R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 23 Feb 2019 19:46:30 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/r-emmett-tyrrell-jr-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell 89b95c9cc1b10eeaf138f29ab0f1c372 What Is in the Pope's Hand? for 02/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/02/19/what-is-in-the-popes-hand Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Pope Francis is increasingly showing his hand. He came into the papacy promising to clean up the Catholic Church, especially on matters of sexual abuse. In doing so, he raised hopes among the laity, especially in America and Latin America. He said all the right things, or at least many of the right things. He traveled the world. Now it is increasingly obvious that he means none of it.</p> <p>Pope Francis comes from Argentina. Yet the more I see of him, the more he looks and sounds like a fat alderman from Chicago. He is slippery and evasive, and I think we all know where he is going to go. <span class="column--highlighted-text">He is heading to the comfortable left, ever to the left. </span>What he really thinks about anything I cannot say, but look at the issues that he claims move him. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 21, 2019</p> 15fcb3202457f6344b43d01bb48fea40 Democrats: The Party of Dinkelspiels for 02/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/02/19/democrats-the-party-of-dinkelspiels Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; As President Donald J. Trump climbs to the highest approval rating he has reached in his presidency, we keep hearing about how much trouble he is in. He cannot possibly be re-elected, the critics tell us, while his approval rating rises above 50 percent and his disapproval rating detumesces. </p> <p>Well, I would agree with the critics if his opponent in 2020 were Abraham Lincoln or George Washington or Franklin D. Roosevelt, or even Ronald Reagan &#8212; he was the president that the left still calls stupid, though he figured out how to win the Cold War without firing a shot and wrote many more of his own public utterances than any president since Woodrow Wilson &#8212; that is, <i> professor </i> Woodrow Wilson. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Yet in 2020, Trump will be running against a Democrat, a living Democrat. No deceased Democrat can run, and the living Democrats constitute a melange of dinkelspiels.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> 3fa63ca72ec0fce7ea4a09ca450e34f0 The Case of Ralph Northam for 02/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/02/19/the-case-of-ralph-northam Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Whatever is to be the ultimate fate of the wretched Gov. Ralph Northam of the great commonwealth of Virginia, I wonder what he now thinks about those who use the term "racism" as loosely as he did in his race with Ed Gillespie. In his rabble-rousing 2017 campaign, he actually rebuked Gillespie for his nonexistent "racist rhetoric and fearmongering." I do not recall his apologizing for that false charge in his apology-laden press conference over the weekend. Nor do I recall any apology from him about statements he made about late-term abortion during the past week. He was apologizing for various recreations of his that occurred some 35 years ago.</p> <p>As everyone doubtless now knows, over three decades ago, a picture appeared in Northam's medical school yearbook page portraying two people, one dressed in blackface, another dressed in the gothic paraphernalia of a Klansman. Claims were made that one of these bigots was Northam. The governor at first apologized for the picture. Then he denied it was him, though his apologies became even more fervent when he admitted to having appeared on another occasion wearing black shoe polish on his face and mimicking Michael Jackson doing Jackson's famed "moonwalk." The roof caved in on Northam, with Republicans and Democrats in a lather to outdo one another in calling for his scalp &#8212; if I might still use the term. If I have committed an offense, I, of course, apologize, and that is a profuse apology, before Pocahontas gets into the act. </p> <p>I have attempted to come to terms with Northam's predicament. Since his press conference, all sorts of claims have been made against him. He has been compared to our president. He has even been compared to Brett Kavanaugh, though Kavanaugh has been convicted of no crime and has not even apologized profusely for any crime. Actually, he has been raised to the Supreme Court.