Honest Talk for Border Crisis Deniers

October 4th, 2023 11:29 AM

The phrase “Climate change denier” has wormed its way into the modern lexicon to shame those who have a different view of the science supporting, or not, the idea that the world is in danger of burning up in weeks, months, or years (they can’t seem to decide on the timing). There is another form of denial that one can clearly see. It is a denial that the southern border is “secure.” With…

Rupert Murdoch Was Right From the Start

September 26th, 2023 5:42 PM

LONDON – To read and watch the reaction of people who have hated Fox News from its creation, one might think it resembles dancing on someone’s grave, but at 92, Rupert Murdoch remains very much alive and his influence, not only on Fox, but in much of journalism, will likely continue for some time. It may be coincidental, or not, that the announcement of Murdoch’s stepping down as chairman of…

British to Be Forced to Drive Electric

September 25th, 2023 3:10 PM

LONDON – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, after first announcing a mandate requiring all fossil fueled vehicles sold in the UK after 2030 to be electric, succumbed to pressure from the Conservative Party and within his own government and announced Wednesday a delay until 2035. His goal remains net zero by 2050. Sunak’s goal continues to be based on his view that “climate change” is real and…

Force-Feeding Ideology in Elementary Schools

August 30th, 2023 5:11 PM

It was just a matter of time before choice became mandatory. Last week, a federal judge denied a request by parents of students in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Montgomery County, Maryland, to be able to remove their children from classrooms when books containing LGBTQ+ characters are read aloud. Christian and Muslim parents had sued the school system, claiming such books force religious…

Shame on Us for Abandoning Character

August 2nd, 2023 5:31 PM

Plymouth Notch, VT – One hundred years ago on Aug. 2, President Warren Harding died and Calvin Coolidge became America’s 30th president. The contrast between the two men is stark. While Harding was extremely popular with voters, later revelations doomed his presidency to the bottom rungs. Scandals included paying hush money to cover up extramarital affairs (sound familiar?), an out-of-wedlock…

Tony Bennett Was More Than a ‘Crooner’

July 26th, 2023 5:30 PM

It was in the early ’60s. I was a copy boy at NBC News and the overnight disc jockey for the local radio station called and asked if I’d like to go on a boat ride down the Potomac River with his guest, Tony Bennett. For several hours we cruised past some of Washington’s most famous landmarks. Tony let me take a picture of him, shirtless and with a big smile on his face. He later signed it and…

Time to Get Tested, Joe!

July 13th, 2023 3:49 PM

It began shortly after President Biden’s inauguration. First, there were whispers and what seemed like slander on far-right websites and social media that the president was suffering from cognitive decline. His subsequent slurred speech, his trips and falls, and his confusion even while reading a teleprompter, all have led to denunciations and explanations by the White House press secretary,…

A Step Toward True Equality, Courtesy of the Supreme Court

July 6th, 2023 10:11 AM

It may not have had the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation, or the civil rights legislation of the 1960s, but last week’s ruling by the Supreme Court that affirmative action in college admissions violates the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause is an important advancement toward equality for all. Reaction to the 6-3 decision has been mostly predictable. Many on the left,…

Whom to Believe? Character Still Matters

June 29th, 2023 7:46 PM

It is an unfortunate truism of politics that partisans tend to believe the worst about members of the opposite party and no amount of facts — if, indeed, facts can be agreed upon — move people from their entrenched positions. Largely, I think, it’s all about gaining or keeping power and not actually discovering the truth or solving problems.

China’s Economy and America’s Opportunity

June 27th, 2023 9:01 AM

Many have tried not buying items made in China, but it is a near impossibility. Everything from prescription drugs to you name it seems to originate in a country whose regime is proving to be America’s greatest adversary and growing enemy. Which is why now may be the ideal time for the U.S. to respond to the threat of Chinese expansionism where it hurts the most: China’s economy.

Soft vs. Hard Bigotry With the Ladies of ‘The View’

June 12th, 2023 9:41 AM

When George W. Bush was running for president in 2000, he spoke to the NAACP’s 91st annual convention where he coined the phrase “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” By that he meant the attitude held by some that if one is Black, it automatically means they should not be expected to achieve much in life because so many start off in circumstances that are difficult, if not impossible, to…

No Will, No Way to Halt Serious Spending

May 31st, 2023 10:48 AM

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way” is an old and familiar quotation, often attributed to Albert Einstein, who was on to something almost as significant as E=MC2. What if there is no will, is there still a way? It doesn’t seem likely. In Washington, will has come to die to paraphrase Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida and now Republican presidential candidate. Rarely is anything significant…

Thanks to Biden, the Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

May 8th, 2023 3:01 PM

That loud clucking sound we are hearing from “sanctuary cities” and other cities run by Democrats is the consequence of lax immigration policies coming home to roost. After declaring with a straight face that the southern border is “secure,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas is dispatching civilian employees to the border to help “process” migrants who have been coming in waves…

With the Debt Limit, It’s the Same Old Song

May 3rd, 2023 1:54 PM

The very term “debt limit” makes a mockery of any kind of responsible budgeting. Each time the government reaches the “limit” it gets raised with the familiar scenarios that include threats of a government shutdown (an idea that increasingly appeals to some conservatives) and the claim that the “full faith and credit” of the U.S. is at stake. We have faith and credit? Who knew?