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. 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 […]

Keep your paws off the Grand Old Flag

I had a 1970s flashback, and not in a good way, when I saw the current president mauling the Stars and Stripes at this year’s gathering of deplorables known as CPAC. While I can’t find proof of it online, I seem to remember a wall poster depicting a wide-eyed moppet hugging an American flag under […]

End game

We’re just two months past the midpoint of the first, and hopefully only, presidential term of Donald J. Trump. With battle lines forming for the upcoming 2020 election, it’s a good time to speculate on how and when it all ends. Assuming that 45 isn’t taken out by a bolt of lightning as he plays […]