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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Gene Lyons

Gene Lyons is a political columnist and author. Lyons writes a column for the Arkansas Times that is nationally syndicated by United Media. He was previously a general editor at Newsweek as wells an associate editor at Texas Monthly where he won a National Magazine Award in 1980. He contributes to Salon.com and has written for such magazines as Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Esquire, and Slate.

A graduate of Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, Lyons taught at the Universities of Massachusetts, Arkansas and Texas before becoming a full-time writer in 1976. A native of New Jersey, Lyons has lived in Arkansas with his wife Diane since 1972. The Lyons live on a cattle farm near Houston, Ark., with a half-dozen dogs, several cats, three horses, and a growing herd of Fleckvieh Simmental cows.
Lyons has written several books including The Higher Illiteracy (University of Arkansas, 1988), Widow's Web (Simon & Schuster, 1993), Fools for Scandal (Franklin Square, 1996) as well as The Hunting Of The President: The 10 Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, which he co-authored with National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason.

Weinstein

#MeToo: How I Learned What Predators Like Weinstein Do To Women Every Day

OK then,  #MeToo. Long ago and far away, I had an academic superior who enjoyed sexually humiliating younger men. There was unwanted touching—always in social situations–but mainly it was about making suggestive remarks hinting that being a “hunk” was how I’d gotten hired. My “pretty little wife,” as she was insultingly called, got to stand […]

October 17, 2017

Conspiracy Theorists Struggle To Explain Vegas Horror

Hardly anybody today believes that once unsettling events like solar eclipses are caused by wolves or demons eating the sun. But when it comes to all-too-frequent eruptions of what Philip Roth calls “the indigenous American berserk,” many retreat into superstition, or worse. Worse because we don’t blame mythological creatures for increasingly common mass shooting events like Stephen Paddock’s murder of 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas. Instead, we blame each other.

October 11, 2017
Puerto Rico

No, Mr. President — The Puerto Rico Crisis Is Not About You

When the going gets tough, the tough go golfing. Doubtless in years to come, every home in Puerto Rico will proudly display replicas of the golfing trophy President Trump dedicated to the brave citizens of the beleaguered island to memorialize Hurricane Maria. Unless I miss my guess, donaldjtrump.com will soon be peddling them along with […]

October 3, 2017
NFL

Trump’s Racist Attack On NFL Players Is A Losing Game

For normal people, sports often serve as a refuge from politics. The President of the United States is not among them. Donald Trump’s idea of a spectator sport, it can’t be emphasized too often, is WWE professional wrestling: a phony, pre-scripted spectacle most often on racial and ethnic themes, mainly featuring steroid abusers insufficiently athletic […]

September 27, 2017
rape

Rape Is A Vile Crime, But The ‘Epidemic’ Of Campus Sexual Violence Is Exaggerated

Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated. If people actually believed that 20 percent of college girls ended up being raped or sexually assaulted—as activists claimed—then they’d quit sending their […]

September 20, 2017
Limbaugh, climate

Why Do People Still Believe Limbaugh About Climate — Or Anything?

If the American people, collectively speaking, had enough sense to come in out of the rain, the climate “debate”—long settled almost everywhere else on  earth—would be over. No, it’s not possible to assert with mathematical certainty that hurricanes Harvey and Irma were caused by global warming. It’s also not possible to stipulate exactly which carton […]

September 13, 2017
Trump, Berkeley

Yes, Antifa Is Very Dangerous — But Not To Fascists

Call me unromantic, but I disliked a lot about the fabled “Sixties” the first time around. Some of the music was good, but otherwise 1968 was among the worst years in American life. The center nearly failed to hold. As if the Vietnam War were not bad enough, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and […]

September 5, 2017
Hillary

Does Hillary Owe Us An Apology? Or Does The Media Owe Her One?

Way back in April, 1994 Hillary Rodham Clinton held a press conference concerning Whitewater, the granddaddy of all phony Clinton scandals. Pressed about whether she and her husband should have known that their Ozarks real estate partnership was doing badly and paid off its loans, she responded flippantly. “Shoulda, coulda, woulda,” she said. “We didn’t.” […]

August 29, 2017
Lost Cause

The ‘Lost Cause’ Is Fake History

The treasured myth of the “Lost Cause” of freedom-loving patriots fighting bravely for self-determination and “states’ rights” can’t survive even a cursory reading of secessionist documents.

August 23, 2017
Statues

‘Unite The Right’ Rally Had Nothing To Do With Statues

Old South or not, Charlottesville is also a liberal college town that voted to remove an equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee from its courthouse square and relocate it to a park on its outskirts. Like many of the thousand or so Confederate monuments across the South, it was erected long after the Civil War, in 1924—hence more an expression of white supremacy than Virginian ancestor worship, precisely as Stormfront wants to use it today.

