Sunday, May 28, 2017

What is the most heinous Republican lie?

May 26, 2017 by  
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  One of the more disgusting charges Republicans made against Barack Obama was that he was weak on terrorism. Trump repeated endlessly that Obama couldn’t say the words “radical Islamic terrorism” although when he, Trump, was in the Middle East this week, he couldn’t say them either. Then there was the ever-delightful Sarah Palin, who […]

What will Trump’s supporters do when he’s driven from office?

May 25, 2017 by  
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  Now that it seems like a foregone conclusion that Trump is toast–well, it’s my conclusion, anyway–we have to wonder: What will his fans do when he leaves the White House in disgrace? We already know quite a lot about them. They’re white men, mostly. They’re heterosexual. They’re rural, generally didn’t go to college, and […]

How Trump thinks: Inside the mind of POTUS

May 24, 2017 by  
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  You have to wonder what’s going through Trump’s head these days. It must be a relief to get away from America and the constant scandals swirling around him and his administration. It must feel good to go places—Israel and Saudi Arabia—where he’s admired, if not necessarily loved. The Saudi royal family—those paragons of democracy–rolled […]

How History will view Trump

May 23, 2017 by  
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  I believe Trump will not make it through 2017 as President. He’ll either be impeached, or will quit—possibly citing health reasons. History will not treat him kindly. Of course, in the short term, right wing historians will argue that he was “driven” from office by a partisan left, aided and abetted by a complicit […]

Hillary dementia is alive and well in the People’s Republic of Bernistan

May 22, 2017 by  
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  I know quite a few Bernie Sanders fans, and I feel sorry for them. They’re having difficulty accepting the role they played in getting Trump elected and so are becoming increasingly irrational and even reactionary in their politics. What Bernistas have in common are the following behaviors and attitudes: They were strong Bernie supporters […]

New wine reviews

May 21, 2017 by  
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  Steven Kent 2013 Lineage (Livermore Valley); $155. I’ve long had a fondness for Steven Kent’s Bordeaux-style wines, of which Lineage is the best. (He also makes the Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.) Lineage is a meritage-style wine; this ’13 is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. It […]

A letter to a tea party Republican who thinks I’m an “elitist”

May 19, 2017 by  
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  “Cockney patriotism,” they used to call it back in the 1890s and early 1900s in Britain: conservative, uneducated working class men, a lumpen proletariat of dispossessed souls, mostly failures in their own lives, whose injured pride sustained itself through identifying with England’s position as the world’s great colonial power. “Hooligan imperialism” they also called […]

Hello Mueller: thoughts on the Special Counsel

May 18, 2017 by  
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  So Democrats got what they wanted: a special counsel. It happened sooner than I expected; I think probably no one expected it this fast. But after the Comey diary was revealed, Republicans apparently realized they can either hop on the train, or get run over by it. They chose to hop on. The administration, […]

An open letter to Republican Congressman Zeldin

May 17, 2017 by  
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  I saw Republican congressman Lee Zeldin (from the 1st district in New York, which is eastern Long Island) interviewed yesterday on television about Trump, and in particular Trump’s leak of classified information to the Russians. The question the reporter repeatedly asked (I paraphrase) was the same question I, and many others, have been asking […]

The anti-anti-Trump movement gathers steam

May 16, 2017 by  
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  Two reports from yesterday suggest things are actually worse in this country than I’d thought. One traced the “anti-anti-Trump” movement. The other showed a group of (mostly white male) protesters at a rally chanting “Russia is our friend.” The “anti-anti-Trump” movement consists of individuals who feel that “Trump must be doing something right every […]

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