Suzanne Fields from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:54:01 -0700 Suzanne Fields from Creators Syndicate b92e63a550b0c9b5e84bd431c7ecb33d Singapore Beyond the Theatrics for 06/15/2018 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un introduced a new kind of reality show when they met in Singapore. It wasn't a matter of who would be fired or voted off the island. The stakes were nuclear, or, to be precise, the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." This was the powerful aphrodisiac that lured the president to Singapore.</p> <p>Is Kim singing the siren's song? Or is he serious? Was this reality TV or merely reality? These are the questions that engaged us as we watched the president's dealmaking. The coverage was more a review of theatrics than high-stakes negotiation and framed as which man was the better actor.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 15, 2018</p> 0fc1e7f7aaba101fa59b0df9c289fc69 Bill Clinton and #MonicaToo for 06/08/2018 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bill Clinton is back, and as Yogi Berra might say, "It's deja vu all over again." Well, not quite.</p> <p>Anyone who watched the former president's NBC "Today" show interview with Craig Melvin saw the same old leopard with the same old spots and the same old chutzpah. But at 71 and out of power, he's less protected by friends in the media and consequently less persuasive. We're all looking at the Clinton years through a clearer lens now, and his explanations for wrongdoing range from unbelievable to offensive to the stuff of satire.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 08, 2018</p> 953aef065314c303b4d845e80421d261 Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe Sounds a Warning to a New Generation for 06/01/2018 Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>BERLIN &#8212; The American response to the history of the Holocaust is changing. So, too, is the response of the Germans. "History teaches, but has no pupils," Antonio Gramsci, a Marxist philosopher, once said. But he was wrong.</p> <p>Pupils abound, but they often do not limit their curiosity to what their teachers teach them. The history of the Holocaust is a kaleidoscope of fact and opinion dispensed among different generations, and rigorous discussion and debate is always a strong disinfectant to apply to both misinformation and disinformation. Updates are required.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 01, 2018</p> ce8e1e807d910a1d827b008fc52b35c6 Now Arriving: Porn Feminism for 05/11/2018 Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We've entered the porn phase of feminism. You could call it the third stage. Those of the first stage, led by Susan B. Anthony and the suffragettes, wore white to proclaim their virtue and show themselves as morally superior to men who opposed them. They won the vote in 1920, despite then-President Woodrow Wilson's frown.</p> <p>The second stage arrived in the 1960s, when Betty Friedan's book, "The Feminine Mystique," appealed to middle-class mothers confined to homes she described as "comfortable concentration camps." She said such women could be more profitably and psychologically rewarded in the workplace as equals to men. Second-stage feminists are the grandmothers of the #MeToo movement.<p>Updated: Fri May 11, 2018</p> 43258d6abeb60c6f7452446caf27e74c Just in Time, Springtime in Washington for 05/04/2018 Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's hard to remember a season when so many informed, knowledgeable and sophisticated men and women spent so much time talking about the weather and longing for change, literally and figuratively; complaining about the windy days of winter; and yearning for the extended days of light and warmth, when that lucky ol' sun finally chases away cloud and murk. On that, Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative, clumsy Romeo and angry feminist are at last united, if only for a little while.</p> <p>In one article, Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal mimics a bird's song, a harbinger of spring, as if the bird were a source (And why not?), writing "byeet-byeet-chur-chur-chur." She contrasts the birdsong with the machine-shop cacophony of President Donald Trump's tweets and telephone calls. The winter's turbulence retreats reluctantly.<p>Updated: Fri May 04, 2018</p> 2ee6d2da17652dd0448f5b5e56a9ad4c Finally, We Can Let Melania Be Melania for 04/27/2018 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This has been the fortnight of the first ladies. Last week, the focus was on two former first ladies, one through mourning and fond admiring recollections, and one through yet another book of scathing analytical criticism. Barbara Bush was celebrated for her blunt dignity. Hillary Clinton was recalled for her campaign of blunt excuses for her own failures.</p> <p>In death, Bush was praised as an old-fashioned matriarch speaking her mind with a sharp tongue, loved by family and lauded as the wife of one president and the mother of another. In life, Clinton has never been at home in the role of "wife of," and she took pride in not being the kind of wife and mother who stayed home and baked cookies. She yearned for an Oval Office of her own and blames everyone but herself for not getting there.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 27, 2018</p> 235fb73e8a6a4fbeb497d7aa13d992e8 The G-Men and Their Emojis for 04/20/2018 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Once upon a time in a previous century, I was invited to watch a widely banned movie, "I Am Curious (Yellow)," in company with a number of FBI agents and officials to see just how naughty it was. I had written about censorship and whether the movie was over the line of decency. The U.S. Supreme Court would eventually decide that it wasn't. There were mildly graphic sex scenes, nothing like the R-rated movies of today but enough to make me uncomfortable watching with clean-cut G-men with neatly combed hair, buttoned up jackets and neutral ties. They weren't comfortable either, watching it with a woman present.</p> <p>I tried to look straight at the screen, but when my eyes wandered, I saw frowns of embarrassment around me. Times have obviously moved on, but the discomfort I saw must be what many agents felt listening to the excerpts from former FBI Director James Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty," especially when their ex-boss said there might be some truth, though no evidence, in the salacious details. The social media shorthand described it as the "pee tape."<p>Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018</p> 02a0cec24fbb27d78ffbda37da798f78 Free Speech in the Time of Rant and Rage for 04/13/2018 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Polarities are the spice in a dish of politics in search of a recipe. Sometimes the dish becomes a fallen souffle, and once a souffle falls, no hostess can serve it with pride.</p> <p>The celebrated chefs of Washington's political cuisine are having to deal with fallen souffles cooked to recipes that worked once but now not so much. The midterm elections begin to close on the cooks like the pressure of the approaching first seating at a popular restaurant. Sometimes the chef just quits the kitchen in frustration. Case in point: House Speaker Paul Ryan. The rest of us are stuffed with the unrelenting breaking news that scrambles every point of view into something that looks more like a kitchen disaster than dinner.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 13, 2018</p> a7fdc6e5fc6e7896591ca27ce0933033 A Good Man Is Still Hard to Find for 04/06/2018 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Women have been complaining since the original Adams family was evicted from the Garden of Eden that "A good man is hard to find." Despite radical feminist mockery of the very idea of manliness, that men are natural sexual predators, most women &#8212; with very few exceptions &#8212; still want one. </p> <p>The #MeToo movement has nevertheless changed a lot of things in the wake of the sexual harassment-scandal season. One of them is the regard in which men are universally held by women. <span class="column--highlighted-text">It often seems we're back to the '80s, when there was a similar assault on the idea of manhood and some women decried all sex as rape.</span><p>Updated: Fri Apr 06, 2018</p> 8f4d12ba592be83d60971ab7027e4229 Trying the Golden Rule in Washington for 03/30/2018 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>So much turmoil. So much chaos. So much cynicism in Washington, D.C., and everywhere else. "Divide" is the name of the game. Everyone is in fighting mode. The most dramatic (and ludicrous) image of the week was President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden boasting how they could punch each other out, as if they were heavyweight boxers prepping for the "Thrilla in Manila" or "the Rumble in the Jungle." Two mature men seasoned in the highest offices of the land sounded more like adolescent boys on the playground, testing their testosterone.</p> <p>When Rex Tillerson bid farewell to the State Department, having found out he was fired as secretary of state via a Twitter message, he reminded the audience, "This can be a very mean-spirited town." He urged the audience to counter the nastiness, "to treat each other with respect, regardless of the job title, the station in life, or your role." He spoke with a familiar echo of the Golden Rule, saying: "We're all just human beings trying to do our part. Each of us get to choose the person we want to be, and the way we want to be treated, and the way we will treat others."<p>Updated: Fri Mar 30, 2018</p> c39ab2c55f12edc037e856fdbe8a4baa Stormy Weather Over the White House for 03/23/2018 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's difficult to have a reasonable conversation about sexual mores in the Age of Trump. We could start with the "Access Hollywood" tape, made in 2005 when Donald Trump was the star of a different kind of reality show than the one he is now. His vulgar boasts about how to seduce women did not prevent him from being elected president.</p> <p>Enough voters understood that he thrived in a contemporary culture of macho manhood, which many hoped was receding but knew was far from finished. If Trump was still on the retro side of public sexual attitudes, there were many men (and women) keeping him company.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 23, 2018</p> 9025d3562300ff6ef0cb03c8d00907d2 Twitter, Truthiness and Titillation for 03/16/2018 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When talking politics, online or in person, you don't often hear anything about the "magnificent middle." You hear epithets like the "dirtbag left" or the "wicked alt-right," and all of the ugly, free associations with references to commies and fascists, loonies and wackos. Moderation is mush; even-handedness is stupid considering two sides of an issue is so 20th century (or maybe 19th). Only one side could possibly be right.</p> <p>Arrogance and self-righteousness reign everywhere &#8212; and rain, too.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 16, 2018</p> f1323fdf9718b767c54d52d7aa570a57 How #MeToo Revives the Damsel in Distress for 03/09/2018 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Oscar has no penis. That was the startling revelation of Jimmy Kimmel in his opening monologue at the Academy Awards. This statue of limitations will be remembered for the attention Oscar got in 2018 for being neutered, not to be confused with being transgender. Who knew?</p> <p>This is the emcee who debuted in "The Man Show" back in 1999, touted as a show "by men, for men, about men," drawing on boorish stereotypes of beer-slogging, woman-leering, feminist-loathing, insecure chauvinists. That Kimmel complained about the "Oprah-zation" of women, but that was before liberal ladies who lunch talked of drafting Oprah to do what Hillary Clinton couldn't.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 09, 2018</p> e3dd964fe9a65d7b40585d1e26b89bd2 Mourning Becomes Electronic for 03/02/2018 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"I weep for Adonais &#8212; he is dead!/ Oh, weep for Adonais!" These opening lines of Percy Bysshe Shelley's elegy for the poet John Keats could be a dirge for our times. It's a poem about a young man whose petals were "nipp'd" before the wind blew them away, a poet who died before "the promise of the fruit."