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 07, 2019</p> 4a5d431022b8f13d29358899d5abc254 Nancy and Anger Management for 01/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/01/19/nancy-and-anger-management Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The Great Debate between President Donald J. Trump and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives came to a rather shabby end just before the book-reviewing sections of our great newspapers reviewed an anthropological marvel, "The Goodness Paradox." In this lively book and an earlier book, "Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence," Richard Wrangham, an anthropologist at Harvard University, examines the extraordinary violence of chimpanzees. </p> <p>You thought they were cute and playful? Guess again. In fact, one reviewer assessing professor Wrangham's work adjudged chimpanzees even more violent than humans. As he put it, "Humans are not alone in being more peaceful on the whole than chimpanzees." Yet I, for one, would like to know how this learned reviewer accounts for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. How does she compare with chimpanzees in the wild?</p> <p>She hung on for weeks, refusing to budge on her rejection of a wall across our southern border. She had mainstream media goading her on, though it did not appear to me that she needed much goading. Her answer to our president was "NO. No to the wall." Those who read the reviews this past weekend of "The Goodness Paradox" and "Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence" were surely put in mind of Pelosi standing in the doorway of the House of Representatives, her little fists on her hips, shouting, "NO. No to the wall." <p>Updated: Thu Jan 31, 2019</p> 628f291494ad43eb2a9f36955ec48578 When Toxic Masculinity Meets Harry's Razor for 01/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/01/19/when-toxic-masculinity-meets-harrys-razor Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Do you remember when rock 'n' roll took its turn for the worse? It was sometime in the 1960s when Bob Dylan and those in his thrall began singing songs about politics. Next came songs about our health. Soon it was songs about politics, our health and Eastern mysticism. By the time the rock 'n' rollers had moved on to vegetarianism and global warming, I had given up on rock 'n' roll, and the rock 'n' rollers were &#8212; let me add &#8212; expiring from ghastly diseases and drug overdoses and, I am sure, suicide. They all made life sound so unbearable that suicide &#8212; for them &#8212; made perfect sense. Why did not one of these pontificators sing the praises of suicide just before conking out? Maybe a few did. I had lost interest.</p> <p>Now that the rock 'n' rollers have, for the most part, been replaced by talk radio, there is a new species of pontificator on the scene, the goody-two shoes of the giant corporation. Even as they produce questionable products, they are lecturing us against pollution, contributions to global warming, carbonated beverages, etc., etc., ad nauseam. The latest giant corporation to produce its unctuous blah on how to be saintly is Gillette, owned by an even larger corporation, Procter & Gamble. Gillette is lecturing its customers on something called "toxic masculinity," and it is bringing in the quacks at the American Psychological Association for their professional opinion.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 24, 2019</p> 524eef807f9fbbf20e28c8b8c16d7efc The Democrats' Blueprint for Impeachment for 01/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/01/19/the-democrats-blueprint-for-impeachment Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Do you recall back in July of 2016 when candidate Donald J. Trump brought down the house at a campaign press conference in Miami by jokingly pleading with the Russians to hack into Hillary Clinton's emails? Bill Clinton's wife &#8212; Bruno, as we call her &#8212; was claiming that she had lost some 30,000 emails, so Trump got a laugh by saying, "Russia, if you're listening, I hope your able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing." At least he got a laugh from the civilized minority who was following him. Apparently, we of the civilized minority were contributing to an act of treason. We will possibly all be indicted.</p> <p>Over the weekend, The New York Times revealed that that seemingly harmless joke roused the suspicions of the FBI. So apparently did a retired British spy's idiotic dossier, which claimed Trump was involved in some kind of gynecological exuberance in a Russian "honey trap." Such claims led the bureau to open a secret investigation into the Trump campaign and his early presidency. The FBI has quietly been investigating him for a couple of years now and will, I have no doubt, insist that he has been colluding with the Russians on some dark and clearly illegal dealings, though The Times was careful to add that special counsel Robert Mueller III has, as yet, found no collusion by President Trump.</p> <p>Thus Donald Trump is the first presidential candidate ever to be suspected of treason in American history. He may be the first to be indicted. Possibly, he will be hanged.