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Shame on Caitlyn Jenner
Democrats close to California Gov. Gavin Newsom call Caitlyn Jenner the gift that keeps on giving.

Republicans just hold their heads. Some argue that after months of tedious signature gathering, the effort to recall Newsom is fizzling, and not just because vaccines are available on a walk-in basis and California is headed for herd immunity.

Thursday, May 13, 2021


Liz Cheney Is Not Going to the 'Political Wilderness'
Liz Cheney's ouster from the House Republican leadership has prompted many observers to say that the Wyoming representative is headed to the "political wilderness." This assumes that the Republican Party is itself a civilization and not some decaying political entity about to be buried under the lava of its craziness.

The Donald Trump personality cult may have gotten its way for now, but Cheney's story is just beginning. The few sane Republicans left, Cheney among them, are now vowing a fight to remove the Trumpian scourge from their party -- while others talk of abandoning the ship they see as too far gone and forming a third party.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

No, there's no mandate to remake America
Does President Joe Biden have a mandate to rebuild the United States? To remake American capitalism? To reshape the role of government? The president's Democratic supporters say yes. But the results of the election that brought Biden to office say no.

Biden advocates argue that he can bring change to America in the style of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the New Deal and Lyndon Johnson during the Great Society. "Will Joe Biden take his place alongside FDR and LBJ?" asks a news analysis on CNN.com. Authors Stephen Collinson and Caitlin Hu seem optimistic -- if Biden can pass his massive "infrastructure" bill, they write, he "will lay claim to a spot in the Democratic pantheon alongside Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson who used vast government power to reorient the economy and benefit the poor with their New Deal and Great Society programs."

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Real Political Scandals Are Rarely About Sex
As the Trump presidency fades into the past, we are reminded of the sex scandal at its dawn. The Federal Election Commission has just dropped its probe into former President Donald Trump's alleged hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Charges that Trump broke campaign finance laws in 2016 by not reporting the $130,000 payment to Daniels -- perhaps thinking that a tawdry affair would hurt his electoral chances -- dominated the national conversation for weeks. And like most political sex scandals, this one wasted an inordinate number of America's brain cells.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Facebook's speech policies are absurd
It is said that medieval scholastic philosophers debated how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

If so, they didn't have anything on the amorphous and tendentious deliberations of Facebook regarding who is allowed to post on its social network, most pertinently the former president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

On January 7, the day after the Capitol riot, Facebook blocked Trump from posting indefinitely. It then kicked the matter to its oversight board saying, "You decide." On Wednesday, the board replied, "No, no - you decide."

Monday, May 10, 2021

Can joe biden go the distance?
Joe Biden, Superstar.

For years, Democrats looked at Biden and then turned away. Now they regard him as the savior of the party and perhaps even the country.

He suspended his 1988 presidential campaign four months before the Iowa caucuses. He won less than 1% in the Iowa caucuses in 2008 and withdrew shortly thereafter. He didn't win a single delegate in last year's New Hampshire primary.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Cracks in the Foundation
COVID?

COVID-19 has all but disappeared from California. At this writing, our positivity rate -- the percentage of tests that are coming back positive -- is 1.2%.

California has gone from being one of the worst places in the nation for COVID-19 to being the best. The joke is that everyone who could get COVID already got it. The reality is that California has been helped by the absence of a strong anti-vax movement in the state.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Sen. Tin Scott: driving the wrong way while black
ANSWER: "Sen. Tim Scott, Republican from South Carolina."

QUESTION: "Who will loads of Republicans support for president in 2024?"

I know this because ... I am Carnac the Magnificent!

Friday, May 7, 2021

Speak Out
Thursday, May 6, 2021

'Reason Bans' on Abortion
The latest effort by anti-abortion activists to limit access to abortion, notwithstanding Roe v. Wade, takes the form of "reason bans," in which a woman's right to an abortion depends on the reason she wants it. This week, the North Carolina legislature advanced a bill that set forth the prohibited reasons and would penalize any doctor who defies the ban.
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Biden's Economic Agenda May Be More Truman Than FDR
Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar plans to revive the economy, fix America's infrastructure and ease poverty have spawned comparisons between him and Franklin D. Roosevelt. At the 100-day mark of the Biden presidency, David Gergen, who has advised presidents of both parties, wrote, "Biden is off to an excellent start -- arguably, one of the best since Roosevelt."
Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Joy of Books
First, there was the gas leak. That I could smell. What I should have done that very minute was charge all my devices before the power went out. Remember that. It didn't occur to me.

