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A Booming American Industry

Unemployment remains unacceptably high, millions of Americans have given up looking for work, but at least one USA industry is humming on all cylinders. The grievance industry manufactures a very successful product, the seductive message that the USA is an unfair nation and always has been. The deck is stacked, the grievance sales force says,…

The Tax Collector Knocketh

Next week Caesar comes calling, demanding that Americans do some serious rendering in the form of federal income taxes. Speaking of old Julius, back in the glory days of the Roman Empire he decreed that citizens should work two days a year to pay their fair share of taxes. Things are a bit different now,…

A Climate of Fear

The climate mavens at the United Nations have issued their latest ominous warning. They say we should expect "changes in the availability of food, fuel, medicine, and income." Actually, that quote comes from the first UN climate report, written 25 years ago, just around the time the World Wide Web was invented. The latest UN…

The Media’s March of Madness

The Pew Research Center just released its 11th annual "State of the News Media" report. The section on cable news is informative, but if you happen to be a fan of MSNBC, you may want to have some tissues handy. That far-left network, which shamelessly, tirelessly and loyally promotes President Obama's policies, lost 24% of…

Vlad the Invader

The violent history of Eastern Europe and a real-life villain inspired Irish author Bram Stoker to create the frightening character Dracula in 1897. Stoker based his vampire on the 15th century Romanian ruler Vlad III, who took sadistic pleasure in carrying out unspeakable atrocities, among them roasting little children and mutilating women. Old Vlad's favorite…

Common Sense in Short Supply

Five years ago I wrote an article for Parade magazine entitled "What President Obama Can Teach America's Kids." The piece reminded children that despite having no father present and a rather loopy mom, the president was able to achieve the most powerful position in the world. If young Barack Obama could overcome his somewhat chaotic…

A Disgraced Giant Returns

Barry Bonds, baseball's all-time home run king (with a few dozen asterisks), wants to return to baseball. And his old team, the San Francisco Giants, is allowing him to take the first step. Bonds will work with the Giants next week in Arizona as a "special hitting instructor." Bonds was the main character in a…

Frosh, Jocks, Dopes, and the Web

If you're a Factor regular, you know I've had some spirited debates recently with Mary Katharine Ham, John Stossel, and others. They generally view the Internet and social media as wonderful things that make our lives immeasurably better. They say that the machines enable us to look up information in an instant. True, but on…