Category: politics

An interview with Ghisaine Maxwell

According t dubious information source Faque Nooze, their correspondent, Tosh Piffle, conducted an interview with sex-trafficker suspect, Gisaine Maxwell.  The transcript: Piffle:  Some critics claim that President Trump, in his favorable comment about you, was blowing a dog whistle to you.  What would you say to POTUS concerning the allegation? Maxwell:  Beg your pardon? It... Read more »

The Coming Biden-Trump Test-Taking Showdown

My usually unreliable sources are reporting that Joe Biden has accepted  Donald Trump’s Cognitive-Test Challenge.  With one amendment. Biden is upping the ante.  He has proposed that they  simultaneously take the current SAT test on national television, with Alex Trebek acting as proctor. After initially demurring  in  a tweet, “It’s going to be rigged,” and... Read more »

Mapping an American Vaccination Plan

Most societies are burdened with a lunatic fringe or two.  America, I’m afraid, suffers several more than that.  And the biggest one–the size and  disposition of an armed force– I fear is on it its way. Recent surveys cough up anywhere from 18% to 49% (the latter  one heard on NPR) of Americans asserting that... Read more »
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"Defund the Police": World's Dumbest Slogan

My beloved Democratic Party should have hired a linguistics professor . Or maybe a semanticist,  Or better yet, a retired ad agency creative director from the era of memory-implanting tag lines.* Instead they brainlessly brainstormed the un-catchy  (and more importantly, misleading) call to action, “Defund the Police”–so incomprehensible it has to be explained away by... Read more »

What to rename Douglas Park.

There’s no debate! Nobody should have named anything after Steven Douglas. Let’s start the wrecking crew working by renaming Douglas Park to…what else but Douglass Park, after Frederick Douglass. Note to D. Trump:  The late Frederick Douglas

A Plan to Make November Polling Locations Safer

It’s hardly a secret that Mad King Trump and his cabal of devious dirty tricksters, demonic foul players and  devisers of dirty pools are busy concocting schemes to choke off the collective will of Black and Hispanic voters. Their chief strategy:  The antisocial distancing of polling locations calculated to stifle this cohort of voters from... Read more »
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Donald Trump Saving Black Lives

Here’s how I have it figured: The moment D. Trump heard (remember, he doesn’t read) that African Americans and us elders suffered a disproportionate share of Covid 19 eradication, his demonic calculus got kick-started.  The math informed him  that by his encouraging Americans (by personal example,  strong suggestion and premature business openings) to  scuttle the... Read more »

Why Veterans Want to Keep the Postal Service Alive

Recently a “Voice of the People” submission of mine was published on the Op Ed page.  Here is the content.   The reasons to keep the U.S. Postal Service alive and well are widely–and wisely– documented. But one reason hasn’t been granted nearly enough voice. It  has to do with Donald Trump’s indifference to American military... Read more »

The Historical Figure Trump Most Resembles

History is bound to note the following disquieting parallels between  two infamous leaders. Consider: .  Both boasted cult-like followings populated by lost, benighted, spellbound acolytes* who bought into and repeatedly parroted  the tilted, disjointed  ravings of their demagogic demigods. *If you’ll permit me  the indulgence of a neologism, I’ve  tagged them as “echolytes.” .  Though... Read more »
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The Corpse of "Cops": Autopsy of a TV Series

Years ago in a Harper’s* essay, a former film editor on the TV show, “Cops”,  admitted that, by agreement, the police had  imposed complete censorship privileges  over the show’s contents.  In the piece, the editor confessed that she was ordered to toss on the editing room floor–like so much used toilet paper– damaging footage depicting... Read more »