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  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    03/03/2015 3:09:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 3, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: When President Obama keeps talking about "violent extremists" in the abstract, you might wonder whether Presbyterians are running amok. The mainstream media seem desperate to try to find something to undermine Republican governor Scott Walker's rise in the polls. The worst they have come up with is that he didn't finish college. Neither did Bill Gates or Michael Dell. The Wright brothers didn't finish high school. Neither did Abraham Lincoln or George Washington. Have you noticed that there seem to be an ever growing number of things that we are not supposed to say...
  • Sowell: The Honesty Gap

    03/02/2015 4:45:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 3, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    There may be some poetic justice in the recent revelation that Hillary Clinton, who has made big noises about a "pay gap" between women and men, paid the women on her Senate staff just 72 percent of what she paid the men. The Obama White House staff likewise has a pay gap between women and men, as of course does the economy as a whole. Does this mean that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both discriminate against women, that they are themselves part of the nefarious "war on women" that so many on the left loudly denounce? The poetic justice...
  • Sowell: Giuliani Versus Obama

    02/23/2015 1:14:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 24, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The firestorm of denunciation of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark — especially at a time when there are much bigger issues, including wars raging, terrorist atrocities and a nuclear Iran on the horizon. Against that background of strife and dangers on the world stage, it may seem as if Barack Obama's feelings, or Rudolph Giuliani's opinion about those feelings, should not matter so much, especially when it is hard to know with certainty how anyone feels....
  • Sowell: Damaging Admissions

    02/16/2015 1:12:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 17, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Opponents of charter schools have claimed that these schools are "cherry-picking" the students they admit, and that this explains why many charter schools get better educational results with less money than public schools do. Many controversies about how students should be admitted to educational institutions, especially those supported by the taxpayers, betray a fundamental confusion about what these institutions are there for. This applies to both schools and colleges. Admitting students strictly on the basis of their academic qualifications, which might seem to be common sense, is rejected by many college admissions committees. A dean of admissions at Harvard, years...
  • Sowell: Glib 'Happy Talk'

    02/16/2015 11:53:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 17, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    When Alfred E. Neuman said "What me worry?" on the cover of Mad magazine, it was funny. But this message was not nearly as funny coming from President Barack Obama and his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice. In a musical comedy, it would be hilarious to have the president send out his "happy talk" message by someone whose credibility was already thoroughly discredited by her serial lies on television about the Benghazi terrorist attack in 2012. Unfortunately — indeed, tragically — the world today is about as far from a musical comedy as you can get, with terrorists rampaging across...
  • Sowell: Measles, Vaccines and Autism

    02/09/2015 11:01:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 158 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 10, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. Measles was virtually wiped out in the United States, years ago. Why the resurgence of this disease now? The short answer is that false claims, based on other false claims, led many parents to stop getting their children vaccinated against measles. The key false claim was that the vaccine for measles caused an increase in autism. This claim was made in 1998 by a doctor writing in a distinguished British medical journal, so it is...
  • Sowell: Stormy Weather and Politics

    02/03/2015 1:05:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    It was refreshing to see meteorologists apologize for their dire — and wrong — predictions of an unprecedented snow storm that they had said would devastate the northeast. It was a big storm, but the northeast has seen lots of big snow storms before and will probably see lots of big snow storms again. That's called winter. Unfortunately, we are not likely to hear any similar apologies from those who have been promoting "global warming" hysteria for years, in defiance of data that fail to fit their climate models. What is at issue is not whether there is "climate change"...
  • Sowell: Obama Versus America

    02/02/2015 11:58:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 3, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    In his recent trip to India, President Obama repeated a long-standing pattern of his — denigrating the United States to foreign audiences. He said that he had been discriminated against because of his skin color in America, a country in which there is, even now, "terrible poverty." Make no mistake about it, there is no society of human beings in which there are no rotten people. But for a President of the United States to be smearing America in a foreign country, whose track record is far worse, is both irresponsible and immature. Years after the last lynching of blacks...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    01/26/2015 1:13:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 27, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Who says President Obama doesn't promote bipartisanship? His complicity in Iran's moving toward nuclear bombs has alarmed some top Senate Democrats enough to get them to join Republicans in opposition to the Obama administration's potentially suicidal foreign policy. Before the current measles outbreak, measles was once almost wiped out in the United States. But an article in a medical journal more than a decade ago had many parents afraid to have their children vaccinated, for fear that the vaccine causes autism. After scientific studies refuted that claim, the medical journal repudiated the article, and...
  • Sowell: 'Diversity' in Action

