’Tis the  season:

When a reporter asked Donald Trump about all of the vacancies at the Department of State he batted away any notion that it would harm the U.S. in an increasingly troubled world, asserting:

“I’m the only one who matters.”

That earned him, without challenge, my Grumpy Abe  Linguistic Lunacy (GALL) Award of the year.

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After igniting grave protests around the globe with his insufferably dangerous decision to move the U.S. embassy  to  Jerusalem, Trump headed south to campaign for Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the Senate who is so disreputable that you couldn’t make him up. No problem for Trump, who roams the earth like a pool hustler with a warped cue stick (and mind!).

Under Herr Trump, racism, white supremacy, dishonesty, and avarice have become fashionable at the highest levels of the oval office.  If Moore wins on Tuesday he will become the Republicans’ gift that keeps on giving to Democrats.

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Although medieval historians tell us that the merciless plagues (Black Death) of the 14th Century were documented  by hundreds of texts, they could become marginal in the wake of the current plague of the Trump Era.