Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 01 Oct 2020 04:48:09 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 96c97d60d290081fb37d2e15baf8009a Stop the Insanity. Stop the Debates for 10/01/2020 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In their instant analyses of Donald Trump's performance in the presidential debate, the TV pundits summoned their stock phrases for disaster. It was a "s&#8212;-show," Dana Bash said on CNN. Over at NBC, Chuck Todd called it a "train wreck of the making of one person." And CNN's Jake Tapper strung a bunch together, calling the debate "a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck." </p> <p>But the very best observation came from an undecided voter in a focus group led by Republican pollster Frank Luntz. Ruthie from Pennsylvania said that debating Trump was like trying to "win an argument with a crackhead."</p> <p>Go to YouTube and search for videos of arguments with crackheads. You'll see the same unhinged and chaotic aggression, the constant interruptions, that Trump unleashed on both Joe Biden and the debate moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News. Go look at those videos.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 01, 2020</p> feb8df2563354c0752a8dcab26e0dd99 What Does It Really Mean to Be Pro-Life? for 09/29/2020 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some are calling Donald Trump "the most pro-life president ever." He's definitely been anti-abortion. But he's hardly pro-life.</p> <p>The "consistent life ethic" gets closer to the heart of what this means. Originating in the Catholic Church, it expands the pro-life concept to include opposition to capital punishment, humane treatment of immigrants and even the wearing of face masks during a pandemic. Trump subscribes to none of the above.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 29, 2020</p> 4b1d21ddedfd35a234f6cfda60bfbf38 Crime, the Police and Reality for 09/24/2020 Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here's a policing story with a happy ending: Deputies in Deltona, Florida, recently stopped a black jogger who fit the description of a burglary suspect. The jogger, Joseph Griffin, is a former military police officer and currently a registered nurse. Griffin knew to be calm and cooperative. </p> <p>The deputy asked Griffin to bear with him. He said he had to detain him but added, "Buddy, you're not in trouble or anything."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 24, 2020</p> 0f8fc1939fb8faae46b2704ee58b284b Two Cheers for Our Drugmakers for 09/22/2020 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America's big drug companies are refusing to let President Donald Trump use them as campaign props. That is right and proper.</p> <p>First, nine of them pledged to not release a vaccine before one is deemed effective and safe. Having failed to manage or even acknowledge the COVID-19 crisis, Trump has turned to pushing the fantasy that an acceptable vaccine would appear by Nov. 3. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 22, 2020</p> c97339972e88e139798a0e095e289a0c Apocalypse Parade Marches on America for 09/17/2020 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hurricane Sally has just pummeled the Florida Panhandle and the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama. Though it landed as "only" a Category 2, what made it disastrous was its slow crawl, drowning Gulf of Mexico communities in Book of Genesis-type flooding. Hurricanes these days have slowed down, science says, as temperatures warm.</p> <p>Science also says that climate change helps feed the fiery apocalypse now tormenting California, Oregon and Washington. Asked about this when visiting the region, President Donald Trump responded, "I don't think science knows."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 17, 2020</p> fea31bb9f08240ddc83b31255bffa776 Stop Talking About Doomsday Scenarios for Election Night for 09/10/2020 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All this agonizing over what may happen if President Donald Trump tries to steal the election is highly annoying. It normalizes the idea that pure aggression can so easily steamroll the democratic process.</p> <p>Here are healthier assumptions for those who value a fair election:<p>Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020</p> dce7a795c11e7123a6a68b5a6f2354f2 Will My Dog Really Miss Me? for 09/08/2020 Tue, 08 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Someday, you may be going back to your office, factory, store or wherever you worked. Know this: Your dog will be OK. He or she will be OK even if you've just spent six months tied wrists to paws, in locked-down intimacy. </p> <p>Dogs are social animals, it's true, but they do adjust to changes in routine. Humans who love their animals but also have jobs need not put too much stock in dog writers who obsess over any discomfort to which a canine may be exposed. The owners may look askance at guilt-invoking accounts of how dogs suddenly left on their own for hours will suffer. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 08, 2020</p> 41b0485abdaaf0a33d140db2282103b3 Sweden's Virus Plan Proves Deadly. Trump's Adviser Likes It for 09/03/2020 Thu, 03 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many of us lit candles and prayed that Sweden's approach to the coronavirus would succeed. As the rest of Europe locked down, Sweden stayed mostly open. Its plan was to keep vulnerable people separate while letting the virus infect the others, thus creating herd immunity &#8212; a large proportion of people no longer able to spread the disease. Meanwhile, everyone would go about their business, and the economy wouldn't suffer. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The Swedish example could have offered deliverance from mask wearing, closed gyms and fights over when to open schools. But it didn't work.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Sep 03, 2020</p> 26ec12de111f0d1bc49c799555ea2ccb The Real America Is Not on Fire. It's Sick. for 09/01/2020 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Kenosha, Wisconsin, police department immediately took the officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times off the streets, as city, state and federal officials investigate what happened. They also made a speedy arrest of the 17-year-old who is charged with shooting two demonstrators dead.</p> <p>Wedged between an incident of possible brutality against a black man and the need to curb right-wing violence, the police did their best. The last thing they needed was President Donald Trump fanning the anger of both unruly protesters and white supremacists clashing with them.