Columns by Cal Thomas

Remembering Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers and me

By Cal Thomas

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Now that I have your attention!

We met by accident. How else could it have been with two people who are so different? Or are we?

It was the early 1980s when a tabloid called me. They were doing a story on Joan Rivers and thought I, a conservative, would give them a quote critical of her. I said, “I won’t speak to you and I don’t want to be quoted as saying I won’t speak to you.”

They made up a quote, claiming I thought she was a terrible person.

Breaking News: Commies Lie!

Hong Kong: One country, one system

By Cal Thomas

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The promise the Chinese government made to Britain and to the world as Hong Kong reverted to Chinese control at midnight on June 30, 1997, that China would abide by the “one country, two systems” plan, which would afford Hong Kong greater autonomy, except in matters of foreign relations and defense, was to last 50 years.

That promise is falling 33 years short of fulfillment.

Great TV

‘Finding Your Roots’ with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

By Cal Thomas

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From 1948 to 1961, there was a show called “This Is Your Life,” hosted by Ralph Edwards. In it, an unsuspecting celebrity was lured to a place by a friend or family member where Edwards would surprise them. People from the celebrity’s past would then come out one by one and tell stories of the celebrity’s early life.

Oh Scotland!

Scotland’s future hangs in balance

By Cal Thomas

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“The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.” — Scottish poet Robert Burns, “To a Mouse” (1786)

CAIRNRYAN, Scotland — For Americans whose knowledge of this beautiful land is limited to kilts, whiskey, bagpipes and the film “Braveheart,” the forthcoming referendum on whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent nation will come as a curiosity at best.

What Happens After Another Terrorist Attack?

If ISIS attacks again, what will U.S. do?

By Cal Thomas

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The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS. The New York Times quotes “a top national security adviser” to the president as saying the U.S. is “‘not going to be restricted by borders’ to protect its interests…”

Let's Win This War

ISIS ‘a national security threat’

By Cal Thomas

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Absurdities in Ferguson, MO

Theater of the Absurd in Ferguson, Missouri

By Cal Thomas

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It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called “Theater of the Absurd.” These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams: Comedy and tragedy

By Cal Thomas

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Robin Williams made me cry. Like his mentor, the late Jonathan Winters, Williams, who committed suicide Monday, made me laugh so intensely tears would come to my eyes.

Williams’ death made headlines and led TV newscasts. His comedic genius diverted us from stories about terrorism and other sadness in the world. That’s what comedy does. It makes us forget our troubles — national, international and personal — and for a moment, embrace happiness.

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