When the internet went down, I thought there was something wrong in my house. I turned my iPad and other things on and off. I tried the computer, went looking for the router.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

How Republicans lost interest in fighting big spending
Once upon a time, Joe Biden's spending proposals would have launched mass demonstrations in opposition.

Little else would have been talked about in conservative media, and ambitious Republican politicians would have competed with one another to demonstrate the most intense resistance, up to and perhaps including chaining themselves to the U.S. Treasury building in protest.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Mask-Free: A Democratic Miracle
I keep masks right next to the front door, along with sanitizer and gloves. They have been there for over a year. I have extras in my purse and my car, although, other than errands for medical stuff, I haven't gone too many places since then.
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Ann's plan to end police shootings
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Editorial round-up from newspapers across the state of Illinois printed recently
The Illinois Exodus continues. We’re losing a congressional seat.

Illinois will lose one congressional seat in 2022, from 18 to 17, following the release of preliminary U.S. census numbers on Monday. This should come as no surprise. In fact, if you want to uncork the bubbly, go right ahead. It could have been worse.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Finally, the facts about a Capitol Riot casualty
It took nearly 3 1/2 months for the District of Columbia medical examiner's office to announce a cause of death for Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who helped defend the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot and died the next day in a local hospital. The medical examiner ruled that Sicknick died of natural causes, specifically, after suffering two strokes.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

More Proof That Democrats Prefer Their Moderates
A U.S. House special election in Louisiana just delivered victory to another Democratic moderate. Troy Carter defeated Karen Carter Peterson, who ran well to his left. Both candidates are state senators. Both are Black. The congressional district, weirdly drawn to connect urban New Orleans with Baton Rouge, is the only one in Louisiana that sends a Democrat to Congress.

Political tone was the main difference between these two Democrats, and once again, the voters showed a preference for the moderate over the left-wing alternative. Peterson did herself no favors by letting her campaign send out flyers picturing her opponent with former President Donald Trump and the words "Troy Carter & his Trump supporters. Not for Us!"

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

More Proof That Democrats Prefer Their Moderates
A U.S. House special election in Louisiana just delivered victory to another Democratic moderate. Troy Carter defeated Karen Carter Peterson, who ran well to his left. Both candidates are state senators. Both are Black. The congressional district, weirdly drawn to connect urban New Orleans with Baton Rouge, is the only one in Louisiana that sends a Democrat to Congress.

Political tone was the main difference between these two Democrats, and once again, the voters showed a preference for the moderate over the left-wing alternative. Peterson did herself no favors by letting her campaign send out flyers picturing her opponent with former President Donald Trump and the words "Troy Carter & his Trump supporters. Not for Us!"

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Biden's sprint to the 100-day mark
Old man in a hurry.

Joseph R. Biden Jr. is 78 years old. He is the oldest person to occupy the White House. And as he approaches the traditional hundred-day presidential evaluation marker next week, he has set a stunning, breathless pace.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Some Countries Are Happier Than Others. Right?
Finland is the world's happiest country -- fourth year in a row! So says the World Happiness Report, produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The United States ranks 14th, right behind Ireland and ahead of Canada.

The report authors based their conclusions on interviews with more than 350,000 people in 95 countries. One of their questions was "Did you smile ... a lot yesterday?"

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Thanks, jurors! you're safe now. we aren't
To watch the hours of celebratory fist-pumping from government officials and black activists after the guilty verdicts against police officer Derek Chauvin this week, you'd think Minnesota had just won the NCAA tournament.

One man is dead and another will be spending up to 40 years in prison. How about Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison show a little dignity, with something like: "We had the trial; we've got a verdict; I'm not taking any questions"?