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 01, 2020</p> beb9e47363963f263e1f475ea0892226 For Men, Are Two Drinks Really Too Much? for 08/27/2020 Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A federal health panel now recommends that men consume no more than one alcoholic drink a day. For 30 years, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee set the limit at two drinks a day. (Women have long been urged to limit consumption to one drink a day.) </p> <p>Other studies found that drinking under the previous two-beverage standard was actually good for the heart &#8212; and that moderate drinkers live longer than abstainers. So why was the earlier guideline chopped in half? <p>Updated: Thu Aug 27, 2020</p> a9ee9a489c9e6ae98ffc3ba9055e413f Stocks Actually Did Better Under Obama for 08/25/2020 Tue, 25 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Trump supporters have been sending me short messages asking, "How is your 401(k) doing?" They are making three assumptions.</p> <p>1. That the stocks in my retirement account are doing well.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 25, 2020</p> 3a2d31d5d78ac386007f5e37a30ac543 The Importance of John Kasich Vs. AOC for 08/20/2020 Thu, 20 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Democratic National Convention gave former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, four minutes to offer his endorsement of Joe Biden. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left-wing media star, got only a minute and a half. The Democrats knew what they were doing. </p> <p>Kasich made the case for Republicans and independents who regret their 2016 vote for Donald Trump &#8212; or didn't vote &#8212; to stop the president's rampage against normality. He was adding votes to Biden's tally.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 20, 2020</p> 91be607809176f5774f748c9e88514a5 A Good End to an Identity Politics Orgy for 08/13/2020 Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With Americans pained by both civic violence and cases of police brutality, the times call for leaders who support law and order and justice. Joe Biden has found such a person in choosing Kamala Harris as his running mate. </p> <p>But getting there was not half the fun. It was not fun at all. As often happens in Democratic campaigning, the process deteriorated into a self-harming orgy of identity politics. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 13, 2020</p> 2f6218794ef5b24a7bdfd46e8da7cdb0 No Payroll Tax, No Social Security for 08/11/2020 Tue, 11 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By the time you read this, President Donald Trump's latest economic stimulus plan may be largely forgotten. But it has revived an unpleasant idea that the right fringe has been peddling for years: killing Social Security and Medicare.</p> <p>We speak of an executive order that would cut payroll taxes. Payroll taxes fund virtually all of Social Security and much of Medicare. Without this money, Americans would have neither. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 11, 2020</p> 93db5d5908f4971954c96f0ff7c04620 How America Got So Inferior for 08/06/2020 Thu, 06 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Europe took dramatic steps to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Its shutdowns were so tight that the eurozone economy has fallen into a recession even deeper than ours. </p> <p>But guess what. Despite occasional spikes, Europe has beaten the virus down to size. With a public reassured that it could return to the beaches, bars and restaurants in relative safety, it reopened. That's why Europe "is having a much bigger snapback" than the U.S., Berenberg Bank economist Holger Schmieding told The Wall Street Journal, "and there are some indicators that it may be getting ahead." <p>Updated: Thu Aug 06, 2020</p> 2324d238bc25c703b4ddb12734a1c6ce Woke Whites Appropriate Others' Feelings for 08/04/2020 Tue, 04 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>So Trader Joe's won't cave into a 17-year-old's demand that it scrub its shelves of products named in such a way as to suggest cultural origins outside the 50 U.S. states. Briones Bedell, a white high schooler from the San Francisco Bay area, gave it a try. She ran a petition to, in her mind, protect Asians, Latinos and Arabs from such product labels as "Trader Joe San," "Trader Jose" and "Arabian Joe."</p> <p>Now, as far as we know, members of these groups had not organized objections to these alleged racial or ethnic insults. And the reason may be that they didn't feel insulted. But Bedell decided they should be. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 04, 2020</p> 3b5c0b752236d960c68966199e619239 The Land of Plenty Sinks Into Anxiety for 07/30/2020 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A friend and I shared the same consumer frustration &#8212; and guilt over having it. We each wanted a bike rack for our cars but could not obtain our first choices. </p> <p>"I wanted to order a 1UP bike rack," my pal, who used to manufacture sports equipment, said. "Sold out and won't take orders until August 29th." <p>Updated: Thu Jul 30, 2020</p> 957f60181c76313c69558900258672a9 Ugly Protests Are Trump's Only Hope for 07/28/2020 Tue, 28 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It would take quite a spectacle to upstage America's humiliating failure to contain the coronavirus. It's not every day that the Bahamas labels U.S. tourists as carriers of disease to be kept out.</p> <p>President Donald Trump's poll numbers continue to sink as cases and death tolls rise. The only thing that could possibly save him is political violence in America's cities. And that's what he's cooking up.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 28, 2020</p> 2b6cf51c2a52c1c41586367a22a68304 Smaller Big Cities Can Be Better Cities for 07/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was a bittersweet evening in Manhattan. Parisian-level charm had descended on what used to be traffic-snarled streets of the fancy Upper East Side. Planters holding dramatic greenery set off outdoor dining areas spilling into former parking spaces. Waiters happily greeted the sort of stylish patron no one had seen for a while.</p> <p>Sadly, though, the surrounding streets ached at the sight of so many blank storefronts. Some had signs promising to be back. The heartbreakers posted notices saying "Goodbye, and thank you for our 30 years in business." Even the restaurants with full tables were hurting because they still aren't allowed to serve indoors. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 23, 2020</p> 1e51f241af6468d9f5b91ec06ac751d6 Those Who Want a COVID Shot Deserve to Get It First for 07/21/2020 Tue, 21 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Will there be a vaccine against coronavirus? Eventually, we pray. But in this age of unreason, undue attention is already being paid to those who may refuse protection against this often-fatal disease. </p> <p>We hear paranoid talk of shadowy government figures coming to your home to "force-vax you." Never mind that. When a credible vaccine finally comes out, the crush for it will be immense. The anti-vaxxers could helpfully shorten the lines by getting out of the way of those who want it.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 21, 2020</p>