“It ain’t over till it’s over,” Lawrence Peter Berra famously told us years ago. And if the topic is Republican behavior in the form of hatred for all things government, including targeting public employees for retribution and engineering government shutdowns, Yogi said it for us.
No, It ain’t over. Not by a long shot.
Welcome to another variant of PTSD – this one called Petulant Trump Shutdown Disaster.
During the 35-day government shutdown, we’ve seen any number of emotional interviews with forlorn furloughed federal employees and contractors. A tearful and frightened cook at the Smithsonian worried about losing his home. […]Full Story... →
You have to hand it to Republicans. They know how to play hardball and show their deftness in navigating that Potomac swamp they’ve not yet bothered to drain.
How appropriate that a former attorney general, the very guy who previously showed his expertise in crafting presidential pardons has, in the heightening Trump-Russia investigation, been chosen to be the next attorney general. What timing. How coincidental.
The nomination of William Barr to be the next attorney general has raised controversy because of his previously expressed strong views about the Mueller investigation. In fact, some have suggested that the 19-page memo […]Full Story... →
Let’s admit it. We’ve all had severe cases of writers’s block in our lives. Yes, not only in school, when that big paper was due but later, as adults, when we struggled in penning a letter to someone when we were uncomfortable with the task.
It’s been a while, but writer’s block has also afflicted me in one particular way. Big time.
In order to remedy this ailment, I’m making another attempt to rid myself of a very specific type of writer’s block, viz., how to compose a piece that will convey something very positive about Donald Trump.
Sure, […]Full Story... →
Two recent developments, one a U.S. Senate committee report, the other newly signed legislation directing Ohio schools to offer instruction in cursive handwriting, provide a contrast in examining public policy and how our future societal needs are addressed. A look at each of these events offers some ideas about the direction we might be headed as a state and nation.
On December 16, the Washington Post published a story on the Senate Intelligence Committee report about the scope of Russian assault on our democratic process. In particular, the investigation focused on how a hostile foreign power manipulated the thinking of […]Full Story... →
Photo by Denis Smith
There was a major winter storm that, thankfully, missed us a few days ago but slammed states south of the Ohio River with record amounts of snowfall. But if nature can spare some areas and bury others, another tempest – this one of a political nature – is about to envelop millions of clueless Americans impaired by their addiction to and reliance on Fox News as their window for information about an unstable world.
Oh yes, Fox News.
Unlike those unfortunate souls from Texas to Virginia who were blindsided by the forces of nature, […]Full Story... →
Did you ever have one of those moments when you read something and then you have to go back and read and reread it again, thinking you missed something in the first couple of reads?
Last week, was one of those huh? moments. I suspect that I was joined in the state of dumbfoundedness along with countless others when I read and reread summaries of the new reform plan of the House Democratic majority. (Note to self: the state of dumbfoundedness has no electoral votes. More on that later.)
Dick Polman, a Philadelphia writer, probably said it for […]Full Story... →
Richard M. Nixon – Image: Library of Congress
Plunderbund readers and others interested in the subject of Republican campaign collusion with foreign governments are in for a treat on Sunday, November 18 at 9:00pm, with the airing of an MSNBC special on the 1968 election.
Yes, 1968. That wasn’t a typo.
Republicans have been colluding with foreign governments to influence the outcome of presidential elections for the last 50 years, and the documentary, Betrayal: The Plot That Won the White House, hosted by Rachel Maddow, will review archival evidence about how Richard Nixon himself was involved in […]Full Story... →
If Carly Simon gave us an anthem with You’re So Vain, maybe Good Charlotte’s Predictable provides the perfect lyric to help us define the dull and uninspiring Andrew Brenner.
I knew it all along
You’re so predictable
I knew something would go wrong
Yes, we knew all along that he was so predictable. But what has gone wrong for Brenner this election year in a big way is that he’s facing a formidable candidate who has a great chance of bringing him down in the otherwise reliably red territory of Delaware and Knox Counties.
In his search […]Full Story... →
Last week, Ohio gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine released a remarkable statement that said too much testing in school “interferes with a child’s ability to think creatively and problem solve.”
Huh? When he was a Member of Congress, wasn’t Mike DeWine one of the strongest proponents of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law that’s been the bane of educators for nearly two decades?
Steve Dyer, an attorney, and Education Policy Fellow at Innovation Ohio examined the previous positions of both DeWine and his running mate, Jon Husted, in the area of education policy. Dyer served in the legislature during the […]Full Story... →
The cruel captain was enraged at his disloyal crew, and he couldn’t control his anger any longer.
All right! Who did it? Who did it? You are going to stand sweating at those battle stations until someone confesses! It’s an insult to the honor of this ship!
No, this wasn’t a snippet from one of Donald Trump’s recent rages at his West Wing crew as he learned of the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed piece penned by another of his trusted and appointed crew.
But it could have been.
Who did it? Who did it?
There is no doubt […]Full Story... →
It’s official. The President of the United States is now an unindicted co-conspirator. We all need to read that phrase again to let that simple fact sink in.
In the last few months, as dismay over the accumulating evidence documenting the incompetence and corruption of the Trump Administration turned to anger, there is only silence from the GOP leadership.
And we haven’t even fully examined the Russian collusion allegations yet.
Amid the deafening silence in the aftermath of the Cohen guilty plea and Manafort conviction, there is no audible sound coming from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell nor the reticent, […]Full Story... →
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