Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:42:20 -0700 Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate 717eaaaffd04f3ff57d4caad755c5049 The Sad Lesson of Jon Stewart's Valiant Speech for 06/13/2019 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Jon Stewart is best known as a comedian and former host of "The Daily Show." Virtually all talk show hosts draw from the well of politics. But Stewart's tenure took that to a new level, and he made no bones about his distinctly progressive leanings.</p> <p>Stewart is talented and intelligent, and his riffs on politics and political figures are funny (whether you share his political views or not). He is already a household name. But Stewart gave the monologue of his life yesterday in front of a congressional subcommittee charged with finding additional financial support for the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund. The VCF is running out of money, and Congress has not stepped up to provide further funding.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> 311de15c80a38f9f595623bb424035c8 When Heroes Have Feet of Clay for 05/30/2019 Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>So, what happens now?</p> <p>According to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Garrow, FBI surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the late 1950s and early 1960s (the records of which were just released) produced evidence that Dr. King had dozens of extramarital affairs, participated in sex orgies, hired prostitutes, used the most vulgar language to describe his conduct with women and even laughingly looked on while an associate allegedly raped a woman in a hotel room.<p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p> 205b5072ef19ad3703470de6fc98a3e8 Want to Make Progressives Happy? Destroy Everything for 05/23/2019 Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The left destroys everything it touches &#8212; or at least everything it gets control of. This was not necessarily true when leftists called themselves "liberals." But now that traditional liberalism is passe, its place taken by "progressivism," it is a foregone conclusion.</p> <p>I was reminded of this yet again when reading an article in The Nation titled "Want to Dismantle Capitalism? Abolish the Family." It was an interview with Sophie A. Lewis, author of the book "Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family." </p> <p>What a grand repository of idiocy this is. Lewis calls herself a "repro-utopian." Pregnancy, childbirth and mothering are unpaid work, Lewis insists, which should be done by paid surrogates, rather than genetic mothers. She favors "sodomitical maternity" (which she translates as "structurally queer"). Children should not "belong" to anyone &#8212; that only perpetuates the notion of property, a fixture of the capitalist system she seeks to undo. One who bears a child is not a "mother" but a "gestator." Parenting should be "collective." The relationship between parent and child should be "comradely."<p>Updated: Thu May 23, 2019</p> 442adf70189b905de1bcf87f76bccd40 Eliminating Abortion Requires a Language of Love for 05/16/2019 Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In one of the most compelling scenes of the 2006 movie "Bella," a handsome and charismatic soccer player named Jose is driving through a New York City neighborhood with his manager, Eduardo, on his way to sign a multimillion-dollar professional soccer contract. The camera suddenly cuts away to a young woman filming her toddler daughter, Loochi, as they play hide-and-seek in their backyard nearby. Loochi looks for a place to hide while her mother closes her eyes and laughingly counts. Loochi runs away from her yard, through the gate and between two buildings, through which viewers can now see the street. The camera shots move more rapidly between Jose's and Eduardo's jovial banter in the car, and the tiny girl running toward the street, making viewers acutely aware of the tragedy that is imminent.</p> <p>The collision is heard, not seen. As the reality of what has happened sinks in, Jose's face crumples, and he dissolves into tears. His manager sees his bright future disappearing and yells at him to leave the scene, but Jose refuses. He gets out of the car to face what he has done, just as Loochi's mother arrives at the street screaming, seeing her daughter's lifeless body.</p> <p>The agony of her loss &#8212; and Jose's &#8212; is crushing.<p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> 940b1baf0576c2995a95ba09bb4f8a25 America's Middle Class Will Storm the Bastille for 05/09/2019 Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Recent news is riddled with proof that America's soi-disant elites are the most venal, self-absorbed, sybaritic and utterly tone-deaf group since the French nobility of the 18th century. And the comparison is not idly made.</p> <p>We start with the Met Gala, for which movie stars, musicians, athletes and fashionistas paid upwards of $35,000 a ticket ($200,000 to $300,000 per table) to show up and show off in the most outrageous (and outrageously expensive) clothing and costumes imaginable. It is meaningless, over-the-top indulgence, par excellence.