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 17, 2019</p> 3bb9da1b453d3a25f0864eaa6a6a426e Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Faces Poverty's Demise Worldwide for 01/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/01/19/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-faces-povertys-demise-worldwide Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; As every public-spirited citizen of these United States knows by now, 29-year-old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. She, of a sudden, represents New York's 14th District, having beaten what the mainstream media calls an old <i> white </i> male by the name of <i> Joe Crowley </i>, though why the color of his skin should matter is a mystery. Miss Ocasio-Cortez also has perfectly lovely white skin, much like Mr. Crowley does, and even Sen. Elizabeth Warren does, despite her ever-changing genealogy. Yet only Crowley receives the media's "white skin" charge.</p> <p>Actually, I am not certain Miss Ocasio-Cortez is really 29 years old. I have reviewed her public utterances since she entered public life some 12 months ago, and she sounds more like a 14-year-old. Yet somewhere along the way she acquired a taste for economics, which in her flighty mind she confuses with expropriation of the wealth of those she considers "rich." Bearing in mind that her last job in the private sector was a bartender, her conception of "rich" might extend to the guy at the end of the bar who drinks champagne. He will not be drinking champagne for long, if Alexandria has her way. She is a self-proclaimed democratic socialist &#8212; in other words, a reactionary. She and people like her have been missing how the world has changed, lo these past decades. </p> <p>She would bring us back to the levels of taxation practiced 40 years ago. Now she and other reactionary socialists, for instance Sen. Bernie Sanders, long for those days of higher taxes, lower growth, less stress on the world's resources and more government control &#8212; in other words, we are told, life as it is lived in Cuba but without the obtrusive dictatorship. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 10, 2019</p> a4b237a1813b9b6060b3f061e78c67de Who Will Take on President Trump? for 01/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/01/19/who-will-take-on-president-trump Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Did you follow the press in 2018? Apparently, most members of the press do not like our president, Donald J. Trump. Many of them think he is a tyrant in the making. Others think he is stupid and a tyrant in the making. They believe he is likely to be beaten in 2020. I think he would be beaten, too, if he were running against Franklin D. Roosevelt or Ronald W. Reagan or George Washington, but he will most likely be running against one of the patheticoes bejeweling the Democratic Party today. And frankly, I cannot detect a Roosevelt or a Reagan or a Washington in the field, not even a Washington Boulevard.</p> <p>I can detect a Charles Schumer and a Nancy Pelosi, though both are likely to be undone by President Trump's talk of a wall. Just wait until 2020 and see how unpopular President Trump's wall will be. And in the case of House Democratic leader Pelosi, she is always apt to forget her place in a speech, or even where she is giving that speech. Let us face the facts: The Democratic Party is getting pretty long in the tooth.</p> <p>It is time for the Party to come up with a new generation, and that suggests the presidential prospects of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress. The problem is that she sounds like the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress. I would put her age at roughly 14, and that is not a precocious 14. To be candid, she is a born dolt. Then there is Beto O'Rourke. I am not sure where the congressman got the nickname Beto, but if I were in Beto's shoes, I would have stuck with his birth certificate, which clearly reads Robert Francis O'Rourke. "Robert Francis" worked for Robert Francis Kennedy, and Beto has a Bob Kennedy haircut and the teeth to go with it. Why not run as Robert Francis Kennedy?<p>Updated: Thu Jan 03, 2019</p> 7c629cccbe05c5ae60fc321eb1226406 The Crisis of America's Upper Class for 12/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/12/18/the-crisis-of-americas-upper-class Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It had to happen. The United States of America has been the most desirable piece of real estate to inhabit for more than 200 years. It was only a matter of time before outsiders took note of our open borders to the north and the south and decided to enter without proper documentation. Those borders have been sparsely patrolled. And so, they entered by the thousands, probably by the millions, some bringing garbage, as commentator Tucker Carlson recently observed, others bringing criminal records, virtually none bringing documents attesting to their legal entry. What was to be done? </p> <p>Well, in 2016, a candidate for the presidency, a builder and developer who had seen enough of our open borders, promised to build a wall across the 1,954 miles of our southern border to keep the illegal aliens out. If he could build behemoth buildings in New York City, he could build a wall across the open spaces of our southern border. And in 2016, he was elected president. Donald Trump was elected for many reasons, but one reason he got to the White House was he promised the wall, and a caravan of thousands of unruly Central Americans demonstrated as recently as a few weeks ago why we need that wall. