Posts by: Abe

A Return Of The Remarkable Shadow?

On February 24, 2017 By

With so many Trump Age Republican no-shows at town hall  meetings around the country, is it fair to assume that they are  busy rehearsing for a revival of The Shadow, the old radio series with a remarkable detective who could  cloud people’s minds without being seen? OK, for skeptics, it’s  true that they  already have plenty of experience doing that from their perches on Capitol Hill! As a kid, I was forever enthralled by  The Shadow,  who knew what “evil lurked in the hearts of men” and set about  to expose it. ( Heh. heh. heh…}  Thanks to special […]

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A Barnstorming Year For Republicans

On February 22, 2017 By

Meanwhile, back at the barn in Columbus, creatures are stirring…

The former Ohio Republican Party has now evolved into the Ohio Trump Party, from a rich new chairman down. (A “hostile takeover” , as one Republican grieved to me.) Nevertheless, there are campaigns for the 2018 ballot to be organized.

It’s already begun. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel – Trump Jr.- has quickly announced his mobilized ground forces for another major thrust at Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown’s seat – the one that he failed to win once before – by planting organizers in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. I […]

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A scene in an Indiana Jones movie has Harrison Ford sinking in quicksand up to his neck. He’s rescued by a friend who pitches a long snake to him for a tow line. It works . The plot continues.

But then, it’s a movie when anything can happen. My literature prof in college would refer to it as calling for a “suspension of disbelief.”

The scene is revived in my memory every time Sean Spicer chugs up to the microphone at a press briefing . Did he bring along another symbolic snake to yank his boss from the quicksand of […]

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Presidents Day

On February 20, 2017 By

Happy President’s Day – the tribute of American democracy to our leaders from the one who would not tell a lie to the serial liar who is the current occupant. No whoppers from Sunday’s batch but we do know that on the seventh day he rests.

The sweaty campaign-like performance at his Florida misnamed “press conference” produced more than enough evidence to disqualify him for honorable President’s Day activities . I’m thinking of his torrential assault on the “dishonest press” that wouldn’t even show, he complained, the huge crowd that had found its way into the Melbourne hangar with cheers […]

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The Pretense Of Mar-A-Lago

On February 20, 2017 By

Let ‘s pretend.

Let’s pretend that you have $200,000 of loose change to join D. Trump’s luxurious resort, Mar-a-Lago. Let’s pretend that you are eager to hobnob not only with the President but also with his super wealthy members in the epicenter of the world’s most powerful oligarchy. Pretend that you will be an insider for Developers. Bankers. Lobbyists. Corporate chiefs. Moguls. Even Bill Belichick..(But only if it’s OK with him.)

Pretend that the head oligarch only won the election by a TKO whiile losing the popular vote by nearly 3 million . Pretend that as a part-time president who […]

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Did you notice that D. Trump has recommended  another Wall Street  billionaire for his crusade to make America great again?  Yep, in this instance the plutocrat’s name is Stephen  A. Feinberg, the co-founder of a cash cow name Cerberus Capital Management and reported to be quite friendly with Steve Bannon (here we go again!),  the president’s thought-meister.

Trump wants him to  head  an investigation of the American  intelligence agency.  As you already know, Herr Trump has not  been pleased with the agency that is supposed to inform him of anything not in lockstep with his and America’s interests.  So now […]

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The Chops Of Trump’s Dark Epic

On February 16, 2017 By

Another day. Another scandal in the dark epic of Trump world. The president’s ex-national security advisor, Mike Flynn, who apparently was giving as much advice to Russian intelligence as he was during the campaign to the looming occupants of the White House.

Oh, a vice president who wasn’t in the loop when bad things were taking place.

The president at his royal Floridian resort on the public dime while doing open-air foreign policy, documents and all, as fancy people who paid $200,000 annual memberships gawked and took pictures. No surprise. The White House oarsmen are now saying the real problem […]

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When Delusion Creates Fumes

On February 11, 2017 By

Considering how badly things have been going for D. Trump these days – from the failed mission in Yemen that he approved from his dinner table to his failed prediction that he would win his immigration case “easily” in the appellate court – we should all wonder about the health of his altered state. And I didn’t ’t even mention the part about Kellyanne Conway’s foolish retailing appeals and Sean Spicer’s beleaguered efforts to force the tattered genie back into his thimble. Just today, NY Times Columnist Gail Collins observed that Spicer was the “Most Miserable Man on Earth” […]

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I Want My Country Back

On February 6, 2017 By

There’s much that I don’t understand about the new president, but most of all,  I don’t  understand how he got here. Consider: He is the same  super hawk who managed to dodge the draft with five deferments.  Right! FIVE.  One-two-three-four… FIVE! Despite his avowed fondness for the evangelical Christian culture, he unblushingly boasted that he  groped a female’s “pussy”, and he wasn’t talking about the neighbor’s cat. His staunch defense of his role model Vladimir Putin, the powerful dictator who doubtless engineered the cyber attack on Hillary Clinton’s emails. His refusal to release his income tax records, then and now. […]

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A Renacci-Trump Moment

On February 6, 2017 By

We noticed a brief interview of Rep. Jim Renacci on WKYC-TV in which the reporter quite naturally asked the northern Ohio Republican for an assessment of Donald Trump. For the viewer it was not a learning moment. The former Wadsworth mayor, and millionaire Trump surrogate didn’t find it a good fit for his fusion to the new administration and he wasn’t going there despite some mild prodding.

“He’s moving very quickly” Renacci said, uncomfortably repeating his lean answer and telling us what we already know.

The congressman, like many Trumpeters these days, doesn’t need further schooling to maintain his equilibrium […]

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For Trump, Time To Punt

On February 6, 2017 By

In an instant, our so-called president Donald Trump Twitterboarded James Robart as the “so- called’ federal judge who blocked the travel ban as ‘“outrageous” . His anger spread quickly throughout his so- called realm. Kellyanne Conway, a so-called leading presidential advisor and first responder, promptly turned up on Fox News to denounce the court action as “alternative lies” while Sean Spicer, the so-called White House press secretary, tried to explain that the court had no more authenticity than a weather report.

On Sunday so-called Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told Jake Tapper that he had no interest in replying to […]

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