Commentary: The more things don’t change, the more they stay the same

In 1992, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton ran on a platform of “change.” He used the word a lot. His first campaign slogan was “for people for change.” “Change” here, “change” there, “change” everywhere and all the time. I found the “change” theme kind of odd coming from Clinton. At the time he ran, his […]

COMMENTARY: Two cheers for Trump’s declassification order

On Sept. 17, President Donald Trump partially declassified a government surveillance application targeting former campaign consultant Carter Page and directed the U.S. Department of Justice to publicly release text messages relating to the “Russiagate” probe between former FBI Director James Comey and other DOJ/FBI personnel. Whether or not this is a smart move on Trump’s […]

COMMENTARY: I didn’t join Facebook to ‘feel safe’

In early August, Facebook and other social media services banned content from radio/Internet shock jock Alex Jones. Surprising? No. Jones’s number was due to come up. The big players in internet media have spent the last few years attempting to appease the perpetually outraged (and therefore unappeasable) by banning and blocking a continuous parade of […]

COMMENTARY: Election 2018: Make Gridlock Great Again?

“Gridlock is great,” wrote the late William Safire. “My motto is, ‘Don’t just do something. Stand there.’” Well, maybe he wrote that. The quote is plastered across numerous web sites with attribution to Safire, but I’ve yet to find one that cites any of his numerous books or columns as source. It sounds like something […]

COMMENTARY: Mueller is desperate — but for what?

On Monday, federal agents raided the office, home and hotel room of Michael Cohen, personal attorney to President Donald Trump. Cohen has come under fire, with potential legal implications, for paying $130,000 to silence adult film actress and alleged Trump paramour Stephanie Clifford, better known as “Stormy Daniels.” That hush money seems to be the […]

COMMENTARY: Protectionism: Trump’s tariff-ic attack on your wallet

On Jan. 22, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer fired the first shots of the Trump administration’s 2018 trade agenda: Tariffs of 30 percent on imported solar panels, and tariffs starting at 20 percent on imported residential washing machines. In the name of “protecting” jobs — “America First!” — the administration is dead-set on making you […]

COMMENTARY: Oprah for president? It’s not that far-fetched

The Cecil B. DeMille Award is an honorary Golden Globe recognizing “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” first bestowed (upon its namesake filmmaker) in 1952. On Sunday, Oprah Winfrey, the first African-American woman to receive the prize, accepted with a rousing speech that has fans calling for a 2020 presidential run. CNN Money reports […]

COMMENTARY: SESTA/FOSTA: The real internet censorship threat

In a particularly Orwellian example of the arguments for “Net Neutrality,” the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times preemptively complained that the Federal Communications Commission’s Dec. 14 repeal of the two-year-old rule “sacrifices the free and open Internet on the altar of deregulation.” In fact, the “free and open Internet” did just fine — […]

COMMENTARY: Don’t trust Trump’s North Korea bluff and bluster

President Donald Trump put much of the world atwitter and ajitter Tuesday with his comment to the press: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Trump’s certainly proving himself Kim Jong Un’s equal at foreign affairs […]