When I was a kid, my Dad turned me onto a writer named Fletcher Knebel. Mr. Knebel wrote political thrillers and was the co-author of the classic Seven Days in May. I was probably too young to read and fully grasp the nuances of Knebel’s books (I was around 11 or 12), but I loved them. My favorite Knebel book was called Night of Camp … Continue reading Trump Is Mentally Unbalanced. Period.
Today, Donald Trump spoke to the National Governor’s Association. While he was talking about how his team was working on a plan that would replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), he said this: “Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated.” Are you *&$% kidding me? For a century before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, multiple Presidents – including no less than … Continue reading How Many Trump Advisors Did It Take to Realize Healthcare is “Complicated”?
“So this is how the uninsured die. In a society filled with wealthy doctors and gleaming hospitals and state-of-the art medical gadgetry and the bulk of the world’s Nobel winners, it seems outrageous to allow Donny Ray Black to wither away and die without proper medical care.” These are words written by John Grisham in his book, The Rainmaker, which was the story of a … Continue reading The GOP’s Hated Health Care for Decades
Time Magazine has opened its polls for readers to weigh in on who should be Time’s Person of the Year for 2017 (Trump was so named last year; never forget that Hitler received this distinction as well, lest anyone think it means that Person of the year is the Best of the year – that’s not the case). Time’s poll (which is still open) can be checked at http://time.com/5027387/time-person-year-2017-poll-results/. … Continue reading The “American Woman” Must Be Considered for Time’s Person of the Year
White supremacists (add one letter and it’s “Supremracists”, get it?) rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia last night and today, carrying Confederate, American and Nazi flags. Because this was a planned event to ostensibly “Unite the Right” (a bullshit cover name if I ever heard one), counter-protests were planned. The Confederate/Nazi/American rally resulted in three – so far – deaths and dozens of injuries. The Supremracists were … Continue reading Sorry White Supremacists, You Failed Our Assimilation Requirements
The late author James Michener wrote a book entitled Presidential Lottery that was published in 1969. Excluding its appendices, the paperback version comes in at 126 pages, making it one of Michener’s shortest books (many of his novels exceed a thousand pages; I always thought that his books became fascinating once the reader gets past page 300). Presidential Lottery, though, isn’t a novel. After serving … Continue reading Think Again About Third Party POTUS Candidates
A Friend of the Blog located in Stockholm filed the following. She and her husband were rather startled Sunday morning to read in the Washington Post about the dastardly incident in Sweden that occurred Friday night. +++ Dateline 19 February 2017 Stockholm, Sweden Hard-working, safe and prosperous: it’s not often Sweden gets international headlines. So we’re mostly bemused by President Trump’s comment on Saturday: … Continue reading Sweden Checks In: A Report From the Field
“How does it feel to be an independent, Schoenstein?” “How does it feel to be an asshole, Niedermeyer?” – Animal House. I usually manage to watch two of the Sunday morning news shows, and try to catch what I missed on the podcast episode of the show. ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, though, doesn’t have a podcast. I’m glad today that it … Continue reading Trump Sends Douglas Niedermeyer to the Sunday Shows
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go visit you? “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you … Continue reading You Can’t Be Pro-Life and Support Trump’s Muslim Ban
On Inauguration Day, 2017, my oldest stepdaughter and I boarded a plane bound for Washington, DC. We most emphatically were not headed to the swearing-in of the 45th President of the United States. Rather, we were going to participate in what I thought of as the anti-inauguration: The Women’s March in Washington scheduled for the day after the inauguration. The gate area was filled with … Continue reading The Women’s March: Power to the People