Posts by: Abe

“We showed no care for the little ones. We abandoned them.”

That concern was expressed by Pope Francis in the wake of the explosive report that more than 1,000 children had been sexually abused by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania.

But he could very well have been referring to the thousands of kids separated from their parents Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigrants, with 564 still in undisclosed faraway places.

Not that the president cares that much about other people’s kids while his own are in worrisome circumstances in the Russia probe. In a recent speech in Charleston, […]

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Silence Has No Sound

On August 21, 2018 By

Do you think Simon and Garfunkel might have had the Republican congressmen in mind when they wrote “The Sound of Silence”? Given the fact that the creepy pols obsequiously duck into the nearest cave when the issue of the monster in the Oval Office adds a few more shreds to our democracy, one must decide that they, too, are bluffing when they solicit your vote as wannabe leaders.  They are not.  Nowhere is that more evident than in Ohio where the Trump Republican ticket has nothing at all to venture about Donald Trump.

That group would include Mike DeWine, who is free-wheeling his feel-good right-wing […]

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Sarahp-titious Press Secretary

On August 20, 2018 By

Is there anything more useless in White House slithering than Sarah Sanders’ daily encounters with reporters at the press briefings?  Slithering?  If she is asked whether Thanksgiving will be celebrated in November, you can be sure she will respond that “the president has been very clear that he wants to serve all of the people.”

And if his side doesn’t do well in the mid-term elections, will he abolish “Merry Christmas” as the official greeting of Christians?  Reply:  “The president has been very clear that he wants to protect the safety of all Americans.”

In Sarah-talk, there has never been any […]

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Enemy of What???

On August 17, 2018 By

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 […]

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Mike Pence Spacing Out

On August 14, 2018 By

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 […]

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The Shrinking Trump Team

On August 13, 2018 By

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Supremes: V Is For What?

On July 13, 2018 By

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 […]

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