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Kathleen Parker

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Parker: Justice gets burned in California wildfire investigation

By Kathleen Parker December 18, 2014 6 a.m.

First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie. Call it "Moonlight Fire," and prepare to suspend disbelief. The story is a doozy — a tale of corruption, prosecutorial abuse, alleged fraud upon the court, and possible government cover-ups in the service of power and greed. All the script needs is a Forest Service employee urinating on his bare feet in his lookout tower just as the fire was beginning.

Parker: Reproduction is not only feature of being a feminist

By Kathleen Parker December 11, 2014 6 a.m.

It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope. Hold it, sirs, don't stop reading yet. I realize that seeing the F-word in the first paragraph is like discovering that your bride is wearing pantyhose, but bear with me.

Parker: Ferguson coverage shows journalism has a problem

By Kathleen Parker December 4, 2014 6 a.m.

As the curtain closes on the latest episode of "Ferguson," the media series, it is fair to wonder whether events might not have spiraled out of control to the extent they did had the media settled on another topic.

Cosby case, Ferguson demonstrate need for rule of law

By Kathleen Parker November 27, 2014 6 a.m.

By now, most Americans probably have formed an opinion about what comedian Bill Cosby did or didn't do sexually to or with at least 16 women beginning in the 1960s. According to several women who have accused him of sexual predations, Cosby's usual modus operandi was to drug women who were with him voluntarily and then force sexual acts upon them.

Parker: Family — in its traditional form — comes first for pope

By Kathleen Parker November 20, 2014 6 a.m.

News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.

Parker: Midterm elections' real message: Restore voters' trust

By Kathleen Parker November 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless. In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The gods surely blush with envy. And of course, there's the conventional wisdom that Democrats always suffer in midterms because they lack "intensity," meaning they don't care, and that presidents are always unpopular in their sixth year in office.

Parker: America's political pendulum swings back to the right

By Kathleen Parker October 30, 2014 6 a.m.

To paraphrase Roger Miller — and, indeed, to reveal my vast store of musical trivia — America swings like a pendulum do. If projections, human nature and historical bent prevail on Tuesday, we may see a bit of topsy-turvy up on the benighted Hill. Anything still can happen, but it seems as though Republicans may command both the House and Senate beginning next year.

Parker: Are we being wise to the words we've been hearing?

By Kathleen Parker October 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Words have a way of seeping into our vocabulary and, through overuse or distortion, soon begin to lose their meaning. Who could have imagined that the word "beheading" would become commonplace, as though we were discussing a sport or a new product?

Parker: Dems' criticism of GOP's 'war on women' hypocritical

By Kathleen Parker October 2, 2014 6 a.m.

It has long been accepted by the conventionally wise that the Republican Party is waging a "war on women."

Parker: Lesson of Cantor's loss: Sometime a loser is just a loser

By Kathleen Parker June 19, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — About that stunning defeat. Conventional Wisdom, that self-righteous propagandist, has it that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s trouncing by an academic, tea-sipping nobody marks the end of the GOP establishment. The Tea Party candidate crushed Cantor, they say. The old-guard Republican Party is toast! It’s over. Finito.

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