THE RULE OF LAW has, at best, a 5-4 majority in the United States Supreme Court -- one vote away from complete surrender on the bedrock liberal (in the classic sense) principle. This was the vote in Tuesday's important order . . .
THE SEARCH for the originating spark of creation lies at the center of the human experiment, in just about every facet of study, whether called religion, philosophy, science, or art. It sits at the heart . . .
For more than a century, artists and intellectuals have castigated everydayfolks who believe in hard work, personal responsibility, family, and God. The elite see middle-class Americans as drudges, materialists, consumerists, and exploiters, mired in commerce and industry, holding to pre-Enlightenment values and beliefs, ignorant of art. They give us unflattering (in their view) names: the bourgeoisie, philistines, Tea Partiers. Our president, Barack Hussein Obama, indirectly coined the term "bitter clingers," referring to guns and God and antipathy "toward people who aren't like them." So powerful is the disdain of the elite for the common man and woman that the Clever Ones now put great effort into saving children from their misguided, uncultured, immoral parents. See, e.g., unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, now a retired and, it is said, distinguished professor of public education. Karl Marx would have broken the grip of the bourgeoisie through revolution; modern radicals hope to do the same by corrupting the schools, mocking the bourgeoisie, and fundamentally transforming the institutions and processes of civilization itself. You can see this process at work on any given day by reading the editorial page of the Houston Chronicle, a self-anointed vanguard against the likes of you and me. We are unlovely, uncultured men and women of little brain and less heart, unlike our betters in, say, the Occupy movement. Modern artists, many of them, self-consciously set out to shock and insult common folks (épater la bourgeoisie, at they say).
What a shock it is, then, to see the most gifted American filmmakers of our time -- Ethan and Joel Coen -- dismantle the pretensions of the elite in one of the most brilliant scenes . . .
THE ECONOMIST, Great Britain's once-great liberal (in the classic sense) magazine, now too liberal (in the bad old modern sense), has ranked U.S. colleges and universities by a clever metric -- how much money graduates earn ten years out compared with their expected earnings based on SAT scores and such. Texas scored one university in the top ten and one in the bottom ten.
The winner -- right up there with Washington & Lee, Villanova, and Harvard is . . .
I STAND BY my guess that Sylvester Turner will be the next mayor of Houston.What gives me pause, however, is that when I voted yesterday, I had to circle the Kingwood Library parking lot four times to find a space. This big turnout suggests that conservatives may vote in greater numbers than I anticipated. If it happens . . .
. . . is never to admit, never, that the mainstream media are deeply biased in favor of the left -- on politics, culture, economics, and religion. So when CNBC exposed that network's raw, undisguised bias against Republican presidential candidates in early November, our local editorial board -- the wisest and most righteous among us -- faced a conundrum. The secret was out, at least for this one miserable little network. Should the editors defend the hosts? Or throw them under the bus?
ALL ADDICTED POLL-WATCHERS know that Trump is first, Carson second, Rubio third, Cruz fourth, and Bush fifth, with the others fighting for the crumbs.
This is the order at the moment in Real Clear Politics "2016 Republican Presidential Nomination," Unca D's polling report of choice. This "poll of polls" has its technical peculiarities (see below), but it's great at showing trends and is way less volatile than individual polls.
If this stuff interests you, click the link and check the numbers yourself.
Among his other coy evasions, President Obama described tonight's events as "an attack not just on Paris, it's an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share."
But that's not true, is it? He's right that it's an attack not just on Paris or France. What it is an attack on . . .