The blind Chinese dissident, Chen Guangcheng, who battled China’s forced abortion policy, was imprisoned for four years, and made a daring escape to the United States had been dumped from his post at New York University on suspicion of fraternizing with Christians and pro-lifers; also because the university is trying to open a branch campus in China. But he has just been given a position at Catholic University in Washington, D. C., with additional funding from the Witherspoon Institute and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. [Read more…]
Is it better in the realm of politics to stand on principle or to pursue self-interest? Most of us would probably say the former. But Robert J. Samuelson argues that self-interest is superior, even morally, to following an ideology, which breeds conflict, governmental paralysis, and the demonization of opponents.
Mr. Samuelson shows that the left and the right are both fixated on ideology and that their rhetoric and tactics are pretty much identical to each other. After the jump, you can see how he makes his case. [Read more…]
I remember the government shutdown of 1995 and the huge uproar it caused among the general public. I don’t notice much of that happening today. The shutdown is not much of a shutdown, with over 80% of the government continuing as usual and the non-esssential offices, while closed, are, well, not essential.
The much bigger issue comes in 10 days when the government reaches the debt ceiling and will have to default on what it owes if Congress doesn’t approve the borrowing of more money. How do you think that will turn out? How should it turn out? After the jump, China and Japan are threatening not to bankroll us anymore if we default. [Read more…]
Literature, including and perhaps especially the more popular varieties, does more than provide escapist entertainment. It can also shape people’s imaginations so as to influence the actual world. Case in point: the recently departed author Tom Clancy, who, according to veterans Erin Simpson and Phillip Carter, was largely responsible for making the military cool again, after the disfavor it fell into with the Vietnam war, and inspiring lots of young readers to sign up. [Read more…]
A man doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire on the National Mall in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Though bystanders, quite nobly, tried to put out the fire, the man died of his injuries. As of this writing, no one knows who he was or why he did what he did.
The day before a mentally ill woman drove through a barricade at the White House, hit a Secret Service agent with her car (though he was not seriously injured) and started a car chase with Capital police that scattered tourists and put Congress in a lockdown. The chase ended near the Capitol Building when the woman’s car went through another barricade and got stuck on a median whereupon she was shot dead. It turned out she was unarmed, with a one-year-0ld child in the car. [Read more…]