Daily Editorials from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 20 Sep 2020 16:57:59 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Daily Editorials from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/daily-editorials-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials 7656582fcb9662d6d176bff7281cf50c Trump Fiddles While a 'Climate Damn Emergency' Unleashes Its Fury for 09/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/trump-fiddles-while-a-climate-damn-emergency-unleashes-its-fury Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Two dozen major fires are raging from Southern California to Washington state at the same time yet another hurricane is bashing the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Fires happen. Hurricanes happen. The worrisome sign for climatologists is the increasing frequency and intensity of these deadly weather events, which are the byproduct of human activities. And the one person who could take action to rein in those activities &#8212; President Donald Trump &#8212; steadfastly refuses to do so.</p> <p>Rather, Trump mocks environmental activists and climatologists while pledging policies designed to reverse the meager progress made in the fight to save the planet. The destruction being wrought by nature makes no distinction between Democrats and Republicans. At some point, preferably before their houses are burned down or swept away by winds and flood waters, Republican voters must realize that Trump's policies are worsening the death and destruction wrought by nature.</p> <p>Though these points have been made repeatedly in the past, they bear repeating as the Nov. 3 election approaches. A vote for Trump is a vote for practices that contribute to climate extremes and increase the potential for worse fires, stronger hurricanes, massive flooding in the Midwest, polar vortex events in winter and record-high summer temperatures.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 16, 2020</p> 1c5741ceea8fdf5dfe2bbb917d3fee5f WARNING: What's Happening in Las Vegas Will Destroy America for 09/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/warning-whats-happening-in-las-vegas-will-destroy-america-497e2 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Oh, boy, do I have a story for you. Who doesn't love Las Vegas? It's America's favorite city. It may be the world's favorite city. It's my adopted hometown for 20 years now.</p> <p>Until recently, I never thought anything, or anyone, could ever destroy Las Vegas. I was wrong. Everyone needs to hear about what's happening here. Las Vegas and the state of Nevada are in deep trouble. Trust me, you're next &#8212; if you put Joe Biden and Democrats in charge of America.</p> <p>What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas. We are the canary in the coal mine. What happens in Vegas is coming to your city and state. What happens in Vegas is a warning for the entire USA.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 15, 2020</p> ddc51a8289ad6db1b2994519cb95be9d An NRA Turncoat Could Turn Into America's Most Credible Asset for Gun Sanity for 09/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/an-nra-turncoat-could-turn-into-americas-most-credible-asset-for-gun-sanity Tue, 15 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The former No. 2 executive at the National Rifle Association has performed a major about-face on gun control, effectively saying in a new book and recent interviews that he disagrees with the conservative group's most stubborn positions on gun rights. Once having toed the NRA line on unbridled gun freedoms &#8212; even as children were mass-murdered in schools &#8212; Joshua L. Powell now says he favors gun control and is openly challenging what he terms its greed and high-level corruption.</p> <p>It would have been far more effective for Powell to have spoken such words while he was still at the NRA in order to put the lie to chief executive Wayne LaPierre's mind-numbing defense of unrestricted gun rights. But better late than never. Powell deserves to be hauled before Congress to testify about the NRA's cynical manipulation of American gun owners and warping of the U.S. political system. He told National Public Radio that the NRA is now "in a pretty bad death spiral" because of financial abuse and mismanagement.</p> <p>Once among the nation's richest and most powerful lobbying organizations, the NRA has seen its financial fortunes dwindle. Staffers have been laid off and media outlets shut down. Powell's new book, "Inside the NRA," offers some clues as to where the money went. He says LaPierre and others milked bank accounts to pay for lavish housing, personal travel, clothing and other perks.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 15, 2020</p> 2d279bad9e1982f651c0dd79450bdd1a Biden Spells Radicalism, Not a Return to Normalcy for 09/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/biden-spells-radicalism-not-a-return-to-normalcy Mon, 14 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>After last month's strange virtual party conventions, the question on everyone's minds is, who came out ahead? The polling has been mixed, but the candidates' reactions make it obvious. You can tell just by looking at what Joe Biden has been doing in the time since.