In "Hamlet," Shakespeare pens one of the most familiar lines -- and best advice -- ever written. Before Laertes leaves for Paris, his father, Polonius, tells him: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be..."
Partisans tend to read, watch and listen only, or mostly, to information and opinions that reinforce their beliefs. If information surfaces that counters those beliefs, it is usually disparaged, excused or ignored. That's human nature.
Such is the case with the "memo" released last Friday by the Republican majority on the House Intelligence ...Read more
President Trump's first State of the Union address set a new standard. For himself. If he lives up to that standard in future speeches, he may go far in changing his image from a blustering, ad-libbing "entertainer," to someone who looks and sounds, shall I say it, more "presidential."
The speech was well-crafted, delivered in a mostly low-key ...Read more
One reason Democrats seem so fixated on importing illegal immigrants and allowing their children to stay and become citizens may be the exodus from high-tax and traditionally Democratic states.
Anecdotal evidence is usually not helpful in determining trends, but when stories begin to accumulate and sound the same attention must be paid.
Two ...Read more
If we don't like what is happening in Washington -- and few do -- the blame must be placed squarely where it belongs. It is "we the people" who send these people here.
We send people of different and often opposing viewpoints to Washington and expect them to get along. Many quickly turn opportunities to represent us into opportunities to ...Read more
"You can get a lot farther with a smile and a gun than you can with just a smile."
This quote has often been attributed to the late Chicago mobster Al Capone, who with his fellow organized crime buddies used extortion as one of their tactics to get what they wanted. Today's modern congressional Democrats have clearly benefited from Capone's ...Read more
Solutions: The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Made SimpleDr. Samer Mohd Faruq Muala
Terrorism is spreading across the world like never before. In this book, the roots of Islamic radicalization are linked to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and practical solutions to end the conflict are presented in an easy to read manner. Solving the issue is no longer and Israeli or ...
"Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer." -- W.C. Fields
Having lost an election they thought they would win and unable to get over it; having been staggeringly wrong about their predictions that a Trump presidency would be the end of global economies; now putting faith in a special counsel to bring ...Read more
I do not make it a practice to comment on the work of fellow columnists, though occasionally some care to comment on mine, which is fine. I'm happy to help them make a living.
An exception will be made here because of New York Times "conservative" columnist, politics/fromtheright/calthomas/s-2035285">Read more
ANGLESEY, Wales -- The UK Daily Mail has again published a story about a subject that has become a recurring theme this time of year. No, not Christmas, but rather drunkenness, though the holiday is used as its primary excuse. Pictures accompanying the story show young people collapsing in gutters and vomiting on the sidewalks. It is not a ...Read more
Unless you are spending this time of year at a spiritual retreat cut off from TV, newspapers or internet service you cannot escape the blaring music and the marketers attempting to sell you something they promise will bring you happiness and peace.
The many definitions of peace seem inadequate at this or any other time of year.
In Washington, ...Read more
So, a Republican majority Congress has "reformed" the tax code for the first time in 31 years, allowing us to keep a little more of the money we earn. Woohoo!
Back in the day when my withholding exceeded my tax liability, I occasionally received a nice little refund check from the U.S. Treasury. The check had the Statue of Liberty on it, which ...Read more
Side issues -- some of them created by the president himself -- have obscured the accomplishments of the Donald Trump administration during his first year in office.
The economy is the most obvious one. From anemic growth in the previous administration, it is now growing at around 3 percent, which economists say is ideal. The stock market ...Read more