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On May 22, 1856, Rep. Preston Brooks entered the floor of the United States Senate, approached abolitionist Sen. Charles Sumner and beat the senator with a cane, almost taking his life. Brooks was … more

Zealots Occupy Fantasy Island

“No ban. No wall. No borders at all.” That is the radical rallying cry of the Democratic Socialists of America. Waving desecrated U.S. flags, grubby fists and ratty anarchy banners, DSA’s … more

Biggest Mysteries Often The Most Unique

All through the span of my lifetime there have been many mysteries that have eluded both definition and solution. Whether we want to admit it or not, some of those mysteries will likely never be … more


My column a fortnight ago, titled “Diversity and Inclusion Harm,” focused on the dumbing down of science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula to achieve a more pleasing mixture of … more

A History Of Presidential Humor

There is no one who can deny that being president of the United States is the most stressful job in the world. There is little time for joking, but despite that the leader of the free world has often … more

IG’s Report

There is a different standard of law when it comes to certain people in this country. That is the real message behind the inspector general’s report just released. And although many on the left are … more

Individual Mandate Was Never Wise

RALEIGH — Should all Americans be required to purchase health insurance? This was a major bone of contention among conservative reformers during the health care debates of the 1990s. It was an … more

Chillin’ In Charleston

Last weekend, my fiancée and I traveled to Charleston, S.C., meeting my aunt and uncle at the international airport. I drove the three hours south to pick them up and take our group to a home at 22 … more

Average Pay

RALEIGH — Whether North Carolina pays its public schoolteachers at a level close or equal to the national average is one of the most-debated issues in state politics. Alas, it doesn’t deserve to … more

Getting Smarter About Getting Older

“Whoever thought I was going to live so long,” my 96-year-old mother asked? She isn’t alone. Ten thousand of us turn 65 every day. In 1990, North Carolina’s median age — meaning one half … more

That’s One Creepy Crime

Over the years in this column I’ve occasionally shared stories of dumb criminals. Usually the person in question contributed to his own capture by doing something like using the back of one of his … more

A War On Academic Excellence

“I also have a dream.” This rallying cry, handwritten on a simple white placard held up by an Asian-American mom at a protest against liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to … more
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