</p> <p>First, he has loudly distanced himself from his earlier, repeated promises to end fracking, which he made in debates and in conversations with Democratic primary voters. This evinces a fear that his anti-fracking stance &#8212; and note that opposition to "new fracking" necessarily entails opposition to all fracking &#8212; will cost him Pennsylvania and other states enjoying the benefits of the energy revolution.</p> <p>Second, Biden is finally bothering to address the monthslong rioting that the news media have been trying to cover up. Urban violence, and the related spike in violent crime due to police being preoccupied or even defunded by radicals in city government, is suddenly emerging as a defining election issue. Leftist agitators continue after three months to damage or destroy businesses and private and government property in such cities such as Portland, Chicago, Washington, New York, Seattle, Denver, and a host of others.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 14, 2020</p> 0c3fdb624d5f4f16bb9fe097e016cd7c Short Takes on Coast-To-Coast Stupid Human Tricks for 09/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/short-takes-on-coast-to-coast-stupid-human-tricks Mon, 14 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>'Are These People That Stupid?'</p> <p>Folks in Jefferson County appear to be vying for the gold medal in pandemic ignorance. The latest entry is Ian McFarland's Modern Weapon Systems gun shop, which posted a sign last month declaring, "Masks are for cry babies, Democrats and robbers."</p> <p>Reasonable people trying to fight the pandemic succeeded in getting an ordinance passed two weeks ago requiring masks to be worn in public, only to revoke it one day later amid loud complaints. Ahead of that vote, a protester gained national infamy for carrying a sign that read: "Hitler required compliance too."<p>Updated: Mon Sep 14, 2020</p> 9d830cbb6793c30f95e23899067a2231 Talk Versus Action for 09/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/talk-versus-action-15799 Fri, 11 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>With less than two months left before the presidential election, polls in the swing states are tightening, and the focus is sharpening. Remember, it's not the total popular vote that determines the outcome of the presidential election but the final tally from the Electoral College. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win. </p> <p>So, which states are in play? According to a Politico article published Tuesday titled "The battleground: These states will determine the 2020 election," 13 states could determine the outcome. Writers James Arkin, Scott Bland, Beatrice Jin, Andrew McGill, Steven Shepard and Allan James Vestal conclude that four of the states, with a combined total of 78 Electoral College votes, are likely to go to President Donald Trump (Texas, 38; Georgia, 16; Iowa, 6; and Ohio, 18). Four states with a total of 65 electoral votes are toss-ups (Florida, 29; North Carolina, 15; Arizona, 11; and Wisconsin, 10); and five states with a total of 56 Electoral College votes are likely to go to Biden (Nevada, 6; Minnesota, 10; New Hampshire, 4; Pennsylvania, 20; and Michigan, 16). </p> <p>Let's take a deep dive into Florida. Not only is it a toss-up state but it has also played a determining role in presidential elections of the past. As it does in many states, the Democratic Party in Florida relies on the large cities and populous counties to vote overwhelmingly Democratic and offset the Republican voters in less populous areas. <p>Updated: Fri Sep 11, 2020</p> 68f8ae456e9098cd0d63eae4f1a5c535 Republican Former National Security Officials Urge Voting For Biden for 09/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/republican-former-national-security-officials-urge-voting-for-biden Fri, 11 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a nation beset by a pandemic, recession and civil strife &#8212; all worsened by the actions or inaction of President Donald Trump &#8212; it's easy to forget that his failures in office aren't just domestic. In a searing public letter, 73 top Republican former U.S. national security officials declare that Trump "has gravely damaged America's role as a world leader" and "failed to stand up for American values" around the world.</p> <p>National security was once viewed as a Republican strong point. Moderate Republican voters should consider the damage Trump has done to that priority, and how much more he would do if given four more years in office.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 11, 2020</p> 7da6dd79ca35fe7cb3595ec667fbe95d Trash-Talking Vaccine Is Bad Move by Biden, Harris for 09/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/trash-talking-vaccine-is-bad-move-by-biden-harris Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Americans will need to be encouraged to participate in mass inoculations, not scared away by opportunistic politicians.</p> <p>Biden, Harris and other Democrats who have picked up this talking point risk sowing doubt about the safety of vaccinations, and are building a false narrative that Trump could somehow rush a defective vaccine into circulation to aid his reelection.