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San Francisco Sheriff pleads guilty

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi agreed to a plea bargain on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and two related charges that began with a New Year's Day argument during which Mirkarimi allegedly bruised his wife's arm. The district attorney dropped the three original charges; Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment. His sentence includes three years' probation, one year of domestic violence classes, plus family counseling, community service and fines. I'd add another item; Mirkarimi should tell San Francisco voters what happened.

March 13, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


What about left-wing misogyny?

"A firestorm of outrage from women after a crude tirade from Rush Limbaugh," said NBC anchor Brian Williams. This was followed by a reporter who said: "In 2012, the personal is political. What began as a debate over religious freedom has devolved into what some call a 'war on women.'"

March 13, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Managing dying process or breathing life into communities?

Editor, Manteca Bulletin

March 12, 2012 | | Other Views


Education access about to shrink

Just in case anyone doubts that repeated, seemingly perpetual state budget crises don't have real-life effects on ordinary citizens, check out what's already happened and what's about to happen to education at almost every level in California.

March 11, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


Santorum, the exorcist candidate

Rick Santorum has become the alternative to Mitt Romney because the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania comes across as, to use his words, "the conviction conservative" in the GOP presidential primary. While Romney burned through millions in big-donor contributions, Santorum ran a bare-bones campaign. In December, The New York Times ran a graphic on the candidates' entourages. Team Romney traveled with a 30-seat plane, a campaign bus, security, advance staffers and an average of four other aides. Santorum's fleet and crew consisted of a Dodge Ram pickup and the occasional staffer.

March 11, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


California: Penalty without penalty

While running for governor of California in 2010, Jerry Brown admitted he would "rather have a society where we didn't have to use death as a punishment." But because the Legislature and California voters approved capital punishment, "we've got to make it work."

March 10, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


In memoriam: Andrew Breitbart

In the wake of conservative activist, author and publisher Andrew Breitbart's death, the news media reported on the sharp division of "opinion" reflected on Twitter and other social media outlets. Half and half. Half what you might expect when someone dies at 43 leaving a wife and four children under 13. The other half as nasty as Breitbart himself was when Ted Kennedy passed away.

March 10, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


GCB: Good Christians bashed

At the same time Washington was ablaze with outrage at the idea that Rush Limbaugh insulted a woman as a "slut," ABC premiered a new Sunday night show called "GCB" - shortened from "Good Christian Bitches." Limbaugh apologized. ABC displays no such contrition. They insulted only those Christians . In the midst of this trashy debut, ABC promoted a new sitcom coming in April titled "Don't Trust The B-- in Apartment 23."

March 08, 2012 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Resource Center | Other Views


Phony divide of fiscal & social issues

Contrary to politicians who want to call a truce about social issues, there is absolutely no way to separate social and fiscal issues; they are locked in a tight political embrace. Politicians who say we can ignore social issues or avoid talking about them, are really saying that they have no plan to cut federal spending and the growing national debt.

March 07, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Phony Divide of fiscal & social issues

Contrary to politicians who want to call a truce about social issues, there is absolutely no way to separate social and fiscal issues; they are locked in a tight political embrace. Politicians who say we can ignore social issues or avoid talking about them, are really saying that they have no plan to cut federal spending and the growing national debt.

March 07, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Obama’s remaking of America

Anyone who believes America's culture wars are behind her should have started out Friday reading The Washington Times.

March 07, 2012 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Barack ‘all of the above’ Obama

President Obama fought back against rising oil and retail gas prices in a speech in Florida last month. But it was a curious speech. He started out by mocking Republicans, stating that GOP candidates are licking their chops as gasoline prices rocket up. He said, "They are already dusting off their three-point plans for $2 gas. I'll save you the suspense: Step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keep drilling."

March 06, 2012 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Examining the sanctimonious Santorum

Let's go spelunking in Rick Santorum's head. There, we can probe the inner sanctums of his brain and discover his deepest thoughts.

March 06, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Now it is a roar of entitlement

Though the Obama administration's decision to force church-based institutions to provide "access" to contraception as part of their health plans was intolerant and unconstitutional and gratuitously divisive, events have proved the move to be brilliant politics.

March 05, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


More base closures for California?

It's almost impossible to get California's massive 53-member delegation in the House of Representatives to pull together on anything. They can't even agree that action is needed to alleviate the housing foreclosure crisis.

March 03, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


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Bracing for an attack by veterans

From 1776 forward, Americans have opposed having soldiers do police work on our soil. But in recent years, Pentagon chiefs have teamed up with police chiefs to circumvent that prohibition.

July 21, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Disinvestment of fossil fuels

A group called Fossil Free UC wants regents to divest the University of California's endowment fund of all fossil fuel holdings. "As one of the leading public institutions in the world, we have the privilege and the responsibility to take action where we can influence change," Fossil Free UC explains on its website.

July 21, 2014 | by Debra Saunders | Other Views


Cargill’s integrity-free soybean oil

Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?

July 20, 2014 | by JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Triumph of dubious appeals

A - all bow - federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional because the state's "dysfunctional administration" has meted out the punishment to more than 900 murderers but imposed it on "only 13" since 1978. That's too arbitrary, wrote U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney of Santa Ana. Besides, "the slight possibility of death, almost a generation after (killer Ernest Dewayne Jones) was first sentenced, violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment."

July 19, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


N. Carolina’s moral freedom summer

The Moral Monday movement is mobilizing again.

July 19, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Triumph of dubious appeals

A - all bow - federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional because the state's "dysfunctional administration" has meted out the punishment to more than 900 murderers but imposed it on "only 13" since 1978. That's too arbitrary, wrote U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney of Santa Ana. Besides, "the slight possibility of death, almost a generation after (killer Ernest Dewayne Jones) was first sentenced, violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment."

July 19, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


N. Carolina’s moral freedom summer

The Moral Monday movement is mobilizing again.

July 19, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


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