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H.R. 1 is a travesty

HR 1 has achieved sacrosanct status on the center-left, such that the nation's democratic future is said to depend on it.

Monday, June 14, 2021


Ask the Doctors
Monday, June 14, 2021

Dear Harriette
Monday, June 14, 2021

Reality Bites: Life After Trump
I never thought I would say it but I miss Donald Trump. Not as president, certainly not that. But as a distraction.
Thursday, June 10, 2021

The American Dream Can Be Rented
As lockdowns sent city dwellers "fleeing" to the suburbs for more space, the prices of homes offering that space took off. To play in the bidding wars, homebuyers had to cough up big money and chain themselves to giant mortgages. This painful scenario led many to choose renting over buying, and that's not a bad thing.
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Dear Harriette
Thursday, June 10, 2021

White House drops Trump orders trying to ban TikTok, WeChat
The White House has dropped Trump-era executive orders that attempted to ban the popular apps TikTok and WeChat and will conduct its own review aimed at identifying national security risks with software applications tied to China, officials said Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Filibuster frustration boils over
New presidents have only so long to get big legislative initiatives done. It's already June, and the clock is ticking for President Joe Biden. Big bills take a long time. Congress will spend much of the summer on recess. They'll be at work in the fall, but by the end of the year, Democratic and Republican lawmakers will be obsessed with winning reelection in 2022.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ask the Doctors
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Dear Harriette
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Biden to launch task force on bottlenecks in supply chains
The Biden administration has completed a 100-day review of supply chains and will form a task force to address the bottlenecks in the semiconductor, construction, transportation and agriculture sectors.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Must We Care If You Don't Get the Shot?
I'm fully vaccinated, and so is just about everyone I know. We feel mostly protected against COVID-19. And so if others don't want to get the shot for political reasons or out of ignorance, must we care?
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Dear Harriette
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Biden revolution sputters before it even gets started
It's finally dawned on President Joe Biden that he barely controls the House and the Senate.
Monday, June 7, 2021

About Critical Race Theory
As a longtime professor, I find it quite strange that an academic approach that has been discussed for at least as long as I've been teaching is only now making its way into the political debate.
Monday, June 7, 2021

Ask the Doctors
Monday, June 7, 2021

Dear Harriette
Monday, June 7, 2021

Reader the quiet one in a loud family
Saturday, June 5, 2021

What's in a name
Up here in the White Mountains, things frequently aren't what they seem. The January showers in this Mount Washington Valley town often take their form as snowfalls in the high summits. The expert-rated Maple Slalom ski trail on Black Mountain just up the road from the Christmas Farm Inn isn't as forbidding as its reputation. The Mount Clinton near the Presidential Range peaks of Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson, Mount Madison, Mount Monroe and Mount Eisenhower isn't named for Bill Clinton -- and in any case often is called Mount Pierce.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years, then will reassess his ban
Facebook said it will suspend former President Donald Trump’s accounts for two years following its finding that he stoked violence ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Why is Ancestry.com protecting white serial killers?
This week, The New York Times reported on new laws in Maryland and Montana that restrict law enforcement's use of genealogy databases to catch serial killers. (Maryland I can understand, but Montana? Has someone kidnapped Gov. Greg Gianforte?)
Friday, June 4, 2021

Justice Department probes Postmaster General's fundraising activities
The Justice Department is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over political fundraising activity at his former business, a DeJoy spokesman said Thursday.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Rethinking the Land of Plenty
Not that long ago, American shoppers cleaned store shelves of toilet paper. Pandemic panic had fueled the run on toilet paper, the point of it never clear.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

'Law and Order' Doesn't Work Anymore
It worked for Richard Nixon, who won the presidency in 1968, redrawing the electoral map. The once-solidly Democratic South, which supported John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, deserted Hubert Humphrey.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Arizona GOP election audit draws Republican politicians
Three Pennsylvania lawmakers will be in Arizona Wednesday to check out the state Senate GOP’s partisan audit of the 2020 election.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

In Texas, Democrats thwart will of Majority
Texas is the latest state to have a big fight over reforming its election laws. Remember that in Georgia, some Democrats -- like President Joe Biden -- said a Republican-passed law that made several commonsense changes to election practices was "Jim Crow on steroids." You won't be surprised that some Democrats are saying similar things about a bill that would make changes -- Republicans call them commonsense changes -- in Texas.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Timeworn perspectives must be balanced with modern judgement
This is the tweet of the year. It's not from a president. But it could be about a president, and about the rest of us, too, if only we will learn the lesson:

"I've failed many times in my life and career and because of this I've learned a lot. Instead of feeling defeated countless times, I've used it as fuel to drive me to work harder. So today, join me in accepting our failures. Let's use them to motivate us to work even harder."

