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  • Hey, Kick Those Christians Again!

    03/31/2015 10:31:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    In the political game -- humanity's reward for forbidden fruit chomping in the Garden of Eden -- all disagreements concern power: Who's No. 1 around here; who gets the final say-so. The ludicrous, and disheartening, dust-up over Indiana's new law on religious freedom shows where growing numbers of Americans think power has shifted with respect to society's fundamental and most important institution, marriage. Critics of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law only last week by Gov. Mike Pence, accuse Indiana of providing citizens legal cover to discriminate against gays -- to deny them jobs or services on "religious"...
  • How Not To Appraise A Pope

    03/12/2013 10:47:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    Church-state separation never seems more a reality in America than when the media begin to appraise both the qualifications for a new pope and the challenges he -- whoever "he" turns out to be -- must face. The idea arises quickly on these occasions that the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are choosing a chief executive like the president of General Mills or, for that matter, the president of the United States. Thus what we need (it seems) is a genial man with obvious people skills. A spiritual Bill Clinton? We may or may not need a European....
  • The Scouts Versus the Ugly Moods of 2013

    02/12/2013 2:16:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    The Boy Scouts of America got front-page ink, as we say in the newspaper trade, for their currently postponed meditations on the topic of admitting avowed gays to membership. Word had leaked out that the Scouts were considering a local option solution to the vexed question of their supposed right to determine who can become a member and who can't. At a top-drawer meeting in Irving, Tex., the topic proved too vast and complex for immediate resolution. Consultation and deliberation will take place prior to May meeting of Scouts' national council. I spoke of the Scouts' "supposed" right to...
  • Why Conservatives Should Cheer Up

    11/20/2012 7:51:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    "Barack Obama won because he recognized a new America." Or maybe an America more fluid, more insubstantial than post-election wisdom is ready to grant. You can't always tell about "new" -- a truth the human race rarely acknowledges. We'll see whether James Carville's and Stan Greenberg's words from a Democracy Corps survey stand up better than the consensus of November 1965, following the Lyndon Johnson-led slaughter of almost every Republican downwind from Barry Goldwater. Johnson, father of the Great Society, was all but run out of Washington on a rail after mucking up the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, as everyone these...
  • Divorce Between Teachers and Parents

    03/16/2011 9:29:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2011 | Bill Murchison
    Our national weeping and wailing over education spending cuts, public employee unions, and such like cause minds of a certain vintage to stop still and wonder. When were the divorce proceedings between home and classroom filed anyway? And who filed them, and why? It can be argued that the current traumas of education proceed from that divorce: further testimony to the general understanding that it's the kids who get hurt worst in divorce. The divorce between home and public school classroom -- accomplished by the end of the '70s -- was a national calamity. To put it another way, once...
  • Democratic Coup d'etat

    03/23/2010 8:57:02 PM PDT · by TruthHound · 9 replies · 1,272+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Bill Murchison
    First, the Obamacrat coup leaders passed a bill they know good and well (unless they're thoroughly unhinged) to be pie in the sky: unaffordable without future tax increases and service cuts. Nor, as is generally agreed, does the bill do anything to restrain medical costs, which will grow inexorably as more clamor to receive more and more. How are we going to be able even to fund Medicare without substantial cutbacks and tax hikes, given general health care's new demand on resources? The coup leaders' second offense -- committed with the encouragement of their president -- has been all along,...
  • Obama's Way or the Highway

    02/23/2010 5:53:48 PM PST · by NCjim · 12 replies · 497+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 23, 2010 | William Murchison
    It's moments like this one -- our Health Care Moment, we could call it -- that make numerous friends of democracy and good government want to pull the covers over their heads and leave a wake-up call for next month. The health care charade has gone on for a year. Polls suggest most Americans don't want the measures now on offer. Republican leaders want to start the whole thing over again. The president says no, because he's got his own plan and a date with the TV audience Thursday to explain why nothing his Republican guests will propose, unless it's...
  • Meteorite Crammed with 'Millions' of Organic Compounds..

