Posts by: Denis Smith

Fast and furious. When people see that phrase, they often identify it with the name of a film released several years ago. But today, fast and furious also describes the behavior of Republican politicians as they flee as swiftly as they can from the spreading radioactive mushroom cloud generated from the implosion of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, the notorious online charter school.

As damaging as the charter school’s implosion was on the viability of Republican pols, the corresponding explosion ECOT’s demise is causing in state political circles continues to reverberate, particularly for four GOP ECOT stalwarts named […]

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“The Democrats lost an election which, frankly, they should have been able to win, because the Electoral College is much more advantageous for Democrats, as you know, than it is to Republicans.” – Donald Trump at Helsinki News Conference

No, the sane people in this country did not know that.

Move over, Burger King. You’re no longer the exclusive Home of the Whopper.

Since January 2017, the structure which variously was entitled the President’s Mansion, President’s House, and Executive Mansion now claim that title. For the White House, what used to be called black lies are now part […]

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… I will begin by saying what everybody would like to ignore or forget but which must nevertheless be stated, namely, that we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat

A total and unmitigated defeat. Note to Donald Trump: that means not winning.

These words were not spoken by talking heads in the aftermath of the debacle in Helsinki on July 16. But they should have. In fact, they were uttered 80 years ago in the House of Commons by Winston Churchill.

The appalling spectacle of Donald Trump and his lapdog performance in the Finnish capital as […]

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When it comes to expressions of patriotism in perilous times, silence is not golden. Among Republicans, John McCain clearly knows that.

The sounds of silence coming from congressional Republicans in the wake of the indictments of twelve more Russian intelligence officers that have been forensically linked to the 2016 election debacle have been deafening. That’s why John McCain’s statement on the matter has become a singular sensation, for there is no one else in his party that is so demonstrative in putting country, rather than party, first in mind.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Republican Party has […]

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The priest’s greeting to the newly-married couple and the congregation gathered to support them in the United States Naval Academy chapel was warm and moving. May all of you experience and share the peace within you, the chaplain said to all.

You can certainly expect peace and love at a wedding when two families come together to celebrate the union of their children as they prepare their lives together. But there was also an added element in visiting the beautiful and charming city of Annapolis last weekend, the scene of a mass shooting just before the wedding of a family […]

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Is it possible that the Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a guy who enjoys raising a glass or two of the vintage, might be in collusion with a popular language website for the purpose of giving us a heads-up about some major events to come?

Probably not, but it would make a good story if it were true.

The only major collusion going on these days seems to be with the ever-bloviating Sean Hannity of Fox News, along with that other intelligence committee headed by Representative Devin Nunes, the stalwart Trump defender who is otherwise incapable […]

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If the last few days have been any indication, there are some folks who yearn to see Chuck Barris come back from his grave to perform an act of public service. If only The Gong Show host, who described himself as the “King of Schlock, Baron of Bad Taste, and Ayatollah of Trasherola,” could pick up that giant mallet one last time.

Now, more than ever, we need Chuck Barris or a successor to gong Rep. Jim Jordan, the presumptive King of Schlock and Baron of Bad Taste.

We’ll hold off on the Ayatollah part for now in anointing […]

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Rep. Andrew Brenner is not known for his ability to throw a fastball, but he nevertheless seems to be using another pitch this political season.

A cursive ball.

Yes, the anti-public education chair of the Ohio House Education Committee sponsored a bill that would encourage the teaching of cursive writing in the state’s public schools. According to one Cleveland TV outlet, the legislation is designed to “create a curriculum to teach cursive to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.”

But with Brenner, there is never anything new under the sun, and his cursive curriculum idea goes back at least […]

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Some folks might think it’s a bit crazy to drive 11 hours and travel 700 miles to Missouri just to visit a library. As someone who no doubt spent too much time in libraries during graduate school pursuing three different degree programs, I can certainly understand that sentiment. But what I found within the space of a few hours in that library’s research area could provide some people with a mini-course in American history.

Libraries are all about learning and discovery, to be sure. But when you visit a place like the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, as Full Story...

We already knew he was a vandal. Now he’s given us even more proof of the full dimension of his destructive behavior.

After spending years vandalizing the legacy of President Barack Obama, first through birtherism (the movement that aimed to show President Obama was not a U.S. citizen) and continuing with the destruction of the Affordable Care Act, the Paris Agreement and the Iran nuclear deal, Donald Trump has provided even more evidence of his banefulness. He’s tearing up documents which by law are to be protected and preserved.

If tearing up healthcare and international agreements weren’t enough, […]

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The tiny radio alarm clock came alive in my dark bedroom at 5 a.m., signaling it was time to get up and go to my internship site for another routine day at the close of the school year.

But the little box that aroused me that day in June 1968 sounded quite different from the usual wake-up-music. Instead of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Beach Boys, a cacophony of both excited and mournful voices replaced the playlist of familiar songs I was expecting. Instead of the typical morning fare, the radio was replete with non-stop reports on yet another American […]

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