(10/31/2019)    Verbal Incontinence  [Acclaimed New York Times journalist and author Michelle Goldberg used a term during an appearance this week on a cable news show. She described President Trump’s rhetorical style as “verbally incontinent.” Is that beautiful or what? Verbal incontinence would be the inability of the brain to stop the stream of words coming out of one’s mouth, as regular incontinence is the “inability of the body to control the evacuative functions of urination or defecation.” (Merriam-Webster.) Like the product of regular incontinence, the result of Trump’s verbal incontinence — his rhetoric — has the qualities of urine and excreta. And his oral evacuative functions are uncontrolled indeed.]

(10/24/2019)    Not a Quid Pro Quo?  [“This was not a quid pro quo” (— President Trump). This was not a bribe. I simply gave the lieutenant governor money for pushing through my liquor license. This was not extortion. All I did was let the senator know that if he couldn’t pay the “bills,” those compromising photos would find their way onto my Instagram account. This was not tax evasion. I just didn’t report my foreign lobbying income. This was not money laundering. All I did was buy a carwash to run my meth income through. This was not a bear sh**ing in the woods. It was simply a large brown furry mammal belonging to the family Ursidae (of the order Carnivora) defecating in a woodland area supporting an understory of shrubs, herbs, or grasses.]

(10/17/2019)    Orange Wall of Silence Is Crumbling  [The impeachment inquiry has broken open this week. Former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — one of the good guys — testified Friday she was pushed out because she was against extorting Ukraine to get dirt for Trump on his likely presidential election opponent. As other (some not so clean) people in the administration realize their own butts might be on the line, they are more willing to disobey Trump’s congressional non-cooperation orders and jump ship — like the rats many of them are. As the detectives state in the “Law and Order” interrogation room: “If you got somethin’ to say, this is the time. Talk now and we’ll let the DA know you cooperated.”]

(10/10/2019)    “Mandate of Heaven”  [[PAT ROBERTSON]: “President Trump is in danger of losing the mandate of heaven [over his Syria withdrawal].” This means God is OK with the other stuff: serial sexual assault; caging children like animals; ripping thousands of children from their parents, many permanently; depriving life-saving treatment for immigrants; allowing irreversible damage to Earth; reversing life-saving regulations to protect workers and consumers; and taking health care away from working-poor families. But the one thing God WON’T stand for — the one thing that could cause Him to withdraw His Jehovian mandate from Donald — is the deaths of Christian Kurds who have helped U.S. forces fight ISIS. Because ISIS threatens Christians. And others, I assume, are good people. Don’t get me wrong: Fighting ISIS and protecting Christian (and other) Kurds who have helped protect us is a good thing. I’m just glad that Pat (and God) draw the Trumpian heavenly mandate line somewhere.]

(10/3/2019)      Impeachment Train Has Sailed  [The beans have been spilled, amazingly, by the White House itself. President Trump authorized the release of the rough transcript of his July 25, 2019, call to Ukraine’s new president, expecting the call’s contents to exonerate him. Donald’s corruption is so ingrained, such a part of his DNA, that he thinks his own wrongdoing is acceptable, and that everyone else does, too. Pundits across America, including independents and Republicans, are awestruck at the clarity of Trump’s crime: He extorted Ukraine for political gain, he covered it up, then he admitted it.]

(9/26/2019)      Impeachment Just Got Real  [[DONALD TRUMP]: “There was no quid pro quo! Wait — ‘quid pro quo’ means video of prostitutes peeing on a bed, right?” September 24, 2019, is the day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made a really official-looking address to the nation to announce that an “official impeachment inquiry” was now underway in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now we have Donald extorting a foreign leader from an allied nation. “Nice little Eastern European country you got there. It’d be a shame if something happened to it.” OK, President Trump didn’t use that kind of mob code. He used this kind: “The United States has been very, very good to Ukraine. I wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal. … I would like you to do us a favor.”]

(9/19/2019)      GOP: Champion of States’ Rights, Except When They’re Not  [We are intellectually exhausted. Either that or, as they say, not paying attention. Any new Trumpian outrage or corruption investigation is simply another teardrop in an ocean of patriotic discouragement and fear for our country. Few are listening anymore as the outrages — and crimes — accumulate. This is how the president has inoculated himself against impeachment and conviction so far. Simply look to this (typical) week’s headlines to contemplate the Sisyphusian task of keeping track.]

(9/12/2019)      Sharpie-Gate: Trump Is the “Scarface” of Presidents  [Mr. President, did you draw the black Sharpie half-circle on the weather service map to cover up your earlier tweet-mistake that “Alabama will most likely be hit (much) harder [by Hurricane Dorian] than anticipated”? And did you order your chief of staff to order your Commerce secretary to call up NOAA brass and order them to disavow their scientists’ correction of your tweet-mistake or heads were gonna roll? Mr. President, wouldn’t it have been better simply to admit your tweet-mistake early on instead of making a one-day non-story into a week-plus yuge story about your incompetence, mental state, and ego preoccupation? [DONALD TRUMP]: “(subdued) I don’t know. (quieter) I don’t know. (almost imperceptible) I don’t know.”]

(9/5/2019)        It’s Literal: Trump Shoots Someone on Fifth Avenue, Loses No Voters  [Last Monday, President Trump exited the front of Trump Tower with a Lady Bushmaster semiautomatic pistol borrowed from his daughter Ivanka. He insulted the doorman on his way out, stating the guy’s hair looked fake, then stepped into the middle of Fifth Avenue. He was looking for a non-employee to shoot. Donald had a point to prove. The first person he saw happened to be an African-Mexican American who was Muslim, transgender, gay, a Democrat from California, and an undocumented immigrant. The president aimed, closed his eyes, and squeezed the pink trigger.]

