by | Jul 3, 2017

This Fourth of July, Americans have a special reason to celebrate the spirit of liberty and independence. With fireworks bursting in air and American flags flying and our neighborhoods dressed out in festive red, white and blue, we proudly mark…

by | Jun 7, 2017

Washington I shall be honest with you. Let me be frank. I am worried about the Clintons. They are that magical couple about whom most of Washington’s commentariat have been in agreement ever since John F. Harris wrote his definitive…

by | May 9, 2017

First, it was the Greece threatening the economic stability of the Euro-zone and dragging down the world economy. Now, it’s Italy’s turn. The ratings agency Fitch recently downgraded Italy’s long-term debt rating a notch to BBB, one level above the…

by | May 8, 2017

Diederik van Hoogstraten has done a fine job in these pages reviewing Norman  for dramatic content and performances, particularly the challenging role entrusted to Richard Gere. It has not been a financially successful run to date, bringing in less than a…

by | Apr 18, 2017

Albania’s socialist prime minister, Edi Rama, is the only foreign leader who came to the U.S. to trash talk Donald J. Trump last year, possibly at the behest of his close friend, George Soros. “God forbid” Trump wins the Republican…

by | Feb 2, 2017

Sacramento When non-Californians think about what’s wrong with our lovely but dysfunctional state, they tend to think of some of the wackier stuff that routinely makes headlines here. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday, for instance, about a proposed new…

by | Nov 7, 2016

Like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Illinois’s Big Muddy River carries its detritus downstream. It picks up about seven other tributaries, including the Arkansas and White Rivers that brought us Bill Clinton to form the wide Mississippi. If you think…

by | Nov 7, 2016

In 1778 Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Laws will be wisely formed and honestly administered in proportion as those who form and administer them are wise and honest.” Does anyone believe that the Sage of Monticello, had he been unfortunate enough to…

by | Nov 5, 2016

Democrats’ 2016 best-case scenario is now just a vanishing point in their rearview mirror. Instead, they find their worst case scenario rapidly filling their front windshield. It is easy to blame this dream-turned-nightmare on FBI Director Comey’s announcement that the…

by | Nov 2, 2016

One of the images that emerges from Hillary’s hacked emails is that of comically greedy boomers scurrying to scoop up every last dollar before her campaign of class warfare began. Hillary was furious that her aides didn’t want Bill Clinton…

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