Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 23 Jun 2018 12:21:50 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/larry-elder-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder f6c5fe9e207a16fb771e2231a9f30851 IG Report -- Imagine This Level of Bias During the O.J. Simpson Case for 06/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/18/ig-report-imagine-this-level-of-bias-during-the-oj-simpson-case Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Imagine what defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, would have done with notes to and from LAPD lead detectives Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter in which they demeaned Simpson's fans. Imagine a written exchange in which one detective said, "We'll stop him!" Imagine Cochran's opening and closing arguments, to say nothing of his cross-examination, if he'd had evidence similar to the kind of bias found in the Department of Justice inspector general's report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. </p> <p>The DOJ IG report included several messages between FBI attorneys and employees who worked on the email investigation. Here is one from an unidentified FBI employee (who didn't work on the email investigation) to FBI attorneys, the day after Trump's election: "I can't stop crying. ... You promised me this wouldn't happen. YOU PROMISED. ... Trump's supporters are all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS that think he will magically grant them jobs for doing nothing. They probably didn't watch the debates, aren't fully educated on his policies, and are stupidly wrapped up in his unmerited enthusiasm."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> b74a19efa5a980a3673546163978b8fe If Tough Anti-Drug Laws Are 'Racist,' Blame Black Leaders for 06/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/18/if-tough-anti-drug-laws-are-racist-blame-black-leaders Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Why did Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender, get a life sentence? She and her husband divorced in 1989. The next year, she lost her job as a FedEx manager, followed by bankruptcy and home foreclosure in 1991. The following year, the mother of five lost her youngest child in a tragic motorcycle accident. She says the emotional and financial pressure caused her to make the "biggest mistake of (her) life." By her own admission, she "became what is called a telephone mule ... passing messages between the distributors and sellers ... in a drug conspiracy." She and 15 others were arrested in 1993 for drug trafficking and money laundering. </p> <p>While many of her co-defendants were given reduced or dropped charges for cooperating with prosecutors, Johnson was convicted for cocaine conspiracy and money laundering in 1996, and sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole, plus an additional 25 years.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p> db8fb80562b4a9d9ef49c670ab50d027 Black Motorists Lying on Cops -- Who's Doing the 'Racial Profiling'? for 06/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/18/black-motorists-lying-on-cops-whos-doing-the-racial-profiling Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In the last few weeks, <i>three</i> black motorists, including an NAACP chapter president, made blatantly false allegations against perfectly courteous police officers. </p> <p>Now who's "racially profiling"?</p> <p>First, in Timmonsville, S.C., local NAACP President the Rev. Jerrod Moultrie put up a lengthy post on his Facebook page: "Tonight, I was racially profiled by Timmonsville Officer CAUSE I WAS DRIVING A MERCEDES BENZ AND GOING HOME IN A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD." The reverend claimed the officer told him, "I am doing you a favor tonight not taking you to jail or writing you a ticket."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 07, 2018</p> 445af16a1865eb17b0fa3aca24f75b71 Roseanne Is Out? Explain Maher, Sharpton and Olbermann for 05/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/18/roseanne-is-out-explain-maher-sharpton-and-olbermann Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Roseanne Barr lost her new television show. </p> <p>Barr, in a tweet about Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, said of Jarrett: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." The comedian deleted the offensive tweet, but the damage was irreversible. The reaction was swift. </p> <p>The Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted: "The comparison ... of ... Valerie Jarrett to an APE is racist and inexcusable. ABC must take action NOW!" The Disney-owned ABC issued the following statement: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show." Barr left Disney little choice. Standing by her would have meant advertiser boycotts, forcing any company that advertises on her show to explain their association with a "racist." <p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p> c061f782827360755a67a385abec8c45 In Calling MS-13 Gang Members 'Animals,' Trump Was Kind for 05/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/18/in-calling-ms-13-gang-members-animals-trump-was-kind Thu, 24 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump doubled down on calling members of a notorious street gang "animals." Good for him for not backing down and for shining a light on an outrageous phenomenon, especially in Southern California: Latino gangs that target blacks, whether or not they belong to gangs, for death. </p> <p>Trump, during a roundtable discussion last week with state and local officials from California about so-called sanctuary laws, said: "Deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws ... (offer) safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on earth, like MS-13 gang members, putting innocent men, women and children at the mercy of these sadistic criminals."<p>Updated: Thu May 24, 2018</p> 276351af2a6fae09dff4409a9f292afc Fake Russian Ads Stoked Racial Tensions -- Race-Hustling Democrats 'Colluded' for 05/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/18/fake-russian-ads-stoked-racial-tensions-race-hustling-democrats-colluded Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump rejects the narrative that Russia wanted him to win. USA Today examined each of the 3,517 Facebook ads bought by the Russian-based Internet Research Agency, the company that employed 12 of the 13 Russians indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for interfering with the 2016 election. It turns out only about 100 of its ads explicitly endorsed Trump or opposed Hillary Clinton. </p> <p>Most of the fake ads focused on racial division, with many of the ads attempting to exploit what Russia perceives, or wants America to perceive, as severe racial tension between blacks and whites.