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  • Mona Charen: What the Mullahs Should Mull

    07/13/2008 8:27:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 103+ views
    Townhall ^ | July 11, 2008 | Mona Charen
    "I warn you to abandon the filthy Zionist entity, which has reached the end of the line." That, from earlier this year, was but one of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hysterical verbal assaults on a fellow member of the United Nations. If there is a regime anywhere on the globe whose leader regularly and volubly looks forward to the "destruction" of another nation, I'm not familiar with it. (Ahmadinejad actually anticipates the annihilation of two nations, since he has also spoken of a world without the United States.) In the past several days, Iran has punctuated its threats against Israel...
  • The Republic of Kennedy

    06/27/2008 5:26:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies · 71+ views
    Creators.com ^ | June 27, 2008 | Mona Charen
    In the United States today we no longer enjoy the rule of law but instead the rule of lawyers — robed lawyers with the exalted title "justice" — but still unelected lawyers enacting their own policy preferences. Before their commonsense decision in the Second Amendment case, a different complement of justices (Justice Anthony Kennedy siding with the liberals) demonstrated what a flimsy hold the words of the Constitution have on our jurisprudence. In fact, when you consider that the court is pretty well divided between four liberals and four conservatives with Justice Kennedy swinging from one side to another as...
  • Look Who’s Censoring Now - Commendably, Andrew Cuomo is cracking down on child porn.

    06/14/2008 5:44:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 162+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 13, 2008 | Mona Charen
    June 13, 2008, 0:00 a.m. Look Who’s Censoring NowCommendably, Andrew Cuomo is cracking down on child porn. By Mona Charen Well, well, well. Look who’s censoring the Internet. It’s Andrew Cuomo, attorney general of the Empire State. On June 11, Cuomo announced an agreement with three of the nation’s largest Internet service providers — Sprint, Time Warner, and Verizon — to block access to child pornography and eliminate such content from their networks wherever possible. Negotiations are ongoing with two other, as yet unnamed, service providers. You might think that these companies would have cracked down on child porn...
  • What We're Buying at College

    05/02/2008 2:31:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 98+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2008 | Mona Charen
    This week millions of high school seniors across the nation will mail forms and checks to colleges announcing their intention to matriculate. It's the culmination of what some say was the toughest year ever to pry open the golden doors of academe. My husband and I are still a few years away from writing those whopping checks to doubtless already well-endowed institutions, but a spirit of rebellion stirs in my soul at the thought of it. We tamely fork over tens of thousands of dollars (about $45,000 per year) for the privilege of having our young indoctrinated. Why are we...
  • Let them eat ethanol?

    04/29/2008 11:34:17 AM PDT · by JZelle · 35 replies · 90+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-29-08 | Mona Charen
    They don't have enough to eat. Five people are dead in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after a week of food riots. Unions in Burkina Faso have called a general strike to protest the high cost of grain. Food riots have rocked Egypt, Cameroon, Indonesia, Ethiopia and other nations. In Manila, police with M-16s have supervised the sale and distribution of subsidized grain. Hoarders have been threatened with life imprisonment. In Thailand and Pakistan, troops are guarding fields and warehouses. In Egypt, the army has been called out to bake bread. Even in the United States, a run on rice caused big-box retailers...
  • Do we care what they think of America?

    04/04/2008 12:31:36 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 33 replies · 544+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 4, 2008 | Mona Charen
    If there's one thing the Democrats are certain they can accomplish provided they win in November (and it doesn't matter, for this purpose, which of the two candidates becomes the nominee) it will be the restoration of America's tattered world reputation. Barack Obama has promised that his first priority is to get the United States out of Iraq and "restore our standing in the world." Mrs. Clinton has said that an "urgent task" for the next president is to "restore America's standing in the world." Other Democrats hit this theme over and over again. Sen. Pat Leahy offered the standard...
  • Do we care what they think of America?

