If Big Sis were on duty Dec. 7, 1941

by Barry Farber -- It's no problem here in the land of "political science fiction" to envision a Department of Homeland Security in 1941, except bigger, a lot more powerful. And the more…

'The Obama Doctrine' – it's possible!

by Barry Farber -- Most non-Americans are confused by the American expression, "That's the way the ball bounces!" Except for a few advanced places like Austria, Finland, Sweden, etc. where American football more…

The malaise of July 4, 2013

by Barry Farber -- The Fourth of July. Straight ahead. Independence Day coming up. And can anyone remember a July 4 when Americans felt less free? Like your stockbroker tells you when more…

The mob's reaction to my column

by Barry Farber -- Eugene V. Debs, labor leader and perennial Socialist Party candidate for president early in the last century, was once freed from prison and carried home on the shoulders more…

Ed Snowden: A sleazebag on a good day

by Barry Farber -- The short-order cook in the New England coffee shop asked the tourist whether he wanted one egg or two. "Just one, thank you," came the reply. The waitress more…

NSA scandal? Careful, GOP

by Barry Farber -- The two elderly ladies beamed with pride as the new preacher in the small Southern town lashed out mercilessly against adultery. Their joy visibly increased as he targeted more…

The perils of making on-air bets

by Barry Farber -- It may have been the best magazine cartoon – ever! Penguins are the only animals in tuxedos. Imagine an Antarctic ice cap with hundreds of tuxedoed penguins, and more…

Lois Lerner: The new chutzpa champ

by Barry Farber -- Chutzpa is busting out all over. "Chutzpa" is the Yiddish word for a quality possessed by gutsy characters who bristle with unspeakable effrontery, the kind of person who more…

Put your money on 'distancing'

by Barry Farber -- OK, all of you who share my shameful habit of writing history before it happens: It's time to lay the money on your favorite square. Will all the more…

Are media finally doing their job?

by Barry Farber -- Do you remember how World War II started? Don't tell me "Hitler invaded Poland." You've got to do better than that. The Nazis had "Special Forces" who spoke more…