Episode 2: The Young and the Beautiful

When we last saw Ivy and Jerry, they were questioning their decision to pull up stakes and move to The Swamp to help Ivy’s dad with the family business. We rejoin them as Ivy is sending frowny-face emojis to her Twitter followers. Jerry: Why so despondent, my Botox beauty? For I know you are sending […]

What So Proudly We Hail

I’ve always had a fondness for the Gadsden Flag, the one that depicts a coiled rattlesnake above the words “DON’T TREAD ON ME.” Then the Tea Party Republicans made it their standard, and anyone who flew one was assumed to share their sentiments. As a left-leaning liberal, I’ve become resigned to the fact that I […]

What Trump Wants You to Know About “Animals”

By now everyone’s heard the debate over whether 45 was referring to all immigrants or only the members of El Salvador’s violent MS-13 gang when he used the word “animals” in a roundtable discussion of California’s sanctuary law. Since this president apparently never says what he means, and since his apologists’ clarifications are never quite […]

Hail to the sadist in chief

If “mental cruelty” were grounds for impeachment, 45 would be long gone. Not since Vlad the Impaler, the 15th century Wallachian ruler who was the inspiration for Dracula, has a leader taken such obvious delight in skewering his enemies and leaving their bodies to rot for all to see. Vlad did it literally, impaling his […]

It just wasn’t 45’s day

Presidents’ Day is the participation trophy of holidays. Established in 1971 under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the day is observed on the third Monday of February, between the birthdays of two of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12 and George Washington on Feb. 22. Both days had been legal holidays in some […]