    02/15/2010 8:30:53 PM PST · by TaraP · 35 replies · 955+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Feb 15th, 2010
    A meteorite that hit the town of Murchison, Australia, hasn't quit giving up its secrets. The Murchison meteorite is one of the most studied space rocks because many pieces were recovered after it was seen breaking up as it fell through the atmosphere in 1969. Approximately 100 kg of the carbonaceous chondrite was recovered. Carbonaceous chondrites are extremely important to scientists as they were formed from material that existed in the solar system's planet-forming disk of gas and dust. They are, quite literally, time capsules holding onto a 4 billion year old record of the birth of our solar system....
  • Terror Wins Another One

    12/29/2009 5:57:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 564+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2009 | Bill Murchison
    Here's what we can look for as the federal government implements new rules meant to thwart the likes of Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalib, the would-be pants bomber: -- Sharp drop-offs in beverage sales as passengers find themselves barred from restrooms during the last 60 minutes of international flights. -- Airport check-in times longer than airplane flight times. -- An upsurge in employment for people turned on by the prospect of "patting down" strangers. -- A decrease in human dignity, across the board. Here 's what we likely can't look for: -- Federal acknowledgement that young Arabic or African men deserve more...
  • Obama's Blunder (Going after the C.I.A.)

    08/25/2009 6:02:17 AM PDT · by kellynla · 68 replies · 2,354+ views
    REAL CLEAR POLITICS ^ | August 25, 2009 | William Murchison
    If the left wing of the left wing of the left wing in American life doesn't control most of the Obama farmstead's best and richest acreage, it could be time for new spectacles -- since things surely look that way. Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to go after the CIA has all the earmarks of policy designed to make left-wing hearts palpitate. What other purpose could it possibly serve? Not that of national security or common sense. I have written deliberately "go after the CIA," notwithstanding the demurral of newly appointed special prosecutor John Durham, which concerns the supposedly "preliminary"...
  • William Murchison: The fantasy of gay 'marriage'

    04/19/2009 6:39:01 AM PDT · by billorites · 27 replies · 1,405+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | April 19, 2009 | William Murchison
    You really can't have "gay marriage," you know, irrespective of what a court or a legislature may say. You can have something some people call gay marriage, because to them the idea sounds worthy and necessary, but to say a thing is other than it is, is to stand reality on its head, hoping to shake out its pockets. Such is the supposed effect of the Iowa Supreme Court's declaration this month that gays and heterosexuals enjoy equal rights to marital bliss. Nope. They don't and won't, even if liberal Vermont follows Iowa's lead. The human race -- sorry ladies,...
  • The Gay Marriage Fantasy

    04/08/2009 11:09:33 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 20 replies · 1,048+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 8, 2009 | William Murchison
    You really can't have "gay marriage," you know, irrespective of what a court or a legislature may say. You can have something some people call gay marriage because to them the idea sounds worthy and necessary, but to say a thing is other than it is, is to stand reality on its head, hoping to shake out its pockets. Such is the supposed effect of the Iowa Supreme Court's declaration last week that gays and heterosexuals enjoy equal rights to marital bliss. Nope. They don't and won't, even if liberal Vermont follows Iowa's lead. The human race -- sorry ladies,...
  • Nation of sheep

    03/06/2009 4:46:03 PM PST · by Delacon · 19 replies · 1,425+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, March 7, 2009 | William Murchison
    Up in the air (where it generally stays anyway) went the New York Times' snooty nose. Those conservatives, clucked the Times - railing the way they do against the Obama administration's lurch toward "socialism"! And calling the president "Comrade Obama"! What - so went the strongly implied question - do we do with such folk? How about, for starters, listen to them? They might be less wacko than the Times often considers people who disagree with the Times. "Socialism," tightly defined, is outright government ownership. It is not, strictly speaking, socialistic to propose that government take over health care policy,...
  • God And Mr. Darwin

