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  • Why 'Antidumping' Tariffs Should Be Dumped

    05/22/2016 10:35:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 106 replies ^ | May 22, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    China produces more than 820 million tons of steel per year, of which about 100 million tons are exported and sold at a discount overseas. Only about 3 percent of those exports go to the United States, but American steel producers bristle at the competition. So in keeping with the time-honored practice of the US steel industry — "the backbone of American manufacturing," as it proudly calls itself — domestic producers are rising to the challenge.Are they doing so by making their operations more efficient? By improving the quality of the steel they sell? By cutting their prices to maintain market...
  • Why There Are Muslim Ghettos in Belgium, But Not in the US

    03/28/2016 8:16:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies ^ | March 28, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    LONG BEFORE Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels, it was clear that Belgium had become a breeding ground for Islamist extremists. Hundreds of Belgian Muslims — as many as 500, according to one estimate — have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS, making Belgium by far Europe's leading supplier of foreign jihadists. Last November's horrific slaughter in Paris was masterminded by a Belgian radical, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and at least four of the men who carried out those attacks were from the Brussels district of Molenbeek. One of them was Salah Abdeslam, who was captured in Molenbeek, after an intense...
  • Why this Reagan Conservative Voted for Bernie

    03/02/2016 5:14:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 67 replies ^ | May 2, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    In a super-blue state like Massachusetts, Super Tuesday was the Election Day that mattered. The outcome in November is a foregone conclusion: The Democratic presidential nominee will win the state by a landslide. So Tuesday's primary election was the only chance Bay State voters had to cast a ballot that might have an impact. I cast mine for Bernie Sanders. As a free-market, strong-defense, Reaganite conservative, I have voted Republican much more often than not. But heading into Super Tuesday, every indication was that Massachusetts Republicans, like GOP primary voters in most other states, were poised to give Donald Trump...
  • On Immigration, I've Become a Dissident on the Right

    01/13/2016 7:21:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies ^ | January 13, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    Ramesh Ponnuru, a respected editor and writer for National Review, argues in a recent essay that immigration restrictionism "is rapidly becoming a defining issue for American conservatism." It isn't just that Republicans and conservatives increasingly support tighter control of immigration, Ponnuru writes, but something more overarching. Where a candidate stands on immigration is turning into a litmus test for conservative fidelity. That explains why Marco Rubio, despite his unabashedly conservative voting record, finds himself being scorned in some circles as a "moderate" Republican: because he supported a bipartisan bill that would have expanded legal immigration and offered a path to...
  • In Ego, Obama and Trump Are Two Of A Kind

    10/24/2015 10:06:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 288 replies ^ | October 24, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    ARE YOU crazy about Barack Obama? Do you fervently hope the next president of the United States will be as similar to the current president as possible? Then Donald Trump may be the candidate for you. Of all the candidates running for president, the one who most resembles the incumbent is not Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders or Martin O'Malley. To be sure, the Democrats' policy views largely overlap with Obama's. But when it comes to attitude and self-image, it's Obama and Trump who are birds of a feather. Everyone knows about Donald Trump's bottomless narcissism; this is a man...
  • No, Death Isn't 'Too Good' for Tsarnaev

    02/12/2014 9:25:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | February 12, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Of all the reasons to oppose the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is found guilty of the Boston Marathon terror bombings, none is less convincing than the claim that executing the murderer of Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier would amount to rewarding him. Seek Tsarnaev's death and you give him just what he craves, runs this argument, which has been made by law professor Alan Dershowitz, criminologist James Alan Fox, and death-penalty critics in the media. Executing Tsarnaev will succeed only in making him a martyr and a hero, they say; it will drive...
  • Missing Brookline teen Caleb Jacoby found safe, police say

    01/09/2014 7:49:01 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 9, 2013 | By Jennifer Smith
    Caleb Jacoby, the missing 16-year-old student from Brookline, was found on Thursday evening, said police. The teen, who attends the Maimonides School, is safe and well, according to a tweet from Brookline police. Jacoby disappeared on Monday afternoon and has been the subject of a wide community search aided by social media outreach. He is the son of Boston Globe OpEd columnist Jeff Jacoby.
  • Missing teen Caleb Jacoby, son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, found safe in New York

    01/09/2014 7:08:58 PM PST · by BoomerBabe · 12 replies
    The Republican ^ | 01/09/2014 | Shira Schoenberg
    <p>Caleb Jacoby has been found safe in NYC. Few other details are available.</p>
  • Just in; Caleb Jacoby has been found. Safe and well more to follow as details become available.

