Here comes Scrant’a Claus!

— Scranton’s annual Santa Claus Parade rolls through town today, with floats, balloons and the Big Man himself. Here’s a display that I think would make a fine addition to the proceedings....

The recuiter

— President Obama, not burdened with having to run for reelection and thus free to speak his mind, recently burned GOP officials and candidates who are pandering to their panicky constituents. The Syrian refugee crisis along with the ISIS attacks in Paris have...

Fear itself

— “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H. L. Mencken Within the context of that, Mencken would...

Know the enemy

— There’s a lot of xenophobic foot-stomping going on — principally by GOP pols and their conservative constituents — over the possibility of Syrian refugees being allowed into our states, cities and (heaven forfend!) neighborhoods. Much of the...

Taken for a ride

— Many in the GOP are openly fretting the possibility that either Trump or Carson — two men deeply unqualified for the office of President — might actually get the party’s nod next year. Further, some are worried that if Clinton stumbles in...