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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>CIVILITY: May 15, 2018</p>\n<p>If you want to lose faith in humanity, just glance at a few of the many angry comments posted on social media, especially the ones published under a political column. Whatever else Twitter and the online comments sections are, they serve as platforms for hate, slander and stupidity.<br />\n Thanks to social media, now everyone can speak out, even those who traditionally had no real outlet to express their dissatisfaction with politicians, culture or almost anything else. That&rsquo;s the good news. It&rsquo;s also the bad news. Now anyone with access to the internet can add to the sludge already polluting what passes for our national conversation.</p>\n<p> I&rsquo;VE BEEN thinking about this since word came out that John McCain, who is 81 and has brain cancer, doesn&rsquo;t want President Trump to attend his funeral. Here&rsquo;s how the story broke in the New York Times:<br />\n &ldquo;His intimates have informed the White House that their current plan for his funeral is for Vice President Mike Pence to attend the service to be held in Washington&rsquo;s National Cathedral but not President Trump, with whom Mr. McCain has had a rocky relationship.&rdquo;<br />\n It appears that McCain has chosen not to forgive and forget. Trump, you&rsquo;ll remember, mocked McCain&rsquo;s agonizing years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. And he did it simply to score a few cheap political points. But that&rsquo;s just one example. Trump is needlessly nasty to lots and lots of people. He&rsquo;s divisive whenever it suits his purpose.<br />\n And it&rsquo;s ironic, if not downright hypocritical, for Trump&rsquo;s loyal fan club to be mad about McCain&rsquo;s decision, given that their hero rarely forgives or forgets any slight against him. But they&rsquo;re mad nonetheless. And not just mad but vile.<br />\n Here&rsquo;s a common sentiment aimed at McCain, put out on Twitter: &ldquo;just die already &amp; stop talking about it! We&rsquo;re looking fwd to it.&rdquo;<br />\n And there&rsquo;s this: &ldquo;WHO CARES IF TRUMP IS NOT AT McCAIN&rsquo;S FUNERAL AS LONG AS McCAIN IS THERE.&rdquo;<br />\n Or how about this: &ldquo;WE WANT HIM DEAD RIGHT NOW!!!!!!&rdquo;</p>\n<p> WE CAN&rsquo;T know how many of these repulsive losers are spewing hate in defense of their beloved leader, the president. And Donald Trump can&rsquo;t be held responsible for what his nastiest supporters say and do. But it would be naive to pretend that Trump isn&rsquo;t an inspiration to a lot of these people. He feeds on their alienation, and they bring out the worst in each other.<br />\n And then there&rsquo;s a presidential aide who apparently offered up this tasteless supposed joke, referring to McCain&rsquo;s opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel: &ldquo;It doesn&rsquo;t matter, he&rsquo;s dying anyway.&rdquo; The president so far has had no comment on that.<br />\n It&rsquo;s nobody&rsquo;s business, of course, except McCain&rsquo;s who he wants or doesn&rsquo;t want at his funeral. For what it&rsquo;s worth, if I were a public figure, I wouldn&rsquo;t want Donald Trump at my funeral either. Yes, politics are not for the faint of heart, but Trump crosses every line of civility.<br />\n Only such a man would be unwelcome at the funeral of a member of his own political party, a service that will be held not far from the White House.<br />\n Social media didn&rsquo;t create the polarization that is dividing Americans. It just made it worse. Hatemongers were always out there, but it wasn&rsquo;t until commentary was &ldquo;democratized&rdquo; &mdash; opened up to one and all &mdash; that the slime became part of the public conversation.<br />\n Maybe we&rsquo;re better off when they have a way to let off steam. Maybe tweeting despicable messages is a better alternative than to have them stew in the dark corners of their basements. Who knows how that would end up.<br />\n The good news is that these people are not the majority. Not by a long shot. Even those who have legitimate differences with McCain on matters of policy, many who voted for Donald Trump, understand that wishing John McCain would &ldquo;die already&rdquo; crosses a line that separates decent Americans from the goons who don&rsquo;t know the meaning of reasonable, honest criticism.