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Teenage Werewolves for 12/28/2013

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0800

Back in the 1950s, "Little Joe Cartwright" starred in a movie called "I Was a Teenage Werewolf." That's right, after seeing a full moon, Michael Landon ran around a public high school foaming at the mouth and pretty much out of control. Since there was little difference between his behavior and that of the normal students, he got away with it for two semesters.

As I watched the film, I remember thinking that it was going to be tough for Landon to get into college with that on his resume. But then the 1960s happened, so that was that.

This brings me to the present. My life these days is largely confronting political and social madness on television and then going home to deal with teenage drama from an almost-14-year-old girl. I vaguely remember being 14, because I was ensconced in a Catholic high school that gave out homework assignments like they were M&M's. Believe me, I had plenty of angst. But nobody paid much attention to it.

Updated: Sat Dec 28, 2013




The Christmas Spirit for 12/21/2013

Sat, 21 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0800

Anyone offended by public displays of Christmas needs to see a psychiatrist. Are we clear on this? You are a loon if the sight of baby Jesus arouses anger or sadness in you. Get help.

This brings us to the governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee. He recently told me on national television that the reason he will not use the word "Christmas" in describing the state Christmas tree is that the word might offend non-Christians. The governor calls the state-purchased symbol a "holiday tree."

My reply to the governor was that by excluding the word "Christmas," he might be offending the 73 percent of Americans who describe themselves as Christian, not to mention the 2.2 billion Christians worldwide. Chafee chafed when he heard that but had no answer.

Updated: Sat Dec 21, 2013




Merry Christmas, 1913 for 12/14/2013

Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0800

One hundred years ago in America, Christmas was a mighty different situation. Based on newspaper reports, MyHeritage.com recently put together a list of the most-asked-for gifts by children who lived back then. Here are the top five requests:

—Candy.

—Nuts.

Updated: Sat Dec 14, 2013




Fleeing TV for 12/07/2013

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0800

Marketing surveys now show that when Americans come home from work, more folks turn on their computers than their television sets. That is a first.

The reason is twofold: First, you can create your own world on your PC, and second, TV is awful. Flat-out awful. For years, television has been losing viewers because the product, generally speaking, has collapsed.

Reality TV has destroyed the tube. Cheap, mindless shows featuring people who should be deported rule the airwaves. Don't believe me? Well, TV Guide recently listed reality TV's most startling moments. The choices are indeed startling.

Updated: Sat Dec 07, 2013




The Technology of Nature for 11/30/2013

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0800

ANGUILLA, British West Indies — So here's the setting: the warm azure water of Maundy's Bay sliding up and down bright soft sand. In the distance, the islands of St. Maarten and Saba can be seen. The blue sky above is dotted with huge white clouds that bob along propelled by a warm breeze. It doesn't get any better than this.

Yet on the beach, some human beings barely look up at the incredible vista. Their machines envelope them like Venus flytraps. They are texting, emailing and chatting with folks somewhere else on Earth.

Welcome to our brave new world.

Updated: Sat Nov 30, 2013




What Happens in Vegas for 11/23/2013

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0800

Editor's Note: Bill O'Reilly is on vacation. The following column was originally published in December 2012.

LAS VEGAS — This is a town that looks better at night. Millions of lights pierce the darkness creating a visual that is both energetic and trance-inducing. The multilayered lightshow is dazzling and unique in America.

But when the sun comes up, Las Vegas speaks directly to the recession. Half-completed buildings loom over the landscape like giant steel skeletons. Some developers ran out of money and simply walked away leaving huge, hulking abandoned structures to absorb the desert wind.

Updated: Sat Nov 23, 2013




The French Way for 11/16/2013

Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0800

Readers of The New York Times must have been confused the other day when the paper ran an article titled "Under Strain, France Examines Its Safety Net."

Because the Times is ultra-liberal on its editorial page — pretty much advocating every entitlement possible — the hard news story seemed somewhat out of place. It chronicled the enormous benefits that French citizens receive. Paid child care, free higher education, free health care, a mandatory five weeks of paid vacation, monthly government payments for each child, two years of government-paid unemployment insurance, generous pensions — the list is endless.

But there is huge trouble in the socialist paradise. Times reporter Alissa J. Rubin wrote this: "The spiraling costs of cradle-to-grave social welfare programs have all but exhausted the French government's ability to raise the taxes necessary to pay for it all, creating growing political problems for President Francois Hollande, a Socialist. ... Investors are shying away from the layers of government regulation and high taxes."