</p> <p>Nine drug companies working on a vaccine were prompted by the Democratic fear-mongering to release a statement Tuesday that they would not deliver a vaccine for public use until it is tested and proved safe.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020</p> 374ee973c5f5e461e55466c0134c1d7f A New Book Exposes Trump's Dangerous Incompetency and Pandemic Complicity for 09/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/a-new-book-exposes-trumps-dangerous-incompetency-and-pandemic-complicity Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A new book by journalist Bob Woodward details how President Donald Trump acknowledged in private the severity of the coronavirus pandemic while publicly &#8212; and deliberately &#8212; minimizing the threat. By misleading Americans into believing the pandemic would soon disappear and that precautions weren't necessary, Trump turned a manageable pandemic into an out-of-control monster that continues to wreak medical and economic havoc today.</p> <p>Trump conducted 18 interviews with Woodward in preparation for his upcoming book, "Rage." The Washington Post and CNN received advanced copies.</p> <p>In February, as the pandemic was spreading in China but had only infected 15 people in the United States, Trump told Woodward in recorded interviews that the virus was easily spread &#8212; "You just breathe the air and that's how it's passed" &#8212; and was perhaps five times more deadly than the flu, which Trump acknowledged kills 25,000 or more Americans per year. In a Jan. 28 top secret briefing, national security adviser Robert O'Brien warned Trump that the pandemic would be the "biggest national security threat" of his presidency.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020</p> 936ae599028bec1fb2565df7861077f1 A Message for LeBron James for 09/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/a-message-for-lebron-james-61c2e Wed, 09 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Pro sports in America are dying in front of our very eyes. This will be a story taught in business schools across America for decades to come. The story is about how to kill a multibillion-dollar empire overnight with just your big mouth. </p> <p>It's about killing the goose that laid the golden egg. </p> <p>It's about the massive disconnect between sports stars and their customers &#8212; the people who pay their grossly inflated and obscene salaries.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 09, 2020</p> 19ebcfeff96af26e609fdbace1c56abe Once Again, Trump Thumbs His Nose at the Supreme Court. Where Does It End? for 09/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/once-again-trump-thumbs-his-nose-at-the-supreme-court-where-does-it-end Wed, 09 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Trump administration has blatantly ignored a Supreme Court ruling telling it to stop dismantling the federal program to protect undocumented immigrants brought here as children. Now &#8212; perhaps inevitably &#8212; a federal judge says the administration is ignoring another Supreme Court ruling that extends civil rights protections to gay, lesbian and transgender Americans.</p> <p>This emerging pattern of a White House simply ignoring the high court is dangerous in ways that even congressional Republicans should understand. Yet they persist in their silence.</p> <p>The Supreme Court in June ruled that the administration hadn't justified its moves to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and ordered it to stop. The program provides two-year renewable reprieves from deportation for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children through no fault of their own, and who meet conditions including finishing school and having no criminal record. Some 650,000 young people are protected under the program, which is strongly supported by both parties.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 09, 2020</p> 87caeb1b7a8d4908b075af79f080cc29 Vital Lessons We Can Learn During an Unusual Labor Day for 09/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/vital-lessons-we-can-learn-during-an-unusual-labor-day Tue, 08 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of the American worker. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century at a time when the nation's workers symbolized a vitality and strength that we sometimes lose sight of.</p> <p>If the 2020 pandemic has taught us anything besides about the fragility of life, it should have shown us the importance of work. As we mark the end of what has been a memorable summer with Labor Day, it is obvious that work is at the core of our American way of life.</p> <p>Back in March when the nation's state governors ordered businesses to shutter, it also stopped our economy in its tracks. As essential workers continued to plod to their jobs and the fortunate rest of us worked from home, lives were changed. Some may have been changed forever.