    01/19/2015 11:48:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 19, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and European governments' counter-attacks are more than just a passing news story. Europe is currently in the process of paying the price for years of importing millions of people from a culture hostile to the fundamental values of Western culture. And this is by no means the last of the installments of that price, to be paid in blood and lives, for smug elites' Utopian self-indulgences in moral preening and gushing with the magic word "diversity." Generations yet unborn will still be paying the price, whether in large or small installments, depending on how long...
  • Sowell: Early Presidential Prospects

    01/19/2015 9:38:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | Janusary 20, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    With 2015 just getting under way, the buzz of political activity makes it seem almost as if we are already in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign. Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is honing her message to appeal to the mindset of the left wing of her party, whose support she will need in her second attempt to get the nomination as the Democrats' presidential candidate in 2016. The left wing's true believers would of course prefer Senator Elizabeth Warren, who gives them the dogmas of the left pure and straight, uncontaminated by reality. But she says she is...
  • Sowell: New Year's Irresolution

    01/12/2015 1:05:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 13, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    President Barack Obama's absence from the great gathering in Paris of national leaders from other countries, to show their solidarity with France in its opposition to Islamic terrorists, was another sign of the Obama administration's continuing irresolution in the face of terror. Even the recent courageous message of Egypt's president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, calling on his fellow Muslims around the world to "revolutionize" the interpretation of Islam, to make it more compatible with peaceful relations with other peoples, put no steel in the spine of Barack Obama. From his earliest days in the White House, our president has downplayed the terrorist...
  • Basic Economics (Walter Williams)

    01/12/2015 9:22:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 14, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    "Whether one is a conservative or a radical, a protectionist or a free trader, a cosmopolitan or a nationalist, a churchman or a heathen, it is useful to know the causes and consequences of economic phenomena." That quotation, from Nobel laureate George J. Stigler, is how Dr. Thomas Sowell begins the fifth edition of "Basic Economics." It's a book that explains complex economic phenomena in a way that many economists cannot. And, I might add, it provides an understanding of some economic phenomena that might prove elusive to a Ph.D. economist. "Basic Economics" is a 653-page book, not including the...
  • Sowell: The 'Equality' Racket

    01/05/2015 8:58:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 6, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: "RICH BASTARDS." Those two words captured the spirit of the politicized vision of equality — that it was a grievance when someone was better off than themselves. That, of course, is not the only meaning of equality, but it is the predominant political meaning in practice, where economic "disparities" and "gaps" are automatically treated as "inequities." If one racial or ethnic group has a lower income than another, that is automatically called "discrimination" by many people in politics, the media and academia....
  • Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell vs. Al Sharpton

    01/03/2015 4:29:38 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 2, 2015 | No Attribution
    Hoover Senior Fellow Thomas Sowell responds to the recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island and to statements made by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
  • Sowell: A Year of Anniversaries

    12/30/2014 10:57:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 30, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    2014 has been a year of anniversaries. It was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War — a war which many at the time saw as madness, and predicted that it would be the harbinger of a Second World War a generation later. 2014 was also the 70th anniversary of the fateful landing at Normandy that marked the beginning of the end of World War II. 2014 was likewise the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that marked the beginning of the end of racial segregation, the 50th anniversary of...
  • Sowell: Are Facts Obsolete?

    12/29/2014 3:21:02 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 30, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Some of us, who are old enough to remember the old television police series "Dragnet," may remember Sgt. Joe Friday saying, "Just the facts, ma'am." But that would be completely out of place today. Facts are becoming obsolete, as recent events have demonstrated. What matters today is how well you can concoct a story that fits people's preconceptions and arouses their emotions. Politicians like New York mayor Bill de Blasio, professional demagogues like Al Sharpton and innumerable irresponsible people in the media have shown that they have great talent in promoting a lynch mob atmosphere toward the police. Grand juries...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    12/29/2014 3:20:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 30, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Now that Barack Obama is ruling by decree, he seems more like a king than a president. Maybe it is time we change the way we address him. "Your Majesty" may be a little too much, but perhaps "Your Royal Glibness" might be appropriate. It tells us a lot about academia that the president of Smith College quickly apologized for saying, "All lives matter," after being criticized by those who are pushing the slogan, "Black lives matter." If science could cross breed a jellyfish with a parrot, it could create academic administrators. Mitt Romney...
  • Sowell: Who's Responsible? (Great read)

