Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 19 Sep 2018 04:37:11 -0700 Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate c1b4e18a23144bc05f3166f7773898da Clash of the Titans for 09/13/2018 Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Former President Barack Obama made his grand re-entrance onto the public political stage again last week. His speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was designed to inspire Democratic voters to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.</p> <p>It was classic Obama: long on soaring rhetoric, short on truth. </p> <p>If Democrats think Obama is their ace in the hole to play against the Republicans' Trump card, <i> bring it </i>. Obama's less-than-stellar record had begun to fade into the recesses of the public's memories. But now it's all fresh again &#8212; and fair game.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> de090ee8c7aff95a7c2602cbe9178d48 What Would Jesus Say? for 09/06/2018 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The sex-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is not going away any time soon. Both Catholics and non-Catholics alike are shocked and repulsed at what was revealed in the Pennsylvania grand jury report: Decades of sexual abuse of over a thousand victims by hundreds of priests, routinely covered up by church authorities. </p> <p>Then there was the letter from Archbishop (and former papal nuncio) Carlo Maria Vigano. Vigano states that Pope Francis knew about the sexual misconduct of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington D.C., and that Francis nevertheless lifted the sanctions his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVII, had imposed upon McCarrick. Vigano argues that the pope should resign &#8212; and there is growing agreement in some segments of the church. (According to a recent poll, 25 percent of Americans think Francis should step down.)</p> <p>When confronted about Vigano's letter by press on the papal plane returning from a trip to Dublin, Pope Francis refused to comment, saying, "I won't say a word about it."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> db39c9883fda5bc7cb56fde6bca9c542 Why the Public Doesn't Trust a Progressive Press for 08/30/2018 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Just when I think I can switch to a topic <i> other than </i> the rank hypocrisy and fraud of our national press, they serve up another fresh helping. This past week saw at least three. </p> <p>The first was the parade of paeans given to recently deceased Sen. John McCain. McCain was a veteran and longtime public servant known for his love of this country, so it's logical that millions of Americans would appreciate his service and mourn his passing.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 30, 2018</p> e7700118f41be216a2a9cfbe876e6ec7 When the President's Behavior Is Reprehensible for 08/23/2018 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The news about the president is shocking. Behavior that would get most people fired has taken place, and something must be done. Are we, as a nation, not up in arms when a president:</p> <p>&#8212;Is repeatedly and humiliatingly unfaithful to his wife?<p>Updated: Thu Aug 23, 2018</p> 804e3de874e38bfd2d3bcc8e5b64d3de A Business Lesson for Socialists for 08/16/2018 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As a career academic who teaches entrepreneurship, I am very familiar with the anti-business sentiment that pervades so much of higher education and the public discourse about policy in this country. It is a spreading plague grounded in infuriating ignorance. </p> <p>So when I run across articles like "A Time to be Bold," in Jacobin magazine, I want to pull my hair out. </p> <p>The article, proclaiming the advantages of socialism over capitalism, features sweeping generalizations like these:<p>Updated: Thu Aug 16, 2018</p> 0ec1be014a68c4626b8255ae476e2118 Democrats Have Become What They Say They Despise for 08/09/2018 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Earlier this week, Candace Owens, a young black conservative, was shouted out of a restaurant by a white crowd screaming obscenities and racial epithets at her and her dining companion, Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk (who is white). The police had to be called, and the mob shouted obnoxious slurs at the officers as well. Owens tweeted: "To be clear: ANTIFA, an all-white fascist organization, just grew violent and attacked an all-black and Hispanic police force. </p> <p>"Because I, a BLACK woman, was eating breakfast. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 09, 2018</p> b5a8ca87b788cbf0cea55254268f2e0c In Place of Public Institutions, Try Entrepreneurship for 08/02/2018 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There's a compelling opinion piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education Review this week titled "The University Run Amok!" Adam Daniel and Chad Wellmon, both employed at the University of Virginia, warn convincingly that modern-day American universities have stretched themselves too thin trying to provide services that the authors argue were once provided elsewhere. "The university is what it is today, in part," they state, "because of the atrophy of other public institutions, which has left universities to fill a widening void."</p> <p>The authors' purpose is not to explain the disintegration of public institutions. But it's worth asking why so many have collapsed. Among those reasons are profligate spending, diminishment of quality and lack of accountability. Add a political class with an insatiable desire for higher taxes, and a disgruntled public unwilling to pony up any more for increasingly weaker services, and the phenomenon is easier to understand.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 02, 2018</p> 9ea17b2e02c80410ddab158503e0a682 We Were Never Supposed to Know for 07/26/2018 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Our media's valiant efforts to distract us notwithstanding, information continues to seep out that underscores how badly a housecleaning is needed in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>This past week saw the release of the applications used to obtain warrants from the FISA court to spy on Carter Page, an advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. Obtained by Judicial Watch, the 400-plus pages of (heavily redacted) documents support the conclusions earlier drawn by the House Intelligence Committee (and denounced by Democrats as hysteria): the FISA warrants were obtained through obfuscation and deceit.