Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 01 Aug 2021 20:19:19 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate efbc83b42defd17dcec6976168387275 Blue Genes for 07/31/2021 Sat, 31 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, Simone Biles shocked the world by withdrawing from the first week of Olympic competition because the "mental" wasn't there. </p> <p>To a curious but largely supportive public, other gymnasts tried to explain the "mental" part of gymnastics and the dangers of jumping when that part is off. When you get the "twisties," they explained, it's as if your brain and your body aren't connected, which is obviously very dangerous when you are twisting in the air and need to land. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 31, 2021</p> 71b529c2234ac229a8545e359b9d43bb Masks Again? for 07/29/2021 Thu, 29 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued more guidance, this time to put our masks back on indoors with potentially unvaccinated people because you might transmit the virus to them. And those unvaccinated people are the ones crowding the hospitals. They are a danger to themselves and others. </p> <p>A very big part of me would like to say "the heck with them" and put the masks away. I'm pissed off, as are many others, that we are faced with a predicament we could have avoided &#8212; or they could have, the folks who are resisting vaccines that took miracles to create. </p> <p>Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, public health officials have focused on communities of racial minorities. If you entered a low-income ZIP code, you got ahead of me in line. The early vaccination sites were chosen to be accessible by train or bus. The mobile sites went to low-income neighborhoods. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 29, 2021</p> 93966b1fb94f867bf17f762d37bba6de Tommy Trojan Goes for the Gold for 07/24/2021 Sat, 24 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was the summer of 1984. I had never set foot on the University of Southern California campus. The joke among law professors was that if we dropped USC and just called it Gould School of Law &#8212; which is the actual name &#8212; we would have picked up a few points in the rankings. </p> <p>My big "contribution" was to add language to the "stump speech" celebrating Team USA and the women in particular, whose success was in large part due to the effective enforcement of Title IX, meaning that schools and universities must award as many athletic scholarships to women as they do to men. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 24, 2021</p> 29ca9ab3e2fe9430726dbb24a1da62cc What Happened at VMI for 07/15/2021 Thu, 15 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It was my friend and favorite reporter Nina Totenberg who broke the story in 1996. The Supreme Court had agreed to hear a case in which women were seeking admission into the Virginia Military Institute, or VMI. </p> <p>"Good luck on that," I thought to myself, remembering my year at Dartmouth, where I was well-known as the "cohog" who "F-ed the curve." I wasn't even a coed: just a participant on a 12-College Exchange at the college my grandfather played football for. It was the first year of coeducation, and if I learned one thing that first year &#8212; other than how to function in a room full of men &#8212; it was that you need to do more than take down the "men only" sign to make coeducation work.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">You have to change the rules.</span><p>Updated: Thu Jul 15, 2021</p> 1844a16a5b072753a20a2d8aae781a41 Mask-Free for 07/08/2021 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I have packed up the masks. </p> <p>There may be areas of the country where vaccines are hard to come by, where smart, sensible people are still waiting in lines to be protected.</p> <p>Not here. Not in most cities in America. The administration this week announced renewed efforts to go door to door if that is what is necessary to reach its vaccination goals. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 08, 2021</p> 15eb9bd5e02a04a5730582bce527205f Who Is Bruce Castor? for 07/03/2021 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Bill Cosby is a free man, but he is not an innocent one. No one has found him not guilty. </p> <p>The big issue in the case &#8212; the critical admission of the testimony of other Cosby victims, the difference between the first and second trials &#8212; was not even addressed. </p> <p>Bill Cosby is a free man because of a news release issued by Bruce Castor. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 03, 2021</p> 04ea9bb1a409fe0fa3747fb1017acaeb Taking Back the Venice Boardwalk for 07/01/2021 Thu, 01 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It has to go down as one of the greatest stunts in political history.</p> <p>The sheriff of Los Angeles County arrived with his deputies to take back the Venice boardwalk from our homeless "neighbors" who have literally occupied it.</p> <p>The thing is, the Venice boardwalk is in the city of Los Angeles, the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 01, 2021</p> c5b91f7584a3a92b70035c63e03d19dc What Would the Founders Have Said? for 06/24/2021 Thu, 24 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>California's ban on assault weapons is back on the books, at least for now. After a federal district court decided that the ban on AK-47s was a "failed policy" that had not reduced violent crime, and was therefore unconstitutional, a unanimous panel stayed the lower court's order, thus leaving the ban in place &#8212; for the time being. Few doubt that the issue will end up being decided by the Supreme Court.</p> <p>But how? </p> <p>And I mean that literally. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 24, 2021</p> 83b871b9a60b9921844b32b3ce3ecc5d Aging Gracefully for 06/19/2021 Sat, 19 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If ever I heard of an oxymoron, that's it.</p> <p>There is nothing graceful about all the medical tests &#8212; and enhanced risks &#8212; that seem to come with each decade.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 19, 2021</p> 6467eecac294bf28a5a7a4809767ab2b Jews for Sale for 06/17/2021 Thu, 17 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Apparently, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, who has been much in the news for his outlier comments on COVID-19, is at it again.