    04/04/2008 3:51:29 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies · 88+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 4, 2008 | Mona Charen
    If there's one thing the Democrats are certain they can accomplish provided they win in November (and it doesn't matter, for this purpose, which of the two candidates becomes the nominee) it will be the restoration of America's tattered world reputation. Barack Obama has promised that his first priority is to get the United States out of Iraq and "restore our standing in the world." Mrs. Clinton has said that an "urgent task" for the next president is to "restore America's standing in the world." Other Democrats hit this theme over and over again. Sen. Pat Leahy offered the standard...
  • Hillary as Veep?

    03/10/2008 12:11:36 AM PDT · by cdchik123 · 167 replies · 5,553+ views
    The Corner on National Review ^ | March 9, 2008 | Mona Charen
    I was just on the John Batchelor radio program. He says that Chuck Todd, NBC News political director, has heard from Hillary's people that she would accept the number two spot on the ticket.
  • How Does Obama Feel About America?

    03/07/2008 6:31:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 192+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2008 | Mona Charen
    Barack Obama's words are often attractive but oddly concealing. His speeches are all balm and mood. It's all very well to seek, as Obama claims, to transcend old categories, to reject the "old politics." But then what? This graceful rhetorician leaves you wondering: Who is he really? What does he want for himself and for his country? In search of answers that go deeper than the Congressional Record, I read his first book, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance." Once you get past the happy surprise of finding a politician who can actually write, the book...
  • A Profoundly Consequential Life (William Buckley)

    02/28/2008 1:45:53 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 4 replies · 89+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/28/08 | Mona Charen
    Woody Allen is reputed to have said that it was better not to meet people you revere -- the disappointment was always so crushing. But no one fortunate enough to meet or know William F. Buckley Jr., who passed away yesterday at the age of 82, could say that. A man of coruscating wit (he'd approve of that word), he was also, by universal acclamation, the most gracious man on the planet. Legend he was, but in a small group, it was always Bill who rushed to get a chair for the person left standing. It was always Bill who...
  • Why many conservatives can't vote for McCain

    02/10/2008 2:42:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 224 replies · 694+ views
    The Everett Herald ^ | February 10, 2008 | Mona Charen
    I posted a squib on the National Review Web site about a robo call I received from John McCain. (Virginia's primary is Tuesday.) The call stressed that he would, if elected, be a down-the-line limited government conservative who would never raise taxes, would defend life, would enforce immigration laws and would win the war on terror. The candidate is trying, I said, to meet conservatives "more than halfway." The response of readers was, shall we say, emphatic. One lady wrote that she would never vote for him as "He is the most disloyal, ill-tempered man and he brings out the...
  • Discordant Note (2007 Kennedy Center Honoree Pianist/Conductor Bashes Bush)

    02/09/2008 5:57:52 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 26 replies · 93+ views
    National Review (The Corner) ^ | Saturday, February 09, 2008 | Mona Charen
    This is the most graceless stunt I’ve seen a while. Leon Fleisher, the conductor and pianist, received a Kennedy Center honor. As part of the weekend of festivities associated with this prestigious award, Fleisher was invited to attend a White House reception along with the four other honorees (Brian Wilson, Steve Martin, Diana Ross, and Martin Scorcese). This caused the conductor to wrestle with his conscience. In the past seven years, Bush administration policies have amounted to a systematic shredding of our nation's Constitution — the illegal war it initiated and perpetuates; the torturing of prisoners; the espousing of "values"...
  • Charen: McCain Disdain

    02/08/2008 6:29:14 AM PST · by cgk · 98 replies · 146+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 2-8-08 | Mona Charen
    February 08, 2008, 0:00 a.m. McCain DisdainWhy some Republicans won't vote for the senator. By Mona Charen I posted a squib on National Review Online about a robo call I received from John McCain (Virginia’s primary is Tuesday). The call stressed that he would, if elected, be a down-the-line limited-government conservative who would never raise taxes, would defend life, would enforce immigration laws, and would win the war on terror. The candidate is trying, I said, to meet conservatives “more than halfway.” The response of readers was, shall we say, emphatic. One lady wrote that she would never vote...
  • Sore Winner - McCain Isn't Acting Like a Frontrunner. (Mona Charen)

