'Nation-Builders Anonymous'

by Barry Farber -- If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And then quit. Don't make a fool of yourself. That wisecrack has many variations. My favorite is, "If at more…

Communism's rebirth – at our expense

by Barry Farber -- The cartoon showed two 6-year-old boys sitting on a fence admiring a 5-year-old girl, nose in the air, perky and cute as a speckled puppy under a red more…

It's about the extermination wish

by Barry Farber -- You remember the 1967 borders of Israel, don't you? That's when the trains in Israel had signs on board that said, "Passengers are requested to please not lean more…

Raise the drug ceiling!

by Barry Farber -- Did you ever think of it this way? It's like a family drug-intervention. The tea party and those Republicans sincerely intent on cutting spending are the sober, unhooked more…

Baghdad Bob would be proud

by Barry Farber -- Eighteen, we're told; eighteen mistakes in the official U. S. version of the Osama takedown. That beats the performance of the man introducing the speaker at a California more…

Satisfaction, not jubilation

by Barry Farber -- A famous art dealer on the Atlantic City Boardwalk said everybody has one good painting inside him. I think everybody's got at least one good philosophical message inside more…

Conservative giant gets his wings

by Barry Farber -- There are two kinds of conservatives: those aware of our roots and those not. We've just been given an effective way to tell them apart. When I hit more…

'Leader' Boehner and the debt limit

by Barry Farber -- Volcanoes everybody thought were dead have roiled entire populations. Microphones can do the same thing. Unexpectedly live microphones lately have provided a picture of a president venomously striking more…

The perils of philately

by Barry Farber -- Maybe it's not worth a constitutional amendment, quite likely an unofficial bipartisan understanding could handle it, but there definitely ought to be a hard rule that nobody could more…

Don't raise the debt limit

by Barry Farber -- Have you ever felt "The Force"? I have: three times. And there's nothing spooky or Star-Wars-y or spiritual about it. I define "The Force" as a vital point more…