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January 29th, 2015

A Detainee's Diary

    Last week, several Republican senators, including John McCain, called on President Barack Obama to stop releasing detainees from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Their argument was that after the terror attacks in Paris, the 122 prisoners still in Guantánamo should be made to stay right where they are, where they can do the West no harm.

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How Expensive It Is to Be Poor

    This month, the Pew Research Center released a study that found that most wealthy Americans believed "poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return."

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Hating Good Government

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Culture wars, old and new

    The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.

    The idea of a "culture war" was popularized by Pat Buchanan in his joyfully incendiary 1992 Republican National Convention speech, but it was introduced into the public argument a year earlier by James Davison Hunter, a thoughtful University of Virginia sociologist.

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January 22nd

The Fascist Socialist Kenyan Muslim Libtard President

    Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), like many Americans, was upset that President Obama did not go to Paris to personally show his solidarity with France, and publicly mourn the 12 journalists and the four French citizens killed in terrorist attacks.

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On debating the war vs. ISIS

    President Obama has an opportunity for a quick recovery from his Paris no-show gaffe. He can and should move swiftly to ask Congress for new authorization to use the military force he's already initiated against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    His continued reliance on the so-called AUMFs of 2001 in Afghanistan and 2002 in Iraq is of questionable validity in this new phase of the long terrorist war.

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Nigeria lives matter, so should Nigeria news

    Why should the world care about Nigeria more than its own president does?

    That sounds harsh, but it expresses a painful truth. Muslim terrorists killed 17 people in Paris earlier this month after storming the headquarters of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. At the same time Muslim terrorists who call themselves Boko Haram were killing an estimated 2,000 people in two Nigerian villages.

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In France, fuzziness on free speech

    I would have thought the French had a better sense of irony.

    One day they are marching in defiant support of offensive speech. The next they are threatening to prosecute people for it.

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Smart Guns Save Lives. So Where Are They?

    Just after Christmas, Veronica Rutledge of Blackfoot, Idaho, took her 2-year-old son to a Wal-Mart store to spend holiday gift cards. As they strolled by the electronics section, according to news reports, the toddler reached into his mom's purse and pulled out a handgun that she legally carried. He pulled the trigger once and killed her.

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Not Just a Movie

    I went Friday morning to see "Selma" and found myself watching it in a theater full of black teenagers.

    Thanks to donations, D.C. public school kids got free tickets to the first Hollywood movie about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday weekend - an effort that was duplicated for students around the country.

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