Author: Michael M. Bates


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July 13, 2006

The Pope, Richard Speck and the death penalty

Last month the president of the Philippines visited Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. She gave him a copy of a law she signed recently, one that ends the death penalty in her country. “Well done,” His Holiness …

July 6, 2006

A Young Boy Serves A Life Sentence

He’s just a normal, average, typical 12-year-old boy. If the normal, average, typical 12-year-old boy has the world’s longest-reigning dictator drop by every year for his birthday, that is.

June 28, 2006

Bishop announces what the gay agenda is

Filed under: Politics In General,Religion & Faith - 28 Jun 2006

At the Episcopal Church Convention earlier this month, Bishop Gene Robinson said something astounding. He declared, “The gay agenda is Jesus Christ.”

June 21, 2006

Barack to the future: Is There Any There There?

Illinois Senator Barack Obama has a brilliant future. The media, Democratic activists, fat cat donors and many John and Jane Q. Publics see something special in him. Described adoringly as a superstar, he does nothing to damper speculation …

June 15, 2006

The Ultimate Epithet In The Liberal Lexicon

Ann Coulter drives liberals nuts. The late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi didn’t qualify for rhetoric as harsh as that directed at the blond, but certainly never bland, pundit.

June 9, 2006

A Real Confidence Builder For Geezers

Filed under: Courts, The Law & The Judiciary - 09 Jun 2006

The oldest baby boomers are turning 60 this year. Anyone mouthing that twaddle about 50 being the new 30 hasn’t checked out my medicine cabinet. I could regale you with mesmerizing details of assorted aches, pains and maladies, …

June 2, 2006

MySpace Isn’t A Cyber Place For Everyone is described as an Internet site devoted to social networking. Any rational adult who’s spent more than a few minutes on MySpace might well conclude that it, like much of cyberspace, appeals to the lowest common denominator.

May 24, 2006

Ready Or Not, Here Comes Hillary

Filed under: The Democrats - 24 May 2006

Mrs. Clinton is playing it coy. For the time being, she says, she’s just running for re-election to the Senate. Plans for a presidential race aren’t yet stirring through her pretty little head.

May 18, 2006

Floyd Patterson A Gentle Man In A Violent World

Filed under: Potpourri - 18 May 2006

Floyd Patterson, who died last week at 71, isn’t considered one of the greatest heavyweight champions. He might well be remembered, though, as one of the best men ever to hold the crown. My guess is that would …

May 10, 2006

Biden Proves He’s A Man Of His Word

Filed under: The Democrats - 10 May 2006

Senator Joseph Biden is running for president. The man whose platform may include making the world safe for hair plugs won rave reviews for last week’s speech in South Carolina, a venue not commonly frequented by Delaware Democrats. …

May 3, 2006

Diann Burns Over Alleged Racism

Diann Burns, Chicago’s highest paid television news reader, and her husband recently built a $3 million mansion in the swank Lincoln Park area. Monday’s Chicago Sun-Times reported the couple is now suing the contractor for inferior work. Disputes …

April 26, 2006

A Modest Proposal To Ease Our Gas Pains

Filed under: American Economy - 26 Apr 2006

The war on terror. Illegal immigration. Iraq. Government leaks. Dick Cheney’s shooting accident. All pale in comparison to the crisis du jour: the cost of gasoline.

April 21, 2006

Oprah Blends Confusion With Compassion

Filed under: American Society & Heritage,Uncategorized - 21 Apr 2006

You think Tom Cruise hopping up and down on Oprah’s couch was as silly as it can get? You must have missed the talk show queen’s recent program about people living on low wages. Claiming that 30 million …

April 17, 2006

American flag appropriated by illegal immigrants

Filed under: Immigration,The Democrats,Uncategorized - 17 Apr 2006

“We are not criminals,” was constantly intoned at rallies around the country Monday. That’s nonsense. People who break the law to enter the United States are by definition criminals. Even if, as at the Washington rally televised …

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