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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump should make a Supreme Court pick

As we all now know, there is a Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg whose casket, as of this writing, is reposing in the Supreme Court. Former clerks, friends, and soon the president of the United States, will pay their respects. Next week Justice Ginsburg will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. By that time Mr. Trump will have announced his nominee for her replacement.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the AARP Presidential Forum at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.  (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP) ** FILE **

Time to take a closer look at AARP

For years, progressive politicians and groups have tried to prove the more effective conservative groups are just fronts for monied interests and corporate America. They've alleged time and again, without proof that the National Rifle Association the nation's largest mass membership civil rights group is merely a tool of the firearms industry. Or that certain research and advocacy groups that question climate change at any level are beholden to the oil companies and are doing their bidding in exchange for contributions.

A structure is destroyed by an advancing wildfire, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Finley, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

If Americans don't spruce up their forests, Mother Nature will

Forests afire as far as the eye can see have become a common, heartbreaking occurrence in the American West when summer fades into autumn. The devastation hits hardest those residents who must breathe in smoke for months on end and, sometimes, face fleeing the infernos. Some are quick to blame the flames on human-caused climate change, but the destruction will persist without recognition of human-caused failure to manage the wilderness environment.

This image released by Netflix shows the cast of the coming-of-age film "Cuties." The backlash to the French independent film Mignonnes, or Cuties, started before it had even been released because of a poster that went viral for its provocative depiction of its young female actors. (Netflix via AP, File)

The ugliness of 'Cuties'

In a Sept. 16 op-ed in The Washington Post, Maimouna Doucoure stoutly defended her controversial film "Cuties," which debuted a week earlier on Netflix. It has come under deserved fire for its hyper-sexualized depiction of prepubescent 10- and 11-year-old girls. You read that right: Her film. "Cuties" — which surely will qualify as "must-see TV" for pedophiles everywhere — demonstrates that women can be perverts, too. But the larger problem with the enterprise is what it says about the state of America's culture.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) lines up under center during the second half an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Westerholt)

A Panther goes down: For Luis Moreno Jr., principle is more important than profit

The corporate world of professional sports is a sad place these days. And perhaps it has always been so, but now the public is better attuned to the hypocrisy with which decisions are made. The National Basketball Association and Nike, for instance, are happy to provide a platform for the ugliest critiques of America, while happily ignoring the genocide their financial overlords, the Chinese, currently carry out on the Uyghur population.

An interior view of Bank of America Stadium prior to an NFL football game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Westerholt)

Mixing football with politics is a mistake

Professional football has opened its pandemic-era season over the past few days and by the looks of it, America's favorite sport has flubbed the kickoff. If games played in nearly empty stadiums to minimize coronavirus exposure weren't dismal enough, the league has apparently decided to sponsor "wokeball." Attempting to mix pigskin and politics is a mistake, though, and Americans are choosing to punt.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, right, confers with Democratic colleagues during the Senate floor session in the temporary Virginia Senate chamber inside the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Out of sight, out of mind: Virginia Democrats go virtual to enact a radical agenda

Professional Democracy-watchers — that group of people who yell from the top of every bell-tower in America that President Trump has eroded nearly every civic norm holding our country together — have been silent about what's going on in Richmond, Virginia, where the Democrat-led House of Delegates recently voted to conduct their legislative affairs "virtually." As in over the Internet, not in person and not even in Mr. Jefferson's Capitol.

FILE - In this April 29, 2017, file photo journalist Bob Woodward sits at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington. Woodward, facing widespread criticism for only now revealing President Donald Trump's early concerns about the severity of the coronavirus, told The Associated Press that he needed time to be sure that Trump's private comments from February were accurate. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Donald Trump sails recklessly into Bob Woodward's 'Rage'

Plato had Socrates. Henry VIII had Thomas Cromwell — for a while. Donald Trump, alas, has had no one able keep him on course. As president, Mr. Trump is supremely confident of his ability to manhandle any interlocutor and, apparently, won't harken to wise counsel advising caution. He has now bared his unguarded thoughts to Bob Woodward, the siren of Washington who has spent two generations enticing commanders-in-chief to wreck their fortunes on the sharp edges of his reporting. Someone should hide the president's phone.

Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Forced apologies for 'White privilege' is un-American

Tops in the extremist strategy for transforming U.S. culture is the effort to convince the 63% of Americans born with a light complexion that they are guilty of the secular sin of "White privilege." Condemning a whole class of people based on their skin color, rather than their conduct, is the very definition of racism. For that reason, the undertaking is un-American and deserves to be discarded.

The findings from deadlocked task force studying the origin of SARS-CoV-2 are unlikely to be published before President Trump leaves office. (Associated Press/File)

The skinny on beating coronavirus

As the summer of pandemic fades toward fall, federal and state governments are still groping for the key to beating the killer coronavirus. Social distancing serves as the default recommendation, and a combination of mandatory and voluntary sequesters have forced millions of Americans to stay home.

It's time to turn off NPR

Earlier this summer, James Bennet, editorial page editor of The New York Times, resigned from his post after internal and public outcry over his decision to allow an op-ed by sitting U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton arguing for military intervention as a response to the recent riots. The paper's publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, noted that a "significant breakdown in our editing process" had occurred, adding that both he and Mr. Bennet "concluded that James would not be able to lead the team through the next leg of change that is required."

People gather for a protest outside the Statehouse, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Boston, on a day when thousands across the country planned to walked off the job to protest systemic racism and economic inequality that has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Race-baiters are reframing American history with falsehood

Above the din of protests surging across 2020 America echoes the conviction that systemic racism is everywhere, and peace won't prevail until it is finally expunged. The notion that racism is ingrained in our culture has become the dogma of this era, not only among angry Blacks, but also young Whites attempting to authenticate their "wokeness" by joining them in the streets. It is a myth, though, untethered from fact.

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