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Climate change not on voters’ list
By Cal Thomas

THE CULT CENTERED on global warming alarmism is getting hot under the collar. People seem to have stopped paying attention and polls show “climate change” barely registers on a list of voters’ concerns.

This can only mean, as losing politicians like to say, that their message isn’t getting through. What to do? Why shout louder, of course.

A recent story in The New York Times

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:30 AM
 
Much ado about the film ‘Noah’
By Cal Thomas

IT WASN’T SO long ago that conservative Christians believed Hollywood to be evil and some preachers instructed their congregations not to go to movies lest they be tempted beyond their ability to resist. Now Christians are debating film content. That’s progress of a sort.

The main complaint from critics of the film “Noah,” which opened last Friday with an impressive opening day take of an estimated $44 million in ticket sales, is that it doesn’t accurately reflect the rather slim biblical account in Genesis. Here’s some breaking news for the critics: Noah didn’t speak English, as Russell Crowe does in the film, so right there we have a departure from biblical accuracy. One should not turn to Hollywood for theological truth.

In his book “Hollywood vs. America,”

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:42 AM
 
Still missing, a foreign policy
By Cal Thomas

WHAT HAPPENED to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may eventually be discovered, but there is something else that has been missing for much longer and its “disappearance” has far greater implications for America. It is our foreign policy. Can anyone say what it is?

With Russia’s Vladimir Putin behaving like a modern Catherine the Great in his efforts to annex Crimea and possibly all of Ukraine, what is our policy toward Russia, which is behaving increasingly like its former, supposedly dead, communist self?

In a New York Times op-ed column last week,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:34 AM
 
Conservatives express views
By Cal Thomas

OXON HILL, Md. — The first “people” I recognized on arriving at last week’s Conservative Political Action Committee gathering just outside Washington were two “stormtroopers” and a Wookiee from the 1977 film “Star Wars.”

Some of the speeches also expressed sentiments from the past, though not as cleverly as those in costume: Obama is a bad president, even a bad man. America looks weak before the world. Government is too big and taxes too high. “The Force” seemed to have left the building, or perhaps it never arrived.

Perhaps the most interesting speaker was the outgoing governor of Texas,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:19 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:36 PM )
 
GOP needs winning formula
By Cal Thomas

KATHLEEN WILLEY is back. For people who have forgotten, she is the former volunteer aide to President Bill Clinton who claims he sexually harassed her 20 years ago. She wrote a book about it called “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton.”
What, you say you didn’t read it? Neither, it seems, did most of America,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:03 PM
 
A trust deficit
By Cal Thomas

MOST PEOPLE accept the notion that politicians don’t always tell the truth. Some lies are harmless enough; others more consequential.
Lyndon Johnson skirted the truth when he promised during the 1964 presidential campaign not to send any more American troops to fight a land war in Southeast Asia. He knew then that American intervention would eventually be necessary, but the lie helped him win the election. After the election, Johnson sent additional troops, more American lives were lost and the war escalated.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:23 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:25 PM )
 
Conservatives asked to leave?
By Cal Thomas

EVERYONE “KNOWS” it is conservatives who are mean-spirited, intolerant, censors of speech with which they don’t agree, anti-gay, anti-black and anti just about everything else, right? We know this because the left keeps telling us so.

Which is why in this era of increasingly corrosive language — note the overuse of the f-word in the film “The Wolf of Wall Street” — and acidic political discourse, recent comments by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., ought to shock and outrage everyone, regardless of party affiliation or ideology.

In a radio interview on WCNY, Cuomo commented on the battle

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:50 AM
 
Ideology vs. reality
By Cal Thomas

FRENCH PRESIDENT Francois Hollande has been confronted by the glaring light of reality — sort of.

On New Year’s Day, as his massive tax increases began taking effect, Hollande, a member of the Socialist Party, admitted that taxes in France have become “too heavy, much too heavy.”

Indeed, as of Jan. 1, French households now must contend with a new value added tax on many goods and services and, writes International Business Times, “French companies will be required to pay 50% tax on all employee salaries in excess of 1 million euros .?.?. The effective tax rate will amount to 75%.” Unemployment,

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:08 PM
 
A ‘Duck Dynasty’ outrage checklist
By Cal Thomas

THE OUTRAGE industry was in high dudgeon just before Christmas over remarks “Duck Dynasty” family patriarch, Phil Robertson, made to GQ magazine about homosexuality. Outrage is the primary ingredient for political fundraising and political power. One must always have an enemy.

Let’s go down the “I Take Offense” checklist and make sure all the boxes are checked before considering a larger point.

•?Liberal New York writer goes slumming among the hayseeds in Louisiana and deliberately creates a controversy by asking a Bible-loving Christian to define sin. Check.

•?Bible-reading Christian quotes from that book and is condemned by those

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:48 AM
 
Income ‘inequality’
By Cal Thomas

IN A DEC. 4 speech, President Obama declared income “inequality” to be “the defining challenge of our time.”

It is time for me to come clean; to own up to a dark secret I have been hiding most of my life. It is embarrassing to admit it, but I suffer from income inequality.

Yes, there are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people who make more money than I do and it has affected my life in ways too numerous to recount.

Starting with my first summer job as a bellhop and kitchen worker at a hotel in Maine

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:59 PM
 
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