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.

Parker: Shooting spree an argument against more armed people

By Kathleen Parker June 12, 2014 6 a.m.

So much for the argument that having more people armed in public places will result in fewer gun deaths.

Parker: Soldier swap illustrates hard choices presidents face

By Kathleen Parker June 5, 2014 6 a.m.

The exchange of five Guantanamo detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has reminded us of three unpleasant facts of life: The United States does negotiate with terrorists; the president will circumvent laws as circumstances require; Republicans and Democrats will be summarily outraged as party affiliations seem to require.

Parker: President Obama surprised by news far too often

By Kathleen Parker May 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Former President George W. Bush once said, rather proudly, that he didn't read newspapers. President Barack Obama, a confirmed newsie, has claimed to read the major papers, perhaps to learn what's going on in his own administration.

Parker: Warning: Columnist rails against trigger warnings

By Kathleen Parker May 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Just when you thought American higher learning couldn't get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature.

Parker: Bill Maher speaks his mind, but is he worth hearing?

By Kathleen Parker May 15, 2014 6 a.m.

When my neighbor gleefully reported that Bill Maher had dedicated a searing monologue to me for a column about the Donald Sterling/Cliven Bundy rants, my first thought was, Nah. If I tussled with everybody who tossed a brick through the window, I'd never get the draperies hung.

Parker: An eye-for-an-eye mentality leaves us blind to civility

By Kathleen Parker May 8, 2014 6 a.m.

When Lady Justice takes a count of bleeding hearts outside the execution chamber, she won't find mine among them.

Parker: GOP must choose colleagues wisely or reap whirlwind

By Kathleen Parker May 1, 2014 6 a.m.

The Cliven Bundy spectacle in Nevada has provided a Wild West backdrop for our hottest political issues as we gallop toward the midterm elections. Politically, the conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy family has highlighted the importance of picking one's battles wisely. Suffice to say, a smattering of pundits and politicians drank from the wrong chalice.

Parker: Grandmother Hillary will have more reason to run

By Kathleen Parker April 24, 2014 6 a.m.

The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother.

Parker: About that post-racial United States . . . not so fast

By Kathleen Parker April 17, 2014 6 a.m.

One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.

Parker: Democrats reduced to demonizing private citizens

By Kathleen Parker April 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular "demon of the right" has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David.

Parker: Democrats act desperate, but strategy cuts both ways

By Kathleen Parker April 3, 2014 6 a.m.

H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

Parker: Experts say Hobby Lobby case is a matter of principle

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

When it comes to tackling complicated legal issues, one would be hard-pressed to conjure a less likely partnership than Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Ken Starr.

Parker: Movie's reception is awash in religious intolerance

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

There's nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of a new movie.

Parker: Reconfigured SAT don't care 'bout no fancy words

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

When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced "improvements" to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students actually study and learn in high school. Shouldn't take too long.

Parker: Obama the right messenger on racially sensitive issue

By Kathleen Parker March 6, 2014 6 a.m.

President Obama's new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color — "My Brother's Keeper" — is cause for cheer.

Parker: Jindal's smarts sometimes don't match his intelligence

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

This town can get pretty wound up when a politician misbehaves. Given some of the reactions to Bobby Jindal's off-script remarks Monday, you'd think he'd been caught with a mirror on his shoe in the ladies' restroom.

Parker: Obamacare: Freeing Americans to follow their muse

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

It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one. In fairy tales, as in Washington, things are true that can't possibly be -- and what is not true can be defended by tilting the facts a certain way and catching the light just so.

Parker: When it comes to Hillary, we've seen this movie before

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

Groundhog Day isn't just a movie. Here it is early 2014 — still almost three years away from a new presidency — but it's high time to mention that Hillary Clinton was a "ruthless" first lady.

Parker: Keep calm and gossip on about Christie bridge scandal

By Kathleen Parker February 6, 2014 6 a.m.

We have officially reached the take-a-step-back moment in the unfolding — or unraveling -— of the Chris Christie alleged bridge/political retribution/Sandy funds political scandal.

Parker: Republicans keep forgetting it's how you say things

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

We know what Mike Huckabee meant. Sort of. Kind of. But, really?

Parker: It's time to give adult pot smokers a little bit of leeway

By Kathleen Parker January 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Everybody's doing it — confessing their youthful, pot-smoking ways — so here goes.

