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EDITORIAL: Tarnishing a Scout's honor

Boy Scouts are supposed to "Be Prepared." But how could a New York Eagle Scout prepare himself to have his dreams derailed by a school's imbalanced "zero tolerance" policy? Published October 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: The American journey

In the 19th century, Christopher Columbus was regarded as one of the most heroic and significant figures of his or any age. The "Admiral of the Ocean Seas" was celebrated throughout the Americas as a visionary who braved the unknown on a mission of discovery that created a New World. Our national capitol district was named in his honor because he opened the door to a new era of freedom that America represents. Published October 12, 2009

EDITORIAL: Another radical judge

If, in the future, a historian seeks the first proof positive that President Obama was intent on seeding the lower federal courts with radicals, the answer may well be that Butler did it. Published October 12, 2009

EDITORIAL: Jennings falsely claims discrimination

As President Obama's "Safe Schools Czar," Kevin Jennings' job is to protect students from harassment and harm. By Mr. Jennings' own accounts, there are at least two students he failed to protect from dangerous situations. Regarding one of these cases, he admitted, "I can see how I should have handled this situation differently." But time after time, Mr. Jennings has acted as if political causes are more important than veracity. That is not someone who should be trusted with our children's safety. Published October 12, 2009

EDITORIAL: A Nobel for nothing

The news Friday that President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was met with widespread incredulity and skepticism. "For what?" was the most uttered phrase of the day. The almost universal sense of disbelief was reinforced when word spread that the deadline for nominations had been Feb. 1, less than two weeks after Mr. Obama entered office. By rights, the nomination should have been diagnosed as a symptom of an extreme case of Obamamania and quietly discarded. Published October 11, 2009

EDITORIAL: It takes one to know one

If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's pledge to "drain the [congressional] swamp" of corruption actually had teeth, she'd have to boot more than just embattled Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel. Published October 11, 2009

EDITORIAL: CBO's rosy insurance projections

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate Finance Committee's health care bill will reduce the number of uninsured in 2019 "by about 29 million." That's grandly overoptimistic for one simple reason - CBO assumes no one will respond to large economic incentives to game the system that are built into the legislation. If so, it would be a first in economic history. Published October 11, 2009

EDITORIAL: America's Internet police

You may have won $10 million dollars!!! Or not, but the same federal agency that can't stop those dishonest sweepstakes mailings wants the right to supervise everything bloggers, Facebookers, tweeters and practically anyone else writes on the Internet starting in December. You see, bad, bad regular people may write something nice about puppy kibble after nefarious corporate goons pay them off with a free bag of dog food. Consumers must be protected from such trickery. Published October 9, 2009

EDITORIAL: Time to update the tanker fleet

The United States military is the most powerful in the world in large part because it is the most lavishly funded and technologically advanced. So it's odd that, when American fighters built in the last few years are refueled in the air, they depend on tanker aircraft designed before Elvis Presley's first album hit the charts. Published October 9, 2009

EDITORIAL: A Russian alliance in Afghanistan?

One of the worst ideas we have heard recently regarding Afghanistan is to bring in the Russians. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen suggested that 20 years after the Soviet Union's defeat there, Moscow now might hold the key to victory. "Russia could provide equipment for the Afghan security forces," Mr. Rasmussen said. "Russia could provide training. We could explore in a joint effort how we could further Russian engagement." A moment of clarity is in order. Published October 9, 2009

EDITORIAL: The president fiddles, Afghanistan burns

Yesterday marked the anniversary of American boots on the ground in Afghanistan. Eight years into the war, the U.S. effort is adrift. Those who expected decisive action on Afghanistan from President Obama will have to keep waiting. Published October 8, 2009

EDITORIAL: Return of Walpin-gate

When last we left Gerald Walpin, the unfairly fired inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, he had filed a lawsuit on July 17 protesting his dismissal. He submitted technical amendments to his complaint on July 24, and the government was supposed to respond within 60 days. Seventy-five days later, the government still is stonewalling. Published October 8, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama's elusive 'safe schools czar'

Kevin Jennings hasn't come clean. There are still many unanswered questions about how he handled a high-school sophomore who he said confessed to a homosexual relationship with an older man. Published October 8, 2009

EDITORIAL: Mental health reform for Virginia

It's too easy to want to throw the book at mentally ill people who commit crimes. It takes incisive forethought, consistent advocacy and deep compassion to find ways to get ill people the help they need, in advance, so they avoid not only crimes against others but also the personal anguish of losing touch with reality. The Virginia elections were ennobled last week when two statewide candidates, Robert F. McDonnell for governor and Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II for attorney general, took time away from more vote-rich topics to outline a serious set of proposals for reforming Virginia's mental health laws. Published October 7, 2009

EDITORIAL: Ensign's scarlet letter

An office affair and a blizzard of rule-bending are not the reason Sen. John Ensign, Nevada Republican, stands amid the irreparable wreckage of his personal reputation and political future. Such sleaze is all too typical in the nation's capital, where power, money and sex stand out as a warped political trinity. Mix power and a sense of entitlement with the Washington social scene, and you get a bipartisan recipe for scandal. Right now, there are Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill on the same path, secure in the delusion that they won't be caught. Published October 7, 2009

EDITORIAL: Backdoor insurance for illegals

When President Obama addressed Congress last month he made a promise. "There are also those who claim that our [health care] reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false - the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally." Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, yelled, "You lie," which made that section of the president's speech a part of every newscast. Published October 7, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama bows again

The last time the Dalai Lama visited Washington, President George W. Bush presented the exiled Tibetan leader with the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. Now the Dalai Lama cannot even get a private meeting with President Obama. The only winner in this rebuff is communist China. Published October 6, 2009


Freedom won a big round Sept. 29 when Judge Rosemary M. Collyer slapped down federal commissars who are pushing a senseless and dangerous Medicare requirement. Published October 6, 2009

EDITORIAL: Jobless rate hits 17 percent

America's jobless crisis is much worse than the 9.8 percent unemployment rate reported Friday. To understand how there are many more unemployed than the government reports, it's necessary to look at the numbers used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate the unemployment rate. The Household Survey numbers paint a bleak picture that no one is discussing. Published October 6, 2009

EDITORIAL: Canada's black-market clinics

The health care debate has been awash in worst-case scenarios - death panels, taxpayer-financed abortion and generous benefits for illegal immigrants among them. There's another potential nightmare. Imagine having to go to court for the right to choose your insurance or resorting to illegal clinics to have surgery. Published October 5, 2009