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  • Was the Debate Beatdown Fatal for Mayor Mike? - 2/21/2020

    Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Mayor Mike Bloomberg learned what it is like to be thrown up against a wall and frisked. At the opening of the Democratic debate, his first, Mayor Mike was greeted by his nearest neighbor on stage, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, with this warm welcome: "We're running against ... a billionaire who calls women 'fat broads' and 'horse-faced lesbians.' And, no, I'm not talking about Donald Trump. I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg."

  • Scouting and Sin - 2/19/2020

    The Case Against the Boy Scouts [This article first appeared in the January 1992 issue of Chronicles.] The Boy Scouts of America have recently been accused of sins against Democracy, in the form of discrimination against atheists, homosexuals, and women. Four recent lawsuits have challenged the organizational prerogatives of the Scouts. The families of nine-year-old twins Michael and William Randall of Anaheim, California, and eight-year-old Mark Welsh of Chicago are suing…
  • If Duterte Wants Us Out, Let's Go - 2/18/2020

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has just given us notice he will be terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement that governs U.S. military personnel in the islands. His notification starts the clock running on a six-month deadline. If no new agreement is negotiated, the VFA is dissolved. What triggered the decision?

  • The Warren Rule, Part Two: The Pushback to Ending Racial Preferences - 2/17/2020

    Last week I wrote about the first stage in my proposed plan to end racial preferences in the U.S. university system by using the ready availability of genetic testing services, such as 23andMe and others, to broaden the definitions of multicultural identity to the point where these distinctions become meaningless. I’ve named it “The Warren Rule,” in honor of the Massachusetts senator who identified as Native American despite having a genetic link to the continent’s original inhabitants of…

  • An Establishment in Panic - 2/14/2020

    From the day he entered the race, Joe Biden was the great hope of the Democratic establishment to spare them from the horrifying prospect of a 2020 race between The Donald and Bernie Sanders. Today, that same establishment wants Joe out of the race. Why has Biden suddenly become an albatross?

  • How Tall Is Michael Bloomberg, Really? - 2/13/2020

    He's 5'5", or I'll eat my hat. President Donald Trump has recently mocked Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg as “a 5’4” mass of dead energy.” Immediately, the mainstream press and tech companies were out playing defense for the diminutive billionaire founder of Bloomberg LLC and former mayor of New York City. A National Public Radio host in a blasé tone rebuffed this as another one of the President’s lies this morning, stating that Bloomberg was…

  • Trump's 'Deal of the Century,' Part Two: The Disagreeable Agreement - 2/13/2020

    Part Two: The Disagreeable Agreement Establishing the Palestinians’ significant culpability for the lack of progress nevertheless does not mean that the Israelis should be encouraged to create territorial faits accomplis which cannot be tenable in the long run. Let us look once again at the map attached to the Trump Peace Plan.

  • Trump's 'Deal of the Century,' Part One: The Plan - 2/12/2020

    Part One: The Plan The conflict in the Holy Land is older than any mainstream media pundit of note. Most of them have spewed ill-informed drivel on President Donald Trump’s plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace because they are ignorant of geography or history. They talk of “Jerusalem,” but don’t know the difference between the Jerusalem Municipality and the city of Jerusalem.

  • Long Before Trump, We Were a Divided People - 2/11/2020

    In a way, Donald Trump might be called The Great Uniter. Bear with me…

  • The Warren Rule: A Modest Proposal to End Racial Preferences - 2/10/2020

    Racial preferences in higher education continue to linger despite numerous efforts to kill them off. Yes, voters can ban them, research can show their pernicious impact on intended beneficiaries, and judges can narrow their scope. However, they still persist and nothing on the horizon suggests that the end is near.

  • Are the Bells Tolling for Amy, Liz, and Joe? - 2/7/2020

    By the end of February, the race for the Democratic nomination may have come down to a choice of one of three white men. Two are well into their 70s, and either would be the oldest president ever inaugurated. The third is a 38-year-old gay in a same-sex marriage who would be our youngest president ever. How is it possible, if not probable, that Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, and Pete Buttigieg will be the last three Democrats standing?

  • Dope Fiends of the West - 2/5/2020

    Are addictions real? We talk as if they are. Many women say they are addicted to chocolate. Actor David Duchovny has been diagnosed with having a sex addiction. In the early 90’s, when crack was all the rage, one Christian pop singer encouraged young people to get off drugs and get “Addicted to Jesus.” What are we talking about?

  • Failed Coup of a Failing Establishment - 2/4/2020

    It has been a bad few days for the establishment, really bad.

  • An Arrogance Justified by Nothing - 2/3/2020

    It was a revealing moment. Former GOP consultant turned Never Trumper Rick Wilson began ridiculing Trump supporters on CNN as “credulous Boomer rube[s]” who believe “Donald Trump is the smart one and y’all elitists are dumb.” Muslim activist and New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali joined in, mimicking the rubes’ supposed disdain for “You elitists, with your geography and your maps and your spelling” and “your reading, y’know, your geography, knowin’ other countries, sipping your latte.”

  • Is Bernie's Hour of Power at Hand? - 1/31/2020

    Can a septuagenarian socialist who just survived a heart attack and would be 80 years old in his first year in office be elected president of the United States? It's hard to believe but not impossible.