens while engaged in their lawful business on the seas - under these considerations it has appeared to me that the duty of imploring the mercy and benediction of Heaven on our country demands at this time a special attention from its inhabitants. Published November 26, 2009

EDITORIAL: The duty of a nation to obey God

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor - and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Published November 26, 2009


There's a moment in "Old Dogs" when sports-marketing agents Charlie (John Travolta) and Dan (Robin Williams) are regaling a suite full of Japanese businessmen with a humorous anecdote. Published November 25, 2009

EDITORIAL: Kennedy vs. Catholicism

It's a dark scandal in American politics that so many Catholic politicians promote abortion and same-sex "marriage." Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin is trying to turn the tide by holding Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, Rhode Island Democrat, accountable for supporting abortion on demand. Dissenting from Catholic teaching is a Kennedy family tradition. It's about time somebody did something about it. Published November 25, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama's sacked inspector general

Even as congressional investigators demolish White House explanations for its firing last summer of a key inspector general, new documents show that an entire second area of misleading administration statements has gone largely unexplored. Each new revelation in the case suggests that Gerald Walpin, the fired IG for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), ought to be reinstated to his job. Published November 25, 2009

America's Morning News

In case you didn't tune into The Washington Times' nationally syndicated radio show "America's Morning News" - heard in Washington on WTNT-AM 570 and coast-to-coast via the Talk Radio Network - find out what three of Monday's guests told co-hosts Melanie Morgan and Jed Babbin, who is filling in for John McCaslin. Published November 24, 2009

EDITORIAL: Terrorists use Democratic talking points

The five terrorists facing federal trial in New York have some powerful arguments at their disposal. All they need to do is recycle Democratic talking points criticizing President George W. Bush's foreign policy. Published November 24, 2009

EDITORIAL: Hiding evidence of global cooling

Scientific progress depends on accurate and complete data. It also relies on replication. The past couple of days have uncovered some shocking revelations about the baloney practices that pass as sound science about climate change. Published November 24, 2009

EDITORIAL: Death for being a Christian

A 15-year-old Egyptian girl, Dina el-Gohary, has written an emotional appeal to President Obama asking him to use his influence to save her father, Maher el-Gohary, who is being persecuted for his beliefs. "Mr. President Obama, we are a minority in Egypt," Dina writes, according to a report from the Assyrian International News Agency. "We are treated very badly. ... We are imprisoned in our own home because Muslim clerics called for the murder of my father, and now the Government has set for us a new prison, we are imprisoned in our own country." Published November 23, 2009

EDITORIAL: Schumer's change of heart

New York's Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer just doesn't know what to think about terrorism. He does, however, know what to say - whatever is politically convenient at the moment. That's not what New Yorkers need to hear with the trial of Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed about to land on the docket. Published November 23, 2009

EDITORIAL: Another stimulus

President Obama and the Democratic Congress forced through a $787 billion stimulus package to create jobs and try to give a jump start to the economy. Instead, the nation's unemployment rate hit 10.2 percent and continues to rise. Despite the clear failure of the government's massive deficit spending, House Democrats are planning a second so-called stimulus that promises to do even more economic harm. Published November 23, 2009

EDITORIAL: Bureaucrats regulating corporate pay

Bank of America has failed to find a new president to replace the outgoing Kenneth Lewis. There is little doubt why: Obama administration "pay czar" Kenneth Feinberg and fanciful executive pay rules make more sense in an ivory tower than they do in a boardroom. Published November 22, 2009