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The Disgusting Big Lie About Donald Trump

By 8.10.15

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” — Joseph Goebbels

Disgusting. And desperate. The headline on the front page of the print version of New York Times shrieked:

A Word Too Far? ‘Blood’ Remark Tests the GOP: Trump Provokes Again

Fallout From Suggestion That Moderator Was Menstruating

 And the “proof” of this disgusting headline? These words from Donald Trump to CNN’s Don Lemon: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

Having listened to Trump say these words in real time, I thought nothing of it. In fact, I myself had noticed Kelly’s fierce glare across the stage at Trump and thought it an apt description. The next day I awaken to the news that Trump had been disinvited from a Red State appearance by Erick Erickson because, said Erickson, “I think there is no way to otherwise interpret Mr. Trump’s comment.”

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The Trump Card: It’s Radioactive

By 8.4.15

With Hillary Clinton’s multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic Party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by “The Donald,” who can turn out to be their Trump card.

Donald Trump has virtually no chance of becoming even the Republican Party’s candidate in 2016, much less being elected President of the United States.

The reason is not hard to understand: Republican voters simply do not trust him, as the polls show. Nor is there any reason why they should trust him, given his chameleon-like changes in the past.

Why then is he the “front-runner” in the polls?

One reason is arithmetic. When there is a small army of Republican candidates, each with a tiny set of supporters, anyone with enough name recognition to get the support of a fifth or a fourth of the Republicans polled stands out, even if twice that many Republicans say they would never vote for him.

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Trusto Finds Himself in Telluride

By 7.30.15

Trusto and his friends have arrived at the Sunburst Ashram, the fabled retreat in Telluride. The six-day seminar, called “The Essence of Me,” is a life changer. And at only $4,600 per person, it’s more like a spiritual investment than anything, Trusto says.

What a busy, exciting week it will be for Trusto! The chef is doing his third annual Kale Festival. The keynote speaker has over a million views on TED. There are the Ayurvedic, reiki, and Thai massage therapies, the fire-pit meditations, the hot yoga, chakras, and kundalini healing. Trusto can’t wait for the “Awakening Your Inner Guru” session to cap it all off at the end.

If you’ve never heard of Sunburst, well, it’s all make-believe, unlike the dozens of lavish sanctums, spas, and meditation centers from Mendocino to Vermont that cater to spoiled trustafarians. Nonetheless, even trust-fund hipsters with zero self-awareness might catch the drift and vibe.

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The Ayatollah’s Website

By 7.27.15

The New York Times recently reported that Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamanei has cautioned that the nuclear agreement needs “careful scrutiny.” That warning was posted on his website, “The Office of the Supreme Leader, Sayyid Ali Khamenei,”

Website?? Really. I have always thought of Iran’s supreme leader, and all the other Ayatollahs, as reclusive Luddites who still use quill pens and goat skins or parchment for spewing their hatred. I never imagined that they are embracing social media to get out their message of Death to America and their determined campaign to wipe Israel off the face of the globe.

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Kevin Cooper Is Guilty—That’s a ‘Death Row’ Story

By 7.26.15

Last year, CNN’s “Death Row Stories” ran an episode about a California woman convicted of first-degree murder and then freed when a federal judge overturned the verdict because prosecutors had withheld evidence. I had a few issues with the episode, in part because Gloria Killian was not tried for capital murder and never spent a minute on death row. I wrote at the time that CNN should rename the series, narrated by capital punishment opponent Susan Sarandon, “Death Row Propaganda.”

On Sunday night, I can be seen on an episode of “Death Row Stories.”

The subject is San Quentin death row inmate Kevin Cooper, who was convicted of the brutal murder of Chino Hills, California chiropractors Doug and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter, Jessica, and an 11-year-old overnight guest, Christopher Hughes, in 1983. Cooper had escaped from a nearby prison and holed up in a vacant rental house that overlooked the Ryen home when he decided to head for Mexico. Before driving away in the family station wagon, he butchered the Ryens and Christopher and left for dead son Josh, then 8, with his throat slit.

