Sweden Checks In: A Report From the Field

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

Trump Sends Douglas Niedermeyer to the Sunday Shows

“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

Where Donald Trump and Neville Chamberlain Cause My Insomnia

Here’s what keeps me awake at night:  Our country looks like it is close to being in real peril, and we aren’t paying the right kind of attention. I’m not a fan of hyperbole or overblown, the-sky-is-falling dramatics. But in the past when candidates I haven’t supported have been elected to office, whether it’s a governorship, a Congressional seat or a Presidency, I’ve always felt … Continue reading Where Donald Trump and Neville Chamberlain Cause My Insomnia

Be Patriotic, Challenge a Marriage, Whatever. Just Subscribe.

Until a few years ago, over the span of my life I’ve lived in a house with a subscription to either Newsweek or Time, and frequently both simultaneously.  My mom and dad wouldn’t have considered living without one or the other.  They also subscribed to the two local Cincinnati daily papers (back in the days when there were two Cincinnati daily papers), a weekly paper … Continue reading Be Patriotic, Challenge a Marriage, Whatever. Just Subscribe.

The United States, a Kleptocracy

According to Merriam-Webster, a “kleptocracy” is “a government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed.” I’d thought of an administration headed by FuckFace Von Clownstick* as perhaps an Idiocracy (a mediocre movie that now seems a bit prescient), but never imagined that the United States could devolve into something that – to me – always seemed exclusive to … Continue reading The United States, a Kleptocracy

A “Post-Truth” President and the American Media

The day after Donald Trump gained more than 270 Electoral College votes, thereby winning the U.S. Presidency, I heard a commentator on either CNN or MSNBC refer to him as “our first post-truth President”. Um … what?  I wouldn’t have been able to get away with telling my mother 40 years ago, that I hadn’t lied, exactly, I was just being post-truth.  She would rightfully … Continue reading A “Post-Truth” President and the American Media

WHO’S Going to Be President?!

We’re about to live in a post-Obama world that is shaping up to be “post” many things: Post-equality. Post-truth. Post-reality. For many who champion the progress made in the last 50 years to afford all Americans an equal opportunity to participate in our democratic republic, live freely and pursue happiness, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Continue reading WHO’S Going to Be President?!