"On the Internet," according to a famous New Yorker cartoon caption, "no one knows you're a dog." No, but some internet users amazingly turn into skunks.
That's a mild description of the mean and nasty tweets that male volunteers read to two Chicago-based female sports journalists in a four-minute video that went viral after it was produced and...Read more
Oh, so now Donald Trump cares about whom he offends?
The New York billionaire's Republican presidential candidacy is in for a makeover. In fact, his new campaign adviser Paul Manafort told a meeting of Republican National Committee leaders in Hollywood, Fla., that the Donald's pivot to a more cool and cuddly candidate already has begun.
If I didn't know better, I would have expected today's conservatives to love Harriet Tubman. After all, she was a pistol-packing black Republican who repeatedly risked her life to lead slaves to freedom. What's not to like?
But real life isn't that simple. Reaction to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's plan to put Tubman's likeness on the front of ...Read more
History repeats itself these days, first as tragedy then as a made-for-TV movie.
It may be only coincidental but this is a good time to revisit two racially charged dramas: The O.J. Simpson double-homicide case and the confirmation hearings for now-Justice Clarence Thomas' nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Watching HBO's two-hour docudrama...Read more
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's reaction to a new report by a police accountability task force that he appointed displayed a keen grasp of the obvious.
"The question isn't, 'Do we have racism?' " he said. "We do. The question is, 'What are you going to do about it?' "
What to do about racism in the Chicago Police Department is a far from new ...Read more
For every complex problem, H.L. Mencken wrote, there is an answer that is neat, plausible -- and wrong. Donald Trump should write that quote on his forehead -- backwards, so it's the first thing he reads in the mirror every morning.
The billionaire Republican presidential frontrunner bedazzles his fans with easy-sounding solutions that you ...Read more
It's hard to say why former President Bill Clinton went so far off-script to defend his 1994 anticrime law against Black Lives Matter hecklers at a Philadelphia rally for his wife's presidential campaign.
Did he forget that he, too, renounced his own law, the Violent Crime Control and Prevention Act of 1994, last July at the NAACP convention in...Read more
A group of Emory University students recently made news by demanding protection from being put "in pain," as one student chant put it, by slogans like "Accept the Inevitable: Trump 2016" chalked overnight on campus walkways.
In pain? They could just wait for rain to wash their troubles away.
That's what Salman Rushdie, a writer who knows a ...Read more
Anvil of God: Book One of the Carolingian ChroniclesJ. Boyce Gleason
Publishers Weekly - Starred Review:
Gleason's gripping historical novel offers readers a vivid mix of bloody battles, intriguing characters, and plenty of pagan sex rites.
Historical Novel Society:
Gleason's utterly confident novel is nothing ...
I used to chuckle when Donald Trump called himself a "unifier." So far, the Republican front-runner has been about as unifying as a fox in a henhouse.
Yet unity appeared in unexpected ways after his comments on abortion rights in a town meeting with host Chris Matthews on MSNBC. The Donald's views, which he appeared to be sorting out even as we...Read more
"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling strongly objects to those who compare Lord Voldemort, the "Dark Lord" who is Potter's archenemy in Rowling's novels, to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
As Potter fans know, Voldemort strikes so much fear into the hearts of other wizards that they refer to him only as "You-Know-Who" or "He Who...Read more
A pivotal debate has broken out in conservative ranks in the age of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Call it "the Trumpists vs. the anti-Trumpists."
The anti-Trumpists, including the editors of William F. Buckley's seminal National Review magazine, don't think he's a true conservative. Their free-market approaches differ ...Read more
Thank you, Merrick Garland. Your stalled appointment to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama gives me another outrage to write about besides Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
This grateful pundit salutes you, although unfortunately the stubborn refusal of Republican leaders to grant you a proper hearing -- and up-or-down confirmation...Read more
It is a strikingly appropriate that FX is running its surprisingly gripping true-crime series "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" during the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.
How are they related? Let me count the ways.
Trials, like political campaigns, are contests between dueling narratives. The side with the best story ...Read more
During a weekend of violence at some of Donald Trump's rallies, I received a flurry of angry emails, all playing the same game of "How would you feel?"
How would you feel, I was asked in one note, if a group of Ku Klux Klansmen broke up a Bernie Sanders rally?
That's a round-about way of referring to the violence that erupted at Trump rallies,...Read more
Pollsters had a heap of explaining to do after Sen. Bernie Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Michigan's Democratic primary, beating odds that pollsters had put at 99-to-one.
Polls had Clinton leading Sanders by anywhere from 5 percent to 37 percent in the final week. He won by 50 percent to 48 percent.
Poll ...Read more
Did Sen. Bernie Sanders really say that white people "don't know what it's like to be poor?" Well, yes, he said it, but he didn't mean it, which only shows how quickly serious presidential debates can turn pretty goofy.
In context, the Vermont Democrat's "ghetto gaffe," as some headline writes quickly branded it, came during Sunday's Democratic...Read more
"You can't insult your way to the White House," Jeb Bush told Donald Trump in an early Republican presidential debate. Oh, really?
Trump has since seized a commanding lead as the party's frontrunner. Jeb Bush, who entered the race with the biggest war chest outside of Trump's pocket change, has dropped out.
Two of his remaining competitors, ...Read more
To those who admire Donald Trump's pushback campaign against political correctness, please note of how quickly his own inner thought cop leaps forth when his own fragile ego is poked.
"I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money," Trump said in ...Read more
In the final Republican presidential primary debate before Super Tuesday, all five of the candidates took the FBI's side in the bureau's dispute with Apple over a terrorist's cellphone that the feds want to decrypt. But do the candidates really know what they're supporting?
The comments they gave, crackling with applause lines, caused me to ...Read more
So now The Donald is running against the pope.
After waging a presidential campaign that appears to have been all but directed by Triumph the Insult Dog, billionaire developer Donald Trump has outdone his earlier displays of bold audacity. This time he's taking on Pope Francis.
That's right. A man whose name is associated with wealth, power ...Read more