</p> <p>Not so long ago, it was a poem studied by high-school scholars as a reflection of romantic lyricism, a poetic form to mourn; to experience grief with words of solace; to vent anger through poetic imagery, powerful metaphors and similes; to lament loss and express rage, sadness and helplessness in confronting the death of a young man or woman who had promise and the years ahead to redeem such promise.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 02, 2018</p> 4f43eea74ee7c9269cf03b2122e6db9e Here Comes Another 'Year of the Woman' for 02/23/2018 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Only yesterday, the Democrats thought they had the House of Representatives signed and sealed, ready for the second coming of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate was probably in play, too. But second thoughts can ruin the fun.</p> <p>A malady called "midterm migraine" struck the House Democrat retreat at Mount Vernon in suburban Washington early this month after a focus group was called in to describe the lay of the land to the assembled nabobs. Democrats looking for feel-good news should have called in the pundits who have confidently predicted not only that Republicans are sure to lose the House but also that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer could probably regain control of the Senate if Democrats were to just rant about President Donald Trump a little harsher and a lot louder.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 23, 2018</p> 283c3cde8c1a988dc4d52da2bafec674 Nudes, Pop and Naked Truth for 02/16/2018 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Playboy magazine, now a relic in the legacy of its founder, Hugh Hefner, was not so long ago the sex educator of the young men of America. So pervasive was its influence that a running joke at the time was "a generation of men, having learned about the female body from Playboy's famous centerfolds, were astonished on their wedding nights to discover that their wives don't come with staples in their navels."</p> <p>Pop nudity was a rationed commodity when Hefner's magazine made marketing sex almost legitimate, and made him a rich hedonist in silk pajamas and a dark-green velvet jacket surrounded by ladies dressed like bunnies with long ears and fluffy tails. The magazine was thought a little bit naughty.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 16, 2018</p> 9861b0ee9793c0dbe7f1ee7f1cb4fc1c The New Moral Combat in America for 02/09/2018 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The debate over the #MeToo movement continues. The ladies keep coming out of the confessional with "j'accuse," but some of the players are missing. They're the women who slept their way to starring in movies roles, and obtained powerful positions in politics and the media but didn't talk. We don't know who they are, nor are we likely to learn the details of success on the road to the top, because they play by the old rules of Hollywood and Washington, keeping their dalliances private.</p> <p>They're a little like Mae West, the famous actress and comedienne of yesteryear. In one of her movies, a woman she met looked at the not-so-little rocks on her fingers and exclaimed, "Goodness, what beautiful diamonds." Mae replied, "Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie."<p>Updated: Fri Feb 09, 2018</p> 6d042a9f0af4161d47039ff8b55cf4f4 How Melania Describes the State of Their Union for 02/02/2018 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The president gives the State of the Union, and the first lady offers her state of their union. A president and a first lady, a husband and a wife, a father and a mother, a man and a woman reflect different kinds of power, purpose and propensity.</p> <p>Melania Trump puts Frank Sinatra's defiant croon in the present tense: "I'll do it my way." Feminists ought to love her. No one thinks of Trump as an appendage of her man. No one sees her trapped in the role of "wife of," that notorious Washington "title" that once circumscribed the lives of women married to powerful men in the nation's capital.</p> <p>She's so independent that she won't even take advantage of the easy "gender" appropriation that qualifies any woman, by experience or attainment or not, to sound off as an authority on women's issues. Wearing a pink pussy bow on a blouse is not an authentic feminist statement, nor is her white pantsuit a credential of a suffragette. Her strength lies in her dignified deportment and her thoughtful silence. One cartoonist jokes that her power lies in her gorgeous cheekbones and having the ultimate trophy husband.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 02, 2018</p> a00f6e7347aa0457472981e3c8784030 The Mishmash of the New Sexual Morality for 01/26/2018 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The abundant conversations about sexual harassment have become a mishmash of modern morality in America. Talkers mix the accusation toward the evildoer, the man who uses power against innocence to abuse women, with accusations against a man with less calculated motivation whose weakness of the flesh exploits a confusion of sexual signals.</p> <p>In between are all kinds of boorish behavior. One kind that emerged over the past months involves the uncouth man with a patina of sophistication who thinks his naked body under a robe tantalizes simply because he's the Big He.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 26, 2018</p> cecd4b561e7b9af8595f7b76bccd4381 Linda Tripp Laughs Last at the Clintons for 01/19/2018 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What fools (and hypocrites) these mortals be. Two decades have passed since Linda Tripp blew the whistle on sexual hijinks in high places with her tapes of Monica Lewinsky, the young intern who described to her confidant and colleague the passionate ordeal of a sexual liaison with the president of the United States. She blew the whistle, she says, to protect her friend. Twenty years on, she's still a villain for many women who remember those times.</p> <p>But history's on her side.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 19, 2018</p>