Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan

Latest from Jack Coleman
April 9, 2015, 8:03 PM EDT

Liberals are perennially keen on leniency in sentencing, except of course when it comes to political opponents guilty of nothing more than thought crime. Old habits like that are hard to shake.

The news that former Florida governor and presumptive GOP candidate for president Jeb Bush checked off "Hispanic" on a voter registration form provides an example of this perverse tendency on the left.

April 7, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT

Shhhhh -- hear that? OK, maybe you can't, but surely your pooch can. That's why she's looking at you with a perplexed expression, or what passes for one from canines. It's the sound of dog-whistle racism we've heard so much about since the outset of the Obama presidency -- nay, since Obama's 2008 campaign for president, especially after Hillary Clinton began to lose.

Liberals have repeatedly cited this purported phenomenon to compensate for the dwindling number of tangible examples of racism. (Cursed arc of history, always bending toward justice!).

April 6, 2015, 6:28 PM EDT

Though he's best known as a leading and fearless voice among conservatives, Rush Limbaugh is also a tech aficionado who keeps his finger on the pulse of what's coming next.

With the Apple Watch due out this month, Limbaugh on his radio show today said he's "not hot to trot for it" yet but sees possibilities for the gizmo that its creators may have missed.

 

April 2, 2015, 12:20 PM EDT

Where have I seen this before, Rush Limbaugh asked his radio listeners while talking about the left's manufactured flash-mob anger over Indiana's religious freedom law?

Come to think of it, Limbaugh said, this last happened in the previous presidential campaign when the same Democrat operative/ pretend journalist played gotcha with another GOP politician to kick-start liberals' bogus war-on-women meme?

April 2, 2015, 8:24 AM EDT

Having paved the way for television comics to make the unlikely leap to the rarefied sanctum known as the United States Senate, Saturday Night Live alum Al Franken wants David Letterman to follow suit.

Franken, now in his second term as a U.S. senator for Minnesota (and my apologies for the profound shock to anyone who recently awoke from a decade-long coma and still wasn't aware of this), appeared on Letterman's Late Show last night and thanked Letterman for his work as a comedian and broadcaster as Letterman prepares to retire in May.

March 31, 2015, 7:28 PM EDT

Choosing the wrong word, Mark Twain once observed, can mean the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Union leader Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, appeared on Ed Schultz's podcast this past Friday and made decidedly unfortunate use of the word "unfortunately."
 

March 28, 2015, 5:39 PM EDT

As a long-term strategy for defeating jihadists, Americans blaming George W. Bush ad infinitum is sure to be a winner -- for jihadists. It's right up there with American retreat from leadership in the world as high on their list of goals. And sure enough, former congressman Barney Frank heartily endorses both.

Frank was among the guests on last night's Real Time with Bill Maher, brimming with his usual persnickety bluster. At one point he tangled with conservative columnist S.E. Cupp on the subject of the abrupt US military withdrawal from Yemen.

March 27, 2015, 4:18 PM EDT

It was stunning and simultaneously not surprising to learn this week of a curiously timed legal decision leading to our government releasing previously classified details of Israel's nuclear program, which the Jewish state has never publicly acknowledged.

If news of this disclosure left you furious at still another example of the Obama administration's bad-faith dealings with our only genuine ally in the Middle East, radio host Mark Levin's indignation in response is sure to resonate.

March 25, 2015, 6:46 PM EDT

If global-warming bedwetters have such an ironclad case, why do they so often fudge on the facts?

Case in point: MSNBC action hero Ed Schultz, braying mouthpiece for The Ed Show, yesterday making a dubious claim while doing his part to malign GOP Sen. Ted Cruz on the day he launched his bid for the presidency.

March 23, 2015, 8:09 PM EDT

In the lighter-than-air 1964 film comedy Send Me No Flowers, middle-aged hypochondriac George Kimball (Rock Hudson) mistakenly believes he has only months to live. Kimball decides to put his affairs in order and goes to a funeral home with his best friend,  Arnold Nash (Tony Randall), to buy a burial plot.

Do you have a large family, Kimball is asked by Mr. Akins, manager of the funeral home (played by an exuberant Paul Lynde). "Just my wife (Doris Day) and myself," Kimball responds. "Oh well, that's all right," Akins answers, briefly crestfallen. "Chance of any little additions, maybe?" he inquires, his manic energy returning.

