Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 16 Nov 2019 21:23:32 -0800 Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate cb390b40182f7ea9e1c36100aefb62e4 There IS a War on Men. Fight Back for 11/14/2019 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Andrea Long Chu is a writer who has thrown the world of homosexual <i> and </i> transgender activism into disarray with her 2018 essays in n+1 and The New York Times, and now in her new book, "Females," in which she argues that gender is not who one is but what one wants. Chu is a biological male who identifies as female and has undergone sex reassignment surgery. Chu has outraged feminists (this goes double for lesbian feminists) by embracing so many of the "traditional" (which is to say "stereotypical") notions of femininity that feminists of all stripes have decried for decades as artificial constructs imposed by the desires of men. In particular, Chu has invited the ire of TERFs ("trans-exclusionary radical feminists") for suggesting (as a New Republic interview with her is titled), "We are all female now."</p> <p>To read Chu's essays &#8212; as well as those of her critics &#8212; is to find oneself immersed in a maelstrom of philosophical and political debates about women, women, women. But what's left unspoken is what all of this obsession with sexual identity and transition says about our society's view of <i> men </i>. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> 39f6ba3194223cdb25bf07ab299c5451 It's Time to Fight the Real Corruption for 11/07/2019 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Democratic Party, the press and the high-powered lawyers who protect both have been working for years to try to convince the American public that President Donald Trump is a traitor, and that his election was a scam procured by corruption and international intrigue.</p> <p>That is <i> the biggest lie </i> told in the history of the United States. It is also a conspiracy of monumental proportions. And it's time that those who have perpetrated it pay a price.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> 41eb3c7efc779a7e0aff4421fafb2a59 Remembering -- and Talking About -- Lynching in America for 10/31/2019 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist and founder of The Race Card Project. Last week, Norris wrote a poignant opinion piece for The Washington Post in which she calls for Americans to know the history of lynching before they cavalierly throw the word around.</p> <p>She's right.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p> d2bfb225ce4e683bb187d5a69aa76f62 We Don't Want Globalist Government for 10/24/2019 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>And when I say "we," I don't just mean conservatives, or even Americans. </p> <p>I mean most people around the world.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 24, 2019</p> a2bd6007dc1173ec4705d3db8b1b5fdb A Moral Citizenry Is Not a Theocracy for 10/17/2019 Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Theocracy" is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot, and most of the people using it these days don't appear to have the foggiest idea what it means.</p> <p>Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines theocracy as "government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided." A Google search provides a similar definition: "A system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god." (Bill Murray, call your office.)<p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> eec25dc950a2c128619406d86b802873 What's Next After Trump? for 10/10/2019 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last weekend, Republican political advisor Sarah Isgur Flores tweeted, "A lot of quiet conversations among conservative thought leaders today about how to prepare for a 'post Trump' Republican Party &#8212; whether its impeachment or a loss in 2020. People thinking about how that shakes out and where they fit. This is not good for Trump."</p> <p>Actually, no &#8212; it's not good for the Republican Party. Love him or hate him (and it's clear that a lot of establishment Republicans don't love him), Trump's candidacy and presidency have exposed the deceit of the American press, the corruption in our government and the true political intentions of the American left.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 10, 2019</p> cc1571a161205b20084848e443ef5aec 'Compassion' and Its Unintended Consequences for 10/03/2019 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 2010, Panera Bread launched a nonprofit called Panera Cares, a set of stores around the U.S. operated on a "pay-what-you-can basis." The underlying assumption was that customers of means would pay more to support customers with less &#8212; or even no &#8212; money. The company opened five Panera Cares stores in St. Louis; Portland; Chicago; Dearborn, Michigan; and Boston. All had closed by February of this year.</p> <p>Several articles and at least one business case have been published on the Panera Cares initiative, and different authors draw different conclusions. In Fast Company, for example, author Adele Peters characterizes the failure of Panera Cares as "a blow to the idea of conscious capitalism." Vox's assessment was more concrete: Patrons complained about the smell of unbathed homeless people in the stores, and employees were not qualified to handle behavioral problems and drug use in the bathrooms.