Politics, Moderate



Point of View

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Pity the poor reporter in any newsroom who is assigned to cover the latest Gallup Poll release on Americans' satisfaction with the treatment on women in society. When respondents were asked "how satisfied with treatment of women in society" they were, 46% of female respondents said they were unsatisfied, and 62% of the men said they were pretty ...Read more

Mom Distortions

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Moms for Liberty -- an ultraconservative group that identifies with parental rights in schools -- started in Florida, but they've settled in Virginia right now because Virginia is the most important game in town politically -- in fact, in the whole country.

Their name and cause are a teeny bit bogus. I mean, is there an organization called Moms...Read more

National Hypocrisy Day

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

There was something disconcerting about Monday, Oct. 11. On the very same day, we commemorated both a seriously oppressed group and a symbol of the group's oppressors.

Christopher Columbus discovered America in the larger sense (his first stop was an island in the Bahamas in 1492), and he ran roughshod over any indigenous people he encountered....Read more

Getting Kicks

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

"The (plug in random NFL team) play Radio City Rockettes offense. One, two, three, kick." That's an old football joke. If you don't understand the finer points of the game, ask your wife.

And if you don't get how Washington deals with crises, it's the same thing. The politicians just punt the ball a short distance away. This way, they keep ...Read more

First Default in History

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Do you know the difference between company and labor negotiations at Kellogg's in Battle Creek, Michigan, and the Republican-Democrat debt ceiling battle? Among other things, it's leverage. Fourteen hundred cereal workers are on strike at Kellogg's after a year-long impasse at the bargaining table between management and a local chapter of the ...Read more

For Release Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

BYLINE: By Bob Franken

TITLE: Woody Woodpecker is not laughing

Unless you're a member of the Audubon Society, you're about to learn more about woodpeckers than you ever thought you'd know. Or care to.

I hate those detective shows where they say, "I'm sorry for your loss." But yeah, it's like that. I'm REALLY sorry for your loss because, I ...Read more

Code Cash

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

The phone company is going about it all wrong: The Washington, D.C., area is getting a new area code (771), and instead of fending off complaints because new lines aren't getting the traditional 202, they should charge more for the new one. That way, the customer can avoid being associated with Washington, the seat of national government.

Is it...Read more



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