Posts by: Abe

With so much happening in the Mueller Russia investigation, you may have overlooked the epic challenge by Fox News hostess Laura Ingraham to basketball superstar LeBron James. It was another vulgar misstep into the real world by the Foxies.

Without any sense of the iconic status of an NBA player of all-time, Ingraham was affronted by LeBron’s less than adulatory comments during a TV interview.  It has been no secret that LeBron is not on the Trump team and recently called him a “bum.”

His latest criticism occurred during an interview at the NBA all-star game intermission which Ingraham thought […]

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Here we go.  It’s a midterm election year.  The word has been in a lot  of the papers. Donald Trump is already making the rounds with his customary Lie-a-Thon.

Ohio, which is seldom a progressive state, is the pick of the litter. The hay wagons that convey so many state senators and representatives to Columbus have been loaded. The only change is that the Ohio Republican Party has been reinvented as the Ohio Trump Party, from the new State Chairwoman, Jane Timken, who owes her job to Trump, to several servile statewide candidates, including Rep. Jim Renacci, who is running […]

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Mexico Will Pay For The Parade

On February 8, 2018 By

Another day at the office…

A day when the shockers became the shockees?

Or was it the other way around when Chief of Staff John Kelly, billed as the new sheriff in the White House, expressed “shock” that Rob Porter could have socked his wife in the eye. He had known about it for months.

Kelly, after all, had already profusely befriended Porter as a “confidant and trusted professional” during Porter’s days as the White House staff secretary that ended today with his resignation when his current wife revealed a photo claiming that Porter was the perp. The bruised face […]

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Ray Bliss, Mr. Chairman

On January 30, 2018 By

In the midst of so many references to Richard Nixon’s rebirth as Donald Trump,  it seemed altogether  more fitting to revive the late Ray Bliss’ memory in the newly  published biography, “Mr. Chairman” by political specialists William Hershey and John  Green. Hershey covered politics in Washington and Columbus for the Beacon Journal. Green is the director of the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron. Both are well-grounded in Bliss’s long career in the political whirlpool that eventually landed him in the chair of the Republican National Committee. They introduced the book at a program at the Tangier.

Bliss held […]

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Counting Trump’s Blessings

On January 23, 2018 By

Did you enjoy your fun-filled government shutdown that cost Donald Trump a weekend on his golf course and royal sit-down dinner with friends? He was back in his Washington office sporting his white cap while he presidentially called people. Hard at work, his staffers told us, as Trump Americana was being rejected around the world.

Veep Mike Pence, a white force field at the rostrum, was greeted by a stone-cold audience led by Jordan and Palestine, which were stunned by  Trump’s decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem.

Back to the Oval Office. The Rev. Franklin Graham, annual $622,000 varsity […]

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Well, we got an early glance of Donald Trump’s preferred choice as the candidate for the U.S. Senate in Ohio this year. It’s Rep. Jim Renacci, the former Republican mayor of Wadsworth who would be the first to tell you on the campaign trail that he is a successful businessman. (A millionaire, and then some.)

Alas, the timing of the coming-out announcement by Renacci – one of Trump’s earliest and most conservative surrogates, to challenge incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown – couldn’t have been worse. It managed to find its way tucked into the global reports of how the president’s scandalous […]

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Is it a stretch to suggest that President Trump is now preparing America for new rounds of ethnic cleansing?
The record clearly tells us that it is not a stretch. Particularly after his crude unhinged outburst in a bipartisan White House meeting on immigration.

He questioned immigration from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole” countries and called for more welcoming immigration policy for countries like Norway. Oh, racial as well as ethnic, white vs. color.

He is seriously threatening the expulsion of 200,000 Salvadorans who have no legal standing even though they’ve been here for 15 years.

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When A Laugh Is Unstoppable

On January 14, 2018 By

I struggle not to laugh. I tell myself that the condition is too serious to laugh. That the soul of democracy is at stake. That people should not be exposed by the minute to a clownish hulk in the Oval Office who by actual count by fact checkers has already told 2,000 lies in his first year but responds that America’s libel laws are a shameful “disgrace” because his critics get away with so much..

I struggle not to laugh at the incoherence of an American president. But I then find myself laughing when he responds to a question by […]

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I’m sure that by now you’ve heard or seen President Trump’s epic assertion that he is a “stable genius”.  In a split second he vaulted himself into the rarified ranks of Einstein, Mozart   and Leonardo, to name a few in a very special group of human beings who were too occupied with their remarkable work to think of themselves that way.

But wait.  While genius has become a commonplace  identity for an  extraordinary mind, body or spirit,  there’s another, less tidy,  definition  going all the way back to ancient Rome.  For some,  at least , genius could betray a person  […]

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Onward Into 2018?

On January 7, 2018 By

As we begin  a new year  of Trumpism, will we witness a greater acceptance of reality and honesty under the gathering clouds?

Or remain frozen in the wake of Donald’s rigid success with his “base”?

It seems the right time to again quote a passage from Orwell’s “1984”  as the measure of American democracy:

In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully  on people incapable of understanding it.  They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity  of what was demanded of them, and were not […]

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Ode to Donald Trump and Steve Bannon

The gingham hog and the calico bat
side by side in the White House sat;
’Twas half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Not one nor the other
had slept a wink!

The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.

(I was n’t there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate,)

The gingham hog tweeted “Drat! Drat! Drat!”

And the calico bat flapped its wings like […]

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