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> 7efd8f7506d49b511906c8e9ac11b3ef Scaremongering Isn't Science for 09/26/2019 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A little more than two years ago, I wrote a column titled "What Margarine Can Teach Us About Climate Change." Inspired by a book excerpt in National Geographic, that column summarized just one example (the U.S. government's promotion of margarine and synthetic oils over actual dairy products to reduce heart disease) of how politicizing science can have devastating results.</p> <p>As the "climate crisis" <i> wunderkind </i> have been "striking" all over the world, led by grumpy guru Greta Thunberg, I couldn't help but think of that column and the many other "crises" we've been warned about over the years that never panned out. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p> bfc971d6c5ceb59e28a25efd33296306 The American Left Is Completely Insane for 09/19/2019 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's September 2019, and here's where we are: The political left in this country is completely insane.</p> <p>Elected Democrats are demonstrably incompetent. Democrats running for president warn constantly that President Trump is teetering on the verge of totalitarian fascism, all the while promising all the unconstitutional laws they will impose upon the country by executive fiat if elected. And our press (yes, they're overwhelmingly on the left) has lost all semblance of journalistic integrity.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> a683356a87db4ba623b1163db546d14c The Power of Example for 09/05/2019 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>The principal of Riley High School in South Bend, Indiana, is a gentleman named Shawn Henderson. Henderson has been Riley's principal for two years, and his affection for and dedication to the school has endeared him to the students and their families. It is evident in everything he says and does. In addition to his own administrative responsibilities, Henderson attends as many athletic and club events, school competitions and student performances as any given 24-hour day will allow (and his Twitter feed is proof).<p>Updated: Thu Sep 05, 2019</p> 55ee003beaa697372f7363a8013f8393 Ignorance and Power for 08/29/2019 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Campaign season brings out so many utterly ignorant statements.</p> <p>These seem to be New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stock in trade. Her most recent was a fallacy-filled Instagram tirade about the racism inherent in the Electoral College. (AOC should read the works of the superb scholar and author Tara Ross.)<p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> 85b1025296623469cd17e7c644a85010 Death Is Not the Answer for 08/22/2019 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When one listens carefully to policy debates these days, it is somewhat shocking how often death is introduced as a solution for human problems.</p> <p>Abortion comes to mind immediately. Actor and activist Alyssa Milano released a podcast two days ago in which she revealed that she had two abortions just a few months apart back in 1993. Despite describing herself as having been breathlessly in love at the time, Milano insisted that the two back-to-back abortions were the "right choice."</p> <p>She argued that she could not have had her career as an actor and an activist had she carried either of those pregnancies to term. Milano further said that her life "would be completely lacking all its great joys," and that she would not have the "beautiful, perfect, kind, loving and inquisitive children" she now shares with her husband, David Bugliari.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> 9d025fd630aa7562d216c71ab08ef672 It's Time to Admit It: There's No Such Thing as 'Race' for 08/15/2019 Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If the news is any indication, Democrats and the progressive left generally have virtually nothing left in their political arsenal except for claims that their opponents are "racists" and "white supremacists." This pointless strategy &#8212; evidence of Democrats' desperation &#8212; is doomed to failure, for at least two reasons.</p> <p>First, the word "racist" has become so overused and contorted that it no longer has any meaning. The term used to refer to someone who believed that his or her race was superior to others, and who behaved accordingly. But as the number of <i> actual </i> racists dwindled in the past few decades, those whose careers depend upon the existence of racist boogeymen (leftists in politics, the media, Hollywood and academia, most notably) had to devise a new definition. They now speak in terms of "systemic" or "institutional" racism. By condemning every institution that has been established by human beings characterized as "white" (more on that in a moment) as systemically racist, it's now possible to condemn as "racist" every person who has ever <i> benefitted </i> from those institutions. Thus, if you have been educated in the American educational system; borrowed or invested money in our financial system; purchased property; or worked your way up the American corporate ladder, then you become a racist.</p> <p>It's tactically clever in that it no longer depends upon the existence of anyone who actually <i> holds </i> racist views (although those people certainly exist). But it's also a political Molotov cocktail with a very short fuse. People may not love being called out for things they have actually done. But they resent like hell being accused of things they <i> haven't </i> done, especially when they're simultaneously told that there's nothing they can do to remove the stain, or that they cannot take credit for their own achievements.