SAN DIEGO -- And then the giant peacock looked Donald Trump square in the eye and said the magic words: "You're fired!"
NBCUniversal has wisely decided to protect its brand and cut all ties to the businessman and presidential candidate. In addition to no longer carrying the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, NBC also canned Trump as host of ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Meet the kinder, gentler Donald Trump.
"The Latinos love Trump," the real estate tycoon told reporters last week. "And I love them."
That's funny. As a Latino, I don't feel loved. I feel used. We have once again been cast as cultural bogeymen to help a Republican scare up votes.
This seems to be what Trump was doing a week ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Instead of a diploma, one recent college graduate should have received an "Incomplete." She seems to have missed some courses -- "Gratitude 101," "Introduction to Civics" and, finally, "Flag Waving and the Importance of Context."
Indira Esparza, a newly minted graduate of the University of California, San Diego, who entered the U.S...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- As we honor America's dads, I'd like to offer my children some fatherly advice -- which, in keeping with a long-standing family tradition, they'll surely ignore.
I won't take it personally. It's the nature of being a dad. We're always second string to that other parental unit, the one with a bigger name. Even the U.S. government ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- According to the lore of the Old West, an elite group of lawmen offered a simple equation for keeping the peace: "One riot, one Ranger." In frontier days, it supposedly took only one Texas Ranger to put down a disturbance.
I wonder how many are needed to clean up after a pool party?
This week, it was announced that the Texas ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- During graduation season, commencement speakers will often urge young people to take the road less traveled. But this year, I'd like to put in a good word for something that can be just as fruitful: the broken path.
Life isn't a straight line. It isn't some neat and manicured stroll. It zigs and zags. It's untidy, unscripted and ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Let's say you're a smart and accomplished Latino politician with big dreams, impressive credentials and what many people agree is a bright future. Only one thing stands in your way: You don't speak Spanish.
Will that fact cause you any grief, open you up to criticism or prompt the media to pounce? If you're a Republican, the answer...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- With the tale of Caitlyn Jenner -- the television personality and Olympic athlete formally known as "Bruce" -- you have to take the good with the bad.
It's good that someone who says she spent her entire life living a lie and keeping secrets is finally free to be herself, and that anyone else who feels the same way might take ...Read more
Charlie's TripsJack Felson
A futuristic and absurd version of The Wizard of OZ: a freak tornado snatches up a Midwesterner teenage soldier, who's hurled into space-time and ends up 21 years later, on the West Coast. He's found on a beach, alive but unconscious. As he emerges from a 3-day coma, he...
SAN DIEGO -- Liberals often say they want to take people of color and lift them up. If so, it might help to stop talking down to them.
Those on the left do that when they're making themselves feel superior, arguing that Latinos and African-Americans can't succeed without them, or putting in their place dissidents who challenge the liberal ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- This week, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's injunction against President Obama's executive moves on immigration. Here are the five most important takeaways.
-- The media need to stop calling what Obama issued an "executive order." It's not. Deferred Action for ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- What if Chris Christie gave an important and impassioned speech on U.S. foreign policy, domestic surveillance, the Patriot Act, military readiness, prosecuting terrorists, keeping the United States safe, and America's place in the world -- and almost no one paid attention?
That's what happened last week when the New Jersey governor...Read more
On immigration, Hillary Clinton is a work in progress -- and has been since she entered politics more than a dozen years ago. Depending on which audience she is trying to please, she assumes one of two conflicting personas: Restrictionist Hillary or Reform Hillary.
In 2003, Restrictionist Hillary told conservative radio host John Grambling that...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- In 1999, a week after Al Gore claimed that he created the Internet, Bill Clinton appeared at the Gridiron Club's annual dinner. Having recently been stung by a former close adviser who signed a deal with a television network and penned a memoir distancing himself from the 42nd president, Clinton joked that he, too, was an inventor: ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Wisconsin is known for its cheese. But, when talking about immigration, Gov. Scott Walker is becoming famous for his whine.
In recent weeks, Walker has flip-flopped, gotten facts wrong, and pandered to extremists.
During a recent trip to Iowa, the likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate did all three. While being interviewed...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Latinos, especially immigrants, are well-known for doing other people's chores for them -- cutting their lawns, cleaning their homes, cooking their food.
So it was refreshing to see Mark Halperin step forward recently to do a couple of things for us.
First, in a wince-inducing April 30 interview of Ted Cruz, Halperin assigned ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Imagine the following pep talk that a young Ted Cruz might have gotten from his father, Rafael, about 35 years ago:
"My son, I was tortured in a jail cell in Cuba, but I managed to come to the United States and build a life so that you could live your dreams. I grew up speaking Spanish, but I made sure you spoke English so you ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- The people who put together the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao had a special Cinco de Mayo gift for Latino boxing fans: a finger in their eye.
I can't believe the organizers and promoters -- which included Top Rank Inc., Mayweather Promotions, Showtime and HBO -- arranged to have someone sing the ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Toya Graham has earned one heck of a Mother's Day present.
Not only did the Baltimore mother do the right thing last week by confronting her wayward son, Michael, when she saw the 16-year-old in the middle of a street protest holding a brick. But, since becoming an overnight celebrity, Graham has had to suffer fools who are only ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- If a U.S. city about 40 miles from the nation's capital erupts in violence, but the cable news networks ignore the unrest because they're busy with live coverage of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, is it the end of television journalism?
No regrets. It has been a good run. But television news isn't what it used ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- What if it turns out the media are wrong about Chris Christie? Where does the New Jersey governor go to set the record straight?
That's right. There is no such place. And once the media stick a label on you, it doesn't come off easily.
The dominant narrative pushed by most outlets is that Christie is a loudmouth bully who ...Read more