    01/28/2009 4:37:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 573+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2009 | Bill Murchison
    As Charles Darwin's 200th birthday (Feb. 12) looms, evidence mounts: No way is all the furor over the teaching of evolution going to disappear, or even abate. Not in our own time, brothers and sisters. A Gallup Poll of June 2007 found Americans equally divided as to whether they believe or disbelieve Darwin's theory of evolution. Just a month ago, another poll showed belief in the devil running stronger among Americans than belief in the teachings of Darwin, who, to some opponents, is himself a sulfurous figure in red tights. Then there's the foofaraw over the Texas state education board's...
  • Bill Murchison: So Here's What We Do, Gang (Advice for conservatives in the age of Obama)

    11/11/2008 10:51:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 349+ views
    Townhall ^ | November 12, 2008 | Bill Murchison
    Advice for conservatives in the Age of Obama. 1. What is, is. Don't waste valuable time with rehashes of how wonderful things used to be, or would be right now, if only! A romantic streak informs conservatism: a dreamy connection to realities unglimpsed because they are dead or yet unborn. Don Quixote was a conservative. We can honor his idealism without wishing to replicate his practice. The realities of the present are the ones that need wrestling with. Barack Obama is president-elect of the United States. Instead of whining, cringing, or foretelling disaster, let us figure out what to do....
  • Bill Murchison: Happy Days For Obama

    09/29/2008 11:01:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 666+ views
    Townhall ^ | September 30, 2008 | Bill Murchison
    So here we are -- wherever "here" is, economically, financially speaking. The House balks at the bailout. The markets tumble. What next? No expert who tells you he knows what's ahead is to be believed, and you can tell him a colleague said so. I wonder if we might, anyway, engage in some guess work. I have a few notions of my own. I think the election of Barack Obama has not been cinched, but that the Democratic ticket's chances are vastly enhanced. It is a melancholy thought. I share it with reluctance. If I correctly read human nature, I...
  • MURCHISON: Idols beware

    08/02/2008 12:31:03 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 102+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, August 2, 2008 | William Murchison
    There had better be something to this "divinely anointed" business, because if there isn't, Barack Obama is setting himself up for the biggest political spill in recorded history - all the way down the slopes of Olympus to whatever gunk lies below. Which is to say, nobody, probably, can be as good as Mr. Obama's adoring followers, whether in Portland or Berlin, seem to believe he is. Disillusionment is ugly to see in action: The higher the expectations, the angrier the eventual response to reality. What gives these musings their relevance isn't just the unfortunate track record of idols who...
  • About that Gramm 'Gaffe'

    07/15/2008 2:35:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 167+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2008 | Bill Murchison
    "Nation of whiners"? I don't know how you flesh out with mathematical exactitude ex-Sen. Phil Gramm's famous assertion of last week concerning how we talk about the economy. I'll say this: There's a lot of whining go on, and if, as Phil avers, he was "talking about our leaders," not our people in general, he makes a serious point with something of the blunt force requisite to the task. Alas for him! The glory of the First Amendment to the Constitution is that it lets you say practically anything about practically everything. The fly in the buttermilk is you can't...
  • The Proxy Presidential Campaign

    04/29/2008 4:36:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 80+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2008 | Bill Murchison
    Politics is crazier even than we sometimes think. Half the time, it seems, instead of addressing issues of great solemnity with the attention they deserve -- foreign foes, energy supplies, government overspending -- we talk endlessly about ... would you believe Jeremiah Wright? What on earth? The Barnum & Bailey of the black church as center ring attraction in the presidential campaign? Not lastingly so, perhaps. These fads pass. And yet over the last few days of April, Barack Obama's pastor went around the country -- from the Bill Moyers show to Dallas to Washington, D.C. -- calling into question...
  • Goldwater in '08!

