Is anyone here surprised?

I was going to write something about the necessity that The Current President (TCP) be impeached, but I believe it can wait. If you believe it shocking that TCP gave high-level intelligence to the Russian Foreign Minister, and to Russia’s Ambassador to the United States, then allow me to kindly state that you haven’t been […]

Reckoning with the chaos voter

On Feb. 17, the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne asked, “What is this democratic nation to do when the man serving as president of the United States plainly has no business being president of the United States?” Not even a month into the current presidency, we had seen the ouster of Michael Flynn; the percolating questions […]

The day I was radicalized

I was messaging back and forth with a friend on Wednesday; we were talking about the hash this country is in now. He surveyed his life in this way: “Radicalized in my youth, re-radicalized in my dotage.” And the bell went off for me. Wednesday was May 3. May 4 was the 47th anniversary of […]

It’s going to be a long, hard slog

The other day, a friend of mine remarked that he just can’t get up to writing these days, and I realized that he’s not alone. I personally had a couple of Shinbone Star pieces begun but not going anywhere, and I’ve spent more time worrying about why I’m not writing than I’ve spent writing anything […]

And one more thing, Mr. Taibbi

In my previous post on this blog earlier today, I referenced Matt Taibbi’s concern that those of us who are insisting that we get to the bottom of Russian interference in the 2016 election are experiencing what he termed “Putin Derangement Syndrome.” I hope you read that post, but I return to Mr. Taibbi’s writing […]

Derangement is in the eye of the beholder

On April 3, Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi made the case that “whatever the truth about Trump and Russia, the speculation surrounding it has become a dangerous case of mass hysteria.” I have now read the article three times, and the estimable Mr. Taibbi, made my head hurt with this one. He seems to say […]

In the end, we’re all gonna get hit

When I was a kid, I was the oldest of four siblings and one of my favorite games was a game that kids play in big families. It was great! You played the game this way: The oldest, or biggest, kid (me!) would hold the wrist of a smaller sibling and slap that sibling’s face with […]