Bill Asher

About Bill Asher

Bill Asher is a writer and retired executive. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.

Abolish the CIA?

From fiascos to disasters to imbroglios to quagmires, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a study in moral defeat and martial failure. Its certainty matches its ineptitude: a consequence we continue to pay for information—for intelligence—whose value is a matter of deception, of deceiving the American people not with complexity but through the simplicity of

By | 2019-03-26T15:17:13-07:00 March 26th, 2019|

A Bulwark Against The Bulwark

A bulwark is a defensive wall, while The Bulwark is a wall against independent thought. Derivative, derogatory, and defamatory, the site has a logo that looks a lot like the emblem (since abandoned) of The New Republic: of a ship at sea, with its wind-puffed sails and its parallel pennants. But this ship is not

By | 2019-03-22T18:33:14-07:00 March 22nd, 2019|

Lori Loughlin of Troy

A three-pack of Trojan latex condoms is $5.99, while a Trojan sheepskin is $299,300. The better value, regarding family planning, is the one without a Trojan Family Weekend, scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Also, the person who pays $5.99 shows more responsibility than the head Trojan whose public letter

By | 2019-03-20T12:16:32-07:00 March 20th, 2019|

Leaving Proof Behind: The Disgrace of ‘Leaving Neverland’

The best-selling artist of all time appears outside the northwest gate of the White House. He enters the Oval Office, whereupon the president listens to the artist—who is a drug addict—condemn drug addicts. That the artist also initiated a relationship with a 14-year-old child, whom he allegedly plied with speed and sleeping pills,

By | 2019-04-20T10:25:56-07:00 March 19th, 2019|

‘From Yale to Jail’ Starring Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin

Perhaps Felicity Huffman never broke character. Perhaps she still is a desperate housewife, while Lori Loughlin is (or may be) desperate in a different way. If the criminal charges against the two are true, their next roles will pay nothing—not even scale—and require everything: a performance that negates their alleged attempts to use fraudulent test

By | 2019-04-20T10:30:45-07:00 March 13th, 2019|

Tom Friedman Learns the Alphabet

Tom Friedman unlocked his cage—again. He took his cardboard suitcase, tricycle, typewriter, cigarettes, cymbals, and red onesie, and pedaled toward the Man with the Yellow Hat. Then he mad-libbed his latest column. Per usual, he mixed more metaphors than the Good Intentions Paving Company, indicted President Trump for more crimes than there are criminal statutes,

By | 2019-03-06T13:46:55-07:00 March 6th, 2019|

The Jonah Goldberg Variations

Jonah Goldberg, National Review’s encephalitic version of Mark Steyn, plans to launch a media company. Written in Graffiti, the digital shorthand for the Palm Pilot, Goldberg said the company would be a conservative alternative for bankruptcy lawyers in search of future assets to liquidate. According to Goldberg: “It’s time I run my own shop with

By | 2019-03-04T17:44:08-07:00 March 4th, 2019|

When the Press Does It, That Means It’s Legal

When someone steals top-secret documents during wartime—about a war Americans are fighting—while the dead average 46 per week, every week, for a year; when someone photocopies 7,000 pages about military planning—about U.S. military plans in Southeast Asia—while the President of the United States seeks to end what his predecessors started; when someone watches the flash

By | 2019-03-01T16:03:23-07:00 February 28th, 2019|

Let’s Not Make a Green New Deal

To refuse to remember the past is to have the power to condemn others to repeat it: to force tens of millions of people to learn by suffering, to live by surviving—to die, if necessary—by sacrificing themselves to a cause as irredeemable as it is irresistible. Such is the power of politics as a religion

By | 2019-02-27T15:57:55-07:00 February 27th, 2019|