Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 20 Jan 2021 21:22:22 -0800 Laura Hollis from Creators Syndicate abd82c28cb4b3a8b8f7e41853f345384 Untruth and Consequences for 01/14/2021 Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In a terribly unsettled time in American history, there are a few voices on both sides of the political aisle calling for "healing" and "unity." To say that these are desperately needed is an understatement. But merely wishing for it will not make it so. </p> <p>To use an analogy of bodily illness, just as physical healing is not possible without an accurate diagnosis of the ailment, there can be no <i> political </i> healing without <i> truth </i>. And, just as an accurate diagnosis is a prerequisite to the successful combination of all available treatment methodologies, there can be no national "unity" when large swaths of the country are being deceived &#8212; or rationally believe they are. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2021</p> bae243f6be5b1f371f03cb750e4d7d11 Entrepreneurial Americans Will Not Be Sheep for 01/07/2021 Thu, 07 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Freedom-loving Americans have good reason to treat the national press as the enemy; the press has been relentlessly peddling communist propaganda for the past 100 years and globalist propaganda for at least the past 30.</p> <p>In the 1930s, The New York Times protected and defended Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, covering up for his crimes and genocide. In the 1960s, it was Fidel Castro in Cuba. In the 1990s, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. In 2017, to commemorate 100 years since Vladimir Lenin's October Revolution in Russia, The Times published a series of glowing essays about communism called "Red Century." (Don't take my word for it. You can read them all here:<p>Updated: Thu Jan 07, 2021</p> a88b5d869a4a9c157c8a1336ebc78d34 Vote-Integrity Legislation a Must for 2021 for 12/31/2020 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The execution and aftermath of the 2020 election are nothing short of shameful. At this writing &#8212; nearly two months after the election on Nov. 3 &#8212; the public still does not have satisfactory answers about what took place during the counting of ballots on election night and the days immediately following. We clearly do not <i> really </i> know why counting suddenly stopped or paused in multiple battleground states on election night (unprecedented in the history of the country), or why the excuses that were offered at the time (for example, that a pipe had burst at the State Farm Center in Atlanta) were subsequently proven false.</p> <p>Hundreds of witnesses have given sworn statements and testimony under oath, and the public has seen videos of behavior that is suspicious, to say the least. There are statistical anomalies &#8212; some say impossibilities &#8212; for example, that 100% of the votes that magically appeared in the middle of the night in Michigan and Wisconsin, after official vote counting had allegedly stopped, went for Joe Biden. Or how Biden managed to get more than 81 million votes despite losing Florida, Texas and Ohio, and taking only 527 of 3,113 counties, while former President Barack Obama won Florida and Ohio and took 875 counties. Or how the voter participation rate was in excess of all registered voters.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 31, 2020</p> 2b4aa7e3e0004b095d80bee22478cb6b Will Joe Biden Have a 'Catholic Problem'? for 12/17/2020 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Four years ago, just prior to the November election, I wrote an article titled "Hillary Should Have a 'Catholic Problem.'" I started by citing numerous articles in the national press that proclaimed Donald Trump was having difficulty winning over Catholics &#8212; a key voting bloc in any candidate's run for the presidency. In fact, according to Pew Research Center polls, Trump ended up taking 52% of the Catholic vote in 2016 to Hillary Clinton's 45%. </p> <p>At this writing, we are still awaiting the final steps in the process of confirming the winner of the 2020 presidential election, but some voter data is already available. According to a poll of more than 110,000 voters conducted for the Associated Press, American Catholics were more evenly split this year between support for President Donald Trump (50%) and Democratic challenger Joe Biden (49%) &#8212; who, unlike Clinton, is Catholic. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 17, 2020</p> 4799b0711300471025512ad1c6c24666 The Propaganda of Silence for 12/10/2020 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As any student of history knows, in matters of politics and the press, that which is <i> not </i> said is as important as that which is.</p> <p>Often, it is more important.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 10, 2020</p> d283a7f85e1806d61088b3641d451656 The Propaganda of Fear for 12/03/2020 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We have become a nation governed not by truth, vision, science or even majority vote &#8212; but by fear.</p> <p>Fear in social interaction.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 03, 2020</p> e5308662c2c918c2d019928fd01e9550 The Propaganda of Despair for 11/26/2020 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What the Democratic Party pitches as compassion for minorities and the poor is nothing but forced dependence, and now Democrats are seeking to expand their targets.</p> <p>Theirs is not a message of hope and opportunity but the propaganda of envy and helplessness. "You can't succeed because the deck is stacked against you," they say. "You don't have X because someone else has it." "The only reason someone else has X and you don't is because they have exploited you." And the big finale: "The only way <i> you </i> can get X is by electing <i> us </i> to take it away from others and give it to you."