    12/22/2007 10:34:49 PM PST · by BnBlFlag · 35 replies · 86+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 12/18/07 | William Murchison
    Goldwater In '08 I've just now figured it out — the right conservative candidate for these confused and disturbing times. I'm voting for Barry Goldwater, and nothing can stop me. Save — I admit — the inconvenience of Barry's residence in a venue other than the land of the living. Still, I want to suggest to perplexed conservatives sorting through the credentials of Romney-Huckabee-Giuliani-Thompson-Paul-McCain that no one matches in substance and appeal the man who, in our hearts, we knew to be right: Barry himself. I want to suggest this not by way of whomping up some sentimental pilgrimage back...
  • Fall Of The Religious Right?

    10/30/2007 2:04:32 PM PDT · by StatenIsland · 42 replies · 18+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 10/30/07 | Bill Murchison
    I don't see glee oozing from between every comma in David Kirkpatrick's New York Times magazine article this past weekend on the "evangelical crackup." He's a good reporter, whose coverage of conservatives I regard as generally well balanced. On the other hand, it isn't hard to visualize street dancing and fireworks displays outside Clinton headquarters. Kirkpatrick's focus is on the glug-glug sound as evangelical enthusiasm for conservatives and Republicans drains from the tub. No one can predict, for certain, the speed or volume of the drainage. It suffices momentarily to note the potential effects of this once-unlooked-for phenomenon. Didn't Republicans...
  • Bobby Jindal, American

    10/23/2007 6:14:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 81+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2007 | Bill Murchison
    Living in 21st-century America is about -- so I gather, from living there -- leaving behind the awful memories of exploitative acts perpetrated by the old white male ruling caste and, from here on, incorporating into our lives and loves Barack Obama? Hillary Clinton? Barney Frank? "What about Bobby Jindal?" I would reply. What about the newly elected Republican governor of Louisiana, the son of Hindu immigrants and a convert to Roman Catholicism? And a conservative -- a believer in markets, limited government, intelligent design, the sacred character of unborn life and the power of the Lord God Almighty? Aren't...
  • A Tale Of Two Tongues

    10/09/2007 4:06:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 288+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2007 | Bill Murchison
    Vamos a ver, as we say down at Bo's Hardware Store. According to an ABC News "Good Morning America" poll, two thirds of Americans don't mind hearing Spanish spoken as a matter of course right here in the United States. I doubt this rather seriously, given the tendency of poll respondents to avoid saying anything that might make a polltaker say under his breath, "Racist, racist!" But the poll does bring to the fore a significant question: How much sense does it make for the United States to accommodate the widespread speaking of a tongue other than English in a...
  • More to Life Than Politics

    09/04/2007 4:10:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 442+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2007 | Bill Murchison
    So, now (or just about now) -- Fred Thompson, Republican candidate for president! As Jack Benny replied when the stickup man gave him the choice of his money or his life, "... I'm thinking." One thing I'm thinking about is the eclipse in our time of the commanding figures who used to line up for the privilege of running America -- the Goldwaters, the Tafts, the Ikes, the Roosevelts, the Johnsons, the Nixons. Where did they all go? I mean no disrespect to ex-Sen. Thompson of Tennessee, for whom I might well vote. We tonsorially challenged souvenirs from the great...
  • When Losing Is Winning

    08/21/2007 4:28:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 649+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2007 | Bill Murchison
    We always get back to the same place, don't we, whenever something goes wrong -- the place known as How Can the Government Help? Already Democrats, without too much contradiction from nervous Republicans, are sifting ideas to help the subprime mortgage victims keep their homes despite rising mortgage costs. Denunciations of "predatory" lending practices fill the air, though I'm not aware of a single presidential candidate's having fingered specific predators -- or even having attempted to prove that predatory practices are at the bottom of the problem. Meanwhile Hillary Clinton talks of a $1 billion federal fund to help families...
  • A Farewell To Rove

