Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 20 Nov 2019 00:52:58 -0800 Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate 1def72c108b78873f4ed7c6f0c3aaabe The Valor of Ambassador Taylor for 11/14/2019 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Five hours, nine minutes and 17 seconds into Wednesday's nationally televised impeachment hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York, began asking Ambassador William B. Taylor Jr. a series of questions about his military service. </p> <p>The career diplomat's brief, matter-of-fact answers illustrated the core of his character, and how a hero never lays claim to the title. </p> <p>Maloney: "Ambassador Taylor, what year did you graduate from West Point?"<p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> d0b5928a844b65853e47cf1488b792f5 Donald Trump Searches for a Boo-Free Zone for 11/07/2019 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Donald Trump is headed for Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa this Saturday for the big football game between the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University.</p> <p>Why, we might wonder, would a president who is facing impeachment want to spend valuable prep time in a football stadium in Alabama? <p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> 5d14da334642fd38b3f6f57e20a84578 The Christian Right's Loud-Mouthed Wrong for 10/31/2019 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last Sunday, former Vice President Joe Biden attended 9 a.m. mass at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina. He was in the state for his presidential campaign, but this early morning visit was reportedly intended as personal time, without journalists in tow.</p> <p>It didn't remain private for long. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p> ce9a23ca80be411ddfceb32324ebbdf8 Halloween: A Tutorial for Adults for 10/24/2019 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Once upon a time, during that period in our country when we no longer rode horses to the general store but apple was just a fruit, I was a 10-year-old girl who dreamed of being a witch for Halloween. I wanted to be Glinda the Good Witch, swathed in pink taffeta and glitter. </p> <p>My mother, of local beehive fame, would have rather had her head shaved than sew costumes for her kids. Off we went to Hills Department Store. And there she was, my immediate future: Popeye's nemesis, the Sea Hag of the Seven Seas. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 24, 2019</p> 81bd6e8e6f77d62261ea6f19f8f90aba We Are Not Helpless for 10/17/2019 Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of my earliest lessons as a columnist came after I wrote about a tip jar that wasn't.</p> <p>In 2004, I was standing in a coat-check line in Cleveland after a big event for a charitable group, watching one of the middle-aged women who had served our meals as she now stood behind the counter handing people their coats. A large glass jar marked "TIPS" sat on the counter to her right, and it was filled almost to the brim with cash, most of it in bills. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> 4654b4016b7984411da134fa8d22e06a An Annual Reminder: It's Your Divorce, Not Your Children's for 10/03/2019 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's October!</p> <p>Such a happy month for countless families of young children who are already brainstorming who or what they will be for Halloween. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> 9e0e0302cd34cc46135929656e74fe63 'Mr. President, You Have Come Into My Wheelhouse' for 09/26/2019 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>This week, those of us who never lost faith in Nancy Pelosi witnessed the confirmation of our trust.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p> 1e60b7afcd1385890709a5c9505eef2b Sean Spicer Is Still Defending the Indefensible for 09/19/2019 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this week, Sean Spicer, Donald Trump's short-term press secretary with a long-term habit of sycophancy, made his debut on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> 2be3b72db4019d5283fee4f50afdb429 What Does It Mean to Be an American? for 09/12/2019 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>It was a wonderful birthday dinner, the kind we friends have come to expect whenever we arrive to celebrate the person who is about to blow out the candles. We leave feeling lucky to be alive, every last one of us.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> a30bc13feef029f248944e8df6ff9f29 Welcome, Walter for 09/05/2019 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"It's time," our vet said.</p> <p>"Really?" I said, stroking Franklin's head. </p> <p>"He's the right age," she said. She weaved her fingers through the soft, curly fur on his long back. "It might even make him feel younger." <p>Updated: Thu Sep 05, 2019</p> c30f5f4476fe7f05207f0479b0358ee8 When in Doubt, Show Up for 08/29/2019 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>How many times has this happened in the last two months? I'm not sure, but every time it still catches me off guard. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> ea7bf02f259d33d0cc7631a2286581b4 If You're a Parent, Know Who Has a Gun for 08/22/2019 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>In 1984, an associate English professor at Suffolk Community College wrote a published letter to The New York Times that began:<p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> 3c2aae3dbba15c9c3715493538de1a05 For the Survivors, We Remember for 08/15/2019 Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>In two weeks' time, three mass shootings killed 34 people and left dozens more injured. We were outraged and in shock, and for a few days we managed to sustain a collective call for new laws that would make our country safer. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> 13c914f274625b7274b7c4b1a066b883 We Cannot Afford Cynicism for 08/08/2019 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Our 11-year-old grandson is with us for the week, and we are having the sort of conversations that indicate the learning has just begun &#8212; for me.</p> <p>He and his parents recently completed a move of more than 2,000 miles. This is quite the adjustment for all involved, including their 4-year-old dog, Rumple. I hadn't considered how disorienting it might be for a dog born on a tropical island to find himself suddenly in the Midwest, but then I'm not Rumple's boy. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> c2f8d73daa38abebaeaaf834a7b01c86 'There Is No Getting Used to This' for 08/01/2019 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>About an hour into Tuesday night's Democratic debate, Yamiche Alcindor, who covers the White House for "PBS Newshour," tweeted this: </p> <p>"I've been on the road for most of the last week. And it's so important to highlight just how much people feel the president's attacks put them personally in danger. Most black and brown people I've interviewed tell me this isn't just about politics but (their) ability to survive."<p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> d72b8ebf7840a0ca51d531809eea7e9a So, No Oscar for Mueller? for 07/25/2019 Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Minutes after Robert Mueller III had completed his first round of Wednesday's congressional testimony, journalists and pundits started weighing in &#8212; on his acting abilities.</p> <p>Mueller was "boring" and "phlegmatic."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 25, 2019</p> 44cd580ed43b6884a49402af4ff83b1c A Birthday Like No Other for 07/18/2019 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For almost a year, I've thought about writing this column, in this week. </p> <p>In four days, I will turn 62, which was the age of my mother when she died. If you've lost a beloved parent too young, I doubt I need to describe for you my roiling mix of emotions. If you haven't, please forgive my envy.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> 2a2970435d4ccf7c5430da9625346951 The Many Lessons of Megan Rapinoe for 07/11/2019 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Mercy, was that a moment. </p> <p>First, Megan Rapinoe was on the receiving end of a three-tweet rant from Donald Trump. He was livid that she had told Sports Illustrated that she would not visit the White House as long as he's in it. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> ad3a49895e0accc0ebe0603c8fef37bb In the Absence of Republican Courage, More Children Will Die for 06/27/2019 Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It is 2:30 in the morning, and I should be sleeping. </p> <p>In a few hours, my 3-year-old grandson will be awake, and we have plans. "You and me, buddy," I told him at bedtime. "We're going to play all day long."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> 9ba8125b89b856d24cc2dcbaec7fc234 'He Never Called Me Boy...' for 06/20/2019 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In 1956, during the Montgomery bus boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mississippi's senior U.S. Senator James O. Eastland spoke at a pro-segregation rally. </p> <p>Robert Caro, in his book "Master of the Senate," describes Eastland's racist rant to the crowd: </p> <p>"In every stage of the bus boycott we have been oppressed and degraded because of black, slimy, juicy, unbearably stinky n&#8212;&#8212;-s ... African flesh-eaters. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to abolish the Negro race, proper methods should be used. Among these are guns, bows and arrows, slingshots and knives. ... All whites are created equal with certain rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of dead n&#8212;&#8212;-s." <p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p>