</p>\n<p> THE BAD news is that once bright line appears to be dimming.</p>\n', created = 1574429978, expire = 1574516378, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:95cd138e7cb0e3a727963871f00cb08c' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>GINA HASPEL: March 120, 2018</p>\n<p>&ldquo;Will a Torturer Be Allowed to Lead the C.I.A.?&rdquo;<br />\n That&rsquo;s the question posed in a headline atop an editorial in the New York Times, the &ldquo;torturer&rdquo; being the current deputy director of the CIA, Gina Haspel. President Trump wants her to lead the agency when its current director, Mike Pompeo, takes on a new role as secretary of state.<br />\n Here&rsquo;s how the editorial explains it: &ldquo;As an undercover C.I.A. officer, Ms. Haspel played a direct role in the agency&rsquo;s &lsquo;extraordinary rendition program,&rsquo; under which suspected militants were remanded to foreign governments and held at secret facilities, where they were tortured by agency personnel.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> WHAT THE Times calls torture includes waterboarding. Needless to say, it is not alone in its opposition to waterboarding.<br />\n To be clear, nothing you read here is a blanket defense of waterboarding. It is, however, an attempt to raise a few questions about the total and complete opposition &mdash; mainly but not entirely of progressives &mdash; to what are sometimes called &ldquo;enhanced interrogation techniques.&rdquo;<br />\n Let&rsquo;s say that waterboarding a terrorist were to produce information that would save one innocent American life. Would opponents still oppose the practice? How about 10 lives? What if waterboarding a detainee were to produce information that would save 100 lives &mdash; or 1,000? Would waterboarding still be immoral?<br />\n What if enhanced interrogation were to encourage a terrorist to talk about imminent plans to unleash a dirty (nuclear) bomb in the heart of a major American city? Should good decent people still oppose the practice?</p>\n<p> HASPEL WILL become a pi&ntilde;ata during her confirmation hearings. And it&rsquo;s not only a majority of Democrats who will take shots at her.<br />\n Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, says, &ldquo;I find it just amazing that anyone would consider having this woman at the head of the CIA.&rdquo;<br />\n Sen. John McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said: &ldquo;The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history. Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA&rsquo;s interrogation program during the confirmation process.&rdquo;<br />\n Here&rsquo;s what I hope Haspel will tell her critics: &ldquo;I oppose waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques 99 percent of the time. But if, in rare cases, waterboarding would save innocent American lives &mdash; if it would prevent a terrorist from setting off a dirty bomb in Times Square or downtown Chicago or anyplace else in our country &mdash; then, yes, I would consider using those enhanced techniques.&rdquo;<br />\n And to make sure enhanced interrogation techniques aren&rsquo;t abused, Congress could establish a blue-ribbon panel that would have to greenlight such methods &mdash; only when there is a strong, credible belief that abstaining from drastic interrogation measures would result in the potential loss of innocent American lives.<br />\n We&rsquo;re often told that waterboarding prisoners and other harsh techniques simply don&rsquo;t work, and that, more importantly, they violate American values. When they go too far, if they&rsquo;re used when other methods to extract information haven&rsquo;t been exhausted, then, yes, they do violate American values.</p>\n<p> BUT WHAT American values would we be upholding if, on grounds of morality, we don&rsquo;t employ some nasty interrogation techniques on terrorists and the result is a dirty bomb going off in the United States, resulting in numerous deaths?<br />\n While Gina Haspel &mdash; if she wants to head the CIA &mdash; will have to answer some tough questions, so should her opponents.