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 26, 2018</p> ce656f6fc3fd7274a224aff3e65f3b33 What Are Democrats Running On? for 07/19/2018 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The 2018 midterms are fast approaching, and Democrats are still crowing about the coming "blue wave." If past is precedent, I suspect that this is just media-fueled propaganda. (Remember Hillary Clinton's 98 percent certainty of winning the presidency?) There has been recent news about how Democrats lead Republicans in voter registrations by a significant margin. But the larger question is not whether Democratic voters will turn out, but what it is they are being asked to vote for. What does the Democratic Party stand for these days?</p> <p>We can look at the headlines for clues.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 19, 2018</p> 012f0a3f37b528dc6ca6c1d584e95ac2 SCOTUS Panic Proves It Again: Government Has Too Much Power for 07/12/2018 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left by retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has predictably produced apoplexy on the left. Their certainty &#8212; and outrage &#8212; that one man will have the power to dispense rights they view to be nonexistent, and dispense with others they consider inalienable, only shores up a fact that the left will almost never admit: the federal government has far too much power.</p> <p>While politicians on the right certainly can wield excessive power just as oppressively as leftists can, traditionally it has been conservative Republicans and Libertarians calling for smaller government as a matter of constitutional principle, while liberal and progressive Democrats argue that more government is the appropriate solution to every problem. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 12, 2018</p> 60d7b0e6e64ecedef143929b59f0309a Free Speech for the Goose for 07/04/2018 Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The New York Times, borrowing Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's language from her dissent in last week's Janus v. AFSCME case, purported in a June 30 article to explain "how conservatives (have) weaponized the First Amendment." </p> <p>The plaintiff in Janus successfully argued that he should not be forced to pay public sector union dues that support political causes he opposes. And the Janus decision was released the day after National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. In Becerra, plaintiffs were pro-life pregnancy centers opposing California's Reproductive FACT Act, a statute which forced them to promote and advertise for abortion services. Both plaintiffs won their cases on First Amendment free speech grounds. (And three weeks prior, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips won his suit challenging a Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision sanctioning him for refusing to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. Phillips, too, won on First Amendment grounds.)<p>Updated: Wed Jul 04, 2018</p> 9d8ed1337aee4215a555a832fb69b5f2 A Victory for Speech, Faith and Life for 06/28/2018 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated decision in the case of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. At issue in the Becerra case was California's odious Reproductive FACT Act, a 2015 statute that required pro-life (and predominantly Christian) crisis pregnancy centers to prominently display information (in multiple languages) announcing that they do not provide abortions, as well as information about where abortions are available. The law imposed fines of up to $1,000 per violation; <span class="column--highlighted-text">given pro-life centers' refusal to advertise abortion, such fines threatened the centers' very existence.</span></p> <p>Advocates of the law claimed it was necessary to "protect" women from "unlicensed" centers. This seemed to be a sleight-of-hand; only centers that provide certain medical services are required to be "licensed" under California law. Thus, pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, which do not provide medical services, are not even required to be licensed. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 28, 2018</p> 9ca4ee07be6b561e6b8dad831a4a52be The Real Message Behind the Inspector General's Report for 06/21/2018 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There is a different standard of law when it comes to certain people in this country. That is the real message behind the inspector general's report just released on June 14. And although many on the left are doing a happy dance about it, they shouldn't be. </p> <p>First, as authors like Andrew McCarthy at National Review and David Catron at The American Spectator have explained in detail, the IG's exonerating conclusions simply do not follow the ample evidence of political bias detailed in the report. And other conclusions which do follow don't play out the way the left would like. (For example, the IG's report found that then-FBI Director James Comey's conduct was "extraordinary and insubordinate." <span class="column--highlighted-text">Under those circumstances, President Donald Trump was correct in firing Comey</span>, which means that Trump was not obstructing justice in so doing. Given the utter lack of proof of collusion with Russia, this renders Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation essentially baseless.)<p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> 1cfeaaac7a20ce71302805a9293c1e4f Hollywood's Scripted Hysteria for 06/14/2018 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last weekend, I happened across the 1957 film "No Down Payment," which has to be one of the worst films ever made. It features some (then) up-and-coming young stars, including Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter and the always-magnificent Joanne Woodward. But even stellar onscreen talent cannot salvage embarrassingly bad writing.</p> <p>The film is supposed to be a glimpse into the lives of four married couples living in the fictional post-World War II "vetville" suburb of Sunset Hills, located in sunny Southern California. In the opening scenes, cheerful but campy billboards advertise the new subdivisions popping up alongside bustling highways as the newest locales for the American dream. But director Martin Ritt wants his audience to know from the get-go that this is just a cheap facade with a seamy underbelly.