Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 19 Apr 2021 02:24:21 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate e1351ef1001f6bd683b5d7cbca325660 Stop Forcing Every 'Person of Color' Into a Diversity Story for 04/15/2021 Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Nomadland" is a remarkable movie about struggling Americans wandering the vast spaces of the interior west. Most of them are white, middle-aged and up, living in vans. The filmmaker, Chloe Zhao, is a Chinese woman who has captured their bare existence as they move through a bleak but beautiful landscape. Based on a nonfiction book of the same name, "Nomadland" combines actors with actual nomads playing themselves.</p> <p>Already bestowed awards elsewhere, there should be little surprise that Zhao has received the Oscar nomination for best director. Thus, it is truly curious to see our woke media establishment treat this news not as recognition of a major creative talent but as evidence that Hollywood is finally noticing a nonwhite woman.</p> <p>The New York Times story leads with "Chloe Zhao has become the first Chinese woman and the first woman of color to be nominated for best director." It didn't get to the name of her movie until the second paragraph. Another Times story is headlined "'Nomadland' Wins Big at Diverse BAFTAs" (the British Academy Film Awards). <p>Updated: Fri Apr 16, 2021</p> 30a78bdc632ee224cf22761e138e91a1 Should Mrs. Hostetter Be Allowed to Teach? for 04/13/2021 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Kristine Hostetter is a fourth-grade teacher in San Clemente, California. Her husband has been a big promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, and she appears to be supporting his lunatic efforts. As the story is being told, liberal parents and students temporarily forced Hostetter's removal from the classroom. In response, local conservatives have accused them of persecuting a teacher for her political views.</p> <p>But that's not how the story should be told. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The real issue isn't her politics. It is whether displays of ignorance make her unqualified for the job. </span>This is a problem for our times, when so many Americans embrace beliefs that are not only based on lies but also crazy.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 13, 2021</p> 877d33784c3574022bfe44c66080d866 Henry Ford Would Have Pushed Car Charging Stations for 04/08/2021 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, he had a problem. There were almost no paved roads in America. To sell his product to the masses, he needed good roads. </p> <p>No one would ever deny his place among titans of American capitalism, but Ford was not shy about urging the government to supply the infrastructure essential to his business. And it did. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 08, 2021</p> 5952370b8e674b46962a0e718da8d1f2 Vaccine Passports: A Culture War We Don't Have to Wage for 04/06/2021 Tue, 06 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida," declared Gov. Ron DeSantis. "It's completely unacceptable," he said, for either government or the private sector to require showing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 "to just simply participate in normal society."</p> <p>Actually, Florida requires proof of vaccination for any child attending school &#8212; and the list of mandatory immunizations, available on the state website, is not short. (The Florida Certification of Immunization, DH Form 680, documents a child's vaccination history.) <p>Updated: Tue Apr 06, 2021</p> ed42012b328c5d812aef63cea0500732 The Left Is Andrew Cuomo's Real Problem for 04/01/2021 Thu, 01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Ever since New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo bathed in praise for his daily briefings during the COVID-19 crisis, the right has tried to cut him down to size. That was understandable. But in the context of New York's Democratic-dominated politics, the right hardly matters.</p> <p>It's the left that sees opportunity in flogging the moderate Cuomo over recent sexual harassment charges. Helping its cause, national media have gone to town over such "outrages" as kissing someone on the cheek at a wedding party. But <span class="column--highlighted-text">the public isn't quite going there, if their reader comments are any indication of popular sentiment</span>. Example from The New York Times: "'Can I kiss you' at a WEDDING is 'sexual harassment'?"<p>Updated: Thu Apr 01, 2021</p> 9f189ac193db43d5b0fd23ee4022c19e Streaming Did the Job. Now We Need Live Theater for 03/30/2021 Tue, 30 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When will we be able to attend a live performance? That question is being asked angrily in France, where theater is more central to the national culture. (America has no national theater.) But we should ask that here as well. Broadway remains shuttered, as are indoor theaters and concert halls across the country. Can't they at least start their engines, if in a limited fashion?