On land­slides, Scrooge, and re­al­ity TV shows

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

It oc­curs to me that: The Democrats run­ning for pres­i­dent might want to look at how well go­ing far to the left worked for Bri­tain’s Labour Party (worst show­ing since 1934).

I was never a fan of John Len­non, but I re­mem­ber where I was — driv­ing home from the Quartz Hill High School foot­ball ban­quet — when I heard that he had been mur­dered 39 years ago last week.

Repub­li­cans were more than a lit­tle off the mark when com­par­ing Democrats on the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee (who de­layed a vote on im­peach­ment so it could be on TV) to Stalin (who mur­dered up­wards of 20 mil­lion peo­ple).

As I have said be­fore, all Hitler analo­gies should be re­tired — as should Stalin and Mao analo­gies.

It would be great to get a re­peat of our Thanks­giv­ing snow on Christ­mas Day.

I al­ways do­nate to the Sal­va­tion Army but will dou­ble my do­na­tion this year be­cause of how it is un­der at­tack from the far left.

As colum­nist Peggy Noo­nan points out, this half-baked im­peach­ment is like a re­al­ity show where you al­ready know the end­ing — bor­ing.

If I ever get a Pomera­nian again, I think I will get two, and name them Que­bec and Malta af­ter the Bag­net daugh­ters in Dick­ens’ “Bleak House.”

Speak­ing of Dick­ens, Ge­orge C. Scott gets my vote for the best por­trayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in “The Christ­mas Carol” (1984).

When I was in col­lege, Mid­night Mass was the way to go on Christ­mas, and Christ­mas Day Mass at Dawn was un­think­able — now it’s the op­po­site.

I re­ally like Ama­zon for its con­ve­nience and low prices, but it is an in­cred­i­ble dou­ble stan­dard that the me­dia barely blinks at the ter­ri­ble con­di­tions for its work­ers.

Be­fore read­ing Evan Thomas’s “Be­ing Nixon,” I was not aware of the ex­tent of then Vice Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon’s courage in the in­fa­mous incident in which vi­o­lent Venezue­lan pro­tes­tors at­tacked the car in which he and wife Pat were rid­ing.

Bernie San­ders en­dorsed, and then re­tracted, his en­dorse­ment of some­one called Cenk Uygur in the 25th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict race.

Ev­i­dently this Uygur fel­low has a his­tory of say­ing un­sa­vory (racist, sex­ist) com­ments, so you have to won­der why Bernie’s “peo­ple” ever al­lowed him to make the en­dorse­ment in the first place.

Judg­ing by Bill Cosby and Har­vey We­in­stein, some­thing about get­ting ar­rested for sex crimes makes you, overnight, un­able to walk from car to court­room with­out as­sis­tance.

We’re just 16 days away from the Roar­ing Twen­ties — my stu­dents’ en­thu­si­asm was short-lived when I told them I was giv­ing them their last vo­cab quiz of the decade.

The Pen­tagon Pa­pers, about U.S. gov­ern­ment lies about Viet­nam, was a huge story in 1971 — the Washington Post’s big scoop about three ad­min­is­tra­tions’ lies about Afghanista­n has been met with a gi­ant yawn be­cause no one is sur­prised, sadly.

No one seems to know what hap­pened to the bribery charge against the pres­i­dent the Dems kept talk­ing about for weeks.

Wil­liam P. War­ford’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Tues­day, Fri­day and Sun­day.

A cou­ple dozen ran­dom thoughts on the news of the day

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