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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>SALVATION ARMY: December 5, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Damaging photos of Pete Buttigieg have surfaced &mdash; ringing a bell for the Salvation Army.</p>\n<p> THE IMAGES of the South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential candidate participating in the Red Kettle Ring Off, a friendly competition between officials from South Bend and nearby Mishawaka over who can raise more for the Salvation Army during a day of bell-ringing, date from 2017.<br />\n The gay publication Out reported them as if it had broken a major, or at least a noteworthy, story. &ldquo;Pete Buttigieg Volunteered for the Homophobic Salvation Army,&rdquo; read the headline. The piece noted, accusingly, that it&rsquo;s &ldquo;something he&rsquo;s apparently been doing for years. He also held a mayoral event at a Salvation Army center in South Bend last year.&rdquo;<br />\n If you think that volunteering for an organization raising funds to provide food and housing, among many other services, for the needy is an inherently praiseworthy act, you haven&rsquo;t been following the woke left-wing activists cutting a swath through American culture.<br />\n Any institution, no matter how storied or how generous, is subject to a punitive campaign of social ostracism that is often highly effective. In today&rsquo;s environment, what seems preposterous one moment is inevitable the next, and after one target is ground into submission, another is quickly found.<br />\n The Salvation Army would seem a bridge too far. Its red kettles are iconic, as much a part of Christmas as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or &ldquo;Miracle on 34th Street.&rdquo; During the heavily commercial Christmas season, the red kettles are a token of charity and fellow feeling. It takes a perverse worldview not to have fond feelings about this tradition, which is spectacularly successful on its own terms, raising almost $150 million a year.</p>\n<p> BUT THE commissars of political correctness aren&rsquo;t amused, and don&rsquo;t let sentimentality interfere with their dictates.<br />\n They&rsquo;ve already accomplished what would a few years ago have been considered impossible &mdash; bullying the explicitly Christian restaurant chain Chick-fil-A out of its donations to the Salvation Army. The army is now so radioactive that the pop singer Ellie Goulding threatened to cancel a halftime performance at the Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving, kicking off the red kettle campaign, over the group&rsquo;s alleged anti-gay bigotry.<br />\n The first thing to know about the Salvation Army is that it is a church, founded by the Methodist preacher William Booth. He started his Salvation Army, with military ranks for its clergy, to reach the hungry and the needy through service. With more than 1.5 million members and a presence in roughly 130 countries, it is a spectacular example of, as Billy Graham once put it, &ldquo;Christianity in action.&rdquo;<br />\n As such, it obviously reflects Christian morality. &ldquo;Soldiers, the core group among members,&rdquo; one religious writer explained, &ldquo;take covenant vows that cover doctrine, loyalty, willingness to evangelize and help the needy, and clean living (no alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography or profanity).&rdquo; The army&rsquo;s position that marriage should be between a man and a woman isn&rsquo;t an exotic invention, but standard Christian teaching.<br />\n The idea that the Salvation Army has an anti-gay animus stems largely from its opposition to anti-discrimination laws that it worried would impinge on its conscience rights, and criticism over its policies regarding transgender people (especially the practice of some places of assigning people to male or female facilities depending on their gender at birth). The organization has made clear again and again, though, that its services are available to all.</p>\n<p> COMMENTING on the scandalous Buttigieg bell-ringing images, the press secretary for the left-wing Alliance for Justice opined, &ldquo;I know the photos are two years old, but still, I can&rsquo;t help but wonder if Mayor Pete just looks at what LGBTQ activists have been working on for years and then chooses to spite it.&rdquo; Or perhaps he was rational and broad-minded enough to appreciate the massive good done by one of the most admirable institutions in the country.</p>\n', created = 1576292946, expire = 1576379346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:0bc35495727ebc19705b2491b25b0cf5' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>NBA AND CHINA: October 7, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords.</p>\n<p> THE NBA disgraced itself kowtowing to Beijing after the general manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, tweeted his support for Hong Kong protesters. The words he associated himself with &mdash; &ldquo;Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong&rdquo; &mdash; would seem uncontroversial. Who doesn&rsquo;t hope for the best for plucky demonstrators trying to advance democracy against an overweening imperial dictatorship?<br />\n Morey, though, failed to adequately account for the feelings of the dictatorship. &ldquo;I was merely voicing one thought,&rdquo; he said, in a groveling tweet after deleting his original offending one, &ldquo;based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.&rdquo;<br />\n The &ldquo;other perspectives&rdquo; are those of people supporting a regime that is determined to crush Hong Kong underfoot, maintain a one-party state that stifles all internal dissent, brutally repress Uighur Muslims, grab the South China Sea, build up its military with an eye to a future confrontation with United States and rewrite the rules of the international order to its liking.<br />\n But who&rsquo;s to judge?<br />\n In its own lickspittle statement, the NBA said that Morey&rsquo;s views &ldquo;have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.&rdquo; It appears that the Chinese-language version was even more extravagantly craven, saying that the league is &ldquo;extremely disappointed&rdquo; in the GM&rsquo;s &ldquo;inappropriate&rdquo; tweet that &ldquo;severely hurt the feelings of Chinese fans.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> IF YOU FOLLOW the NBA and missed the part where Red China stole the league&rsquo;s soul, it&rsquo;s only because you haven&rsquo;t paid enough attention to the international business. China is a huge and growing market for the NBA. When Chinese sponsors and partners of the Rockets began to pull out, the team and the league buckled.<br />\n It&rsquo;s a matter of filthy lucre, pure and simple. In retrospect, all the old Soviet Union would have needed to distort corporate America for its purposes was a large and lucrative market. Too committed to communism, Moscow never managed to create one. Via its hybrid system of semicapitalism wedded to a repressive one-party state, Beijing did. The resulting riches and potential customers allow it to yank the chain of an array of American businesses, including the NBA.<br />\n The joke of it is that here at home the league flaunts its woke social conscience. The NBA used the leverage of its All-Star Game coming to Charlotte to force changes to a North Carolina bathroom bill, in the name of &ldquo;equality.&rdquo;<br />\n One would think that reeducation camps for a million Uighurs &mdash; to pick just one of China&rsquo;s human rights abuses &mdash; is much worse than any choice North Carolina makes about its restrooms. Even if all that the NBA cares about is LGBTQ issues, it should be repelled by China&rsquo;s policies, which run counter to everything that the NBA purports to stand for.<br />\n This episode exposes the league&rsquo;s gutless hypocrisy. So long as social activism is costless &mdash; or enhances its reputation among the right people in the United States &mdash; the NBA is all about its values. As soon as there is any price, it is willing to salute smartly at the dictates of one of the most cynical, self-interested regimes on Earth.<br />\n Of course, any profit-generating enterprise is going to care about its bottom line most of all. That shouldn&rsquo;t efface all sense of decency and self-respect, though. James Harden, the Houston Rockets star, has grown very rich and famous playing an American game in an American league. His reaction to Morey&rsquo;s tweet was unequivocal: &ldquo;We apologize.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> HE THUS neatly encapsulated the willingness of a segment of the American business elite to express a kind of national loyalty to a nation that isn&rsquo;t its own.</p>\n', created = 1576292946, expire = 1576379346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:77c7e0df3f1adad26e8e30cd0586e48c' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>At issue this week...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Impeachment by Rich Lowry</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>&nbsp;After three years, we&rsquo;re still on the Russia story.<br />\n To be sure, the locus has shifted 500 miles west from Moscow to Kiev, and now we are consumed with the Ukraine controversy rather than the Russia investigation, although it&rsquo;s essentially the same thing - a battle over President Donald Trump&rsquo;s legitimacy fought out with allegations of foreign interference.</p>\n<p> THE EFFORT to widen out the Ukraine controversy, from the core of it - Trump&rsquo;s mention of the Bidens on his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy - to his urging Ukraine, Australia and others to cooperate with Bill Barr&rsquo;s investigation of the origins of the Russia probe, illustrates the point nicely.