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Walter Mondale: Behind a Great Man
I spent the 1984 presidential campaign in the seat behind former Vice President Walter Mondale. From nomination to landslide defeat, I was there, right behind him, giving weather reports to the rest of the plane
Thursday, April 22, 2021

It's in companies' interest to save the democracy
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had a warning for American business: "Our private sector must stop taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex." The sector's complaints centered around Republicans' going state to state to undermine free and fair elections.

And so, are companies outraged? Damn straight they are. They have good reason, and it's not because their chief executives are "woke" or the left pressured them. It's because a healthy democracy is in their corporate interests.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Republican establishment still doesn't get it on immigration
It's not 2007 again. But apparently no one has told George W. Bush.

To coincide with the release of a book of his paintings of immigrants, "Out of Many, One," the former Republican president wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post plugging the sort of immigration package that went down to defeat in both his administration and in the administration of his successor, Barack Obama. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Political stews are simmering in Florida
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- The Dodgers are long gone, having abandoned their onetime spring-training home here a dozen years ago. The snowbirds are flocking north to New Jersey and Michigan as the springtime temperatures soar. But in this season of transition, all eyes suddenly are on Florida.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

The case against court packing
This week, liberal Democrats, led by Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts unveiled their proposal to increase the size of the Supreme Court by four justices. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected it out of hand. "I have no plans to bring it to the floor," Pelosi said of the legislation, adding that she supported the president's executive order creating a 36-member commission co-chaired by his campaign's chief lawyer, Bob Bauer.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Stop forcing every 'person of color' into a diversity story
"Nomadland" is a remarkable movie about struggling Americans wandering the vast spaces of the interior west. Most of them are white, middle-aged and up, living in vans. The filmmaker, Chloe Zhao, is a Chinese woman who has captured their bare existence as they move through a bleak but beautiful landscape. Based on a nonfiction book of the same name, "Nomadland" combines actors with actual nomads playing themselves.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Chauvin: the case against the mob
One of the main arguments being advanced by Eric Nelson, sole attorney for Derek Chauvin in his trial for the murder of George Floyd, is that the hostile crowd itself prevented the officers from attempting to perform CPR in the last minutes of Floyd's life.
Friday, April 16, 2021

Rejection Day
If you or someone you love has just opened their email this week to find that they were rejected by their first choice for college, I got that rejection, too.
Friday, April 16, 2021

Stop Forcing Every 'Person of Color' Into a Diversity Story
"Nomadland" is a remarkable movie about struggling Americans wandering the vast spaces of the interior west. Most of them are white, middle-aged and up, living in vans. The filmmaker, Chloe Zhao, is a Chinese woman who has captured their bare existence as they move through a bleak but beautiful landscape. Based on a nonfiction book of the same name, "Nomadland" combines actors with actual nomads playing themselves.

Already bestowed awards elsewhere, there should be little surprise that Zhao has received the Oscar nomination for best director. Thus, it is truly curious to see our woke media establishment treat this news not as recognition of a major creative talent but as evidence that Hollywood is finally noticing a nonwhite woman.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Democratic pollsters acknowledge: we darn near lost
Just six months ago -- it seems like so much longer -- many Democrats were supremely confident about their prospects in the 2020 election. Some saw Joe Biden winning in a landslide over then-President Donald Trump. Speaker Nancy Pelosi believed House Democrats would increase the size of their majority. Others predicted Democrats flipping the Senate with a clear majority.

Yes, they won, but it didn't happen as predicted. Instead, Democrats barely, barely gained control in Washington, with a narrow victory for the presidency, a loss of seats in the House and a Senate tied 50-50, with a Democratic vice president giving the party the narrowest tie-breaking margin possible.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Should Mrs. Hostetter be allowed to teach?
Kristine Hostetter is a fourth-grade teacher in San Clemente, California. Her husband has been a big promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, and she appears to be supporting his lunatic efforts. As the story is being told, liberal parents and students temporarily forced Hostetter's removal from the classroom. In response, local conservatives have accused them of persecuting a teacher for her political views.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Why Michael Madigan hasn't yet been indicted
Friends ask: “Why hasn’t Mike Madigan been indicted yet? After all, he has been under investigation for what must be a couple of years now.”