Updated: Sat Nov 16, 2013




The Kids Are Amazing for 11/09/2013

Sat, 09 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0800

For many American children, the floor has become their closet. This drives me crazy. I walk into a room where an urchin resides, and there are clothes scattered everywhere. Believe me, I know the passive-aggressive tactics that kids use to torture their parents, but something else is going on here.

More than a few times, I've heard parents describe their offspring as "amazing." If you look up that word, you will see this meaning: "To cause great wonder or astonishment." That's what "amazing" means. So occasionally, I will ask the parent of an "amazing" child to tell me exactly why that word applies to their tyke. What is the "great wonder" associated with him or her?

"He just is" comes the usual reply, along with a look that could kill a cactus.

Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015




Welfare Nation for 11/01/2013

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:00:00 -0700

My parents were children during the Great Depression, and it scarred them, especially my father, who saw destitution in his Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood: adults standing in so-called "bread lines," children begging in the streets. My grandfather was a New York City cop, and so my dad did not suffer as others did. But he never forgot the brutal scenes and worked hard his whole life to build some financial independence.

Fast-forward to the severe recession of 2008, when millions of Americans lost jobs and equity in their homes. No bread lines, but much pain. The Obama administration responded by pouring trillions of dollars into stimulus and rescue programs, some of which succeeded in stabilizing tottering banks and auto companies. But along with that, the president and his acolytes openly encouraged Americans to use the welfare system. And now the entitlement culture has exploded.

According to the Census Bureau, more people in America today are on welfare than have full-time jobs. There is a culture of dependency being created that is truly shocking. A recent study by the Cato Institute concludes that welfare now pays more than minimum-wage work in 35 states. So why enter the workforce at the bottom if the government will give you the same compensation for sitting on your butt?

Updated: Mon Apr 21, 2014




Is the Party Over? for 10/26/2013

Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

The tea party is on the run. New polls say less than 25 percent of Americans now view the movement favorably. That is a stunning turnaround, because in the fall of 2010, the tea party achieved huge victories in congressional races all across the country.

So what happened?

Unlike the far-left Occupy Wall Street movement, the tea party does not embrace violent tactics or infringe on the rights of the folks. Also, it is not a centralized force; its leadership goes state by state. There is no national spokesperson or party headquarters. The tea party is simply a loose description of local activism driven by Americans who want smaller government and more self-reliance.

Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015




Zombie Nation for 10/19/2013

Sat, 19 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

When I first heard folks discussing "The Walking Dead," I thought they were talking about Congress. But no, it was zombies. The undead. Flesh-eating creatures. Bodies that do harm.

The nation of Haiti embraced the zombie legend a long time ago. In fact, there's an old Bela Lugosi movie about that called "White Zombie." Apparently, in the voodoo culture, you can get a curse put on you and rise from the dead. Or something. This voodoo stuff is not easy to assess.

Way back in the late 1960s, a movie director named George Romero put out a film called "Night of the Living Dead." I remember seeing it and thinking, "What the heck was that?"

Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015




American Graffiti 40 Years Later for 10/12/2013

Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

On Saturday nights at my house, I often trot out classic movies and force the urchins to watch them. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I think it's important to teach kids about American culture, and films certainly are a big part of it. Actors like John Wayne, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn are worth seeing and remembering.

So the other night I trotted out "American Graffiti," a film released 40 years ago. The movie was directed by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and chronicles one night in the lives of some California teenagers in the year 1962.

The first thing the kids noticed was Harrison Ford playing a young hood driving a hot rod. That got their attention. The movie features other great actors such as Richard Dreyfuss and Charles Martin Smith, along with Ron Howard and Cindy Williams, who turned the "Graffiti" success into the television hits "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley."

Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015




Trusting the Folks for 10/05/2013

Sat, 05 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Amid all the madness over Obamacare and the government shutdown comes a fascinating poll about "we the people." For years, the Gallup organization has asked the following question: Do you trust the American people to make good judgments about political issues?

Eight years ago, 78 percent of those polled said they had trust in the folks. This year that number plummeted to just 61 percent.

The reason is President Obama. There is now a lot of buyer's remorse about his reelection. All of the polls show his job approval rating is below 50 percent and falling fast, with the Syrian debacle and the Obamacare chaos adding to the general dismay about the soft economy.

Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015




Going to Hell (Without a Handbasket) for 09/28/2013

Sat, 28 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0700

While writing my latest book, "Killing Jesus," I knew I would catch hell once it hit the marketplace. Your mom was right when she told you never to discuss politics and religion, because emotions run so high in those arenas. Especially religion.

Even before "Killing Jesus" was released, the mail began pouring in. And some of it was very nasty.

Brent in Texas opined: "O'Reilly, you are not someone who has the right to write a book about Jesus."

Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015




No Restraints for 09/21/2013

Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0700

We live in a vicious world. It took about one hour before the Russians started gloating about the Washington Navy Yard massacre. Alexei Pushkov, chairman of a foreign affairs committee in the Russian parliament, tweeted: "A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington — a lone gunman. ... Nobody's even surprised anymore. A clear confirmation of American exceptionalism."

The last paragraph of Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed from last week claimed there is no such thing as "American exceptionalism."

Russia remains a bad country, full of internal corruption and, in its foreign policy, supportive of the worst elements on Earth. Folks like the Syrian tyrant Bashar al-Assad and the murderous mullahs in Iran can expect the full cooperation of Russia along with all the arms they can buy.

Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015




Back to School for 09/07/2013

Sat, 07 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0700

It used to be that most kids hated early September: those back-to-school ads all over the place and the dreaded specter of another long year sitting in front of Ms. Crabtree or whomever. Most baby boomers like me equated Labor Day with a trip to the dentist.

No longer.

These days, many urchins actually like school. They look forward to getting up early, hopping on the bus and learning their buns off. How is this possible?

Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015




The Content of Character for 08/31/2013

Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0700

The singer Billy Ray Cyrus was supposed to be interviewed on television this week, but he canceled. And who could blame him? His daughter, Miley, embarrassed herself and her family on worldwide TV. Her narcissism on full display, the 20-year-old pop star simulated sexual activity with an older male singer while singing some kind of suggestive song. With millions of young people watching, the scene was as degrading as it was unnecessary.

As her father, Mr. Cyrus should be mortified by Miley's behavior. He's made no direct comment about it, but he should.

Generally speaking, there is an epidemic of bad parenting going on in America. The three teenage boys accused of murdering a young Australian man in Oklahoma were constantly in trouble, according to local authorities. After being apprehended, there were cries that they are "good kids." Bull. The overwhelming evidence is that they are thugs. A background check on their parents finds they are largely irresponsible and apathetic. One mother is even in prison.

Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015




The Old Days for 08/24/2013

Sat, 24 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0700

One of the highlights of my summer experience was the 50th reunion of my graduating class from St. Brigid elementary school on Long Island. Back in 1963, 60 children sat in a small classroom hoping for big things in the future. We had spent eight years together, but now high school beckoned, and all of our lives would change dramatically.

Back then, America was a far different place than it is today. John F. Kennedy was president but had fewer than six months to live. The Beatles were just emerging. Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" was scaring everybody in the movie theaters. "The Andy Griffith Show" dominated on TV. There was no war, but civil unrest in the South was intense. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was making great strides in securing human rights for black Americans.

Twenty-two of my classmates made the reunion, and it was good to see all of them. Their lives have unfolded in mostly conventional ways. Most remain in the middle class and still believe in the fundamental goodness of their country and religion, although some are no longer practicing Catholics.

Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015




A Chilly Place for the President for 08/17/2013

Sat, 17 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0700

This is a tough self-reliant state. The weather is harsh and expenses are high. But there is work. With a 6.1 percent unemployment rate, Alaska is doing much better than the nation as a whole (7.6 percent). The median household income in the 49th state is $69,000 — $16,000 higher than the national average.

Historically, Alaska is a place that attracts those who are fed up with conventionality. On my trip here, I did not see one person dressed in a jacket and tie. The prevailing wisdom promotes individuality. Alaskans are basically "leave me alone" types who respect and embrace different strokes.

Maybe it's because nature is right on top of them that the folks don't seem to care much for trends. The weather changes dramatically and quickly, there are far more dirt than paved roads, and wild animals are everywhere. Nobody is really interested in the latest fashion when you can be snowed in for weeks at a time. I mean, who's gonna see you?

Updated: Tue Aug 20, 2013




A Chilly Place for the President for 08/17/2013

Sat, 17 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0700

JUNEAU, Alaska — Up here, many folks don't much like President Obama's vision of a big government colossus dictating health care, doling out entitlements and generally meddling in the affairs of the citizenry. Alaska voted against Obama by 14 percentage points in 2012, and if another election were held today, the anti-Obama vote would most likely be higher.

This is a tough self-reliant state. The weather is harsh and expenses are high. But there is work. With a 6.1 percent unemployment rate, Alaska is doing much better than the nation as a whole (7.6 percent). The median household income in the 49th state is $69,000 — $16,000 higher than the national average.

Historically, Alaska is a place that attracts those who are fed up with conventionality. On my trip here, I did not see one person dressed in a jacket and tie. The prevailing wisdom promotes individuality. Alaskans are basically "leave me alone" types who respect and embrace different strokes.

Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2015