(8/29/2019)      MAGA Christians Can Never Again Argue Character Matters  [Donald, the conning salesman, launched a full-blown infomercial to pitch his Miami resort for 2020’s G7 summit. The only thing missing was the PowerPoint presentation and the timeshare hard sell after dinner when you and your spouse try to escape saying, “Thanks, but we’ve really got to get home to relieve the babysitter.” But wait, Donald says. “Doral is only five minutes from the airport. … We have a series of magnificent buildings, we call them bungalows, they each hold from 50 to 70 rooms. They have magnificent views. … The ballrooms are among the biggest in Florida, and the best. Each country can have their own villa, or their own bungalow. … It’s got ample parking.” Finally, Trump, the closer, leans in for his last, best timeshare pitch: “I don’t want to make money. I don’t care about making money … It’s not about me, it’s about getting the right location [for you, Mr. and Mrs. G7].”]

(8/22/2019)      Anti-Trump Curious  [There are many Republican Anti-Trumpers. Unfortunately, none of those currently are serving in the U.S. legislature. I keep an ongoing list, which grows weekly. Some entries are Never-Trumpers, those who can boast they never supported the president and never will. Then there are the Anti-Trumpers who supported Donald in 2016 but decided later that he’s no longer fit for office. To those brave souls, who were willing to endure the derisive grade school nicknames and tweet-hominem attacks, you have my deepest respect. So what’s it take for Republicans to start questioning their support? What finally drives the “Anti-Trump Curious” to explore their conscience, to reevaluate their values? If it’s a final (camel’s back) straw scenario, what is the last dry coarse stem of a cereal grass (— thanks to Merriam-Webster) that puts any given Republican over the edge?]

(8/15/2019)     “There’s Never Been a President Like President Trump” (— DJT)  [The irony of this self-admission is almost too overwhelming to take in. It’s like seeing the northern lights or Grand Canyon for the first time. The juxtaposition of universal vastness and personal smallness takes your breath away. In this case, it’s the galactic lack of self-awareness abutting the prodigious paradoxicality. (Now THAT’S alliteration.) That Trump is so separated from reality (narcissistically boasting he has abilities like no other) and so absolutely correct at the same time (inadvertently stating the superlative that, yes, there never has been a president as corrupt, amoral, and incompetent) — now that takes your breath away.]

(8/8/2019)        Dog Bites Man: Gun Violence Won’t Change Under Trump’s GOP  [Much of the El Paso shooter’s online diatribe tracks closely with language President Trump has used since he launched his first campaign in 2015. Many observers submit that if you delete the blatant references to killing, Trump’s and the shooter’s rhetoric are virtually indistinguishable. Donald made a “unifying” address to the country days after the dual mass murders in El Paso and Dayton. “Hostage video” has become a tedious cliché for describing a politician or celebrity making a scripted televised statement he clearly does not want to make and doesn’t agree with. But there is still no better metaphor to describe Teleprompter Trump in his appearance Monday. His communication lackeys placed a galactically cynical collection of words on a screen reader to make the president look human. It didn’t work.]

(8/1/2019)        “Rat AND Rodent Infested Mess”  [At first glance, it appears Donald doesn’t know rats are rodents. But he’s smarter than you. He wants his detractors to think he’s an incompetent, corrupt, cretinous, amoral con man from Queens who found himself rocketed into the high-dollar New York real estate market by daddy’s money, only to be shunned by the Manhattan intelligentsia he so desperately wanted to like him. And he wants you to think he doesn’t know that rats are rodents. Trump supporters heard loud and clear. When he called Rep. Elijah Cummings’ (D-Md.) Baltimore district a “rat AND rodent infested mess,” he was disparaging all the decent, hard-working squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, chinchillas, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, and capybaras — not just the rats. MAGA followers hate the entire furry lot of government-handout-loving, reparations-demanding, equality-seeking, reverse-racist rodents. And Mr. Trump knows exactly how to play to his supporters’ fur-free supremacist fears]

(7/25/2019)      “I Hope This Is Not the New Normal — but I Fear It Is”  [Mr. Mueller was referring in his testimony to the practice of seeking, accepting, and welcoming foreign election help, even if it falls (just) short of criminality. Yeah, Mueller was shaky. He “juddered.” But because Mueller’s performance was juddering, we should ignore what he said? The points he confirmed? The message was a damning indictment of the president’s criminality, corruption, and betrayal of America. The messenger juddered a bit. But 40% of the country WILL ignore the facts and literal content of the message. This is a major component of the new Trumpian normal: Slam the messenger so hard and so long with ad hominem attacks that 40% of the country ignores or disbelieves solid evidence — facts. Or worse, they believe the evidence, the facts, and don’t care.]

(7/18/2019)      GOP: All Truth Is Deniable  [“Go back where you came from” is one of THE most well-known racist things someone can say to members of a minority group. There is nary a teenager alive in America who doesn’t know this. But most Republicans are denying it. And the Pope is NOT a Catholic. And a large brown furry mammal belonging to the family Ursidae (of the order Carnivora) does NOT defecate in a woodland area supporting an understory of shrubs, herbs, or grasses. Donald has come along and told the GOP they don’t even need to fake disguising their lies anymore. All truth is deniable no matter how obvious the whopper. Trump has freed them from their principles and ethical shackles and shown them the secret: Keep piling on the prevaricacious outrages.]