My answer: It’s because the federal prosecutor is not confident he can prove that the former Illinois House speaker personally did anything illegal.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Why Michael Madigan hasn't yet been indicted
Friends ask: “Why hasn’t Mike Madigan been indicted yet? After all, he has been under investigation for what must be a couple of years now.”

My answer: It’s because the federal prosecutor is not confident he can prove that the former Illinois House speaker personally did anything illegal.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Step by step
The Reopening of America -- or even of one town or state -- is hardly a seamless operation.

The stages make less and less sense. Everything is open, even if everything isn't really supposed to be open for more than a month.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Ron DeSantis is what the post-Trump GOP should look like
If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ever sets up a presidential exploratory committee, it should have to disclose an enormous in-kind contribution from CBS News.

The "60 Minutes" segment this past weekend alleging that DeSantis distributed the COVID-19 vaccine through pharmacies at the Publix grocery store chain as part of a quid pro quo was so outlandishly wrong that even Democratic officials in the state have objected.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Henry Ford would have pushed car charging stations
When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, he had a problem. There were almost no paved roads in America. To sell his product to the masses, he needed good roads.

No one would ever deny his place among titans of American capitalism, but Ford was not shy about urging the government to supply the infrastructure essential to his business. And it did.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Minneapolis vs. the evidence
Apparently, no one is watching the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer on trial for the murder of George Floyd. Otherwise, the media couldn't get away with their spectacular lying to the public about how the prosecution is killing it.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Vaccine passports: A culture war we don't have to wage
"We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida," declared Gov. Ron DeSantis. "It's completely unacceptable," he said, for either government or the private sector to require showing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 "to just simply participate in normal society."
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Lessons from little free libraries
This is a “good news” story (we could use a few). I am late to the game here, as you will see, but worth the telling, and lessons to be learned.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Woke disinformation is more pervasive and powerful than Russian disinformation
Why do the Russians need to bother spreading disinformation when our own domestic sources do a much better job at it?
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Biden's FDR delusion
In early March, President Joe Biden met with a group of seven historians in the East Room of the White House. One topic of conversation: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. "He'd like to be [FDR]," Axios' Mike Allen reported in an inside account of the meeting. "Biden's presidency has already been transformative, and he has many more giant plans teed up that could make Biden's New Deal the biggest change to governance in our lifetimes."
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Go Red
If you're looking for a vaccine, I can offer one piece of practical advice: Go red. If you live in a blue state, look for the red counties. Or get in your car and drive.

Six hours to Amarillo, my friend's son says. Amarillo was his grandfather's hometown. Other than that, he has absolutely no connection. But Texas is Texas. Better than letting it go to waste.

Monday, April 5, 2021

And so it begins
That sigh you hear -- that collective exhale -- is the expression of relief issuing forth from the political classes of Iowa and New Hampshire.

From where you sit, you cannot see scores of eyes looking heavenward. Nor the pressing of palms to the heart. Nor even the brief bows of the head in thanks. But they are there, for better or for worse, against all elements of logic and judgment.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

The left is Andrew Cuomo's real problem
Ever since New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo bathed in praise for his daily briefings during the COVID-19 crisis, the right has tried to cut him down to size. That was understandable. But in the context of New York's Democratic-dominated politics, the right hardly matters.
Friday, April 2, 2021

The dollar sign president
So far, the defining word of the Biden era is "trillion."

The Joe Biden who portrayed himself as a moderate, old school, bipartisan dealmaker during the presidential campaign is now a distant memory.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Illinois social services a Wizard of Oz maze in need of navigation 'coaches'
I was a state agency director on three occasions back in the day, yet I don’t think I could navigate the maze of dozens of separate, and scattered, state and local social service agencies that have sprung up over the decades to address people’s problems. It’s time for a major reset, to simplify and to provide people in distress with “coaches” who can help navigate the maze.
Friday, April 2, 2021