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 27, 2018</p> c578b7cd0c71b92d2f53bed1b557a260 Whatever Happened to Skid Row? for 12/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/12/18/whatever-happened-to-skid-row Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Homelessness is up for the second year in a row. That is no surprise to me. I spent the last few days in New York City, where it seems the homeless are as numerous as the tourists. They are everywhere. Not that they are not numerous in our nation's capital, too. I returned to Washington by the train, and there are areas of Union Station that are as populated with homeless people as the nearby shelter. The scenes are appalling. What can be done for these poor wretches?</p> <p>The homeless have been one of the country's vexed problems since the 1980s when the left became concerned about them &#8212; all the more so to give the Reagan administration another social problem to be blamed for. But the truth is that the homeless have always been the left's problem and the left's clients. In ancient times, hobos or skid rows were always there, though they did not embrace men, women and children. And, come to think about it, there were few people who were dependent on social workers. Is it possible that social workers and their allies in city government created homelessness? It is worth thinking about in an era that is characterized by the lowest unemployment in nearly 50 years and rising wages?<p>Updated: Thu Dec 20, 2018</p> 8ec87e8c2235b65f3e4784a4c6c91614 One Final Word for George Herbert Walker Bush for 12/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/12/18/one-final-word-for-george-herbert-walker-bush Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Now that America has had its holiday from politics, we can get back to poking one another in the eye, slipping one another a mickey and otherwise breaking the rules of decorum for the ladies and gentlemen of public life. </p> <p>Our holiday from politics was occasioned by the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, as fine a gent as has entered public life in decades. Every testimonial delivered to him last week was deserved, save one. That was a petty line from the eulogy delivered by historian Jon Meacham. It was just one lapse into pettiness, but it deserves to be reckoned with, for it demonstrates just how poisonous ideological politics is today. Meacham disfigured the historic record to advance his ideological point of view, as I shall demonstrate to you shortly. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 13, 2018</p> bb6af7ed7a02dcede79cf1f53736e938 Democrats in Trouble for 12/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/12/18/democrats-in-trouble-f303c Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Washington &#8212; I see that that the presidential prospects of Michael Avenatti have suffered a setback. Actually, they have suffered several setbacks. Critics of the aspiring Democratic candidate for 2020 are hopeful that his days as a candidate are numbered.</p> <p>His bookings on the cable networks are down, and it is going to be very difficult for him to get attention if his cable network bookings are down. His celebrity client Stormy Daniels has taken a powder from his campaign, and it is going to be very difficult for him to get attention without Stormy at his side. What Democrat in his or her right mind would support the candidacy of Michael Avenatti without his porn star celebrity nearby?<p>Updated: Thu Dec 06, 2018</p> 0cef0366ea018118fdd7343b5920a14f The Passing of a Giant for 11/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/18/the-passing-of-a-giant-4b1f7 Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; On Nov. 10, the conservative movement lost a giant: Herbert London, a Renaissance man, a scholar steeped in the Great Books tradition, a principled politician and a warm, personal friend of mine. I am running out of friends such as Herb. </p> <p>When I say he was a giant, he was 6 feet, 5 inches tall, led his high school basketball team to a city championship in New York City, and played ball well enough for Columbia College to be recruited by the NBA. An injury made his career in the NBA unthinkable, and so, he returned to Columbia. Studying under such great minds as Jacques Barzun, he acquired a lifelong interest in the Great Books of Western civilization. At Columbia Teachers College, he earned a master's degree. He went on to earn a doctorate at New York University and a Fulbright scholarship to Australia. Returning to New York University, he began a distinguished career as an educator and eventually founded the school's Great Books-orientated Gallatin Division in 1972, which he directed until 1992. