Great country that we are, there are still shameful moments in our history. Among them: 1857, the Dred Scott case, when the Supreme Court upheld the institution of slavery; 1942, FDR’s Executive Order, which forced the relocation and incarceration of Japanese-Americans; 1950-54, the failure of President Eisenhower and other leading Republicans...Read more
This is turning out to be the weirdest presidential campaign ever. It’s the inside strategy vs. the outside, the visible vs. the invisible, the everywhere vs. the nowhere. Donald Trump’s everywhere, frenetically running around the country, defying all CDC guidelines about COVID-19 – no mask, no social distancing - holding phony photo ops ...Read more
Sometimes the media bounces from the commendable to the despicable. Like now. After doing an admirable job covering the coronavirus pandemic, the economic collapse, and the Black Lives Matter movement reignited by the murder of George Floyd, print, TV, and social media outlets are now all a flutter over sensational details released from John ...Read more
Is George Floyd today's Emmett Till?
Is the nation moving beyond, oh God, its third manifestation of "legal" racism? The first manifestation was, of course, slavery, which was eliminated via the Civil War. The second manifestation was the Jim Crow/KKK era, with its lynchings, black vote suppression, unending segregation and unquestioned white ...Read more
We should know better. Just when we think Trump could sink no lower, he fools us again. We should have realized by now, as senior conservative columnist George Will warned about Trump in a recent Washington Post column: “There is no such thing as rock bottom. So, assume that the worst is yet to come.”
Good advice, but even so: It’s hard ...Read more
Given two disgusting options, it’s hard to tell which is worse: Donald Trump’s accusing Joe Scarborough of murder, or Twitter’s giving him an unfettered platform to do so.
Trump has long used Twitter to spew his hatred of everything and everybody who doesn’t worship the ground he walks on. His ugly tweets — more than 50,000 so far, ...Read more
We Americans face a monumental choice in 2020. Every four years, we're told this is the most important presidential election in our lifetime. But this time, it's true. We've never faced a clearer choice: between the most ignorant, incompetent, ineffective, gross, disgusting, repulsive president ever and, most likely, the most qualified person ...Read more
Over the years, we have heard many examples of bizarre conspiracy theories, including: The Holocaust never happened; American astronauts never landed on the moon; and September 11 was an inside job engineered by the CIA.
Now we can add one more: The coronavirus is nothing but a scam and a hoax, engineered by the "deep state" and the Democratic ...Read more
What do you do when you're locked in your home for seven weeks? You plow through every recipe by the Barefoot Contessa. You tackle that 1,500-piece jigsaw puzzle. You binge-watch TV until there's nothing left on Netflix you haven't seen. Or you indulge in the latest parlor game sweeping the nation: speculation about who's going to be Joe Biden's...Read more
Among countless major events canceled worldwide due to the coronavirus are the Oktoberfest, Running of the Bulls, Burning Man, South by Southwest, Summer Olympics, Cannes International Film Festival, Boston Marathon, Kentucky Derby, and St. Patrick's Day Parades. But none will be missed as much as the worldwide celebration of the 50th ...Read more
If you dared suggest, just a month ago, that the coronavirus would result in such a massive dislocation -- no restaurants or stores open, except for grocery stores; schools and colleges shut down; no Broadway plays; no concerts; no opera; no ballet; no Major League baseball season; no March Madness; no NBA playoffs; maybe no NFL season; no ...Read more
In just over a month, the world's turned upside down. Six weeks ago, the coronavirus was still considered a contagion affecting one city in China, which might someday spread to the United States. Today, it's a global pandemic, impacting over 1.5 million people worldwide, including almost 450,000 cases in this country.
Six weeks ago, Bernie ...Read more