</p> <p>He just so happened to go to a synagogue in Surfside, Florida, to sign a bill that has troubled many religious leaders.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 17, 2021</p> 240f68af07173b67f777a57c2dac69e4 Reality Bites: Life After Trump for 06/10/2021 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I never thought I would say it but I miss Donald Trump. Not as president, certainly not that. But as a distraction.</p> <p>Remember how every morning you could wake up to screaming headlines about the latest outrageous Trump tweet? By the time you could fully digest its inanity, there would be yet another one. To those of us who thought that he could go no further, he proved us wrong on Jan. 6.</p> <p>What a relief from thinking about real problems. What a salve for the pain just under the surface. You could spend half a therapy appointment just railing against Trump. You couldn't get through an entire dinner without discussing anything but Trump. Cast your other worries aside and just worry about Trump.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 10, 2021</p> 9d3698f267c7dceb0ae413c2779bcbca About Critical Race Theory for 06/05/2021 Sat, 05 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As a longtime professor, I find it quite strange that an academic approach that has been discussed for at least as long as I've been teaching is only now making its way into the political debate.</p> <p>Just last week, former Vice President Mike Pence, in an effort to reclaim his stake to Donald Trump's base, gave a speech in New Hampshire not only invoking Trump but denouncing the teaching of so-called critical race theory, claiming that young children are being taught "to be ashamed of their skin color."<p>Updated: Sat Jun 05, 2021</p> 21ac3489a984e88f8438f5a3ef599cb4 'Law and Order' Doesn't Work Anymore for 06/03/2021 Thu, 03 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It worked for Richard Nixon, who won the presidency in 1968, redrawing the electoral map. The once-solidly Democratic South, which supported John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, deserted Hubert Humphrey.</p> <p>It worked in Massachusetts, where, in 1978, a candidate trained by the legendary hardball player Dick Morris defeated the popular incumbent, Michael Dukakis, by labeling him soft on crime. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 03, 2021</p> 4ab0904060ade91f66cdc3f46c574de0 True Friends of Israel for 05/29/2021 Sat, 29 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When I used to do politics in Boston, there was a saying about loyalty. Loyalty isn't about sticking by your friends when they're right. That's easy; mostly, it involves joining the parade. No, loyalty is about sticking by your friends when they need help, when the easy thing to do is turn your back.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">I have a lot of wishes.</span> <p>Updated: Sat May 29, 2021</p> 85eceed80dfbef00ec6c8669acf1eecf I'm Wearing My Mask for You, Knucklehead for 05/27/2021 Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I admire the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky from Harvard. She is following science, and science says there is no reason for me to wear a mask.</p> <p>My chance of developing a case of COVID-19 serious enough to put me in the hospital is basically zero. I can't say that for anything else in life. <p>Updated: Thu May 27, 2021</p> cd98666a91062178145e888e2bf5acd2 Scaredy-Cats Eat Their Own for 05/15/2021 Sat, 15 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The decision of the Republican House, led by Kevin McCarthy, an otherwise sane person, to oust Liz Cheney from her leadership position is a measure of just how afraid Republicans are, not of Democrats but of each other. </p> <p>The arithmetic is simple. Most House seats are "safe," meaning that the incumbent's party has a comfortable advantage in the district. Some conservatives like to blame the Voting Rights Act and the creation of majority-minority districts, but manipulating district lines for political purposes is as old as my hometown's hero. <p>Updated: Sat May 15, 2021</p> d2d5abdea03f939f5c05cf44b3ef3f3d Shame on Caitlyn Jenner for 05/13/2021 Thu, 13 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats close to California Gov. Gavin Newsom call Caitlyn Jenner the gift that keeps on giving. </p> <p>Republicans just hold their heads. Some argue that after months of tedious signature gathering, the effort to recall Newsom is fizzling, and not just because vaccines are available on a walk-in basis and California is headed for herd immunity. <p>Updated: Thu May 13, 2021</p> 2cd7840afecbcf2b90ee4efb0097bfc0 Cracks in the Foundation for 05/08/2021 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>COVID? </p> <p>COVID-19 has all but disappeared from California. At this writing, our positivity rate &#8212; the percentage of tests that are coming back positive &#8212; is 1.2%.<p>Updated: Sat May 08, 2021</p> 6811ee9ccba6dabcf06c307f37ebcce0 'Reason Bans' on Abortion for 05/06/2021 Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The latest effort by anti-abortion activists to limit access to abortion, notwithstanding Roe v. Wade, takes the form of "reason bans," in which a woman's right to an abortion depends on the reason she wants it. This week, the North Carolina legislature advanced a bill that set forth the prohibited reasons and would penalize any doctor who defies the ban.</p> <p>Other states have already passed such reason bans. What makes North Carolina's newsworthy is that the legislature has added Down syndrome to the list of reasons. Doctors who perform what would otherwise be a lawful abortion would be punished if the woman's decision was based on Down syndrome or on race. Down syndrome can be detected in the first trimester.<p>Updated: Thu May 06, 2021</p> 2fbd4c354e8fbb525b03df102e198f74 The Joy of Books for 05/01/2021 Sat, 01 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>First, there was the gas leak. That I could smell. What I should have done that very minute was charge all my devices before the power went out. Remember that. It didn't occur to me. </p> <p>When the internet went down, I thought there was something wrong in my house. I turned my iPad and other things on and off. I tried the computer, went looking for the router. <p>Updated: Mon May 03, 2021</p>