Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 26 Jan 2021 22:49:28 -0800 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 1a21b6800637c8be4d1edc55a6cd79a5 The Proud Boys Return to Neverland for 01/26/2021 Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>So, the Proud Boys now judge Donald Trump "a total failure" and "extraordinarily weak." The members of the far-right group understood at last that when the former president denounced them for doing what he incited them to do, they looked ridiculous. </p> <p>How to save face? They couldn't concede that posting pictures of themselves engaged in a murderous assault on the U.S. Capitol was supremely stupid. No, it was that Trump was too cowardly to join them. But thinking that he would was also supremely stupid.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 26, 2021</p> d4aafa0c452ac7666245b816a483bdfb Without Discipline, Humane Border Policy Fails for 01/21/2021 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On his first day as president, Joe Biden is unfurling big ideas for fixing the immigration program. Any smart plan will loosen howls by extreme opinions, be they for shutting the borders tight or opening them wide, so he might as well do the right thing. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Rebuilding the system to be more humane would be welcome. But protecting American labor from unfair competition is also essential.</span> That means controlling who enters and how many enter the country. </p> <p>And so, what does Biden have in mind? Start with his two no-brainers. One is rapidly legalizing the status of the "Dreamers," immigrants brought to this country illegally as children. The other is raising prosecutions for drug traffickers and human smugglers.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 21, 2021</p> dfcc15dc38fd80919719acd0d585ee1f Coal Gets Dug Under for 01/19/2021 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As we stumble through the twilight of the Trump era, let us devote a moment to an actual issue. Let us briefly visit Donald Trump's vow to save the coal industry &#8212; notable because it figured prominently in his successful 2016 campaign. His "Trump Digs Coal" sign at a rally showcasing miners in hard hats signaled to blue-collar voters that he was on their side.</p> <p>Did he Make Anthracite Great Again? He did not. Trump leaves office with the coal industry in collapse. Over his four years, America saw a 24 percent drop in average quarterly coal mining jobs. In 2019 alone, more than eight coal companies filed for bankruptcy, including the industry giant Murray Energy. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 19, 2021</p> 62770d907e3228917f8b09bb3a7746e4 Republicans Are Getting Stripped of Money for 01/14/2021 Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>With much of corporate America vowing to withhold donations to Republican insurrectionists, party leaders have a choice to make. The Trump cult or the money? The money or the Trump cult?</p> <p>One hoped that love of country and its democratic institutions would have been reason enough to strongly condemn fellow Republicans who tried to overturn the results of a legally certified election. Only a handful of Republicans rose to the occasion, with a few more signing on following the obscene Trump-fueled rampage on the Capitol. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2021</p> 44d32346dbb7609c9281835b135317bd Media Have Every Right to Cancel Trump for 01/12/2021 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>So, President Donald Trump has been booted off Twitter, as of now forever. Facebook also gave him the heave-ho. Apple and Google, meanwhile, have tossed the riot-friendly Parler app out of their stores. </p> <p>Parler became a social media cave for the Trump-inspired looters, vandals, cop killers and other social misfits who rampaged through the Capitol. But Amazon may have delivered the harshest blow by refusing to store Parler's data in its cloud-computing service.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 12, 2021</p> 98c9e79ac1e6335f5d56cfe07b3d31b3 The Republican Party Must Split for 01/07/2021 Thu, 07 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As Donald Trump's Republican Party descends into madness, dragged down by the president's lies, threats and possible mental illness, it's become hard to imagine democracy-loving conservatives continuing to live in the same house. They're in a marriage that can't be saved. </p> <p>The framework for a new party is already up, thanks to the seasoned Republican operatives behind the never-Trump movement. They can establish a safe space for the likes of Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, among others. And their tribe will increase. </p> <p>The new bloc could call itself the Lincoln Party or the Elephant Party or even the New Republican Party. Meanwhile, its leaders could reassure conservatives that a divorce from the Trump cult would not necessarily lead to splitting their votes. On the contrary.