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Recognizing the threat of the new Central Asian jihad

Last July 29, five terrorists in Tajikistan rammed a car into a group of seven Western cyclists and then attacked them with knives. Four of the killed cyclists included a couple from Washington, D.C., who were on a worldwide cycling adventure. The other fatalities were males from Switzerland and the Netherlands, and three others were wounded.

A square shooter finally returns fire

Earlier this month, when the unsupported allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had just become front page news, I happened to be in a physician’s office for a routine check-up. It turned out that my doctor — whose anonymity I’ll respect — had been a prep school classmate of Judge Kavanaugh.

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'Education runs on lies'

Arne Duncan's memoir of his experience as U.S. secretary of Education under President Barack Obama draws you in because he acknowledges that K-12 education in America is built on a tissue of lies. His opening sentence is: "Education runs on lies." But all too often he himself falls into misstatements, delusions and omissions of needed facts. Blinders made out of his beliefs block him from facing reality.

Where women are limited to 100 words a day

Dystopian novels spin off a current reality to show it leading to a hateful life down the road, when its abuses will have established a stranglehold.

Another look at Manson's life and horrific crimes

Having read Los Angles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's book on the Charles Manson trial, "Helter Skelter," in 1974, I thought the case was closed on Manson. But then I read Jeff Guinn's excellent biography, "Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson," (which I reviewed here in August of 2013).

A comedy icon and his complexities

The June suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain shed a light on mental illness and how it affects celebrities. It also brought to mind the similar death of actor and comedian Robin Williams that stunned the world in August 2014.

Remembering a storied warship and its tragedy

History doesn't care. Learning recently that a warship named for my ancestor was lost in solo combat off Guadalcanal -- sunk in minutes by Japanese planes that left sailors swimming with sharks for three days and claimed 233 American lives -- I could find only one comparison: The famous sinking of USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945.

A Founding hero who treated the sick

Of the heroic men who signed the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Benjamin Rush surely deserves high rank for all-around versatility.

Suggesting a gripping tale, but not delivering

The first page of "Red, White, Blue" notes that Anna had inherited grace. "She was, some might say, born for public life. She was also born temperamentally disposed against it, against even the occasional party."

When productive Americans are ignored

The most memorable line of the 2016 presidential campaign was delivered in a speech by Hillary Clinton to a group of donors, in which she said "you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it."

Liberalizing the university with conservative thought

For conservative academics who are intimately aware of university life under leftist machinations, "The University We Need: Reforming American Higher Education" by Warren Treadgold is a book that not only will augment personal experiences, but will offer what just may be a way out of the apparently hopeless mess that leftists have made of higher education.

What military history can teach us

Military theory comes in two forms. The first is an attempt to understand the nature of war and its relation to politics.

Ably picking up where the master left off

In today's world of books, while you may in fact be taking a dirt nap, books bearing your name will continue to appear -- and sell. If you sell enough books, you don't ever have to die.

Confronting the reality of cyber warfare

Since the advent of nuclear weapons, American deterrence has been based on the notion that only adversarial nations with nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to the country's security. In "The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age," David Sanger argues that an additional existential threat now confronts America because we live in a world in which virtually everything we rely on -- whether computers, phones, transportation, electrical power grids, water supplies or global navigation and communications satellites -- is interconnected in cyberspace. It is there that everything is vulnerable to disruption, if not destruction, through the use of cyber-weapons by malevolent adversaries.

How Russia uses lies to shape public opinion

As the son of civil rights activists in uber-racist Alabama in the 1960s, CBS reporter Jeff Pegues is justly appalled at racial slurs, whatever the source.

When an unreliable husband sells the house

Apart from not being able to pay the mortgage, a homeowner's worst nightmare has to be to come home and find someone else is moving into the house.