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Inhumanity rules the border

Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating parents would be a good idea. Would it work for you because you’re a stickler for obedience to rules — no exceptions? Would it be ...

Hummus and Pie

Hummus is one of my favorite dips to use with fresh vegetables and the following recipe is easy to make. And since I feel very healthy when I eat this dip, I believe I can follow it up with pie! Hummus 4 garlic cloves 2 c. canned chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved 1/3 c. tahini ...

Going back to old dirt, old memories

Mortifyingly satisfying. Those were the words that came to mind as I drove through my old stamping grounds, places I hadn’t frequented in nearly 20 years, while listening to Lithium, the ‘90s alternative and grunge station on Sirius XM. Mortifyingly satisfying to hear Alanis Morissette ...

Blossom’s great escape

Blossom doesn’t particularly like her small pen. She runs from one end of the small enclosure to the other, kicking up her heels, letting us know that if she had a larger pasture, she would put it to good use. Sometime in the future I may expand her living area, but for now, it will have to ...

Welcome to surprise summer camp

On June 19 Fox News host Laura Ingraham described the detention centers where children are sent after being forcibly separated from their parents as part of President Trump’s new immigration policy as “essentially summer camps.” Nearly 2,000 immigrant children were separated during six ...

Platinum Market Tarnished

Metals markets fell this week as global fears continued about trade disputes, economic slowdowns and rising interest rates, all of which could hurt demand, but the platinum market was especially hard-hit, with prices tumbling to a two-year low near $850 per ounce. Historically, platinum has ...

The Southern Poverty Law Center has lost all credibility

WASHINGTON — After years of smearing good people with false charges of bigotry, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has finally been held to account. A former Islamic radical named Maajid Nawaz sued the center for including him in its bogus “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists,” and ...

Can Bill Weld restore conservatism?

WASHINGTON — “This,” exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome “The Constitution of Liberty” on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, “is what we believe.” It also is what Bill Weld believes, which is why he aspires to be the ...

The real message behind the inspector general’s report

There is a different standard of law when it comes to certain people in this country. That is the real message behind the inspector general’s report just released on June 14. And although many on the left are doing a happy dance about it, they shouldn’t be. First, as authors like Andrew ...

The banality of bias

Peter Strzok is an FBI agent with a career spanning more than two decades. He was section chief of the counterespionage section in 2016 and thus in a position to oversee both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russian election interference investigation. And he was supposedly ...

Do Christians have a future in LGBTQ America?

In 2014, high-tech executive and CEO of Mozilla Brendan Eich was forced to resign from the company he helped found and build, because he made a $1,000 contribution to support traditional marriage in the California marriage referendum. According to accounts, Eich was subject to vicious attacks ...

Inhumane treatment of migrant children stokes revulsion

Americans alarmed about President Donald Trump’s attacks on their basic democratic institutions need to look no farther for evidence now than at the travesty occurring at southern ports of entry. Numerous well-documented accounts of young immigrant children being separated from their alien ...

Pruitt, Carson trapped by the trappings of power

It’s not an iron law that power corrupts. But it’s often a good way to bet. The interesting question is: Why does power corrupt so many people? The way I see it, power — money, fame, celebrity, authority or some mix of them all — lowers the cost of indulging human nature. This is ...

Tribune Content Agency

Need proof that the current controversy over children of undocumented immigrants is more political than humanitarian? Hillary Clinton said she was “adamantly against illegal immigrants” and supported a border wall until she ran for president in 2016. In his 1995 State of the Union address, ...

The Media Insulate Obama From Scandal

Former President Barack Obama is swaggering around and claiming he didn’t really have any scandals as president. In February, he said we “didn’t have a scandal that embarrassed us.” This only means shamelessness can seem like a winning tactic. In May, he said, “I didn’t have ...

This is who we have to be

Last week, in a discussion thread on my public Facebook wall about the current political climate, a reader asked a question that’s been needling me: “How do we keep from demonizing those who would demonize others?” In attempting to answer her, I realized how much I’ve been wrestling ...

Will we get tired of so much winning?

It has been a week full of wins for President Donald Trump — at least for those who share Trump’s view of the way the world works, and perhaps even for some who don’t. Exhibit A is Trump’s summit meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore. In their ...

When women’s dignity counts for zero

The woman soon to be Rudolph Giuliani’s third ex-wife is not the most sympathetic of victims. Judith Nation cavorted openly with Giuliani while the New York mayor was still living with his second wife and their two children. The second Mrs. Giuliani learned she was being left while watching ...

Progressives save the GOP

I have been pretty critical of the Republican Party even though I was, for a time, an elected Republican. I criticized George W. Bush vocally for being what some branded a “big government conservative.” Under Bush, the size and scope of the federal government grew at a reckless rate, not ...

Blind to real problems

For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said: “Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder ...