Posts by: Abe

Oh! – O’Brien’s Exit

On April 10, 2017 By

I will probably be cast into journalistic hell for writing this counterspin to the Plain Dealer editorial board’s outpouring of praise for Kevin O’Brien, the deeply conservative deputy editorial page editor and columnist who opted for a buyout from the state’s biggest newspaper. I won’t go into the frills of his colleagues’ admiration of the longtime polemicist who sniffed and snorted at the slightest hint of the country’s alleged drift to the left. For me, his departure will create some fresh air for his assault on the chorus of scientists – 97 percent of them on stage for curtain […]

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The O’Reilly-Trump Factor

On April 8, 2017 By

You’d like to think that for the sake of the kids and the nation’s honor, President Trump couldn’t sink much farther into his undrained swamp.

Sorry about that. He just did.

Using the august Oval Office as his stage, Trump told the world – as only U.S. Presidents can do – that his good friend Bill O’Reilly , the scandalous Fox cable star, was a “good person” and didn’t do “anything wrong.” It seemed to be an extension of some of the kind things he said so approvingly of Vladimir Putin’s alleged soaring public approval by the Russians. It should […]

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If you want further evidence to fill in the blanks of Donald Trump’s blankety-blank boast to revive America’s coal mines, I  recommend Paul Krugman’s column in Friday’s New York Times, which you can find online titled “Coal Country is a State of Mind”.  Having spent much of my youth in Pennsylvania’s coal  country, I’m particularly sensitive to the brutal con game that Trump is playing on  the miners of yesteryear who  aren’t questioning the absurdity of his words. But as we all must know by now, with the possible exception of  his diehard loyalists whose cars still bear Trump […]

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Renacci Earballs Ohio Voters

On April 2, 2017 By

As it has been widely reported in the national media, skittish Republican pols have been ducking town halls to avoid the shouts and boos of their constituents who show up to protest. Back in their districts, congressmen have tried to develop other ways to pretend that they really give a damn to respond directly in their pretense of an open society. Some, like Trump surrogate Jim Renacci, 58, the Wadsworth, Oh. conservative Republican who just announced his candidacy for the Ohio governor’s office, added a new wrinkle, replacing eyeballing with whirlwind earballing. In an email, a reader of this blog […]

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The old white guys lost!  The ones trying to run  the White House these days down through Congress.  Tweet Trump, Paul Ryan,  Mitch McConnell , Steve Bannon, Mike Pence,  the No-can-do Republican congressmen who have been dead-set on repealing Obamacare for seven years;  the loyal, head-bobbing soldiers who were solidly  committed to Trumpcare.    They all lost.

Oh, I  know.  Trump singled out Democrats Sen. Charlie Schumer  and Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the big losers.   But as is usually true of Trump, he can only communicate with people who put him in the White House.  Obamacare, he asserted over and […]

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Although New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has referred to Donald Trump’s cabinet as a “pickup basketball team,” I have come to believe that the new regime has been performing more like a bunch of 19th round draft picks. The latest evidence is that when Mexican foreign minister Luis Videgaray arrived in Washington for some formal discussions, the State Department swore ignorance of his visit. When the Department’s acting spokesman Mark Toner was asked about it, he said it was news to him..

He said he would check it out. Yippee! Problem solved.

Actually, the official visitor was there to […]

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When Is Wiretap Not Wiretap?

On March 16, 2017 By

It’s been a stupendous year for politicians making asses of themselves with dumb comments.

We’re thinking of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer telling reporters at a press briefing that the Trump Administration is dumping some people because they don’t rise to the president’s “high standards “. Before this nightmare is over, that one should be bronzed in the corridors of history.

And how should we respond when Rep.Steve King of Iowa, who lives in the closeted corner of his state where even emails from the East Coast can’t easily reach It. This was the congressman who gave us, “We […]

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Growing pains.

So that’s how it is among beleaguered Republican congressmen.

Growing pains! That, at least, is the remarkable explanation of House Speaker Paul Ryan of the chaos his caucus has created in the party’’s nearly decade-long attempt to repeal Obamacare. He explains it with a giddy tight-lipped smile as if there were worse things for the House to be concerned about these days than the millions of Americans who would be denied health care insurance because of the prescribed Trump “fix’.

You would think that by now the Republican grudge against Barack Obama would have found a way to […]

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As I watch Trump barging forward in a draping black funereal coat and fixed defiant expression, I must keep reminding myself that this bizarre hulk is our president. Even his long necktie is an original White House expression that serves as a fashion statement and an early warrior’s codpiece to protect his manhood.

Soldiering on with alternative lies, Trump tried to bury the fallout of the Sessions chaos by offering the public the unique ruse that President Obama ordered the wiretap of the new guy’s Manhattan hideaway in Trump Tower. That sleight-of-delusion came directly from Steve Bannon who has earned […]

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Renacci Cares Both Ways

On March 8, 2017 By

There has been so much attention driven by D. Trump to immigration that I turned to the words of Wadsworth congressman Jim Renacci, a Republican and right-wing surrogate of the president. He assures us in each breath that he wants to cut taxes. And who can blame a man of his wealth who would benefit so mightily from the proposed cuts? Anyway, here’s what he had to say about refugees and such:

“While I strongly encourage the Administration to examine more closely whether it is effectual and necessary to subject green card holders from these nations to this temporary order, […]

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