    12/22/2014 2:02:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 23, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police. Those cheap shots are in fact very expensive shots, not only to the police themselves but to the whole society. Someone once said that civilization is a thin crust over a volcano. The police are part of that thin crust. We have seen before our own eyes, first in Ferguson,...
  • Sowell: Tortured Reasoning

    12/15/2014 11:41:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 16, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture." But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: "Compared to what alternative?" If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City — set to go off today — and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when?...
  • Dr. Thomas Sowell's Greatest Fear

    12/11/2014 5:04:35 AM PST · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 12-10-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Oh, folks, I have got to tell you, I interviewed Dr. Thomas Sowell yesterday afternoon, after the program for the next issue of The Limbaugh Letter. Now, normally I would tease you with what he said as a means of hyping the purchase of subscriptions, but because I don't look at you people as pockets and dollar signs, I'm gonna tell you this. I started off by asking him, "Dr. Sowell, you and I and countless others have been chronicling the deterioration of American culture, our society, and our politics, in my case, for 25 years. We just keep...
  • Sowell: Is Law Optional?

    12/08/2014 2:40:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The fiasco of "Rolling Stone" magazine's apology for an unsubstantiated claim of gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house — and the instant rush to judgment of the university administration in shutting down all fraternities, when those charges were made — should warn us about the dangers of having serious legal issues dealt with by institutions with no qualifications for that role. Rape is a crime. It belongs in a criminal justice courtroom. And those found guilty belong behind bars for a long time. What could possibly have led anyone to believe that college professors or campus administrators...
  • Sowell: Christmas Books

    12/08/2014 2:40:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    This year, Christmas shopping may be an especially welcome respite from the ugly events going on across the country, as mobs take to the streets because grand juries that examined evidence reached different conclusions from those reached by mobs who made up their minds without examining that evidence. Perhaps more than in other years, shopping malls can become shopping mauls. One of the ways to make Christmas shopping less stressful is to give books as presents — after ordering them on the Internet. There is a good crop of new books to choose from this year, as well as some...
  • Thomas Sowell on "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Ferguson Slogan: "I Thought Of Joseph Goebbels"

    12/03/2014 7:53:03 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 22 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Dec 3, 2014 | Staff
    .... Dr. Sowell, it's a catchy slogan, there's one big problem with it. It's fiction. Michael Brown, according to the eyewitnesses, did not have his hands up. What's your reaction? Why are members of Congress repeating something that they know is not true? THOMAS SOWELL, ECONOMIST: Oh, for political reasons. I thought of Joseph Goebbels' doctrine, people will believe any lie if it's repeated often enough and loud enough. They're repeating it often enough and loud enough. And it will pay off for them personally and politically. People who are out to forward their political careers say and do things...
  • Sowell: Opinions Versus Facts

    12/01/2014 10:44:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 2, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Everyone seems to have an opinion about the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri. But, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion but you're not entitled to your own facts." Soon after the shooting death of Michael Brown, this 285-pound young man was depicted as a "gentle giant." But, after a video was leaked, showing him bullying the owner of a store from which he had stolen some merchandise, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed displeasure that the video was leaked. In other words, to Holder the truth was offensive, but the lie it exposed was...
  • Sowell: Beware of Our Betters

    11/24/2014 1:36:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Jonathan Gruber's several videotaped remarks about the gross deceptions that got ObamaCare passed in Congress should tell us a lot about the Obama administration. And the way that the mainstream media hesitated for days to even mention what Professor Gruber said, while they obsessed over unsubstantiated charges against Bill Cosby, should tell us a lot about the media. Whatever did or did not happen between Bill Cosby and various women is not likely to affect the lives of 300 million Americans. But ObamaCare does. For both the politicians and the media, this was not just an isolated incident. Gruber's videotaped...
  • Sowell: A Legacy of Liberalism

