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Lazy Democrats Deserve Prime Blame for the Ruination of Roe v. Wade

From the Left / Dick Polman /

It’s shocking that someone within the Supreme Court enclave would take the extraordinary step to leak the draft opinion that kills Roe v. Wade and propels women back to the coat-hanger era. But what’s not shocking in the slightest is the draft opinion itself.

Did we really expect anything else? It’s not as if the Republican rightists ...Read more

Hillary Clinton Keeps Getting It Right

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Just as it’s a waste of time for Republicans to refight the results of the 2020 election, it certainly does no good for anti-MAGAs to refight what happened in the previous race. Nevertheless, I wince on occasion when I contemplate how our country would’ve been far better served if the popular vote winner in 2016 had ascended to the Oval ...Read more

Putin has a chance to conquer France

From the Left / Dick Polman /

I’m guessing that the French presidential election isn’t high on your current list of interests. If not, I suggest you take a long look at the photos that feature Vladimir Putin communing with one of his favorite goons, far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

In the French election runoff on April 24, Le Pen has a decent shot at ...Read more

Mourning the loss of a loved one is not a disease

From the Left / Dick Polman /

My wife of 45 years died six months ago this week. I have been processing her loss ever since. But the American Psychiatric Association now says that I have only six more months to heal myself, and that if I blow the deadline, I should be clinically defined as mentally diseased.

It’s not in my nature to use this column for personal business...Read more

How much more evidence does Merrick Garland need to indict Trump?

From the Left / Dick Polman /

If or when Merrick Garland bestirs himself to action, he’d do well to ponder the new federal court ruling that drops the hammer on coup conspirator John Eastman.

On Monday, the case for indicting Donald Trump was succinctly framed and arguably wrapped in a bow. And this was without even knowing what Trump may have said to fellow ...Read more

The predictably lying liars are plotting to give Joe pain at the pump

From the Left / Dick Polman /

When I hear Republicans blaming President Biden for high gas prices, I’m reminded of what scribe Mary McCarthy once said of her rival Lillian Hellman: “Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the.”

I wouldn’t go quite that far in condemning Republicans for their current propaganda. But aside from those two little words, they...Read more

Is America strong enough to endure domestic sacrifice?

From the Left / Dick Polman /

During World War II, Americans put up with rationed gas and car tires, rationed coal and fuel oil, rationed silk and nylon, rationed meat and daily products, rationed jams and jellies, even rationed coffee.

Would today’s Americans – some of whom freaked out, during the worst of the pandemic, when they couldn’t get their hair done – be...Read more

In Time of War, Republicans Giving Aid and Comfort to the Enemy

From the Left / Dick Polman /

I’m old enough to remember when rabid rightist Republicans proclaimed “Better Dead Than Red” and insisted that anyone who was “soft” on Russia should leave this country and go live over there.

I never imagined, back when they paraded themselves as America’s true patriots, that they’d ever pull the ultimate switcheroo and morph ...Read more

Sandy Hook Parents Beat the Gun Merchants

From the Left / Dick Polman /

We who abhor gun violence and loathe gun merchants have been dreaming of the day when a few aggrieved parties pull off a miracle and gain a small measure of justice.

So it was sweet this week to learn that nine families devastated by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of 2012 had extracted a $73 million settlement from Remington Arms, ...Read more

Big deal, Trump broke another law

From the Left / Dick Polman /

At this point in our sick national saga, is there any law that Trump hasn’t broken?

A federal statute on the books – Title 18, Section 2071 of the U.S. Code – spells out the provisions of the Presidential Records Act of 1978. All materials generated by a president, in the furtherance of his (or her) official duties, automatically belong...Read more

Big deal, Trump broke another law

From the Left / Dick Polman /

At this point in our sick national saga, is there any law that Trump hasn’t broken?

A federal statute on the books – Title 18, Section 2071 of the U.S. Code – spells out the provisions of the Presidential Records Act of 1978. All materials generated by a president, in the furtherance of his (or her) official duties, automatically belong...Read more

Clarence and Ginni Thomas, poster couple for high court corruption

From the Left / Dick Polman /

When word spread last week about an imminent Supreme Court retirement, I hoped against hope that it would be Clarence Thomas.

No such luck.

Replacing Clinton appointee Stephen Breyer with a Biden appointee is really no biggie. Ridding the court of Clarence, and his blatant conflicts of interest, would be a major upgrade – at least in ...Read more

Clarence and Ginni Thomas, poster couple for high court corruption

From the Left / Dick Polman /

When word spread last week about an imminent Supreme Court retirement, I hoped against hope that it would be Clarence Thomas.

No such luck.

Replacing Clinton appointee Stephen Breyer with a Biden appointee is really no biggie. Ridding the court of Clarence, and his blatant conflicts of interest, would be a major upgrade – at least in ...Read more

Life becomes ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Seventy years ago, in response to a fantastical-but-true event on the ball field, sportswriter Red Smith wrote: “The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention.”

Indeed there are times, as we all know, when life imitates art imitates life. But this week nothing can top the twisty absurdism of the true tale that bonds Larry ...Read more

Life becomes ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

From the Left / Dick Polman /

Seventy years ago, in response to a fantastical-but-true event on the ball field, sportswriter Red Smith wrote: “The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention.”

Indeed there are times, as we all know, when life imitates art imitates life. But this week nothing can top the twisty absurdism of the true tale that bonds Larry ...Read more

It’s Uncle Joe versus his implacable foes

From the Left / Dick Polman /

In conversation this week with the White House press corps, on the eve of his one-year presidential anniversary, Joe Biden said: “One thing I haven’t been able to do so far is get my Republican friends to get in the game of making things better in this country… I did not anticipate that there’d be such a stalwart effort to make sure that...Read more

It’s Uncle Joe versus his implacable foes

From the Left / Dick Polman /

In conversation this week with the White House press corps, on the eve of his one-year presidential anniversary, Joe Biden said: “One thing I haven’t been able to do so far is get my Republican friends to get in the game of making things better in this country… I did not anticipate that there’d be such a stalwart effort to make sure that...Read more

 

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