The Biden administration is quietly ramping up assistance to the Palestinians
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is quietly ramping up assistance to the Palestinians after former President Donald Trump cut off nearly all aid. Since taking office with a pledge to reverse many of Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian decisions, the administration has allocated nearly $100 million for the Palestinians, only a small portion of which has been publicized.
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Derek chauvin, human sacrifice
In modern America, we periodically offer up white men as human sacrifices to the PC gods. Among our benefactions: Jake Gardner, Kyle Rittenhouse, Darren Wilson, the Duke lacrosse players, University of Virginia fraternity members, Stacey Koon and Mark Fuhrman.
Thursday, April 1, 2021

The voter suppression lie
President Joe Biden is so committed to bipartisan cooperation and fact-based governance that he's launched an ignorant and incendiary attack on the new Georgia voting law.  

Biden says the new law is "Jim Crow in the 21st century" and "an un-American law to deny people the right to vote."

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Streaming did the job. Now we need live theater
When will we be able to attend a live performance? That question is being asked angrily in France, where theater is more central to the national culture. (America has no national theater.) But we should ask that here as well. Broadway remains shuttered, as are indoor theaters and concert halls across the country. Can't they at least start their engines, if in a limited fashion?
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Americans should not have to live in foxholes
In the 14 days after the death of George Floyd, 19 people across the country died in violent protests. Not all the deaths were gun-related, and some of the dead were engaged in criminal activity. Nonetheless, the nation responded with shock and talked of little else in the weeks that followed.

This week, a single gunman killed more than half that number in one hour at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. All 10 victims, we assume, were innocents.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Guess who else wanted to give americans a financial boost?
Shhhh. Don't tell Joe Biden, but he is the modern incarnation of Richard M. Nixon.

Not with Watergate. Not with Nixon's heritage as a cold warrior. Not with his instinct for scheming against his enemies.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Stop the steal, for real this time
Well, the principled stand Democrats took against Congress trying to overturn duly certified elections lasted all of a month or two.

After rightly excoriating their Republican colleagues for challenging on Jan. 6 presidential results certified by the states, House Democrats immediately turned to doing, in effect, the exact same thing in an Iowa congressional district their candidate lost by six votes.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Is Biden boring?
He has been in office for just two months. In that time, he has gotten a $1.9 trillion bill through Congress, a bill that will put $1,400 in the hands of many Trump voters. He has restored our relationship with Europe. We are once again signers of the Paris Agreement. He has strengthened our relationship with the democracies in Southeast Asia that are most threatened by China.

And he's curing COVID.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Asian women are too damn hot!
Does anyone else find it odd that so many Asian activists reacted to the mass murder of (mostly) Asian women last week by talking about how smoking hot they are?  

I was at law school when I first noticed the phenomenon of liberal women pretending to be outraged as a cover for bragging. Average-to-ugly girls would work up feigned indignation about how a guy had "sexually harassed" them that day, then launch into a 20-minute retelling of some compliment they'd received. A man talked to me! I think he likes me ... Let's see, how do I work this into conversation for the rest of the week?

Thursday, March 25, 2021

In the Atlanta shooting, the narrative simply trumps the facts
At least it's permissible to question the conclusions of federal law enforcement again.

During the Russia investigation and afterward, officials like FBI Director Christopher Wray were put on a pedestal by Democrats and the media.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Demoocrats' filibuster hypocrisy
On April 7, 2017, less than four years ago, a majority of Democrats in the U.S. Senate joined a majority of Republicans to sign a letter supporting the filibuster. The letter, to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer, began: "We are writing to urge you to support our efforts to preserve existing rules, practices and traditions as they pertain to the right of members to engage in extended debate on legislation before the United States Senate."
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Lady Bird, we hardly knew ye.
We knew Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson as the long-suffering wife of the 36th president, the graceful presence in a White House led by a man of force and fury, the advocate of highway beautification, the curator of wildflowers. But we did not know her as a shrewd political analyst, a canny strategist, the sharp eyes of an administration that, for all its farsightedness on poverty and race, was blind to protest and shortsighted about Cold War strife.
Monday, March 22, 2021

