Just watching government is torture

by Barbara Simpson -- So Hillary Clinton thinks, and says with a straight face, during a speech at Georgetown University that we need to exert "smart power," which means that America needs more…

America's favorite stores disappearing

by Barbara Simpson -- Just as you did, I heard and saw the virtual cheering as news outlets reported the latest job statistics. Then again, you didn't hear much, if anything, about more…

Thanks for the miseries

by Barbara Simpson -- The traditional Thanksgiving commentary is a litany of good things in our lives. Fair enough. It teaches us to be grateful for what we have. But while that's more…

Obama: America's biggest sell-out

by Barbara Simpson -- Barack Obama does it again. You'd have to be a complete dunce or liberal/progressive/Democrat/socialist/communist partisan not to see it. The man never misses an opportunity to diminish the more…

Obama ices the cake of his new America

by Barbara Simpson -- When I was a kid, there was a phrase that when someone put the finishing touch on something, people would say, "Well that's the icing on the cake!" more…

Barack is back with a vengeance

by Barbara Simpson -- The tea party is delirious. Republicans try to figure out what it means. The Democrats look shell-shocked. They've lost congressional control. The man who is president is shuckin' more…

This Tuesday, everything is at stake

by Barbara Simpson -- It's the mantra of talk-show hosts, commentators and pundits when talking about elections: "A lot is at stake." That conclusion is usually presented in stentorian tones that make more…

Lies, lies and more lies

by Barbara Simpson -- If there's one thing that's the brand of the Obama administration, it's that it's clothed in deception. If there's one thing I've learned about the Obama administration, it's more…

The Ebola mess and returning troops

by Barbara Simpson -- I don't know whether Americans are more angry and frightened by the Ebola threat or by the ineptitude, mistakes and lies of so-called health officials and politicians. As more…

Fleet Week, the USS Constellation and Me

by Barbara Simpson -- This weekend, the San Francisco Bay area is celebrating Fleet Week again. Yeah! It was canceled last year because the government had money problems – the sequestration and more…