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Welfare Nation

My parents were children during the Great Depression of the 1930's and it scarred them. Especially my father, who saw destitution in his Brooklyn, New York neighborhood; adults standing on so called "bread lines," children begging in the streets. My grandfather was a New York City cop, so my dad did not suffer as some…

Is the Party Over?

The Tea Party is on the run. New polls say less than 25% of Americans now view the movement favorably. That is a stunning turnaround because in the fall of 2010, the Tea Party achieved huge victories in Congressional races all across the country. So what happened? Unlike the far left Occupy Wall Street movement,…

Zombie Nation

When I first heard folks discussing "The Walking Dead," I thought they were talking about Congress. But, no, it was zombies. The undead. Flesh-eating creatures. Bodies that do harm. The nation of Haiti embraced the zombie legend a long time ago. In fact, there's an old Bela Lugosi movie about that. Apparently, in the voodoo…

American Graffiti 40 Years Later

Saturday night at my house I often trot out classic movies and force the urchins to watch them. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I think it's important to teach kids about American culture, and films are certainly a big part of it. Actors like John Wayne, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and…

Trusting the Folks

Amidst all the madness over Obamacare and the government shutdown comes a fascinating poll about "we the people." Beginning in 2005, the Gallup organization has asked the following question: Do you trust the American people to make good judgments about political issues? Eight years ago, 63% of those polled said they had trust in the…

Going to Hell (without a hand basket)

While writing my latest book, Killing Jesus, I knew I would catch hell once it hit the marketplace. Your mom was right when she told you never to discuss politics and religion because emotions run so high in those arenas. Especially religion. Even before Killing Jesus was released, the mail began pouring in. And some…

No Restraints

We live in a vicious world. It took about one hour before the Russians started gloating about the Navy Ship Yard massacre. Alexei Pushkov, chairman of a foreign affairs committee in the Russian Parliament tweeted: "A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington – a lone gunman … nobody's surprised anymore. A clear confirmation of…

A Higher Calling

Here's the crime story of the week. New York City cops busted a heroin ring comprised of five religious Jewish guys. Prosecutors allege that the men sold a variety of hard drugs out of a Brooklyn apartment, but would not deliver the narcotics from Friday night to Saturday morning because of Shabbat. The rest of…