Other Commentaries

Will the Supreme Court fall into political thicket?

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard arguments tempting it to plunge into an impenetrable political thicket. It will consider a lower court’s ruling that, if allowed to stand, will require the judiciary to determine whether and when partisanship in drawing electoral districts — ...

We need some fallacy control really soon!

Enough is enough. It’s epidemic. It’s dangerous. And the time has come to demand its end. In the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, America needs fallacy control. Yes, we must declare war on fallaciousness. Now more than ever, the nation is suffering from an outbreak of ...

Can the government keep us safe?

Here we go again. The United States has been rattled to the core by an unspeakable act of evil perpetrated by a hater of humanity. A quiet, wealthy loner rented a hotel suite in Las Vegas, armed it with shooting platforms and automatic weapons, knocked out two of the windows, and shot at ...

The overestimation of corporate might

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the “Blade Runner” curse. If you’re familiar with the 1982 sci-fi cult classic starring Harrison Ford, constantly reissued in some new “director’s cut” or “special edition,” you’d be forgiven for thinking the “Blade Runner” ...

How we should pray

WASHINGTON — One thing we learn from tragedy: That there is always more to come. We experience the death of a loved one, the suicide of a friend, the suffering of a child, and the harshness and pain of the world break in, unannounced and unwelcome. Few have been spared, and then only ...

The bias avalanche in Las Vegas

“The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.” That was the summary of the horrific end to the country music festival on the Las Vegas strip, with 59 people killed (as we file this) and more than 500 injured. The early network reports were all news, but everyone knew what would ...

Seattle’s city council turns to interpretations

SEATTLE — In this city, which is a petri dish of progressivism, a prevailing theory is that when you raise the price of something, people will buy less of it, except when they do not. Another, and related, theory is that constitutional and statutory texts should be construed in the spirit of ...

Bikini-clad baristas give free speech lesson

SEATTLE — Amazon, which has made this city the epicenter of a retailing revolution, is not the Northwest’s only commercial disrupter. In the nearby city of Everett, Liberty Ziska and some other bikini baristas, giving new meaning to coffee as a stimulant, have provoked the City Council ...

The GOP identity crisis

The Republican Party can’t pass Obamacare repeal, but it can nominate Roy Moore. This is the state of the GOP in a nutshell. It is a party locked in mortal combat between an establishment that is ineffectual and unimaginative and a populist wing that is ineffectual and inflamed. Donald ...

Anthem protests: Do the facts matter?

Where was the angry left when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the national anthem protests “dumb and disrespectful”? Let’s focus on the “dumb” part. NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests, did so over the supposed widespread instances of police ...

Math, history and tax reform

In school, I liked math the least and history the most. Both can be useful in the coming debate over President Trump’s proposed tax reforms. The one thing I learned in math class is that if the formula is wrong, the answer will be wrong. In history class I learned we are not the first ...

Anthem protest: Enlightenment is path to peace

Everyone has an opinion about the push back of the National Football League against President Trump's call recently for players to honor the American flag during the National Anthem or be dismissed. There will be no attempt here to change your view. But consider the following as you try to ...

Political advocacy: Never while in uniform

Along with many of my friends, I have been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for many years. Along with many other Scout volunteers, I serve as a merit badge counselor. Scouts who aspire to the Eagle Rank must complete many merit badges, including Citizenship in the Nation and ...

Critics hate military shows in prime time

The fall premieres have begun on prime-time TV, and just when you thought we couldn’t sink lower into the cesspool, there are new “milestones” for the liberal cultural commissars to honor. The Daily Beast reported with great pride that the Amazon show “Transparent” will have TV’s ...

Unnecessary roughness

If you like professional sports, a major reason — perhaps THE reason — you attend games, or watch them on TV, is that it helps you escape from whatever occupies your mind the rest of the week. You certainly don’t want the issues of the day encroaching on your enjoyment. The recent ...

NFL pigskins at public trough

I’m calling foul on all the leftists rushing to protect the NFL’s protest crusaders from President Donald Trump’s criticism of their national anthem antics. Their shabby line of defense? The NFL is a “private enterprise’’ whose “rights’’ are being violated by those ...

Trump vs. the NFL

The national media remain obsessed over President Trump’s tweets, especially when they can be interpreted as racially inflammatory. Liberal sports journalists spent the summer hoping and wondering when the original national anthem kneeler, Colin Kaepernick, was going to get another ...

Democrats, don’t blame the voters

One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I’ve gotten to meet. Characters do not come more colorful than Dick Tuck. Having just learned that he had lost a California state Senate primary, ...