(7/11/2019)      Mad About Trump  [If the phrase “end of an era” ever meant anything, this is it: As of October 2019, iconic “Mad” magazine will no longer produce new content after 67 years of publishing cutting-edge sardonic, sarcastic, satiric social commentary and plain old — as numerous parents, spouses, and teachers out of the loop across America have called it — “stupid humor.” “Mad” was aimed at adolescents: the literal kind and the virtual kind, i.e., adults (granted, mostly males) of all ages with one foot remaining in their teenage years.]

(7/4/2019)        “It’s a Good Way to Get Kids to Skool”  [Donald clearly did not know what “busing” is, as referred to in the question from NBC’s Kristen Welker. You could just see the wheels turning in Trump’s head, his mouth spewing gibberish to stall while his brain tried to manufacture a fake answer. The best he could do? Some mumbo-jumbo about states requiring public school districts to get all kids to school one way or another: even if it means using buses. Where is the embarrassment? Where is the outrage? “Where is the bar?” said a nation who has been suffocated with Trumpian embarrassments and outrages for three years.]

(6/27/2019)      If Weakness Is Provocative, Stupidity Is Suicidal  [How stupid a commander in chief do you have to be to order a military strike on an adversary without a casualty estimate from your generals (“… great people these generals”)? And if it was a bluff — a crazy-like-a-fox attempt to scare the pants off Iran, only to spare it significant collateral damage at the last minute out of some phony Trumpian humanitarian streak — how stupid do you have to be to think the world believes your story: that you didn’t ask about casualties (and your generals never informed you) until minutes before the strike was to occur, with planes “in the air”?]

(6/20/2019)      “You’re Being a Little Wise Guy, OK?”  [Last week, Donald Trump made the mistake of submitting to an interview by a legitimate, objective reporter. The journalist, George Stephanopoulos, and ABC News retained full editorial control per journalistic standards and ethics. This was confirmed when Donald demanded a do-over after his chief of staff coughed during one of the president’s responses. Trump abruptly ordered germ-spewing Mick Mulvaney out of the room, directed the camera crew to re-position, and started over with his answer to George’s question. Viewers saw the whole thing. But in his biggest dissing, “Celebrity Family Feud” beat out Donald’s interview by about 2 million viewers. Americans were 50% more interested in “The Feud” than Trump’s Greatest Hits, even with the added excitement of Stephanopoulos calling him on his lies.]

(6/13/2019)      Trump Lists: Pro(-removal) & Con(victs)  [Confounding principled conservatives — and virtually all Democrats — is how currently serving Republicans have thrown their reputations out the window to support Trump. For most of them, their malfeasance is based wholly upon tweet-attack-a-phobia and self-preservation. Any daylight between a sitting GOP legislator and President Trump’s base of support spells a primary challenge in his (or much less likely, a Republican “her”) next election. So active Republican politicians are a lost cause for now. Donald fires his six-shooter near their feet, yells “Dance, partner!” and they dance. But we have an unprecedented number of nationally known political thinkers, operatives, and former elected officials who have gone on record with the belief that a sitting president of their own party is a danger to our democracy.]

(6/6/2019)        Trump Supporters Are People, Too  [I have no patience for Trump supporters at this stage of his presidency. If a pro-Trumper repents, however, even now, I will welcome her into the congregation, with complete absolution. I will support her. I will comfort and forgive her. But in my mind, continued backing for The Donald involves such toxic rationalization, bitter selfishness, hardened hatred, utter cruelty, and such a corrupt ethic that I cannot comprehend it.]

(5/30/2019)      “If the President Clearly Did Not Commit a Crime, We Would Have Said So.”  [Robert Mueller spoke publicly for the first time in two years. Some observers were disappointed that he only reiterated certain points made in his written report. Some observers were disappointed that his voice was pitched higher than many expected. But once his nine-minute statement sank in, it became powerful in what was said and not said. Donald is right about one thing: “Nothing changes from the Mueller Report.” Trump is still guilty of massive collusion (over 140 mostly unexplained contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia) and at least a half-dozen instances of provable-beyond-a-reasonable-doubt obstruction of justice. And Russia still interfered in our election, in sweeping and systematic fashion, to help Donald win by 78,000 votes total — about 0.5% or less — in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.]

(5/23/2019)      First Sitting Republican to See the Light  [My vote for top story of the past week is Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) coming out as the first GOP U.S. legislator to call for the beginning of presidential impeachment hearings. Amash is known as a libertarian Republican of integrity. He’s ultra-conservative (a founding member of the Freedom Caucus) but occasionally has bucked his party on principle. He also loves keeping his constituents apprised of his decision-making reasoning on social media, as illustrated by his nine-part, comprehensive tweet May 18 explaining why impeachment hearings should proceed.]

(5/16/2019)      Mentally Exhausted  [I’m mentally exhausted this week. I try to come up with an angle for each article to illustrate the extent of looming danger to the rule of law, Constitution, and American psyche. But the doomsday train keeps rolling, with every new presidential offense being lost in the sea of Trumpian corruption, criminality, and amorality. Republicans, as a once-Grand Old Party, have succumbed to group-thinking mob mentality — willingly sacrificing their reputations for a man they once loathed. They blindly buttress the president no matter his crime nor the continuing deterioration of their souls. If they fall out of rhythm, even once, from their lockstepped support of Trump policies and boorish behavior, they risk being primary-ed by his rabid, 90%-of-GOP base of supporters.]