<p>Updated: Thu May 17, 2018</p> 3596feb0d9023bab0f2a47ca80d7d4df Democrats' War on Capitalism for 05/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/18/democrats-war-on-capitalism Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hillary Clinton recently offered yet another reason why she lost her second consecutive race for the presidency: capitalism.</p> <p>At the Shared Value Leadership Summit in New York City, Clinton was asked whether her self-proclaimed "capitalist" stance hurt her during the 2016 presidential primary season. "It's hard to know," she said, "but I mean, if you're in the Iowa caucuses and 41 percent of Democrats are socialists or self-described socialists, and I'm asked, 'Are you a capitalist?' and I say, 'Yes, but with appropriate regulation and appropriate accountability.' You know, that probably gets lost in the 'Oh, my gosh, she's a capitalist!'" <p>Updated: Thu May 10, 2018</p> b9f69369f910909b99b378fb32f934c2 Trump's 2 Big Advantages: Time and Low Expectations for 05/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/18/trumps-2-big-advantages-time-and-low-expectations Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Despite the daily pounding he receives from the media, President Donald Trump enjoys two advantages &#8212; low expectations and lots of time. </p> <p>When the opposition party and their media cohorts call Trump an idiot, a fool, a liar, racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican, incompetent, lazy, unfocused, greedy, hateful, fascist, tyrannical and/or Hitler-esque, there's really nowhere to go but up. Recall how immediately after Trump took office, "experts" predicted a short administration, perhaps of months-long duration. Critics said Trump did not really think he would win. The recent anti-Trump book by Michael Wolff even claims that Trump <i>did not want</i> to win. Some even predicted that Trump, having captured the presidency, would grow bored and quickly return to his construction business. <p>Updated: Thu May 03, 2018</p> bbf46a9a9fcfffacf8851d59d5eb1b23 Joe Biden, Dems and the Race Card: They Don't Leave Home Without It for 04/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/18/joe-biden-dems-and-the-race-card-they-dont-leave-home-without-it Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Former Vice President Joe Biden recently told MSNBC's Rev. Al Sharpton that the GOP wants voter identification laws for one reason. Racist Republicans so despise blacks and are so determined to oppress them, that they seek to prevent all blacks from voting.</p> <p>Biden said: "It's what these guys are all about, man. These Republicans don't want working-class people voting. They don't want black folks voting." What Republicans "are all about," according to Biden, is the push in some states for voter ID laws, which Democrats call "voter suppression." Then-Attorney General Eric Holder characterized the call for voter ID laws as an example of "pernicious" racism. </p> <p>If it is "pernicious" racism, apparently a lot of people failed to get the memo. Blacks want voter ID laws, too. A 2016 Gallup Poll found: "Though many of the arguments for early voting and against voter ID laws frequently cite minorities' voting access, nonwhites' views of the two policies don't differ markedly from those of whites. Seventy-seven percent of nonwhites favor both policies, while whites favor each at 81 percent." This has not stopped the Democrats from turning the legitimate concern about the integrity of voting into a full-on attack against blacks.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 26, 2018</p> 4394879c3d5d0cda1e7822b9863feadc Comey Tells Ex-Clinton Aide Stephanopoulos That Trump Is 'Morally Unfit' for 04/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/18/comey-tells-ex-clinton-aide-stephanopoulos-that-trump-is-morally-unfit Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Fired ex-FBI head James Comey told ABC News "chief anchor" George Stephanopoulos that Donald Trump is "morally unfit to be president"? Think about this. Comey offered this assessment to <i>Stephanopoulos,</i> whose former boss, first candidate and then President Bill Clinton, was credibly accused of rape and sexual assault, had sex in the Oval Office with an intern, and then lied about it under oath, for which he was impeached. </p> <p>But Comey tells Stephanopoulos that Trump is "morally unfit to be president"?<p>Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018</p> b03024e43c74dc860029412d40bede33 Why Is Facebook Groveling? for 04/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/18/why-is-facebook-groveling Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What is it about spectacular American business success stories like Facebook that brings out envy and resentment? Facebook has 2 billion monthly users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is 33 and has a net worth north of $60 billion, making him the fifth richest person on Earth, according to Forbes last month. His company is also accused of allowing "misuse" of its users' personal data to help elect President Donald Trump. Never mind that the 2012 Obama campaign bragged about using Facebook in a similar way to win re-election. So, when it comes to Facebook and Zuckerberg, what's not to hate?</p> <p>Industrial pioneers and visionaries like John D. Rockefeller in oil and Andrew Carnegie in steel found themselves vilified in newspapers as "robber barons," a label popularized by a New York Times writer. Never mind that the price for kerosene continued to fall even as Rockefeller dominated the industry, just as the price of steel continued to fall despite Carnegie's alleged greed. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 12, 2018</p> fb9256c30463579eca34394d2ec2bd38 If Laura Ingraham Goes Down for 'Bullying,' You're Next! for 04/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/18/if-laura-ingraham-goes-down-for-bullying-youre-next Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What did Fox News' Laura Ingraham say that cost her advertisers?</p> <p>About David Hogg, the teenage Parkland, Florida, high school shooting survivor, Fox's Ingraham tweeted: "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.)" Insensitive, given the mass shooting that killed 17 at Hogg's high school? Yes. Insulting and condescending coming from an Ivy League-educated lawyer? Yes. But the punishment does not fit the crime.