Striking Myanmar rail workers move out as protests continue
MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — Residents of Myanmar’s second-biggest city helped striking railway workers move out of their state-supplied housing Saturday after the authorities said they would have to leave if they kept supporting the protest movement against last month’s military coup.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Trump's victory lap
In his haunting book "The Plot Against America," Phillip Roth imagines a world in which the isolationist hero and explorer Charles Lindbergh, not Franklin Roosevelt, had won the 1940 presidential election.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

LTE - Boy Scouts
Friday, March 19, 2021

Democrats are finally bragging
On March 11, President Joe Biden gave a White House address touting his administration's response to the COVID-19 crisis. As it happened, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at another record high the day before. But about that Biden said not a word.
Friday, March 19, 2021

Get the vaccine
COVID? What COVID?

California is substantially open. Many are living as if COVID-19 were gone. That's a big "if." We are not close to vaccinating everybody, because of limits on both supply and demand. So why are we living as if it were already gone?

Thursday, March 18, 2021

GOP moves to save Biden: We want amnesty, too!
President Joe Biden's immigration bill will put virtually all illegal immigrants on a bullet train to citizenship, provided that they meet the onerous requirement of claiming to have entered the country before Jan. 1, 2021. Only terrorists and convicted felons are excluded -- at least in theory, but past experience suggests they'll get amnesty, too. Even illegal immigrants who've already been deported will be invited back and given amnesty.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Biden's migrant blackout
Is there something missing from press coverage of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have illegally crossed the U.S. border from Mexico and are now in the custody of the Biden administration? Yes, there is something missing -- pictures.

Descriptions of the conditions in which the children are being held indicate a worsening situation. "Hundreds of immigrant children and teenagers have been detained at a Border Patrol tent facility in packed conditions, with some sleeping on the floor because there aren't enough mats," The Associated Press reported recently from Donna, Texas, citing nonprofit lawyers who had interviewed the children but had not been allowed to inspect the facility.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

'It's Trump's fault'
Poor Joe Biden. It was his misfortune to inherit one of the technological marvels of our time.

Before President Biden took office, the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines had been authorized for use (with another, from Johnson & Johnson, on the way), and were already being administered to people around the country.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Deciding Cuomo's fate is the voters' job
Please explain again why New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo must resign. Or, put another way, what gives his political opponents, many of them fellow Democrats, the right to undo an election on the basis of unverified assertions of sexual misconduct -- some ridiculously trivial, none involving violence or threat to careers, several open to innocent interpretations.

The comments on news stories should warn the political swarm of growing public annoyance at this massive pile-on against a governor most New Yorkers still consider effective.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Romney and Manchin: washington's new power couple
Meet the unlikely new power couple of Washington, D.C.

One is a former private equity baron, the other worked in the family carpet and furniture business. Both are from political families, both have business degrees, both represent states marked by massive mountain ranges, both are former governors, and both thus know the burden of executive leadership and fiscal responsibility. Both are party apostates, eyed as converts from their rival parties.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

First grade, pandemic style
My dearest friend has grandchildren. We are giving her daughter a day off, which is to say, a day to work nonstop at only one job.

School starts at 9 a.m.: fourth grade at the dining room table, first grade upstairs with me.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Biden's COVID relief bill is bad policy and bad faith
Joe Biden has signed what may well end up being the biggest accomplishment of his presidency, an enormous $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill.

With his other priorities likely to molder in the Senate, the spending will probably stand as a signature statement of Biden's approach to governance -- and it should be a damning one.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Rule by left-wing lunatics
A governing principle of the Democratic Party is to ask, "Who is in the dock?" before deciding whether to enforce the law.

As we have seen throughout the last year of antifa/BLM riots, in blue states, it's now legal to commit arson, attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer and destruction of property -- provided the perp is antifa or antifa-friendly. Andy Ngo's smash bestseller "Unmasked" gives chapter and verse on antifa's shocking violence untouched by criminal penalty.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Why the Cuomo case drives Republicans crazy
Things are looking worse by the hour for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Recently, a fourth, and then a fifth, woman came forward to accuse him of inappropriate behavior. At that point, Cuomo's support among top Democrats in New York began to crumble -- apparently some were OK with three accusers, but not with four or five.