    01/09/2014 6:22:33 PM PST · by CaptainK · 21 replies
    Brookline Police Dept ^ | 1/9/2014 | Brookline PD
    Just in; Caleb Jacoby has been found. Safe and well more to follow as details become available.
  • Missing Teen, Caleb Jacoby, found safe.

    01/09/2014 6:29:04 PM PST · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 13 replies
    WCVB (Boston) ^ | Jan. 9, 2013
    The missing teen, son of Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe columnist, has been found safe. Other reports say he was found in New York City. One blog says Times Square area.
  • Caleb Jacoby, teenage son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, is missing

    01/08/2014 5:24:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Mass Live - Boston News ^ | January 8, 2014 - updated | Shira Schoenberg, The Republican
    BROOKLINE Caleb Jacoby, the 16-year-old son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby and his wife Laura, has been missing since about 12:30 p.m. Monday. Jacoby is a Brookline resident who is in the 11th grade at Maimonides School. According to a flier distributed by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Maimonides School, he is 5-foot-11 and 140 pounds with a thin build and short, light brown hair. Brookline police said the teenager was last seen wearing navy chino pants or jeans, a navy polo shirt, a brown winter jacket with a hood, brown shoes or sneakers, and white socks. He...
  • Please Help - Caleb Jacoby, Jeff Jacoby's son, is missing

    01/07/2014 4:20:02 PM PST · by BoomerBabe · 110 replies
    ,The Republican ^ | 01/07/2014 | Shira Schoenberg
    Caleb Jacoby of Brookline, MA has been missing since yesterday afternoon. He is 16 years old, and many of you have read, met or heard of Caleb's father, Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby. Jeff is a great friend of CAMERA and of Israel. Jeff and his wife Laura, and Caleb need our help now. If you think you have seen Caleb or have any idea of his whereabouts please contact the Brookline Police immediately at (617) 730-2222. Caleb's photo is below, along with a link to a flyer.
  • Apologize Like You Mean It, Rush (Great Replies After Article)

    03/08/2012 7:30:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | March 8, 2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    Many Americans disdain Rush Limbaugh, some of them high-placed and influential. The author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big, Fat Idiot is now a US senator from Minnesota. The incumbent president of the United States publicly picked a fight with the broadcaster less than a week after being inaugurated. "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh," Barack Obama admonished attendees at a White House summit in January 2009. But tens of millions of fans do listen to Limbaugh – fans whose years of loyalty have made him the most important talk-show host in America. Those fans deserved better than Limbaugh's...
  • What NPR needs is some tough love

    03/13/2011 3:06:03 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 17 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/13/11 | Jeff Jacoby
    (snip)I oppose federal funding of public radio and TV on First Amendment grounds: In my view, Congress has no legitimate authority or reason to control, influence, or subsidize any domestic media. But even those who think Congress does have such power should be able to recognize that public broadcasting would be healthier and happier if it broke its addiction to taxpayer dollars., the left-wing pressure group, is promoting a petition that urges Congress to protect NPR and PBS and guarantee them permanent funding, free from political meddling. Yet political meddling is the inescapable price of taking political dollars. Conservatives...
  • Rush Limbaugh: The US Manufacturing Myth

    02/09/2011 11:32:17 PM PST · by iowamark · 85 replies ^ | 02/09/2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's Robert in Los Angeles. Robert, welcome, sir, to the EIB Network, great to have you with us. Hello. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. It's a pleasure to talk to you. I just want to take a minute of your time and I want to ask your opinion on something. I constantly keep hearing the president and government officials saying that we need jobs, jobs, and jobs. I have the solution, and I'd like your opinion on this. Domestic manufacturing. We've lost it to China. We have a trade imbalance of about 200 to $300 billion a year....
  • The waste of recycling