<p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> b392d29a20a67a5b99b72b5883081f8f Time to Abolish Congress for 05/02/2019 Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Democrats and progressives have been throwing temper tantrums about Donald Trump's election to the presidency since election night 2016. In years past, Democrats may have taken electoral losses on the chin, determined to do a better job persuading the electorate to support their candidate(s). But the present generation shows neither the same pluck nor the same reverence for the rules of the game. If today's Democrats cannot win elections playing by the rules, then it's time to change the rules.</p> <p>First on the chopping block? The Electoral College. </p> <p>The Electoral College has thwarted Democrats' presidential aspirations twice in the past two decades. In 2000, Democrat Al Gore lost the Electoral College, despite winning the popular vote by just under 600,000 votes. Gore won the state of California with 5,861,203 votes to Republican George W. Bush's 4,567,429. Under a popular vote election system, that 1,293,774 margin would have been more than enough to push Gore over the top.<p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p> bc3377515a94cac08f3f7b35ecdb16f2 Critical Limits on Human Power for 04/25/2019 Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The brilliance of our country's founders is revealed in many things but especially the checks on power built into our system of government. </p> <p>The Constitution is grounded in the natural-law principle that human beings derive their rights from God, not from government. On a more temporal level, governmental powers are deemed vested in the states, which delegated certain limited and enumerated powers to the federal government. (The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution states this explicitly.)<p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> d9eff3df2c793d3b84f19c35de376ce1 Helping Instead of Hazing for 04/11/2019 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last month, in the wake of the Felicity Huffman/Lori Loughlin/et al. college admissions scandal, I wrote a column about Americans' outdated obsession with so-called "elite" colleges and universities. Space restrictions prevented me from discussing another troublesome issue: the fraternity culture at many American universities. Several years ago, I read an article in Rolling Stone magazine, "Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy." The author, Andrew Lohse, is a former Dartmouth student. Lohse blew the whistle on truly repulsive hazing practices at Dartmouth &#8212; and found himself expelled for his trouble, while his fraternity brothers escaped unscathed. His Rolling Stone interview (and the book he later wrote with the same title) describes his experience and his disillusionment with the Greek culture at the Ivy Leagues.</p> <p>The story was another example of the serious problems facing higher education today. Hazing is by no means unique to the Ivy Leagues; there are more than 6,000 fraternity chapters at nearly 1,000 colleges and universities across the U.S., and every year brings at least one major news story about a hazing incident resulting in serious injury or death. Nor is this a modern phenomenon; according to author and researcher Hank Nuwer, the first recorded death attributable to hazing dates back to 1838. No list is comprehensive, because the vast majority of hazing incidents go unreported. But the number of deaths in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries is sobering (or should be). There have been over 200 hazing-related deaths &#8212; 40 between 2007 and 2017 alone &#8212; and there has been at least one death every year since 1969. The single most frequent cause of death is alcohol poisoning (with violence not far behind).<p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> 834190fff9a38fddb7df69a06344bbdd Falsehoods and Fear for 04/04/2019 Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Unplanned," the movie adapted from the best-selling book written by Abby Johnson, opened on March 29 and brought in nearly $6.4 million in its opening weekend &#8212; more than double what was predicted and an astonishing amount for a faith-based film. The box office take is made even more remarkable by the fact that most broadcast and cable television channels refused to run ads for the film and the Motion Picture Association of America rated the film R despite a lack of nudity, violence or profanity. The rating was apparently because of footage showing a computer-generated "ultrasound image" of an abortion as well as a scene where Johnson's character on film hemorrhages badly after a pharmaceutical (pill) abortion. The irony, as noted by both Johnson and Ashley Bratcher &#8212; the actress who plays Johnson &#8212; is that a 16-year-old teenage girl can <i>get</i> an abortion but cannot watch a movie in theaters <i>about</i> abortion.</p> <p>As most who have followed the story know, Johnson was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas &#8212; and the youngest director in the organization's history. Like many women who volunteer or work for Planned Parenthood, she was initially motivated by a deep concern for women in difficult situations. But she began to question her career when it became clear that her objective to reduce the number of abortions ran counter to Planned Parenthood's corporate policy; the organization rewarded and promoted employees on the basis of how many abortions were performed at their clinics.