</p> <p>Ritt tries to reveal a darker side of 1950s America by bludgeoning the audience with heavy-handed stereotypes: Sunset Hills is a whites-only subdivision; the homes are cookie-cutter cardboard boxes so close together that their owners can hear each other's toilets flush. And the characters have no more depth than the buildings: there is the perfunctory obnoxious used car salesman; the pretty-but-ignorant country bumpkin; the WWII vet who seethes with resentment about "college boys" taking his job prospects; the shallow housewives obsessing over their meatloaves while their (otherwise ignored) children stare glassy-eyed at westerns on black-and-white TVs; the upstanding Christians who seem more concerned about the neighbors' opinions than about loving thy neighbor. The four couples' social interactions consist of drunken barbecues, halfhearted attempts at infidelity and gossip.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p> 153f226197803645170e7750bf023968 Meet the New Judges; Same As the Old Judges for 06/07/2018 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>While legal pundits are busy analyzing the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission handed down on Monday, we mustn't ignore what the <i>truly</i> important judges decided this week.</p> <p>Like eliminating the swimsuit competition from the Miss America pageant.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 07, 2018</p> 82ccdaf3655f5753ccd1be3641682361 Where Are the Children's Days? for 05/31/2018 Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here we are, wedged between Mother's Day and Father's Day, and I am thinking about that question that young children often ask around this time of year: "How come there's no 'children's day'?" Parents invariably respond with some version of, "Because every day is 'children's day.'"</p> <p>That used to be true. I question whether it still is. <p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p> 0da60e9d5e5c2fe4c005fe2424014c41 The Sneaky Efforts to Undermine the Electoral College for 05/24/2018 Thu, 24 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Electoral College is being challenged as an anachronism. These complaints have largely been prompted by the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections; in both, the victor won by garnering the requisite number of electoral votes, despite losing the national "popular vote." (That has happened only five times in the nation's history: 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000 and 2016.)</p> <p>The race between George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000 produced painstaking recounts in the state of Florida, a Supreme Court opinion and entry of the term "hanging chad" into the national lexicon. But when all was said and done, George W. Bush had won the state of Florida &#8212; albeit by only 537 votes &#8212; taking Florida's 25 electoral votes and winning the presidency. (Only five electoral votes separated Bush's 271 from Gore's 266.)<p>Updated: Thu May 24, 2018</p> e4a676ff6d4f76531471d231d5b9e293 The Tyranny of the Elites for 05/10/2018 Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A relative recently sent me a copy of an essay written by William Deresiewicz, "The Disadvantages of an Elite Education." It was published in The American Scholar in 2008. What an eye-opener.</p> <p>Deresiewicz opens his essay with the honest admission that he only realized the insularity of his upbringing one day when a plumber came to his house. Confronted with a member of the middle class, "I didn't have the slightest idea what to say to someone like him," Deresiewicz writes. </p> <p>Deresiewicz blames his education. "My education taught me to believe that people who didn't go to an Ivy League or equivalent school weren't worth talking to, regardless of their class." He continues, explaining that at elite institutions, rules like "due dates and attendance requirements" are routinely disregarded. Students there "get an endless string of second chances." He contrasts this with other (lesser) schools, where rules are enforced, and their graduates are "being conditioned for ... lives of subordination, supervision and control."<p>Updated: Thu May 10, 2018</p> 2d8bb61333ea71646947cff7982a14e5 What Would a Progressive America Look Like? for 05/03/2018 Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>While the November elections may seem like a long way off, we need to be thinking about the consequences of those elections. </p> <p>As I have noted before, Democrats running for office this year have been styling themselves as "centrists," taking policy positions that seem taken from Republican platforms. But there is no indication that any Democrats will govern from the center these days, and every reason to think that they will succumb to the pressure brought to bear by the "progressive" wing of the Democratic Party and move left. The more Democrats there are in Congress, the further left that body will go. <p>Updated: Thu May 03, 2018</p> 3d36c7d6911d083a2b23835563a5410a Democrats Will Win! (If They Run as Republicans) for 04/26/2018 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Republican Debbie Lesko won this week's special congressional election in the Eighth District of Arizona. In typical fashion, the press is spinning this as an ominous sign for the GOP in November. Lesko beat her challenger by 5 points &#8212; a margin that many think is shockingly small in a district that went for Donald Trump by more than 20 points in 2016. </p> <p>But Lesko's Democratic challenger, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, would be a dynamic candidate on any ticket. Tipirneni is a former emergency room physician and a cancer researcher. She is an outsider to politics, never having before run for office. She is youthful, telegenic and intelligent, with an "American dream" backstory; Tipirneni's family arrived from India when she was only 3 years old, and she worked her way through Northeast Ohio Medical University and the University of Michigan.</p> <p>More to the point, Tipirneni ran on what could certainly pass for a Republican platform. She supports securing the border (although not the construction of a wall), and an immigration policy favoring those who intend to come to the United States to work. Tipirneni also expressed frustration with partisan deadlock in Washington, D.C. In an interview with Fox News, Tipirneni said, "One of the big reasons I decided to run is I'm so frustrated by the lack of forward progress, divisiveness and standing solely on a partisan (ground) ... A lot of folks feel alienated. I would fight on their behalf and not fight about ideology."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 26, 2018</p>