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Protesters surround a police vehicle in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Authorities used tear gas to disperse protesters in an overnight demonstration that broke out Tuesday after Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by an officer at an apartment complex. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Rioting in North Carolina

Black lives matter, and they matter so much that everyone, black or white, is responsible for protecting them. That begins with demanding that "demonstrators" and "protesters" pay a little respect to the black lives they say they honor.

United States President Barack Obama addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Obama at the United Nations

President Obama deserves credit for consistency. At home or abroad, he never misses an opportunity to cite failings and weaknesses of the country that twice elected him president. He was at it again Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, where envy of the West is never sated.

Jason Falconer, who operates a firearms training facility and works part-time with the Avon Police Department. (Avon Police Department/St Cloud Times via AP)

A good guy with a gun

Dahir Ahmed Adan is the Somali terrorist who wandered through the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minn., with a sharp knife, taking a religious census. He demanded of shoppers whether they were "Christians or Muslims," and put his knife to the Christians.

A man fills out paperwork before selling a handgun to a first-time gun owner at Metro Shooting Supplies, in Bridgeton, Missouri. In 2000, 51 percent of Americans said guns made homes more dangerous, according to Gallup, the polling firm. By last year that had dropped to 30 percent, with a full 63 percent now saying guns made a home "safer."

Guns and hysteria

Nobody does hysteria better than The New York Times, and over the years the editorial page of the old gray lady has fulminated most over the Second Amendment. The very idea of guns frightens the old gray lady beyond her feminist endurance.

Emergency personnel work at the scene of Saturday's explosion on West 23rd Street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in New York. Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted in the bombings that rocked Chelsea and a New Jersey shore town was captured Monday after being wounded in a gun battle with police that erupted when he was discovered sleeping in a bar doorway, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Terror in the streets, again

Reality is rarely kind to the purveyors of fantasies. Barack Obama and his administration have tried for eight years to persuade everyone that Islamic terror is merely a figment of the imaginations of bigots, racists and other bad people. But he can't seem to get the memo to the radical Islamic terrorists, who keep trying to blow up Jews, Christians and other infidels, and often succeed.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Heebie-jeebies for the Democrats

To hear the big media tell it, the Republicans are angry, split and spoiling for a fight with each other. This is not altogether bad. Democrats and cats have fought for years and the result is more cats and more Democrats. Maybe it will work for Republicans.

Barack Obama was born to a Kenyan father, also named Barack Obama, and a white mother from Kansas, Stanley Ann Dunham. ** FILE **

The story that won't die

The false story of Barack Obama's birth is the story that just won't die. It's apparently too valuable to too many people to put it in the graveyard of myths, fables and convenient tall tales.

After a whirlwind trip to Mexico City Wednesday to meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Repbulican presidential candidate Donald Trump said his plans to build a border wall remain. However, Mr. Pena Nieto has vowed not to pay for its construction. (Associated press)

Something there is that likes a wall

Something was lost in the coverage when President Enrique Pena Nieto entertained Donald Trump in Mexico last month. Most of the reporters expected the two men to greet each other with baseball bats and brass knuckles and instead they established a mutual civility that is, alas, missing between Hillary and the Donald. Not paying attention to what the two presidents were saying to each other, most of the reporters missed the most important thing to come out of the meeting. "Making Mexico's borders with our friends and neighbors in Central America more secure," said President Nieto, "is of vital importance for Mexico and the United States."

Donald Trump advocates "extreme vetting" of immigrants from predominantly Muslim nations to weed out potential terrorists, coupled with aggressive coalition military operations in the Middle East. (Associated Press)

Welcome details of Trump economics

Donald Trump put some meat on the bones of his economic plan in New York on Thursday, and his plan to restore growth should mute some of his more ardent conservative critics. These critics have been playing "can you top this" with each other, vying to say the meanest things about him, and here's something positive for them to consider.

A man walks past the Salt Lake Temple,  a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Temple Square, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Pew Research Center survey found that just under half of Mormon registered voters, 48 percent, describe themselves as Republican this year. That's down from 61 percent four years ago when Mitt Romney was the party's presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Buying into the great beyond

Religion in America is no longer the faith of our fathers. Belief is always an uphill climb and our forebears weren't the sort who sought out the gentle slopes. Moderns explain their change of heart as simply the natural progression from superstition to enlightenment.

Cash queen: Hillary Clinton has more financial dealings with foreign entities than anyone to ever run for president, which has led to questions of conflict. (Associated Press)

The ultimate test of the moral man

The pessimists among us insist that all traces of moral behavior have disappeared from the nation's politics, that lying and stealing and soliciting bribes (sometimes called "contributions" if to a closely held family foundation) have become the reason that men and even women seek to become president of the United States.

Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. gestures as he arrives for a campaign rally at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Roosting with Hillary's chickens

Hillary Clinton's pneumonia, being of the bacterial and not the viral persuasion, is apparently not contagious. It's safe to shake her hand and share a cough. But the panic afflicting the Democrats is clearly contagious. Panic is Hillary's most obvious contribution to the 2016 race. She sees handwriting on the wall, and it's a warning writ large that something is gaining on her.

The cost of better gas mileage

The roadside cross, displaying a name, perhaps plastic flowers and sometimes a teddy bear attached with duct tape, is a symbol of the broken hearts left behind by someone who died on that spot. After years of declining traffic fatalities, the number of lives lost on the nation's roads and highways is rising again.

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