'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…

John Stossel and my pleasure jolts

by Barry Farber -- Occasionally I'm hit with a severe jolt of pleasure; a strange pleasure; a pleasure most profound. You've heard, "Knowledge is power." With me it's also, "Knowledge is pleasure." more…

When a community organizer goes to war

by Barry Farber -- Somebody once told me that to get into the Air Force you had to prove you could blow up a balloon until it pops. It probably wasn't true, more…

For Obama, any excuse will do

by Barry Farber -- Regrettably, I didn't begin to understand the Obama administration until roughly 20 years before he was born. That's not subtle self-praise. I should have caught on even earlier. more…

Arm Libya's rebels now!

by Barry Farber -- It's part of human nature to admire bravery and reward it. We'll avidly follow the daily doings of Charlie Sheen, but from a sitting position. We'll rise for more…

Schools shortchanging our children? And how!

by Barry Farber -- At last something of value comes from the Department of Education. They just let us know that two-thirds of eighth-graders in Wisconsin cannot read proficiently. That's the eighth more…

Wisconsin's self-destructing whiners

by Barry Farber -- The first time I heard about sex, cuff links and unions, I didn't believe a single one. I dismissed sex as something the older boys made up. When more…

Obama flunked Revolution 101

by Barry Farber -- Why did she break the date? Diane was having lunch with him on Thursday, giddily planning what was to be their first weekend together. Her best girlfriend spotted more…