Permit me to enter my small voice to today’s national gathering of newspapers editorially reacting – en masse – to Donald Trump’s rancorous charge that journalists are the “enemy of the people”. As one who has knocked some newspapers and broadcasters from time to time – and soundly knocked by them – in the normal fraternal give-and-take of the business, I am not here to take a bow for a profession that I was forever happy to represent in the more than half-century in which I tried to serve it.
Yes, we all have l had moments that we would like to replay with more finesse. And yes, there were days when […]Full Story... →
I am happy to report some good news in the dark and deadly atmosphere of fading democracy: President
Trump has finally come up with a job for Vice President Pence beyond tail-wagging and Bible reading.
By now you’ve probably heard the reports that Pence, a Fido-like creature with heavenly ambitions, is promoting a space force that would validate Orson Welles’ alarming vision of Martians landing in New Jersey 80 years ago. (In modern terms it would be cast as Trump landing in the Oval Office for a second term.)
“The time has come,” Pence soared to a Pentagon audience, ” to write the next […]Full Story... →
Oh, for Heaven’s sake!
With the juicy Manafort trial winding down, another long-fingered scandal was whipping up in western New York. Its district congressman, Rep. Chris Collins, the first of his Capitol Hill breed to endorse Donald Trump, was arrested on a charge of insider trading. I’m not that deeply into understanding Wall Street transactions, but the reports seem serious.
In brief, Collins, a rich Republican operative, sits on the board of an Australian drug company that was trying to develop a miracle drug for multiple sclerosis. When Collins was tipped off that the product was a failure without public notice, he hastily called […]Full Story... →
It’s been a terrible week for Ohio ’s Trump Republican candidates as they meekly try to run out the clock on their president’s insults of iconic LeBron James. Forever the adolescent arbiter of the villainy of his critics, Trump decided to trample out the hardwoods where the grapes of wrath are stored. It took no more than a split second to figure out that he was again imposing his racism by attacking the NBA superstar who had earlier called him – deservedly so – a bum. For the past week, James, an Akron guy, had been celebrated nationally for his […]Full Story... →
The white flash mob that turned out for Herr Trumpf’s rally in Tampa with vulgarities and fist-waving threats to the media was in brutal contrast to a friendlier moment the day before as superstar LeBron James hosted the opening of his Foundation’s grade school in Akron.
In Florida the cheers went out for a president, having now downed his quart of Muscle Milk and executed his defiant game face with tight lip-synced push- button grins, rose in the grandeur of his chilling opera.
In James’ hometown of Akron, where he entered the real world without the benefit of a $1 […]Full Story... →
When the final chapter of the Trump Era is written, the remaining question in the minds of some witnesses will be, how did this grotesque excuse for a president remain in the Oval Office for so long? A fair question, given his destructive force field wherever he casts his shadow. There will only be clues.
But we shouldn’t dismiss the surrender of many elected Republicans who spend much of their time tip-toeing around the psychotic man who, among other alarming excesses, openly engaged in recreational treason in his servile meetings with such autocrats at Vladimir Putin.
The report from Capitol Hill brings us the daily word of […]Full Story... →
As the world watched the heroic efforts to rescue the young soccer team trapped in a Thai cave, one thing was stuck on our brains. We could only think of the President’s indifference to the plight of thousands of migrant kids who are unspeakably lost or detained by the president’s monstrous “zero tolerance” policy. He assured us that he had solved the problem with the sleight of his pen days ago but as with most of his empty self-serving pronouncements that wasn’t true.
The theater of the absurd has continued to the point of having a one-year-old child appear before […]Full Story... →
Shame on me.
As Donald Trump puffed up in his comfort zone – another defining moment for the gangland Don – with his Supreme nominee standing by – we awaited the flood of clichés that would seal Trump’s latest bond with his sacred base. No hyperbolic flame could be a hotter reminder that the U.S. Constitution was in the safest hands. Even the nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, told us so. ” Impeccable!” “Unsurpassed!” roared The Don…Al dente.
There had been days of speculation that a Kavanaugh on the Court would be the vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, thus sending desperate women into dark alleys with […]Full Story... →
Should you be in a desperate mood for happier faces during this torturous day of Trump Americana, I recommend paying close attention to the characters in the TV commercials. Whether they are promoting catheters or paper towels, everybody is laughing, dancing or otherwise expressing their delight at solving life’s problems.
There’s one senior couple that keeps strolling, hand in hand, with the look of utter contentment as they explain how they sold their insurance to place their money in more useful pursuits.
At least that’s what I think they did before I fumbled with the MUTE button.
The commercial’s sales pitch ends […]Full Story... →
One of the losers in Harley-Davidson ’s decision to move some of its operations from Wisconsin to Europe is Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci. The wealthy Trump surrogate, who is running against Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown, is one of the richest congressmen on Capitol Hill. Richest!
Some of his huge wealth is derived from his investments in Harley-Davidson dealerships as well as numerous other profitable enterprises around the country. When the former Wadsworth mayor first announced his candidacy for governor, he rode a motorcycle, for great “guy thing” optics. He then switched to the Senate race at Trump’s urging.
Why ride a […]Full Story... →
The current media revival of the Nixonian Watergate scandal also bore an unspoken message to Trump’s team that has chosen to give up its collective corrupt soul to the ages. When the next generation of historians dare to make any sense of Trump and his loyalists they will rest their case on the harsh indifference of each participant to his or her place in the history books.
As they trudge around in their nastiness for a totally unworthy quixotic and dishonest king, their live moments on the planet will be brief, of course. History, however, is forever.
Trump, for example, will be remembered as the worst president in history instead […]Full Story... →