    09/22/2010 10:15:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | September 22, 2010 | Jeff Jacoby
    ... Most of the stuff we throw out aluminum cans are an exception is cheaper to replace from scratch than to recycle. Cheaper is another way of saying requires fewer resources. Green evangelists believe that recycling our trash is good for the planet that it conserves resources and is more environmentally friendly. But recycling household waste consumes resources, too. Extra trucks are required to pick up recyclables, and extra gas to fuel those trucks, and extra drivers to operate them. Collected recyclables have to be sorted, cleaned, and stored in facilities that consume still more fuel and...
  • More on the Boston Globe:"The man out to topple Barney Frank"

    09/10/2010 9:34:58 AM PDT · by jazzpatriot · 7 replies
    The Jazz Patriot ^ | Sept 10, 2010 | jazzpatriot
    A fervent supporter of Earl Sholleys Primary opponent, Sean Bielat, who blogs on behalf of Bielat using the screen name, demolisher, posted a thread at a Massachusetts progressive-republican website, Red Mass Group, entitled "Outstanding Jacoby article on Sean Bielat". The Boston Globe article which was essentially a puff piece by Jeff Jacoby on Bielat entitled "The man out to topple Barney Frank" was seen as an endorsement of Bielat in the Sholley camp by the influential conservative journalist and his ultra liberal Globe editors just days before the two candidates run in the Republican primary on Tuesday.Demolisher conveniently overlooked the...
  • Airline carry-on fee: Wheres the free-market spirit?

    04/18/2010 1:37:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies · 829+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 18, 2010 | Jeff Jacoby
    SPIRIT AIRLINES put a few noses out of joint when it announced this month that it will begin charging passengers between $20 and $45 for carry-on luggage too big to fit under their seats. One of those dislocated schnozzes belongs to US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who pronounced Spirits new carry-on fee outrageous, and growled: Were gonna hold the airlines feet to the fire on this. Because we have an obligation to do it and we have the ability to do it. Asked to characterize the airlines change of policy, LaHood asserted: I dont think they care about their customers.
  • Not All Tidings are of Great Joy

    12/28/2009 4:29:00 PM PST · by trekdestroyer · 2 replies · 274+ views
    JeffJacoby.Com ^ | December 23, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    Not all tidings are of great joy by Jeff Jacoby The Boston Globe December 23, 2009 Print Send RSS ShareThis As far back as the 5th century, the Monastery of Abu Fana in Upper Egypt was renowned, in the words of one travel guide, for its "exceptional splendor and prestige." In the 21st century, that grandeur is gone and the monastery has become instead a symbol of the abuse and degradation to which Egypt's ancient Coptic Christian community is regularly subjected. In a room badly damaged during an attack on the monastery in Abu Fana, a Coptic monk wears a...
  • Minimum-wage folly

    07/08/2009 3:21:53 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 15 replies · 739+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 8, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    AS IF the recession hasnt been rough enough on those near the bottom of the economic food chain, fresh bad news is on the way. Beginning July 24, the federal government will be making it more difficult for employers to hire low-skilled and unskilled American workers. Thanks to an ill-advised law enacted with bipartisan support in 2007, the cost of providing an entry-level job to individuals with few skills or minimal experience will be going up by more than 10 percent. Those who cannot find a job paying at least $7.25 an hour will not be permitted to work. Welcome...
  • Are hate crimes any worse than others?

    05/17/2009 3:16:34 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 41 replies · 999+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 17, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    LEGISLATION pending before Congress would dramatically expand the federal hate-crimes law, and a number of critics are concerned that the bill goes too far. Perhaps the real problem is that it doesn't go far enough. Under current law, crimes motivated by bias against a victim's race, color, religion, or national origin can be prosecuted by the federal government, so long as the victim had been engaged in a "federally-protected activity" - attending a public school, for example, or being in a place of public accommodation or entertainment. The proposed Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which passed the House last...
  • The party of Colin Powell

    05/13/2009 1:43:21 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 22 replies · 1,232+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 13, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    A PROMINENT supporter of Barack Obama told a Washington audience last week that "the Republican Party is in deep trouble" and "getting smaller and smaller" because its views are not in sync with those of mainstream Americans. Republicans would do better without the "nastiness" of Rush Limbaugh or the "very polarizing" Sarah Palin, the speaker said, and they should realize that their philosophy of lower taxes and limited government has put them out of step with their fellow citizens. "Americans do want to pay taxes for services," he told his audience. "Americans are looking for more government in their life,...
  • Lady Justice's blindfold