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Time to Get to Work

By 7.20.15

To echo President Obama, we are indeed experiencing a time of “fundamental transformation” in America. Yet the vast majority in this country is not happy with the transformation and the growth of government into every aspect of our lives. 

Last month, the Supreme Court made same sex marriage the law of the land, and put the very existence of religious liberty guaranteed in the First Amendment, directly in the crosshairs of radical ideologues on the left.

But the Supreme Court wasn’t finished. In addition to the narrow, 5-4 decision that redefined marriage and deprived We the People of the right to work this out among ourselves, they also rescued Obamacare (again), by rewriting the clear language of the statute to mean something it clearly didn’t mean. 

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Lessons From the Past

By 7.17.15

Ill-tempered Greeks rattle a tin cup — desperate for another handout from the European Union but feeling far more anger than gratitude toward their would-be benefactors.

Italy shares Greece’s pain — and the same deeply ingrained sense of resentment and entitlement. It too blames the rest of the world for high unemployment, falling living standards, and the inability of its government to pay its bills or to keep from falling deeper and deeper into debt. It will be no surprise if Italy follows Greece in bellying up to the EU’s bailout line.

Whatever happened “the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome”?

In his famous funeral oration, delivered in 431 BC, the Greek leader Pericles sought to capture what it was that characterized Athens at the peak of its glory. In his words, the Athens of that time did not need a Homer to sing its praises, or even imperishable monuments, such as the Parthenon, completed only a few years earlier: “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others to be eternally remembered.”

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Obama Throws Open 46 Cell Doors at Last

By 7.14.15

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders Monday. In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted, the president has issued 89 commutations — more than the previous four presidents combined.

Among the 46 commutation recipients, 14 were serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes. That’s why the president had to act. The war on drugs distorted the criminal justice system so completely over the past few decades that, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, 42 percent of life sentences imposed in federal courts in 2013 were for drug offenses — as opposed to 12 percent for murder.

As a younger candidate, Obama had been highly critical of federal mandatory minimum sentences. Critics of the war on drugs had expected Obama to use his unfettered pardon power granted in the U.S. Constitution to commute the sentences of nonviolent offenders serving decades for their small-fish roles in the drug trade. After all, Congress could not stop him.

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Donald Trump Is GOP’s Dark Lord Voldemort

By 7.13.15

Donald Trump is the GOP’s Voldemort, the Dark Lord and villain of the Harry Potter children’s book series. To thinking Republicans who don’t want to go through another circle of hell like the 2012 presidential primary, Trump is He Who Must Not Be Named. When a partisan mistakenly utters his name, media dementors — soulless creatures who sail through the airwaves — pop out from nowhere and suck the oxygen out of the hapless offender. Helpless and filled with dread, some victims die, while others slip into nothingness. The dementors will not relent. They want to turn the primary into a pain-inducing referendum on the Dark Lord.

Mexicans are Trump’s muggles — that’s author J.K. Rowling’s word for humans with no knack for magic. Trump, 69, rants about Mexicans and undocumented immigrants all the time. When he announced June 16 he was running for president, he called them criminals, drug dealers and rapists.

Just as Voldemort thought he could get some intrepid students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to follow him even after he schemed against them, Trump believes he can win over the Latino vote, or so he told NBC.

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San Francisco — Whose Sanctuary?

By 7.7.15

Did San Francisco’s sanctuary city ordinance contribute to the senseless shooting death of Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she was out for an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week?

This is a national story, because the federal government released accused shooter Francisco Sanchez to a San Francisco jail in March and the jail released Sanchez to the streets April 15 after the district attorney dropped a 20-year-old charge for marijuana possession. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said he did so in keeping with San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy.

Sanchez, 45, told San Francisco’s ABC7 that he did shoot Steinle: it was an accident. Sanchez had been convicted of seven felonies, four drug-related, and deported to his native Mexico five times. He clearly believed he could break immigration and drug laws with impunity, and did.

He said he was aware of San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy.