FCC Cronyism Stiffs Taxpayers and Destroys Jobs

While the national media is mostly focused on the Federal Communications Commission’s latest net neutrality follies (still a regulatory solution in search of a problem), the far bigger policy challenge the Commission faces is executing the most complex spectrum auction in the agency’s history. Unfortunately, the FCC seems more concerned with picking winners and losers…

Phone Addiction Not So Smart

Get this: People are becoming addicted to their smartphones. According to a report from Flurry Analytics, says The Washington Post’s Style Blog, the average mobile consumer checks his phone 150 times a day. A “mobile addict” is defined as someone who launches apps more than 60 times a day — 10 times as often as…

Donald Sterling’s Message

The issue brought to light in the Donald Sterling matter is this: neither passing legislation nor even electing a black president can cleanse all minds of evil thoughts. Bill Day / Cagle Cartoons Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, is alleged to have made racist remarks about African-Americans. Considering Sterling’s past behavior,…

Bad Penny Boehner Just Won’t Go Away

The stupefyingly stubborn John Boehner is at it again. A week ago at a Las Vegas fundraiser, the House speaker audaciously said that he’s hell-bent on passing an immigration bill this year. Then at the exclusive Brown’s Run Country Club in his Ohio home district, Boehner publicly ridiculed his fellow House Republicans for refusing to…

We Want Politicians to Lie

Get this: The U.S. Supreme Court is about to decide whether false accusations and mudslinging during political campaigns are illegal. Eric Allie / Cagle Cartoons As it goes, during the 2010 election in Ohio, an anti-abortion group, the Susan B. Anthony List, sought to launch a billboard campaign that accused then-Rep. Steven Driehaus, a Democrat,…

American Proud

  It was nice to be away from politics for a week. It was even nicer to be in the great city of Boston for six days to celebrate the running of the 118th Boston Marathon. Bill Day / Cagle Cartoons Watching the race with a million people — and meeting so many wonderful Bostonians…

Exploiting the American Prom

Exclusive Excerpt from: “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” by Tom Purcell Proms sure have gotten expensive these days. According to the San Jose Mercury News, high school kids spend nearly $4 billion annually for dresses, accessories, flowers, beauty products, limos and other prom-related items. The average couple spends upward…

Media Drones

Today I am announcing a new venture to grow aspara-berries. These tasty and nutritious hybrid plants combine the best features of asparagus and strawberries to create a mouthwatering treat. Adam Zyglis / Buffalo News While I haven’t produced any aspara-berries yet, I do have a website containing maps of actual acreage where the plants could be grown. I’m also tweeting furiously about how…

Congress Turns Deaf Ear, Presses Ahead with Amnesty Bills

On Good Friday, seven influential mainstream media outlets published passionate comprehensive immigration reform pleas thinly disguised as news stories. The Wall Street Journal reported that House Speaker John Boehner told a Las Vegas fundraiser crowd that he’s “hell bent” on passing a mass amnesty this year. Earlier, Capitol Hill insiders’ rumored that Boehner would wait…

Time to Get Tough on India Stealing Our Stuff

Quite simply, from pharmaceuticals to motion pictures to software, India is stealing our stuff. India ranks dead last among major economies in protection of intellectual property rights, according to a comprehensive analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And despite lots of talk and visits from Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe…

There Are Better Solutions Than Hiring Teachers Who Came To U.S. Illegally

Recently, the Denver Public School System announced that it would allow illegal immigrants to teach in its classrooms. Before writing a single additional word, let me clarify two things. First, I’ll address new teachers’ immigration status. They’re aliens who President Obama, through an executive action that was not congressionally approved, granted what is known as…

How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality

Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you’ve been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy? Circumlocution: a big word meaning using unnecessarily lofty words to express an idea. Pat Bagley / Salt Lake Tribune Welcome to the baffling world of liberal-speak. Oligarchy, plutocracy and demagogy: The holy trinity…

Let’s Get Lethaler

  You’d think Americans have enough stuff to worry about. Severe drought desiccating a third of the country. A political system whose major talent is demonstrating stasis in action. The rich using the poor as fleshy paving stones for the road to mansions on the hill. Ben Affleck as Batman. Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch…

Baseball Icon Joins the Liberal Echo Chamber

This week, Hank Aaron broke the hearts of millions of Republicans and conservatives who supported him and cheered him on in 1974 while racists threatened his life. Eric Allie / Cagle Cartoons USA Today quoted “The Hammer” in an interview as saying, “We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a…

How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality

Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you’ve been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy? Circumlocution: a big word meaning using unnecessarily lofty words to express an idea. Pat Bagley / Salt Lake Tribune Welcome to the baffling world of liberal-speak. Oligarchy, plutocracy and demagogy: The holy trinity…

Don’t Dump Pennsylvania’s Governor

  Be careful, Pennsylvania people. You can’t afford to blow it this fall. Your great state is, I’m sorry to say, already not so great when it comes to fiscal solvency. Don’t make it worse by dumping your Republican governor, Tom Corbett. John Cole / Scranton Times-Tribune Despite the Marcellus Shale boom that’s turned Pennsylvania…