    08/14/2007 3:07:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 539+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2007 | Bill Murchison
    What? Karl Rove leaving the George Bush White House? I read the words; I can't digest them. Going home to Texas to write a book and, not only that, leaving politics altogether? So he announces. We'll see. One thing we'll see soon enough is what object of derogation the Democrats fix on in the future to explain (to themselves as much as to the voters) their inability these past six years to control the political agenda. Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, Don Rumsfeld, Bush himself, of course - Always Rove was the No. 1 bad guy; the puppet master sitting in...
  • Power And Politicians

    07/31/2007 3:46:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 262+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2007 | Bill Murchison
    Anybody want to review the bidding on the presidential race? All right, then, let's see. Hillary leads Barack in the polls, though he's been raising all this cash online, and John Edwards wants to raise taxes. As for the Republicans, McCain is fading, and people are debating whether America is ready for a Mormon president, while Fred Thompson looks like the great conservative hope, though Giuliani is gaining some traction with the right, and, hey, how about that YouTube debate, and and Operator, might I please have a 5 a.m. wakeup call, somewhere around Labor Day 2008, meanwhile zzzzzzzzzzzz, awk,...
  • Do the Democrats Mean It? Probably Not

    07/24/2007 4:16:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 681+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2007 | Bill Murchison
    The Democrats are poised to hurl America right over the cliff, to the rocks below. Wait -- I didn't say they long to do such like, or that, in suicidal mood, they'd take the chance if they got it, assuming they win big in 2008. I think if they do win, much of the creepy teeth-baring and chest-pounding they presently go in for will likely just . . . go away. Which could be one reason for electing the Democrats: to make them put up or shut up. To oblige them to quit griping about the President from Hell and...
  • Do the Democrats Mean It? Probably Not (Man, I hope he's right)

    07/24/2007 6:13:46 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 15 replies · 861+ views
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | 24 July 2007 | By William Murchison
    The Democrats are poised to hurl America right over the cliff, to the rocks below. Wait -- I didn't say they long to do such like, or that, in suicidal mood, they'd take the chance if they got it, assuming they win big in 2008. I think if they do win, much of the creepy teeth-baring and chest-pounding they presently go in for will likely just . . . go away. ....break...... I mean, one can't help wondering: Aren't we talking about two different things here -- 1) talking up American abandonment of Iraq and 2) actually watching as U.S....
  • I Hope Bill Murchison Has a Valid Point

    07/24/2007 7:43:27 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 12 replies · 480+ views
    RedState.com ^ | 24 July 2007 | .cnI redruM
    Bill Murchison offers us a sliver of hope for the world in 2009. With the raging hordes of the Dementiacratic Party out raising GOP House candidates by a margin of 10:1,the Senate field tilted against the GOP, and Caligula Rodham Clinton nuking Fred, John, Rudy and Mitt in the latest RCP polls, it looks like a good time to invest your money in gold coins and stock up your fallout shelter for the coming anarchy. My proudly partisan biases aside, 2008 looks bad for both the GOP, and any moderate Democrat to the right of Jean Paul Sartre. It isn’t...
  • For the Science Room, No Free Speech

    01/04/2006 12:55:35 PM PST · by A. Pole · 126 replies · 1,329+ views
    The Chronicles Magazine ^ | Wednesday, December 28, 2005 | William Murchison
    Will the federal courts, and the people who rely on the federal courts to enforce secular ideals, ever get it? The anti-school-prayer decisions of the past 40 years—not unlike the pro-choice-in-abortion decisions, starting with Roe vs. Wade—haven’t driven pro-school-prayer, anti-choice Americans from the marketplace of ideas and activity. Neither will U.S. Dist. Judge John Jones’ anti-intelligent-design ruling in Dover, Pa., just before Christmas choke off challenges to the public schools’ Darwinian monopoly. Jones’ contempt for the “breathtaking inanity” of school-board members who wanted ninth-grade biology students to hear a brief statement regarding Darwinism’s “gaps/problems” is unlikely to intimidate the millions...
  • It's Spelled C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S