</p> <p>In France, protesters are occupying at least seven theaters, including the landmark Odeon in Paris. The occupiers &#8212; largely actors, workers and students &#8212; are demanding that France's theaters be at least partly reopened. They've been shut since October following a spike in coronavirus cases. </p> <p>Australia halted the spread of the virus through disciplined mask-wearing and social distancing. Thus, if you want to see a stage production of Disney's "Frozen," you have to go to Sydney. You're now able to see a live performance of "Hamilton" there, too. Audience members, needless to say, must wear masks.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 01, 2021</p> a552ca5e296917f89d5c71164c196a95 Americans Should Not Have to Live in Foxholes for 03/25/2021 Thu, 25 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">In the 14 days after the death of George Floyd, 19 people across the country died in violent protests. Not all the deaths were gun-related, and some of the dead were engaged in criminal activity. Nonetheless, the nation responded with shock and talked of little else in the weeks that followed.</span><br></p> <p>This week, a single gunman killed more than half that number in one hour at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. All 10 victims, we assume, were innocents.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 25, 2021</p> b52a866722edb8dbf400d4bcdb0a4b03 Biden Needs to Talk Tough on Immigration -- Fast for 03/23/2021 Tue, 23 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Undocumented immigrants have been surging to the U.S. border, some wearing T-shirts with the Biden campaign logo and the words "Please let us in!" What gave them the idea that they could just show up and come on in? President Joe Biden did.</p> <p>Oh, Biden didn't exactly say that. He said to not come now, as we rebuild the immigration system. But that isn't the same as saying they can't come illegally later. And since it implies that later on, whoever wants to come can, the migrants can reasonably assume that an arrival now without papers will eventually be overlooked.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 23, 2021</p> a63f95e789f487b1432f627671e87efb Democrats Are Finally Bragging for 03/18/2021 Thu, 18 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On March 11, President Joe Biden gave a White House address touting his administration's response to the COVID-19 crisis. As it happened, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at another record high the day before. But about that Biden said not a word. </p> <p>Had Donald Trump still been president, the stock market would have almost certainly topped his list of glorious achievements. We'd hear popping talk about how our 401(k)s are sizzling and how he is the reason. Sample tweet from August 2017: "Stock market at an all-time high. That doesn't just happen!" <p>Updated: Thu Mar 18, 2021</p> 4f1f9f4536ffb3ed561f5e86aab90090 Deciding Cuomo's Fate Is the Voters' Job for 03/16/2021 Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Please explain again why New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo must resign. Or, put another way, what gives his political opponents, many of them fellow Democrats, the right to undo an election on the basis of unverified assertions of sexual misconduct &#8212; some ridiculously trivial, none involving violence or threat to careers, several open to innocent interpretations.</p> <p>The comments on news stories should warn the political swarm of growing public annoyance at this massive pile-on against a governor most New Yorkers still consider effective.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 16, 2021</p> 30085e0a1c871df88611116a8f78ab05 Stopping Climate Change Is the Ultimate Moon Shot for 03/11/2021 Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As a pandemic hijacked the nation's attention, we pushed aside other, even bigger problems. But now that COVID-19 is being cornered, the crisis of climate change is returning to page one. </p> <p>The threat of a rapidly warming planet is actually harder to deal with. It can't be fixed with a vaccine. Slower-moving, it's easier to put off addressing the impending disaster. And worldwide in scope, it's politically hard for America to step forward. After all, the United States produces 13 percent of the world's greenhouse emissions, but China is responsible for 26 percent. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 11, 2021</p> 3371f082bcff250ec2f0479e0e33a6ee In the Spring, People's Thoughts Turn to Party Rentals for 03/09/2021 Tue, 09 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you live in a place where people like to go to have fun, good for you. But if your fun place is full of Airbnbs or other short-term rentals, you may also suffer as revolving hordes of neighbors-for-the-weekend throw parties and blast music into the night. </p> <p>Last October, a resident in Scottsdale, Arizona, woke to the sound of partygoers shooting guns. The bullets hit five nearby homes. On Cape Cod, firefighters were called to an Airbnb rental after carousers had the not-bright idea of moving a fire pit onto the wooden deck. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 09, 2021</p> 1fd24b1f01d4f481b3d0cdaf1aa83ab8 Women Accusing Cuomo Won't Come Out on Top for 03/04/2021 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Three women have accused New York's Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. The complaints center largely around unsolicited shows of affection. </p> <p>He very well may have said the inappropriate things being reported, but none of the women were physically harmed by what was at most unwanted flirtation. You have to ask: What will these displays of fragility do to the women's careers? Little that's good, unless they plan to seek tenure in a department of gender studies. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 04, 2021</p> fcf7a9940a58e01276dd53e879d192ab Donald Trump Finally Makes Me Smile for 03/02/2021 Tue, 02 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Donald Trump was never forever. The former president is 74, obese and the subject of serious criminal investigations. Resurfacing after disgracefully inciting a rampage on the Capitol, he addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference. The delivery was tired and the grievances now boring. </p> <p>The big difference is he's no longer in power. Thanks to Trump, Democrats now hold the presidency and majorities in both houses of Congress. That the authoritarian clown show no longer threatens America makes it considerably more entertaining. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 02, 2021</p> 0a59ac0dbf2bb5b483d1b819ad343493 Free Us From Britney Spears for 02/25/2021 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>At age 11, Britney Spears played the wholesome American girl on "The All New Mickey Mouse Club." A few years later, she was on concert stages surrounded by big teddy bears as she bumped, grinded and moaned. There was also a pole dance. </p> <p>Ladies and gentlemen, this is entry-level kiddie porn. The despoiling of innocence has always been an easy sell. Britney and her pushing parents understood well that a schoolgirl in bobby socks singing lascivious songs would draw enormous amounts of attention. They had America debating the propriety of this act, which meant everyone was talking about her. And that sold records.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 25, 2021</p> a3a6f7a2efe59005b969c3dc0cfe39c8 How American Science Returned to Astonish Us All for 02/23/2021 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>French news cameras were in California last week to capture America's spectacular drive to mass-vaccinate against COVID-19. What were the visuals? An amusement park with cars lined up, their passengers waiting for a jab. </p> <p>"Armies" of volunteers are helping, the French reporter says as attendants in protective gear direct the snaking traffic. Aerial pictures show cars lined up at vaccination stations, "by day" and "by night."<p>Updated: Tue Feb 23, 2021</p> 35c4354b82d6ee88c86359d72b064726 Hope Up and Guard Down as Pandemic Starts to Weaken? for 02/18/2021 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Are we at the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? Let's call it the middle. </p> <p>The COVID-19 numbers are going decisively lower, both infections and deaths. Millions, meanwhile, are getting the vaccine and becoming mostly immune to the disease. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 18, 2021</p> 42f17280153ab5761116a4745d74253d They're Not Dead. Typewriters Live on in Today's World for 02/16/2021 Tue, 16 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>While cleaning out the garage of an elderly friend who died recently, what did I find under a pile of 1967 Playboys but a typewriter. It wasn't just any typewriter but a vintage IBM Selectric II. I moved all 37 pounds of it to the trunk of my car. </p> <p>There's a scene in "Mad Men" where a new IBM Selectric arrives at the Sterling Cooper offices. It is 1960, and the staff gathers to gawk as it strikes letters via a wildly rotating ball &#8212; known as the "golf ball." The Selectric marked a revolutionary change from the traditional typewriter where individual type bars swing up to strike the ribbon and page. (Typewriter cultists complained that this Selectric model wasn't introduced until 1961.) <p>Updated: Tue Feb 16, 2021</p> de16c06003b4323cd2312dccdfd598a7 The Minimum Wage Can Be Tricky for 02/11/2021 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There are studies &#8212; oh, there are studies &#8212; on how hiking the minimum wage affects employment. And good studies contradict other good studies. The problem is that the mechanics linking wages to jobs have a lot of moving parts. The details matter.</p> <p>Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour sits high on the progressive bucket list. The base rate is now a very low $7.25 an hour. Had the minimum in 1968 kept pace with inflation, it would be $12 an hour today. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 11, 2021</p> 28bb2e1dd1362c37fc2034b22695b759 The GOP Crazies Are Not the Democrats' Problem for 02/09/2021 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Let's start with Marjorie Taylor Greene but keep it short. The Georgia Republican's honking-mad commentary speaks of dementia, not anything approaching political discourse. She's getting gobs of attention, but then, so do car accidents.</p> <p>Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had it exactly right when he said that "loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party."<p>Updated: Tue Feb 09, 2021</p>