    05/10/2009 3:33:46 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 8 replies · 642+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 10, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    JUDICIAL dispassion - the ability to decide cases without being influenced by personal feelings or political preferences - is indispensable to the rule of law. So indispensable, in fact, that the one-sentence judicial oath required of every federal judge and justice contains no fewer than three expressions of it: "I . . . do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me . . . under the Constitution and laws...
  • Liberal bias isn't killing newspapers

    05/06/2009 1:35:39 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 45 replies · 2,205+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 6, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    'I SURE HOPE you'll be out of a job soon," e-mails a friend, alluding to The Boston Globe's current excruciations. He really is a friend - he has shown me and my family much warmth and kindness over the years - and should I find myself without a job, I'm sure he would want to help in any way he could. But such is his antipathy to the Globe that he regards my potential unemployment as a price well worth paying for what he calls the "greater good" of the newspaper's demise. My friend is a conservative, and he is...
  • History's oldest hatred

    03/11/2009 1:32:44 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 24 replies · 1,105+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/11/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    ANTI-SEMITISM is an ancient derangement, the oldest of hatreds, so it is strange that it lacks a more meaningful name. The misnomer "anti-Semitism" - a term coined in 1879 by the German agitator Wilhelm Marr, who wanted a scientific-sounding euphemism for Judenhass, or Jew-hatred - is particularly inane, since hostility to Jews has never had anything to do with Semites or being Semitic. Perhaps there is no good name for a virus as mutable as anti-Semitism. "The Jews have been objects of hatred in pagan, religious, and secular societies," write Joseph Telushkin and Dennis Prager in "Why the Jews?," their...
  • Intelligence no guarantee of goodness

    03/04/2009 1:52:30 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 4 replies · 422+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 4, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    PETER SINGER has written a new book. The prominent Australian philosopher, a professor of bioethics at Princeton University, argues in "The Life You Can Save" that residents of the affluent West have it within their power to eradicate extreme Third World poverty and its attendant suffering. By donating money to charity instead of spending it on things we don't really need, he writes, everyone can save lives - and when you fail to do so, he suggests, "you are leaving a child to die, a child you could have saved." Singer told the Wall Street Journal last week that he...
  • The enemies of Jim Crow (1964 Civil Rights Act--108 Southern Democrats did not vote YES)

    02/15/2009 3:30:59 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 20 replies · 1,815+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/15/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    SOMETHING to ponder during Black History Month: In the long night that followed Reconstruction, what was the engine that drove Jim Crow? Did segregationist laws codify existing social practice, or was it the laws themselves that segregated the South? Many people might intuitively assume that Southern racism had led to entrenched public segregation long before Southern legislatures made it mandatory. Not so. Separate facilities for blacks and whites were not routine in the South until the early 20th century. Racism there surely was, but as C. Vann Woodward observed in "The Strange Career of Jim Crow," the idea of separating...
  • Choosing octuplets

    02/11/2009 11:41:12 AM PST · by dbz77 · 5 replies · 418+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | February 11, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    Choosing octuplets By Jeff Jacoby Jeff Jacoby Printer Friendly Version Email this article | The backlash against against Nadya Suleman, the 33-year-old single mother of six who gave birth to octuplets on January 26th, has been fierce. The reactions have ranged from reproach to ridicule to anger. On newspaper editorial pages, radio talk shows, and internet comment boards, Suleman has been derided as a mental case or a mercenary or worse. There has been no outpouring of gifts from corporate America nothing like the lifetime supply of Pampers that Procter & Gamble provided when the McCaughey septuplets were...
  • Money for nothing won't grow the economy

    02/03/2009 8:30:51 AM PST · by dbz77 · 7 replies · 276+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | February 2, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    Money for nothing won't grow the economy By Jeff Jacoby Jeff Jacoby Printer Friendly Version Email this article | Commenting on my recent column about the bloated "stimulus" package making its way through Congress, one reader insisted that what matters most right now is getting money into people's hands. "In the face of rapidly rising unemployment and idle productive capacity, any kind of federal spending will have a stimulus in the short run," he wrote. "Digging holes and filling them in would help to create jobs and consumer demand because those wielding the shovels would earn a paycheck that...
  • An over-optimistic stimulus plan