    12/06/2005 4:17:51 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 38 replies · 1,510+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | December 6, 2005 | Bill Murchison
    Well, here we go again ..."And now a holiday song -- 'God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.'" This from my favorite classical music station. Shall we listen in?"God rest you merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day; to save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray ... " etc., etc., etc.Oh, boy, didn't we cover up that dogmatic theological treatise by billing the musical selection in question as a "holiday song" and not a "Christmas carol"? I guess it's fine (by the standards of the time) to launch on the...
  • What the war is about (Harriet Miers)

    10/13/2005 11:41:20 AM PDT · by JZelle · 30 replies · 734+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-13-05 | William Murchison
    Again it gets down to abortion. It always gets down to abortion. The civil war raging among conservatives over Harriet Miers is no exception. What the war is about, chiefly, is whether Miss Miers, if confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Supreme Court, would vote to strike down Roe v. Wade. We don't know -- how could we? But we can and do speculate. Roe, Roe rows our boat, gratingly down the stream. It has done so since 1973, when the high court intervened tellingly on behalf of the feminist argument that "privacy" trumps pregnancy as to constitutional consideration.
  • Backing up the Boy Scouts

    08/02/2005 5:59:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 556+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Aug 2, 2005 | Bill Murchison
    Talk about getting in your adversaries' faces! On back-to-back days, George W. Bush hands John Bolton an interim appointment as U.N. ambassador and praises the moral character and public importance of the Boy Scouts of America. Our president is going out of his way to live dangerously.
  • Back to first principles - (is God gone from Europe? - post 7/7 reflections on looming crisis)

    07/12/2005 9:06:01 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 419+ views
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | JULY 12, 2005 | BILL MURCHISON
    On Sunday they packed 'em in -- a circumstance you wouldn't have noted for some long while in English churches, which, like European churches in general, seem to resound mainly with historic echoes. But there was praying to be done, and it seemed to the English people meet, right and their bounden duty -- as the Book of Common Prayer would have it -- to lay their sorrows and perplexities before the Lord. And so, three days after the explosions and screams that scarred a London morning, something like the old European civilization popped back into view. I didn't say...
  • Of Mark Felt and moral ambiguity

    06/07/2005 4:50:02 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 1 replies · 463+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/7/05 | Bill Murchison
    Mmmmmmm; the delicious taste of those well-remembered names: Nixon, Mitchell, Bradlee, Woodward and -- somehow more savory than most -- Deep Throat. The self-outing of W. Mark Felt, who confirmed the expectations of many by revealing himself as a main, early source for Bob Woodward's Watergate stories, came just in time for a country basically out of news; or weary of such news as it had -- filibusters, violence in Iraq, the start of the summer reruns. It was like old times, masticating those names again. And that was just the trouble -- the questionable odor that went with the...
  • A Toast to the French

    05/31/2005 4:15:33 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 1 replies · 440+ views
    Townhall ^ | 5/31/05 | Bill Murchison
    I was just closing a brand new book on the European crisis -- which I'll get back to in a minute, the book and the crisis both -- when came the news that French voters had overwhelmingly rejected the Constitution for Europe. Naturally, the first, ignoble impulse was to toast the defeat in good champagne on the theory that anything upsetting to Jacques Chirac -- no friend to the United States and its purposes -- is probably good, if not downright glorious. But the cleaner, saner impulse, which followed, was just to nod a quiet hooray for human freedom or...
  • Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, kids - (Texans auction rifle for school fence)