First, the leader of the New York State Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, demanded the governor's resignation. "We need to govern without daily distraction," Stewart-Cousins said. "Gov. Cuomo must resign." Then the leader of the State Assembly, Carl Heastie, suggested Cuomo should quit when he said the governor should "seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York."

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

In the Spring, people's thoughts turn to party rentals
If you live in a place where people like to go to have fun, good for you. But if your fun place is full of Airbnbs or other short-term rentals, you may also suffer as revolving hordes of neighbors-for-the-weekend throw parties and blast music into the night.

Last October, a resident in Scottsdale, Arizona, woke to the sound of partygoers shooting guns. The bullets hit five nearby homes. On Cape Cod, firefighters were called to an Airbnb rental after carousers had the not-bright idea of moving a fire pit onto the wooden deck.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Trump assures that there will be no post Trump era
America now is deep into its Dylan Thomas moment.

In his Elba-like exile in Palm Beach, former President Donald J. Trump -- once a disruptive force, always a disruptive force -- is heeding the Welsh poet's admonition that "old age should burn and rave at close of day."

Indeed, Trump -- planning, threatening or simply playing with the idea of a presidential campaign for 2024 -- is not going gentle into the good night of American politics. Rather than follow the pattern of one-term presidents Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush into a retirement of good works and a good post-White House reputation, he instead, as the poet suggested, is girding to "rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Monday, March 8, 2021

Credit card borrowing falls to lowest in level in 4 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing by Americans fell in January for the first time in five months, as the use of credit cards fell to the lowest level in four years, offsetting gains in auto loans and student loans.
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Attack of the woke teen career killers
I was a mere 70 pages into Donald McNeil's brief about his firing from The New York Times when I emailed a dozen of my friends to demand they read it immediately. But they don't have my perseverance, so here are the highlights.
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Women accusing Cuomo won't come out on top
Three women have accused New York's Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. The complaints center largely around unsolicited shows of affection.
Friday, March 5, 2021

'Who Gets What, When, and How'
"Yay for science," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the new head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said quietly as famed photographer Annie Leibovitz got the shot, no pun intended.

Hooray, indeed. Science worked. Science -- that is, people -- managed to do in one year what usually takes 10 to 15 years.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

White House in denial about border crisis
During the 2020 campaign, candidate Joe Biden promised to undo President Donald Trump's border security policies. He pledged to halt all deportations for 100 days and allow asylum seekers who enter the United States illegally to stay in this country while their cases are considered, rather than wait in Mexico, as Trump required.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

We can't take no for an answer
I don't mean that we are going to punish a grandmother who has reason not to trust government.

I do mean that we have to figure out how to change her mind.

In California, Blacks and Hispanics are dying of COVID-19 at much higher rates than whites or Asians.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Free us from Britney Spears
At age 11, Britney Spears played the wholesome American girl on "The All New Mickey Mouse Club." A few years later, she was on concert stages surrounded by big teddy bears as she bumped, grinded and moaned. There was also a pole dance.
Saturday, February 27, 2021

What was he thinking?
It's stunning to watch powerful men get caught.

Everybody always says, "Why did they do it?" but that's usually the easy part. In one way or another, it all comes back to making themselves look better, richer, smarter, more successful and more sexual than anyone else.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Canada sighs with relief after biden, trudeau meeting
No fiery exchanges. No angry tweets. No insults. No bruised feelings. No problem.

You may not have noticed -- the dutiful "PBS NewsHour" devoted only three sentences to it 12 minutes into its broadcast, The New York Times buried it at the bottom of page A12, and The Boston Globe ignored it completely -- but the president of the United States and the prime minister of Canada held a video meeting the other day.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Cutting in line
It is a brisk morning, but this is LA, so that means we are in sweaters and puffers. We stand six feet apart.

I cannot believe I am here, cannot believe that a year spent inside, in fear, in anger, in grief, is nearing an end.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Thank God for the Proud Boys
A little more than a year ago, 2,000 antifa tried to shut down my speech at UC Berkeley, according to police on the scene. The Berkeley police chief had ordered her officers to stand outside the building like mute ninjas, and make no arrests, unless they personally witnessed a felony being committed in front of them.