<br />\n There&rsquo;s nothing wrong or unusual about a United States president asking foreign leaders to provide information useful to his attorney general in a duly constituted investigation. Why would there be? Except the president&rsquo;s detractors don&rsquo;t consider Barr&rsquo;s investigation aboveboard; in fact, they consider it another form of Trump&rsquo;s perfidy.<br />\n In its report on Trump&rsquo;s call with the Australian prime minister, The New York Times says - in a news report, mind you - that the call &ldquo;shows the president using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests.&rdquo; Trump is pleased with Barr&rsquo;s investigation. That doesn&rsquo;t make it merely a pet political project, or mean that there isn&rsquo;t a genuine public interest in knowing in greater detail how and why the Russia story got started.<br />\n The Times of London reported of Trump&rsquo;s call to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he wanted &ldquo;to gather evidence to undermine the investigation into his campaign&rsquo;s links to Russia.&rdquo; There&rsquo;s not really anything to undermine, though, since the investigation has been over for months. Trump is basically being accused of the entirely new offense of obstruction after the fact.<br />\n The Russia investigation figures into the Ukraine story in another way. It&rsquo;s not clear that even Democrats would consider his Ukraine call impeachable if it weren&rsquo;t for their belief that Trump has gotten away with so much previously.<br />\n Even the framework of the Ukraine matter reflects the Russia story. Trump&rsquo;s critics say he was asking for Ukrainian &ldquo;interference&rdquo; in our elections, when what was really going on was that he and Rudy Giuliani were interfering in Ukrainian politics.</p>\n<p> IF YOU accept the premise that any information developed in a foreign country and used in American politics is election interference, then Trump&rsquo;s opponents themselves were masters at it. As Politico reported back in 2017, Ukrainian government officials &ldquo;helped [Hillary] Clinton&rsquo;s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.&rdquo;<br />\n Giuliani&rsquo;s Ukraine adventure was motivated, in large part, by the desire to get to the bottom of this activity in 2016, and turn the tables on Trump&rsquo;s critics.<br />\n There will be lots of comparisons to the 1990s as the House moves toward impeachment. Yet the vitriolic politics of the 1790s might be the more apt predicate. Back then, at the outset of the republic, each nascent political party was consumed with the idea that the other was a tool of a foreign power (either France or Britain), and believed that the other was a fundamental threat to American democracy.<br />\n Today, the Democrats still haven&rsquo;t gotten beyond the idea that Trump is somehow a tool of Russia, while Republicans point to Democratic coordination with shadowy foreign forces to get the Russia investigation rolling. Books fly off the shelves about Trump being an alleged fascist, and Republicans are gripped by a Flight 93 mentality that fears if they lose a presidential election, they will never win another one again.</p>\n<p> THE RUSSIA story contributed to and fed off this feverish atmosphere. For the longest time, it offered Democrats the hope of deliverance from a president whose election they never truly accepted. When Mueller didn&rsquo;t have the goods, House Democrats were briefly at sea, until Trump&rsquo;s call and the whistleblower complaint brought impeachment deliciously back into play.<br />\n Ukraine is more an epilogue of the Russian investigation than the beginning of a new book.</p>\n<p> October 3, 2019</p>\n', created = 1576292946, expire = 1576379346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:3ccce43b52a901bd70fffa9d0f7e7d5f' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IMPEACHMENT: October 3, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>&nbsp;After three years, we&rsquo;re still on the Russia story.<br />\n To be sure, the locus has shifted 500 miles west from Moscow to Kiev, and now we are consumed with the Ukraine controversy rather than the Russia investigation, although it&rsquo;s essentially the same thing - a battle over President Donald Trump&rsquo;s legitimacy fought out with allegations of foreign interference.</p>\n<p> THE EFFORT to widen out the Ukraine controversy, from the core of it - Trump&rsquo;s mention of the Bidens on his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy - to his urging Ukraine, Australia and others to cooperate with Bill Barr&rsquo;s investigation of the origins of the Russia probe, illustrates the point nicely.