Racism 'lives on'? Hardly

by Barry Farber -- Generally in this business, if you interview, let's say, a newly released hostage, that's called "firsthand." My standards are higher. To me that's secondhand. To be firsthand, you more…

Illegals voting? Ho-hum

by Barry Farber -- Dictators have to jail people and execute people. That's how they make sure they're taken seriously. Democracies have to be as diligent about their voting as dictatorships are more…

Idiots in high places

by Barry Farber -- America's economy is in bad shape. But the country's economy is in better shape than its mentality. In the 1850s, a traveling theatrical group arrived in the beautiful more…

McChrystal's brilliance

by Barry Farber -- In high school, the consensus among boys was that girls cried too much at movies and weddings. That didn't bother me. In fact, I wanted more. I wanted more…

The American freedom gene

by Barry Farber -- There's a lot of dark talk around about the government shutting down the Internet, banning criticism of the administration, ending the "toxic" chatter from conservative talk hosts and more…

A stalwart member of 'demented fringe'

by Barry Farber -- Seldom does something I read cause my head physically to snap backwards as though I'd taken a good punch. A column by Dorothy Rabinowitz did it. If it more…

Don't dare root for America's failure

by Barry Farber -- Don't credit me entirely for this sterling character of mine. Lennie helped me shape it. Lennie Guyes was a year older than I, and, even though neither of more…

All the blame falls on 'peace flotilla'

by Barry Farber -- Are you among those who wish our wars weren't as morally muddled as they've been lately? Do you long for the moral clarity of World War II – more…

Democratic tolerance now extends to liars

by Barry Farber -- If you're awaiting indignation at Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal for "mispeaking" about his never-happened military service in Vietnam, this piece will disappoint you. There's plenty of anger more…

Blame Hitler!

by Barry Farber -- Do you know the origin of the handshake? It was to show the other person you weren't holding a weapon. Forget that. It's unimportant. You don't need it. more…