SAN DIEGO -- Cinco de Mayo is an insult wrapped in red, white and green crepe paper. It's a faux holiday created by white people who run marketing firms and have no qualms telling Latinos what to celebrate as long as it gets people into bars and restaurants to eat chimichangas and drink margaritas.
So I guess it's appropriate that, in the lead-...Read more
As of Tuesday night, we may know if Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential candidate. And, barring unforeseeable events, it is certain that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. Those are two reasons -- of many, unfortunately -- why, other than the first years of the Civil War, when the survival of the United States as one ...Read more
Dr. Frankenstein created the monster that bore his name and if Dr. Jekyll had not conducted those experiments in his laboratory, Mr. Hyde would never have emerged to terrorize London.
In literature, we know whom to blame for the monsters, but who is to blame for the rise of Donald Trump? Is he the "monster" the elites say he is?
I am no fan of...Read more
Random thoughts on the passing scene:
One of the problems with being a pessimist is that you can never celebrate when you are proven right.
If what you want from politicians are quick and easy answers, someone is sure to supply them, regardless of which party you follow. History can tell you where quick and easy answers lead. But, if you don't...Read more
Friday, a Russian SU-27 did a barrel roll over a U.S. RC-135 over the Baltic, the second time in two weeks.
Also in April, the U.S. destroyer Donald Cook, off Russia's Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, was twice buzzed by Russian planes.
Vladimir Putin's message: Keep your spy planes and ships a respectable distance away from us. Apparently, we...Read more
The unexpected successes, forecast by almost no one 12 months ago, of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in winning 40 percent and 42 percent in Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses is widely taken as evidence of raging discontent among American voters.
There's something to that. But Trump's better-than-even chance of winning the ...Read more
It's an ugly sight
It's not easy to choose from so many contenders in a crowded field, but choosing the worst example of federal waste, extravagance, and just plain awful policy is starting to become clear in our crystal ball. As the clouds slowly part, the winner is, no, not the Internal Revenue Service this time but, the envelope, please ... ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Some politicians are known for throwing a punch. Ted Cruz has developed a knack for becoming a punch line.
Cruz's critics -- including everyone from media commentators to late-night talk show hosts -- are ridiculing the Texas senator for picking Carly Fiorina as a running mate despite the fact that Republican voters have yet to ...Read more
Protect the ButterfliesJ.D. Sherylyn B. Bailey
The story takes place in the 1960's in a ficticious town in Mississippi. The towns people do not interact but Joseph, who is white, and Elizabeth, who is black, find a way to talk and interact with each other unbeknown to anyone.
Their secret comes out after some boys do the ...
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party's history. These collaborationists will render themselves ineligible to participate in the party's reconstruction. ...Read more
The liberal opinion site that calls itself PolitiFact insists it's just a fact-checking website. When choosing to assess whether a politician's claim is true or false, their "About Us" page says they ask: "Is the statement rooted in a fact that is verifiable? We don't check opinions, and we recognize that in the world of speechmaking and ...Read more
A longtime Republican conservative emailed me after Donald Trump's Tuesday night romp through the "Acela corridor." "Is the GOP now the anti-trade, anti-immigrant party?"
I don't think so, but take no comfort in the reason: Republicans haven't signed on to protectionism and nativism (or at least, only a minority has), but they seem to have lost...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is said), the United States is the most fortunate of ...Read more
Whether the establishment likes it or not, and it evidently does not, there is a revolution going on in America.
The old order in this capital city is on the way out, America is crossing a great divide, and there is no going back.
Donald Trump's triumphant march to the nomination in Cleveland, virtually assured by his five-state sweep ...Read more
Donald Trump has declared himself, after following up his New York win April 19 with victories in five other Northeastern states Tuesday, the "presumptive nominee" of the Republican Party. Is it a done deal?
Not quite. Trump's 40 percent of total primary votes so far have yielded him 48 percent of pledged delegates -- not exactly the unfair ...Read more
LOUISVILLE -- Religion and politics are again at the forefront of this year's presidential race. Yet, in this campaign, self-described evangelicals don't seem as concerned as they once were about a candidate's personal faith. Otherwise, more of them might support the openly Christian candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, rather than Donald Trump, whose ...Read more
Immigrant goes to America,
Many hellos in America;
Nobody knows in America
Puerto Rico's in America!
-- "West Side Story"
WASHINGTON -- Puerto Rico, an awkward legacy of America's 1898 testosterone spill, the Spanish-American War, is about to teach two things that few Americans know: If conditions get bad enough there, ...Read more
Question: Why aren't liberal celebrities ever held accountable for stoking their unhinged fans' violent threats and stupidity -- the same way Republican candidates are called on to disavow every last remote and random act of bad behavior of their supporters?
The double standards are as glaring as a glittering diva's Harry Winston diamonds.
At the very end of the April 16 "Saturday Night Live," the NBC skit show mocked the Christian movie "God's Not Dead 2," which, like its predecessor, explores how modern American culture denies the existence of God, especially in our classrooms. It did so by mocking God himself.
NBC mocked the idea that Christians are being denied religious ...Read more
In 1963 the late great Patrick J. Owens, my predecessor as editorial page editor of the old Pine Bluff Commercial, was sure to get a Pulitzer. He'd been told so confidentially. By someone who knew. He couldn't miss. He was a cinch. The champagne was chilled and ready to serve.
When it didn't turn out that way, he wasn't just disappointed and ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- In this presidential election, California could count for a lot. And that's an idea that many residents of the Golden State are going to need some time getting used to.
For many years, the nation's most populous state -- with its 39 million people, 58 counties and 163,000 square miles -- has been on the sidelines. The California ...Read more