</p>\n', created = 1574429978, expire = 1574516378, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:eb236ef0ac4c89a90a131bfb5b6ffbee' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>MEDIA BIAS: March 13, 2018</p>\n<p>One of the great college basketball coaches in the history of the game, a very smart and successful fellow named Michael William Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K of Duke University, recently interviewed me on his satellite radio show &mdash; and one of the questions was about my first book, &ldquo;Bias,&rdquo; which explored liberal bias in the mainstream news media. The book came out in December of 2001 and Coach K wanted to know how things have changed since then.</p>\n<p> MY SHORT answer was that bias in the media has gotten worse in the ensuing years. Before cable news and the internet, bias was nuanced, subtle. Now it&rsquo;s in your face. And it&rsquo;s not just liberal bias anymore.<br />\n &ldquo;You tell me what kind of news you want,&rdquo; I told the coach, &ldquo;and I&rsquo;ll tell you where to go to get it.&rdquo;<br />\n So, if you want news about how great President Trump is, you go to one place. If you want news to confirm your belief that he&rsquo;s incompetent, you have a whole bunch of other places where your views will be validated.<br />\n This, I said, is not good.<br />\n A few days after the interview, while surfing the web for more information about media bias, I noticed a report from Gallup that came out in January, about a poll it conducted in the second half of last year. The results are anything but comforting.<br />\n Only 32 percent of those polled say news organizations are careful to separate fact from opinion. In 1984, the number was 58 percent.<br />\n Forty-five percent say they see a great deal of political bias in news coverage. That&rsquo;s up from only 25 percent in 1989.<br />\n And less than a majority (44 percent) said they were able to name a source that reports news objectively.<br />\n It turns out, not surprisingly, that where you stand on the political spectrum has a lot to do with how you see bias in the news.<br />\n According to the poll, 53 percent of Democrats &mdash; but only 27 percent of independents and 13 percent of Republicans &mdash; believe the media are careful to separate fact from opinion.</p>\n<p> AND WHILE only 26 percent of Democrats see a great deal of bias in news coverage, 67 percent of Republicans do.<br />\n I&rsquo;m not going out on a limb to conclude most Democrats don&rsquo;t see a great deal of bias in the news because the news reflects their liberal values.<br />\n Or to put it a slightly different way: Democrats don&rsquo;t think there&rsquo;s a lot of bias in the news ... because there is a lot of bias in the news, the kind of bias they like.<br />\n We spend a lot of time pointing out the biases of news organizations, but precious little time pointing out the biases of news consumers.<br />\n &ldquo;The survey asked those who could name an objective source to identify which specific outlets they believe report news objectively,&rdquo; Gallup reported. &ldquo;Among Republicans, Fox News was the overwhelming winner, with 60 percent of Republicans who named an objective news source identifying Fox News as that source.<br />\n &ldquo;There is far less agreement among Democrats about which news source is objective. Rather than coalescing around a single news organization, Democrats name a number of sources, led by CNN (21 percent) and NPR (15 percent).&rdquo;<br />\n So if you&rsquo;re a conservative Republican you think Fox is giving you the news straight. But if you&rsquo;re a liberal Democrat you think CNN and NPR are the honest brokers of information.<br />\n Are you following this? The very people who yell the loudest about media bias don&rsquo;t notice it when it reflects their own biases.<br />\n So let&rsquo;s knock off the sanctimony. Is there too much bias in supposedly straight news reporting? Yes. But more and more, the American people want bias in the news. As long as the bias is their kind of bias.<br />\n This is like a game of Ping-Pong. Lots and lots of Americans go to comfortable places for their news; places that put the right kind of slant on information. And news organizations &mdash; not all, of course, but too many &mdash; cater to what the viewer wants.<br />\n They don&rsquo;t call it the news business for nothing.</p>\n<p> I&rsquo;VE OFTEN said that a free country needs not only a free press, but also a fair press. Too often, we don&rsquo;t have that. But a free country also needs its citizens to want a fair press. And too often these days, we don&rsquo;t have that either.