Posts by: Denis Smith

Just in time for the Oscars, the recent Friday Night Massacre of two of Trump’s White House staff and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, along with rumors of further retribution for dissenters in his administration, provide a reminder of a classic 1971 Vincent Price film, The Abominable Dr. Phibes.

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Radical unelected bureaucrats. Deep state. Socialism. Loser teachers. But that’s only the short list of epithets.

Nattering nabobs of negativism. Remember that one? More on that later.

When it comes to hurling slime, Republicans are masters of the art of dousing people with rhetorical radioactivity.

Their favorite target: public employees.

As we enter into the fourth and what should be the final year of the most corrupt and incompetent administration in the history of the Republic, it is clear that this administration has given new meaning to the acronym GOP.

In earlier iterations, it was the Grand Old Party, then […]

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“I have a sworn duty to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law. I must vote to impeach.” Believe it or not, those words are from Ohio Senator Rob Portman about the impeachment of another president.

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Once upon a time, in the movie classic, A Field of Dreams, we were introduced to a baseball star named Shoeless Joe Jackson. He was the slugger who lost his shirt and a ticket to the Hall of Fame for his presumed involvement in the 1919 World Series Black Sox scandal. Note that Shoeless Joe had a lifetime .356 batting average in his major league career but never made it to Cooperstown.

Today, exactly a century after Shoeless Joe, we are witnessing the spectacle of someone called Jacketless Jim, an Ohio Congressman who apparently lost his jacket somewhere between his […]

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Robert A. Taft was known in his day as “Mr Republican.” In a twisted way, Rob Portman may yet wind up becoming the modern-day Mr. Republican, as the term is now synonymous with a political party that is the very manifestation of hypocrisy and amnesia.

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Too often charter schools are just a way to convert public assets into profit at the expense of kids.

As campaign season fires up, Denis Smith offers advice to presidential candidates: here are the key questions to ask when you visit a charter school.

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When I came across this handmade sign on display last year in a San Francisco apartment window, I thought that aside from scary reports about curious young children unknowingly poisoning themselves and teens ingesting laundry detergent on a dare, we weren’t there yet in pinning all things bad in this country on bad news Trump.

That was then.

Last March, during our stay in the City by the Bay, a favorite stop on the way home from a Hawaiian vacation, we enjoyed the eccentricities seen there in abundance. At the time, the apartment sign seemed to be a humorous outlier […]

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At the end of the legislative session, as Ohio Republican stalwarts honored their marching orders from the party’s corporate friends and benefactors, there was one message from the spirit world they should have been familiar with – and heeded.

There you go again.

When the smoke – or was it more like a mushroom cloud – cleared enough to allow Ohio citizens to see the new damage inflicted by its legislature in the form of bailouts for both the nuclear plant and charter school industries, savvy Republican watchers thought that the words of another member of the spirit world were […]

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Gunfight in front of the Long Branch Saloon Dodge City, Kansas,  June 2019

Dodge Photos by Denis Smith

Yes, after nearly two weeks on the road, I’ll admit to being tired and disoriented, maybe even confused. But it’s much more than weariness.

It’s like this. After returning home from a long road trip which featured a stop in Dodge City, you realize that while the Wild West town has been rather tame for a long time,  the entire Buckeye State has been less so.

No, you can’t make things up.

My wife and I visited Dodge last week […]

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On May Day, as our well-equipped coach navigated Peru’s sprawling capital, a teeming city of 13 million inhabitants, the 29 Americans on board were soaking up everything they could learn about this huge metropolis, one of the principal cities in South America. The fact that the first day of May is a national holiday in that country allowed us to observe the thousands in Lima who assembled to celebrate their history and culture as well as enjoy the wonderful weather.

But as our group peered through the windows of the tour bus and, later, walked through the crowds of Peruvians […]

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Not to decide is to decide. —  Harvey Cox

In a time of national upheaval and uncertainty,  a corrupt, illegitimate and immoral administration, whose operatives worked with a hostile foreign state to manipulate a presidential election to gain power, needs to be held accountable and possibly removed from power. But as we confront this nightmare situation, will it take a theologian like Harvey Cox to remind us about what needs to be done in removing a morally and ethically challenged Donald Trump from our nation’s leadership?.

Here are some particulars to consider in that decision-making process.

Will we decide not […]

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