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 04, 2019</p> 11be53bec58323ee7980467b67da7041 Can the Media Earn Back Our Trust? for 03/28/2019 Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After it was revealed on Sunday that the two-year investigation conducted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the finger pointing began. This time, the national media was under the microscope. It's one thing to hear baldly partisan idiocy from the opposing political party and its candidates &#8212; we expect that. It's another thing altogether when crazed accusations are being spewed by the press 24/7/365 as if they're fact.</p> <p>Voices as disparate as Rich Lowry, editor-in-chief of the conservative National Review, and Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of the nonpartisan (but leftish) The Intercept, have criticized the media this week for their obsession with the theory &#8212; now thoroughly debunked &#8212; that Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election because Donald Trump and his team colluded with Russians. (Greenwald has been a consistent and vocal critic, warning about the dire consequences for press credibility; in January, The Intercept published "Beyond BuzzFeed: The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.") The Daily Beast ribbed MSNBC star (and collusion-theory devotee) Rachel Maddow with a "Now What?" headline. CNN's president, Jeff Zucker, took widespread flak for his defense of CNN's Trump/Russia coverage, saying: "We're not investigators. We're journalists. Our job is to report the facts as we know them, which is exactly what we did."<p>Updated: Thu Mar 28, 2019</p> 3e091b7fda4f2a01b0895e676136c5f6 Whether by Money or Merit, We Will Not Be 'Ruled' for 03/21/2019 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Noah Millman wrote a marvelously honest piece for "The Week" last week about the pay-to-play college admissions scandal. He acknowledges what many have known for a long time: First, that admission to the most elite schools is not purely based upon merit. Second, that education as good as &#8212; and often better than &#8212; that at the Ivies and other top-tier institutions can be obtained elsewhere. What parents are really after, Millman says, is <i> status </i>. This has become more important than the education itself, or even connections, which the children of these grasping, bribing parents frankly already have.</p> <p>Millman makes another pointed observation: "When the United States started using standardized tests for college admissions, the point was explicitly to open up our elite institutions to talent that lacked pedigree. ... Harvard and Yale needed bright upstarts from Brooklyn and Biloxi to retain their status as makers of the elite. ... Once in place, however, the system morphed from a means to an end. The idealistic meritocrat claims that what <i> justifies </i> elite rule is precisely that they have been pre-selected as 'the best.'"<p>Updated: Thu Mar 21, 2019</p> ddca1089e9c1cbf43fc389e8093a9145 Chasing False Prestige for 03/14/2019 Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Call it karma, or poetic justice.</p> <p>For decades, athletes admitted to prestigious schools on scholarships have endured accusations (some, admittedly, justified) that they couldn't cut it academically. Now we have a nationwide scandal in which students have been admitted to prestigious schools on <i> fake </i> athletic scholarships, so they're probably OK academically, but they can't play the sport!<p>Updated: Thu Mar 14, 2019</p> 8a12590d719653f3e7cf5d6fb400daa3 Here's Why We're Polarized for 03/07/2019 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton put to rest any rumors that she would run for president a third time. "I'm not running," she announced. But she added that she intends to remain vocal and visible, at least in part because of the deep divisions in the country that are "deeply troubling" to her. "We've gotten not just polarized," she said. "We've gotten into really opposing camps unlike anything I've ever seen in my adult life."</p> <p>Let's leave aside for a moment Clinton's own contributions to those "opposing camps" (like calling millions of Americans who voted for Trump a "basket of deplorables"). It's worth asking: Why <i> are </i> we so polarized?</p> <p>We are polarized because, as a country, we no longer share the same values.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 07, 2019</p> 382de133a62b49cf30868a4dfbcc0842 Jussie Smollett Has Plenty of Company for 02/28/2019 Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The information that has been emerging about what really happened to Jussie Smollett on Jan. 29 at 2:00 a.m. in downtown Chicago has blown a hole in his original story wide enough to drive a tank through.</p> <p>Chicago police were diligent in their investigation. Although, as noted by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Smollett was originally believed and treated as a crime victim, the evidence that has subsequently emerged makes it appear that he first mailed himself a threatening letter with white powder (which turned out to be a simple over-the-counter painkiller &#8212; acetaminophen). Smollett then apparently paid two brothers, Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo, to stage an attack against him that he could later claim was racist and homophobic, an attack that would give the threatening letter more credence and that Smollett would be able to blame on Trump supporters.