March 22, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT

Look no further for a textbook example of why the Boston Globe is seen by critics as kneejerk liberal.

In today's paper, most of the cover and two full inside pages within the "Ideas & Opinion" section (eight pages in all) are devoted to a single cause -- urging Elizabeth Warren, a Bay State senator and the Democrats' most ardent class warrior, to run for president.

March 21, 2015, 11:16 AM EDT

Two victories this week for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one seismic, the other minor though not insignificant. First, he won a solid re-election victory that affirmed his dire warning of the peril from a nuclear-armed Iran. Secondly, he persuaded an influential American liberal that his campaign warning that Israel's Arab citizens might swing the election against him was not a despicable, race-baiting tactic as alleged by other liberals.

Netanyahu may never learn of this second vote of approval from liberal comedian Bill Maher, but it remains worth savoring for conservatives here in the U.S.

March 19, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT

It's among the most annoying phrases in the lexicon and a worthy target for dissection. Rush Limbaugh took a chainsaw to it today and the results weren't pretty.

In the aftermath of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's allegedly stunning re-election victory, attention has predictably turned to widespread concern over the so-called "Middle East peace process."

March 18, 2015, 2:50 PM EDT

Surefire method to make a liberal quickly backpedal from gushing about the allegedly wondrous Obama economic recovery -- suggest cutting back on food stamps. Worth it just for the amusement of watching a cheerleader convert to Chicken Little.

Consider yourself warned, though -- doing this will surely lead to accusations of racism, misogyny, homophobia, cold-heartedness, etc., against you. Then again, conversations with liberals invariably get there anyway.

March 17, 2015, 8:23 PM EDT

This from a man who maligned Michele Bachmann as "whacko", Rush Limbaugh as a "bonehead gangster", and Senate Republicans as "stooges." What's that old saw about talk show hosts who live in glass penthouses?

Late Show schmoozer David Letterman came through with spirited hilarity last night, albeit unintended, while chatting with actress Shailene Woodley about her new film "Insurgent" and recent visits to Australia and Indonesia.
 

March 16, 2015, 6:58 PM EDT

Odd indeed that Ed Schultz is not proposing this for police where he lives.

Never one to refrain from embracing a dumb idea, Schultz doubled down on one last week in response to a Justice Department report criticizing police in Ferguson, Mo., for racial bias in law enforcement -- the MSNBC action hero made the novel suggestion that Ferguson police, or at least "some" of them, should disarm.

March 12, 2015, 8:35 PM EDT

Never one to shy from controversy, Rush Limbaugh pointed out what many others consider impolitic to state aloud -- that the racist chant led by University of Oklahoma frat brothers and captured on a video that went viral could be mistaken for a rap tune.

University officials quickly expelled the students, shuttered their fraternity and continue their investigation while the incident has triggered wide debate as much about free speech as racism.
 

March 12, 2015, 10:03 AM EDT

It's one thing to mock the presumptive Democrat nominee for president a year and a half from the election. Let's see where the left's leading court jester stands when it actually matters.

Still, it is surely worrisome to Hillary Clinton's apologists that Jon Stewart is among her growing legion of skeptics after Clinton's attempt to clear the air about her private email account for official business while secretary of state made the issue even cloudier.

March 11, 2015, 12:55 PM EDT

If this was intended as a defense of discredited NBC Nightly News anchor/fabulist Brian Williams, ex-MSNBC ringleader Keith Olbermann should have bitten his tongue instead.

Appearing on Late Show with David Letterman last night, Olbermann described Williams as a friendly acquaintance of nearly 20 years and scrupulous newsman who takes "personal responsibility" for errors in his newscast, even if someone else makes them.

March 10, 2015, 11:27 AM EDT

There goes another name off Hillary Clinton's shrinking Christmas card list.

When Clinton loses Washington Post diplomatic correspondent Anne Gearan over Clinton's use of a private email account while secretary of state, it's not surprising that the presumptive candidate for president who was previously the presumptive Democrat nominee would decide she better get ahead of this scandal posthaste, reportedly today.