</p>\n', created = 1574429978, expire = 1574516378, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:c0ec51399574db559c9b518d1edc2b27' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IDENTITY POLITICS: February 27, 2018</p>\n<p>I reluctantly have come to believe that most Americans &mdash; whether they&rsquo;re members of the chattering class in the media or your next-door neighbor &mdash; have lost the ability, and sometimes even the desire, to persuade anyone to change his or her mind on just about any important issue. Too many of us have put a &ldquo;Do Not Disturb&rdquo; sign around our necks and don&rsquo;t want to be exposed to any ideas that we don&rsquo;t already hold.<br />\n If you think the AR-15 is a weapon that should remain legal, or if you think late-term abortion should be legal, there&rsquo;s nothing anyone on the other side can say that will convince you to change your mind.</p>\n<p> HAVING STRONG beliefs and hanging on to your principles is a good thing. But as a friend put it, it&rsquo;s not beliefs we&rsquo;re clinging to, it&rsquo;s identity. What matters most now is what team we root for.<br />\n Take cable TV. We don&rsquo;t watch opinion shows to consider what the other side is saying. We watch to get our own biases validated. If we&rsquo;re on the red team, we want conservative opinion. And if we&rsquo;re on the blue team, we look for liberal echo chambers that will confirm our progressive ideas.<br />\n And then there are those online videos where an interviewer asks college kids what they think of something President Trump supposedly said. Almost all of them, of course, hate it. But then they&rsquo;re told it wasn&rsquo;t really Trump who made the statement &mdash; it was President Obama. Suddenly, they don&rsquo;t hate the observation anymore. Now that they know it was their team captain who said it, they embrace the remark &mdash; usually without even a hint of embarrassment.<br />\n And remember when in 2012 at that presidential debate Mitt Romney said that Russia was America&rsquo;s &ldquo;number one political foe&rdquo; and President Obama got snarky and said, &ldquo;The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War&rsquo;s been over for 20 years.&rdquo;<br />\n When liberals weren&rsquo;t cheering for Obama, they were laughing at Romney. Now, it&rsquo;s progressives who think Russia is a dangerous threat to our democracy and it&rsquo;s our Republican president who downplays Russia&rsquo;s interference in our elections. Here&rsquo;s a man who knows how to be angry but hasn&rsquo;t shown any public anger toward the Russians.<br />\n Who cares? Not the liberals who were on Obama&rsquo;s team and not the conservatives who are on Trump&rsquo;s.</p>\n<p> AT LEAST people of deep faith have principles, right? You tell me. Evangelicals would never support a liberal presidential candidate who bragged about grabbing women in a sexual way. But millions of them were more than willing to look the other way when it was someone on their team who made the crude remark.<br />\n Liberals are suddenly concerned about the national debt. But when the debt doubled in eight years under President Obama, they yawned. Trump supporters couldn&rsquo;t stop talking about the debt when Obama was president. And now that their team is loading up on debt, it&rsquo;s Trump acolytes who are yawning.<br />\n You can try to run away from this unprincipled nonsense but there aren&rsquo;t a lot of safe havens anymore.<br />\n Once upon a time, we could escape into the world of entertainment. But try watching one of those Hollywood awards shows. The glitterati talk a good game about diversity, but it&rsquo;s not diversity of opinion they want. Their minds are made up and nothing anyone on the other team can say or do will make one bit of difference.<br />\n As for Trump&rsquo;s most passionate supporters: They didn&rsquo;t flinch when their hero, rocker and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent, told Barack Obama to &ldquo;suck on my machine gun&rdquo; or when he said, Obama and Hillary Clinton &ldquo;should be tried for treason and hung.&rdquo;<br />\n But when Kathy Griffin showed off a mask depicting a bloody and severed head of Donald Trump, the same hard right that cheered Nugent demanded that Griffin be banished from civilized society.