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The Very Earnest Josh

 

In his long and self-regarding farewell address in the White House press room Tuesday, Presidential chief flak Josh Earnest described his boss as a “visionary.” There’s some reason to believe he is. Well struck in years as I am, I’ve seen a few visionaries in my day. Most of them had either eaten too little […]

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Lock Up the Kids and Pets

 

Take a look at this walking nightmare in Florida. Now that’s one damn big lizard. Or perhaps it’s just Refrigerator Perry in a cheap green suit. Those photographers are waaay too close to this monster, especially the ones shooting prone. They’re obviously not from around here. This is an excellent way to become gator pellets. […]

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The Assassination of Donald Trump

 

The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton. So the old saw goes, referring to the bravery and discipline of the aristocratic officers the British Army, learned while playing rugby against Harrow. The Battle of Watergate was won in the network and newspaper editorial offices. There, “an effete corps of impudent […]

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A Modest Proposal — To All Those Boycotting Members of Congress

 

The first time I met Democrat Maxine Waters was nearly a generation ago when she was a Member of the California State Assembly. At the State Capitol with the Republican Minority Leader of the State Assembly, I entered a “Members Only” elevator just as Assemblywoman Waters was about to close the door. She gave the […]

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John Lewis’ Moment of Untruth

 

I offer three thoughts in the wake of the running political theater involving Donald Trump and John Lewis, last week and the past weekend. First, that the celebration surrounding a presidential inauguration is far less about the president being inaugurated than it is about the American tradition — which is relatively unique and highly salutary […]

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John Brennan: The Insubordinate Spook

 

One would think that by now John Brennan would have been in Washington long enough to know that the nation’s foreign policy is set by the president of the United States, not by the director of the CIA. And it’s the director’s job to find out what our enemies and our potential enemies are up […]

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Politics and Other Basic Irrelevancies

 

A new presidency looms — U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia notwithstanding. (Question: Was Lewis, in denying, in heralded fashion, the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 victory, applying for a thank-you note from Trump Tower? Was he startled not to get one?) A new presidency brings new faces, new ideas, new events, new crises. […]

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Paul Krugman and the Sunshine Patriots of the Left

 

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote founding father Thomas Paine. “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Imagine what Paine would have written about politicians […]

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Honor Dr. King With Love, Not Hate, for the Jewish State

 

As we pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is necessary to distinguish between his true beliefs and the distorted exploitations of demagogues and poverty profiteers.  Dr. King would be terribly disheartened to see decades of anti-Semitism preached by African-American leaders who sell themselves as Dr. King’s heir […]

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The Headless Chickens in the Mainstream Media

 

Chickens, when beheaded, do not know that they’re dead. They run around, spurting blood and making a mess for a while in a fit of nervous expulsion. If the chicken isn’t beheaded quite right, the parts of the brain that sustain survival functions — respiration, movement, heartbeat, excretion — still exists. The chicken can live […]

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