Hostage-taking seldom ends well

The Current President (TCP) has posited that he decided to end cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers because the Affordable Care Act is imploding. Democrats, TCP said, need to call the White House to help him fix what’s ailing the system. I thought that sounded pretty much like a “shoot the hostages” demand, and not […]

The hate that would not die

So, Republicans are reeling and The Current President (TCP) is seething because his long sought coup de grace to the legacy of the nation’s first Black President just will not by-god come to fruition. For how many years have those people talked about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act? They spent years whipping their racist […]

Using the Gospel as a cudgel

I was drawn recently to the story of the Thomas Paprocki, the Catholic bishop of Springfield, Ill., who has called on priests in his jurisdiction to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions. This is not new, of course, though it is unusual that a Christian “leader” would do something […]

Leave Nancy Pelosi alone!

In the latter part of the 19th century, buffalo hunters working to eradicate the herds noticed something. If the hunters shot the lead buffalo in a particular herd, all the other buffaloes would take off on a stampede. Out of that mini-stampede another leader would forge ahead and the herd would follow. If the hunters shot […]

Remembering the Watergate break-in

We all like to think we have a good take on events right after they happen. Some things smell right and some don’t, and until our first take is taken down, that’s how we’ll view it. The first time it happened to me was the day the Watergate break-in was reported. It immediately had the […]

Oh, you mean THAT election hacking

Reporting on Monday by The Intercept appears to lay out how the Russians penetrated U.S. elections despite their consistent denials. The reporting itself became a story, of course, with the naming of government contractor Reality Winner (yes, that’s her real name), who was quickly reeled in, but not quickly enough to keep her from pointing […]