The Associated Press / The memory of former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee, seems to be becoming more hazy.

There he goes again

Bless his heart, if Joe Biden weren't running for president as a serious candidate, you could almost feel sorry for the man with his outlandish statements. One could forgive his calling Donald Trump the first "racist" president because, you know, if he didn't say it, he couldn't be part of the "woke" malarkey.

But it's what he said after that during a virtual town hall last week that defied imagination.

"No Republican president has done this (be racist)," Biden said. "No Democratic president. We've had racists, and they've existed, they've tried to get elected president. He's the first one that has."

Alas, his fellow Democrats are some of the worst offenders, though we don't agree that you dismiss the good they did and dwell only on the negative.

Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk were slaveholders, Jackson sanctioned the Trail of Tears homeland removal of Native Americans, Andrew Johnson was the "most racist president of all time" (according to HuffPost), Woodrow Wilson was a virulent racist whose family of origin supported slavery and the Confederacy, Franklin Roosevelt signed the executive order interning Japanese Americans during World War II, and Lyndon Johnson frequently used the N-word and approved wiretaps on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Hypocrite, thy name is Ossoff

Georgia U.S. Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff's insistence he won't take money from corporate political action committees is worth about the same as his promise that his campaign is built on the backs of Georgians. The resume-light candidate was exposed as the recipient of tens of thousands of dollars of money from outside the state, and now his PAC promise has proved bogus.

"The corporate PACs can keep their money," he told Teen Vogue last year. "I won't be taking a dime of it."

While Ossoff assails incumbent Sen. David Perdue for taking PAC money, campaign finance reports show he took $37,500 in the second quarter from nine Democratic leadership PACs, all of which were backed by corporate PAC donations. Indeed, while he hits Perdue for his gifts from pharmaceutical PACs, the Democratic PACs backing him received thousands of dollars from pharmaceutical and health product PACs during 2020.

The All for Our Country PAC of U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, for instance, gave the Georgian $5,000 and had received $70,000 from pharmaceutical PACs.

Ossoff couldn't be straight with voters when he ran for a congressional seat in 2017. It looks like nothing has changed.


Coming back to bite

A Redwood City, California, artist was given permission earlier this month to paint a 17-foot Black Lives Matter mural on a street that runs through the city's Courthouse Square during an Independence Day art celebration. The city authorized the mural and ponied up for the paint.

Then a local real estate attorney asked for permission to paint the Trump campaign logo beside the BLM mural. Since public streets are being used to promote political agendas, she wondered, why shouldn't she have the same right?

"Governments cannot and should not get to pick and choose who should be allowed to speak ...," she told KRON4. "At a time like this, it's especially important that we allow free and open political discussion for all sides, not just BLM."

Instead of granting her political statement, though, the city declared the BLM mural was a traffic hazard and scrubbed it under cover of darkness.

First Amendment adherents are waking up elsewhere, too. Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, for instance, is suing Washington, D.C., for denying equal time during a similar street art scenario.


What they want you to hear

If you think good financial news is something that ought to be reported, the three broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC do not. When the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 27,000 on Wednesday last week, coming "within striking distance of erasing its losses for the year," according to The Hill, the three networks were silent on the matter.

When the Dow dropped below 25,000 on Feb. 28 to mark what was said to be Wall Street's worst week since the 2008 financial crisis, the three networks combined to give the news 313 seconds — more than five minutes — of airtime. Could it be that one bit of news is positive for the president, and one isn't, and the networks have chosen sides?

And on the same day last week, sales of previously owned homes in the U.S. were announced as rising 20.7% in June over the previous month, which was, according to the Wall Street Journal, "the biggest monthly increase on record going back to 1968."

The three networks? Nothing. Just as they said nothing recently about the best quarter in modern history for the county's five biggest investment banks, nothing about homebuilders' strongest June sales since the last housing boom and nothing when stocks "wrapped up their best quarter in more than 20 years."