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 05, 2018</p> b6ca4309dd6fc9e996e5e4c340f05b9e Where's the Common Sense in 'Common Sense' Gun Laws? for 03/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/18/wheres-the-common-sense-in-common-sense-gun-laws Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Americans, many quite young, attended anti-gun violence rallies across the country. Many protesters demanded more federal "common-sense" gun control laws. But the push for common-sense gun laws lacks common sense, or at least perspective.</p> <p>The protests, sparked by the murders of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, were billed as a "March for Our Lives." But according to criminologist James Alan Fox, over the last 25 years 10 students have died each year, on average, in school shootings. By contrast, every year about 300 Americans are struck by lightning. Most survive, but since 2000 an average of 35 people have died each year from lightning strikes.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 29, 2018</p> 3c2ae102b05cc569ae3484e8ba91e38f No-Drama Obama Versus Trump 'Chaos' for 03/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/18/no-drama-obama-versus-trump-chaos Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Conservative watchdog organization Media Research Center examined the nightly news coverage of President Donald Trump on ABC, NBC and CBS in January and February and concluded that the stories were 91 percent negative. One consistent narrative, particularly given the recent firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is that "chaos" reigns in the Trump White House.</p> <p>Never mind that President Barack Obama went through four secretaries of defense and five chiefs of staff. Obama, goes the narrative, calmly navigated the country during his eight-year tenure. Trump, on the other hand, is reckless, dangerous, undisciplined and out of control.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 22, 2018</p> 0ef7ba043011e9b7349b0aa0cd1ca295 Dem Pundit: 'Paying Off a Porn Star Is Presidential?' for 03/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/18/dem-pundit-paying-off-a-porn-star-is-presidential Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When it comes to the issue of porn star Stormy Daniels, we should welcome the media and the Democrats' newfound interest in the treatment &#8212; and mistreatment &#8212; of women by powerful political figures.</p> <p>Never mind that whatever relationship Daniels had with President Donald Trump was consensual and ended a decade ago. Nor that there doesn't appear to be any evidence that Trump broke any campaign law regarding the apparent $130K "keep quiet" settlement reached only days before the election. Poor Ms. Daniels &#8212; the value of salacious stuff about Trump has skyrocketed now that he is president, so Daniels wants out of the nondisclosure agreement that she willingly signed. She sold cheap, and now wants more.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 15, 2018</p> e6be50818bcf0feaf6e9f3de2f73da1a Tariffs and Economic Populism: Good Politics, Bad Economics for 03/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/18/tariffs-and-economic-populism-good-politics-bad-economics Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We came to expect economic illiteracy from left-wing President Barack Obama. </p> <p>For example, in attempting to explain away his tepid economic recovery, Obama blamed the emergence of new technologies, which he claimed killed more jobs. "When you go to a bank you use the ATM; you don't go to a bank teller," Obama said. "Or you go to the airport and you use a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate." <p>Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2018</p> 9ec05ff2959c2bc40eb6ca2292282812 How Many Lives Are Saved by Guns -- and Why Don't Gun Controllers Care? for 03/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/18/how-many-lives-are-saved-by-guns-and-why-dont-gun-controllers-care Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Lost in the current debate about gun control are three important points. </p> <p>First, how many lives are <i>saved</i> each year through the use of firearms. We know that for the last several years, according to the Centers for Disease Control (which tracks all U.S. deaths by cause), roughly 11,000 lives have been lost through non-suicide deaths involving a firearm each year. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 01, 2018</p> 8f816f626d9e0e0f960401633551656f Race and Sports: It's Not 1947 Anymore. Let's Not Pretend That It Is for 02/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/18/race-and-sports-its-not-1947-anymore-lets-not-pretend-that-it-is Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>ESPN recently re-aired a three-part documentary about the long rivalry between two storied NBA basketball teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, and their two marquee players, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, respectively.</p> <p>After another devastating Laker loss, this time in the 1984 finals, Laker star Magic Johnson said he felt so disappointed, in part, because he let down blacks. So many black fans were pulling for him, including, he discovered, many black residents of Boston. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 22, 2018</p> f689b387cc70df4d408911907a076a33 What Left-Wing Educators Don't Teach During 'Black History Month' for 02/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/18/what-left-wing-educators-dont-teach-during-black-history-month Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When will Black History Month be ... history?</p> <p>Apart from the bizarre notion that educators should set aside one month to salute the historical achievements of one race apart from and above the historical achievements of other races, Black History Month appears to omit a lot of black history.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 15, 2018</p> 15f528db1265d1636178982ed2022ffb Take the 'Racist Xenophobe' Quiz: Who Said This About Illegal Immigration? for 02/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/18/take-the-racist-xenophobe-quiz-who-said-this-about-illegal-immigration Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Which alleged "racist xenophobe" made these statements about illegal immigration?</p> <p>"Those who enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law, and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law. We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented (and) unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants in this country."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 08, 2018</p>