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Pick a Better Country!

The above heading was actually the title of a book written in the 1990s by black conservative Ken Hamblin. He grew up in the most impoverished area of Brooklyn, briefly embraced the Black Panthers, then concluded that the USA, for all its flaws, offers more opportunity than any other nation on earth. Not just to…

America Haters Running Wild

These are heady days for Americans who revel in running down their country. If you buy what they're selling, the USA is a place where white cops hunt down and kill young black men at the slightest provocation, where pretty much every college male is a rapist-in-waiting. And overseas? We torture our enemies with a…

And Nothing but the Truth

The truth is supposed to matter. We've all had that drilled into us since we were tykes, it's what we tell our own children and grandchildren. But in 2014 America the truth is getting pummeled on a daily basis. We just endured an ugly episode that severely damaged race relations and still has America on…

Ferguson, Truth, and The End of Time

Remember Time Magazine? The weekly journal that was once must-reading for informed Americans died long ago; in its place is a publication that shares the Time name but none of its former prestige or relevance. So why bring up an irrelevant magazine? Because of all the idiotic things said and written about the Ferguson rioters,…

A Government of Grubers

Jonathan Gruber let it slip. He thinks you're pretty much a moron. And, being a moron, you couldn't possibly understand legislation as complex and important as the Affordable Care Act. Actually, Gruber didn't merely let it slip – he repeatedly called Americans idiots, in the process affirming his own vastly superior intelligence. And he obviously…

Profiles in Chutzpah

For a guy with a Nobel Peace Prize on his mantle, President Obama sure likes to fight. That is, as long as he's battling those nasty conservatives at home. The president's party was just hammered in midterm elections; now he's back with his pen, his phone, and an abundance of defiance. The coming showdown involves…

Shellacking, The Sequel

Midterms, like the Olympics and February 29th, come around every four years. Even though the president is not on the ballot, the quadrennial elections tell us a great deal about the mood of the country. And right now that mood is grim. According to exit polls, 65% of Tuesday's voters believe the USA is on…

Politicians to get their Midterm Grades

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll has some findings that should worry both parties. First, an astounding 68% of respondents say the nation is generally on the wrong track. And 72% – nearly three in four – feel the economy is "poor" or "not so good," while a miniscule 1% say the economy is "excellent."…