<br />\n Sports used to be another place where a lot of us went to escape the daily barrage of partisan politics. It&rsquo;s one thing for athletes to use their platforms to fight for worthy causes like civil rights. But saying President Trump &ldquo;doesn&rsquo;t give a f--- about the people&rdquo; and calling him a &ldquo;bum,&rdquo; as LeBron James did, crosses a line for me. So we get blowback from Fox host Laura Ingraham, who wrote a book called &ldquo;Shut Up and Sing&rdquo; telling LeBron to &ldquo;shut up and dribble&rdquo; and then being attacked as a racist. And while we&rsquo;re here, just imagine if a white conservative athlete called Barack Obama a bum and said he didn&rsquo;t give a f--- about the people. Our outrage depends on our team.<br />\n Sports fans cheer for the star player who wears their team&rsquo;s uniform &mdash; until he decides to put on another uniform and play for a rival that&rsquo;s offering him more money. Then they boo the very same guy. As Jerry Seinfeld said, fans are just cheering for clothes; they&rsquo;re rooting for laundry.</p>\n<p> THAT&rsquo;S WHAT a lot of us are doing &mdash; rooting for laundry. So tell me how this is good.</p>\n', created = 1574429978, expire = 1574516378, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:97a6b1a999101bb115170c89891b4734' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>The only thing we know for sure after a mass shooting</p>\n<p>Here we go again. This time it was at a high school in Florida. It has become depressingly familiar. Not just the horrific shooting, but also the words that come after something like this.<br />\n Officials assure us that the victims and their families are in their thoughts and prayers. Then come the calls for more restrictions on guns. Then we get the reminders that if we see something we need to say something. It&rsquo;s all so predictable.</p>\n<p> BUT BY NOW we know something else that&rsquo;s predictable: It&rsquo;s going to happen again &mdash; if not at a school, then at a concert or a nightclub or a restaurant or an airport or even at a church.<br />\n Nikolas Cruz had been expelled from school for getting into a fight with another student. Kids who knew him said if anyone were ever going to shoot the place up, he would be the kid who did just that. And last September a comment left on social media said, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m going to be a professional school shooter.&rdquo; The name underneath the message: Nikolas Cruz.<br />\n A bail bondsman from Mississippi saw the comment and called the FBI. Five months later, just one day after the shooting, an FBI agent said, &ldquo;No other information was included in the comment which would indicate a particular time, location or the true identity of the person who posted the comment.&rdquo; The FBI said it reviewed databases and made other checks, but was, according to the agency, unable to identify the person who posted the comment.<br />\n It gets worse. A day after that announcement, the FBI admitted that on Jan. 5, a tipster who knew Cruz called the FBI and provided information about Cruz&rsquo;s guns, his desire to kill people, his erratic behavior and his disturbing social media posts. The FBI says the caller was concerned that Cruz might attack a school.<br />\n The tip should have been investigated, according to the FBI. It was not.<br />\n So much for &ldquo;If you see something, say something.&rdquo; And so much for what some have called the &ldquo;Best law enforcement agency in the world.&rdquo;<br />\n But even if the FBI had shown more competence and had found Cruz, what could its agents have done? They can&rsquo;t lock somebody up for posting disturbing remarks &mdash; certainly not if he told them he was only kidding. Even people who eventually go on a killing spree have free speech rights.<br />\n And he bought his gun, a semi-automatic AR-15, legally. Sure he was mentally deranged &mdash; nobody in his right mind does what he did &mdash; but being a loner and a troublemaker who loves guns isn&rsquo;t a legal barrier to buying one.</p>\n<p> AND WHILE everyone agrees mentally ill people shouldn&rsquo;t be allowed to buy guns, how do we determine that someone is mentally ill until he does something that really proves it?<br />\n Do we want laws compelling mental health professionals to report the names to a national data bank of anyone they&rsquo;re seeing for anger issues? For anyone who might go off the rails? Do we want laws that allow police and federal agents to lock people up if they give signs of mental illness &mdash; but have not been violent? Do we want laws that prohibit the posting of gun pictures on social media &mdash; or laws that ban vaguely threatening speech?