    02/19/2005 4:28:36 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 17 replies · 578+ views
    LONE STAR REPORT.COM ^ | WILLIAM MURCHISON
    You have to love those red state folks: meaning, among others, us. Us Texans. Who else would auction off a deer rifle to raise money for a security fence at an intermediate school? Red state people would. Specifically – as is known all over the world, thanks to television and the Associated Press – the people of Lampasas County. The news came down just before Thanksgiving. Security concerns at Hanna Springs Intermediate School – a registered sex offender had been seen attempting conversation with one of the female students – prompted parents to see what might be done. At breakfast...
  • Kerry should pay price for wanting it both ways

    08/24/2004 11:49:10 PM PDT · by kattracks · 10 replies · 489+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/25/04 | William Murchison
    You know, we don't have to buy every detail of the charges flung at John Kerry's tender carcass by the swift boat sailors he accuses of smearing him. Look around. It wasn't some malicious GOP marketing firm that started this set-to over what Sen. Kerry did or didn't do in Vietnam. No, this thing began much earlier, and the lad responsible is John Kerry, who, concerning Vietnam, wants it both ways. He seeks to strut around as war hero without reference to events in his wartime past that some fellow citizens find, shall we say, unheroic. Nobody, presumably, twisted John's...
  • William Murchison: Gibson's Christ doesn't go over well with liberals

    03/05/2004 11:11:50 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 70 replies · 248+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Mar 6, 04 | William Murchison
    William Murchison: Gibson's Christ doesn't go over well with liberals 12:01 AM CST on Saturday, March 6, 2004 By WILLIAM MURCHISON What is the problem so many liberals have with Jesus? How does he get so deeply under their skins – as witness all the work expended on taking down Mel Gibson and The Passion of the Christ? Consider the uproar over the movie's presumed capacity for recharging the batteries of your everyday slack-jawed anti-Semite. All the furor took place before just about anyone, including your everyday slack-jawed anti-Semite, had so much as viewed the film. Since then, the imputations...
  • Disunited we stand

    02/14/2004 7:23:13 AM PST · by chiller · 8 replies · 121+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/14/04 | By William Murchison
    <p>The Democrats' probable presidential nominee makes it as plain as day. "They're extreme; we're mainstream," says John Kerry.</p> <p>"And what's more, anybody who disagrees with us Democrats and our campaign to rescue America from Bush-ite extremism is a vile extremist." Maybe it won't have come to that by September or October, but the way things are going, it just might.</p>
  • Disunited we stand

    02/14/2004 4:35:28 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 24 replies · 128+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/14/04 | William Murchison
    <p>The Democrats' probable presidential nominee makes it as plain as day. "They're extreme; we're mainstream," says John Kerry.</p> <p>"This [the war in Iraq] was made up in Texas.... This whole thing was a fraud." -- Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy.</p> <p>"George Bush, a man who was AWOL.... " -- Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe.</p>
  • The Disunited States of America

    02/10/2004 9:12:50 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 2 replies · 164+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/10/2004 | Bill Murchison
    The Democrats' probable presidential nominee makes it as plain as day. "They're extreme; we're mainstream," says John Kerry. Umm-hmm. "Mainstream," as in: "This (the war in Iraq) was made up in Texas ... This whole thing was a fraud." -- Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy "George Bush, a man who was AWOL ... " -- Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe "He betrayed this country!" --Albert Gore Jr., sometime presidential candidate "And what's more, anybody who disagrees with us Democrats and our campaign to rescue America from Bush-ite extremism is a vile extremist." Maybe it won't have come to that by September...
  • If not us, who? If not now, when?

