• “The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous.”
    H.L. Mencken

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  • A cab driver in Washington, D.C., perfectly summed up recently the dysfunction that is our current governmental state of affairs. “It is an investigation for obstruction of justice for a crime that never was committed.” What was up is now down, what was down in now up, and in the meantime, the folks we elected to lead this country are providing glowing examples of just what leadership is not.

  • Satire is art, serious and complex. As it pokes fun at powerful people, institutions and movements, it serves as commentary as important and powerful, when done well, as the best op-eds.

    I define satire as the art of seeing through hypocrisies of bloviating egotists, pompous blowhards and righteous moralists, and producing pithy lines that incisively cut through their flimflam. In short, it’s humorous invective.

  • It can be very challenging trying to intellectually discuss something with someone who, despite a personal claim to the contrary, actually knows very little concerning the subject matter. When encountering such a situation, it is sometimes helpful to present two contrasting extremes. The hope is that by presenting extremes, a more educated insight will be the result.

  • I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing. – H.L. Mencken

    Okay, fellow libs, get a grip and get out of your funk. Yes, I know. Donald Trump is hawking the good ol’ USA to the Russians, Jon Ossoff got whomped in the Georgia special election, making that zero for five in steal attempts of those insanely red seats, and the ACA might be toast.

  • Thanks for lesson on critical thinking
    Thank you, John Riddell, for your excellent column on critical thinking and its absence in much of today’s education system. 

  • If there were any doubts, they no longer exist. The term currently being bantered about is “silent coup,” and it refers to the virtual nonstop assault on the Trump administration aimed at obstructing any and all policies. The leaders of this are none other than the inhabitants of the deep state, those Obama appointed, still employed government operatives ably assisted by the Democratic Party and the media elites and their organizations. One political pundit described it as a political street fight. So far, this street fight has definitely been one sided.

  • Once again, a too-common modern American tale. Something deranged Americans have in common with global terrorists: violence to the point of death as the way to address one’s anger. One wonders whether such proclivity results from one snapping or a slow-brewing process fueled by an inner, brooding, deep-seated anger. Does it matter? The outcome is the same.

  • “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”
    — Henry II of England

    By quoting Henry during his riveting testimony about Donald Trump attempting to influence the FBI investigation of his friend, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former FBI Director James Comey made an historical allusion. The analogy is apt. As an exasperated Henry desired to remove the individual he considered an irritant, the source of his woes, so did Trump.

  • You might recall that last week we touched on the subject of critical thinking skills being included on college syllabi with the underlying and false assumption that this important skill was being taught to college students.  

  • Our entertainment-driven news cycle has figured out the magic word for success. Simply using the word “alleged” is a virtual guarantee of a fountainhead of speculative and editorial dialogue masquerading as factual news.

    As you undoubtedly know, according to the English/Oxford dictionary, “alleged” means “said without proof to have taken place or said without proof to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality.”

  • Those pesky reporters. Delving, digging and snooping. Asking embarrassingly tough questions politicos spend time and exert considerable energy avoiding. What’s a Trump-fearing/loving, all-guy politician to do? Why, body slam the reporter, that’s what.

  • It seems that supporters of President Trump share a consistent and emotional concern. They question the whereabouts of the Republican Party’s leadership. The knee-jerk response to this inquiry is usually, “There is no leadership.” I contend, however, that there is leadership but, with apologies to Larry, Moe and Curly, it is the wrong kind and definitely not funny.

  • Touring the Argo Mine during its grand reopening — having been closed to the public since 1943 — was a telling experience. There, of course, are the historicity of the event, the excitement for Mary Jane Loevlie and Bob Bowland who are dedicating so much to the project, and its meaning for the town’s economic development. Then, there are the stories of those who worked, laboring under brutal conditions and treatment, and even died there. If their ghosts could talk, I thought.

  • Cutting taxes on the rich doesn’t help

  • What is the deal with the national media’s seemingly constant reference to their latest and greatest political poll?
    If you recall, the morning after this past presidential election, the overwhelming majority of “professional” pollsters were so embarrassed by their dismal showings that some were actively engaged in changing their titles and that of their profession.

  • Just when all seems dire, along comes an uplifting story of someone who could have easily descended into the all-too-common, woe-is-me victimization pit but did not. In the fifth grade, Gavin Arneson made a life-affirming decision. “I’m not going to be a statistic,” he promised himself. And with that, his journey began.

  • Bits, snippets, and ramblings from and on a world gone mad.

    Actually Jim, if you were a “decent person,” you would shut your fat trap about partisan politics and go care for your kid, who just nearly died, you elitist creep. – Charles Hurt, Washington Times

    To clarify: an elitist is a successful liberal, oftentimes an academician, entertainer, commentator or columnist, who speaks his/her mind on social-political issues. A conservative who does likewise is an all-American, Horatio Alger hero.

  • Just when you think that hypocrisy in politics cannot get any worse, out struts former President Barack Hussein Obama to lecture us on courage.