    01/29/2009 6:45:20 PM PST · by dbz77 · 141+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | January 29, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    Jewish World Review Jan. 29, 2009 / 4 Shevat 5769 An over-optimistic stimulus plan By Jeff Jacoby Jeff Jacoby Printer Friendly Version Email this article | Ronald Reagan loved to tell the story of the unfailingly cheerful little boy who wakes up on Christmas morning to find, instead of presents, an immense pile of manure. Undaunted, he grabs a shovel and starts digging. "With all this manure," he says excitedly, "there must be a pony in here someplace!" Is there a pony somewhere in the $825 billion "stimulus" plan that Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives hope to...
  • Roe and Doe, 36 years on

    01/26/2009 11:03:31 AM PST · by dbz77 · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | January 26, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    Roe and Doe, 36 years on By Jeff Jacoby Jeff Jacoby Printer Friendly Version Email this article | A NEW antiabortion TV ad appeared last week, just in time for the inauguration of a president whose support for abortion rights is unqualified. The ad shows the ultrasound image of a fetus in the womb. As the camera slowly moves in, a message gradually appears onscreen:
  • Jeff Jacoby: Questions for Obama's science guy

    01/18/2009 8:18:54 AM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies · 1,131+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | January 18, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    IN NOMINATING John Holdren to be director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy - the position known informally as White House science adviser - President-elect Barack Obama has enlisted an undisputed Big Name among academic environmentalists. Holdren is a physicist, a professor of environmental policy at Harvard, a former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, director of the Woods Hole Research Center, and author or coauthor of many papers and books.
  • Congress: New year, new pay hike

    01/06/2009 10:14:23 AM PST · by dbz77 · 4 replies · 468+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | January 5, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    Unemployment is at its highest level in 15 years. Housing prices won't stop falling. The stock market has suffered its most punishing collapse since 1931, and shareholders have lost $7 trillion in wealth. Millions of workers have lost their jobs; millions more are worried about losing theirs. IRAs and 401k accounts have been decimated, and companies are halting their contributions to retirement plans. Retail sales are dragging, the credit markets have seized up, and worse is expected in 2009. The government has gone to unprecedented lengths to improve the economy, yet the economy keeps getting worse. The federal budget deficit...
  • Has Israel learned its lesson?

    01/01/2009 8:20:38 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 41 replies · 2,224+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 1, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    ISRAEL'S 2006 war against Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terrorist army based in Lebanon, was a disaster - an ill-planned operation that did more damage to Israel's military reputation than to Hezbollah's resolve and influence. Now, as it fights Hamas in Gaza, Israel seems determined not to repeat the mistakes of two years ago
  • Better Than a Bailout

    12/17/2008 12:02:16 PM PST · by dbz77 · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | December 15, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    Better than a bailout By Jeff Jacoby Jeff Jacoby Printer Friendly Version Email this article | During last week's battle over a federal rescue for Detroit's automakers - after a deal had passed the House but before it collapsed in the Senate - the Gallup Organization summarized its latest findings: "Bailouts Aren't Increasing Consumer Confidence." To put it mildly. More than 60 percent of Americans now rate the economy "poor"; a whopping 82 percent expect economic conditions to get even worse. "Americans seem to be suffering from so-called 'bailout fatigue,' " Gallup observed, "opposing not only the auto bailout,...
  • A Permanent Case of the Swelled Head

    12/14/2008 5:50:14 PM PST · by dbz77 · 299+ views
    The Bostone Globe ^ | December 10, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    PRIDE IS THE first of the deadly sins, and it sometimes seems to be the first prerequisite of a career in public life. Not surprising, really. It takes a certain degree of hubris to think yourself qualified to govern others - and not just to think it privately, but to spend great quantities of money, time, and energy proclaiming it publicly to anyone who will listen. To remain modest and unpretentious while urging voters to elevate you to high office and entrust you with power is a challenge not many elected officials meet. It's a rare politician who is motivated...
  • Skepticism on Climate Change

    12/14/2008 4:09:33 PM PST · by dbz77 · 3 replies · 414+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | December 10, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    Jewish World Review Dec. 10, 2008 / 13 Kislev 5769 Skepticism on climate change By Jeff Jacoby Jeff Jacoby Printer Friendly Version Email this article | THE MAIL brings an invitation to register for the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change, which convenes on March 8 in New York City. Sponsored by the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think tank, the conference will host an international lineup of climate scientists and researchers who will focus on four broad areas: climatology, paleoclimatology, the impact of climate change, and climate-change politics and economics. But if last year's gathering is any indication, the...
  • U.N.'s Obsession is Grotesque and Orwellian

    12/05/2008 7:37:04 AM PST · by dbz77 · 8 replies · 565+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | December 5, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE PRESIDENT of the UN General Assembly, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua, has denounced the policies of a certain Middle Eastern nation. They are "so similar to the apartheid of an earlier era," he said, "that the world must unite against them, demanding an "end to this massive abuse of human rights" and isolating the offending nation as it once isolated South Africa: with a punishing "campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions." Of which country was he speaking?
  • The Great Bush Deregulation Myth

    11/21/2008 12:38:04 PM PST · by dbz77 · 9 replies · 1,446+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 21, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    WE'VE heard it again and again: The financial crisis was caused by the Bush administration's reckless deregulation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blames the mess on "the Bush administration's eight long years of failed deregulation policies." Billionaire investor George Soros declares that "excessive deregulation is at the root of the current crisis." Economist Nouriel Roubini pins it on "these Bush hypocrites, who spewed for years the glory of unfettered Wild West laissez-faire jungle capitalism." President Jimmy Carter attributes it to the "atrocious economic policies of the Bush administration," particularly "deregulation and . . . a withdrawal of supervision of Wall Street."...
  • Palin's Political Potential

    11/17/2008 8:03:25 AM PST · by dbz77 · 20 replies · 914+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 17, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    The 2008 presidential campaign may be over, but Sarah Palin's moment in the spotlight has yet to run its course. In a media marathon last week, the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee sat down for interviews with CNN's Larry King and Wolf Blitzer; had Matt Lauer of the "Today" show up to Wasilla for a family dinner; and told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren about getting the call from John McCain on her cellphone while she was admiring the local produce at the Alaska State Fair. She disdained the Republican "jerks" who spread anonymous rumors painting her as geographically illiterate,...
  • Playing the Race Card on Gay Marriage

    11/15/2008 9:25:52 AM PST · by dbz77 · 15 replies · 1,052+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 13, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    Playing the race card on gay marriage By Jeff Jacoby | It has been widely noted that black voters put California's Proposition 8 over the top last week, with nearly 7 out of 10 voting in favor of the constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. As the magnitude of black opposition to same-sex marriage became clear on Election Day, blogger Andrew Sullivan, a prominent gay-marriage champion, reacted bitterly: "Every ethnic group supported marriage equality," he wrote, "except African-Americans, who voted overwhelmingly against extending to gay people the civil rights once denied them."...
  • Pregnant, yes - but not a man

    04/14/2008 2:55:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 264+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 13, 2008 | Jeff Jacoby
    TRACY LaGONDINO is pregnant, and that news has drawn a fair amount of attention. It's been in People magazine, on "Oprah," all over the Internet. Tracy's baby, due in July, is doing well. But Tracy has a serious problem, and the rest of us do, too. A 34-year-old who grew up in Hawaii and used to compete in beauty contests - she was once a finalist in the Miss Hawaii Teen USA pageant - Tracy, who now calls herself Thomas Beatie, apparently suffers from Gender Identity Disorder, syndrome 302.85 in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association....
  • A conservative's case for McCain

    02/03/2008 11:51:56 PM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 77 replies · 19,366+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 02/03/08 | Jeff Jacoby
    As a lifelong conservative, I wish McCain evinced a greater understanding that limited government is indispensable to individual liberty. Yet there is no candidate in either party who so thoroughly embodies the conservatism of American honor and tradition as McCain, nor any with greater moral authority to invoke it. For all his transgressions and backsliding, McCain radiates integrity and steadfastness, and if his heterodox stands have at times been infuriating, they also attest to his resolve. Time and again he has taken an unpopular stand and stuck with it, putting his career on the line when it would have been...
  • Jacoby of the Globe: Border Fence Like Berlin Wall

