Trump’s support for militarized policing just could get you killed

“Soldierin’ and policin’ — they ain’t the same thing.” — Maj. Howard Colvin, “The Wire,” Season 3, Episode 10 Sometimes the best of intentions turns into something ugly. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Section 1033 program, which provides guns and other excess military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, ranks high among the many well-intentioned law-and-order […]

Why Is Donald J. Trump Encouraging Fools With Guns To Threaten America?

A headline in The Washington Post on Wednesday screamed, “Armed militia helped a Michigan barbershop open, a coronavirus defiance that puts Republican lawmakers in a bind.” Donald J. Trump’s incessant drum beating has reached enough disenfranchised fools with guns seeking liberation from frustrations they can’t otherwise escape. In their own bizarre way, the raging boys […]

Trump Effect Still Evident In Rural America

A pandemic provides writers with abundant food for thought. Mix it with anything Trumpian and it is suddenly a penny novel. By Webster’s definition, uttering something insensitive is crass, but there’s a certain charm to being tactless, how else could Trump survive? When everything slows down, crassness and insensitivity seem to rise. “What’s the f#%kin’ […]

Trump’s Magic Bullet

“Hydroxychloroquine, I don’t know,” Trump said on his evening dog-and-pony show a few days ago. “It’s looking like it’s having some good results. I hope that, that would be a phenomenal thing.” It could be incredible. In Oregon, 13 veterans treated in part with the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine recovered from COVID-19, including a 104-year old […]

Cry Havoc And Trump Will Appear

Donald Trump was at his putrid finest on television over the weekend, a double-talking huckster babbling with incoherency about his obvious and repeated mistakes in the days before. Meanwhile, the do-nothing Senate is deadlocked on a $2 trillion relief bill so full of goodies for Trump’s buddies, it could raise the dead. The only thing […]

Pentagon Says It Isn’t Capable Of The Miracles Trump Promises To Provide

Trillion dollar Pentagon budgets are manna from heaven for the military-industrial complex, but not so much for ordinary Americans. When armed forces Commander-In-Chief Donald Trump promised on television that the military was standing by to provide massive medical aid, he must have been thinking about something else. “The Department of Defense is ready, willing and […]

Trump’s Own Prince Of Darkness

Erik Prince is the Comte de Rochefort of Trumplandia, one of the secretive evil geniuses behind the gilded throne of Donald the First. Like the ignoble character in French author Alexandre Dumas’ brilliant “The Three Musketeers,” Prince reappears in Trumplandia from time to time, committing acts of skullduggery that benefit his unbalanced benefactor. Of late, […]

What War Is Trump Winning?

A lot of wars are going on these days, and almost all of them find Donald Trump mired in the middle, sputtering about things for which he hasn’t got a clue. The biggest war at the moment is the coronavirus epidemic, slowly revealing whether it will kill thousands or millions before Mother Nature makes a […]