So what was it they were trying to kill?
"Why's everybody always pickin' on me?" -- The Coasters from "Charlie Brown"
Donald Trump has a victim mentality.
Meantime, back at Guantanamo...
Look, I'm a guy, all right?
I used to love "The X-Files."
Like millions of Americans, I unfailingly followed FBI agents Mulder and Scully's search for the truth in a labyrinth of conspiracy.
We've called him many things. We pundits have overworked our thesauruses and our imaginations to describe Donald Trump.
I know you are, but what am I?"
It keeps getting bigger.
One might have expected last month's protest by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his refusal to stand for the national anthem, to have blown over by now.
"Why haven't you reported that Colin Kaepernick's actions are due to his radical Muslim beliefs? Why are you covering this up?"
I had decided not to see Nate Parker's new movie.
His name doesn't even appear in the book.
But make no mistake. "Hillbilly Elegy," the new best-seller by J.D. Vance, is, in a very real sense, about Donald Trump.
Ordinarily, I might gloat.
Last week, a prominent conservative pundit conceded a point yours truly and countless others have been making for a long time.
We will get to Baltimore in a moment. First, let's talk about innocence.
"Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free"
Or maybe not.
Far be it from me to correct Jesus, but to survey the modern political landscape is to see precious little evidence of the truth setting anyone free.
Let me tell you how I got in trouble with ladies.
Dear Republican Party:
Congratulations. By now, one thing is beyond dispute: You have produced a candidate for the ages.
Well, that was sure ugly.
Last week's Republican conclave in Cleveland came across less as a nominating convention than as a four-day nervous breakdown, a moment of fracture and bipolarity from a party that no longer has any clear idea what it stands for or what it is. Everywhere you turned there was something that made you embarrassed for them,
How can anyone ever explain this to Mason?
He's only 4 months old, so that moment still lies years in the future. Still, at some point, too soon, he will ask the inevitable questions, and someone will have to tell him how his dad was shot to death for being a police officer in Baton Rouge.
Here's something I never thought I'd have to say.
People should not play Pokemon at Auschwitz.
This is not about the police.
At least, not solely. Granted, the police are the reason we are heartbroken today, the reason cable news networks are assembling panels to talk about black and blue, the fraught intersection between African Americans and the law.
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