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Winds of the New Year Evoke Reverie of Korea Where the Trees Snuck Up

By WAYNE SVOBODA, Special to the Sun
December 27, 2017

Trees move at night. My father taught me this when I was a single-digit boy and he was eleven years home from the war in Korea. “At night over there, the trees never stayed still,” he told me. “If you looked away and then looked back, the trees were…

Debauchery at Park Avenue Armory Gets Exhibit in Art Space Underwritten by Taxpayers

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
June 20, 2013

It’s going to be quite something to see what the taxpayers of New York are going to make of the spectacle opening today at the Park Avenue Armory. It’s a work called “WS” by the artist Paul McCarthy, whom no less a blue nose than The New York Times…

How Stephen Hawking Abandoned Einstein and Turned on Israel

By SHMULEY BOTEACH, Special to the Sun
May 10, 2013

Has Stephen Hawking really left the company of Albert Einstein, an avowed Zionist who worked to create the State of Israel, and replaced him with the august company of Elvis Costello and other Israel boycotters? In 1998, I hosted Hawking for a lecture…

Cold War Looms as Precedent For America Rousing Itself When It Hoped the Fight Was Ended

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
April 22, 2013

The war isn’t over. That’s the big takeaway from the Boston Marathon bombing, like it or not. A lot of Americans thought the war — which Congress had never formally declared to begin with — was already over. President Obama announced the withdrawal of…

As Distrust of Bloomberg Grows Among Gun Owners, NRA’s National School Shield Is a Sensible Plan

By R. EMMETT TYRRELL, Jr., Special to the Sun
April 2, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg ought to know by now that gun owners do not trust him. The more he agitates against guns the more they dig in their heals. The more magnificoes he gets behind his Mayors Against Illegal Guns the more gun owners and advocates of the…

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Now the Liberals Covet the Corpses of Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan

By R. EMMETT TYRRELL, Jr., Special to the Sun
August 1, 2012

Milton Friedman, the great economist, was one of a handful of intellectuals whose work forms the foundation for the modern conservative movement. He has been dead since 2006, but this week would be his centennial. He lived a long and prodigious life…

How Elizabeth II Burnished Her Monarchy and Earned Dividends for Britain

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
June 11, 2012

There may seem to be little left to add to descriptions of the mighty celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II. But a reflection on comparative government is timely. Of the major powers, only the governments of…

Strategic, Economic Crises Edging Closer in a World Without Leadership

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
May 31, 2012

The world is now somnambulating toward bone-cracking economic and strategic crises, sporadically and intermittently aware that grave outcomes impend, and generally aware that it is all very unsatisfactory, but afflicted by various versions of…

Getting ‘Forward’ Backward

By SETH LIPSKY, From The Daily Beast
May 10, 2012

President Obama is getting razzed for seeming oblivious to the hard-left associations of his new campaign slogan, “Forward,” which was once used by the Marxists, the socialists, and even the communists. Glenn Beck’s Web site, The Blaze, posts an…

Lifelong Republican Calls for Hike in Capital Gains Taxes, But Errs on Reagan Record

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
February 27, 2012

The founder of the Vanguard group of mutual funds, John C. Bogle, who says he is a lifelong Republican, is calling on Congress to raise capital gains taxes to the rates that apply to ordinary income. “As a general policy, equalize the taxes, raise the…

Why People Prefer To Talk About Limbaugh’s Choice of Words on Sandra Fluke

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 5, 2012

President Obama and the press have been all over Rush Limbaugh for the words he used to criticize a Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke, who spoke on February 23 at a meeting of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. There’s been less…

Obama Ignites a ‘Catholic Moment’ in the Culture Wars

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
February 15, 2012

The last two weeks have produced an astounding convergence of profound philosophical public controversies in the United States that finally does justify the phrase, much bandied about for some years, “culture wars.” That expression was coined…

Why Gingrich Floundered in Florida

By R. EMMETT TYRRELL, Jr., Special to the Sun
January 31, 2012

Ah, yes, Newt Gingrich did in the last days of the Florida primary precisely what I predicted he would do. He hurled wild charges at Mitt Romney that suggested Newt was losing his grip. He charged Romney with lying and falling into the hands of George…

State of Obama Begs for a Challenger Like Mitch Daniels or Jeb Bush

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
January 31, 2012

I cannot have been the only person who found President Obama’s State of the Union message and much of the indulgence of it, even by serious commentators, worrisome. The president was correct that “too many of our institutions have let us down.” He…

Gingrich Meets the Enemy and It Turns Out To Be His Own Policies

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
January 30, 2012

Even before polls opened in Florida’s Republican primary, some pundits were trying to explain a potential Newt Gingrich loss there by saying he’d been outspent. Mike Allen’s influential Politico Playbook daily morning email reported Monday, “Newt…

William Jefferson Gingrich

By R. EMMETT TYRRELL, Jr., Special to the Sun
January 25, 2012

How long have I been saying it? At least for 15 years, but in private I have been aware of it longer. Newt Gingrich is conservatism’s Bill Clinton, but without the charm. He has acquired wit but he has all the charm of barbed wire. Newt and Bill are…

CONRAD BLACK: A Comeback of Nixonian, If Not Lazarene, Proportions Warrants a Low Bow To Gingrich

IRA STOLL: Romney Could Hit Problems at Florida Over His Stand on Medicare