    11/17/2014 2:20:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said there were "phrases that serve as an excuse for not thinking." One of these phrases that substitute for thought today is one that depicts the current problems of blacks in America as "a legacy of slavery." New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof asserts that there is "overwhelming evidence that centuries of racial subjugation still shape inequity in the 21st century" and he mentions "the lingering effects of slavery." But before we become overwhelmed, that evidence should be checked out. The evidence offered by Mr. Kristof in the November 16th issue of the New...
  • Sowell: Racial Quota Punishment

    11/17/2014 1:02:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If anyone still has any doubt about the utter cynicism of the Obama administration, a recent agreement between the federal government and the Minneapolis Public Schools should open their eyes. Under the Obama administration, both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have been leaning on public schools around the country to reduce what they call the "disproportionate" numbers of black male students who are punished for various offenses in schools. Under an implicit threat of losing their federal subsidies, the Minneapolis Public Schools have agreed to reduce the disparity in punishment of black students by 25 percent...
  • Sowell: What Happened?

    11/10/2014 12:01:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 11, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Just what happened last week on election day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead? The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States. Such judges — perhaps including Supreme Court justices — would have been confirmed by Senate Democrats, and could spend the rest of their lifetime appointments ruling in favor of expansions of...
  • Sowell: Voter Fraud and Voter I.D.

    11/03/2014 10:29:05 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 4, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting. Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote. The most devastating account of voter fraud may be in the book "Injustice" by J. Christian Adams. He was...
  • Democrats Can Run, But They Can’t Hide

    10/28/2014 1:28:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    National Review online ^ | October 28, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide.” In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can’t hide their record of voting for Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time. Now that the Western democracies have learned the hard way what the consequences are when you admit all sorts of people into your country — including people who hate both the principles and the people of your society — will that cause...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    10/27/2014 11:49:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 28, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: "He can run but he can't hide." In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can't hide their record of voting for Obama's agenda more than 90 percent of the time. Now that the Western democracies have learned the hard way what the consequences are when you admit all sorts of people into your country — including people who hate both the principles and the people of...
  • Sowell: Predatory Journalism

    10/20/2014 10:18:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 21, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending." Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking — or lack of thinking — the answer is to have the government set an interest rate ceiling at a level that will be acceptable to third parties like the New York Times. People who believe in government-set price controls — whether on interest rates charged for loans, rents charged for housing or wages paid under...
  • Sowell: Irresponsible 'Education'

    10/14/2014 10:28:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Goddard College's recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by "educators" in our schools and colleges. Such "educators" teach minorities born with an incredibly valuable windfall gain -- American citizenship -- that they are victims who have a grievance against people today who have done nothing to them, because of what other people did in other times. If those individuals who feel aggrieved could sell their American citizenship to eager buyers from around the world and leave, everybody would probably be better off. Those...
  • Sowell: Local or National Elections?

    10/13/2014 9:22:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 14, 20134 | Thomas Sowell
    Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill once said, "All politics is local." That may have been true in Tip O'Neill's day, but some elections are decisively on national issues — and the Congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery. In 1860, some abolitionists split the anti-slavery vote by running their own candidate — who had no chance of winning — instead of supporting Abraham Lincoln, who was not pure enough for some abolitionists. Lincoln got just 40 percent of the vote, though that turned out to...
  • Ebola and Obama

    10/07/2014 2:14:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-7-2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans -- about President Obama, about the institutions of this country and, most important, about ourselves. There was a time when an outbreak of a deadly disease overseas would bring virtually unanimous agreement that our top priority should be to keep it overseas. Yet Barack Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where the Ebola epidemic rages, as Britain has done. The reason? Refusing to let people with Ebola enter the United States would conflict with...
  • America's Best Interest Not A Priority For President Obama

    10/06/2014 7:02:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Investors.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans — about President Obama, about the institutions of this country and, most important, about ourselves. There was a time when an outbreak of a deadly disease overseas would bring virtually unanimous agreement that our top priority should be to keep it overseas. Yet Barack Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where the Ebola epidemic rages, as Britain has done. The reason? Refusing to let people with Ebola enter the U.S. would conflict with the...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    09/29/2014 1:31:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: What a non-judgmental society amounts to is that common decency is optional — which means that decency is likely to become less common. The biggest issue in this fall's election is whether the Obama administration will end when Barack Obama leaves the White House or whether it will continue on, by appointing federal judges with lifetime appointments who share President Obama's contempt for the Constitution. Whether such judges will be confirmed by the Senate depends on whether the Senate continues to be controlled by Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid. Why in the world would...
  • Sowell: Who Wants War?

