Thou shalt not mention gun control

It’s Sunday morning in America. Christians of every denomination are going to church, where they will no doubt offer prayers for the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting. They might even pray for the murderer who was able to mow down hundreds of people before ending his own life. But will they pray for […]

Nasty business

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, a woman named Carmen Yulin Cruz, pleaded on Friday for help for her hurricane-ravaged island somewhere in the middle of a big ocean. “I will do what I never thought I was going to do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from […]

Try a little tenderness

In August 1988, when then-Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush accepted the GOP nomination as president of the United States, he called for a “kinder, gentler nation.” Lord, could we use some of that now. Bush the First is no wimp. He served in World War II and went on to a career in public […]

That tweet, and what to do about it

“It’s tempting to just blame Donald J. Trump for retweeting animation depicting him committing violence against a woman, but there’s something deeply wrong with a country that allows a person who does that to remain in office.” — Andy Borowitz By now, everyone knows that the president of the United States, in one of his […]

Do they kiss their mothers with those mouths?

There used to be a time when gentlemen did not use certain words, or if they did, it was in select circumstances, generally in private, and never in the presence of the ladies. As President Trump’s new minister of propaganda might say, F – that. All the president’s men seem to have difficulty distinguishing between […]

The death of noblesse oblige

It used to be that people who had great wealth, especially those who had inherited the money rather than making it themselves, would practice something called noblesse oblige. The French phrase literally means “nobility obliges”; these days we might say “Pay it forward.” The idea was that the rich and/or powerful had a duty to […]

A golf cart on the green? Oh, the humanity!

Well, 45 has really done it now. The president finally committed what many view as an unpardonable act, and in so doing has managed to alienate many of those who might otherwise be expected to support him, namely the well-heeled country club set. So what pushed these worthy squires over the edge? Was it one […]