The coming celebration of America's decline

by Barry Farber -- In eighth-grade English we read a poem that held me prisoner ever since. No Google needed; nor any ancient notes. Remembering, now, straight from 1944: "This I beheld, more…

Jesus' 2nd incarnation

by Barry Farber -- Until the mid-1900s there was a flourishing "Yiddish Theater," mostly along Manhattan's 2nd Avenue. I was two generations removed from the Yiddish language, but I fell in love more…

Every gun-control argument: Nonsense!

by Barry Farber -- It's likely you and I disagree over gun control a lot more than you think we do. This argument cuts a lot deeper than any "fiscal cliff," Middle more…

Obama's no Nazi – but ...

by Barry Farber -- The most brainless and witless proverb is this French one. Ready? "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"; meaning "The more things change, the more they stay more…

Republicans: Get off your knees

by Barry Farber -- Has it hit you personally yet? You know what I mean: the real "State of the Union." I haven't lost a minute's sleep over Obama's re-election, even though more…

The Israeli soldier: Not what he used to be?

by Barry Farber -- The questions lit up the night more than the Hamas rockets from Gaza. "Would the truce hold?" "How can Egyptian President Morsi, openly anti-Israel, possibly broker a peace?" more…

Still not proud of being a Republican

by Barry Farber -- Polarization need not always be bad. I've long wanted to see the decent whites, blacks and Hispanics polarized against the indecent whites, blacks and Hispanics. A group of more…

What in hell has happened to you, America?

by Barry Farber -- A playwright was asked how his play was received. "Oh," he replied, "The play was a hit. But the audience was a flop!" For decades I've treasured that more…

'Get out the vote' drives: Immoral!

by Barry Farber -- This guru ran the toughest cult in all the Himalayas. The initiate climbed the mountain, and the guru initiated him by uttering a one-liner. After exactly one year more…

So many lies, so little space!

by Barry Farber -- My baby brother, Jerry, was the most adorable boy in North Carolina. All the girls chased him. One evening during dinner, when he was just beginning to date, more…