(5/9/2019)        What if It’s Simpler Than We Thought?  [What if Donald Trump — now known to be a billion-dollar loser, bush-league businessman, and bogus deal-maker — has been kissing Vladimir Putin’s a** simply to protect and enhance his chances for future money-making schemes in Russia. We know that no Russian business venture has a prayer without Putin’s blessing. Imagine ex-President Trump sitting across from the dictator being able to say, “Remember that Ukraine policy I fixed for you? Remember those sanctions I lifted? I’ll make a billion dollars and you get 10%.” Then Putin says, “Remember that Golden Showers video? Remember how I kept my mouth shut when you said you had no business in Russia? You’ll give me 50% and you’ll like it.”]

(5/2/2019)        Absolutely Nothing Matters Anymore?  [Attorney General William Barr lied in his April 9, April 10, and May 1 appearances before Congress. There is no way around this. Have we really gotten to the point at which Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che — playing NBC News anchor Lester Holt during the infamous Donald Trump interview, upon hearing Trump admit he fired FBI Director James Comey because of the Russia investigation — exclaimed the following: “Wait! So did I get him? Is it all over?” Then Holt (Che) repeats the producer’s response coming through his earpiece: “Wait, no, I didn’t? Nothing matters? Absolutely nothing matters anymore?”]

(4/25/2019)      Mueller Report: Highlights and Lowlifes  [President Trump has been vindicated: The special counsel’s team was unable to procure a copy of the infamous 2013 Moscow Ritz-Carlton “Golden Showers” video allegedly featuring Donald watching Russian prostitutes urinate on each other while cavorting on the presidential suite bed that Barack and Michelle Obama once slept in. Other than that, Donald is guilty as hell of a slew of really bad, much of it illegal, stuff. Trump World would like you to view the report’s release as the end. It is the beginning. There will be congressional investigations of criminal and otherwise unethical presidential activities. There also will be determinations that we expect more from a president than simply avoiding provable-beyond-a-reasonable-doubt criminal culpability.]

(4/18/2019)      Swedish Penis Enlargers, Trump, WikiLeaks, and the Mueller Report  [When Donald Trump said WikiLeaks is “not my deal in life,” every thinking person who consumes news in America immediately thought of Mike Myers’ spy character in his famous (and cerebral) cinematic trilogy about hapless, sex-crazed, James-Bond-caricaturizing Austin Powers. We all instantly flashed to the scene in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” during which Powers had just been unfrozen by Britain’s intelligence agency after several decades of frigid suspended animation. Austin and the beautiful Vanessa were reclaiming Austin’s possessions, in repository for 30 years, from the clerk reading off the inventory of belongings. [QUARTERMASTER CLERK]: “One Swedish-made penis enlarger.” [AUSTIN POWERS]: “I don’t even know what this is! This sort of thing ain’t my bag, baby.”]

(4/11/2019)      Inextinguishable Stench of Association With Donald Trump  [DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had been in hot water with Trump last year but appeared to have saved her job. Nielsen is an immigration hard-liner, but she drew her tough policy line at illegality. Trump decided she had to go. She’ll forever be tainted by association with The Donald. Another administration official hurtling headlong toward perennial Trump-stink is the new attorney general, William Barr. Barr also served as AG during the George H. W. Bush administration. Trump liked that Barr facilitated several Bush pardons for important Iran-Contra scandal players. These pardons were credited with sparing then-President Bush from any public culpability for his involvement. Some might call this dénouement a cover-up. Trump also liked that Barr said a president cannot obstruct justice. So Trump hired him.]

(4/4/2019)        Adam Schiff Says It All  [“You might say that’s all OK. You might say that’s just what you need to do to win. But I don’t think it’s OK. I think it’s immoral, I think it’s unethical, I think it’s unpatriotic, and, yes, I think it’s corrupt, and evidence of collusion. … I don’t think it’s OK that [President Trump] advocated a new and more favorable policy toward the Russians, even as he was seeking the Kremlin’s help to make money. … I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. And the day we do think that’s OK is the day we will look back and say, that is the day America lost its way.” (— Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.)]

(3/28/2019)      Trump-Russia Obfuscation Continues  [If you relish Trump being cleared of criminal conspiracy, and you have any claim to critical thinking, you also must accept that he’s been lying to you about a national security issue of tectonic significance, to protect his ego and future business interests. He’s been doing Putin’s bidding. Though not technically a crime, it is certainly a betrayal to the country — and to you, his supporters. Sure, you wanted a president who would come in, blow up the place, and be rude to his opponents. Did you want someone who literally would jeopardize our nation’s safety and democracy for selfish financial gain? Trump supporters, I hereby give you permission to admit your mistake of ever backing him. I will not tweet-trash you. I will not give you a derogatory adolescent nickname. I will not sue you. And I will not say, “I told you so.” I will revere you.]

(3/21/2019)      New Zealand Needed Humanity — Trump Has None to Give  [Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the American president that if he wanted to best support New Zealand during this time of tragedy, she urged him to express “sympathy and love for all Muslim communities.” In a classic Trumpian say-what-you-gotta-say-in-the-moment response, to get the prime minister off the phone, Donald agreed to do it. But I guess he forgot about his throwaway line, “Whatever they need. We will be there.” Trump couldn’t do it. He couldn’t even fake it. New Zealand needed humanity. Donald has none to give.]

(3/14/2019)      N.Y. Indicts Manafort on 16 Counts — Start Spreadin’ the News  [“He’s lived an otherwise blameless life” should be memorialized on His Honor’s tombstone. Virginia Judge T. S. Ellis forever will be remembered in infamy for that sentiment, juxtaposed with Paul Manafort’s long career of traitorous work for dictators, serial tax evasion, and abundant, massive fraud. Legal experts were appalled by the light 47 months sentence, some calling it “absurdly low.” Sentencing guidelines called for between 19 ½ and 24 years. Many considered this to be a shocking bow to rich-white-guy privilege by rich-white-guy Judge Ellis. Then D.C. Judge Jackson spoke. Then New York state roared.]

