Category Archives: December 2008

A Year Like None Other

It usually takes decades to fit in all the tragicomedy of 2008.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The three great stories of 2008 were the financial meltdown, the turn-about in Iraq, and the Chicago Way. Read more →

Obstructed View

by Terry Scambray

Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity

Science’s Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism by Cornelius Hunter. (Brazos Press, 2007) Read more →

2008 Teeter Totter: Our ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’ Year

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

As 2008 comes to a close, almost nothing has turned out as was expected at the beginning of the year — whether we consider oil prices, the war in Iraq, political corruption or the collapse of the U.S. financial system. Read more →

Campaign Rhetoric and Presidential Reality: A Brief History

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

American presidential election rhetoric always paints the incumbent as incompetent in foreign policy, the challenger insightful and skillful. Read more →

More California Dreaming

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

One of the strangest things about the current California meltdown is how no one in state government here ever pauses to ask simple questions like: Why do we have the largest annual deficit with one of the highest sales tax and income tax rates in the country?  Read more →

Are Slave-girls in Islam Equivalent to Animals?

by Raymond Ibrahim

Jihad Watch

Many are now aware that the Koran — that is, Allah’s word — permits, not just polygamy, but forced concubinage (sex with captive women), according to Koran 4:3: “Marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four; but if you fear that you will not do justice, then only one, or what your right hands possess [captive women taken in war].” Read more →

For the People?

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

[Editor’s Note: These Corners together show democratic ethics, laws, and oversight seem irrelevant to those who “did it all for the people.” At the same time, tribalism and aristocratic privilege and paternalism seem on the rise.]
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Desperately Seeking Caroline

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Caroline Kennedy’s Moment — A Sad Reflection of Our Times

The probable appointment of Caroline Kennedy, the 51-year-old daughter of former President John Kennedy, to fill Secretary-of-State nominee Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate seat is both laughable and yet a parable for our bankrupt times. Read more →

California Declares a Fiscal Crisis! You Think?

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

After various special sessions of the Legislature, assorted cries from the heart of our Governor, and the usual media sensationalism about an amorphous “they” who did this to us, California is once again broke. Read more →

That Was Then, This Is Now

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

Hot Rod is more than hot

We don’t know to what degree Blagogate affects members of Obama’s team, and hope only that after a too long election, we get on with our new president and looming crises. Read more →