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Pelosi’s ploy versus Boehner’s invite

“I don’t believe I’m poking anyone in the eye,” House Speaker John Boehner asserted Wednesday. That was after His Speakership told the media that he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress about “the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life.”

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Posted: jan. 24, 2015 12:06 a.m. | | Pelosi’s ploy versus Boehner’s invite Comments 0 Comments

The greatest ‘Babe’ in sports

I recently addressed a rather odd topic for an audience of political progressives: “Who was your sports hero growing up?”

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Selma snub vs. Eastwood eclipse: Who’s the victim of discrimination?

Where’s the Clint Eastwood Million Cowboy March on Hollywood? The case for bias against Eastwood is far stronger than that of the alleged “snub” of the movie “Selma.” “American Sniper,” a new film directed by Clint Eastwood, set box-office records for a film opening in January. Yet he was “shut out” of the director category. Was Clint Eastwood, a white, unabashed George W. Bush-supporting Republican, a victim of political discrimination?

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 12:44 a.m. | | Selma snub vs. Eastwood eclipse: Who’s the victim of discrimination? Comments 0 Comments

New math on campuses

The New York Times published a provocative news story called “The New Math on Campus.” No, it’s not about the failure of Common Core to teach arithmetic; it’s about the changing ratio of males to females on most college campuses.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 11:59 p.m. | | New math on campuses Comments 0 Comments

Some common sense on cannabis

Until recent years, marijuana prohibitionists have been able to intimidate most reform-minded politicians by simply threatening to brand them as “soft on drugs.”

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 12:03 a.m. | | Some common sense on cannabis Comments 0 Comments

Selma, 50 years later

On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, how stand race relations in America? 

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Posted: jan. 19, 2015 7:15 p.m. | | Selma, 50 years later Comments 0 Comments

Who polices the pay police?

One difference between top executives and worker bees is that those at the top can lower the pay of those down below while simultaneously raising their own.

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Posted: jan. 19, 2015 7:20 p.m. | | Who polices the pay police? Comments 0 Comments

Who polices the pay police?

One difference between top executives and worker bees is that those at the top can lower the pay of those down below while simultaneously raising their own.

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The other ‘racial’ cop stories

In 2012, according to the CDC, 140 blacks were killed by police. That same year 386 whites were killed by police. Over the 13-year period from 1999 to 2011, the CDC reports that 2,151 whites were killed by cops — and 1,130 blacks were killed by cops.

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Posted: jan. 18, 2015 10:24 p.m. | | The other ‘racial’ cop stories Comments 0 Comments

The other ‘racial’ cop stories

In 2012, according to the CDC, 140 blacks were killed by police. That same year 386 whites were killed by police. Over the 13-year period from 1999 to 2011, the CDC reports that 2,151 whites were killed by cops — and 1,130 blacks were killed by cops.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 12:42 a.m. | | The other ‘racial’ cop stories Comments 0 Comments

Still lying about communists

Ask anyone under 40 to identify Paul McCartney or “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and the odds are you’ll get a blank look in return. Ask someone under 30 to describe the Soviet menace and you may well get the same response. The first one is harmless ignorance, and some might argue the second one is as well. After all, it’s over and we won, right?

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Dismissing the attack in France

When America was hit on 9/11, the world united around us. France just had its 9/11, and again the civilized world has come together, all except the United States. Where were America’s leaders as the rest of the world united? 

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Posted: jan. 14, 2015 12:56 a.m. | | Dismissing the attack in France Comments 0 Comments

For the love of women

I love women. I’ve always loved women.

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Posted: jan. 09, 2015 8:09 p.m. | | For the love of women Comments 0 Comments

Get wild but stay smart

Minutes to midnight on New Year’s Eve, I sat around a fire with friends, discussing plans for 2015. I told them mine: to hike over 200 miles on the John Muir Trail through the High Sierras, by myself.

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Say Islam is violent . . .

Here’s what I love about the French: They’ve long understood the dangers presented by radical Islam. French President Francois Hollande swiftly called the deadly Wednesday shooting at Paris’ Charlie Hebdo magazine “an act of exceptional barbarity,” without doubt a terrorist attack. There was no hedging. The Socialist leader didn’t engage in the sort of blather White House spokesman Josh Earnest offered on MSNBC shortly after the shootings. Earnest called the attack a “terrible act of violence,” but not necessarily terrorism.