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> 6fffe42b221715512a468441366da968 Scott Presler's #BaltimoreCleanup Is Further Proof of 'Can-Do' Attitude for 08/08/2019 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>My column last week was written in response to what has become the typical claim of the political class during election season: Increasing numbers of Americans are helpless victims whose problems can only be solved by government.</p> <p>Using homelessness as an example, I compared the expensive failures of government in cities like Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, with the success of Community First Village, a privately funded initiative in Austin. Starting small and focusing on the needs of a few, Community First has grown in just three years to the point where it is preparing to house and help 500 people &#8212; nearly 40% of Austin's chronically homeless population.</p> <p>This week saw another example of the "can-do" attitude of private citizens. Scott Presler, a young conservative activist from northern Virginia, used his substantial social media following (he has over 300,000 followers on Twitter) to organize a one-day trash cleanup in Baltimore &#8212; a city whose problems have recaptured the nation's attention since President Trump tweeted about it being "rat and rodent infested" two weeks ago.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> 34f8d03275476f4b1f0e18c39d0cced2 Americans Need More 'Can Do,' Not More Candidates for 08/01/2019 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Watching the political process play out is more discouraging each election cycle. Even the freshest faces in the field eventually descend to the level that handlers and pollsters tell them they must in order to win: criticizing other candidates in the same party (many of whom they'll have to work with later if they win); blaming the current administration or the opposing party for all of society's ills; demonizing half the country; and promising the other half of everything for free. </p> <p>And the excuses. Oh, the excuses that we hear for why we have problems.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> e4713975a98c5fa3c826b4f51050719e The Unsurprising Success of 'Stranger Things' for 07/25/2019 Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Netflix's monster (literally) hit series "Stranger Things" has just wrapped up its third season. It continues to be a blockbuster. If one thing has been consistent, it's been observers' reactions and comments on how remarkable the show's success is.</p> <p>In October 2017, RadioTimes opened an article about the first season this way: "By rights, Stranger Things should have failed. The show's creators &#8212; the Duffer brothers, Matt and Ross &#8212; had no track record in TV beyond writing a handful of episodes of Fox sci-fi series Wayward Pines. The cast was unknown, with the exception of Winona Ryder. It was set in a fictional town in Indiana in 1983. Its monster-from-the-other-side-hunting-young-teens plot mimicked unfashionable 80s horror movie tropes, and it starred a bunch of kids.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 25, 2019</p> 52dac1bff7f931d46850dc7b582f8814 'Art' and Its Ugly Consequences for 07/18/2019 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Late last month, Andrew Anthony wrote in The Guardian a glowing review of Nick Broomfield's new documentary, "Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love." The film explores the decadeslong relationship between Canadian poet/songwriter Leonard Cohen and his sometime-lover and Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.</p> <p>The couple met on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960 and lived there for a time in a small community of expat artists. The film follows the lives of Cohen and Ihlen thereafter through their many separations and (increasingly brief) reunions, and concludes with Ihlen's death from leukemia in July 2016 and Cohen's death just four months later in Los Angeles.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> 015f8780d976259d30135da2b8c420b2 Epstein Case Shows Corruption in the Legal System Runs Deep for 07/11/2019 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Fresh on the heels of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and amidst the #MeToo movement the scandal spawned, the story of financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is in the headlines again.</p> <p>Epstein is a former hedge fund manager who made billions of dollars on Wall Street in the 1980s and 1990s. He owns six homes across the globe, including one on his own private island in the Caribbean. Epstein is accused of procuring underage girls to perform sexual acts with him and his guests. In fact, Epstein's reputation was so widespread that the private Boeing 727 jet he used to fly guests to and from his residences was known as the "Lolita Express."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> a58712eae2870731cc1210045f363489 Moscow in the Valley for 06/27/2019 Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe has released another damning video and leaked documents with further evidence of the extent to which tech lefties will go to deprive Americans of free speech and access to information. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> bcdcd3529b8baf69cc8c0d26c08fd200 Advantage: Trump for 06/20/2019 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>The past week has provided plenty of proof that beating Donald Trump in 2020 is going to be a lot harder than the Democrats (and their cheerleaders in the media and Hollywood) would like to believe.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p>