    02/01/2008 10:32:20 AM PST · by frankpooler · 87 replies · 120+ views
    National Review ^ | February 1st, 2008 | Mona Charen
    Usually the guy who’s ahead finds it within himself to be gracious to his competitors whereas the desperate runner-up goes negative and reaches for any stick. So it was peculiar to watch John McCain sneering and slicing his way through the debate with Mitt Romney at the Reagan library. When McCain was given up for dead last summer, he was witty and fun on the stump. Now that he is the frontrunner he is snarky and obnoxious. Dr. Freud, call your office. They say that John McCain harbors a particular dislike for Romney. And why would that be? Well, Romney...
  • Sore Winner

    02/01/2008 1:39:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 71+ views
    Townhall ^ | February 1, 2008 | Mona Charen
    Usually the guy who's ahead finds it within himself to be gracious to his competitors whereas the desperate runner-up goes negative and reaches for any stick. So it was peculiar to watch John McCain sneering and slicing his way through the debate with Mitt Romney at the Reagan Library. When McCain was given up for dead last summer, he was witty and fun on the stump. Now that he is the front-runner, he is snarky and obnoxious. Dr. Freud, call your office. They say that McCain harbors a particular dislike for Romney. And why would that be? Well, Romney is...
  • Mona Charen: The real world intrudes

    12/28/2007 11:40:47 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 118+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2007 | By Mona Charen
    The next-to-last assassination attempt on Benazir Bhutto came on Dec. 13, when a man in the crowd got the former prime minister's attention. He was holding a 1-year-old baby — Mrs. Bhutto said later she thought it was a girl — and tried to hand the child across the sea of bodies. (snip) In Foreign Affairs magazine, Mr. Huckabee wrote: "Much like a top high school student, if it [the U.S.] is modest about its abilities and achievements, if it is generous in helping others, it is loved. But if it attempts to dominate others, it is despised." This, mind...
  • A Second Look at Romney

    12/14/2007 5:06:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 99 replies · 302+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2007 | Mona Charen
    Pretty much every election year since I can remember, a complaint has arisen that goes like this: "Why are we stuck with these awful choices? In this vast country of highly successful individuals, why don't any of the best people run for president?" Some years evoked more howls than others, and admittedly, 1976 really did present two underperformers, as did 1996. So let's pause to notice the fact that this year we have some exemplary choices. Fred Thompson is an excellent man who is running a refreshingly substantive campaign. John McCain has demonstrated not just personal courage (which is admirable...
  • Deny Killers Their 15 Minutes Of 'Fame'

    12/09/2007 2:02:37 PM PST · by Paul_B · 17 replies · 135+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 12/7/07 | Mona Charen
    I still remember where I was when I heard that the student who committed the Virginia Tech massacre had released a press packet including a video, a manifesto and photos of himself holding various weapons. I was just leaving a TV studio (having spoken about something else). Bursting with anger, I asked one of the producers if I could use his computer and posted on the web an urgent plea to NBC News (the organization that had first received the packet): "Don't publish it!" They did, of course. And so did every other news outlet. The killer's picture, his disordered...
  • NRO - Letters: Ron Paul spokeman responds to Mona Charen

    11/20/2007 4:30:35 PM PST · by George W. Bush · 37 replies · 613+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 11/20/07 | Jesse Benton
    November 20, 2007, 1:00 p.m. Ron Paul To the Editor I read Mona Charen’s column on Friday and I had to clear a few things up. Outside of the name-calling (“kook,” as I’m sure you remember, was the attack word of choice used by critics of Barry Goldwater), Charen was way off base. 1. Dr. Paul’s commitment to principle is second to none, so to attack him, Charen twists the understanding of what a presidential pardon really is. A pardon is a constitutional check by the executive branch on the judiciary to protect against cruel or unusual punishment. When...
  • Ron Paul (Letter on Mona Charen article)

