Posts by: Denis Smith

 

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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Dear Andrew:

I’ve always wanted to write one of those open letters that we see so much of these days. By their nature, open letters usually are crafted as vehicles of concern, rebuke, disgust, rage, or some other emotion that motivates a person to pick up a pen or sit down at the keyboard. But this open letter, Andrew, is different. Though I’m a senior citizen now and six years into retirement, it’s the first one I’ve ever written, and you’re the lucky guy I’ve chosen to address on my maiden voyage to that emotion-filled place called […]

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Remember all the stories about “pink slime” in ground beef several years ago? Though the topic of pink slime lurking in that cellophane container in your shopping cart might have disappeared for the moment, slime of a non-pink variety hasn’t. In fact, today’s Republican Party has perfected the art of soiling or, more accurately, sliming many things in our country, including some of our revered national institutions.

Like the FBI. And its parent, the U.S. Department of Justice.

Let’s examine two prominent Republicans at work today who are masters of the art of sliming.

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If Ohio citizens thought that state media were having a field day reporting about the demise of ECOT, the notorious and very dead online school, the former behemoth’s former spokesman was quick to add his own perspective about the decaying charter carcass. And then some.

“I think most of this is made-up, ridiculous attempts to abuse a corpse,” Neil Clark said.

It was a deft choice of words for Clark, who a few years back famously referred to school districts as “government schools” while he championed an ECOT monster that ravenously consumed government funds as it tried to masquerade […]

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