Category: Basket of Deplorables

Bella Cain sounded great until the drummer started talking

Bella Cain sounded great until the drummer started talking
Stopping in for a quick pop and some live music, we discovered a great band at the Broken Oar in Port Barrington, Illinois. Bella Cain’s slick website describes them as “The ‘hottest top 40 country group’ in the area!”  They are good and they play more than just country. About an hour into their set... Read more »

Donald Trump is the first Republican to win Wisconsin since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952

Donald Trump is the first Republican to win Wisconsin since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952
Donald Trump told a clamoring throng of supporters in Fargo, North Dakota this week that he was the first Republican to win Wisconsin since 1952. If you’re one of the two or three people who read my stuff regularly, I would hope that you’re thinking to yourself, “Hmmm, that doesn’t seem right.” You would be... Read more »

Is Jon Meacham naive about the "Soul of America"?

Is Jon Meacham naive about the "Soul of America"?
In his new book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” Jon Meacham presents the historical context out of which arose Donald Trump. The book’s conclusion seems a myopic, “It’ll be OK.” If only I could believe that. The book is a wonderland of American history, presented by great writer. “The Soul... Read more »
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You might be a Native American and not even know it

You might be a Native American and not even know it
Most people of Native American heritage know it.  There aren’t many who find out through Ancestry.com that their DNA is comprised of 26% Native American markers. Other than Native Americans, the indigenous people of what we call America, the rest of us are foreigners, immigrants.  Every last one of us is a direct link to... Read more »

Is Vladimir Putin tired of winning?

Is Vladimir Putin tired of winning?
During his campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly promised, “You’re going to get tired of winning.”  Who knew that he was talking to Vladimir Putin? Today’s politics is a zero sum game that is all about winners and losers. The loser of the 2016 presidential election is American democracy. The winner is Vladimir Putin. If Putin had... Read more »

How Gina Haspel, torture and abortion are all related (in my mind)

How Gina Haspel, torture and abortion are all related (in my mind)
Should the CIA be turned over to accused torturer and tape destroyer, Gina Haspel?  I vote, “Yes.” Those of you who have visited this space before and consider this blogger a bleeding heart, fake news, Liberal puke may be surprised by my endorsement of Gina Haspel, Trump’s nominee for CIA Director. If you watched Ms.... Read more »
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Poor, Misguided Freddie Thinks that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Have his Back

Poor, Misguided Freddie Thinks that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Have his Back
Freddie (not real name) likes to put an optimistic spin on things. It’s an admirable trait, but the operative word is still spin. Spin is not truth. Freddie thinks Palestinians will wake up one day and embrace Jews as their friends. He (or she) lives in a world of optimism and imagination, luxuries we may... Read more »

Is Vashti Brocoli a Russian Troll, a Real Live Deplorable or a 400 Pound Guy in New Jersey?

Is Vashti Brocoli a Russian Troll, a Real Live Deplorable or a 400 Pound Guy in New Jersey?
Much of the feedback from my little tirades comes from a group I call the “Whatabouts.” You know the type. When they’re guilty, they deflect from their crimes with, “What about what (fill in the blank) did?” For Trumpsters, the response to any of a thousand facts marking him as a liar and a traitor... Read more »

Guns, Violence and Advertising in the Age of Trumpism, Hate and Fear

Guns, Violence and Advertising in the Age of Trumpism, Hate and Fear
The above advertisement caught my eye as I thumbed through a magazine while cooling my heels at the Denver airport. It’s a lot to take in. There’s a casual, but urgent proffer of weapons of annihilation.  I’m not anti-gun but let’s face it, the AR-15 is exquisitely designed to inflict catastrophic damage to flesh and... Read more »
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A Libtard's Defense of Rob Porter

A Libtard's Defense of Rob Porter
If you’ve visited this space before, you know that it’s no place to look for a defense of Donald Trump, John Kelly or anyone in the current administration. It may be time though, for all of us to examine the extent to which we’ve become a bunch of knee jerks. Being called a “libtard” is... Read more »