Much of the world was horrified by the savagery exhibited in Paris. That horror, at least in the West, was not so much that people had been killed — that happens regularly enough — but a response to the reason for which they were slaughtered: namely for the “crime” of publishing cartoons that displayed a rather unflattering portrayal of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Continue reading
So a priest, an imam and a rabbi walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What’s this? A joke?”
Yes, and it’s funny, so accustomed are we to religious humor and wit that pokes fun at humanity and the powerful who govern it. Continue reading
Colorado’s economy has shown remarkable resiliency in the wake of the Great Recession.
Unemployment has steadily fallen from a high of 9.6% in 2010 to an estimated 4.1% in November 2014.
Income indicators roared past pre-recession levels and now both wages and salary and per capita income are significantly higher.
In the past five years, taxes and fees paid by Coloradans to their state government have grown by 43% from $8.5 billion to an estimated $12.3 billion in the current year.
And next year, state revenue could surpass the state’s spending limit for the first time in 15 years, triggering a modest rebate to taxpayers of $116 million or 0.4% of next year’s state budget.
But those in the Government Always Needs More Money Choir just can’t stand this prosperity. They are howling that that this modest refund – and perhaps future refunds, if the economy continues to grow – are somehow strangling our state government. Continue reading
The advance of militant Islam with all of the terror attacks around the world in our lifetimes is one of the major issues of our lives. From attacks on targets in Africa, India, Pakistan, England, and France to the attack on America on 9/11 and the rise of the Islamic State across Iraq and Syria, Islamic terrorism and war is a major world problem, and likely the greatest one. Between the presidencies of George Bush and Barack Obama, America seems to be confused about how to think about the threat and how to handle the threat. As in all major issues, policies have to be based on the most important and enduring principles of truth. Continue reading
(Boston) One of the delights of Holidays- beyond the joy of reunions with family and friends- is that by lifting us out of familiar settings and routines they provide the space to catch up on our reading.
For those enamored of well written History on substantive topics I offer the following “mini-reviews” of three books that brightened my Holidays. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) In another offensive against the West, two Muslim jihadis killed twelve (12) people in Paris yesterday at the offices of the satirical media outlet Charlie Hebdo. American leaders responded by calling the attacks anything but Continue reading
“Dead cops.” “When do we want that?” “Now.” You didn’t hear it for the first time here. You heard it all around the country recently after two separate Grand Juries, in two different cities, determined that there was insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against police officers who killed an “innocent” citizen with a gun. And those words of hatred were spewed by “peaceful” demonstrators many of whom were engaged in rioting and looting of businesses. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Heading up a Colorado-based nonprofit that seeks to make global justice concerns present and practical to ordinary Americans, I read the headlines with a different perspective than most people. International issues have been central in news stories throughout 2014 and have had an increasing impact on our communities, our country, and our world. While there are justice concerns in every region of the globe and many significant events from the past year, I highlight the following “Top 10” news stories for their impact during 2014 as well as their implications for 2015: Continue reading
(’76 Contributor) Three times in my life I have discovered research whose conclusions were so earth-shattering to me that they were conceptual bombshells. Their conclusions are revolutionary or can be to those who can apply them. I just recently discovered number three but here is a summary of all three. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) 2014 was the year of unravelling for President Obama as his party received a historic drubbing at the election polls, his administration was plagued with scandals and incompetence, and his international diffidence troubled allies and emboldened foes. 2015 will see a further progression of the Obama legacy: an increase in the $18 trillion debt that can’t be repaid, more division within the nation and between the governing parties, more brazen defiance regarding separation of powers, and a destabilized global political environment where US leadership is woefully lacking. Continue reading