</p> <p>Even as the public was discovering the truth, Smollett continued to maintain his innocence. "I swear to God," he reportedly said to his castmates on the set of "Empire," "I did not do this."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 28, 2019</p> 5f51f989de4116eeafb16bf06133469e Entrepreneurship Makes Clear Why Socialism Fails for 02/21/2019 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for president again. Fresh on the heels of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's triumph as an avowedly socialist candidate for Congress, Sanders boasts that ideas he first proposed &#8212; including a higher minimum wage, universal health care and free college for all &#8212; are now "part of the political mainstream."</p> <p>That's arguably true &#8212; at least in the sense that those concepts are front and center when listening to Democrats running for president. U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are all dutifully towing the socialist party line. Sanders <i> did </i> mount a serious threat to Hillary Clinton's ascendancy to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016; many still believe he had a better chance of beating Donald Trump than Clinton did. And according to The New York Times, he raised a record-breaking $5.9 million within 24 hours of announcing his candidacy this week. (To put things in perspective, when he launched his 2016 campaign, he raised a comparatively paltry $1.5 million in the first 24 hours.)</p> <p>One thing that can be said about Bernie Sanders is that he isn't a Johnny-come-lately to socialism, jumping on the political bandwagon because it's "cool." Sanders has decades of experience raising the Red Standard. His support for Marxist regimes in Nicaragua, Cuba and elsewhere is well-documented. Perhaps because he is being taken seriously as a 2020 presidential contender, videos of him from the 1970s and 1980s are now percolating throughout the internet. One features what appears to be a shirtless Sanders on his honeymoon in the former Soviet Union, singing "This Land Is Your Land" with a bunch of drunk Russians. In another, he attacks a local television journalist who calls the Nicaraguan regime "communist." Perhaps the most "popular" Sanders video this week is one in which he defends people waiting in lines for bread as "a good thing." <p>Updated: Thu Feb 21, 2019</p> 9d0f3259c7af54b3810f3f130d1ef321 Ignorance First, Destruction Next for 02/14/2019 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>If the latest policies advanced by prominent Democrats are any indication, the national party is going over a cliff: outrageous and extreme abortion legislation (enacted or proposed) in New York, Virginia and Rhode Island; the "Green New Deal"; Sen. Cory Booker's meatless society; Sens. Kamala Harris' and Kirsten Gillibrand's determination to do away with private insurance.</p> <p>The current slate of Democratic policy proposals are shocking in a number of ways, but one thing that stands out is the staggering ignorance of the proponents. There was a time when the national press would call out political candidates and office holders if they displayed abject stupidity. Now the press <i> facilitates </i> idiocy, covers up for it and even promotes it as if it were genius &#8212; as long as it's on the left, of course.</p> <p>Millions of Americans were astonished and appalled when Democrats displayed complete disregard for the fundamental constitutional principles of due process, the presumption of innocence and the rule of law in the confirmation hearings for Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh last summer. It didn't seem possible to sink below that. But sink the left did when a handful of Catholic schoolboys was caught on video in Washington, D.C., at the March for Life and their behavior was mischaracterized. It wasn't enough to destroy a grown man's career with false accusations; now the mob was attacking high schoolers and their families.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> 22bc4644f2b683daad9c01c20f21236a Collectivism Never Dies for 01/31/2019 Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Early in Peter Jackson's film "The Fellowship of the Ring," Frodo Baggins discovers that he possesses the One Ring &#8212; forged thousands of years earlier by the Dark Lord Sauron, and lost when he was defeated in a great battle with elves and men. When told by the wizard Gandalf of the evil threat that the Ring now poses, Frodo is incredulous. "But he was destroyed. Sauron was destroyed!" Frodo insists. "No, Frodo," Gandalf says. "The spirit of Sauron endured."</p> <p>I've felt much the same sentiment watching American politics over the past few years.</p> <p>I was born in 1961 &#8212; the year the Berlin Wall went up &#8212; and grew up in the midst of the Cold War. The vast Soviet Union and other communist countries were on one side, and the United States and Western Europe were on the other. The balance of power was always precarious, the threat of nuclear conflict ever present.