(3/7/2019)         Who Among Us Hasn’t Fudged a Few Million Dollars on Their Taxes?  [Donald Trump would like to convince you that these crimes weren’t that criminal. For starters, Donald says the Manafort crime is 12 years old. He lied about that, but for argument’s sake, let’s assume he’s right. In his mind, there is an inherent statute of limitations if one gets away with it for a period of time, say, a few years. The law says the offense was within the time limit for prosecution. But if you’re from Trump’s world, hey, if you got away with it for this long, you should be home free.]

(2/28/2019)       Second Michael Cohen Congressional Appearance  [Michael Cohen has nothing to gain and everything to lose by misleading Congress again, now that he is beginning his long road to redemption. First, between Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Southern District of New York U.S. attorney’s office, they already know virtually everything to which Michael will testify. If he lies again, they will nail him. Second, while Cohen still has a chance to mitigate his sentence in return for further cooperation with the SDNY, his testimony before Congress has no chance of helping in this regard.]

(2/21/2019)        What if Even a Fraction of all This Is True?  [It is maddening that Republicans don’t have enough humanity to wonder for a moment, “What if even a fraction of all this is true?” Clearly, they all would be busting veins in their necks if these same reports were about a President Hillary Clinton. But put aside their suffocating partisanship and Himalayan hypocrisy: Don’t they care enough about their country and their families at least to consider the overwhelming mass of evidence that says their president might have betrayed our country?]

(2/14/2019)        (Climate Change) Denial Is Not a (Dried-Up) River in Egypt  [The self-serving myopia is staggering. These old farts won’t be around to experience the ultimate damage to Earth, so they simply don’t care about the future. Donald has very young grandchildren, and he is unconcerned that they will have to wear hazmat suits to go to the beach when they grow up. They will have to wear scuba tanks to breath outside their homes — their oceanfront mansions in Kentucky and Ohio.]

(2/7/2019)          Trump SOTU Is So Bad  [In the President Donald J. Trump era, the State of the Union address has become almost meaningless, except to examine stakeholders’ reactions — and to see if Donald’s speech-reading skills have improved. He offers no policy specifics. He offers only trifling, hypocritical sentiments of compromise. Words from the mouth of Trump have lost all credibility, especially Teleprompter Trump.]

(1/31/2019)        There IS Education in the Second Kick of a Kentucky Mule  [Mitch McConnell is big on that old “second kick of a mule” Kentucky saying. I’m guessing we could find him invoking it even before 2013. With his leadership gone AWOL over the past month’s government shutdown, he has become famous (infamous?) for it. But has he really learned from it? Does he really know what it means? Mitch’s latest publicly acknowledged mule kick came from an orange-haired ass in the White House.]

(1/24/2019)        Man-Child Amendment  [The Founding Fathers did not plan for a man-child president with a complete lack of empathy, propped up by a supporting political party of invertebrate, hypocritical sycophants. Oh, but the president has backbone. This man-child has the ability to stand up, hurl grade-school insults, and insist upon getting his own narcissistic way or he’ll blow up government, damn the rest of the country. A man with strong backbone but no empathy, foresight, or morality, however, is one dangerous animal, the likes of which we’ve never seen before (to use one of The Donald’s favorite lame superlatives).]

(1/17/2019)        GOP Is a POLINO (“poe-LIE-no”): Party of Lincoln in Name Only  [Kevin McCarthy averred Rep. Steve King’s latest racist remarks are “not the party of Lincoln.” The implication is, other than King, today’s Republican Party is Lincoln’s party. The GOP loves to say this. But that is hogwash, to use the “language of Lincoln.” If Honest Abe were here today, he would be chastising his former party. I say “former” because if he were here today, he would have withdrawn from the GOP in an Illinois second. Today’s Republican values are antithetical to Abraham Lincoln’s values.)]

(1/10/2019)        Ballad of Manafort and Veselnitskaya  [The Manafort-Kilimnik connection clearly constitutes collusion. The Don Jr.-Veselnitskaya connection clearly constitutes collusion. Were the actions of Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. part of an illegal conspiracy to steal the 2016 presidential election? Did Donald Sr. know about it? Did he sell out America to enrich himself? Does a large brown furry mammal belonging to the family Ursidae (of the order Carnivora) defecate in a woodland area supporting an understory of shrubs, herbs, or grasses? (PS: Was there something about an Oval Office address this week? I got distracted.)]

(1/3/2019)          President Trump: Leading “With His” Behind  [This week, three enlightening articles were published about President Trump. All three sets of authors purport to know the real Donald. Do the profiles give us insight to the man and his policies? Well, two out of three ain’t bad. “The Apprentice” producers give us Trump history. Mitt Romney gives us his opinion of the president’s character. And Jerry Falwell Jr. shows us what Jerry Falwell Jr. is made of: amoral mush.]

(12/27/2018)     Jeb, Donald, and Competing Predictions  [Trump’s prescient prediction of presidential investigations was otherworldly. He was right about “Director Comey and the great, great special agents … will be able to collect more than enough evidence”; he nailed his forecast of “efforts to disparage them and to discredit them.” The candidate told us “we could very well have a sitting president under felony indictment and ultimately a criminal trial.” Except the subject of his prophesizing turned out not to be Hillary. Only Donald could subconsciously project his own presidential future. That’s because only Donald knew, at that time, that his life philosophy comprises inherent criminal and amoral behavior. Priceless.]