So barring a bank suddenly popping up on the sidewalk and an antifa attempting to rob it, I had no official protection from 2,000 violent, mentally disturbed thugs.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

How American science returned to astonish us
 French news cameras were in California last week to capture America's spectacular drive to mass-vaccinate against COVID-19. What were the visuals? An amusement park with cars lined up, their passengers waiting for a jab.

"Armies" of volunteers are helping, the French reporter says as attendants in protective gear direct the snaking traffic. Aerial pictures show cars lined up at vaccination stations, "by day" and "by night."

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

What were the capitol rioters thinking?
It's one of the most basic questions of the U.S. Capitol riot investigation: What was the rioters' plan? What did they think was going to happen when they stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, as Congress certified the results of the Electoral College?
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Andrew Cuomo is everything the press accused Ron DeSantis of being
Throughout the pandemic, the press has been excoriatingly harsh on a governor who was slow to act, unnecessarily endangered the lives of the elderly, alienated experts and cooked the numbers.

It just thought the governor in question was Florida's Ron DeSantis rather than New York's Andrew Cuomo.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Hope Up and Guard Down as Pandemic Starts to Weaken?
Are we at the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? Let's call it the middle.

The COVID-19 numbers are going decisively lower, both infections and deaths. Millions, meanwhile, are getting the vaccine and becoming mostly immune to the disease.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Do you, like me, suffer from malaise?
In the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter supposedly worried that Americans were suffering from collective malaise, the French word for an underlying feeling of discomfort, uneasiness. Carter was roundly ridiculed. A few years later, President Ronald Reagan campaigned in 1984 on the theme, in sharp contrast: “It’s morning again in America.” Whether that were true, the Reagan positivity fueled his successful re-election.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Advantage Trump in the GOP civil war -- for now
Well, it's on.

Donald Trump ended his post-presidency silence not with a blast at President Joe Biden, or at the left, or at the House impeachment managers, but at the true enemy -- Mitch McConnell.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

NYT: Was he innocent? Answer: no
Here is this week's installment of "The New York Times is ALWAYS lying about criminals (and probably everything else)."
Friday, February 19, 2021

Washington, D.C., is not, counter to what you might think, a war zone.
The city isn't divided down the middle between the forces of the United States government on one hand and secessionist rebels on the other. Insurgents aren't mortaring Reagan National Airport. Neither Virginia nor Maryland is about to declare war on the district.
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Should a 9/11 style commission investigate the capitol riot?
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will vote to create an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. There's no doubt there needs to be an extensive investigation of the events surrounding the riot. But what is striking is that, even as Pelosi calls for an investigation, a number of government agencies are stonewalling the public on some of the most basic information about the events of Jan. 6.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

They're not dead. Typewriters live on in today's world
While cleaning out the garage of an elderly friend who died recently, what did I find under a pile of 1967 Playboys but a typewriter. It wasn't just any typewriter but a vintage IBM Selectric II. I moved all 37 pounds of it to the trunk of my car.

There's a scene in "Mad Men" where a new IBM Selectric arrives at the Sterling Cooper offices. It is 1960, and the staff gathers to gawk as it strikes letters via a wildly rotating ball -- known as the "golf ball." The Selectric marked a revolutionary change from the traditional typewriter where individual type bars swing up to strike the ribbon and page. (Typewriter cultists complained that this Selectric model wasn't introduced until 1961.)

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Block the vote: The GOP's suppression obsession
Black History Month 2021 arrived just in time to cap a year in which white Americans' eyes have been opened in a new way to the burdens endured by communities of color. In the year since the pandemic broke into the open, a particularly harsh spotlight has shone on race in America, shattering the false confidence that allegations of systemic racism were overly aggressive or just plain overblown.
Monday, February 15, 2021

The minimum wage can be tricky

There are studies -- oh, there are studies -- on how hiking the minimum wage affects employment. And good studies contradict other good studies. The problem is that the mechanics linking wages to jobs have a lot of moving parts. The details matter.

Monday, February 15, 2021









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