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Last Build Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:29:32 -0800


Linda Tripp Laughs Last at the Clintons for 01/19/2018

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

What fools (and hypocrites) these mortals be. Two decades have passed since Linda Tripp blew the whistle on sexual hijinks in high places with her tapes of Monica Lewinsky, the young intern who described to her confidant and colleague the passionate ordeal of a sexual liaison with the president of the United States. She blew the whistle, she says, to protect her friend. Twenty years on, she's still a villain for many women who remember those times.

But history's on her side.

Updated: Fri Jan 19, 2018

When Hollywood Confronts Its Shady Past for 01/12/2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Whoa. Stop the music. When Ethel Merman belted out "There's no business like show business" as Annie Oakley in "Annie Get Your Gun," a little girl could have been forgiven for believing it. On Broadway in 1946, the stars of showbiz, like the stars across the Milky Way, were protected by myths of glamour and mystery, and the studios could keep the bad stuff out of the newspapers. Naughty deeds went undiscovered and unlamented.

"Annie Get Your Gun" posed other myths for women to live by. Annie took on her rival, a macho cowboy, and she let him know that "Anything you can do, I can do better" and proved it. There was a quickening in the female brain and a flutter in the breasts of women everywhere that a sexual revolution could be powerful and might one day be on the way. It was a seed that flowered decades later.

Updated: Fri Jan 12, 2018

A Royal Tale With a Lesson for Our Time for 01/05/2018

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Watching "The Crown" in the reign of President Trump is a trip into British nostalgia that leaves an American viewer with mixed feelings about the monarchy, the institution Americans loathed and left behind with a revolution of arms. Nevertheless, the democracy that followed is currently suffering from an overreaching populism with a president trying to fake out a "fake media," and it might benefit from a few lessons in nuance and understatement.

"The Crown" is a sophisticated television soap opera that runs against the grain of our troubled time. We watch Queen Elizabeth II grow as a sympathetic figurehead who uses her celebrity without flaunting it. She does what comes naturally through careful tutoring and artful tuning, and shows a flair for British understatement and profound personal self-discipline that contrasts vividly with the current style of in-your-face leadership in America.

Updated: Fri Jan 05, 2018

Trapped in the Bubble for 12/29/2017

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

When summing up the year now fading, the catchall phrases that generalize a common view don't work. It was neither the best of times nor the worst of times. In our fragmented politics, the center does not hold, and moving out to the edges of the frame doesn't hold us together.

There's lots of e pluribus and not much unum.

Updated: Fri Dec 29, 2017

How Christians and Jews Connect in a Season of Holidays for 12/22/2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

'Tis the season to be merry, and we need a little merriment this season. This year, the passage of time between two holidays of the spirit, Hanukkah and Christmas, is short, focusing attention once more on the Judeo-Christian moorings of America. Every year we honor the ways Christians and Jews appeal to what they hold in common in exhortations. But like so much else in our high-tech, 24/7 media world, differences are magnified and politicized. Political overtones have always influenced how we celebrate our holidays, but not until now has so much attention been paid.

President Donald Trump is alternately admonished and applauded for emphasizing the word "Christmas" in the celebrations, as many Christians think the origin of the holiday is deliberately lost in the generalized wishes of "happy holidays." His rhetoric is a little sharp for the taste of the secular world, but religious folk have always differed in how they invoke God in their politics. Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the large and influential First Baptist Dallas, even says God was at work in the 2016 election. "God intervened in our election and put Donald Trump in the Oval Office for a great purpose," he says.

Updated: Fri Dec 22, 2017

Why We Can't Let the Creeps Write the Rules for 12/15/2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Maybe we need a fresh perspective. Everybody regards sexual harassers as creeps. We're watching them fall on their swords of necessity and regret, as much for being caught as for what they've actually done. Some of the rest of us, however, are acting a little too much like Madame Defarge in Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," knitting with contented delight as the heads of the guilty and innocent drop from the guillotine.

Nobody wants to do nuance. No one wants to take the side of a hideous harasser or boorish jerk. But we do need to face up to the difference between a man charged with rape and one simply forcing an unwanted kiss on the lips of a lady, between the man who presses his body close and the creep who locks the door of his office to prevent her escape, between the dedicated masher and the flamboyant performer taking slapstick to the point of touching a bosom or bottom.

Updated: Fri Dec 15, 2017

Pow Wow Politics at Harvard Yard for 12/08/2017

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

President Donald Trump thinks of himself as the comedian-in-chief for reprising Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the butt of his pointed political satire. To her consternation, he draws chuckles, if not guffaws, when calling her "Pocahontas," the celebrated squaw of early American history, and saying she invented Cherokee ancestors just to claim a diversification slot on the Harvard faculty. "Fake ancestry," he might call it.