(12/20/2018)     Wheels Are Falling Off  [There are ongoing criminal investigations into every major component of Donald Trump’s universe, including the campaign, transition, inaugural committee, presidential administration, Trump Foundation, and Trump Organization. There are seven different prosecution teams pursuing 17 separate court cases. It is breathtaking. This week, the metaphor of “the wheels have fallen off” the Trump presidency has been cited ubiquitously, and not only by Democrats.]

(12/13/2018)     Wile E. Coyote Has Overshot the Cliff and Road Runner Has Dropped the Anvil on His Head  [Trump appointed AG Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Sessions appointed Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the SDNY. Berman is a former law partner of Rudolph Giuliani, a prime-time Trump sycophant. Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller, George W. Bush’s long-time FBI director, after President Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey. All these men are lifelong Republicans. Trump could not have ensured more fairness to him had he installed Tiffany and Eric at the Justice Department.]

(12/6/2018)        Festival of Contrast  [President Donald Trump has become such an ethical and moral wrecking ball on the presidency that any celebration of any American political leader’s life — no matter that leader’s political persuasion nor the ordinariness of that leader’s civic contributions — becomes a singing baritone sax at a funeral home viewing, blasting the contrast to our current White House occupant. Without meaning to be, the funeral of George H. W. Bush was a festival of contrast.]

(11/29/2018)     Hang in There  [What did President Trump call the torture, murder, and dismemberment of a dissident critical reporter by the government at the receiving end of the criticism? A good start! The president lets the Saudi royal family get away with the blatant killing of a journalist so as not to jeopardize his history of huge business deals and colossal profits garnered from that country. One more outrage in the Trump era. Who cares?]

(11/22/2018)     Worst “Baby Christian” Ever  [Trump let the Saudis get away with murder — literally. Any evangelicals who ever swallowed the “baby Christian” crap in 2016 must now admit that Trump is the worst baby Christian since Paul’s brilliant marketing campaign saved a dying religion at the end of the first century. In 2016, 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump; 19 percent did not. The 19 percent were not manipulated by the epic hypocritical campaign of evangelical leaders. It’s like the authoritarian Christian patriarch who goes to Bible college and learns to preach, only to be ridiculed behind his back by family who clearly see the colossal hypocrisy — the guy does not live Christian values at home, and the household is miserable. Nineteen percent of the American white evangelical family was not fooled. But they — like the rest of us — remain miserable under Trump.]

(11/15/2018)    Like an Episode of “Maury,” Without the Paternity Test  [This title would be one thing if it were describing your average American dysfunctional family in a particularly tumultuous period. For dark, mysterious reasons, many people enjoy the vicarious thrill of watching others’ relationship problems explode on national television while being refereed by Maury Povich or Jerry Springer. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (— thanks to that other Jerry: Seinfeld). But the quote above is describing the White House.]

(11/8/2018)      Quintessential A**hole  [Donald is engaging in sore loser syndrome — as he always does when he loses. He actually berated certain losing Republican House candidates who put distance between themselves and the White House. Every other president understood their support was weak in certain geographic areas and that his party’s candidates had to adjust their strategy accordingly. No matter — the losing Republicans did not fully “embrace” Trump and Trumpism; therefore, they are dead to him.]

(11/1/2018)      Donald: Mendacious Monger of Fear  [It’s election crunch time, and Donald is desperate. A House controlled by Democrats will end his reign and worse. He has fabricated more misinformation and mongered more fear than ever before. He appears to have reached new ethical and moral lows. But we know it can always get worse. With Donald Trump, there is no bottom.]

(10/25/2018)     Jesus’ Abbreviated Principles — 7 Do’s and 13 Don’ts  [In the last few weeks before the 2018 midterm elections, Donald Trump has focused his evil rhetorical powers to promote fear, hate, and division like never before. This is his last stand and he knows it. Even if a GOP-controlled Senate refuses to remove him from office after an impeachment trial next year, Trump will be forced to resign in the face of massive corruption come to light.]

(10/18/2018)     Cry, Baby, Cry!  [On Sunday, President Trump submitted to a real interview with a real journalist, Lesley Stahl of CBS’ 60 Minutes. He felt compelled twice to declare, “I’m not a baby.” Donald spent the rest of the interview demonstrating that he is a baby. To cover for the Saudis, Donald is using the Kavanaugh defense: Something terrible obviously happened, but the evidence is pointing to the wrong party.]

(8/9/2018)         Lies, Damn Lies, and Swamp Metaphors  [“Drain the swamp” was always an empty slogan that meant nothing — and I mean NOTHING — to Donald Trump. It was a phony sales pitch, a focus-group-tested bald-faced lie. And his supporters bought it hook, line, and metaphorical sinker.]

(8/2/2018)         Wrap-It-Up Republicans  [The key question to these Republican obstructers is this: Why would you want to stop an investigation that is 1) attempting to ascertain how our 2016 presidential election was attacked and by whom, and 2) producing serious evidence of corruption within our own government?]

(7/26/2018)       President Trump Is an Addict  [Ultimately, one day Donald wakes up in the White House, with his drug paraphernalia of choice — a smartphone and a Twitter app — and the entire world as his audience. Like the drug-addled guitar player whose band gets a hit and suddenly finds himself swimming in riches and rock stardom, Donald, the hopeless mendacity addict, has begun to lose all control.]