    11/20/2007 12:10:24 PM PST · by Captain Kirk · 66 replies · 251+ views
    National Review ^ | November 20, 2007 | Jesse Benton
    To the Editor I read Mona Charen’s column on Friday and I had to clear a few things up. Outside of the name-calling (“kook,” as I’m sure you remember, was the attack word of choice used by critics of Barry Goldwater), Charen was way off base. 1. Dr. Paul’s commitment to principle is second to none, so to attack him, Charen twists the understanding of what a presidential pardon really is. A pardon is a constitutional check by the executive branch on the judiciary to protect against cruel or unusual punishment. When considering a pardon, a president examines extenuating circumstances...
  • Too Close to Kooky [Ron Paul]

    11/17/2007 6:56:56 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 180 replies · 311+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov 16 2007 | Mona Charen
    Memo to: Ron Paul supporters Subject: Your e-mails Okay, enough is enough. Like every other journalist in America, and who knows, maybe the world or even the universe, I've been deluged with your letters and e-mails. So I've done as you asked and taken a closer look at your candidate. Here is what I've found: 1. Ron Paul is inconsistent. Though he calls himself a man of principle and is apparently admired as such by his ardent fans, his principles seem somewhat elastic. He rails against the Bush administration for its supposed assault on civil liberties, yet when he was...
  • Rosh Hashanah (Mona Charen Looks At The Jewish New Year And Ten Days Of Awe Alert)

    09/13/2007 10:40:10 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 446+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 09/14/2007 | Mona Charen
    When our middle son was in preschool, his teacher asked him to explain to the (overwhelmingly non-Jewish) class what the Jewish New Year was all about. Four-year-old David told them that on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews go to a big building and "forgive God." Well, something like that. This week, Jews all over the world are gathering to observe the "Ten Days of Awe," the period that begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and culminates with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Like other Jewish holidays (Passover, Sukkot), Rosh Hashanah is celebrated for two days in...
  • Can a Muslim Justin Timberlake Save Islam From Itself?

    09/07/2007 7:42:25 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 13 replies · 835+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 9/7/07 | Mona Charen
    He's handsome, young and a devout Muslim. He is also his country's leading pop star. But would it surprise you to learn that one of his songs, a tune that topped the charts, is called "Warriors of Love"? Ahmad Dhani, Indonesia's counterpart to Justin Timberlake, has called his song a "musical fatwa against religious extremism and violence." The lyrics are derived from the Koran and Hadith. (Sample: "If hatred has already poisoned you/Against those . . . who worship differently/ Then evil has already gripped your soul/ Then evil's got you in its damning embrace.") Dhani is a soldier in...
  • Obama's Sword ....(he would meet with America's enemies and attack America's friends)

    08/03/2007 5:43:35 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 21 replies · 687+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | Friday, August 03, 2007 | Mona Charen
    Within the past several weeks, presidential aspirant Barack Obama has announced that he would meet with America's enemies and attack America's friends. Those interested in a dramatic departure from Bush/Cheney need look no further. Asked whether he would — without preconditions — meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, Obama declared that he would and added, "I think it's a disgrace that we have not spoken to them." (Actually, the U.S. has had diplomatic contact with all of those nations, just not at the presidential level.) A week later, in a major foreign policy address,...
  • The Coming Republican Debacle?

    07/12/2007 9:40:13 PM PDT · by gpapa · 26 replies · 2,370+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2007 | Mona Charen
    Is the Republican Party standing on the edge of a cliff? It's possible. Let's consider the bad news. 1) Fund-raising. Republicans are still portrayed as the little Monopoly man capitalists by the media, but the truth is that Democrats are now (alas) the party of the rich. As Peter Schweizer reported in National Review Online last year, "In 2004, Democrats made up 15 of the 25 individuals who gave more than $2 million to 527 groups. Of the Senate and House candidates who received 'bundled' contributions that year, 9 out of the top 10 in the Senate and 8 out...
  • Can You Live on Food Stamps?

