Trump Can’t Defund Us, Can He?

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Thomas D. Elias
Thomas D. Elias

President Trump often threatens to withhold federal grants from California cities, universities and the state itself unless they accept policies he wants to pursue, from large-scale deportation of undocumented immigrants to bashing the heads of campus protestors. “California is in many ways out of control,” he said in a recent interview. Out of his control, he seemed to mean. Asked … Read More

Denzel Hits the Ball Over the ‘Fences’

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Denzel Washington and Viola Davis
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis

A token of friendly advice: Do yourself a favor one evening this week. See the excellent Academy-nominated Denzel Washington film “Fences” ahead of Sunday night’s Academy Awards. Best movie I have seen since “High Noon” in 1953. Fences, from August Wilson’s stage production of the same name, is a piercing portrait of the real-life struggles of a middle-class family in … Read More

Living a Dream, Dancing Across New York City

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John Cassese, The Dance Doctor
John Cassese, The Dance Doctor

Seventh in a series.  Re: “Singing and Dancing to Escape a Flying Ashtray” Growing up as the youngest of five brothers in New York City in the 1950s and ‘60s in a family that pushed boundaries, John Cassese recalled a daunting moment. “One of my older brothers, Philip, was killed in an automobile accident when he was 23,” said the … Read More

Student Whacked. Prof. Confusion Goes Free

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As normal Americans know, G-d gave us liberals to act as foils for our mindless entertainment moments long before SNL became a twinkle in Putin’s glass eye. Crude liberals planted their booted feet on the necks of college profs and kids a century ago, and they have not relented. We were harshly reminded again this week. Swaggering and liberal, Orange … Read More

The Law Comes First for Clarke

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ICE Raids

Second in a series. Re: “Why a Predicted Council Vote Went Awry” As the chief voice of the City Council, Mayor Jim Clarke is no ordinary politician who distractingly serves for 12 months in the rotating chair. Politics and the authentic welfare of his community penetrate as deeply in Mr. Clarke as his red blood. From the opening moments of … Read More

Two-State Solution? Now World May Laugh

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Photo: The Well
Photo: The Well

Apart from the hourly trashing of President Trump by the fake-news boys at CNN, MSNBC and other Fox News wannabees, this week’s most useless reporting is the tireless leftist drum-beating for a two-state solution. This is the contemporary world’s quintessential illustration of flogging a hound dog who has expired. Palestinian terrorist leaders. The simple-minded chant – the mathematical equivalent of … Read More

Obama’s Kickouts Didn’t Matter, Did They?

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Culver City Council immigration

Two-thirds of the protestors in the audience at Monday night’s City Council meeting said they were present for the first time. That’s nice. All of them schlepped compact signs that read “Sanctuary Now.” That’s nice. Where have you been, people? You are ‘way late to the dance. Do all two-thirds of them read newspapers or track other purveyors of news? … Read More

Why a Predicted Council Vote Went Awry

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Brown Act

First in a series.  After nearly a half-century in politics, Mayor Jim Clarke usually reads tea leaves accurately. As of Monday morning, he had not expected his City Council colleagues to agendize the predictable request at Monday night’s meeting to place the label of Culver City as a sanctuary city on a near agenda. Hours later, the Council smoothly agreed … Read More

The Ban That Won’t Make Much Difference?

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Warming up to his critical point, former Mayor Steve Rose said this morning that “Culver City has been environmentally conscious for the last 25 years.” He served two terms on the City Council in the middle of that quarter century. A regular at Monday night meetings since being termed out, Mr. Rose winced as he witnessed an instant high drama … Read More

Players Sit for a Spell — Hopefully

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dirt

Let the Children’s Hour commence. Six New England Patriots yesterday stepped down from their gasoline-powered skateboards, pushed their crayons aside, straightened their eyebrows, and held up individual blackboards. Their message: Because they are pretty sure they should object to something President Trump said, they will take a pass when the Super Bowl champions are invited to meet the President in … Read More