(7/19/2018)       Hinky in Helsinki  [“My people came to me — (DNI) Dan Coats came to me and some others — and they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin — he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be [Russia].” (— Donald Trump) ]

(7/12/2018)       Trump’s Obsequious Factotums (— thanks Jake Tapper)  [In what sane, democratic universe do U.S. SCOTUS nominees, Cabinet secretaries, and most other administration luminaries feel continuously compelled to heap artificial fawning praise on their chief executive? And what competent, confident democratic leader requires this of his people?]

(7/5/2018)         “You Can’t Make a Difference” — Don’t Believe It  [“Where was the point when it was too late? Where was the point where if we’d all just risen up, if we’d just done something?” (— Michael Moore, predicting future questions about the results of current presidential crimes)]

(6/28/2018)       Man’s Inhumanity to Man  [In Trump’s America, we’re living the inhumanity again. Where are the Mr. Eggens — the junior high school teachers — to prepare students to think critically as adults? Where is the soul of the GOP? Supreme Court “swing-vote” Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement. If ever there were a time for critically thoughtful, caring patriots to mobilize and stand up to an autocratic, plutocratic leader and his invertebrate, cowering congressional majority, it is now.]

(6/21/2018)       Trump’s Zero Tolerance Exposes Zero Humanity  [Steve Schmidt: “Today I renounce my [30-year] membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump. It is corrupt, indecent, and immoral. This [zero-tolerance] child separation policy is connected to the worst abuses of humanity in our history.”]

(6/14/2018)       Jong Un, You Were Wonderful Last Night (signed Donald)  [Putin could not have scripted this better himself: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un stumbling into a love affair. Donald is like an infatuated teenage boy; his new crush can do no wrong.]

(6/7/2018)         War of the Words (and the Worlds)  [Think of the Trump administration and Steven Spielberg’s 2005 movie War of the Worlds. A massive campaign of galactic devastation carried out by foreign evildoers overwhelms the United States and Earth. The same thing happens in Spielberg’s movie.]

(5/31/2018)       Racism-Lite Is ALSO Wrong  [Roseanne Barr and others worked their way up to blatant racism after becoming emboldened by lack of pushback along the way. Each time nonracists didn’t speak up, bigots assumed the nonracists agreed with them, or at least accepted their behavior. Meanwhile, both groups’ kids were absorbing these attitudes.]

(5/24/2018)       Galactic Mick Mulvaney Hypocrisy  [Mr. Mulvaney, here is a brief list of the legislative initiatives Republicans were for before they were against. Apparently, it was simple coincidence that they turned against these policies only after President Barack Obama began supporting them.]

(5/17/2018)       MAGA Good Ol’ Boys: “Wait — You mean we like Jews now!?”  [Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem to promote peace. “Because nothing says ‘peace’ like 58 Palestinians killed, 2,700 wounded, renewed hostilities between Iran and Israel, the entire region aflame, and U.S. allies reeling” (— Dana Milbank).]

(5/10/2018)       Another Republican (Near) Deathbed Apology  [Why does it take imminent mortality for GOP politicos to clarify their values and make amends? John McCain has put a toe in the water, but apparently he is not yet sick enough to admit that choosing the galactically inept Sarah Palin as his running mate was a dangerous mistake.]

(5/3/2018)         Chronic Stress and the Love of a Good Dog  [In the Trump era, all of us who care about good government and the state of American democracy are living with health-damaging chronic stress. One antidote is a good dog, the greatest stress-reliever known to humankind.]

(4/26/2018)       Ronny Jackson: “But the President Gets to Do It!”  [Note to managers in the Trump administration: Do your thing — toxic leadership, self-enrichment, extravagant government spending — but keep it hidden. Do not outshine the boss.]

(4/19/2018)       Don’t Forget, Nikki: He’s Incompetent, Too  [Yes, there is an ever-cresting tsunami of presidential corruption news. But this week, in light of Ambassador Nikki Haley’s run-in with presidential vacuity, I want to get back to basics: Donald Trump is incompetent.]

(4/12/2018)       Trump’s Phony Victim Mentality (Though Comey Really Is out to Get Him)  [Under President Trump’s “leadership,” America is an embarrassment. We come off as a poor-me, pitiful victim of all the other countries in the world.]

(4/5/2018)         Outrage Fatigue and Trump’s Race to the Bottom  [There are two new resources to refresh your memory when the time comes: Amy Siskind’s book The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year (3/27/18); and New York magazine’s “501 Days in Swampland” (4/1/18), a list of White House corruption.]

(3/8/2018)         Credibility: Former Senator vs. MSD Students  [Surprisingly, the adult-film actress and the students have it — credibility, that is — and the senator and the president do not.]

(3/8/2018)         “DON’T CONGRATULATE, Bro!”  [The phrase “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” is destined to take its place among other Top 10 American pop cultural catchphrases such as “Don’t tase me, Bro!” and “You know, I’m, like, a smart person.”]

(3/8/2018)         Dear Rex, It’s Not You, It’s Me  [Donald tweet-fired his secretary of state. Now it’s reported Mueller has subpoenaed Russia-related documents from Trump Tower. Karma is a bitch — and then your porn star mistress wants to return the hush money and cancel the NDA.]

(3/8/2018)         Trumpism Lovers, Trump Haters  [There are Republicans who love Trump’s policies but hate the man. They hope Trumpism will live on after Donald is ousted. Sorry, guys. Trumpism dies without the Trump con — which is almost dead.]

(3/1/2018)         Security Clearances and Armed Teachers  [With this gun-control satire, I do not disrespect shooting victims or their families. I revere them. My sardonic disrespect is aimed squarely at President Trump who stupidly, selfishly promotes only gun-violence remedies the NRA can stomach.]