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 07, 2021</p> 99e6665f7825759c9021a32749961697 Why Isn't Gohmert the Face of the Republican Party? for 01/05/2021 Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I'm no big fan of AOC. Some of her ideas aren't bad, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burdens the progressive cause by waving the socialist label like it's some kind of fashion brand. That has enabled Republicans to make her the face of the Democratic Party in a country where the S-word can scare off even moderates.</p> <p>At least AOC believes in the democracy. We just witnessed the spectacle of Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert suing Vice President Mike Pence to force him to overturn Electoral College results that will deliver a decisive victory to Joe Biden. When the Texas judge, a Donald Trump appointee, brushed the suit off, Gohmert urged people to "go to the streets" and be "violent." <p>Updated: Tue Jan 05, 2021</p> d0028613a36b80491bce7be96a38d377 The Movie You Want Versus the Movie You Have for 12/31/2020 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It is the job of the film critic to sniff at new movies. And so, it was expected that reviewers would drag "Wonder Woman 1984" onto the operating table. </p> <p>With other movies at other times, I might welcome their take on cinematography, character development and narrative drive. But with the fun pretty much wrung out of our current existence, I'm fine with a piece of distraction brimming with heroics and uncomplicated villainy. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 31, 2020</p> dc56a7e30e1f103d4e7f41ed330a73a6 The Year We Cultivated Our Gardens for 12/29/2020 Tue, 29 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Very soon, a year of a deadly pandemic, social isolation, job loss and political chaos will come to an end. The coronavirus will continue its rampage but seems destined to hit a wall around late spring. Life will return to normal, we are told. </p> <p>But do we want to return to normal as normal was? For many, the slowdown had a sweet side. All that discarding &#8212; of unused clothing, papers and appliances &#8212; had a cleansing effect. The best decluttering, however, didn't involve the removal of things but of activities, driving the clutter out of the hours and minutes of our days. <p>Updated: Tue Dec 29, 2020</p> eccb5f9db574eec01c0a6f3431193805 Tax Probes Need to Happen for 12/24/2020 Thu, 24 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Hunter Biden says his tax affairs are under investigation. The president-elect's son says he is "confident" the probe by the U.S. attorney's office in Delaware will find no wrongdoing. </p> <p>Fine. We shall see.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 24, 2020</p> f6a16ec2e632f5359cbb96d13b1cb656 He Always Hurt the Ones Who Loved Him for 12/22/2020 Tue, 22 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If all goes according to plan, someone will have the honor of blowing up the crumbling remains of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. It could be you. Atlantic City, which loves Trump not, is taking bids on who may push the button. </p> <p>"This will be done remotely and can be done anywhere in the world as well as close to the Plaza as we can safely get you there!" the auctioneer Bodnar's promises. <p>Updated: Tue Dec 22, 2020</p> 38b7d58aa4d76ab954a8d8abdd50754f The Miracle on 80th Street for 12/17/2020 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I've spent the week in New York, and no visit happens without a trip to Zabar's, a specialty food store on Broadway and 80th Street. A destination for tourists as well as locals, Zabar's was less frenetic than you'd expect around the holidays, but still, there were people.</p> <p>Anyhow, when I unloaded my basket at one of the cramped checkout stations, I couldn't find my wallet. Panicked, I fumbled around my bag looking for my cards. And even though shoppers were backed up in my line, the cashier told me to take my time and go through pockets, etc. No luck. I found cash set aside for something else to cover the purchase. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 17, 2020</p> b51f23f719f975f584963692f64e52cd The Vaccine New World for 12/15/2020 Tue, 15 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What a relief that at least a few of us are getting the coronavirus vaccine. I would have liked my arm to have been among the select few. I'll wait patiently, however, comforted in knowing that with every passing week, the list of Americans threatened by this nasty, deadly virus will shrink and life will return to normal.