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 31, 2019</p> 9a8c7d779bf30e5eed1759414ee906fe Journalism Isn't Dead; It's Undead for 01/24/2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>A popular theme in the Twitterverse this week is "Journalism is dead." Two events apparently driving the disgust <i> du jour </i> with media incompetence and dishonesty are BuzzFeed's story about President Trump allegedly asking Michael Cohen to commit perjury, and the group of boys from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky accused of racist behavior at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>The BuzzFeed "bombshell" was defused when special counsel Robert Mueller's office issued a statement flatly contradicting the story. Authors Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold admitted that they had not personally seen the documents they referenced. Additional doubt has been cast on the story's credibility by Leopold's record of inaccuracies and outright falsehoods.</p> <p>But the BuzzFeed bust is nothing compared with the Covington Catholic conflagration. A group of boys from the high school were caught on video smiling and chanting as Native American Nathan Phillips &#8212; said to be a Vietnam veteran &#8212; drummed in front of them. A since-changed New York Times headline read, "Boys in 'Make America Great Again' Hats Mob Native Elder at March for Life." Predictably, the social media mobs piled on, accusing the boys of Trump-inspired racism and white supremacy, calling for them to be doxxed, punched in the face, fed into a woodchipper and burned alive in their school. Covington Catholic High School was forced to close in the face of threats. In a particularly absurd twist, the family of a young man who resembles Covington student Nick Sandmann (front and center in the video) was targeted and threatened with violence.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 24, 2019</p> af1538f01561bcfa7a893034526688b5 7 Things Americans See That the Left Still Pretends We Don't for 01/17/2019 Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It is astonishing that in this day and age &#8212; after nearly 70 years of cable TV, 30 years of conservative talk radio, almost 30 years of the internet, two full decades of broadcast dominance by Fox News, a decade-plus of social media and multiple elections (2010, 2014 and 2016) in which the electorate sent a scathing rebuke to this country's self-appointed elites &#8212; the professional left <i> still </i> thinks that it controls the message; that the truth is whatever they tell us it is, facts be damned.</p> <p>Every day's news is filled with lefty "narratives" &#8212; progressive propaganda unmoored from the truth &#8212; that our media (and other reliably left-wing talking heads) continue to reprint and repeat, as if repetition will make the great unwashed masses in flyover country believe it. The fact that millions of Americans <i> don't </i> fall for the bill of good they're being sold has made the left perpetually irate; its efforts to spin and obscure the truth just don't work like they used to back in the days of three major networks.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 17, 2019</p> 1a126a1fbad42ab631866c537bb3c7c1 Democrats' Tenuous Grasp of 'Morality' for 01/10/2019 Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Articles about the left's hypocrisy and appalling double standards are barely newsworthy these days. Even so, the Democrats have displayed new lows on that score this week, throwing around the word "morality" as if they are the nation's arbiters of it.</p> <p>On immigration, for example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced President Trump's call for heightened border security, including a border wall, as "an immorality." Pelosi never defined the term. Nor &#8212; unsurprisingly &#8212; did she address the "morality" of the consequences of open borders, including Americans killed by illegal immigrants. There are too many names to list, but according to the Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC, here are a few, to get a sense of the magnitude of these avoidable tragedies: Pierce Corcoran, Cpl. Ronil Singh, Rocky P. Jones, Sabrina Starr, Steven Marler, Aron Hampton, Justin Lee, Blake Zieto, Mollie Tibbitts, Chrishia Odette, Sarah Root, Peter Hacking, Grayson Hacking, Ellie Bryant, Shayley Estes, Officer Dominic Durden, Edwin Jackson, Grant Ronneback, Kristopher Eggle, Terry Wendover, Kenneth Mahr, Jamica Williams, Michael Furlow, Kaybrin Ingoldsby, Halle Ingoldsby, Officer. Kevin Will, Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, LaDonna Brady, Robin Shelhammer, Barbara Shelhammer, Whitney Meinke, Brandy Lee Thorne and her unborn child, Sgt. Corey Wride, Dennielle Schermock, Joshua Wilkerson, Eric Zepeda, Jamiel Shaw, Jesse Benevides, Emily Cortez, Sviatlana Dranko, Spencer Golvach, Margaret Kostelnik, Kathryn Steinle, Bob Barry Jr., Michael Grubbs, Jamie Oxendine, Mary Ann Oxendine, Shane Oxendine, Parker Moore, Amos Jones, Naomi Mercury, Brittany Williams, Dep. Michael Davis, Dep. Daniel Oliver, Delilah McDaniel, Officer Daryl Raetz, Diann Jones, Arnett Chandler. </p> <p>Where is the "morality" in the deaths of these Americans &#8212; and countless others &#8212; at the hands of people who should never even have been in this country (and in many cases had been previously deported)?<p>Updated: Thu Jan 10, 2019</p>