(2/22/2018)       “This Is Code Red”  [I will take no joy in the fact that we came to this point. But I will celebrate Donald’s downfall as evidence that our government could withstand the pernicious forces of Trumpism and complicit Republicans.]

(2/15/2018)       Constitutional Stress Test  [Don’t let the intricacies of the Trump-Russia affair make your eyes glaze over; keep an open mind and when the time is right, pay attention — your country depends on it]

(2/8/2018)         President Lies Again; Also, Dog Bites Man  [It’s a testament to the president that journalists and news organizations of utmost integrity finally decided they had no choice but to say it: Donald J. Trump is a liar and a racist]

(2/1/2018)         Paul Ryan Wants to “Cleanse” the FBI  [Paul Ryan and John Kelly have squandered their last remaining traces of integrity by supporting House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes in shilling for an immoral, unethical, criminal president]

(1/25/2018)      Trumplicans: “Russia, Russia, Russia!”  [As Special Counsel closes in on the president, Trump Republicans — Trumplicans — are going off the rails to defame FBI and Mueller]

(1/18/2018)       Republican Diaspora  [Anti-Trump Republicans are fleeing or being pushed out of the party’s new, Trumpian mainstream]

(1/11/2018)       Republicans Complicit  [Why does the GOP ignore and cover up likely criminal behavior and extreme national security lapses within the Trump administration?]

(1/4/2018)        Jerry Springer: Presidential Edition  [Everyone knew the Trump campaign didn’t expect to win. But who knew they didn’t WANT to win. Also, Steve Bannon: “Ivanka is dumb as a brick.”]

(12/28/2017)    Revisiting George Orwell in the New Year  [Analyzing Trumpist populism to defeat it; apparently, we have to think like his supporters]

(12/21/2017)    Politicos of the Lie  [GOP tax bill is the culmination of Donald Trump and company being able to lie blatantly to the American people without shame, guilt, or impunity (for now)]

(12/14/2017)    Dignity and Respect  [Doug Jones’ win hastens downfall of Trump and Trumpism]

(12/7/2017)      Flynn Flips — and so Does Flake, Collins, McCain, and the RNC  [As Russia probe threatens to suffocate White House, GOP Tax plan threatens to suffocate American middle and working class]

(11/30/2017)    Traditional Thanksgiving: Turn on the Game and Please Pass the Nativism  [President Trump’s racist appeal: Implementing discriminatory policies while denying they are discriminatory]

(11/22/2017)    Sexual Harassment: Degrees and Patterns  [And don’t give me that “locker-room talk” defense. Men don’t say those things in locker rooms or anywhere else unless they mean it.]

(11/16/2017)    The Embarrassment Tour  [World leaders do not respect nor trust President Trump; they are patronizing him while biding their time]

(11/9/2017)     “Trumpism Without Trump”: Going Down Like Trumpism WITH Trump  [After Democrats win big in Virginia and elsewhere: MAGA hats for sale — cheap]

(11/2/2017)     Stupid or Sleazy? — Or Both?  [President Trump tweets wild lie that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is to blame for Manhattan terror attack; but Donald really hurts feelings by saying “Democrat” instead of “Democratic”]

(10/26/2017)   Who Will Be the Edward Brooke of the Trump Era?  [He lies when it’s hot, and also lies when it’s cold. He lies to the young, and likewise lies to the old. He’s illegit. He’s unfit. (— apologies to Dr. Seuss)]

(10/19/2017)   Two-Headed Washington Panderer  [The art of the double cross. Also, hug an investigative reporter.]

(10/12/2017)   National Review: “Between the Hysterical and the Lunatic,” and More Sen. Corker  [The battle against not the “fake news” but using the term itself; false equivalency lives on and on]

(10/5/2017)     That Whole “Unable to Discharge the Duties of President” Thing, and Bob Corker  [The 25th and a ½ Amendment: presidential probationary period (just like McDonald’s)]

(9/28/2017)     Nobody Knew That Repeal and Replace Could Be so Complicated  [“The sick, the elderly, and the disabled will have to stand in front of Obama’s death panel so his bureaucrats can decide if they’re worthy of health care” (— Sarah Palin).]

(9/21/2017)     Please, Please, Mr. President, Don’t Call Me Rocket Man  [Kellyanne Conway is upset that some people are “easy with an insult … about our leader”]

(9/14/2017)     Hillary Deserves Her Say  [Now let’s expedite the inevitable. Contact your legislators and tell them a reasonable (Congress) person would be calling for President Trump’s resignation.]

(9/7/2017)       Trump Administration’s Metaphor Offense  [“Fire and fury,” “Locked and loaded” meet “Pissin’ in the wind”]

(8/31/2017)     Comic Relief: Casual-but-Stylish Disasterwear  [The president hawked merchandise at a disaster news conference. It’s time: Republicans should call for Trump’s resignation.]

(8/24/2017)     Teleprompter Trump vs. Wing-It Trump  [The only Trump inheriting a mess is Barron]

(8/17/2017)     President Trump Has No Bottom; It Will Get Worse  [After seven months of presidential gross incompetence and refusal to condemn neo-Nazis, Republicans must demand that President Trump resign]

(8/10/2017)     Fire and Fury, and Frankly Power (Ooh, “FRANKLY” Power!)  [President’s trash-talk toward Kim Jong Un carries little weight after years of lying con artistry]

(8/6/2017)       No, Sen. Jeff Flake, You Did NOT Do Enough  [But we still respect GOP never-Trumpers]

(7/26/2017)     Second Continental Congress, 45th President, and IBATR  [Aristotle: “The speaker or writer must be a person of good intentions, dedicated to truth, accuracy, and goodwill.”]