Tuesday, November 24, 2015
gene lyons

An Apocalyptic Death Cult Has Its Limits

It almost goes without saying that you can’t make treaties with such people. They can only be defeated. The question is how? And at what cost?

November 18, 2015

Whither Goes The Holy Candidate?

At the expense of spoiling all the fun, let’s get real about Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign. Carson fans have been slow to grasp that their party’s presidential nominee will need the votes of millions of “blue state” Republicans historically resistant to religious zealotry.

November 11, 2015

The Republican Reality Show Rat Race

The current Republican presidential race is less a political contest than a reality TV series: a stage-managed melodrama with a cast of characters selected to titillate and provoke.

November 4, 2015

No, Journalists Don’t Have Dramatic License

Anonymous sources are tricky enough, but journalists simply have no business contriving dramatized scenes with dialogue and characters — describing their innermost thoughts and feelings with no attribution whatsoever. To do so is inherently deceptive.

October 28, 2015

Winning Isn’t Everything — Especially In Syria

Some people think about foreign relations the way they think about football, with the U.S. as the home team. But sometimes there aren’t any victories.

October 21, 2015
House Speaker Boehner and House Majority leader McCarthy speak to reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonCapitol Hill in Washington

When ‘Conservatives’ Become Radicals

The “Freedom Caucus” not only can’t govern, they don’t appear to believe in governance. If they understood the first thing about the U.S. Constitution they profess to revere, they’d recognize that it was purposely crafted to frustrate radicals like them.

October 14, 2015
House Majority Leader McCarthy speaks at the John Hay Initiative in Washington

The Death Rattle Of A Fake Scandal

If Trey Gowdy doesn’t already know that Hillary Clinton’s a lot smarter and tougher than he is, he’s about to find out. Truthfully, they’d be better advised to fold the committee and file some weasel-worded report.

October 7, 2015
U.S. Speaker of the House Boehner exits Republican caucus meeting after announcing to the meeting that he will be resigning in Washington

Why Boehner Failed

Boehner understood that in politics you need to compromise, yet lacked the intestinal fortitude to do so, which is why his speakership came to such a sad end.

September 30, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Clinton looks into the crowd before she speaks at a "Women for Hillary" meeting in Milwaukee

The Never-Ending Hillary Clinton Story

Having failed to entomb Bill Clinton and drive a wooden stake through his heart, wrecking Clinton’s candidacy has become the Washington press clique’s overriding goal.

September 16, 2015

On Observing Humanity In Our Fellow Animals

How blind do you have to make yourself not to recognize primal emotions in fellow mammals?

September 9, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined onstage by her family at a campaign kick off rally in New York

Vendetta Or Paranoia? The ‘Times,’ The ‘Beast,’ And The Clintons

The test of time? A conservative estimate of the amount of taxpayer treasure wasted on “investigating” Whitewater – a money-losing venture that ended years before Bill Clinton ran for president – is around $100 million.

September 2, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester

The Incorrectly Political Donald Trump

Candidate Trump and former Governor Palin are complaining about “political correctness,” the supposedly liberal sin of being too polite to tell the unvarnished truth. Have I given offense? Oh, I do hope so.

September 2, 2015
Hllary Clinton

The Media Chase Hillary, Time And ‘Times’ Again

If one were of a low and suspicious nature regarding The New York Times’ historically inept Washington Bureau, one might suspect yet another example of the “Clinton Rules” — that is, a shaky allegation unsupported by facts.

August 26, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives for a campaign town hall meeting in Claremont,

Why Hillary Clinton Drives Her Enemies Crazy

Same as it ever was. When the evidence finally emerges, it will turn out that Clinton has been diligently coloring inside the lines all along. That’s because she’s smarter and tougher than her enemies.

August 19, 2015
National Guard watches over Ferguson Police Department

Can We Get Past Name Calling?

On the sentimental left, nobody can ask what made Brown pull a strong-arm theft in broad daylight. On the reactionary right, Brown’s simply a “thug.”

August 13, 2015

Donald Trump, The Swaggering Blond Supervillain Of The GOP

Millions of Republicans are seemingly enchanted by Donald Trump’s updated impersonation of Dr. Jerry Graham of the old World Wide Wrestling Federation.

August 5, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference about the recent nuclear deal reached with Iran, in Washington

Any Fool Can Start A War With Iran

When you’re the most powerful economic and military power on Earth, Obama keeps saying with regard to the Iran deal, it’s important to act like it.

July 22, 2015

When The Media Play By ‘Clinton Rules’

Here’s the game. The reporter who breaks the story that brings down Hillary — wins.

July 15, 2015
Cats and Dogs

You Don’t Domesticate Cats — Cats Domesticate You

Unlike dogs, cats have pretty much been in control of their own genome.

July 8, 2015
mike huckabee

Why The GOP Has The First Amendment Upside Down

When it comes to gay marriage, millions of aggrieved GOP voters appear to have gotten the First Amendment upside-down.

July 1, 2015

Why The Charleston Shooter Was A Failure

Has any murdering terrorist ever failed more dramatically than Dylann Storm Roof? Intending to start a race war, he succeeded only in shocking the moral conscience of the state and nation.

June 24, 2015

Clinton Foundation ‘Scandals’ Are Made Of Smoke And Innuendo

The swirl of innuendo and accusation currently dogging the Clintons is nothing more than conspiracy theories touted by the same newspapers that promoted the Whitewater hoax and cheered on Kenneth Starr.

June 10, 2015
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Has Only One Real Opponent

If indeed Hillary Clinton’s Democratic rivals have no realistic chance, then who is her biggest opponent? Turns out it’s… well, us.

June 3, 2015
Jeb Bush

A Failure Of Intelligence

Contrary to what Jeb Bush says now, it wasn’t actually that hard to see through the propaganda barrage that led the United States to invade Iraq in 2003

May 27, 2015
Tom Brady press conference

The Sound And The Fury Of Deflategate

Once somebody like Tom Brady has been targeted for something like “Deflategate,” it’s almost impossible for them to get even-handed treatment in the media.

May 20, 2015
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