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Flat-footed backflip for Wall Street

Congress, which had been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it became unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year. Before heading home for the holidays, it put on a phenomenal show of acrobatic lawmaking.

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A party at war with itself

For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York.

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Posted: jan. 06, 2015 11:50 p.m. | | A party at war with itself Comments 0 Comments

Remember 2014’s Demo wins

While last year’s voters put a pack of reactionaries in charge of the new Congress, let’s not forget that bigger majorities of the same electorate leapt at the chance to say “yes” to an array of unabashedly progressive ballot initiatives.

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What’s up with ‘The Interview’?

“The Interview” is a funny movie that does a stand-up job showcasing how a not particularly serious or informed person would deal with Kim Jong Un — and evil itself, with all its blandishments. James Franco plays talk show host Dave Skylark, who discovers that the North Korean dictator loves his show. Skylark’s susceptibility to flattery renders him willfully blind. Because Kim plays up to him, Skylark wants to believe that the phony grocery his chauffeured car happens to drive by is real, that reports that Kim starves his people are the result of media bias and that Kim, like ...

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Christie’s pork barrel politics

The past month of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice, our hearts grew warmer and our thoughts turned to kindness and goodwill toward all.

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 12:09 a.m. | | Christie’s pork barrel politics Comments 0 Comments

Hollywood plays with fire

In July of 1870, King Wilhelm sent Foreign Minister Bismarck an account of his meeting with a French envoy who had demanded that the king renounce any Hohenzollern claim to the Spanish throne.

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Millennials rely on newspaper media

It has become a never-ending quest to define millennials. Those between the age of 18 and 34 are often portrayed as a self-absorbed, narcissistic generation obsessed with technology. They are a group more likely to check their Twitter or Instagram apps than keep up with world events. In fact, voters age 18-29 made up a mere 13 percent of the vote in this month’s mid-term elections.

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Posted: dec. 31, 2014 2:10 a.m. | | Millennials rely on newspaper media Comments 0 Comments

Remembering greediest Americans

Peace on Earth, good will toward men. We honor these noble values every holiday season — and some people actually work to advance them all year long.

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Posted: dec. 28, 2014 11:18 p.m. | | Remembering greediest Americans Comments 0 Comments

The war on cops

“NYPD, KKK, How many kids did you kill today?” 

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Posted: dec. 27, 2014 12:12 a.m. | | The war on cops Comments 1 Comment

Torturing Obama’s legacy

An old bumper sticker offered a stinging response to the Bush-Cheney regime’s enthusiasm for waterboarding: “Impeach Bush,” it urged. “Torture Cheney.”

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Posted: dec. 27, 2014 12:14 a.m. | | Torturing Obama’s legacy Comments 0 Comments

War against Christians & Christmas

There are 250 million Christians in America today, but most seem to be oblivious of the fact that they and their religion are under steady attack from those who apparently hate Christianity, or at least want to expunge Christianity from any public place or mention. That hatred seems to extend to all sorts of evidences of Christianity in our society, such as Christmas, which is a federal holiday.

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Posted: dec. 25, 2014 7:09 p.m. | | War against Christians & Christmas Comments 0 Comments

Ethics training for Congress? Dream on

Do you  — or does anyone — really need a book of rules and a three-hour briefing to do your job ethically?

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Posted: dec. 25, 2014 7:09 p.m. | | Ethics training for Congress? Dream on Comments 0 Comments

Global warming, empty gestures

I have a theory as to why Americans don’t worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don’t push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of “the science” yet focus on ideology more than tangible results.

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Posted: dec. 23, 2014 1:04 a.m. | | Global warming, empty gestures Comments 0 Comments

Obama throws Fidel a rope

The celebrations in Havana and the sullen silence in Miami tell you all you need to know about who won this round with Castro’s Cuba. 

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Posted: dec. 20, 2014 1:03 a.m. | | Obama throws Fidel a rope Comments 0 Comments

The spooks are haunted

The spooks are spooked.

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Posted: dec. 16, 2014 11:59 p.m. | | The spooks are haunted Comments 0 Comments

Gruber: Honest liberal

Brought before a House inquisition, MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber burbled a recantation of his beliefs about how that triumph of liberalism had been achieved. 

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Hacking Sony? It’s near treason

The intelligence was obtained illegally. The hackers presented a threat to workers and their families. Foreign operatives likely were behind the document theft. Any news organizations that report this ill-gotten information are, if not un-American, surely “morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable.”