    02/06/2004 1:29:59 PM PST · by Federalist 78 · 4 replies · 260+ views
    townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2004 | Bill Murchison
    It's another of those ex malo bonum moments -- the kind when, piecing together recollections of high school Latin, you reflect that "out of bad, good may come." The much-advertised federal budget crunch, with attendant hand-wringing and epithet-slinging, could qualify as such an occasion. Nobody is overjoyed to contemplate a $521 billion deficit for 2005, but it's good to recall how Republicans and Democrats arrived here hand in hand: namely, by trashing the spirit of the Constitution.A project of this magnitude takes imagination, not to mention presidential-congressional cooperation. You vote (as Congress recently did) $2 million in federal money for...
  • The Democrats: In quest of seriousness

    01/20/2004 9:28:12 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 131+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, January 21, 2004 | by Bill Murchison
    Brashness wears thin, as Ross Perot twice discovered in the '90s. And Perot had a certain goofy charm about him -- a larger claim than supporters of the Mad Doctor of Vermont would make for their man. Eventually, voters start to visualize a candidate actually swearing, on Inauguration Day, to "faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States ... " Let us not yet write off Howard Dean and the Deaniacs, with their Internet cash-raising machine. Dean does something to and for a fair number of people. But, honestly, a man who, hard as he tries, can't...
  • Democrats in quest of seriousness

    01/20/2004 10:40:26 PM PST · by bastantebueno55 · 1 replies · 125+ views
    Townhall ^ | 21 Jan | Bill Murchison
    The Democrats: In quest of seriousness Bill Murchison January 21, 2004 Brashness wears thin, as Ross Perot twice discovered in the '90s. And Perot had a certain goofy charm about him -- a larger claim than supporters of the Mad Doctor of Vermont would make for their man. Eventually, voters start to visualize a candidate actually swearing, on Inauguration Day, to "faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States ... " Let us not yet write off Howard Dean and the Deaniacs, with their Internet cash-raising machine. Dean does something to and for a fair number of...
  • Immigration realities

    01/13/2004 9:29:57 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 15 replies · 98+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2004 | Bill Murchison
    George W. Bush, having proposed massive reform of immigration policy, will certainly catch it in the neck from both sides in this long-running debate -- the too-muchers and the not-enoughers. The plan that Bush introduced last week calls for renewable three-year visas allowing foreign-born workers to take jobs unfilled by Americans. Those workers here now would have to register and pay a fee. An employer could bring in additional workers by certifying the need. Temporary workers seeking citizenship would enjoy no special treatment. Most, when their jobs end, would be expected to go home. The Bush plan, in short,...
  • Success in the Middle East? Try telling Howard Dean

    01/06/2004 1:20:36 PM PST · by Truth Table · 9 replies · 173+ views
    Town Hall ^ | January 6, 2004 | Bill Murchison
    Afghanistan's just-concluded national assembly has decided as much. Oddly, it decided so around the same time Osama bin Laden supposedly re-emerged to champion, in yet another Al Jazeera tape, the overthrow of the "crusaders." The juxtaposition of events could not have been sweeter. The voice of the past -- bin Laden's -- squeaks in protest against the future he himself made inevitable through the Sept. 11 attacks. The country that welcomed and harbored Al Qaeda is giving equal rights -- and a guaranteed 25 percent of assembly seats -- to women. Think of it! Arabic women making law alongside the...
  • The power and the snake hole

    12/15/2003 10:02:49 PM PST · by kattracks · 1 replies · 114+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 12/16/03 | Bill Murchison
    Ever since the Adwar snake hole yielded up a snake of the first order -- none other than Saddam Hussein -- giddy relief and exultation have swept the world. Why not? Haven't we earned it? Party on, dudes. But -- assuming I can make myself heard over the dance music -- we owe ourselves a moment for perspective.             This Saddam thing is about a bad guy getting, we must presume, his just deserts. It is also about the means employed to make sure he gets them. It is about, in other words, sovereign power -- the power of the...
  • Democracy's ironies

    11/19/2003 11:55:56 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 105+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 20, 2003 | William Murchison
    <p>In the world-saving business, it's always something. The British public is alienated over the war in Iraq. Protesters clog London on the occasion of President Bush's visit there, asserting their sovereign right to say anything absurd that comes to mind. Saddam tapes another message, excoriating the United States. Two U.S. helicopters collide in midair over Mosul, and 17 more American troops die.</p>