    04/26/2007 11:36:03 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 329 replies · 4,639+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 4/27/07 | Mona Charen
    Oregon Gov. Theodore Kulongoski called a gaggle of his closest friends to a photo op Tuesday that few could pass up. As part of his "Food Stamp Challenge" week, the governor is attempting to live on a food budget of $21 per week, which is about the average benefit for an Oregon food stamp recipient, according to the governor's press release. Associated Press photos showed the governor pushing a shopping cart and ostentatiously relinquishing a noodle cup and two bananas at the checkout counter when his total topped $21. "Could you feed yourself for $3 a day?" demanded headline in...
  • Mona Charen: Why Fred Thompson Should Run

    03/23/2007 2:33:56 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 33 replies · 1,072+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2007 | Mona Charen
    The current Republican field is like a smorgasbord at Denny's -- lots of OK choices, but nothing to get the heart racing. That's why the potential candidacy of former Sen. Fred Thompson is creating a palpable stir. Rudy Giuliani ... really is quite liberal on cultural questions that matter deeply to conservatives -- life, gun control, and gay rights. Even if conservatives could live with such heterodoxy, say, by accepting the reassurance that Giuliani would appoint conservative judges, there is still the matter of his psychedelic personal life. To be divorced once is now, sadly, common. To be divorced twice...
  • Democrats' Diplomacy Illusion (Mona Charen: Talking With Dictators Is Pure Folly Alert)

    05/04/2007 2:27:25 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 491+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 05/04/2007 | Mona Charen
    Speaking on the Senate floor in favor of the supplemental funding bill for the war in Iraq (and salmon fishers, timber counties, woodland firefighting efforts and other projects), Sen. Barbara Boxer implored the president to sign the legislation. The bill would have required the start of American withdrawal from Iraq by July 1 if the Iraqis failed to make progress toward certain legislated "benchmarks," and by Oct. 1 even if they did make such progress. Her rationale was as follows: The war is lost. We've tried everything and failed. Therefore , it is time for diplomacy. Sen. Boxer speaks for...
  • Forget Sharpton, here's the real slavery

    03/02/2007 2:04:24 AM PST · by rhema · 9 replies · 662+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | March 2, 2007 | Mona Charen
    Al Sharpton is apparently subdued by news that his ancestors were owned by ancestors of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond. New York Times columnist Bob Herbert described him as "quiet" and "reflective" — states of mind that Herbert acknowledges are "unusual" for the reverend. That qualifies as the understatement of the decade. Sharpton indicates that the news of his ancestry brought the "complete dehumanization" of slavery home to him, and Herbert takes the opportunity to preach that "Slavery, like the past . . . is not dead. It's not even past. It's not something you can wish away." No, you...
  • Charen ~ State of the Union: Demoralized

    01/26/2007 2:56:04 PM PST · by cgk · 25 replies · 1,023+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 1-26-07 | Mona Charen
    State of the Union: DemoralizedBy Mona CharenFriday, January 26, 2007 The key paragraph in President Bush's State of the Union speech was this: This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we're in. Every one of us wishes this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn...
  • "State of Conservatism" (Charen, Ingraham, O'Beirne, Lopez & Malkin - Live on C-SPAN 8PM)

    01/26/2007 1:24:59 PM PST · by leadpenny · 178 replies · 2,122+ views
    The Future of a Movement The "State of Conservatism" is the topic of a panel discussion at the National Review Institute's Conservative Summit. Syndicated Columnist Mona Charen and Talk Show Host Laura Ingraham join a panel that includes the National Review's Kate O'Beirne & Kathryn Lopez, and Syndicated Columnist Michelle Malkin.
  • Unprotected

    01/08/2007 7:05:58 PM PST · by Campion · 44 replies · 1,600+ views
    Townhall ^ | January 5, 2007 | Mona Charen
    Meet the liberated college woman. You may pity her. "Unprotected" is a hard slap at the sexual free-for-all that prevails on American campuses and throughout American life. The author, revealed since publication as Dr. Miriam Grossman, a psychiatrist at the student health service at UCLA, was hesitant to put her name on this book. The orthodoxy within the academic world is a strict one, and those who transgress often pay with their jobs. Let's hope for her sake, but particularly for her patients' well being, that she is not punished for her heterodox views. What does Dr. Grossman believe that...
  • Charen: These are Realists?