<p>Updated: Thu Nov 26, 2020</p> ae45d7ec701a8d3d939b24dfa9775a6a The Propaganda War Continues .. for 11/19/2020 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The past week brought further evidence of how deep and wide the propaganda war is on ordinary Americans. Trump supporters converged on Washington, D.C., last Saturday for the "Million MAGA March." The crowd was enormous, but &#8212; like so much else these days &#8212; it is nearly impossible to get accurate information about how many people were there. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted out that it was "more than one MILLION" people, which seems highly unlikely. Yet, the major media &#8212; predictably &#8212; went in the opposite direction, downplaying the event to one that only thousands attended. How many thousands? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Just eyeballing the crowds from the vantage points of the many overhead shots provided on social media and elsewhere, it looked like enough people to fill the largest college or NFL stadium and then some. You wouldn't know that from reading the articles.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It isn't just the numbers that the media manipulates; it's the motives.</span> </p> <p>The crowd was diverse in age, race, ethnicity and every other conceivable characteristic. However many there were in our nation's capital, they were clearly there to express their love of their country, their support for the president and their support of his efforts to determine whether the vote count on Nov. 3 was accurate or the product of manipulation, deceit and fraud. They were peaceful, unmasked, walking with flags and many with children and pets. At various points throughout the event, they prayed and sang the national anthem. There was no looting, no vandalism, no attacking people, destroying monuments or burning buildings.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2020</p> 04ba871c8a6bda89a5ba741bef6cd6b1 The Propaganda War for 11/12/2020 Thu, 12 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What is going on in this country right now is a propaganda war. It has been going on for some time but has now escalated to the point that it threatens the stability of the country. This is not mere media bias; what we are seeing is media manipulation of public opinion and <i> events </i>, tied directly to the political objectives of the Democratic Party. </p> <p>For months, polls showed Joe Biden ahead in the presidential race by double digits. The public was not concerned, we were inscrutably assured, about Biden's rambling, inarticulate and often completely nonsensical statements. The last-minute revelations of his son Hunter Biden's role in potential political corruption was just a "Russian disinformation campaign." The anemic attendance at Biden's (and Kamala Harris') sparce public appearances, we were told, was better proof of their overwhelming voter support than the tens of thousands of people who waited in line to attend President Donald Trump's rallies. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 12, 2020</p> 5b9bed315e2b4d71bb8a74fcb8b0e71b Some Things Are Clear for 11/05/2020 Thu, 05 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>At this writing, there is no newly elected president of the United States. And with lawsuits and recounts in the works, it's not clear when we will know that we have one or who it will be.</p> <p>But a number of conclusions <i> are </i> clear as we watch this latest drama unfold, and they raise deeply serious issues about the political future of this country.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 05, 2020</p> 5873eba105ebd90f9d5b1046c89b5a39 Obesity: The American Health Crisis We Should Be Talking About for 10/29/2020 Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the last days of the presidential election cycle, Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his surrogates in the media and elsewhere are trying to blame the COVID-19 death toll on President Donald Trump. One recent tweet I saw compared South Korea's death toll &#8212; 461 &#8212; with that of the United States &#8212; 232,000-plus and counting.</p> <p>South Korea has a population of just over 51 million people. The United States has 330.5 million people. If all things were equal, South Korea would have lost over 35,000 people to COVID-19. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 29, 2020</p> 43a7ae4d9e856550d504080ceb513600 Hypocrites, Stop Lecturing the Rest of America for 10/22/2020 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The headlines grow more disgusting &#8212; and, frankly, more unbelievable &#8212; with each passing day. Jeffrey Toobin, a columnist for The New Yorker, was suspended earlier this week (and placed on leave from his gig as chief legal analyst for CNN) after he was allegedly observed masturbating during a Zoom call with some of his colleagues from the magazine and from WYNC radio. Unsurprisingly, Toobin has become an object of derision and the butt of countless jokes. (Other parts of his unseemly backstory are getting more publicity. This is not, as they say, his first rodeo.)</p> <p>Not everyone has piled on. CNN anchor Brian Stelter delicately referred to the incident as an "accident" during which Toobin "exposed himself," and warned readers that Toobin has been "sidelined at a pivotal moment in the run-up to the presidential election." Because, certainly, Toobin's unavailability to join the team raking President Donald Trump over the coals is what's <i> really </i> important here.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 22, 2020</p> 2270598410add31269b3b061dfe10b80 Fear and Loathing in the Democratic Party for 10/15/2020 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For the past four years, the national story about the Republican Party has been that President Donald Trump has damaged it, if not destroyed it; that it is in utter disarray and rife with internal dissension; that its voters are fleeing; and that the party must distance itself from Trump if it is to survive (with more pessimistic commentators predicting that it will not survive, no matter what).</p> <p>But I hear far less discussion about the damage that's being done to the Democratic Party. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 15, 2020</p> 679ebd559779486fabc361930fe1b1fb 'She Will Rise' -- and Standards Continue to Fall for 10/08/2020 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Katie Hill is a 33-year-old Democrat who was elected to Congress in 2018, representing California's 25th Congressional District. She resigned in disgrace less than a year later, in October 2019, after soft-core porn photos emerged showing Hill naked brushing the hair of her 24-year old female staffer Morgan Desjardins. (Other photos showed Hill in passionate embraces with Desjardins, and Hill naked with a bong and what looks like a Nazi-style Iron Cross tattoo strategically placed on her nether regions.)</p> <p>The story behind the photos was even more sordid. Desjardins was apparently in a "throuple" with Hill and her then-husband, Kenny Heslep. Heslep had posted naked photos of Hill on "wife-sharing" websites. And Desjardins was not the only 20-something Hill and Heslep had had a threesome with, according to a former tenant who rented a room from them in 2010.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 08, 2020</p> 00f019d805d807c66dae957aab837b9a A Friendship for Our Times for 09/24/2020 Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I've been thinking a great deal about the close friendship between Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It puzzled &#8212; and sometimes even infuriated &#8212; their followers, but it is a model we should all follow, especially now. </p> <p>Some of the more distressing phenomena in contemporary American culture are the calls for people to put aside or end personal relationships &#8212; which should be far more important in our lives &#8212; because of political viewpoints &#8212; which should be far less so.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 24, 2020</p> 1f4a8bbe3d8732ce68c6eacb84280269 The Problem Isn't Netflix. The Problem Is Us for 09/17/2020 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Netflix, the video streaming giant, is in hot water with at least some segments of the American public because of a French film it is currently showing called "Cuties" ("Mignonnes" in the original French). </p> <p>The film is about a group of 11-year-old girls in Paris who form a team to enter a dance competition. But this isn't ballet or jazz. It's twerking. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 17, 2020</p> 3db6854cc76a022f872a14cceddecd81 Democrats Playing the Long Con for 09/10/2020 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Con" in this context is slang for "confidence game" &#8212; an effort to deceive or defraud someone, usually out of money or property. defines a "long con" this way: "an elaborate confidence game that develops in several stages over an extended period of time wherein the con man or swindler gains the victim's trust, often bypassing small profits with the goal of reaping a much larger payout in the final maneuver."</p> <p>The secret to the success of a "long con," the online entry continues, is "giving your marks" &#8212; the targets &#8212; "the illusion of control while you and your team manipulate their choices."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020</p> 023ae815b9e482790fd1e96d01befd5f Lessons From Rwanda for 09/03/2020 Thu, 03 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some years ago, Immaculee Ilibagiza wrote "Left to Tell," a poignant memoir about her experiences hiding during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Over a period of three months during spring and summer that year, Rwandans of Hutu ethnicity slaughtered somewhere between 800,000 and a million Rwandans of Tutsi and Twa ethnicity. Ilibagiza only escaped that fate by hiding in her Hutu pastor's home; she and seven other women spent 91 days in a tiny bathroom, the door to which was obscured by a large armoire. Ilibagiza lost her entire family in the genocide, save for one brother who had been sent out of the country to attend school. </p> <p>What has been called the Rwandan Holocaust is notable, even among other mass atrocities, in that the slaughter was carried out largely by neighbors against neighbors, villagers against villagers. Armed with machetes and other crude weapons, Hutus went from home to home, brutally hacking to death people they had known and lived peacefully with for decades.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 03, 2020</p> dd026397bc0bc6cb317ca399ffc5adc5 Two Visions of America for 08/27/2020 Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Both during their conventions and outside of them, the Democratic and Republican Parties have shown the American public two visions of our country. And the contrast could not be starker. In order to analyze it, it's essential to separate facts from spin &#8212; particularly media spin, which has been divorced from reality for decades when it comes to Republican politicians and policies but has plumbed new depths of desperation and falsehood since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.</p> <p>We're told by Democrats that the United States is an irredeemably racist country, and that "systemic racism" keeps Blacks and other Americans of color from achieving what they otherwise could. But Democrats don't explain Americans like Oprah Winfrey, former President Barack Obama, Sen. Kamala Harris, Colin Kaepernick, Kobe Bryant, Rep. Maxine Waters, LeBron James, Sydney Poitier and countless other Black activists, actors, athletes, teachers, firefighters, politicians, police officers and business owners who have, <i> despite </i> facing discrimination, uphill battles and more difficult odds, achieved incredible success. Either the "system" that was allegedly set up to keep those individuals from succeeding does a remarkably lousy job of it or there's more to the story.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 27, 2020</p> 021a7bf9da9474f132b76b4bafb9f3de It's Time to Rethink Campus Policies for 08/20/2020 Thu, 20 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>College students are not adults.</p> <p>There. I said it. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 20, 2020</p>