Monday, May 31, 2021

Preserving dignity in city culture
Palm Springs, California, has a world-class art museum. And the museum building is itself a world-class example of midcentury modern architecture.
Monday, May 31, 2021

Preserving dignity in city culture
Palm Springs, California, has a world-class art museum. And the museum building is itself a world-class example of midcentury modern architecture.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Timeworn perspectives must be balanced with modern judgement
This is the tweet of the year. It's not from a president. But it could be about a president, and about the rest of us, too, if only we will learn the lesson:
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Democtatic maps fails compactness test
Democratic mapmakers in Springfield have crafted new legislative district lines that are so laughably offensive to the Illinois Constitution that the state Supreme Court will either have to reject them outright, or confirm the court’s reputation for partisan political corruptness. You decide this one for yourselves, readers.
Friday, May 28, 2021

'Flordia Woman' saner than media
Last week, we discussed Rebekah Jones, the crazy lady who wrote a 342-page telenovela about her ex-lover, Garrett Sweeterman, then went on to fame and fortune by claiming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was faking his state's spectacularly low COVID numbers.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Republicans Actually Need the Jan. 6 Commission
It's been a given that Democrats would benefit from an official probe into the Jan. 6 rampage on the Capitol and Republicans would not. The thinking goes that Democrats would use a commission report to bash Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections. It would certainly detail how former President Donald Trump incited his supporters to commit the outrage.
Thursday, May 27, 2021

I'm Wearing My Mask for You, Knucklehead
I admire the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky from Harvard. She is following science, and science says there is no reason for me to wear a mask.

My chance of developing a case of COVID-19 serious enough to put me in the hospital is basically zero. I can't say that for anything else in life.

But I'm still supposed to wear my mask until June 15, as if the danger will suddenly disappear.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Party of Surrender to Tyranny
When the violent mob finally dispersed from the Capitol late on Jan. 6, it left behind a troubling choice that Republican congressional leaders are only now being forced to make.

This week, they had to decide whether to fulfill their constitutional oath by supporting a full and independent investigation of that day's terrible events, which inevitably will reveal all the dimensions of former President Donald Trump's responsibility for the insurrection, or to surrender to Trump by attempting to kill that investigation while muttering excuses that only underline their cowardly dereliction.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Law and Order Should Not Be Political
The conversation started on a long Uber ride. The driver, originally from Colombia, said he knows a lot of Colombians living in the U.S. "without papers." He argued that they are good people paying taxes and should be left alone. I responded that I believe they are good people paying taxes but our immigration laws should be respected.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The 2022 Midterms Might Surprise Us
Tradition tells us that, come the midterms, the president's party loses seats in the House. If this tradition holds in 2022, that could be bad news for Democrats, whose House majority now stands at only nine seats.
Thursday, May 20, 2021

A disaster entirely of Joe Biden's making
The more we learn about the true dimensions of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, the worse it is. Now, a new report says that in the last few months, U.S. authorities have encountered illegal border crossers not just from Mexico, or the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, but from 160 nations around the globe. People are coming to Mexico from the most distant spots on the planet in order to cross illegally into the United States, confident that President Joe Biden will let them stay. And Biden is doing just that.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

2020 Brought Us Startling, Weird Numbers
We're a statistics-happy society. We obsess over the latest numbers on just about everything -- birthrates, jobs and population changes -- mining them for trends.

Some stats are really obscure, such as the shocking amount of electricity Bitcoin uses. The digital currency's complex computing process devours 143 terawatt-hours a year -- more than the country of Norway! Can you believe?

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Trump's huge 2023 decision
Sometime in 2023, Donald Trump will presumably make the most momentous decision by a single person affecting the fate of the Republican Party in decades.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Trump's huge 2023 decision
Sometime in 2023, Donald Trump will presumably make the most momentous decision by a single person affecting the fate of the Republican Party in decades.

He will decide whether to run for president again, and that will determine who's the frontrunner (Trump, if he's a go) and the contours of the race.

Monday, May 17, 2021

I WILL NOT BE SCIENCED!
After a year of being browbeaten by THE SCIENTISTS not to wear a mask, to wear a mask, to wear double masks, to get vaccinated and still wear a mask, our analytic overlords are still no closer to determining the tiny little issue of where this virus came from.
Friday, May 14, 2021

Joe Biden's radical gambit
Friday, May 14, 2021

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









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