It's About Time: Bring on the Tanks!

February 3rd, 2023 5:10 PM

WASHINGTON — I have been following the pledging of combat tanks to Ukraine by the European allies. It is impressive. I do not think it is an exaggeration to claim that Vladimir Putin's war of aggression in Ukraine has roused all Europe's wrath. Even little Portugal has gotten into the act. I think it is long past time for Putin to come to the negotiation table. Are his poorly trained and…

The Great Chicken Egg Conspiracy

February 3rd, 2023 11:27 AM

Poultry houses have slaughtered millions of chickens in the United States to stop the spread of avian flu. The disease spreads quickly and can contaminate egg production. Along with other factors, this has caused a shortage of eggs and a spike in prices. But even some healthy populations have stopped laying eggs, and that has led to the great chicken egg conspiracy.

Racializing the Death of a Black Man by the Police, Part I

February 2nd, 2023 6:21 PM

It became national, indeed, international news that five Memphis police officers grabbed, punched, beat, pepper-sprayed and stun-gunned a black suspect, named Tyre Nichols, who later died at the hospital. A picture of him in his hospital bed showing his swollen, battered and bloodied face went viral on social media.

When Black Police Officers Kill a Black Man, That’s White Supremacy

February 1st, 2023 10:50 AM

This week, tape emerged from Memphis, Tennessee of five black police officers engaging in the beating of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old black man. Nichols was pulled over for reckless driving according to the officers; they ordered him to get on the ground and to give them his hands; he did not comply and instead began to run. When the officers caught up with him, they pummeled him, complete with…

Inhumanity Was on Display in Memphis

January 31st, 2023 10:33 AM

No adjective is sufficient to describe the reaction one gets from watching five Memphis police officers beat 29-year-old Tyre Nichols to within an inch of his life. He later died of his injuries in a local hospital. “Inhumane” and “senseless” are as close as it comes. While Nichols was accused of “reckless driving,” it was an insufficient charge to cause such a violent reaction by the five…

Are You a Boy, or Are You a Girl?

January 27th, 2023 9:22 AM

WASHINGTON — The song, now almost an anthem I believe, begins thus: “Are you a boy, or are you a girl? “With your long blond hair you look like a girl. “Yeah, you look like a girl. “You may be a boy (Hey) you look like a girl.” Etc., etc. The song was composed by Geoffrey Morris and performed by the aptly named group The Barbarians. Their heyday was the late 1960s. Time has now forgotten…

Obama Warns About ‘Raw Sewage’ of Disinformation — Ignores Dem Garbage

January 26th, 2023 10:14 AM

In the wake of the “Twitter Files,” let’s revisit former President Barack Obama’s warning last April about the spread of misinformation: “You just have to flood a country’s public square with enough raw sewage. You just have to raise enough questions, spread enough dirt, plant enough conspiracy theorizing that citizens no longer know what to believe.”

The Scaremongers Are Wrong (Yet Again)

January 25th, 2023 6:40 PM

Have you heard? The world is about to end! 60 Minutes recently featured Paul Ehrlich, author of the bestseller, “The Population Bomb.” “Humanity is not sustainable,” he said. Why would 60 Minutes interview Ehrlich? For years, Ehrlich said, “We are very close to a famine” and, “In the next 15 years, the end will come.” He’s been wrong again and again.

Lisa Marie Presley and the Other Side of Fame

January 23rd, 2023 6:19 PM

“I’m gonna live forever, baby, remember my name” – (from “Fame”) The death at age 54 of Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, got me thinking again about the two-edged sword that is fame. Poems, books, even movies have addressed fame, how some people even lust after it and how it seems to ruin more lives than it helps. Once you have attained fame you can never live as normal people…

Biden’s Document Deluge and America Becoming a Banana Republic

January 22nd, 2023 9:08 PM

WASHINGTON — Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba of Uganda has announced to the world via his Twitter account that he is offering Italy’s prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, a dowry of 100 cows if she will marry him. Kainerugaba is the 48-year-old son of Uganda’s prime minister, and his Twitter account is taken very seriously, especially in Uganda. In other news, our president, Joe Biden, heard from his…

Racial Reparations Solve Nothing

January 22nd, 2023 7:08 PM

This week, the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a report calling on the city to pay every black resident $5 million and absolve all of their outstanding personal debt. Their rationale was broad -- as it had to be, since California was founded as a free state: “While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery…

China Poses a Threat to More Than Just Taiwan

January 18th, 2023 5:53 PM

SYDNEY – Last July, the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mark Milley, visited Jakarta where he said China’s military has become significantly more aggressive and dangerous over the past five years. While the U.S. has seemed fixated on China’s growing verbal threats and military maneuvers around Taiwan, Milley and others, including some in Australia, are concerned that China’s…

Why the Prevalence of JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories?

January 13th, 2023 6:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- I am engaged in reading a very fine book by my colleague, Paul Kengor. It was written six years ago, so do not feel bad if you missed it. You still have time. It is called “A Pope and a President.” It covers the lives of John Paul II and Ronald Reagan, and, as its coverage is chronological, I just read its treatment of the assassination of President John Kennedy. This will be the…

Reining in Government Spending? Let’s Get Real

January 12th, 2023 9:03 PM

Behind the refusal of the House Republican Party’s so-called freedom caucus to vote for Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is the caucus’s skepticism that he will actually “rein in government spending.” I’ve never quite understood why all Republicans do not belong to the Freedom Caucus. If the Republican Party supports low taxes, light regulations and strong national security, why is a Freedom…