Jackie Gingrich Cushman from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 05 Apr 2020 09:32:00 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Jackie Gingrich Cushman from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/jackie-gingrich-cushman-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman 24e4cb89d80fc2462b4b86d964fbc5d4 FBI Earned an F for FISA for 04/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/20/fbi-earned-an-f-for-fisa Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">While COVID-19 is taking up much of the news cycle, there are other things that must be attended to as well. This week's report by the FBI Office of the Inspector General gives the FBI a zero for its performance in reviewing 29 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications.</span><br></p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The bottom line is that the FBI is not following procedures for FISA applications, which allow the bureau to surveil U.S. citizens.</span> As U.S. citizens, we should <i> demand </i> that the procedures be followed completely. The sad part is that this is not the first time such failures have been revealed &#8212; and that the rules and regulations that were put together to prevent such abuse are not being followed.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 02, 2020</p> 6e1d23f23b0144286a371a05cbe43317 My Mom's Mantra for 03/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/20/my-moms-mantra Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My mom grew up in what she called a middle-class family, with one car, hand-me-downs for the children and an ice cream cake for her 16th birthday. She endured polio as a small child, pulling herself up to watch the other children play outside until she gained enough strength to go outside as well. She didn't complain often and was determined to do her best. Her mantra was "Do the best you can with what you have at the time."</p> <p>For the next few months, nearly all of us will not only witness but also be part of an ongoing period of wrenching change, one that has no clear ending, a journey without a clear map or destination. We will have little or no control. It's human nature to be anxious, unsure and incredibly uneasy during such times. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 26, 2020</p> b6d702007c86423f08c99858ce428a80 Slow Down, and Breathe for 03/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/20/slow-down-and-breathe Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For most of us, the amount of change and information we have absorbed in the past few weeks is overwhelming. As humans, when we are overwhelmed, we are scared; when we are scared, we panic; and when we panic, we tend to make bad decisions. Our first goal should be to slow down and just breathe &#8212; even if it's only for a few seconds.</p> <p>Then slow down again and breathe again &#8212; more slowly and deeply, belly breaths. Try this for at least three breaths, the lower in your belly, the better for your body &#8212; the goal is to use your lungs and not just move your chest in and out. Now you have physically relaxed yourself, if only just a bit.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2020</p> e205a614a060f583c7243bd061619539 More Than Money for 03/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/20/more-than-money Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Our country spends over a trillion dollars a year on anti-poverty programs. We address the symptoms, providing food, shelter, health care. But it's time to face the fact that many of these programs are not working. Our poverty rate hasn't changed in half a century.</p> <p>Money does not appear to be the solution. Sure, it helps, and no, we should not just cut the programs to zero. But<span class="column--highlighted-text"> it's time for us to face the fact that, while we've made living in poverty easier, we have not made it easier for individuals and families to move out of poverty; the solution will take more than money.</span><p>Updated: Thu Mar 12, 2020</p> ec84ee94ad284cdeeee477d229bd4b5e Biden Versus Trump: Where Are We Heading? for 03/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/20/biden-versus-trump-where-are-we-heading Thu, 05 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In politics, it's often not who you want to vote for but who you don't want to vote for, and while policies are important, personality drives a lot of the decision-making. Often pollsters ask, "Does the candidate care about people like me?" Now they ask, "Does the candidate care about the same people I care about?"</p> <p>The ability to connect with and care about others is vitally important for candidates and has fueled former Vise President Joe Biden's surge in the Democratic primary process. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Voters care if you are competent, but they also care if you are warm.</span> Incompetent and cold equals a clown; incompetent and warm equals well-meaning. Competent and cold equals egotistical; the sweet spot is competent and warm. That's Biden's current position in the Democratic primaries. The question is will he be viewed as competent or incompetent in the general election (assuming he wins the Democratic nomination), and will President Donald Trump be viewed as cold or warm?<p>Updated: Thu Mar 05, 2020</p> 3444e90bbf1d528603d4fb72765332f2 Trump's Rally Cry for 02/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/20/trumps-rally-cry Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What a week's it's already been. The coronavirus is spreading in Asia and has moved into Europe, disrupting conferences and businesses. Stocks fell over 6% in the first two days of the week, and the Democratic National Committee held a debate in South Carolina prior to the Saturday primary and Super Tuesday next week. </p> <p>It's only Wednesday.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 27, 2020</p> 807505e09d1584fb81f361584e300754 You Really Don't Know It All for 02/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/20/you-really-dont-know-it-all Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We have two dogs as part of our household. Bunny is a 20-pound rescue whom our daughter, Maggie, found seven years ago. Bunny is quick, excitable, fun and can jump a very long way. She likes getting petted and will jump in your lap if requested &#8212; but not for long. She's the barker in our home. She barks at visitors, squirrels, people walking by and even herself in the mirror. She often doesn't appear to know why she's barking; she just knows she has to bark. We call it "Bunny barking" and tend to ignore it. </p> <p>Midnight, a black 80-pound Labrador, is the matriarch of the house, with a gray muzzle and a persistent manner. She's loving and attentive and will nudge your hand or your leg until you pet her. Once you begin, it's hard to stop; if you do, she will nudge you again, and again, repeatedly. It's only after a few minutes of failing to elicit a response that she will finally give up and "go lie down." She does not bark unless accidently stepped on, so when she barks, we pay attention. She ignores a lot, only paying attention to what physically hurts her.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 20, 2020</p> 1075a71b59de35e31ce501aeee9a4a5a Trump's Fabulous Autumn for 02/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/20/trumps-fabulous-autumn Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Two states, Iowa and New Hampshire, have taken part in the 2020 Democratic nomination process. The Iowa Democratic caucuses were a debacle. The technology didn't work; the results had to be re-tallied; and with the delay, the final results didn't mean as much as they could have to any specific candidate. The process also left the Democratic Party's reputation damaged.</p> <p>New Hampshire ended with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont (26%) edging out former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (24%). Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota outperformed expectations (20%), while Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts came in unexpectedly low (9.3%). Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign limped in at 8.4%, but he was already in South Carolina, having abandoned New Hampshire early and flown Tuesday evening to the Southern state he had declared his firewall. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 13, 2020</p> 6b470ad93e17983c12c6329bb0d682a8 Let's Be the Better Example for 02/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/20/lets-be-the-better-example Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We've had enough political news in half a week to last a month or more, but we know the velocity will only increase until the election. On Monday, Republicans and Democrats in Iowa participated in caucuses. President Donald Trump won the Republican caucuses in a landslide (somewhere north of 97 percent). This was not and is not news.</p> <p>The news coming out of the Democratic caucuses involved a myriad of issues that affected how the votes were tabulated.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 06, 2020</p> 43d1dd4f0f433a54ba7b1e60d90fedd1 'Let the Public Decide' for 01/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/20/let-the-public-decide Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last November, I encouraged readers to approach the national challenge of impeachment with thoughtfulness, confidence, purpose and empathy. Unfortunately, most Americans appear to have approached it with ranting and raving in either agreement or disagreement. But we still have time to give the Senate trial the seriousness it deserves.</p> <p>This week, we have had the unique opportunity to watch the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump unfold in the U.S. Senate. This is the third time in our country's history that the impeachment of a sitting president has gone to a Senate trial. President Andrew Johnson was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1868 with a bipartisan vote (122 Republicans, 4 Democrats). In 1998, the House voted in favor of impeachment of President Bill Clinton with a vote of 258 (31 Democrats and 227 Republicans). <p>Updated: Thu Jan 30, 2020</p> fd3f213bb991e8b2c3b8f264eacf5400 Focus and Execution for 01/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/20/focus-and-execution Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, the juxtaposition between the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump and his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is surreal. The first is an attempt to remove Trump from the presidency; the second was an incredibly powerful speech that focused on the success of our nation and his presidency. It might lead one to ask, "How could both be true?" Yet here we are.</p> <p>The impeachment proceedings get almost nonstop coverage, so let's focus on the other, more worldly, more positive, less covered event. According to the WEF website, the organization "engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas." The WEF "strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p> 1bc9091120db9aff049b496f87af7cb1 Freedom and Facts for 01/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/20/freedom-and-facts Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We need to differentiate between experiences and facts. We know that our individual perspectives affect how we experience events, but do they also affect the underlying facts? </p> <p>The answer is no. Facts are facts.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> 0489604bc8a4162ff465058db66b2892 Media Accountability for 01/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/20/media-accountability Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Late last January, a short video showing Catholic high school boys and an indigenous drummer in Washington created a media and social media flurry. The video documented a confluence of two marches (the March for Life and the Indigenous Peoples March) near the Lincoln Memorial. It showed a group of teenage boys standing and smiling as the indigenous man was chanting and beating a drum. The teenager at the front was Nick Sandmann, who was then 16 years old. </p> <p>While normally this might have been dismissed as "teenagers watch drummer," many viewers and media outlets prejudged the teenagers &#8212; who were wearing "Make America Great Again" hats &#8212; and assumed the worst. Twitter took off, followed by major media outlets. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> 617419751ee6e55f3a353a07b2404c33 2020 Vision for 01/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/20/2020-vision Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you have 20/20 (or better) vision, you probably don't even think about seeing &#8212; unless you previously had worse vision. If your vision has declined over the years (as mine has), you probably wish for the times when you took your vision for granted. </p> <p>That applies to more than vision; we often take all sorts of things for granted. To be grateful, we must first understand and appreciate the gifts that we have &#8212; even gifts that have been given to us by God.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 02, 2020</p> 5d8f7dd402b469a84b258e172b7f84e9 Happy Almost New Year for 12/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/19/happy-almost-new-year-545a0 Thu, 26 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Christmas is a special time in our family. Our daughter, Maggie, loves decorating the tree, and her brother, Robert, is now tall enough to decorate the top third &#8212; that Maggie and I cannot reach. The highlight of the season is the Christmas Eve service. The pageant, led by children of our church, includes Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, along with donkeys, angels, bumble bees, a camel and a dinosaur. (The children can wear any animal costume they like). </p> <p>The Christmas celebrations remind me of how blessed I am to be part of a large, loving, generous family. The party for extended family (complete with Santa), Christmas Eve at Nanny's, and Christmas Day dinner at our home with my fairy godmother and her family are fun times for all.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 26, 2019</p> 50d1f88a05b13961f094472590a3e21d Be a Blessing, and Stop the Holiday Outrage for 12/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/19/be-a-blessing-and-stop-the-holiday-outrage Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This is the season of Advent for Christians. The season is not just about the event but about the expectation, the waiting, the preparation, the everyday events through which you can see God's grace shine. In today's polarized political environment, this might appear to be impossible to achieve. But I believe it is possible &#8212; it just requires us to adjust our expectations and our state of mind.</p> <p>First, expectations. This week on ABC's "The View," hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain got into an argument and proceeded to verbally run over each other. It ended with Goldberg cutting McCain off and moving the show to commercial. This is not a new occurrence for "The View." Rather, the show seems to specialize in this type of verbal altercation.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 19, 2019</p> ffaedfa2719f294e38e0b948b6edecee Gearing up for 2020 for 12/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/19/gearing-up-for-2020 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>By Tuesday night, the week's national political news was already too much to grasp. On Monday, the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, released the 436-page report "Review of Four FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation." </p> <p>"Crossfire Hurricane" was the FBI investigation opened during the 2016 presidential campaign into whether people in Donald Trump's campaign were "coordinating, wittingly or unwittingly, with the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election." <p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> 7e1b44c825bd5d80d79c139cbeb64ed5 Outrageous Outrage -- Take a Ride for 12/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/19/outrageous-outrage-take-a-ride-aab65 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In today's narrative-driven, social media-focused world, it's easy to slip into outrageous outrage. Let's take this week's social media commotion over a Peloton commercial that, according to Bloomberg News reporter Joshua Fineman, led to a drop in stock price.</p> <p>The commercial, titled "The Gift That Gives Back," begins with a woman walking into a living room with a young child. It's Christmas morning, and she received a Peloton, the stationary bicycle that starts at $2,245. The 30-second advertisement shows snippets of a video diary created by the woman over the course of the following year. </p> <p>It shows her taking her first ride, getting up at 6 a.m. to cycle and cycling again after work. The video diary ends with her saying, "I didn't realize how much this would change me. Thank you." The commercial shifts back to a shot of her and the man who gave her the gift &#8212; presumably her husband &#8212; seated together on the couch. She is clearly thankful for his gift.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> c66971bce255005c78898ac28913a84e Thanks and Giving for 11/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/19/thanks-and-giving Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for learning about and working with Our House, a homeless shelter for newborn babies and their families. I first became involved in this organization after the birth of our second child a few months before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. I can remember rocking my baby during the night as planes flew over my head from Dobbins Air Force Base and being scared about the world he would grow up in. </p> <p>When a friend called that fall and asked if I would serve as treasurer of Genesis, an organization that went on to merge with Our House, I said yes. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> 455db9174bddf1fec700b53a540358ed Thankful for Inefficiencies for 11/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/19/thankful-for-inefficiencies Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The political world is mired in must-watch political impeachment theater in Washington, with a second focus on this week's Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta. </p> <p>But with those two sideshows going, the world continues to spin. People get up and go to work; students go to school; mothers and fathers care for their children; people go to church and volunteer in their communities. This has led me to think about the incredible resilience of our government, and how thankful I am that I was born in our great nation.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p>