    12/08/2006 4:02:09 PM PST · by cgk · 16 replies · 699+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-8-06 | Mona Charen
    These are realists?By Mona CharenFriday, December 8, 2006 Recommendation 16 of the Iraq Study Group's report calls upon Syria to agree to a peace deal with Israel in return for the Golan Heights. It further suggests that Syria be persuaded to end its interference in Lebanon, cease aiding Hezbollah, convince Hamas to recognize Israel's right to exist, and intervene to obtain the release of two captured Israeli soldiers. Elsewhere the report declares that "Iran should stem the flow of arms and training to Iraq, respect Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and use its influence over Iraqi Shia groups to encourage...
  • Charen: Defeat

    11/17/2006 7:53:30 AM PST · by cgk · 23 replies · 1,268+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11-16-06 | Mona Charen
    DefeatBy Mona CharenThursday, November 16, 2006 America is the world's hyperpower. No other nation or group of nations can challenge us militarily or economically. Unlike sickly Europe, we are growing, not contracting. But we are about to be defeated in Iraq by a few thousand cutthroats. How did this happen? It's simple: The only thing powerful enough to defeat us is ourselves, and we've done it. In my last column I argued that the 2006 election was lost by Republicans through a combination of corruption and complacency. Dissatisfaction with the progress of the war in Iraq didn't help (though I...
  • Charen: The interpretation battle

    11/10/2006 5:05:40 AM PST · by cgk · 14 replies · 661+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11-10-06 | Mona Charen
    The interpretation battleBy Mona CharenFriday, November 10, 2006 There are two battles every election year. The first is for votes; the second -- almost as crucial -- is over the interpretation of those votes. Many a past election has been misinterpreted in the days following -- recall the "angry white male" election and the "swift boat" election. Today, we are invited to conclude that the 2006 election was a referendum on the Iraq War and the Bush presidency. Maybe. But for the sake of argument, let's consider the possibility that Iraq did not determine this election at all. The war...
  • 13 reasons to vote Republican on Nov. 7

    10/27/2006 1:47:35 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 33 replies · 1,296+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 10/27/06 | Mona Charen
    I can understand why Democrats are jazzed about November's election. The polls combined with the fawning media ("Oh, please, Sen. Obama, let us kiss the hem of your garment!") are giving them goose bumps such as they have not experienced since "An Inconvenient Truth" debuted in theaters. What I don't understand is the seeming tepidness of so many Republicans. Yes, the war in Iraq is a long, hard slog. The world is not Topeka, Kansas (would that it were). A journalist pointed out to President Bush at his most recent press conference that the Iraq war has now been going...
  • Charen: Letting the PC slip show

    10/13/2006 6:32:21 AM PDT · by cgk · 13 replies · 913+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-13-06 | Mona Charen
    Letting the PC slip showBy Mona CharenFriday, October 13, 2006 You've probably never heard of Teachers College, but it has profoundly affected your life and is now affecting your children's lives. TC is the graduate school of education at Columbia University and laboratory of most of the "reforms" that have corroded K-12 education over the past 50 years. New math, whole language, open classrooms, outcome-based education -- you name the fad and it probably originated in Morningside Heights in New York. Teachers College is the most influential graduate education program in the country, and like so many leading schools, it...
  • Charen: Alert - Severe Shortage of Grown-ups