<br />\n The same people who want more restrictions on guns would never sit still for more restrictions on speech or fewer restrictions on privacy.<br />\n So maybe the laws need to change. Maybe people like Nikolas Cruz should have been held a long time ago and forced to undergo a psychiatric exam. In retrospect, that might have done some good. But it&rsquo;s an idea loaded with the possibility of abuse.<br />\n There&rsquo;s already the predictable talk about banning AR-15s, the so-called assault rifles. They&rsquo;re not needed to protect families from intruders, the argument goes; hunters don&rsquo;t need them. Maybe something will happen this time, but it&rsquo;s not likely.<br />\n We can beef up security at our schools and that might help. But last November, 26 people were gunned down in Sutherlands Springs, Texas &mdash; at the First Baptist Church. Do we need armed guards at prayer services all over America, too?<br />\n The problem &mdash; and &ldquo;problem&rdquo; is not the right word &mdash; is that we live in a free country. And in a free country we can lock up criminals after they commit crimes &mdash; not before.<br />\n So let&rsquo;s tighten security at every school in the country; let&rsquo;s have the same familiar conversation about guns; let&rsquo;s all agree that mentally ill people should not be allowed to buy guns. Let&rsquo;s try to put an end to this American tragedy.</p>\n<p> AND THEN let&rsquo;s acknowledge that not much is going to change despite the fact that 17 more people are dead. We can tell the victims that they&rsquo;re in our thoughts and prayers, and after a while we&rsquo;ll resume our normal daily lives &mdash; until it happens again. And we all know it will.</p>\n', created = 1574429978, expire = 1574516378, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:d5f544c0baeb36195161123c56151b20' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>ROLE REVERSAL: February 13, 2018</p>\n<p>Once upon a time, in comic book land, there was a planet called Bizarro World, a strange place where up was down and down was up and beauty was ugly and ugly was beauty. In one installment, a salesman was doing a brisk business selling &ldquo;Bizarro Bonds,&rdquo; hawking them to potential customers with this pitch: &ldquo;Guaranteed to lose money for you.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> IF IN THIS Age of Trump and his many critics you feel like you&rsquo;re living in a political version of Bizarro World, don&rsquo;t worry. You&rsquo;re not alone.<br />\n Remember when it was those noble liberals who bragged about their civil liberties credentials? They were the honorable Americans who railed against the establishment; they were the principled ones who didn&rsquo;t trust powerful government agencies like the FBI, especially when J. Edgar Hoover ran the place and was tracking Martin Luther King&rsquo;s every move.<br />\n Now, in political Bizarro World, it&rsquo;s liberals who have become the FBI&rsquo;s most ardent supporters. Now, anyone on the right who so much as questions FBI tactics or worries about anti-Trump antagonism among some of its agents and higher-ups, is &ldquo;smearing&rdquo; the entire agency.<br />\n This convenient new outlook by progressives caught the eye of historian David Garrow, a self-described liberal Democrat whose books include &ldquo;The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.&rdquo; He recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that, &ldquo;anyone eager to embrace the belief that today&rsquo;s FBI is a rigorously professional and politically unbiased agency is overlooking the facts.&rdquo; And on Fox, he told Tucker Carlson that, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very worried at how people are giving up their principles, their civil liberty principles, because of the intensity of their partisan hatred of Donald Trump.&rdquo;<br />\n And then there&rsquo;s Russia, the country Ronald Reagan called an &ldquo;evil empire&rdquo; &mdash; a blast of un-PC honesty that gave liberals a bad case of the vapors.</p>\n<p> REMEMBER THAT presidential debate in 2012 when Mitt Romney said that Russia was America&rsquo;s &ldquo;number one geopolitical foe&rdquo; and President Obama couldn&rsquo;t resist being snarky. &ldquo;The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because,&rdquo; Obama said, &ldquo;the Cold War&rsquo;s been over for 20 years.