</p> <p>But the interim should be quite interesting. There's talk of COVID-19 vaccine passports &#8212; offering proof that you've been immunized and, therefore, no longer a virus threat to others. This form of ID might qualify you for admission into a crowded restaurant, theater or stadium. <p>Updated: Tue Dec 15, 2020</p> 34c5b777b1b8e7bf015e143aa0a6bf8c COVID Concentrates Minds on Obesity for 12/10/2020 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Obesity is a major risk factor for those dying from the coronavirus. </p> <p>So strong is that fear among the very overweight that bariatric surgeries have seen a significant jump in demand. Bariatric surgery is a procedure performed on the stomach or intestines that causes weight loss.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 10, 2020</p> 50c236122b337dc5c354bc5614cc6bd7 Will Democrats Ever Drop Identity Politics? for 12/08/2020 Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The days right after an election are an ideal time for political parties to work on fixing bad habits. For Democrats, that would mean kicking the increasingly dated custom of declaring race, ethnicity and gender factors in filling leadership positions. Demands on President-elect Joe Biden to put these considerations front and center show a failure to understand how politically poisonous identity politics have become. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Happily, Biden is choosing people who are highly qualified for the job. But unhappily, and no small irony, focusing on their identity only subtracts attention from their impressive careers.</span> <p>Updated: Tue Dec 08, 2020</p> f015d07e17a93caf8f6de9b5d9d13454 America Moves on From Trump for 12/03/2020 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Save this video for the documentaries. It shows Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey certifying his state's vote for President-elect Joe Biden when his cellphone goes off. The ringtone, "Hail to the Chief," means President Donald Trump is on the line. Ducey mutes the phone, casually puts it down and goes on with his presentation.</p> <p>Ducey was not about to let Trump break into his briefing. He sure wasn't going to pay any mind to Trump's false charges that the election in Arizona was riddled with fraud. Ducey basically turned off Trump's mic.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 03, 2020</p> 962d5fc0eec071564000ae61b318c745 Who Will Recall These Strange Times? for 12/01/2020 Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Decades from now, today's young will be sharing vivid memories of the pandemic of 2020. They will tell grandchildren what it was like seeing grown-ups go about their daily business in face masks. They may recall closed schools and teachers reaching them through a videoconferencing application then known as Zoom.</p> <p>Some storytellers may marvel at those who refused to protect themselves and suffered death or lasting physical damage as a result &#8212; or who exposed loved ones to the same. And they may recall the president as a bizarre figure who kept downplaying a disease that took hundreds of thousands of American lives. <p>Updated: Tue Dec 01, 2020</p> 06bb4bc28935b60334153e7e8a5a06fd Good Times Are Coming for 11/26/2020 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Dow crossed 30,000 for the first time, and three promising vaccines are on the way. These are not unrelated events. Also boosting investor optimism was Trump world's decision to finally start the transition to a Joe Biden presidency and Biden's naming of Janet Yellen as his treasury secretary.</p> <p>And the good news keeps coming &#8212; if you look for it. We will probably be seeing more spectacular Christmas decorations this year as virus-stranded Americans use their extra time to do up their homes. Expect lots of 6-foot snowmen and flotillas of glowing flamingos.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 26, 2020</p> 66c8bae49387b4847417be405d9e793e The Next Culture War Is Off to a Slow Start for 11/24/2020 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Like horses at the starting gate, the better conservative pundits are galloping off to the next thing, which is really an old thing: the culture wars. But what a nice change from having to negotiate between traditional conservative doctrine and Donald Trumpian mobs threatening them for frowning in the president's direction.</p> <p>The culture war is a perennial topic and one about which conservatives make some sound arguments. But it's also a cheap political date, a way to win applause without spending much. Thus, quality counts.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 24, 2020</p> 09e012977a8717d1b6d12eaaeed69d32 The Republican Wing of the Democratic Party for 11/19/2020 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Democrats' most interesting conflict isn't moderates versus the left. It's the never-Trump Republicans versus the left.</p> <p>The never-Trumpers, best embodied by The Lincoln Project, romped through the last campaign with verve and wit. They lasered in on crushing Donald Trump. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2020</p>