Posts by: Abe

The Odor Of Mopping Up

On June 19, 2017 By

Mop-up from what we called in the barracks “latrine duty”:

When Donald Trump decided to take a break from being president of Pittsburgh to being exiled president of Cuba, he reached the zenith of chest-pounding crowd-pleasing perfection. Speaking to his choreographed audience in Little Havana, Trump expressed his gratitude for their votes last November. (“You voted for me and here I am,” he asserted with chin up in snorting defiance of all who would challenge him, apparently as shocked as anyone that indeed here he was.)

Speaking in what experts describe as a 4th grade level, he didn’t disappoint with […]

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Did The Cow Jump Over The Moon?

On June 19, 2017 By

I ask you: if you were in the same room the past year with the monstrous hulk of Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador with the face of a Royal Doulton toby mug, wouldn’t you recall the moment, and hasten to your friends to boast that you had just exchanged some pleasantries with the best known Russian spy in the diplomatic landscape? Wouldn’t you rank the rare experience higher than, say, sighting a cow jumping over the moon?

I mean, when it came to celebrities, even my father never forgot his glimpse of boxer Sonny Liston in a restaurant and never let […]

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When Donald Trump returned home from his nine-day itch to convert his visited countries into luxurious golf resorts he promptly told us that he had “hit a home run”. Like most of his idle notions, his boast far betrayed any sense of reality. From all reports, it was a badly executed bunt.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said he had convinced our allies that the U.S was no longer a reliable partner.

Despite his overseas respite from his chaotic effort to make America great for all future generations, at least those who manage to survive his toxic disregard for clean air […]

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Mike Pence Fleecing Reality

On June 4, 2017 By

Mike Pence, the second highest elected official in America  – a heartbeat away from the Oval Office! – went on Fox News to report that climate change is a leftist hoax.

Let the born again fundamentalist Hoosier explain:

“For some reason or another , this issue of climate change has  emerged as a paramount issue for the left in this country and around the world.   It‘s long been a goal of the liberal left in this country to advancing a climate change agenda.”

Aside from  the fact that Pence is stupid and a perfect fit for […]

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Trump’s Hollow Dynasty

On May 29, 2017 By

As we somehow press forward to survive the Trump Dynasty, I recall the words of  T.S. Eliot to define the character of the president’s  horrific performance.  They are from the poet’s “The Hollow Men”, which is a perfect fit for Trump, Pence,  Kushner, Bannon, Sessions et al…. We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

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Weakly Week In Review

On May 27, 2017 By

This was the week that still is;

The president referred to the pope as “something”.

The president shoved aside a foreign minister and, with chin upturned, haughtily walked forward.

A Republican congressional candidate in Montana body slammed a British reporter but still won the seat in a special election.

The president described the outcome as a “great victory” for Montana.

Some Trumpweeds defended the Republican’s violent assault by reminding us that everybody sins.

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and reputed to be Trump’s brain, reportedly attempted to set up a secret communications back channel with the Russian ambassador,

Mitch McConnell […]

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High on the list of historic optics for President Trump’s Middle East escape route was the gleeful smile-and-hug embrace by Benjamin Natanyahu, Israel’s prime minister. From all of the evidence Bibi was still in his ecstatic glow over Trump’s victory in November. I mean, a world without Hillary? Without Obama? How could any right-wing thinking soul not appreciate the fate that had been dealt to the planet by the oddball American?

For Trump, it was all about optics to disguise his inner grief over the mess he temporarily left behind with the mice continuing to play while he’s sojourning in […]

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At some point in President Trump’s furiously pious commencement speech at Liberty University it was easy to imagine Hollywood film clips from the Roman colosseum projected on a screen behind his pulpit for the special day. Read: Beasts mauling Christians to the delight of spectators seeking a diversion from their otherwise boring lives.

It also was an escape for Trump from the terrible real world around him to remind his appreciative audience of adulatory evangelicals to be intensely aware of the persecution of Christians whenever two or more of the faithless had joined for coffee. Chaos in the White […]

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State Sen. Frank LaRose, the Hudson Republican, has sent out a press release commending himself for taking a hard stand on voter fraud.

OK. It’s not unusual for lawmakers to issue selfies bragging to their constituents that they are feverishly at work in the interest of protecting democracy, even when LaRose does not hesitate to concede that voter fraud is “rare”. But senator, did you really have to begin your prepared statement by applauding President Trump for “his leadership establishing a commission on election integrity”?

By now, it’s been clearly established that Trump lied when he complained that he lost […]

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If you have spent 60 seconds following the political career of Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth you must be aware that the wealthy Republican is deeply rooted in the conservative depths of his party. You can figure him for two bedtime stories: America’s survival depends on (1) reductions in taxes and (2) ending the regulatory oppression of the federal government.

An early Trump surrogate, Renacci has now decided to upgrade his career by running for Ohio governor in 2018 in a field that promises to be clogged with GOP officeholders. That could take a lot more effort than running for […]

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I first met Dennis Kucinich in the early days of his Cleveland mayoral campaign in 1977. He had invited me on the phone to spend a day on the trail in his improbable quest to dump Ralph Perk as the beleaguered city’s chief executive. I pecked through the city’s west side in uncertainty before finding his modest home. A few taps on the door and it swung open . A diminutive figure greeted me: “You’re late!” he scolded. (five minutes or so). Little did I realize that it would be the beginning of an epic challenge to a political reporter’s […]

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