We began the week end on a high note: President “Liddle Don Don” arrived at the Values Voters Summit in his usual grand manner to reassure us that we could say Merry Christmas again (applause), even if we choose to say it before the first holiday reminders appear in store windows before Labor Day.
Actually the gathering of religious conservatives – the first, Trump boasted, that a U.S. president ever graced – was arranged to bash gays, unpatriotic black football players who can now forget about going to Heaven, and, as always, Barack Obama. (Applause with some hallelujahs.)
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This may seem a tad silly to you, but what good is a democracy if you can’t be as whacky as the president?
I’m talking about the devastating fire in California which, Heaven knows, doesn’t lend itself to silliness.
So can we conclude that, say, Pat Robertson, the prayerful old white guy – heh, heh, heh – will explain that the flames are God’s punishing prelude to Hell for our sinful existence on earth. The reverend has said such alarming things about other natural disasters traceable to gays, practicing Sodomites, abortionists, and garden variety Democrats.
Until “Liddle Don-Don” unpacked his […]Full Story... →
As we watched Donald Trump gaming Puerto Ricans with paper towels and flashlights while damning them as ungrateful Americans, we could not resist wondering at what age did he decide to claw his way down the tree to menace civilization.
The flashlight thing was his playful way of claiming their obsolescence because the island was again lighting up with restored power. (Puerto Rico has now reached the 10 percent level of electricity.) Meantime, he continued to remind the commonwealth’s residents that they owed Wall Street millions in debts and should stop demanding that others do the heavy lifting. He also […]Full Story... →
So Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general imported by President Trump as the EPA administrator on a mission to eliminate the EPA is now having a sound-proof booth installed in his office with taxpayers picking up the $25,000 tab.
Like Greta Garbo, he wants to be safely alone. But she wasn’t talking about sound-proof office cells.
Pruitt has a big thing about his privacy and retains a security force of up to 24 armed guards around the clock to assure his safety. The booth will be just one more entitlement that Trump’s field hands take for themselves because they […]Full Story... →
A few welcome escapes from the awful load of newsmaking by Team Trump:
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a pro-life Republican U.S. Congressman from western Pennsylvania urged his mistress to have an abortion, without success.
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, a star in the anti-abortion movement who belonged to the House Pro-Life Caucus, was upended from his mission after his extramarital womanfriend (who he asked to consider an abortion) happened to see his call for strict adherence to the anti-abortion cause in a Facebook appeal.
Those were fighting words for Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist, the other half of the relationship.
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During a weekend upstaged by golf, Donald Trump generously paused to dedicate the President’s Cup golf trophy to the hurricane victims of Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida – to the “people that went through so much that we love…”
That should end the controversy over his remarks, and federal tardiness in sending help to the stricken areas. He even tweeted the dedication to show how much he really cares about lesser human beings.
However, when a Puerto Rican standing in several feet of water was told about the President’s Cup, he seemed to be confused, asking a reporter: “Can my […]Full Story... →
If your lights blinked a day or so ago it can be explained by Ohio U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci’s explosive protest against the protesting NFL players who kneeled during the National Anthem.
There are protests… and then there are protests.
In the wealthy Republican congressman’s response to an action protected by the First Amendment, he proudly announced that he was pulling $20,000 in TV ads from Sunday’s NFL games and spending it on more patriotic American TV fare without the stain of disrespectful football players. He’s allowed to do so.
Renacci, you should be aware, as the former Wadsworth mayor […]Full Story... →
So now the conversation turns to taxes. How absolutely boring.
But here comes President Trump, relieved of his other duties, with an endless list of applause lines to encourage you to forget that he described Roy Moore of Alabama as destined to become a “great senator and I’m very happy with him.”
Birthers and anti-gays, unite! God now has your back in Birmingham with a crossroads pistol-packing preacher representing you in the Senate.
For Trump, he finally owns the center ring to show us how with tax reform, four plus four can add up to nine or whatever, with cuts […]Full Story... →
The Wizard of Us, the one who claims unique powers to fix anything, barreled into Alabama for what was billed as an endorsement rally for Republican primary runoff candidate Luther Strange. But to no one’s surprise, President Donald Trump used the occasion to speak less than five minutes about his chosen candidate in his 90-minute selfie and commanded the Huntsville audience to hear about his many remarkable accomplishments and complaints.
When the tortured monologue with fanciful body language that revealed both joy and sarcasm finally ended he was knee-deep on stage in his own raw sewage.
In those moments when […]Full Story... →
While squads of first responders, medics and volunteers were risking their own lives in the search for possible survivors still trapped in the collapsed buildings of the Mexican earthquake, the dark side of human effort was unfolding on Capitol Hill that would put millions of Americans at risk in a new health care proposal with spitefully bizarre motives.
The assassins of Obamacare were even obsessively changing the rules of how the legislative game is played in Trump Americana these days to erase the Obama name on the program rather than add improvements. Never at a loss for junk politics in […]Full Story... →
The Economist magazine arrived recently with word that it was searching for Shakespeare in Donald Trump. The response from a Canadian letter writer tersely pointed the reader in the right direction for a smash landing.
Anthony Peterson, of Peterborough, wrote:
Mr. Trump’s tweets are straight out of Macbeth… ”a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’’
Trump’s mumbo-jumbo is becoming Topic One for linguists. Prof John McWhorter, a Columbia University linguist, says the president’s way of speaking is “oddly adolescent” that is “linguistically unadorned.” Forever unsure of himself, Trump relies on such verbal crutches as […]Full Story... →