A Further Perspective

A Further Perspective

Measles, Vaccines, and Autism

By 2.10.15

The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. Measles was virtually wiped out in the United States, years ago. Why the resurgence of this disease now?

The short answer is that false claims, based on other false claims, led many parents to stop getting their children vaccinated against measles.

The key false claim was that the vaccine for measles caused an increase in autism. This claim was made in 1998 by a doctor writing in a distinguished British medical journal, so it is understandable that many parents took it seriously, and did not want to run the risk of having their child become autistic.

Fortunately, others took the claim seriously in a very different sense. They did massive studies involving half a million children in Denmark and two million children in Sweden. These studies showed that there was no higher incidence of autism among children who had been vaccinated than among children who had not been vaccinated.

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Eric Holder’s Sorry Sense of Justice

By 2.9.15

Thursday morning’s “Building community trust” roundtable discussion in Oakland, California, with Attorney General Eric Holder, local law enforcement, elected officials, and community leaders was designed to “build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” After brief remarks, Holder and company dismissed the press corps.

It is a courtesy, a Department of Justice spokesman explained, to allow participants to speak more candidly. And I knew that was the plan. Still, it was painful to watch as Holder spoke in favor of “body-worn cameras” for law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line and then effectively turned off media cameras that might have recorded any real dialogue, mayhap, of public officials whose polished images are on the line.

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Obama Versus America

By 2.4.15

In his recent trip to India, President Obama repeated a long-standing pattern of his — denigrating the United States to foreign audiences. He said that he had been discriminated against because of his skin color in America, a country in which there is, even now, “terrible poverty.”

Make no mistake about it, there is no society of human beings in which there are no rotten people. But for a President of the United States to be smearing America in a foreign country, whose track record is far worse, is both irresponsible and immature.

Years after the last lynching of blacks took place in the Jim Crow South, India’s own government was still publishing annual statistics on atrocities against the untouchables, including fatal atrocities. The June 2003 issue of National Geographic magazine had a chilling article on the continuing atrocities against untouchables in India in the 21st century.

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American Sniper vs. American Deserter

By 2.2.15

It was two years ago today that Chris Kyle, who survived four tours of duty in Iraq, was killed by a fellow soldier he was trying to help. Yesterday, I joined the millions of Americans who have made the pilgrimage to movie theaters to watch American Sniper. Like most of those millions who saw it before me, it was something I won’t soon forget.

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Drift and Delusion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

By 1.30.15

Listening to the President’s State of the Union address last week, you might have come away convinced that, at least in the field of foreign policy, everything is coming up roses. Yet a look at the real world provides a jarring contrast to the complacency and unrealism of that speech—and of the Obama administration’s policies writ large.

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Big Government Restrictions on Religious Freedom Keep Losing in Supreme Court

By 1.29.15

The Supreme Court has decided in favor of religious liberty in several headliner cases in recent months — starting with Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and other challenges to Obamacare regulations. Last week, the Court ruled that a Muslim inmate in Arkansas can keep his beard. As I’ve said before, any triumph of liberty is reason for us all to celebrate. But, it’s not a good sign that the highest court in the land has to defend religious freedom again and again.

Someone isn’t getting the message.

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Unfriendly Fire

By 1.28.15

Hollywood produces an endless stream of decadent and objectionable movies. Few of those generate any outrage on the Left. Often they inspire praise and spirited defenses. Clint Eastwood’s pro-euthanasia movie Million Dollar Baby won an Academy Award for best picture and best director. Eastwood was hailed for his “thoughtful” and “humane” treatment of a difficult subject.

But members of the Left feel less enthusiasm for his latest film, American Sniper. The Dr. Kevorkians can win their sympathy but not snipers, whom filmmaker Michael Moore calls cowards who “shoot people in the back.”

The Left reserves its moral anguish not for the killing of the unborn or the enfeebled but for the killing of terrorists and criminals, which Eastwood’s new film has the audacity to celebrate. There is no evidence that the film’s subject, the Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, targeted any innocent people, but that doesn’t stop the Left from viewing him dimly. That he killed an estimated 160 terrorists is suspicious enough. He is a “psychopath patriot,” say Moore and Bill Maher.

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Islam in Europe Now a No-Go Subject

By 1.28.15

A few days after the terrorist attacks in Paris on the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher grocery store, terrorism expert Steve Emerson appeared on the Fox News Channel’s Justice with Judge Jeanine hosted by Jeanine Pirro to discuss Islamic extremism in Europe. During his appearance, Emerson spoke about Muslim “no-go zones” throughout Europe where countries like France, Germany, Sweden, and Britain have ceded sovereignty and non-Muslims are not permitted to enter. Emerson also stated that Birmingham, Britain’s second largest city, is “totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go.”

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Pelosi’s Syriana Versus Boehner’s Bibi Invitation

By 1.26.15

“I don’t believe I’m poking anyone in the eye,” House Speaker John Boehner asserted Wednesday. That was after His Speakership told the media that he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress about “the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life.”

Of course it was a poke in the eye. Boehner admitted he did not consult with the White House before inviting Bibi. Netanyahu wants Congress to threaten tougher sanctions against Tehran. During his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama warned Congress he would veto any such legislation.

Boehner’s gambit stunned the White House. Press secretary Josh Earnest called the move a breach of protocol. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the invitation was “out of order.” When she was speaker, Pelosi argued, she coordinated with GOP leaders before inviting heads of state. Netanyahu’s speech was moved to March 3, so Pelosi criticized Boehner for inviting a head of state within two weeks of Israel’s March 17 elections. “It’s hubris,” Pelosi charged.

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Big Man on Campus

By 1.23.15

Expecting it to be another campaign speech, I sent this to several friends ahead of Tuesday’s State of the Union address:

Recipe for Watching Obama’s State of the Union Speech Tonight:

1—Build and light a fire in the fireplace
2—Put some Mozart on the stereo
3—Pour a highball or a glass of wine
4—Open a good book
5—Enjoy

We spent a pleasant evening and, as it turned out, President Obama ran true to form.

After six years we know that the only thing he enjoys doing and at which he is good is making campaign speeches. When he gets restless dealing with issues that require statesmanship, he goes on a campaign swing, getting friendly audiences to smile and laugh at his jibes at Republicans, whom he despises.

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