The University of Akron’s acting President John Green recently revived the school’s report card that has been a troubling story for too long. In his State of the University address, Green, who has a been at the helm since last April , soberly observed that the downtown campus has been an academic center in decline from plunging enrollment, weighty debt and a lack of a sustaining can-do mission that’s hardly encouraging. Given its recent woeful history, it’s doubtful that both its true state of despair and ragged image will be be reversed anytime soon.
Green is a political scientist who […]Full Story... →
I’ve been poking around the post-shutdown comments to get a greater understanding of how the commander-in-chief’s brain-locked base reacted to his retreat from demanding big money for his storied wall. The tense body language of his apologists told me that they are struggling to make sense of their favorite president.
They have been squirming. Making lame excuses. Some even abandoning their faith that he would indeed Make America Great Again on the backs of brown-skinned terrorists. It was ugly and the polls reflected the despair.
The twiggish and loopy Ann Coulter, for example, who […]Full Story... →
Can we now agree that Donald Trump’s cancellation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s flight on a military aircraft to Afghanistan was a grounded “Hail Mary” that solved nothing more than to satisfy his own ego against THAT WOMAN?
We should understand that Trump has never had to suffer a female opponent in which cash was not an important element. His only commitment since moving into the Oval Office was to advance his notions of a White (Guy) House without any threat to his universal power.
And as we have seen, he has again overestimated his assumed manly authority: Pelosi is […]Full Story... →
As videos remind us of Michael Flynn’s harsh demands against Hillary Clinton to “lock her up”, there is growing speculation that he will not be imprisoned for his disgraceful role in the Russia probe. The debate over Flynn’s fate as a mob canary will extend to both sides of special counsel Robert Mueller’s penetrating reach.
At this point, does it really matter? The disgraced general has already condemned himself ago to imprisonment in the pages of history books from which he can’t escape – now and forever.
That leads me to ask why people are so willing to give up their name, honor, and reputation in their […]Full Story... →
It was a brutal week for Donald Trump, who was upstaged at the G-20 assembly of world leaders in Buenos Aires, a would-be superstar who was adrift in a sea of confusion and bad news.
I caught a glimpse of him in the small crowd as Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gleefully bonded in front of the global cameras like uniting fraternity brothers. But our guy was outvoted 19-1 on climate change and didn’t appear to be taken seriously about anything.
When it was time to go home he was seen tramping around the others as though his next step […]Full Story... →
With the caravan of Democrats pondering whether to run for president in 2020, I want to announce that I will not be among the candidates. That’s NOT, as in NOT.
None of the options to thrust me into the heavy traffic is appealing.
I do not dream of building the tallest tower in the world in Riyadh.
I don’t’ have the full support of rich Bedouins to lay out a golf course in the Sahara.
If I told a lot of lies, only Mississippi voters would believe me.
After Trump leaves, there won’t be many scams left to go around.
Speaking […]Full Story... →
The voter suppression disgrace in Georgia is hardly a surprise for a Republican Party that has vigorously sought ways for years to hold on to power on Election Day. Emboldened by a corrupt president who complained that three million fraudulent votes led to his deficit in the popular vote in 2016, the GOP’s minions in a number of states continue their efforts to disenfranchise the “colored” – as a party leader once described them to me a quarter-century ago.
Here is how another party brain, Doug Preisse, the Franklin County GOP chairman, later divulged the us-and-them protocol in a statement to the Columbus Dispatch:
“I guess […]Full Story... →
I hope all of you survived the past week’ s further degrading of Congress with the rigged Republican seating of Brett Kavanaugh to, allegedly, the highest and wisest court in the land.
With Donald Trump’s howling wind at their backs, the minions were left with no other options for servility. Clearly, the decision was locked before the Senate Judiciary Committee had voted. “Nobody,” Trump once bragged, “knows the system better than I do. That’s why I alone can fix it.” (Have you yet noticed the president’s heroic way with words?”)
The fix began a year ago when the president’s caddies […]Full Story... →
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In New York, President Trump is selling off the world at the United Nations on why America must be first. About everything.
In Washington, Republican white guys on the Judiciary Committee who are too many years beyond retirement age are trying to set the stage to install another white guy – Brett Kavanaugh by name – on the U.S. Supreme Court regardless of the male-female optics of interrogating a woman who has accused Kavanaugh for being terribly full of predatory sexual mischief as a teenager.
But why is it taking so long? Particularly after the capo di […]Full Story... →
Anyone who doubts that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would target Roe v. Wade as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice might want to check the name, Leonard Leo. He is the executive vice president of the conservative 60,000 member Federalist Society, a legal group that has no small influence along Potomac waters.
The society submitted a couple of lists of possible presidential nominees before Kavanaugh was chaperoned to Trump by Leo, a well-tailored live-wire anti-abortionist who was described in the New Yorker last year by Jeffrey Toobin “as being shaped as much by Catholicism as by conservatism.” Toobin quoted Leo:
“My grandparents were deeply religious people, […]Full Story... →
I’ve been having a terrible time trying to erase from my memory the so-called confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. That soaring appointment was assured when President Trumpalooka chose him as the pick of the right-wing litter – an appellate judge who wasn’t even on the original list of the conservative Federalist Society’s array of recommended space fillers to replace Justice Kennedy.
But with Trumpalooka bossing the Oval Office these troubled days, do we really need another hint of how it all came about to satisfy a base of pro-lifers?
He will be confirmed and […]Full Story... →
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