<br />\n There&rsquo;s nothing wrong or unusual about a United States president asking foreign leaders to provide information useful to his attorney general in a duly constituted investigation. Why would there be? Except the president&rsquo;s detractors don&rsquo;t consider Barr&rsquo;s investigation aboveboard; in fact, they consider it another form of Trump&rsquo;s perfidy.<br />\n In its report on Trump&rsquo;s call with the Australian prime minister, The New York Times says - in a news report, mind you - that the call &ldquo;shows the president using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests.&rdquo; Trump is pleased with Barr&rsquo;s investigation. That doesn&rsquo;t make it merely a pet political project, or mean that there isn&rsquo;t a genuine public interest in knowing in greater detail how and why the Russia story got started.<br />\n The Times of London reported of Trump&rsquo;s call to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he wanted &ldquo;to gather evidence to undermine the investigation into his campaign&rsquo;s links to Russia.&rdquo; There&rsquo;s not really anything to undermine, though, since the investigation has been over for months. Trump is basically being accused of the entirely new offense of obstruction after the fact.<br />\n The Russia investigation figures into the Ukraine story in another way. It&rsquo;s not clear that even Democrats would consider his Ukraine call impeachable if it weren&rsquo;t for their belief that Trump has gotten away with so much previously.</p>\n<p> EVEN THE framework of the Ukraine matter reflects the Russia story. Trump&rsquo;s critics say he was asking for Ukrainian &ldquo;interference&rdquo; in our elections, when what was really going on was that he and Rudy Giuliani were interfering in Ukrainian politics.<br />\n If you accept the premise that any information developed in a foreign country and used in American politics is election interference, then Trump&rsquo;s opponents themselves were masters at it. As Politico reported back in 2017, Ukrainian government officials &ldquo;helped [Hillary] Clinton&rsquo;s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.&rdquo;<br />\n Giuliani&rsquo;s Ukraine adventure was motivated, in large part, by the desire to get to the bottom of this activity in 2016, and turn the tables on Trump&rsquo;s critics.<br />\n There will be lots of comparisons to the 1990s as the House moves toward impeachment. Yet the vitriolic politics of the 1790s might be the more apt predicate. Back then, at the outset of the republic, each nascent political party was consumed with the idea that the other was a tool of a foreign power (either France or Britain), and believed that the other was a fundamental threat to American democracy.<br />\n Today, the Democrats still haven&rsquo;t gotten beyond the idea that Trump is somehow a tool of Russia, while Republicans point to Democratic coordination with shadowy foreign forces to get the Russia investigation rolling. Books fly off the shelves about Trump being an alleged fascist, and Republicans are gripped by a Flight 93 mentality that fears if they lose a presidential election, they will never win another one again.</p>\n<p> THE RUSSIA story contributed to and fed off this feverish atmosphere. For the longest time, it offered Democrats the hope of deliverance from a president whose election they never truly accepted. When Mueller didn&rsquo;t have the goods, House Democrats were briefly at sea, until Trump&rsquo;s call and the whistleblower complaint brought impeachment deliciously back into play.<br />\n Ukraine is more an epilogue of the Russian investigation than the beginning of a new book.</p>\n', created = 1576292946, expire = 1576379346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:cc83a41a49e8d8351feed7b5ee844722' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>ENVIRONMENTALISTS: September 23, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>The celebrity teen climate activist addressed the United Nations and excoriated the assembled worthies for coming &ldquo;to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> SOMEONE MAY have stolen her childhood, but the guilty parties can&rsquo;t be found at Turtle Bay. A 16-year-old from Sweden, Thunberg thundered, &ldquo;I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean,&rdquo; which would have been easy enough to achieve, beginning with not taking two weeks to sail across the Atlantic last month in a jet-travel-eschewing publicity stunt.<br />\n &nbsp;Greta Thunberg is the leading edge of a youth movement against climate change &mdash; including a global climate strike last week &mdash; that is being promoted and celebrated by adults who find it useful for their own purposes.<br />\n Kids are powerful pawns. The catchphrase &ldquo;for the children&rdquo; has a seductive political appeal, while kids offer their adult supporters a handy two-step. The same people who say, &ldquo;The world must heed this 16-year-old girl&rdquo; will turn around and say to anyone who pushes back, &ldquo;How dare you criticize a 16-year-old girl.