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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Compare and contrast

As I’ve said more than once, we subscribe to three daily newspapers. It’s often instructive to compare and contrast how an event is covered. Today the main story was Trump’s tax “plan”, if you can call it that. Let’s see how the three papers covered it. I’m referring here to the print editions. I haven’t […]

Corruption of the first order

It’s really not hard to see why Ivanka is Trump’s favorite. She’s just like him. When I read this a few things came to mind. The gist of it: Ivanka Trump told me yesterday from Berlin that she has begun building a massive fund that will benefit female entrepreneurs around the globe. Both countries and […]

Duly noted

Impeachable offense #I’ve stopped counting. Actually, he commits one every morning when he wakes up, but this one is particularly blatant. Emoluments, anyone? For 12 weekends in a row, Donald Trump has spent time at a Donald Trump-owned or managed property in what has to be a financial boon for the Trump family. Of course, everywhere Donald Trump […]

Goldwater rule going down

Apparently a number of people in the mental health field are convinced that the “Goldwater rule” has got to go. After the 1964 election, the psychological and psychiatric professional organizations adopted a rule discouraging their members from indulging in diagnosing the mental illnesses of politicians. Some of their number had diagnosed Goldwater, and apparently someone […]

Charter School madness

When I first heard about the charter school movement, I knew it boded no good. Having escaped Catholic School for what I consider to have been a great school (HPHS, say it louder we’re the best!), I have always been grateful for, and felt protective of, public education. The fact that the people pushing for […]

Local Republicans doing what Republicans do

Our newly elected state representative, Chris Conley, had a bit of bad luck recently. Well, she had two pieces of bad luck, but lets start with the latest. A few weeks ago Chris broke her leg in two places. It was a nasty break, and as a result, Chris missed some committee meetings in Hartford, […]

Kabuki show

I realize that this is at least slightly tongue in cheek: As we wait to see whether Donald Trump’s unpopularity will allow a Democrat to squeak through and win a thoroughly Republican district in suburban Atlanta, let’s look at an eye-popping new poll. President Trump’s popularity has collapsed among a key base constituency: Russians. Yes, […]

A word of caution re: Heather Somers

One of the good things that has happened (remember, always look on the bright side of life) since Trump lost the popular vote is the rise of the resistance movement, in its various and sundry groupings. We have several in this area. One downside of the movement is that it has attracted a lot of […]

Still looking on the bright side

I have posted this video ever Good Friday since this blog began, but it has, perhaps, never been more salient. My original purpose was to mock religion, particularly the religion I learned at Our Lady of Sorrows, but there’s another, albeit equivocal, message here. There isn’t much of a bright side for poor Brian and […]

Trump’s Foreign Policy

I’m a big Randy Newman fan, but inasmuch as Trump tends to go with the last thing he’s heard, it might not be a good idea for him to listen to this one. On the other hand, given the thumbs up so many of pundits (looking at you, Fareed) gave him for bombing Syria, maybe […]