Posts by: Abe

The Zombie Who Never Sleeps

On March 25, 2018 By

How can any of us sleep soundly at night knowing that the deranged Godfather who could change the face of the entire planet by pressing a button is desperately wading in the swamp of friendly dictators, porn stars, riflemen and newly appointed demonic war hawks without accountability?

In a matter of 24 hours, Donald Trump thrust upon us the savage militarist John Bolton, our hostile UN ambassador who has famously talked of bombing Iran and North Korea, as his top security advisor to replace  Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. He also appointed Fox News contributor Joseph diGenova, who blames the FBI and Department of Justice for trying to […]

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Ohio On the Road Again

On March 20, 2018 By

I see, with no small amount of alarm, that Ohio will be invaded this week by Donald Trump’s first team of minor Amerigarchs with a series of gold-plated fundraisers in Fostoria, Sidney, Troy and West Chester. Seems only fair that the rich donors who got such an uplifting tax break can show their appreciation with hefty contributions in at least four figures in small-town Ohio, right?

The guests of honor, courtesy of Ohio GOP chairwoman and Trump favorite Jane Timken, as the invitation reads, “fiery” Corey Lewandowski, and “consummate political pro” David Bossie. These two are authors of the book […]

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Is Trump really ready to meet?

On March 10, 2018 By

Allow me to begin this discourse with the full disclosure that I have no expertise in foreign diplomacy alignments in the Far East. That confession of ignorance will place me securely in the mindless ranks of the latest Trump reality show.  I refer to the president’s assertion that he intends to accept North Korea and Kim Jong-un’s invitation to meet at a time and place “to be determined.”   Maybe in May.  Perhaps in Shangri-La.

The revelation was met with shock and awe at the State Department and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who described the President’s first year […]

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I was forced to lurch the other day. I needed an extra burst of energy to escape, if only for a moment, from Trump Americana. A well-timed lurch might work. It didn’t.

No sooner had I lurched than Trump told us that he woke up at 6:30 a.m. to watch Fox and Friends, his favorite fake news program on the the state TV channel where any hint of professional journalism goes to die. Some lurches never work.

Later in the day, my lurch failed again when Reince Priebus turned up on the screen to explain, as only he can, that Trump’s “process […]

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State Rep. Keith Faber ’s visit to Akron last week previewed a likely matrix for Republican candidates running for state office this year in the party now managed by President Trump.  In his speech before a relatively small audience of 40 or so at the Tangier,  Faber cast his campaign game plan for state auditor in familiar conservative standbys.  He wants to cut taxes,  create more transparency and efficiency in government, eliminate waste, and support a strong state economy.  Who could argue?

In a moment when the nation is shattered by another school shooting,  Faber, a Celina lawyer and former […]

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Trump In Dante’s Hell

On February 27, 2018 By

The chronicles of America’s nightmare:

In a blink, President Trump managed to (1) trash a cancer-stricken Republican senator, (2) blame Barack Obama for all of the country’s systemic problems, (3) boast of his own courage if he had been outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the massacre, (4) praise the NRA for wanting to do what’s right, and (5) strategically insert the success of the washing machine business in the heart of his vacant blusters about gun control.

It’s possible that no other human being could get away with his hopscotching fable to make America great again.

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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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