Rally Round the Flag-hugger, Boys

With his acquittal all but sewn up by Moscow Mitch and his fellow enablers in the Senate, Donald J. Trump takes his victory tour to New Jersey next week. Trump isn’t heading to his golf club in bucolic Bedminster, however. He’s taking his act to the oceanfront resort of Wildwood, best known for its beaches […]

Alice in Trumplandia: The King’s trial

Alice fell down, down, down the rabbit hole for what seemed like hours. She finally came to rest in the gallery of the Senate chambers, where the Mocked Turtle was waiting for faithful old Graham, the King’s sheepdog, to assemble the flock. As the sheep took their places, Alice looked around. She was pleased to […]

Trump dishonors Veterans Day

Donald Trump’s scheduled appearance at today’s Veterans Day parade in New York City mocks every man and woman who has ever worn the uniform of our armed forces. A man who got out of serving in Vietnam by getting a doctor to write a phony letter about “bone spurs,” a man whose two able-bodied sons […]

The GOP goes slumming

The Republican Party, once an honorable political force that brought us Lincoln and Eisenhower, has been taken over by a slumlord. With his recent tweet calling “Never-Trump” Republicans “human scum,” the current occupant of the White House has proven that he hasn’t strayed far from his roots as a slumlord and the son of a […]

An open letter to the people of Finland

Dear Finland: Please accept our apologies for what happened at the White House on Wednesday. Your popular and well-respected president, Sauli Niinisto, got caught up in the craziness of the man who currently occupies our presidency. Niinisto deserves better, as do we all. The Washington Post reports that your media likened the day’s events to a […]

The mouth that roars

Our president’s big mouth may really have gotten him into trouble this time. The Washington Post and other sources reported earlier this week that a communication between Donald Trump and a foreign leader included a promise from Trump that was so troubling, it led an official in the Intelligence Community to file a whistleblower complaint. […]

The answer to their prayers

Much has been written, by the Christian author John Pavlovitz and others, about the steadfast support Donald Trump continues to enjoy among Evangelical leaders and many of their followers. There would seem to be a gaping disconnect between Trump’s behavior and what the Evangelicals profess to believe. I was discussing this conundrum via Facebook Messenger […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ode to Presidents Day

On this winter day, we honor the presidents, All of the Oval Office’s residents. All 45 of them, each one a man Who held the highest office in the land. We pay homage today to the best and the worst, Georges 41 and 43, as well as George the First. Honest Abe Lincoln, who could […]

Is Ellen the anti-Trump?

A year-old tweet by Eric Trump has recently made the rounds on Facebook for some reason. In it, he posited that Ellen DeGeneres is part of the “Deep State” that is looking to overthrow his father’s administration. It seems he drew this conclusion when Twitter suggested that he follow DeGeneres, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. […]