    09/29/2006 8:43:32 PM PDT · by cgk · 29 replies · 933+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-29-06 | Mona Charen
    Alert: Severe shortage of grown-upsBy Mona CharenFriday, September 29, 2006 Do you allow your pre-teen daughters to wear T-shirts with suggestive messages? Well, plenty of parents do. Just stroll through any clothing store catering to the younger set, and you will find "Hottie" and "Sexy" on shirts too small to fit anyone older than 12. Bare midriffs are marketed to girls as young as 7 and 8. I don't have daughters; I have sons. But I hate for them to be living in such a coarse society. The Washington Post recently ran a story about how schools are handling the...
  • Meeting in the Oval Office

    09/13/2006 8:16:27 AM PDT · by Reagan Man · 12 replies · 706+ views
    Human Events ^ | September 13 2006 | Mona Charen
    If there is one thing about President Bush that is different in private from his public persona, it is probably intensity. Before big crowds he is folksy and self-deprecating. Before the hostile press, he is a bit wary. But in our setting -- a meeting with half a dozen conservative columnists in the Oval Office on Sept. 12 -- he was intense. The president called the meeting to let us know directly how he views the war on terror. Some of what he said was a reprise of his televised speech of the evening before -- that our struggle against...
  • President Bush gets his groove back

    09/08/2006 8:30:57 AM PDT · by GLH3IL · 28 replies · 1,082+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2006 | Mona Charen
    In a speech on Sept. 6, the president came out swinging at those who have misrepresented the Guantanamo Bay detainees. "These aren't common criminals," the president declared, "or bystanders accidentally swept up on the battlefield. . . . Those held . . . include suspected bomb makers, terrorist trainers . . . and potential suicide bombers. One detainee held at Guantanamo told a questioner questioning him -- he said this: 'I'll never forget your face. I will kill you, your brothers, your mother and sisters.'"
  • Mad Mel?

    08/03/2006 8:00:54 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 51 replies · 1,015+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 8/3/'06 | Mona Charen
    Someone suggested to me the morning after Mel Gibson's thunderclap that his career was over. Ha! Far from it. This is the start of a whole new gig. If Gibson had used the N word, or defamed feminists, or praised George W. Bush, he might be in serious trouble. Those are the reigning taboos in Hollywood. But anti-Semitism barely ruffles a feather.
  • Ceasefire now?

    07/21/2006 6:10:17 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 3 replies · 347+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 7/21/06 | Mona Charen
    "Israel believes this threat is existential," explained a clearly dubious former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Richard Murphy. Well, how could they think that? (And by the way, all former ambassadors, especially those who served in Saudi Arabia and now serve as advisers to Saudi banks, should be taken with a large grain of salt.) Could it be because the nation of Iran has announced its intention to wipe Israel off the map and is hurtling toward building nuclear weapons? Could it be because Iran's agent, Hizbollah, welcomes "World War III"; is pledged to the destruction of Israel; and is...
  • Mona Charen: Lesson in why not to trust liberal teachers

    07/11/2006 1:59:43 PM PDT · by pissant · 57 replies · 2,581+ views
    Mnpls Star Tribune ^ | 7/11/06 | Mona Charen
    A parent from Plymouth, N.Y., has sent along another example of liberals gone wild. Fishing through her son's backpack (he's a ninth-grader), she found a crumpled up handout from the health teacher. The title caught her attention: "Dysfunctional 'Family Rules.' " The handout is excerpted here with original punctuation, grammar and capitalization: "Here is a list of some of the unworkable rules found in dysfunctional families: "Boys shouldn't cry. (they should be like diminutive adult males, independent, self contained, and tough. they should bear pain and hurt with a kind of stoicism and emotional flatness exemplified by rugged males in...
  • Russ Feingold and the Democrats' Incoherence