Now, a real Indian, one from India, has stepped up to steal his comic thunder in Massachusetts, where such wit may count for real votes.

Updated: Fri Dec 08, 2017

The Welcome Relief of a Royal Fairy Tale for 12/01/2017

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

What a relief! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — young, romantic, endearing in their mythic appeal — replace the old, aggressive harassers with thinning hair and sagging, lecherous facial lines. There's happy news amidst the cheap and fake.

Love trumps lust; ceremony softens sensation; beauty triumphs over the beastly. Prince Charming and his damsel fair update the fairy tale we've been waiting for. It's easy to poke fun at the pomp and pelf of the royals, but who doesn't like a royal romance, if only as a diversion from the frequent ugliness of the real world?

Updated: Fri Dec 01, 2017

Gathering Together to Ask the Lord's Blessing for 11/24/2017

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800



Updated: Fri Nov 24, 2017

When the Cheap and Dirty Loses Its Punch for 11/17/2017

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

In the high-tech world of social media, where the fake news thrives with the real, we've become a nation of voyeurs and eavesdroppers. Consuming the salacious is the guilty pleasure. We see and overhear a broad range of sordid comings and goings — what we used to describe quaintly as "dirty" — in the very vocabularies that were too embarrassing for general discussion and reserved for private conversations between close friends.

Public vocabularies have expanded to vulgarities that have become shockproof. Not much is X-rated.

Updated: Fri Nov 17, 2017

Sexual Harassment Ain't What It Used to Be for 11/10/2017

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Harvey Weinstein, who governed from the casting couch as the Stalinist emperor of Hollywood, is toppled now, done in by regiments of women who came forward with endless tales of malignant abuse. The man who made the movies worthy of 300 Oscar nominations, who's regarded in Hollywood as coming in "just after Steven Spielberg and right before God," may go on a trial that could cost him his freedom. Rarely has success receded so swiftly.

No longer protected by a media co-opted by celebrity or shared interests in the billion-dollar industry of Tinseltown, he may get his first indictment as early as next week in New York City.

Updated: Fri Nov 10, 2017

A World Series Star Redeems a Great-Grandfather's Dream for 11/03/2017

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

I grew up in a baseball family, enjoying Daddy's season tickets on the third-base line at Griffith Stadium. Back then, Washington, D.C.,'s team was the Senators — "First in war, first in peace and last in the American League" was the famous saying. Now, the district has a championship-caliber team, the Nationals. I rooted passionately for a Nationals-Astros World Series this year, and for a very personal reason.

So, this column is an indulgence. My late father, Bo Bregman, was a sportsman of a certain prominence in Washington. My brother, Stanley Bregman, was the Senators' lawyer before the team moved cities and became the Minnesota Twins. If the name Bregman sounds familiar, it should. Bo Bregman's great-grandson, Alex Bregman, plays third base for the Houston Astros. His father, Sam Bregman, played baseball at the University of New Mexico. The family, like Alex, had a great Series. In the fifth game, Alex hit a stunning single to left field in the bottom of the 10th inning, the winning run that put the Astros on the cusp of a championship. They won that championship in the seventh and decisive game Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Updated: Fri Nov 03, 2017

Exposing Hillary's Russia Connection for 10/27/2017

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Nothing succeeds like success, so the conventional wisdom goes. But in politics, as a skeptic (of nearly everything) of my acquaintance is fond of reminding me, nothing recedes like success.

The Democratic critics of President Donald Trump thought special counsel Robert Mueller, with his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and lurid suggestions of Russian collusion with the Republicans, would finally do what Hillary Clinton couldn't. Trump's days in the White House were numbered, and not a day too soon. It would be a slam dunk. Everybody who was anybody on the left thought so, and said so, early and often.

It's not quite working out that way. Mueller is apparently not finding what he thought he would and looking into matters that don't seem to be much about Russians, elections or even Trump. He has moved into the high weeds in search of something credible on which to hang his very expensive investigation. He has hired a lot of highly paid Washington, D.C., lawyers, some of whom have donated to Democrats, including Clinton. And Washington is suddenly rife with speculation and gossip that they haven't found much that sounds very jail-y.

