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As videos remind us of Michael Flynn’s harsh demands against Hillary Clinton to “lock her up”, there is growing speculation that he will not be imprisoned for his disgraceful role in the Russia probe.  The debate over Flynn’s fate as a mob canary will extend to both sides of special counsel Robert Mueller’s penetrating reach.

At this point, does it really matter?  The disgraced general has already condemned himself ago to imprisonment in the pages of history books from which he can’t escape – now and forever.

That leads me to ask why people are so willing to give up their name, honor, and reputation in their […]

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Trump’s Awful Road Show

On December 9, 2018 By

It was a brutal week for Donald Trump, who was upstaged at the G-20 assembly of world leaders in Buenos Aires, a would-be superstar who was adrift in a sea of confusion and bad news.

I caught a glimpse of him in the small crowd as Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gleefully bonded in front of the global cameras like uniting fraternity brothers. But our guy was outvoted 19-1 on climate change and didn’t appear to be taken seriously about anything.

When it was time to go home he was seen tramping around the others as though his next step […]

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Mike DeWine has lied his way through every single step of his gubernatorial campaign. The Republican candidate for governor in Ohio is the latest in a long line of GOP officials who will shamelessly lie, cheat and steal to gain power by any means necessary.

Combing through the lengthy archives of Politifact or the Columbus Dispatch’s AdWatch reveals just how often DeWine outright lies to or misleads Ohio’s voters. In all honesty, it’s difficult to keep track of how often DeWine lies to our faces, but here’s my best effort.

DeWine’s been labeled as “pulling info from […]

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The GOP’s Poor Gender Optics

On September 25, 2018 By

What’s wrong with this picture?

In New York, President Trump is selling off the world at the United Nations on why America must be first. About everything.

In Washington, Republican white guys on the Judiciary Committee who are too many years beyond retirement age are trying to set the stage to install another white guy – Brett Kavanaugh by name – on the U.S. Supreme Court regardless of the male-female optics of interrogating a woman who has accused Kavanaugh for being terribly full of predatory sexual mischief as a teenager.

But why is it taking so long?  Particularly after the capo di […]

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When The Other Side Has a Leo

On September 21, 2018 By

Anyone who doubts that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would target Roe v. Wade as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice might want to check the name, Leonard Leo. He is the executive vice president of the conservative 60,000 member Federalist Society, a legal group that has no small influence along Potomac waters.

The society submitted a couple of lists of possible presidential nominees before Kavanaugh was chaperoned to Trump by Leo, a well-tailored live-wire anti-abortionist who was described in the New Yorker last year by Jeffrey Toobin “as being shaped as much by Catholicism as by conservatism.”  Toobin quoted Leo:

“My grandparents were deeply religious people, […]

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The Hearing That Wasn’t

On September 14, 2018 By

I’ve been having a terrible time trying to erase from my memory the so-called confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.  That soaring appointment was assured when President Trumpalooka chose him as the pick of the right-wing litter – an appellate judge who wasn’t even on the original list of the conservative  Federalist Society’s array of recommended space fillers to replace Justice Kennedy.

But with Trumpalooka bossing the Oval Office these troubled days, do we really need another hint of how it all came about to satisfy a base of pro-lifers?

He will be confirmed and […]

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The Agent Orange Now Challenged

On September 11, 2018 By

So it is Donald Trump vs. Barack Obama on the stump.  Agent Orange vs. Black Light, the latter an instrument used to determine flaws and repairs in objects.

The mock matchup of the current president and the ex is an easy call:  Obama is expressively Mr. Cool – masterfully calm,  thoughtful, authentic in dealing with today’s realities.  None of these attributes apply to The Uncool Donald,  who lives worriedly in a world that’s a vast laundromat where his fortunes flow, roll and tumble out of sight of yokels, rich and poor.

Now, Obama is making a bid to change all of […]

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Trump’s Bad Week

On August 31, 2018 By

The final week of the National Football League’s pre-season games was also one of Donald Trump’s classic exhibitions of brutish conduct that exemplified his derangement. As America’s quarterback, he managed to throw a half dozen more interceptions, fumbled all over the field and argued against rigged unnecessary roughness penalties by dishonest officials that made no difference in making the NFL and America great again.

They were, after all, exhibition games, which are the sort of theatrics that assure Trump of a raucous gathering at his rabid love-ins.

About the week:  He delayed a childish flat response to Sen. John McCain’s death, and by Thursday […]

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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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