Aug 29, 2012

Romney poised to fix a GOP problem

Conventions are the seventh-inning stretch of presidential politics, a pause to consider the interminable prelude and the coming climax. Republicans gathering in Tampa face an unusual election in which they do not have a substantial advantage concerning the most presidential subject, foreign policy. This ...

Aug 18, 2012

'Extreme' choice makes Romney presidential

When, in his speech accepting the 1964 Republican presidential nomination, Barry Goldwater said “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” and “moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue,” a media wit at the convention supposedly exclaimed, “Good God, Goldwater is ...

Aug 8, 2012

Autopsies shine light on NFL's deadly problem

Are you ready for some American football? First, however, are you ready for some autopsies? The opening of the NFL training camps coincided with the closing of the investigation into the April suicide by gunshot of Ray Easterling, 62, an eight-season NFL safety in ...

Aug 3, 2012

Bullying begins at the top of the U.S. food chain

The huge humpback whale whose friendliness precipitated a surreal seven-year — so far — federal hunt for criminality surely did not feel put upon. Nevertheless, the unhinged U.S. government, with an obsession like that of Melville’s Ahab, has crippled Nancy Black’s scientific career, cost ...

Jun 29, 2012

A pat on the back for bucking a LOST cause

There they go again. Like those who say climate change is an emergency too obvious and urgent to allow for debate, some proponents of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, aka the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), say arguments ...

Jun 25, 2012

The Beach Boys get around, a half-century on

Three hours before showtime, Brian Wilson says: “There is no Rhonda.” Sitting backstage, gathering strength for the evening’s 48-song, 150-minute concert, Wilson was not asked about her; he just volunteered this fact. The other members of the Beach Boys seem mildly surprised to learn ...

Jun 1, 2012

It's not healthy to make a chief justice 'worry'

In one of his characteristic conniptions about people who frustrated him, Theodore Roosevelt, progressivism’s first president, said of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, “I could carve out of a banana a judge with more backbone than that.” TR was as mistaken about Holmes’ spine as ...

May 21, 2012

Bipartisanship alive and well for the 'entitled'

Bipartisanship, the supposed scarcity of which so distresses the high-minded, actually is disastrously prevalent in the United States. Since 2001, it has produced No Child Left Behind, a counterproductive federal intrusion in primary and secondary education; the McCain-Feingold speech rationing law (the Bipartisan Campaign ...

May 14, 2012

Consequences of the state's proclivity to tax

Bill Hewlett and David Packard, tinkering in a California garage, began what became Hewlett-Packard. Steve Jobs and a friend built a computer in the California garage that became Apple’s birthplace. Bill Cook had no garage, so he launched Cook Medical in a spare bedroom ...

May 2, 2012

Anachronistic historian adds value

Around noon on Saturday, Nov. 23, 1963, almost exactly 24 hours after the assassination in Dallas, while the president’s casket lay in the East Room of the White House, Arthur Schlesinger, John F. Kennedy’s kept historian, convened a lunch at Washington’s Occidental restaurant with ...