Sarah Palin

Are We a Nation of Liars?

A few days ago, former President Barack Obama announced that “there’s no actual evidence that there was anything illegal or fraudulent taking place.” That the former president is lying is obvious: Obama cannot be unaware of the evidence, from multiple whistleblower reports, to the multistate discovery of uncounted, wrongly counted, and ballots counted multiple times, to the huge vote [...]

The Year of Krugman Thuggishness

  In 2008, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics. At that time, it wasn't hard to imagine the Swedes were rewarding Krugman for eight years of blasting George W. Bush. In other words, the Nobel Prize truly matched its namesake: Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. Krugman regularly throws rhetorical [...]

Anthony Weiner, Sarah Palin, and State Property

All employees should be cautious about using their employers' property for personal purposes. This is doubly true for government employees, who are guardians of the public's property. They must be careful not to violate the public trust. As a state employee myself, I evaluate these issues by asking whether I could justify the private use [...]

Meet ‘the Sarah Palin of stem cells’

It can be lonely in the scientific community for a pro-life stem-cell researcher, as Theresa Deisher is discovering. In its latest issue, the scientific journal Nature profiles Deisher's work -- and her role as one of the co-plaintiffs in a case to discontinue federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. Suffice it to say, her conviction [...]

Take Mother Teresa for Example

August 26 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Albanian Gonxha Agnes Bojaxhiu, a diminutive woman whose grand stature became known to the world as Mother Teresa. Over a brief 100 years, this small person became a religious woman; received a "vocation within a vocation" in a "decisive mystical encounter with Christ," as [...]

What is feminism?

Should feminists embrace Sarah Palin and those like her? Last week, feminist author and blogger Jessica Valenti offered an emphatic no in The Washington Post. But Cathy Young, a columnist for RealClearPolitics has an interesting response in The Boston Globe. She thinks feminists make a big mistake when they ignore women like Palin: If feminism [...]

Friday Free-for-All

Time for some Friday morning linkage:  "Sarah Palin and the mutual loathing society": George Will says that, whatever raw deal she may have been handed by the media, Sarah Palin's brand of populism isn't a winning political movement.  Over at True/Slant, Conor Friedersdorf rounds up his picks for the best journalism of 2009. The pieces [...]

Health Care and Resentment

  The great national controversy about health care is, I submit, about something more than health care. Man-in-the-street conservatives (as opposed to conservative intellectuals) feel -- and feel very correctly -- that they are viewed with great disdain and contempt by upper-middle-class liberals who, thanks to the elections of 2006 and 2008, happen to be [...]

Voting with the Tribe

Had her family not joined the Wasilla Assembly of God when she was four years old, Sarah Palin would most likely be today -- together with her adversaries Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, etc. -- one of America's most prominent Catholic politicians. She was, after all, baptized by a Catholic priest -- [...]

In Case of Rapture, This Executive Office Will Be Vacant

By adding Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain made his presidential ticket a whole lot more attractive. (See my own endorsement: "Me Vote Pretty This Time.") Of course, Palin's presence is no guarantee that McCain will keep his word and appoint solid choices to the U.S. Supreme Court -- any more than doting husband Al [...]

The McCain-Palin Ticket Renews the Culture Wars

With the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice-presidential candidate, a fatal blow was delivered to the great myth of this campaign: that religious voters, as we have been told repeatedly, have embraced a broader issue agenda, having left behind their fixation on abortion and marriage. On the contrary: The thousands of Republicans [...]

Mom for VP

The usual politics aside, there's more to John McCain's recent appointment of Sarah Palin as his running mate and candidate for the vice presidency. While many pro-life and pro-family voters cheered her appointment, some are more hesitant to elect a mother of five children, one of whom is still an infant, to the vice presidency [...]