Our Pandemic Playlist

As the COVID-19 shutdown continues, many of us are finding solace in music. The Shinbone Star staff has come up with a dozen favorite songs that are helping get us through. Some of these tunes have taken on a special meaning in this pandemic crisis. Others are here just because we like them. And if some of […]

Gag me with a spoon: The Gaggy Awards

In its three years and nearly four months, the current administration has produced more than its share of questionable statements. But some of the stuff emanating from 45 and his supporters lately has made me think that MAGA now stands for MAKE AMERICANS GAG AGAIN. Since the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the country and brought […]

Don’t get fooled again

This is for the Trump voters. Most of you are good, hard-working Americans who wanted what was best for your families and your country. I’m not going to insult you, lecture you, or belittle your intelligence or education. I am not going to suggest that you’re a bigot. I’m going to assume you had a […]

The All-Purpose Generic Trump Briefing

Maybe you’re tired of President Donald J. Trump’s long-winded coronavirus briefings, in which he contradicts the experts, insults the press and brags as usual about his own wonderfulness. But you keep watching because you’re afraid he’ll say something important (spoiler alert: he won’t) and you’ll miss it. So here, as a public service, I present […]

New York Stock Exchange Disaster 2020

Back in 1967, before they went disco, the Australian group the Bee Gees released their first American single, “New York Mining Disaster 1941.” Inspired by a devastating landslide at a mine in South Wales a year earlier, the song told the story from the viewpoint of trapped miners hoping to be rescued. It occurred to […]

Silent spring

No March madness. No joy in Mudville, at least not for a while. The NBA has suspended its season after a player tested positive for COVID-19, and the National Hockey League’s season is now over. St. Patrick’s Day parades from Donald J. Trump’s hometown of New York City to Joe Biden’s native Scranton, Pa., have […]