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 29, 2018</p> 4e41ee8f90c4333ccbb521d0daa695f9 Jonestown and the Jane Fonda Crowd for 11/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/18/jonestown-and-the-jane-fonda-crowd Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Forty years ago this past Sunday, more than 900 men, women and children killed themselves or were murdered in Jonestown, Guyana. Geography buffs will note that Jonestown is just east of Venezuela, where yet another crazed left-wing experiment is being played out today, though on a much larger scale. And hence, the prospect of death on an even grander scale is still possible in that once prosperous country.</p> <p>Yet 40 years ago on Nov. 18, the deaths were not over. In San Francisco, the hometown of Jonestown's colony of death, there were still more deaths to be carried out. Harvey Milk, a local political charlatan, and George Moscone, San Francisco's mayor, would be gunned down nine days later. It was all part of a festival of carnage that was going on in the City by the Bay, and surely it is still going on there today, though not on the grand scale of Jonestown. Cities under Democratic control have a way of producing death and destruction. We know Chicago is dripping with blood, but San Francisco still has its moments.</p> <p>Jonestown was the dream of the Rev. Jim Jones, a lunatic Marxist, an atheistic evangelical (all things are possible in San Francisco) and a practiced spellbinder. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 22, 2018</p> 7669089cadf4da7d9a8b0d6dc8473339 From Churchill to Trump for 11/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/18/from-churchill-to-trump Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I have been reading a most perspicacious book by my friend Andrew Roberts. It is just out: "Churchill: Walking With Destiny." It is terrific. In fact, I shall hazard the judgment that readers will not completely understand the greatest political leader of the 20th century (and one of the most endearing) without reading Roberts' "Churchill."</p> <p>As Roberts will be quick to say, his "Churchill" is written on the foundations laid by the writing of Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill's official biographer, who died a few years ago, and on the insights of half a dozen other astute historians. Yet Roberts' book has enjoyed the benefit of recently opened archives, and his own shrewd and seasoned observations that go back 30 years. He is one of the great historians of his generation, and he is stupendously readable.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 15, 2018</p> 828a3d12818610d43d285adf75e895c3 Gary Hart and an Outbreak of Fake News for 11/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/11/18/gary-hart-and-an-outbreak-of-fake-news Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Well, it is not all bad news! Official Washington has unveiled its presidential candidate for 2020, and he will be every bit as effective as the Democrats running for the House of Representatives and the Senate were yesterday. He was chosen by official Washington's kingmaker this past Sunday on the op-ed page of The New York Times, Maureen Dowd. He is 81 years old, and he will be 83 when he enters office. He already run for the presidency twice in the 1980s, so he is no ingenue at this game. He ran on New Ideas back in the 1980s, so this time around they will be Very New Ideas, such as socialism and vegetarianism, and maybe he will have a gender reconfiguration, or whatever they will be calling it by 2020.</p> <p>The candidate chosen by Boss Dowd is Gary Hart, whom she introduced to her readers as "a tall man with white hair, granite features, black jeans," etc., etc. Granite features do not mean that Hart is a stone head. Take la Dowd's word for it; he is an intellectual. But then again, are not all Democrats intellectuals? I think he plays a guitar and tweets. He is so active on his Tweeter account that he supplements his diet of meat and potatoes with birdseed. It helps him tweet. You can tell he resorts to birdseed by the whiteness of his hair.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 08, 2018</p> b06a146b796edd202dc2e13bc1bf1330 Media-Trump Truce Abandoned for 11/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/18/media-trump-truce-abandoned Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Last week, upon the arrest of this wretched man, Cesar Sayoc, I heard some good news. Within hours of his arrest, commentators on all sides admitted that, "Enough is enough." Let the recriminations subside. There will be no more virulent charges against the left or the right. Even President Donald Trump seemed to agree, and in his public appearances I detected a note of munificence. He was stepping forward as president of all the people.</p> <p>Well, apparently, I had been swept away by my legendary idealism. The very next day some coward opened fire on a Jewish congregation at prayer, and the ceasefire abruptly ended. Not that Trump ended it. The left ended it, and I suppose some firebrands on the right did, too. I do not remain au courant with the crank right. The crank left I cannot avoid. It is everywhere. The kind of mindset that appears in Alex Jones' InfoWars now dominates mainstream media. All that is different is the enemy. At InfoWars, the enemy is the left. With the mainstream media the enemy is Donald Trump. Such is the degradation of American public discourse.