Viewpoints

Unbearable Whiteness Of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders catalyzed the Democratic Party’s post-Barack Obama move to the left, and if he were elected president in 2020, it would represent a truly historic swing in the country’s orientation. Yet among the flaws on Bernie’s resume for many progressives is an unalterable one — he ...

FSCR: Mental Health And Addiction

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in 2014 20.2 million adults in the U.S. had an addiction diagnosis and 7.9 million were diagnosed with both an addiction and mental illness. This is not uncommon. It is more commonly known as a “dual disorder” and both need ...

The Good Life: Enduring February Makes Us Hardier

Silly me. Here all this time, I had believed that Founding Father Thomas Paine lived in eastern Pennsylvania. You remember Paine, he of the “These are the times that try men’s souls” call to arms in 1776, he who disparaged “the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot.” Paine ...

Canine Companion: It May Be Crazy, Giving Your Dog A Bath

Hey, guys. This week I have really been contemplating what I want to write about. There are so many fun, interesting questions all of you send in. How did I pick the topic for this week? Well, by giving my dog a bath. That’s right. I found the story of the week during my doggy’s bath ...

Looking Back: Home Movies Can Be Mysteries

If one is interested in local history, curiosity can be a boon or a curse. If one goes to a household sale, garage sale, auction, or reads old newspapers, the curious person may just take a right turn and follow a new path to figure out something seen at one of those places. Even looking at ...

Grief, Revisited And Revised

One autumn evening in 1999, I was driving with my 12-year-old daughter in the front passenger seat, when she asked me something about my childhood. I don’t remember her question, but I doubt I’ll ever forget my answer. “I don’t know, honey,” I told her. “We’ll have to ask ...

The Good, Bad Of Hate Crime Hoaxes

Jussie Smollett, “Empire” actor, claimed that on Jan. 29, two masked men identifying themselves as Donald Trump supporters and using racial and homophobic insults attacked him. Smollett said the assailants yelled “This is MAGA country,” bashed his face, crushed his ribs, splashed him ...

Nobody Knows Who Will Be Presidential Nominees

Peter D. Hart, the respected Democratic pollster who has perfected his trade through his work in the past 15 presidential campaigns, candidly warns against the predictive value of polls taken this far ahead of any presidential election. At this stage, so long before voters actually vote, ...

Sanders Lost Moral Authority In 2016 Election, So It’s Over

Before the 2016 presidential race, Bernie Sanders exuded some charm as an unapologetic lefty with a Brooklyn accent. But when his campaign gained traction, the authoritarian took over. Unwilling to concede that Democratic primary voters preferred Hillary Clinton to him — she had amassed ...

Vanity Insanity

This past weekend I attended my first wedding of the year at the newly renovated Cockaigne ski resort in Cherry Creek. I’m not a big fan of dressing up, but my friend needed a date and I didn’t want to let him down. Even if you’re more of a T-shirt and jeans kind of gal like myself, it ...

One Man’s Dream Is Another Man’s Nightmare

The theme of many a garage or yard sale might be, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” The same goes for those who can’t wait for spring cleanup when items are able to be put out on the aprons of our streets and inevitably, people drive by and see something they like, or ...

Wrapping Up Animism

While musing on my third (and final!) column on animism, I happened on this quote from “designer” Michael Anastassiades: “I think it is a magic object; the lightbulb exists in two different forms. One when it is off, the other when it is on, and they’re very different.” No reason ...

Malkin’s Handy History Of Fake Noose

Is it any wonder that American news consumers are at the end of their ropes of patience with the “mainstream media”? Three weeks ago, when I first documented troubling questions, contradictions and doubts about Trump-hating, attention-craving actor Jussie Smollett’s absurd hate crime ...

The Old Neighborhood

Someone posted a photo of the little store that used to be across from the grade school that I attended. I remembered Mrs. Garigali the moment I saw her. I am not sure that all students respected her as much as I did. That is just the way I was raised. It got me thinking about all of the ...

Sanders Has A Harder Hill To Climb In 2020

WASHINGTON — Having won 13 million votes in his failed 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, it’s no surprise that at age 77 Bernie Sanders is trying again in 2020. But a significant difference this time around is that he will not be alone ...

What Lies Beneath

I’m unusually interested in the things man doesn’t yet know, so I feel pretty confident when I tell you that humanity still has a long way to go in the answer department. The human body, space, even life itself is still a big mystery. And science is still arguing over how old the earth ...

Premises, Premises, Premises

Here is the problem for Trump critics. They began with the wrong premise. They believed that Hillary Clinton should have won the 2016 presidential election. Then they deluded themselves by embracing the notion that Trump was illegitimate, unstable, stupid and an offense to everything they ...

Every Choice Has A Real Cost

I have had some problems with my computer lately. I’m the kind of guy who likes to know how things work, so I have been pretty hands-on with my personal computers over the last few decades. I have spent considerable time and some money trouble-shooting this thing, but it could be a number of ...

Westminster

My visit to New York City was busy and full of dogs and dog people, starting with the Dog Writers Association of America awards dinner. This event is always the Sunday before Westminster and, in spite of being asked to present the awards at the last minute, I still managed to catch up with ...

Requiem For American Vision

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” — John F. Kennedy, 1962 This is a requiem for American vision. That that quality has been lost is the unavoidable takeaway from three weeks of debate over the Green ...