&rdquo; (I can feel the tweets filling up my mentions right now).<br />\n There&rsquo;s a reason that we don&rsquo;t look to teenagers for guidance on fraught issues of public policy. With very rare exceptions &mdash; think, say, the philosopher John Stuart Mill, who was a child prodigy &mdash; kids have nothing interesting to say to us. They just repeat back what they&rsquo;ve been told by adults, with less nuance and maturity.<br />\n Much of the climate advocacy of young people boils down to the plaint that all parents know well: &ldquo;I want it, and I want it now.&rdquo; As one headline on a National Geographic story put it, &ldquo;Kids&rsquo; world climate strikes demand that warming stop, fast.&rdquo;<br />\n Behind the foot-stomping is the idea that a long-running global phenomenon can be quickly stopped, if only adults cared as much as the kids. This fails to account for such recalcitrant factors as costs and complexity, but when do children ever think of those? (And who can blame them? They&rsquo;re children.)</p>\n<p> INSTEAD, the youthful climate activists claim they&rsquo;ve been sold out by their elders. Greta Thunberg put it with her usual accusatory starkness at the U.N.: &ldquo;You are failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal.&rdquo;<br />\n This is laughable. By no global measure of social and economic well-being have we failed kids. According to HumanProgress.org, the global poverty rate fell from 28 percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2013. Life expectancy increased from 63.2 years to 71.9 years from 1981 to 2015. The completion rate for primary school increased from 80 percent in 1981 to 90 percent in 2015. The same benign trends hold for hunger, child labor, literacy and so on.<br />\n If climate change proves a significant challenge, today&rsquo;s youth will have more resources and technology to grapple with it than any other generation in the history of mankind.<br />\n Of course, the adults they listen to don&rsquo;t tell them any of this. Instead, they feed the kids a diet of apocalyptic warnings that children repeat back as if they were urgent insights. One speaker at the youth climate rally in Washington, D.C., last week said we have just 18 months &mdash; yes, only until the beginning of 2021 &mdash; to forestall irreversible environmental harms.</p>\n<p> ACCORDING TO National Geographic, &ldquo;More than a few teens who began as fervent activists have dropped out, citing depression, anxiety and other fears that the world&rsquo;s leaders will not act in time to prevent their lives &mdash; and the lives of their children &mdash; from being irretrievably altered by climate change.&rdquo;<br />\n This is nuts, and it&rsquo;s the adult enablers who are ultimately responsible. As for the kids, they&rsquo;ll be all right. One day, they will grow up, even in a warming world.<br />\n &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1576292946, expire = 1576379346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:e31c0361b5b9232110a14295118e6ac9' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>VAPING: September 19, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>&nbsp;Never before has a boon to public health been met with such hysteria and ingratitude.<br />\n Vaping is almost all upside in comparison with traditional smoking, a wanton destroyer of health and lives, and yet the nation is in the grips of a panic about e-cigarettes. In a rarity for the Trump era, the anti-vaping sentiment jumps traditional geographic and political bounds, running from the Oval Office to San Francisco, from President Donald Trump to his most fervent enemies.</p>\n<p> TRUMP ANNOUNCED a Food and Drug Administration ban on flavored e-cigarettes last week, while not too long ago the San Francisco Board of Supervisors banned the sale of vaping products at retail outlets and &mdash; seemingly more persnickety about this than, say, the use of heroin or public defecation &mdash; prohibited their delivery to addresses in the city. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo just imposed a ban on flavored e-cigarettes on an &ldquo;emergency&rdquo; basis. &ldquo;Vaping is dangerous, period,&rdquo; Cuomo pronounced, citing, like the president, teenage use in particular.<br />\n Actually, there&rsquo;s little evidence that vaping, as a general matter, is hazardous, and compared with traditional cigarettes it&rsquo;s a refreshing kale and spinach smoothie after a brisk workout at your favorite Pilates studio.<br />\n Traditional smokers inhale a witch&rsquo;s brew of carcinogens and carbon monoxide. Smoking accounts for 30% of all cancer deaths, and 18% of all deaths. The founder of National Review, William F. Buckley, a longtime cigar smoker who suffered from emphysema at the end of his life and had seen too many family members and colleagues killed by smoking-related illnesses, said that he&rsquo;d ban cigarettes if he could.