Your Fear of Terrorism Could Get You Killed

Your Fear of Terrorism Could Get You Killed

One in 3.5 million: That’s the risk you’ll die from a terrorist attack in the United States, Ohio State professor John Mueller estimates. Rounded generously, that chance comes to 3 one-hundred thousandths of a percent. That’s not how most Americans see it, though. In...
We Shouldn’t Take Their Oil

We Shouldn’t Take Their Oil

Donald Trump’s first presidential campaign ad pledges to “take their oil.” That’s what President (gasp) Trump would do after having “quickly cut the head off the Islamic State,” says the deep-voiced narrator. Along with political decapitation, there are many...
The GOP Candidates Know Nothing about Syria

The GOP Candidates Know Nothing about Syria

Like many political animals, I was glued to the latest Republican presidential debate. For the most part, there were no surprises: Donald Trump railed against Muslims, Chris Christie lamented that the NSA can’t intercept Americans’ phone calls and emails as easily as...
Have Yourself Some Anti-Refugee Hysteria

Have Yourself Some Anti-Refugee Hysteria

As holiday shoppers empty their wallets to buy presents for family and friends, there’s been an outbreak of miserliness among our politicians — directed at some of the world’s most helpless people. At least 30 Republican governors, and one Democrat, are vowing to bar...
Refugees Are as American as Baseball

Refugees Are as American as Baseball

I recently watched an old movie called Take Me Out to the Ball Game, a post-World War II Hollywood musical bursting with good ol’ U.S.A. pride. At the heart of the film is baseball, the quintessential American pastime. The plot focuses on three great fictional...