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… Continue Reading →

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? (scroll… Continue Reading →

“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) (scroll down… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Jong Un, You Were Wonderful Last Night (signed Donald)

Trump is correct that he’s made history. But not all history is good. Donald consistently has made bad history, e.g., the North Korea summit. Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin are playing President Trump like a finely tuned Russian balalaika…. Continue Reading →

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. (scroll down… Continue Reading →

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…. Continue Reading →

Galactic Mick Mulvaney Hypocrisy

Mr. Mulvaney, here is a healthy 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. (scroll down for… Continue Reading →

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). (scroll… Continue Reading →

Another Republican (Near) Deathbed Apology

Why does it take imminent mortality for GOP politicos to clarify their values and make amends? John McCain, a true American hero, has put a toe in the water. But apparently he is not yet sick enough to admit that… Continue Reading →

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. (scroll down for article)… Continue Reading →

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