<br />\n A credible estimate is that e-cigarettes, which involve inhaling a nicotine-infused vapor rather than smoke, are about 95% less harmful than cigarettes.<br />\n The vaping-related illnesses that have recently garnered headlines and prompted the regulatory actions appear not to implicate standard vaping, but rather the use of black-market liquids containing THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. We could make the risky products involved illegal, if they weren&rsquo;t already illegal.</p>\n<p> THE PROBLEM with the flavor bans &mdash; and especially a San Francisco-style outright ban &mdash; is its effect on adult e-cigarette users. About 11 million adults vape, and some percentage of them are former smokers or would be smoking in the absence of e-cigarettes. A robust study in the United Kingdom found that vaping is twice as effective as other common nicotine replacements in getting smokers to quit. The flavors, according to surveys of users, are a big draw for smokers quitting traditional cigarettes. It&rsquo;s manifestly absurd to ban vaping products and leave cigarettes, including flavored cigarettes, on the market.<br />\n &nbsp;Another source of the current panic is that teen vaping is way up. In 2017, 11.7% of teens reported having vaped over the past 30 days; in 2019, 27.5% did. There&rsquo;s nothing to suggest that this increase in vaping is encouraging real teen smoking, which continues to decline and has fallen to less than 6%. Everyone would prefer that teens not develop a vaping habit, but this presents nothing close to the health issue presented by combustible cigarettes.<br />\n By all means, let&rsquo;s crack down on retailers who are violating the prohibition against selling products to minors. But exaggerating the harms of vaping and prohibiting the products is a formula for giving back some of the gains against traditional smoking. The libertarian publication Reason points to one study that, insanely, shows more people beginning to consider e-cigarettes as dangerous as regular cigarettes.<br />\n The U.K. has adopted a much more sensible approach that welcomes e-cigarettes as an important harm-reduction measure. A couple of National Health Service hospitals have even allowed vape shops to open on their premises.</p>\n<p> THAT WOULD cause a hue and cry in the United States, where we can&rsquo;t agree on anything except, apparently, our irrational hostility to a product that is an alternative to a terrible scourge.</p>\n', created = 1576292946, expire = 1576379346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:7056d440e6d3f9d2c5a861ed454d75c0' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Rich Lowry

12/09/2019 - 2:36pm
SALVATION ARMY: December 5, 2019 Damaging photos of Pete Buttigieg have surfaced — ringing a bell for the Salvation Army. THE IMAGES of the South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential candidate participating in the Red Kettle Ring Off, a friendly competition between officials from South Bend and nearby Mishawaka over who can raise more for the Salvation Army during a day of bell-ringing...
10/14/2019 - 4:51pm
NBA AND CHINA: October 7, 2019 Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords. THE NBA disgraced itself kowtowing to Beijing after the general manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, tweeted...
10/09/2019 - 12:31pm
At issue this week...    Impeachment by Rich Lowry  After three years, we’re still on the Russia story. To be sure, the locus has shifted 500 miles west from Moscow to Kiev, and now we are consumed with the Ukraine controversy rather than the Russia investigation, although it’s essentially the same thing - a...
10/07/2019 - 5:27pm
IMPEACHMENT: October 3, 2019  After three years, we’re still on the Russia story. To be sure, the locus has shifted 500 miles west from Moscow to Kiev, and now we are consumed with the Ukraine controversy rather than the Russia investigation, although it’s essentially the same thing - a battle over President Donald Trump’s...
10/01/2019 - 10:02pm
ENVIRONMENTALISTS: September 23, 2019 The celebrity teen climate activist addressed the United Nations and excoriated the assembled worthies for coming “to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” SOMEONE MAY have stolen her childhood, but the guilty parties can’...
09/24/2019 - 10:01pm
VAPING: September 19, 2019  Never before has a boon to public health been met with such hysteria and ingratitude. Vaping is almost all upside in comparison with traditional smoking, a wanton destroyer of health and lives, and yet the nation is in the grips of a panic about e-cigarettes. In a rarity for the Trump era, the anti-vaping...
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