Author: Froma Harrop

Voters Really Do Want Order on the Border for 08/03/2021

With COVID-19 receding — at least in vaccinated parts of the country — but crime hanging on, law and order looks to be a leading issue in the 2022 midterm elections. And that desire for order extends to the border. Democrats should know this: The surge in undocumented migrants at the border could kill them at the polls.

President Joe Biden has not always put forth a convincing message that he’s intent on stopping the wave of unauthorized entrants.

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Are We Canceling Summer Again? for 07/29/2021

This is becoming another summer that didn’t quite happen. It follows the bum summer of 2020, which was canceled by COVID-19.

In the West this year, summer is literally going up in smoke. Wildfires from Southern California to Washington state are burning out of control and clouding skies as far away as New England. The West Coast is seeing extreme drought, extreme flooding and extreme heat.

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Any Idea How Sexist Short Shorts Are? for 07/27/2021

In the summer, boys dress for the warm weather, but girls dress hardly at all. Most high school guys are in baggy shorts, while many of the girls are wearing shorts so short that parts of their rear end remain exposed. The “distressed” versions — with rips and ragged hems — are often called Daisy Dukes, after a sexy character who wore them in “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV series (backstory to follow). They’re not a great look even beside a swimming pool, but girls are wearing them on downtown streets.

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The Pandemic Won Many Over to the Cosmetic Surgery Knife for 07/22/2021

Many of us spent the pandemic months obsessing over how our mug looked on Zoom and other video-chatting services. Poor lighting was a torment, and the lack of sunshine and exercise produced what’s been dubbed “lockdown face.”

At in-person meetings, we see only the people we’re talking to. Video calls — be it via Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or some other platform — confront us with a square on the screen reserved for our own kisser. This is typically a close-up showing fine lines and droopy eyelids.

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Mental Distress Fuels Crime and Extreme Politics for 07/20/2021

Antisocial behavior has reached pandemic levels. Disruptive airline passengers are punching flight attendants. Thugs are attacking Asians, gays and other minority groups. Criminals have grown more brazen in bringing violence to the streets and into American politics as seen in the savage invasion of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Mental illness clearly underlies a lot of these disturbing trends, with the cracks widening during the COVID-19 scourge.

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