Parker: Marriage should play a major role in War on Poverty

By Kathleen Parker January 16, 2014 6 a.m.

As we evaluate the efficacy of the War on Poverty, a single, unquantifiable factor stubbornly demands attention: luck.

Parker: Purity test puts Republican candidates in tough spot

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

If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014's midterms promise to be a carnival of gore. And that's just in the Republican Party.

Parker: As 2013 fades into the past, thanks for the memories

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

The year-end review required of all columnists inevitably brings us to the mailbag and a few clarifications.

Parker: House Republicans take flight despite their right wing

By Kathleen Parker December 19, 2013 6 a.m.

'Tis the season and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people — her phrase "Embrace the suck."

Parker: Lesson to GOP: Talking to women not all that difficult

By Kathleen Parker December 12, 2013 6 a.m.

Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.

Parker: Nattering nabobs of negativism strategy won't work

By Kathleen Parker December 5, 2013 6 a.m.

As the government health care website chugs along, the Obama administration has initiated a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying — and its weapons are of superior grade.

Parker: Comparing anything to Holocaust, slavery a mistake

By Kathleen Parker November 28, 2013 6 a.m.

Meet Simile and Sui Generis. Simile, to refresh memories, is a favorite rhetorical device of writers that compares two essentially unlike things that nonetheless have similar characteristics: The quarterback was like a locomotive.

Parker: Obama apology a sorry way to atone to the misled

By Kathleen Parker November 14, 2013 6 a.m.

President Obama is no lip-biting, tear-streaking, chin-trembling apologist.

Parker: Efforts to 'witchify' Hillary will only backfire on GOP

By Kathleen Parker November 7, 2013 6 a.m.

Ms. Know-It-All, the anonymous political advice columnist whose identity remains a popular Georgetown cocktail party guessing game, is also known to live up to her title now and then. Herewith a correspondence worth sharing.

Parker: The crux of Cruz allows Dems to 'loonify' the GOP

By Kathleen Parker October 24, 2013 6 a.m.

Two things are often said in Washington, D.C.: "A day is a year in politics." And, "It's all about 2014."

Parker: There's a great big middle out beyond the Beltway

By Kathleen Parker October 17, 2013 6 a.m.

This just in from a new Esquire/NBC News study: There are more Americans in the vast middle than on either the left or right.

Parker: Republicans seeking leverage for debt ceiling debate

By Kathleen Parker October 3, 2013 6 a.m.

In life, context is everything; in Washington, leverage is everything else. Both are essential to understanding what just happened.

Parker: Delay for Obamacare might be the prudent decision

By Kathleen Parker September 26, 2013 6 a.m.

News consumers by now have absorbed the message that Republicans are going to defund Obamacare, shut down the government, ruin the economy and starve the poor. This is what Democrats would have you believe and, given the GOP's recent obstructionist history, it would not be a stretch. However, there is an alternative scenario that bears fair consideration.

Parker: Obama's accidental strategy: Talking a war to death

By Kathleen Parker September 12, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Rarely, if ever, has so much talk preceded a proposed military strike. Most administrations contemplating military action worry about an exit strategy. The Obama administration seems to be in search of an entrance strategy.

Parker: Part of credibility means a nation is willing to be wise

By Kathleen Parker September 5, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Undoubtedly, you've heard that American credibility is on the line, thanks to President Obama's vacillation on what to do about Syria. To bomb or not to bomb, that is always the question.

Parker: Treating animals humanely is not such a radical notion

By Kathleen Parker August 22, 2013 6:01 a.m.

In one of the early episodes of "Portlandia," the satirical show that makes fun of all things Portland, a couple dining out interviews the waitress about their potential chicken dinner.

Parker: Zimmerman trial makes case for banning TV cameras

By Kathleen Parker July 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.

As a courtroom junkie since my early reporting days, it is at great personal sacrifice that I suggest the following: It may be time to get television cameras out of the courtroom.

Abortion filibuster shows debate now political theater

By Kathleen Parker July 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.

I like Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis. I admire her intelligence, chutzpah, tenacity and, to be perfectly honest, her enviable continence.

Parker: Anonymity an antiquated notion in the Google age

By Kathleen Parker June 20, 2013 6:01 a.m.

At a party a few years ago, a young reporter bounded over to my cluster of social nodders and, with the breathlessness of a born tweeter, chirped: "What's the new hot thing?!" I replied: "Anonymity."