    09/22/2014 11:53:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 23, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don't want another war. In all my 84 years, I cannot recall a time when most Americans wanted war. That is something we should be proud of. But wars are not always optional. Even World War II — which some have called "the good war" — was not something that most Americans wanted. But the Japanese took that decision out of our hands when they bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. And Hitler removed any...
  • Sowell: Late-Talking Children

    09/15/2014 10:32:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 16, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Anyone who knows what anxiety, and sometimes anguish, parents go through when they have a child who is still not talking at age two, three or even four, can appreciate what a blessing it can be to have someone who can tell them what to do — and what not to do. That someone is Professor Stephen Camarata of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, whose recently published book, "Late-Talking Children" gives parents information and advice that they are not likely to find anywhere else. And it does so in plain English. Professor Camarata has been researching, diagnosing and treating children...
  • Sowell: Cheap Politicians

    09/09/2014 11:49:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The recent bribery convictions of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife are only the latest in a seemingly never-ending series of convictions of government officials. A little item on the Internet featured government officials in prison, either currently or in recent times. Among them were a mayor of New Orleans, a mayor of Detroit and a mayor of Washington; a governor of Connecticut, a governor of Louisiana, two governors of Illinois and four members of Congress. However much these and other government officials may have richly deserved being behind bars, the country does not deserve to have its...
  • Sowell: Success or Failure? (Obama)

    09/08/2014 12:05:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Those people who say that President Obama has no clear vision and no clear strategy for dealing with the ISIS terrorists in the Middle East may be mistaken. It seems to me that he has a very clear and very consistent strategy. And a vision behind that strategy. First the strategy — which is to get each crisis off the front pages and off television news programs as quickly as he can, in whatever way he can, at the lowest political cost. Calling ISIS a junior varsity months ago accomplished that goal. Saying before the 2012 elections that "bin Laden...
  • Sowell: Mob Rule Economics

    09/08/2014 11:18:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 9, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule. There is nothing democratic about mob rule. It means that some people's votes are to be overruled by other people's disruptions, harassments and threats. The latest examples are the mobs in the streets in cities across the country, demanding that employers pay a minimum wage of $15 an hour, or else that the government makes them do so by law. Some of the more gullible observers think the issue is whether what some people are making now...
  • Sowell: Irresponsible Choices

    08/31/2014 9:45:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 2, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people "moderately disapprove" of Barack Obama's performance as president and 39 percent "strongly disapprove." Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now "strongly disapprove" of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them. With many people now acting as if it is time for "a woman" to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a President of...
  • Sowell: Facts vs. Visions

    08/25/2014 1:28:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 26, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence. Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned in vain. There is no reason to doubt that heavily armed police in riot gear may be more likely to show up where outbreaks of violence are expected. But when violence then breaks out, does that prove that it was the appearance of the police...
  • Sowell: The Media and the Mob

    08/20/2014 2:30:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 20, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. We all know what has happened since then — and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything. This is why we have courts of law, instead of relying on the media or mobs. But...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    08/18/2014 2:03:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 19, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: I don't know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN's showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting. One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess. It is amazing how many otherwise sane...
  • Sowell: Attacking Achievement

    08/11/2014 11:04:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 12, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves "progressive," is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn't exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist. The non-existent problem is the use of tests to determine who gets admitted to the city's three most outstanding public high schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. These admissions tests have been used for generations, and the students in these schools have had spectacular achievements for generations. These achievements...
  • Sowell: Is Thinking Obsolete?

    08/04/2014 2:27:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 5, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era. Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel's military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict. Are these protesters aware that vastly more...
  • Sowell: Cease the Cease-Fires

    07/28/2014 3:02:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 29, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    JewishWorldReview.com | Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East -- Arab and Israeli alike -- were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere. It was painful to think that they were going to grow up killing each other. But that is exactly what happened. It is understandable that today many people in many lands just want the fighting between the Israelis and the Palestinians to stop. Calls for a cease-fire are ringing out from the United Nations and from Washington, as well as...