    06/13/2007 3:42:55 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 69 replies · 1,252+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is liberalism contagious? For some years, Jeff Jacoby has been a brave and lonely conservative voice on the op-ed pages of the Boston Globe, one whose voice I have admired. All the more disappointing, then, to read his column this morning, The demonizing of illegal immigrants, could just have as easily been written by colleague Thomas Oliphant, the quintessential effete East Coast liberal. Consider these excerpts: Illegal immigrants don't steal across the Mexican border because they lack the patience to wait their turn in line. They do it because there is no line for them to wait in. The great...
  • The debate shifts to the left

    01/10/2007 5:40:50 AM PST · by Eagle of Liberty · 2 replies · 325+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | January 7, 2007 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE 110TH Congress convened under new management last week, and in the House of Representatives, Democrats got ready to plow through an ambitious pile of legislation . Among the items on their punch list: increasing the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, expanding publicly funded embryonic stem cell research, cutting the interest rate on student loans, and imposing price controls on Medicare prescription drugs. A more liberal policy agenda isn't all that will be moving into the spotlight. There will be a heightened focus on liberal arguments as well -- which means we'll be hearing more about good intentions and...
  • Shut Up, You Right Wing Extremist Nut

    10/25/2006 5:26:47 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 329+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 10/25/06 | Purple Mountains
    There have been many articles lately about attempts by those on the left to silence their opponents. Jeff Jacoby at the Boston Globe, Peggy Noonan at the Opinion Journal and Victor Davis Hanson at Real Clear Politics, to name three such journalists, claim that the problem that exists is that liberals have been out of office for so long that they have become increasingly angry and frustrated and that it is this anger and frustration that leads them to try to shut down or shout down any opposing viewpoints than their own. I disagree. I think the whole history...
  • An Issue Of Voter Respect (Jeff Jacoby Assessses MA's Gub Hopefuls Stands On Tax Cut Question Alert)

    09/17/2006 9:25:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 300+ views ^ | 09/18/06 | Jeff Jacoby
    A rollback of the Massachusetts income tax rate to 5 percent -- something voters mandated in 2000 by decisively approving Question 4 on the state ballot -- is said to be a key issue in the Bay State's campaign for governor. But that's not quite accurate. To be sure, the candidates have had plenty to say on the subject, especially since an August poll showed that a solid majority of likely Democratic voters want the tax reduced from the current 5.3 percent. The real question at the heart of the candidates' differing positions, though, is not "Should the income tax...
  • Will My Democrat Friends Really Watch and Cheer This?

    09/13/2006 4:36:58 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 203+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 9/13/06 | Purple Mountains
    I have many friends who are Democrats. I believe most of them are more moderate than those whose rantings are off the wall, but their silence has been deafening in the face of such episodes as the trashing of Justice Roberts and his family, calling the President a Hitler, equating Guantanamo to Soviet gulags and Nazi concentration camps, exposing secret programs that protect us, the Plame-Wilson cabal, etc., etc., etc. When you stand silently by when something is done in your name, you lend support to that something. Are you going to stand silently by as this film is shown...
  • A new low in Bush hatred

    09/10/2006 1:17:58 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 49 replies · 1,931+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 09/10/06 | Jeff Jacoby
    SIX YEARS into the Bush administration, are there any new lows to which the Bush-haters can sink? George W. Bush has been smeared by the left with every insult imaginable. He has been called a segregationist who yearns to revive Jim Crow and compared ad nauseam to Adolf Hitler. His detractors have accused him of being financially entwined with Osama bin Laden. Of presiding over an American gulag. Of being a latter-day Mussolini. Howard Dean has proffered the ``interesting theory" that the Saudis tipped off Bush in advance about 9/11. One US senator (Ted Kennedy) has called the war in...
  • When Anti-Semitism Is

    08/07/2006 5:00:09 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 20 replies · 778+ views
    Townhall ^ | 8/07/06 | Jeff Jacoby
    Two anti-Semitic incidents occurred on July 28. Both took place on the West Coast; both involved an American venting his hostility to Jews. But only one of them became in the days that followed a big national story about anti-Semitism. The other was treated as a serious but local matter, and drew only modest coverage around the country. Incident A involved nothing more dangerous than a guy spewing crude anti-Semitic slurs when he was arrested for drunk driving; once sober, he publicly and profusely apologized. Incident B involved a Muslim gunmans premeditated assault on a prominent Jewish institution; his attack...