Other Commentaries

DNA doesn’t define who we really are

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s big reveal that she’s got a little Native American DNA in her deserves all the mockery it’s getting. But I just want to use it as an excuse to explain why I hate the way we talk about DNA and identity. Consider Kyle Merker. You’ve probably seen the ...

The media’s transgender ‘eradication’ panic

The New York Times located its newest, freshest outrage on the Trump administration in a Department of Health and Human Services memo that’s not new — it’s been circulating since last spring. Some insensitive bureaucrat argued that federal policy on gender should be based on “a ...

Burying Gosnell all over again

News is whatever the press wants it to be. When the national media really hate a story, they try to bury it, and if it has the audacity to resurface, they try to bury it all over again. In 2013, Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder for the death of ...

How not to modernize Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — If, as appears increasingly likely, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, then he has joined Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un among the ranks of rogue leaders who assassinate their critics on foreign soil. The only difference ...

Leadership starts with an independent mayor

The upcoming referendum on alternative futures for Williamsport city government is really a question of the direction of leadership for the venerable locale. Despite its persistent labeling as a strong-mayor form, Williamsport actually fits a textbook definition of a weak-mayor form, where ...

Why Home Rule is good for Williamsport

Home Rule is a pretty simple idea. It’s the legal principle that enables a city to write its own charter rather than adopting a charter prescribed by the state. Williamsport’s current charter is based on a template written by the state legislature in 1957, when the Optional Charter ...

The Khashoggi affair

JERUSALEM — Major media are now reporting that the Saudis are “preparing” to admit that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, died in their consulate in Istanbul, as the result of an interrogation gone wrong. Odds are good that admittance will never ...

Matthews’ reaction to Kanye: Race-Card Hustle

As is often the case in this era of President Donald Trump, the reaction is far more interesting than the action. The action was rapper/entrepreneur, ex-George W. Bush denouncer and Trump supporter Kanye West, whom Trump invited to the White House. The reaction from left-wing black critics ...

The irrationality of baseball fans

American philosopher Jerry Seinfeld famously exposed how irrational we American baseball fans must be: “Team loyalty is a kind of hard thing to justify, in the end. ... Every year, it’s different guys. ... You’re rooting for clothes, when you get right down to it. ... I want my team’s ...

Dems smear of Kavanaugh sunk Senate chances

WASHINGTON — Just a few weeks ago, analysts thought that control of the U.S. Senate was in play this November and that momentum was shifting to the Democrats. Thanks to their brutal campaign of character assassination against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, those chances appear to be slipping ...

Elizabeth Warren’s no ‘Woman of Color’

So, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has announced she commissioned a DNA test to address her long-standing claims of having Cherokee ancestry. The Boston Globe reported that her DNA analysis “suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.” The fraction 1/1,024 works out to 0.09 ...

Complaints Senate is undemocratic hollow

In the wake of the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a lot of people are suddenly very mad that the Senate is “undemocratic.” I’m unmoved. The reason for my indifference is twofold. First, this alleged outrage fits a time-honored tradition of progressives declaring ...

Culture can fix broken system

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few years reminding everyone who would listen that the culture leads and politics lag behind. For me, that’s an encouraging perspective. It would be beyond depressing if our nation’s fate were determined by the agendas of our political ...

Daniels outcome victory for free speech

The litigation brought by Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump has had its day of reckoning. The adult-film star who sued the president for defamation not only lost a portion of her lawsuit but was ordered to pay the president’s legal bills. All this was a resounding victory for the freedom of ...

Why vote for Democrats?

Given what the Trump administration is saying are record achievements for a president at this stage in office, why would anyone consider voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections? Writing in The Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard lists 289 accomplishments of the Trump ...

Can the anti-Trump hatred carry the House for Democrats?

“I have some thoughts on ‘enthusiasm’ and the election,” tweeted Amy Walter, the Cook Political Report’s ace analyst of House races. What I and, I suspect, others expected to follow was a discussion of how voters’ enthusiasm, positive or negative, tends to determine who wins ...

Gosnell: The movie

Arguably a contributing factor to the continuation of abortion is that it is performed out of sight and thus, out of many minds. A film about one of the worst practitioners of abortion, Kermit Gosnell, opened Friday in at least 600 theaters. Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortionist sentenced ...

Kavanaugh partisan? What about RBG?

Forcefully responding to allegations of sex assault, Judge Brett Kavanaugh said in his confirmation hearing rebuttal, “This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit — fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that ...

CBS prime-time shows honor Hillary

Hillary Clinton isn’t president, but Hollywood is offering the biggest consolation prize it has: Working her into TV plots where she can be toasted as wise and wonderful. Within the first two weeks of the fall season, CBS has done this twice. On the Oct. 7 episode of drama “Madam ...

Civility is for suckers

It’s doubtful that a former American presidential candidate has ever formally endorsed incivility before, but Hillary Clinton is ever full of surprises. In an interview on CNN, the erstwhile advocate of “if they go low, we go high” switched around to unapologetically call for going ...