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Horace Greeley

All the sound and fury called news

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This has been a rough year for news junkies. Changing stations for network and cable-TV news reveals not coherence but alternative realities. It’s easy to be confounded when caught in the middle of a muddle of polarizing differences, as social media spreads interpretations of the theology of what Flip Wilson, a popular comic of an earlier time, called the Church of What’s Happening Now. Today the abundance of sources enables massaging the news to fit personal prejudices and predispositions. It’s the famous slogan of The New York Times, “All the news that’s fit to print” distorted to “All the news that fits our bias, we print.”

In this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) before the start of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

How the liberal morality police ruin lives

The right to not be destroyed because people don’t like you — the bedrock principle informing all civil rights values and successes — is being made a mockery of by today’s modern liberal inquisitors. Ask comedian and actor Kevin Hart and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.

Illustration on the Iranian threat in the Middle East by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Punishing the Saudi prince

Consult a map of the Middle East. Locate the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow sea passage separating the Arabian Peninsula from Iran, and connecting the Gulf — whether you call it the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Gulf is a thorny question — to the open oceans beyond.

Illustration on the need for increased defense spending by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Putting service men and women first

We wrote recently on these pages that we must engage in “right-sizing America’s government to protect our economic growth.” That is, we must safeguard the rapid economic growth induced by our major tax reform/tax cut legislation of 2017, and not dissipate it on more wasteful spending as we have in the past and as will be urged by the new “progressive” (not Democratic) majority in the House.

Incarceration Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Facing facts about prison time

I thought I knew. As someone who served time in prison and runs an organization that works with families and individuals directly impacted by incarceration, I thought I knew how big the problem was. I talk every day to parents who are missing their incarcerated sons and daughters and kids who are missing their incarcerated moms and dads. I knew incarceration touched the lives of a lot of American families, but even I was shocked by the results of a new survey released this week.

Brown Out Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

America’s increasingly fragile electric grid

One of the lesser known economic successes of the modern era is the U.S. electric grid. For the most part, enough electricity-generating capacity to meet the nation’s power needs is available at the flip of a switch. America’s power plants continue to perform at high levels of safety and reliability. The reason: A diverse mix of fuels and technologies — coal, natural gas, nuclear power and renewables — serves as a hedge against price volatility and supply disruptions.

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Illustration on scare tactics against farm-produced foods by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How animal activists threaten animal welfare

Those looking to eat healthy over Thanksgiving weekend were treated to some unappetizing news: A nationwide warning to stay away from romaine lettuce. After authorities linked lettuce to a number of E. coli cases, they issued a dramatic "do not eat" proclamation.

Ameer Hassan of New York stops to sign the condolence book as the official portrait of former President George H.W. Bush is draped in black cloth at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, to mark his passing. Bush will lay in state at the Capitol building this week before being buried in Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

George Herbert Walker Bush

They clearly don't make 'em like George H.W. Bush any more. There's no longer much of a market for presidents dedicated to decency, dignity, and unabashed service to God and country.

Even France sees tax flaw

The "yellow jacket" riots in Paris over French President Emmanuel Macron's added gas tax demonstrate that many French who favor socialism, which results in monstrous government debt and high unemployment, are learning that the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's observation about socialism (it is fine until you run out of other people's money), is indeed a truism, not a quip ("'Yellow jackets will triumph': 133 injured, 412 arrested in Paris protest riot," Web, Dec. 2).

Left thrives on disconnecting us

Your editorial "Misery in the midst of plenty" (Web, Dec. 2) thoughtfully juxtaposes the vibrant American economy with our not-so-vibrant "connectedness to community." Is this not the irony of ironies: that what sociologists call the "crisis of connection" grows in tandem with the explosive popularity of online social media?

Creating a template for mass killing

The Islamic State (ISIS) is notorious for its videotaped death squad executions of its captured Western hostages in Iraq and Syria, and its genocidal mass extermination of the Yazidi Christian community in Iraq. Extremist Sunni Muslim militants in Egypt intentionally target the country's Coptic Christians and instigate the mass bombings of their churches. Genocidal impulses toward demonized groups is not a new human phenomenon, but Nazi Germany may well have contributed the template.

Illustration on Russian aggression against Ukraine by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The method in the Russian madness

On Nov. 25, the Russian navy attacked and captured three Ukrainian navy vessels approaching the two-mile wide Kerch Strait. The Strait is the only passageway from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea and two of Ukraine's largest ports.

Chart to accompany Moore article of Dec. 3, 2018.

Regaining trust on money issues

Republicans need to regain the offensive on the fiscal issues. The GOP has somehow allowed big spending Democrats to get to the right of them on the issue of financial responsibility and balanced budgets.

Monumantally Expensive Wind Turbine Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Offshore wind power, a fraudulent fiasco

If you like power when it's available, instead of when you need it; having your lights, heat, computer and TV go off and on 30 times a day; and paying 78 cents a kilowatt-hour, instead of 9 cents — you'll love Dominion (Virginia) Energy's plan to install two Washington Monument-sized wind turbines off the Norfolk coast.

An Investor walks in front of stock trading boards at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Share prices were mixed Friday in Asia ahead of the planned meeting by Presidents Donald Trump of the U.S. and Xi Jinping of China at the Group of 20 summit this weekend. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)

Misery in the midst of plenty

Donald Trump's economic optimism bemused the economists (and irritated Democrats) when he remarked during the 2016 presidential campaign that America would soon produce too much abundance. "We'll have so much prosperity you'll say it's too much."

Founders didn't foresee all

The Founders intended for people to have "the right to keep and bear arms" in order to fend off a tyrannical government. However, they could not have anticipated the advances of technology (i.e., semi- and automatic weapons and beyond). Even if the latter type of weapons falls under Second Amendment rights, I would argue that future weapons of much greater damage potential would need government regulation. For example, a small nuclear or laser device that could destroy a city block (or a whole city) would be too dangerous for purchase by the average citizen.

Left's collusion verifiable

After listening to an interview given by Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia saying that President Trump will be abusing his power if he pardons Michael Cohen, a former business partner, I couldn't help but think there is a double standard regarding violation of our laws.

In this photo taken in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., smiles as as new members of the House and veteran representatives gather behind closed doors to discuss their agenda when they become the majority in the 116th Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Good news from the depths of darkness

Who knew a freshperson congressperson could so shake the foundations of the republic, and rattle the world beyond. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won a seat in the Bronx last month, sees her victory as "a watershed moment in world history akin to landing on the moon."