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Posted: dec. 16, 2014 12:44 a.m. | | Hacking Sony? It’s near treason Comments 0 Comments

The haves vs the have-it-alls

In the spirit of holiday harmony and goodwill toward all, I say it’s time for you working stiffs to extend your hands in a gesture of solidarity with America’s millionaires.

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Posted: dec. 15, 2014 12:04 a.m. | | The haves vs the have-it-alls Comments 0 Comments

A true Christmas story

This is Woody’s story, my favorite Christmas story.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 12:54 a.m. | | A true Christmas story Comments 0 Comments

Christmas: Great marketing campaign

Christmas may not be the most solemn of all Christian feasts. That distinction belongs to Easter. Yet our salvation through the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord would never have been possible, had he not become one of us in the womb of Mary. Besides, for sheer popular appeal, Christmas still wins the gold.

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Slaughtered ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

The year is winding down with some good TV news: The amoral biker-gang drama “Sons of Anarchy” has ended its seven-year run on the cable channel FX, after a final season drenched in pointless sex and violence. Jax, the leader of the gang, shot a bunch of his enemies dead and then drove his motorcycle straight into the oncoming grill of a semi truck. 

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Posted: dec. 12, 2014 1:13 a.m. | | Slaughtered ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Comments 0 Comments

UC takes the money and runs

When California Gov. Jerry Brown was pushing Proposition 30 in 2012, he sold it with the promise that the income and sales tax increases in his measure would put off sharp tuition increases in the UC and CSU systems. Sacramento increased state funding for the University of California and California State University by 5 percent annually for two years and then 4 percent annually for the next two years. Budget documents heralded a four-year deal that would keep tuition flat.

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Posted: dec. 10, 2014 1:12 a.m. | | UC takes the money and runs Comments 0 Comments

Does Santa exist? I’m siding with believers

Believe! 

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Posted: dec. 09, 2014 1:15 a.m. | | Does Santa exist? I’m siding with believers Comments 0 Comments

The high cost of executive amnesty

Barack Obama has announced the particulars of his executive amnesty for an estimated five million of the many more foreigners who broke our laws to get into the United States. This amnesty will, of course, become a magnet for more illegals to work the same racket, hoping for the same reward.

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 11:05 p.m. | | The high cost of executive amnesty Comments 0 Comments

Who are the cowards now?

In July of 1967, after race riots gutted Newark and Detroit, requiring troops to put them down, LBJ appointed a commission to investigate what happened, and why. 

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Posted: dec. 04, 2014 7:57 p.m. | | Who are the cowards now? Comments 0 Comments

Ferguson obscures much bigger problems in the ‘Black community’

From the very beginning, this was much ado about an aberration, a tragic aberration to be sure, but an aberration nonetheless. 

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Posted: dec. 02, 2014 11:55 p.m. | | Ferguson obscures much bigger problems in the ‘Black community’ Comments 0 Comments

Ferguson, the ‘Local Crime Story’

Last year, Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell stood trial in Philadelphia for the deaths of one woman and seven babies who had their throats slit, but national reporters didn’t want to cover it. It’s a “local crime story,” they said. Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple said that when he asked national reporters about avoiding the Gosnell story, the typical response was “Get out of my face with this agenda-driven stuff, and come back when you have a real story.”

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Don’t Shoot Before All the Facts Are Known

We hand a man a gun and ask him to protect us. If something goes horribly wrong, perhaps in a flurry of panic, we don’t rush to punish him. We make sure a criminal justice system meant to protect all citizens also protects him. We blanket him in the presumption of innocence. It’s the reason juries are loath to convict and, as happened in Missouri, grand juries are loath to indict officers involved in shootings.

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Posted: dec. 02, 2014 12:06 a.m. | | Don’t Shoot Before All the Facts Are Known Comments 0 Comments

Ferguson, the ‘Local Crime Story’

Last year, Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell stood trial in Philadelphia for the deaths of one woman and seven babies who had their throats slit, but national reporters didn’t want to cover it. It’s a “local crime story,” they said. Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple said that when he asked national reporters about avoiding the Gosnell story, the typical response was “Get out of my face with this agenda-driven stuff, and come back when you have a real story.”

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Thanksgiving in & out of prison

In December 2001, I wrote my first column urging President George W. Bush to commute the sentence of Clarence Aaron, a federal drug offender who, at age 24 in 1993, was sentenced to life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction. Aaron has been part of my holiday season every year since Bush left the Oval Office and Barack Obama succeeded him.

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