It’s different when it’s your home.
I speak from experience. For 46 years, I’ve made my living by expressing my opinions. And an opinion — at least when it’s on a matter of substance — is by definition a divisive thing. That’s why social etiquette requires that you steer clear of talking politics or religion with cocktail party ...Read more
To the Honorable Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:
Have you ever met your wife?
Yes, it’s an impudent question, but it seems justified by the speech you gave Friday at a judicial conference in Atlanta and a question-and-answer session that followed. In an obvious reference to the ...Read more
So let’s talk about That Word.
Meaning the word the political left was using to define itself until the political right got hold of it and made it an object of ridicule. The word that quickly became unusable, even faintly embarrassing.
No, the word is not “woke.”
It is, rather, “liberal,” a word that, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg ...Read more
“Maybe we need to blow this b--ch up.”
Five years ago, that was the considered opinion of comedian Mike Yard, a panelist on Larry Wilmore’s old Comedy Central program, “The Nightly Show.” It came as candidate Bernie Sanders absorbed a crushing primary defeat in New York and it was becoming clear he would not be the Democratic nominee ...Read more
“I was a stranger, and you did not invite me in . . .”
A few words on creating God.
Last week, Right Wing Watch, the liberal watchdog group, flagged online video of a recent interview with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene by one Michael Voris of Church Militant, a far-right Catholic organization. In it, the ...Read more
I’m probably out of step with many of you.
Everywhere I turn, folks are discussing Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter. I certainly get it. After all, it was Monday’s biggest domestic story.
The sale sparked fears that the petulant billionaire will turn one of the world’s leading social-media platforms into an even greater transmitter of ...Read more
She was just trying to defend herself.
It seems a Republican “colleague” had slimed Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow in one of those ad hominem, free-of-facts, detached-from-reality, what-the-heck-are-you-even-talking-about attacks that have unfortunately become a staple of that party.
Specifically, Lana Theis, also a Michigan lawmaker...Read more
Ilhan Omar was right. In fact, it’s not even close.
That will come as heresy and apostasy to those now feigning moral indignation over a tweet the Minnesota congresswoman sent out on Sunday. But that makes it no less true.
In the video Omar shared — about its origin, little is known — a man with a guitar stands in the aisle of a crowded ...Read more
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
Here’s what we’re not going to do here.
We are not going to indulge the lazy rationalizations, false equivalence, cheap gaslighting and other forms of rhetorical chicanery that have become so common to political discourse in this...Read more
Last week, Texas gave us a glimpse of the future. It was not pretty.
It seems that on Thursday, a 26-year-old woman was arrested and charged with murder. Specifically, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Department in tiny Starr County on the Mexican border, Lizelle Herrera “intentionally and knowingly” caused “the death of an ...Read more
We don’t need more unity.
Apologies to Sean Penn, who last week made an earnest case for that virtue in an appearance with — of all people — Sean Hannity on Fox “News.” The actor was discussing “what I experienced emotionally” in Ukraine, where he had been filming a documentary when Russia invaded.
“We all talk about how ...Read more
What if the coup already came and nobody noticed?
It sounds nonsensical, yes. How does a coup go unnoticed? The conventional wisdom, as we learn more about the election of 2020 and the insurrection of 2021, is that by the machinations of Ginni Thomas, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump and others, America came thisclose to suffering an extralegal ...Read more
Two hundred times, they failed to get it done.
They failed after 1899. That was the year an African-American man named Sam Hose was massacred by a white mob near Newnan, Georgia, that castrated him, skinned his face, then cooked him alive over a fire and parceled out pieces of his body; his knuckles were offered for sale by a grocer in Atlanta....Read more
Sorry, but there is no excuse.
Not that that’s stopped some people from trying to find one. And yes, in case you hadn’t figured it out, we’re talking about the event that has crowded out Ukraine, the pandemic and gas prices as the top topic of public conversation. Meaning, of course, The Slap.
And here begins perhaps the most unnecessary...Read more
Dear New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker:
Some days, you are really irritating.
That’s because you insist on being a happy warrior in grumpy times. With that eternal, internal and, yes, infernal sunshine of yours, you are to the body politic as that 1-877-Kars4Kids ad would be to a man with a hangover.
You float on pink clouds of bipartisan ...Read more
I could get fired for what I’m about to say.
Mind you, that’s not something I expect. I’m just saying it’s theoretically possible. Somebody could object and complain to my boss. Next time you see me, I’m standing on a median strip holding a sign: “Will Opine For Food.”
That would not thrill me, to say the least. But I long ago ...Read more
When Russian bombs began to fall on Ukraine, Julia Tymoshenko called her aunt in Moscow.
She told her about spending a night in the basement as explosions thundered overhead. Her aunt was unimpressed. “Well, you don’t know who did that,” she said. “We’re seeing one thing on the news, you’re seeing another thing on the news.”
So, what shall we make of Rep. Kinzinger’s apology?
Adam Kinzinger, Republican from Illinois, took to Twitter last Friday with a remarkable statement of contrition for failing to hold the last president accountable. He wrote that his “biggest regret” was his decision to vote against Donald Trump’s first impeachment. “The bottom line, ...Read more
They have never once been right. Did you ever notice that? Do you ever think about it? Never once.
Oh, in matters of, say, foreign affairs or military strategy, one might contend that conservatives have had their moments, made arguments that, arguably, made sense. But on matters of social evolution, they’ve compiled a remarkable record: They�...Read more
They drove 64 miles in a circle.
That’s the length of the Capital Beltway, the ribbon of asphalt that loops around Washington, D.C. For over four hours on Sunday, the so-called “People’s Convoy,” estimated at about a thousand trucks, RVs and cars drove that circle in protest.
In protest of what? Well, take your pick. Many drivers — ...Read more