Updated: Fri Oct 27, 2017

But Even Men Deserve Due Process for 10/20/2017

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Everybody despises Harvey Weinstein. Usually, by this time in the public pursuit of a villain, he begins to attract a little undeserved sympathy. Not this time. The accusers keep on coming, with the passion of Emile Zola when he famously wrote, "J' accuse!" and accused the French government of hounding French army captain Alfred Dreyfus only because he was a Jew.

But the accusers of Weinstein, who dubbed him the aggressive male brute with no redeeming social value, now threaten to turn their fury against men — all men, the innocent (and there are some) and the guilty.

Updated: Fri Oct 20, 2017

A Great Movie but a Lousy Life for 10/13/2017

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

What is it about these pathetic men with a paunch who imagine their looks and libidos are immortal, and think their excuse for manliness continues to attract sweet, young flesh? You might ask some of the women.

These men have something women want. It can be money, a piece of the action that such creeps control and a ticket to a glamorous party life. Submission sometimes works for a woman who can tolerate demeaning behavior, and not giving in to crude appetites can mean losing more than her dignity. It can mean cutting off access and opportunities to make it in a world dominated by men. An ambitious woman might exchange degradation for a role in a movie, or take a role as arm candy to get introductions to influential people. A woman exploited by a powerful man might move up to stardom with passive acceptance or silence. Challenging a creep can be costly.

Updated: Fri Oct 13, 2017

A Bunny, a Burka, Sex and Revolution for 10/06/2017

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Hugh Hefner dies at 91 and women in Saudi Arabia get royal permission to drive a car. These two markers separated by continents and cultures, one in the West and the other in the East, dramatically reflect the changing ways men and women relate to each other.

Hugh Hefner was largely responsible for a sexual revolution that hurt and helped both men and women in the never-ending war between the sexes. It's true that neither side will win this war because there's too much fraternizing with the enemy. It's more like the continuous push and pull of ying and yang.

Updated: Fri Oct 06, 2017

Welcome to the Divided States of America for 09/29/2017

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Now we're the "Divided" States of America. Or maybe the "Untied" States of America, with a suitable new slogan, "In Mammon We Trust." Tribalism trumps unity. Gone is the idealism of e pluribus unum, "out of many, one." The melting pot, which united us for so long by blending differences, is banished to the trash.

Instead, we changed everything to inhabit a multicultural Tower of Babel, where everyone finds an identity inside a bubble and searches for another group to be against.

Updated: Fri Sep 29, 2017

Angela Merkel, No Hillary Look-Alike, Strides Toward a Triumph for 09/22/2017

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Ambitious young men in Germany feel entitled to wonder when a man will ever be chancellor again. They, too, want a role model.

Angela Merkel has been in office for 12 years, the only chancellor many young adults have known. Though the public-opinion polls for her and her conservative Christian Democratic Union have slipped slightly from a 15-point lead a week ago, no one expects a Hillary Clinton upset. (No one expected the Hillary Clinton upset either.) She looks to be coasting to re-election for a fourth term Sunday, leading to idle speculation that if Clinton had acted more like Frau Merkel, she might be president and the most powerful woman in the world.

Updated: Fri Sep 22, 2017

Hillary Reveals How She Never Learned to Play the Game for 09/15/2017

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Feminist politics turned a corner with the final defeat of Hillary Clinton. You can feel it in and between the lines of her blame-game book "What Happened." The exuberance of her supporters, which buoyed her in her campaign to be elected the first woman president, has dissipated. All she has left is a memoir of an angry woman raging that her time has passed, that the abundant fruit of opportunity that fell from the family tree was crushed beyond hopes of redemption and there's nothing left to put in a new bottle but old whine.

Clinton was always about sexual politics. She wasn't the right kind of woman to be the first woman president. She was dependent on the old pre-feminist attitudes she scorns, and she didn't know how to manipulate attitudes to her advantage. Getting a man who could get there first was crucial to her strategy, and after she got the man, Bill Clinton, she didn't know how to make the strategy work.

Updated: Fri Sep 15, 2017

No 'Safe Place' for an Education for 09/08/2017

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

America got lost on the way to the 21st century. Many Americans lost pride in being American and no longer cherish the rigors of the First Amendment, which gives pride of place to freedom of speech. This didn't happen in one generation, though the baby boomers, born after the soldiers came marching home in triumph in 1945, grew up nursing grievance. This led to crucial changes in attitude, and succeeding generations felt empowered by rebellion.

Personal rebellion is a developmental stage en route to maturity. After World War II, a fault line in the nation's history, generational change coincided with America becoming a world power. Rebellion against daddy coincided with rebellion against Big Daddy.

Updated: Fri Sep 08, 2017