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by | Feb 10, 2017

February 12 is Darwin Day, and this year the international celebration falls on a Sunday. Look for theistic Darwinists to reassure churches that Charles Darwin believed in God, or at least that his theory of evolution harmonizes beautifully with Christian…

by | Oct 30, 2013

I NEVER WENT to graduate school, but I did graduate studies of a kind in a D.A.’s office. The district attorney was Jim Garrison, and his main interest was the assassination of President Kennedy. I worked with Garrison for two…

by | Oct 2, 2013

I spent a couple of nights in Berkeley. That may bring student radicals to mind, but they are long gone. Some of the professors still at the university no doubt filled the bill, but now they hold the whip hand…

by | Sep 18, 2013

Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design By Stephen C. Meyer (HarperOne, 496 pages, $28.99) Recently the Discovery Institute’s Stephen Meyer published Darwin’s Doubt, a book that raises many questions about the theory…

by | Aug 7, 2013

THE SOVIET mathematician Igor Shafarevich once spelled out the elements that have inspired socialists throughout the ages. Having won many prizes, he was freed from Soviet oversight and spent his days in the Moscow University library. Not surprisingly, it was…

by | Jul 19, 2013

GLOBAL WARMING BECAME the environmentalists cause celebre in the late 1980s. They had turned on a dime, for only a few years earlier global cooling had been their mantra. They didn’t know what had caused that earlier “cooling trend,” but…

by | Jul 11, 2013

I’ve given up on network television, but I still often watch the PBS NewsHour, mostly out of habit. Until about three years ago it was run by Jim Lehrer, who today is called executive editor.  But his connection has become ever…

by | May 20, 2013

A few words first about Downton Abbey. I’ll assume that its upstairs/downstairs formula is familiar to readers. One of the BBC show’s great merits is that its creator, Julian Fellowes, does not indulge in class war. Lord Grantham is “probably…

by | Apr 30, 2013

ONE PARADOX OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY is how it has retained the support of young people and minorities despite the damage its policies have done to their economic prospects,” wrote the Wall Street Journal in a February editorial. “In his latest…

by | Apr 19, 2013

THOSE WHO WORRY about the integrity of our southern border rarely pay attention to the economic conditions in Mexico. They ought to. The wave of Mexican migration is a recent phenomenon, beginning only in the 1970s. Few expressed concern about…

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