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 01, 2018</p> 55b634d9673438375e6a7e8c00f8efbe Hurricane Trump for 10/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/18/hurricane-trump Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The midterm elections are fast approaching. All sorts of forecasts are coming out. Oddly enough, no one has asked me what I think the outcome might be. </p> <p>You might remember I disgraced myself in the last election by prophesying that Donald J. Trump would win. I predicted him to be the winner back in the summer of 2016. I predicted his victory throughout the fall. In point of fact, I predicted his victory to the candidate himself on his campaign plane at the height of the "Access Hollywood" hullabaloo, and to his surprise, I might add. Then I continued my forlorn predictions right up until Hillary Clinton, on the morning of Nov. 8 and while fighting off a Karamazovian hangover, agreed with me. Donald had won. She had lost, whereupon she joined with her friends in the media and in the Democratic Party to blame her loss on the Russians. We have yet to detect their evidence.</p> <p>As I recall, only Seth Lipsky of The New York Sun and Ben Smith of BuzzFeed acknowledged my singular vaticinations from the national press gallery. I guess I should consider myself lucky for not being kicked out of the profession. Certainly, Lipsky and Smith were the only two who noticed my monotonous pronouncement. Month in and month out, I proclaimed that Trump was headed for victory. To this day, no one has asked how I could have been so certain. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 25, 2018</p> fcc2ed15c923b604726f80c5f569d77a The Pope At a Loss for Words for 10/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/18/the-pope-at-a-loss-for-words Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Back in late August, Pope Francis declared that he would "not say a word" about a letter from a former Vatican envoy to Washington, D.C., who claimed among other things that he had ignored sexual abuse charges made against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, formerly archbishop of Washington. The letter was written by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, and it also implicated the present archbishop of Washington in a cover-up of McCarrick's decades of misbehavior. That would be Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Well, as of Friday, Wuerl's resignation has been accepted by the pope. So is the pope going to continue to remain mum?</p> <p>In accepting Wuerl's resignation, the pope said the archbishop's admission to "mistakes" made in his handling of sexually abusive priests demonstrated his "nobility." Is this really the pope's spin on what has to be one of the church's most serious scandals in centuries? Is that all that he is going to say? His continued silence is characteristic of the pope and typical of the Vatican. He has still said very little about the predatory behavior of an astonishingly large number of American Catholic priests. In the diocese of Pittsburgh alone, 300 errant priests were mentioned in an August grand jury report that goes back 70 years.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 18, 2018</p> 536f97f5b6ade761e011adcfe5bc28c2 Columbus Day, Yes. Indigenous Peoples Day, No for 10/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/r-emmett-tyrrell/10/18/columbus-day-yes-indigenous-peoples-day-no Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I was wandering through the newspapers this weekend trying to find a cheerful story, or at least an optimistic story. It was pretty grim business. My guess is that it would have been even grimmer business if I had been wandering through the cable news networks. Oh, of course Fox News would have been optimistic, but that is about it. </p> <p>So I stayed away from the cable news drear and confined myself to the newspapers, That is to say, the newspapers' drear. As I say, it was a grim weekend. There was one column about Sen. Lindsey Graham becoming the president's "slobbering manservant." It made some sense since Sen. Graham has become my new hero, and I remember him going back to 1997 when it took several of his colleagues to restrain him from smacking a rude congressman. There were endless stories about Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the sainted Christine Blasey Ford and a very odd confession by a woman who claimed to have been raped <i> twice </i>. It happened in college, so I suppose I should not have been surprised. I would have directed her to the police after her first grisly experience, but what do I know? I have avoided college life for almost half a century.</p> <p>One story did catch my eye. It was a story about Columbus Day. Not that it was a happy story, but at least it was not all about how all men hate women and all women hate men, and even household pets are not very happy in America.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 11, 2018</p>