August 16, 2017
melodrama

Trump’s War On The Press: A Poorly-Scripted Melodrama

This president hasn’t got the self-discipline to lead a coup, and the great majority of his followers are far too comfortable watching the televised spectacle in their recliner chairs to take to the streets. Only a steadily shrinking minority believes the president’s “witch hunt” rhetoric, and not very strongly. As I say, it’s poorly-scripted melodrama.

August 9, 2017
Putin

Why Trump Could Never Be A Putinesque Strongman

What did Vladimir Putin think he was getting? Is it possible that he mistook an egotistical buffoon like Donald J. Trump for an apprentice strongman? If so, he badly misunderstands America. It’s not simply Russia with better plumbing. Granted, Trump himself lacks the self-discipline for autocracy. But he also lacks the servile population.

August 2, 2017
Heartland

Heartland Voters Are Waking Up To Trump’s Long Con

Arkansas, people just don’t talk about politics. Especially if they suspect it might cause bad feelings. Some were aware of my public identity; most were not. My wife went around with a Hillary bumper strip, but nobody said a thing about it. They already knew she’d grown up in Little Rock.

July 26, 2017
Baseball

MLB Games Keep Getting Longer: 4 Fixes To Pick Up The Pace

When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself. To a person of my temperament, the MLB package on satellite TV constitutes the entertainment bargain of the century. A man can read and write only so many hours a day.

July 19, 2017
kayfabe

Trump’s G-20: A World-Class Presidential “Kayfabe”

At the White House level, the U.S. doesn’t have a foreign policy. Trumpism is best understood as a cult of personality with a world-view rooted in WWE professional wrestling, where race, ethnicity and tribal loyalties prevail.

July 12, 2017
Obama

Did Obama “Choke” When Kremlin Attacked Our Election?

Fewer than two months ago, on May 10, 2017, President Trump invited two Russian diplomats into the White House to celebrate his firing of FBI Director James Comey. Having boasted on national TV that he’d removed Comey as a means of relieving pressure from the “fake news” investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential […]

June 29, 2017
Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly Smacks Down Perspiring, Prevaricating Alex Jones

  As vigorously hyped broadcast events go, Megyn Kelly’s televised confrontation with Internet conspiracy cultist Alex Jones proved something of a dud. Not because Kelly didn’t give it her best. And maybe not even because the former Fox news-blonde’s best falls considerably short of legendary TV inquisitors such as Mike Wallace or even Barbara Walters. […]

June 20, 2017
Cabinet Picks

Was Trump Cabinet’s Loyalty Ritual Funny — Or Scary?

To the Wall Street billionaires, politicians, and captains of industry who surround the president, loyalty equates with obsequious, sycophantic praise for Trump himself.

June 13, 2017
Mar-a-Lago

Trump’s Children Will Watch Mar-a-Lago Sink Into The Atlantic

Within 30 years, climatologists estimate, Trump’s beloved Mar-a-Lago could be vulnerable to flooding as many as 210 days a year due to global warming. Even mighty Donald cannot command the sea.

June 7, 2017
loudmouth

Fake Tough: Bullying Loudmouth Numbskulls Mimic Trump

When a Republican candidate assaulted a journalist, the loudmouth right-wing media began making excuses, if not downright lying about what happened. Rush Limbaugh rhetorically condemned the attack but quickly devolved into hero worship.

May 30, 2017
Clinton

We’ve Seen This Clinton Conspiracy Movie Before — And It Still Stinks

Russian fake news operations, along with Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity, have promoted the idea that Hillary Clinton is responsible for the murder of Seth Rich, a young DNC employee. It is an all too familiar trope.

May 23, 2017
Trump, Media

Will Trump’s Incompetence Save Us?

But only if the Republican leadership begins to say publicly what some confide privately: that Trump is congenitally unfit for power and growing more so daily. Even formerly sympathetic figures like MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough are beginning to say the word “Alzheimer’s” aloud.

May 17, 2017
Baseball

In This Baseball Story, Adam Jones Wins And Bigotry Loses

Talking to reporters, Adam Jones said that heckling and booing were part of the game, but that “the N-word” was taking it too far. In San Diego where he grew up, racial slurs were fighting words, but a professional athlete can’t confront every bigot he encounters. “It’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being,” he said.

May 10, 2017
Wall Street

For Democrats, Obama’s Wall Street Payday Sends The Wrong Signal

With the Democratic Party struggling to redeem itself in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s loss, Obama’s Wall Street payday sends exactly the wrong signal at a very bad time.

May 3, 2017
o'Reilly

What Bill O’Reilly (And Roger Ailes) Should Have Learned From A Mirror

Bill O’Reilly began to act like an eighth grader prank-dialing the head cheerleader—talking dirty while emitting grunts suggestive of masturbation. In 2004, a Fox News producer named Andrea Mackris, whose “big boobs” he much admired, tape-recorded one of these calls and played it for Fox News lawyers. They gave her a reported $9 million to go away.

April 25, 2017