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 08, 2020</p> 5aa15362af83a4eac372b853f89ddd7d Trump Wants School Kids to Have a 'Patriotic' Education. Will the Kremlin Assist? for 09/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/trump-wants-school-kids-to-have-a-patriotic-education-will-the-kremlin-assist Tue, 08 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In a move straight out of the authoritarian playbook, President Donald Trump is now calling for "patriotic education" to be instituted in schools. Among his demands is that they stop teaching the "lie" that America is "plagued by racism." He says, without irony, that the point is to counter left-wing "indoctrination" in the classroom.</p> <p>America is, of course, plagued by racism, which is something that needs to continue being confronted and denounced, not ignored. And the nation doesn't need lectures on patriotism from a president who shows more loyalty to the Kremlin than to the country he's supposed to lead.</p> <p>Speaking to reporters, Trump couched his comments as part of the movement to stress "American exceptionalism" &#8212; the theory that America is fundamentally different from other nations because of its history and values. It's a theory that, while not altogether historically baseless, is often twisted and abused by the political right into nothing more than jingoism.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 08, 2020</p> 7925c87520467035fc027e2c2406e1a7 Democrats Don't Live to Their Own Pandemic Standards for 09/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/democrats-dont-live-to-their-own-pandemic-standards Mon, 07 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The public has been subjected to coronavirus lockdowns of varying degrees for over five months and counting, but prominent Democrats have decided that they should be exempt from the restrictions everyone else must abide by.</p> <p>House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flouted these restrictions recently when she got her hair coiffed at a San Francisco salon that remains closed to the public. Local ordinances only allow for outdoor services, and Pelosi was captured on security video not wearing a mask. Despite the evidence, her spokesman declared that the speaker "always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements."</p> <p>Pelosi's not the only one. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly been caught not wearing a mask despite his incessant demands that everyone else do so. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser declared the funeral of John Lewis essential and so exempted travelers from her order of quarantining for two weeks upon arriving in the city. Funerals for citizens who didn't serve in the government were explicitly declared to be nonessential.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 07, 2020</p> c1ecd3c7abcc8a871569656a0999e1bc No, Trump's Tax-Funded Profits Aren't Private 'Business Relationships' for 09/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/no-trumps-tax-funded-profits-arent-private-business-relationships Mon, 07 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Shocking enough was a recent Washington Post report that President Donald Trump's more than 270 visits to his own properties have squeezed the Secret Service for more than half a million dollars. But what really stands out is the White House's official response to the story. "The Washington Post is blatantly interfering with the business relationships of the Trump Organization, and it must stop," a White House spokesman wrote. He went on to warn that "we are building up a very large 'dossier'" on a co-author of the story.</p> <p>If spotlighting how Trump uses the presidency for profit constitutes interference with "business relationships," isn't that an official acknowledgement that he is, in fact, improperly appropriating his office as part of his business empire? And threatening a reporter with a "dossier"? Shades of Soviet Russia.</p> <p>The Post report detailed how the Secret Service has paid some $571,000 to Trump's properties due to his indulgent habit of staying at them frequently. This didn't just encompass typical costs. After the Secret Service was denied rooms near Trump's room at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, because the rooms near him were already booked, it had to accept rooms further away. To avoid this clear violation of security protocol going forward, the agency had to start preemptively booking rooms at Trump's resort in two-week blocks. As the Post put it: "The agency was paying for rooms on nights when Trump wasn't even visiting &#8212; to be ready just in case Trump decided to go."<p>Updated: Mon Sep 07, 2020</p> 2c99ff6dcac314f12f172d891726bd6d Whatever Happened to Flattening the Curve? for 09/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/whatever-happened-to-flattening-the-curve Fri, 04 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>C</p> <p>Thoughout the country, tens of millions of schoolchildren are starting a new academic year. However, instead of throwing on their backpacks and heading to receive in-person lessons from their teachers, many of them will be at home staring at computer screens and tablets, if they bother tuning in.</p> <p>In the early stages of the pandemic, school closures were billed as a last resort, a desperate and temporary effort to "slow the spread." Yet even as distance learning has proven an unmitigated disaster for working parents and for the social and academic development of children, here we are, six months into school closures and with no end in sight.