With friends like these

I have an active Facebook presence, so it doesn’t surprise me when someone from my past sends me a “friend” request. What does surprise me, though, is how vitriolic some of these folks – who knew me In Real Life – can be when they discover that our politics are not simpatico and that in […]

The inglorious Fourth

The Fourth of July, the anniversary of the United States declaring its independence from England, is a festive day in Washington. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the nation’s capital for a spectacular fireworks display and a free concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and other high-profile performers. Since 1947, the festivities have been broadcast […]

Mount Vernon covers itself

By now you’re familiar with comments our president reportedly made last April while touring Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington, along with Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte. President Trump reportedly questioned why our first president had not named the estate in Virginia after himself. Politico.com reported on April 10 […]

We’re hitting 1,000

We’ve reached a milestone here at The Shinbone Star: 1,000th posts since we began blogging the Resistance in January 2017, shortly after the current president took office. For those interested in stats, those posts have had more than 161,000 views, including more than 22,000 so far this year. We have more than 1,700 followers on WordPress, […]

I’m okay — it’s not okay

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) embarrassed his Republican colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee and inspired a Twitter hashtag last week when he enumerated Donald Trump’s ethical failings and misdeeds, punctuating the list with “I don’t think it’s okay.” Naturally, this also inspired 45 to come up with a new epithet for Schiff — “Pencil-Neck.” Supporters […]

The real emergency is in the Midwest

While Donald Trump spends yet another weekend wasting taxpayer money at Mar-a-Lago, the American Heartland is being swept away by record floods, leaving billions of dollars in destruction and wiping out homes, farms and other businesses. USA Today reported that the damage in Iowa and Nebraska alone totals at least $3 billion after flooding overwhelmed […]