    06/27/2006 6:03:32 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 23 replies · 1,096+ views
    NRO ^ | 6/26/06 | Mona Charen
    Russ Feingold and the Democrats’ Incoherence 06/26 02:39 PM Russ Feingold is everything George W. Bush is not. He is facile, articulate, quick on his feet, and deeply foolish. Appearing on Meet the Press yesterday, he said: "Our number one moral responsibility is to protect the American people, to focus on those who attacked us on 9/11, to not be distracted into a situation where even the administration did not have Iraq as one of the 45 countries that was connected with al-Qaeda. Our number one responsibility is to protect the American people from being killed by terrorists. Iraq has...
  • The Spamalot party

    06/23/2006 7:25:27 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 8 replies · 549+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/23/06 | Mona Charen
    It was not so long ago -- only four years -- that a significant number of Democrats in the U.S. Congress evaluated the available evidence and voted to authorize war with Iraq. Eighty-one Democrats in the House, including a fair number of liberals like Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., endorsed a "Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq." It's instructive to glance at that document now -- particularly since so many Democrats are adopting the pose of Poor Misled Legislators. Here is some of what those Democrats signed on...
  • The untold story of Gaza (and Haditha?)

    06/16/2006 7:40:52 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 17 replies · 770+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/16/06 | Mona Charen
    The story was everywhere and was everywhere the same. On June 9, Israel had fired a rocket onto a Gaza beach killing seven picnicking Palestinian civilians. The New York Times carried a huge, front-page picture of a 12-year-old girl weeping as she searched for her father's body in the sand (the photo was excerpted from video that has been broadcast around the world). CBS News reported, "The ruling Hamas group fired a barrage of homemade rockets at Israel on Saturday, hours after calling off a truce with Israel in anger over an artillery attack that killed seven civilians in Gaza."...
  • Necessary morale boost

    06/12/2006 6:16:52 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 232+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/9/06 | Mona Charen
    The contrast between the morning paper and the news on radio and television could not have been more dramatic Thursday morning. The papers, printed before news of Zarqawi's death, might as well have been draped in black. The Washington Post editorialized about terrorist gains in Somalia, scolding Republicans for rejecting nation-building a dozen years ago. -snip- But what a difference a successful military mission makes. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (it is pleasant to reflect that we will no longer have to hear this repellent name) is dead, along with a few of his lieutenants. In the hours after the "safe house"...
  • The war crime they've been waiting for?

    06/02/2006 7:00:33 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 21 replies · 1,038+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/2/06 | Mona Charen
    No one yet knows what happened in Haditha, Iraq, last November. There are accounts -- unconfirmed -- of a massacre perpetrated by a unit of enraged Marines against unarmed civilians. Unless I miss my guess, this is about to become the biggest story in the world. Consider that Abu Ghraib, which did not involve killing or torture (though it did include extreme humiliation) became the American and world press's favorite topic for weeks on end, though far more grotesque acts were being perpetrated daily by the jihadists in Iraq and elsewhere. In the period since then, the American press has...
  • "Anchors" away

    05/29/2006 1:20:01 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 964+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2006 | Mona Charen
    America should reconsider its habit of granting citizenship to any baby born here. In 1970, 6 percent of all births in the United States were to illegal aliens. In 2002, that figure was 23 percent. In 1994, 36 percent of the births paid for by Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid, were to illegals. Any child born in the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen. He or she is instantly eligible for panoply of social services, food stamps and other forms of aid. When the child reaches the age of 21, he can petition to have his parents and siblings declared permanent...
  • Miserable Mexico burdens U.S.

    04/22/2006 6:38:48 PM PDT · by HEMICRASHBOX · 24 replies · 1,259+ views
    Southern Illinoisan ^ | MONA CHAREN
    . Ross Perot famously predicted that if Congress passed the North American Free Trade Agreement, we'd hear a "giant sucking sound" as American jobs were exported to our southern neighbor. Not only did that not happen, but American exports to Mexico have jumped. According to an analysis by Howard J. Wall of the Federal Reserve, real U.S. manufactured exports to Mexico rose by 54 percent in the decade after NAFTA passed. All but four states in the U.S. benefited from this export boom. But those who had hoped the NAFTA would prod Mexicans to modernize their economy were disappointed. Mexico...