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There Is A Mighty Wind Blowing Across America Today…

Donald Trump's Untimate Deal Cash Giveaway

...and it has nothing to do with a hurricane named Matthew.  It is Trumpkins madly dissembling the latest of the innumerable Donald Trump scandals — a leaked hot-mike video in which he brags about the pleasures of sexually assaulting married women — and they are angrily asserting that Bill Clinton did the same thing.   There is an element of truth to that.  Clinton was and Trump is a sexual predator.  But that is where the similarities end and Continue Reading...

Republicans ‘Working The Ref’ With War On IRS


IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was forced to testify on Wednesday before a Republican impeachment committee.  Republicans are doing this because the IRS (under a previous commissioner) dared to check whether organizations applying for special IRS nonprofit status were following the law or illegally promoting candidates. Continue Reading...

Political Correctness, Bull Murder, and Trump (Yes, There Is a Through-Line Here)


In Tordesillas, Spain, the provincial government ended a tradition that went back to medieval times.  The real medieval times, not the fake thing with the turkey legs and people with mouths full of teeth jousting indoors.  It was part of a festival where a full-grown bull would be chased by townspeople into a field where, with cheering crowds watching, horse riders would use spears to kill the bull.  The slaughter would take a while, much to the Continue Reading...

A Candidate for our Times


Szell: Is it safe? [pause] Is it safe? Babe: You're talking to me? Szell: Is it safe? Babe: Is what safe? Szell: Is it safe? Babe: I don't know what you mean. I can't tell you something's safe or not, unless I know specifically what you're talking about. Szell: Is it safe? Babe: Tell me what the "it" refers to. Szell: Is it safe? Babe: Yes, it's safe, it's very safe, it's so safe you wouldn't believe it. Szell: Is it safe? Babe: No. Continue Reading...

Top Six US Problems worse than Terrorism


Every time a person of Middle Eastern heritage who ought to have been committed to an insane asylum but wasn’t (because rich people who don’t want to pay taxes successfully lobbied to get rid of insane asylums) commits violence, our press and politicians hit the panic button. This is so even though you are more likely to die falling in your bathtub than of terrorism. Continue Reading...

Film Review: Bridget Jone’s Baby


Good Fun Chick Flick for Women - and Men It is like an indisputable law of physics: Sequels are always worse than the originals.  But every once in a great while, some upstart comes along and upends the Newtonian applecart.  1974’s The Godfather: Part II was superior to its 1972 predecessor, just as Francis Ford Coppola’s screen adaptation of The Godfather was one of those rare instances when the movie really was better than the book.  And Continue Reading...

A Palestinian Stalwart Rests


Some people don’t deserve the harshness life imposes upon them. Jaber El-Wanni was one of those persons. This summer, when I last visited him in his home to bid him farewell before heading back to Palestine, I was speechless.  How do you tell someone goodbye when you both know it will be the last time you will ever see each other?  The fragile giant of a man that barely resembled the Jaber I chose to remember, slowly got out of his recliner Continue Reading...

Guess What? Chris Christie Is Still Blackmailing His Political Foes


Chris Christie managed the feat of parlaying his position as a crime-fighting federal prosecutor into becoming the most corrupt governor in the history of New Jersey by repeatedly using his powerful position to blackmail or otherwise punish people who would not support him.   That was then, but the big story these days is that Christie, who has become best known for being Donald Trump's poodle, apparently has learned nothing from a presidential Continue Reading...

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Dangerous idiots: how the liberal media elite failed working-class Americans


Is the so-called “liberal,” “elite” media really as cosseted and cloistered as its critics suggest?  Actually, yes.  Like the Democracy Party, the media – defined here as the mainstream variety – largely comprises well-educated, coastal types who have little in common (and often disdain) middle-America, working class whites.  Little wonder it has earned the latter’s ire.

Hillary Clinton and the Populist Revolt


What happens when the purported party of the working class abandons its proletarian roots, while the other major party pushes crazed conspiracy theories, paranoia, and racism as an obfuscatory tactic to conceal its plutocratic agenda?  A virulent populism that threatens the republic.  Whose to blame for Trump?  We all are.

In ‘Hitler,’ an Ascent From ‘Dunderhead’ to Demagogue


How did a clownish buffoon rise from obscurity to lead one of the world’s great civilizations that produced soaring art and culture?  Historians have been asking the question since the demise of the Third Reich.  Hitler confounds.  Here are some clues: cunning exploitation of nativist fears, exploitation of irresistible propaganda, and “bottomless mendacity.”  Found familiar.  It should.

The Man who Showed Donald Trump how to Exploit Power and Instill Fear


If you can judge a man by the company keeps, then Donald Trump belongs in one of hell’s inner sanctums given his longtime friendship with a truly evil man, Roy Cohn, a former acolyte of red-baiting Senator Joe McCarthy and amoral legal rogue.  Birds of feather fly together.

Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired


Welcome to the modern Orwellian workplace, replete with bogus paeans to changing the world and congratulatory parties for being cashiered.  Labor has evolved over the decades and centuries, to be sure, but some thing never change.  Fundamentally, the worker is an expendable drone who must be plied with bogus moral-boosting empty gestures to hide that fiction.  The solution: be a trust fund baby and avoid peonage entirely.

Europe’s Muslims hate the West


Why do they hate us?  That was the question de jour after 9/11.  A host of answers proffered relate to the West’s many misdeeds in the Middle East: colonial machinations, shameless support for brutal regimes, brutal interventionism,etc.  But perhaps responsibility runs, at least to some degree, both ways.  Maybe “they” are also culpable for the lousy state of affairs in the Middle East and, more generally, the problem of Islamic extremism.