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 04, 2020</p> 94769dcfbb4db982037c1e76360b09f0 The 'Law And Order' President Urges Americans to Commit the Crime of Voter Fraud for 09/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/the-law-and-order-president-urges-americans-to-commit-the-crime-of-voter-fraud Fri, 04 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After years of falsely claiming America's elections are riddled with fraud, President Donald Trump is now publicly urging Americans to commit fraud in the upcoming election. At a campaign stop this week, Trump encouraged people to vote twice &#8212; once in person and once by mail &#8212; to test election security. That's right: This self-proclaimed champion of "law and order" is publicly goading citizens to commit a crime.</p> <p>Trump has been undermining public trust in the sanctity of America's elections since his 2016 campaign, in which he publicly encouraged Russia to interfere by hacking Hillary Clinton's emails. After Trump became one of the few presidents ever to win the Electoral College while losing the popular vote, he set out to soothe his bruised ego by falsely blaming it on mass illegal voting by undocumented immigrants. He even appointed a voter-fraud commission in a doomed attempt to prove it. His quest to undermine the nation's most sacred right has often verged on the ridiculous, as when he claimed people could vote multiple times by switching hdats.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 04, 2020</p> 245a6a4e6300dc8f162bfc4074983710 Amazon Links With a 'Culture of Racism' for 09/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/amazon-links-with-a-culture-of-racism Thu, 03 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The increasingly Orwellian cancel culture has a hateful law firm determining which charities are worthy of donations. U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., wants answers.</p> <p>At issue is a practice of AmazonSmile, an Amazon service that allows consumers to direct 0.5% of each purchase to a charity of their choosing. There's just one catch. Amazon excludes conservative organizations as recipients by claiming they filter out "hate" groups.</p> <p>"Organizations that engage in, support, encourage, or promote intolerance, hate, terrorism, violence, money laundering, or other illegal activities are not eligible to participate," explains an AmazonSmile policy statement.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 03, 2020</p> be5b6fcc496dc7476d1b53757d420da2 Administration Seeks to Ease Pandemic 'Despair' With P.R. Instead of Science. for 09/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/administration-seeks-to-ease-pandemic-despair-with-pr-instead-of-science Thu, 03 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Department of Health and Human Services plans to spend more than $250 million on its latest pandemic-related effort &#8212; not to combat the coronavirus itself, but to "defeat despair and inspire hope" on the issue. The agency is seeking bids from communications firms for what amounts to a public-relations campaign aimed at coaxing people back out into the workplace and society.</p> <p>This is classic Donald Trump: focusing on public perception rather than the actual problem. If the administration really wants to "defeat despair," how about finally providing some national leadership on testing and tracing, consistent messaging about masks and all the other things it has so far failed to do?</p> <p>From the beginning of the pandemic, Trump has treated it less like a public health crisis than a political conundrum. He has sought to address it with wishful thinking instead of science. Early on, he repeatedly insisted the virus will disappear "like a miracle," while doing next to nothing to make that happen. He declined for months to wear a mask in public, saying it would make him look "ridiculous" (and contributing mightily to the bizarre politicization of mask-wearing). Even as experts say aggressive testing and tracing of the virus is the only way to address it until there's a vaccine, Trump has repeatedly suggested he wants less testing, so the U.S. won't "look bad."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 03, 2020</p> ce0fff123d9dfd776e655fb901c04d1b A 'Huge Boost' for Reef Restoration for 09/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/20/a-huge-boost-for-reef-restoration Wed, 02 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Just once every year, when the tug of the moon and the warmth of the water is just right, coral reef colonies can simultaneously reproduce themselves with a stunning release of tiny new life.</p> <p>In a dramatic feat of synchronized swimming, coral gametes &#8212; complements of egg and sperm &#8212; burst from their rocky perches all at once and drift toward the ocean's surface. It's a magical mating rite that generates fertile embryos within a fleeting time frame measured in mere hours.s</p> <p>"The phenomenon," says a refreshingly lyrical explanation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "brings to mind an underwater blizzard with billions of colorful flakes cascading in white, yellow, red, and orange."<p>Updated: Wed Sep 02, 2020</p>