The beginning of the end of the welfare state

by Barry Farber -- Before his 1936 fight with Joe Louis, Germany's Max Schmeling was watching movies of Louis' fights. "I sink I see somesing," Schmeling said. He noticed that Louis had more…

Let's go, girls!

by Barry Farber -- They say jazz is the only art form that originated in America. And they're wrong. So did the pep talk! Knute Rockne (pronounce both "Ks"!) exhorted his Notre more…

The truth about Norway's 'anti-Semitism'

by Barry Farber -- The French call it a "crie de coeur"; a "cry from the heart." We Jews call it a "kvetch" (rhymes with "wretch" and means "complaint"); I like ours more…

Disrespect deserved

by Barry Farber -- The first time I was old enough to laugh along with the family was the night my father explained his tardiness to my mother. As a salesman traveling more…

The stalwart Norwegians

by Barry Farber -- Every Jew knows the feeling. When they're unsealing an indictment against a major income-tax cheat we fervently hope his name is nothing like Hymie Epstein. We're much more more…

Who took the fight out of Americans?

by Barry Farber -- It was the most unusual summit meeting in either fact or fiction. It's fiction, but you're allowed to wonder if fact would have been much different. A philanthropist more…

Pulling the needle out of government's arm

by Barry Farber -- This feels slightly treasonous to my beloved North Carolina. Even the mildest hint of a redneck past that has long been lived down and reversed feels unfair, but more…

Signs of a failing nation

by Barry Farber -- Great cartoon: Do you remember how absurd the Japanese diplomats looked in their tall black hats and the most formal-looking tuxedoes ever seen as they signed the surrender more…

Take a tip from Hitler … on energy

by Barry Farber -- Whoever it was who wrote, "The rich are not like you and me" never had a fraction of the proof I offer right now. The most luxurious apartment more…

Debauchery USA

by Barry Farber -- Maybe you had to be there to feel the power. I was, on New York's Fire Island, only one scant social level lower than the fabled Hamptons where more…