&rdquo;<br />\n That was then. Now, in political Bizarro World, it&rsquo;s the progressive left that&rsquo;s waging cold war against the Kremlin &mdash; because of its meddling in the 2016 presidential election generally, and specifically because progressives are convinced Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to steal the White House out from under the anointed one, Hillary Clinton.<br />\n And remember when liberals didn&rsquo;t trust the spooks at the CIA either? Anti-establishment liberals believed the CIA was spying on all of us &mdash; and it was those nutty conservatives who thought that liberals were more than a tad paranoid.<br />\n That also was then. Now it&rsquo;s the Republican president who doesn&rsquo;t trust the intelligence community, who has put the word &ldquo;intelligence&rdquo; in sarcastic quotation marks in a tweet &mdash; and it&rsquo;s liberals who seem to believe every word the spies say.<br />\n Alan Dershowitz, the retired Harvard Law School professor who calls himself a &ldquo;proud liberal&rdquo; took aim at the hypocrisy of both sides in an interview on CNN.<br />\n &ldquo;Isn&rsquo;t it ironic that all the liberals are now saying you can trust the national security agency when they tell us there&rsquo;s no wiretapping. You know years ago it was the liberals who would say, &lsquo;Oh, my g-- you can&rsquo;t trust those guys, of course they&rsquo;re wiretapping everybody.&rsquo; But it just shows partisan politics have become so extreme that liberals give up their liberal perspective, conservatives give up their conservative perspective, everybody just wants to choose a side and whatever side you choose you&rsquo;re just going to come down and say whatever helps your side. It&rsquo;s a tragedy, how dialogue has suffered in this country.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> BIZARRO WORLD was a shining city on a hill, the very essence of principles and enlightenment, compared with what we&rsquo;ve got today.</p>\n', created = 1574429978, expire = 1574516378, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:f1e18c4dcd6bb93c0dffca5774987bad' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Bernard Goldberg

05/15/2018 - 10:12am
CIVILITY: May 15, 2018 If you want to lose faith in humanity, just glance at a few of the many angry comments posted on social media, especially the ones published under a political column. Whatever else Twitter and the online comments sections are, they serve as platforms for hate, slander and stupidity. Thanks to social media, now everyone can speak out, even those who traditionally had no...
03/20/2018 - 5:42pm
GINA HASPEL: March 120, 2018 “Will a Torturer Be Allowed to Lead the C.I.A.?” That’s the question posed in a headline atop an editorial in the New York Times, the “torturer” being the current deputy director of the CIA, Gina Haspel. President Trump wants her to lead the agency when its current director, Mike Pompeo,...
03/13/2018 - 6:45am
MEDIA BIAS: March 13, 2018 One of the great college basketball coaches in the history of the game, a very smart and successful fellow named Michael William Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K of Duke University, recently interviewed me on his satellite radio show — and one of the questions was about my first book, “Bias,” which...
02/27/2018 - 1:14pm
IDENTITY POLITICS: February 27, 2018 I reluctantly have come to believe that most Americans — whether they’re members of the chattering class in the media or your next-door neighbor — have lost the ability, and sometimes even the desire, to persuade anyone to change his or her mind on just about any important issue. Too many of...
02/20/2018 - 8:10pm
The only thing we know for sure after a mass shooting Here we go again. This time it was at a high school in Florida. It has become depressingly familiar. Not just the horrific shooting, but also the words that come after something like this. Officials assure us that the victims and their families are in their thoughts and prayers. Then come the...
02/13/2018 - 1:17pm
ROLE REVERSAL: February 13, 2018 Once upon a time, in comic book land, there was a planet called Bizarro World, a strange place where up was down and down was up and beauty was ugly and ugly was beauty. In one installment, a salesman was doing a brisk business selling “Bizarro Bonds,” hawking them to potential customers with this pitch...
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