by | Oct 11, 2019

Last month, the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards show garnered the lowest TV ratings in the event’s history, with less than seven million viewers, a 32-percent drop from the previous year’s record low of 10 million. I didn’t even know the thing…

by | Sep 27, 2019

If you haven’t seen Dave Chappelle’s Netflix standup show Sticks & Stones, you should drop everything and watch it — especially if you’re a fan of standup comedy. Sticks & Stones is everything America has been missing since the Golden…

by | Sep 6, 2019

Laughs never come so hard as when some authority — a vice principal, a parent, a coach — sternly lectures, “That’s not funny!” This in part explains the rolling-on-the-floor hysterics induced by Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special, Sticks and Stones. The…

by | Apr 1, 2019

Portland, Oregon, is a deep-blue city in a deep-blue state — in 2016, Hillary Clinton got 73% of the vote in Multnomah County, carrying Oregon by an 11-point margin — and therefore would seem to be an unlikely place to…

by | Mar 29, 2019

First a meme — from our pledge of allegiance: With liberty and justice for all. Now a second meme — from the 1950s “Superman” TV show: Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Now the Bible: Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof — Righteousness Righteousness [alt….

by | Mar 29, 2019

Call it the corruption of insiders. The latest news from Chicago has a very angry Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson attacking the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for abruptly dropping the 16-count indictment of actor Jussie Smollett….

by | Mar 29, 2019

“It’s not what you are that counts,” Joe Kennedy allegedly reminded his children, “but what people think you are.” The Kennedy patriarch’s amoral advice seems almost quaint next to the prevailing ethos of today’s famous, rich, and influential. It’s not…

by | Mar 12, 2019

I may be suffering from PTSD. Political Traumatic Stress Disorder, that is. Two stories in the headlines brought back some vivid memories and hammered home a lesson that cleaner-than-thou conservatives would do well to at least hear out. The stories…

by | Feb 27, 2019

Washington I have been assiduously studying the case of Jussie Smollett, the chap who claims that two pro-Trump ruffians wearing MAGA hats accosted him on a Chicago street during one of the coldest nights of the year at 2:00 a.m….

by | Feb 25, 2019

The Democrats face a unique obstacle in their bid to win back the White House in 2020. To win, they need to garner over 90 percent of the black vote, which requires considerable dissatisfaction in that community with its current…

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