Sign of the times: front lawn wars

Across America, the presidential election has become a very uncivil war. With both sides dug in along political lines, neighborhoods have been transformed into battlefields, from the tony neighborhoods of the Houston suburbs to more rural landscapes of Missouri farmland. One of the dirtiest presidential fights in U.S. history, incumbent President Donald Trump and challenger […]

Joe Biden for president

By SHINBONE STAR EDITORIAL BOARD About a year ago, a crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates held a series of debates, and during one of the most pivotal exchanges, some of Vice President Joe Biden’s past policy decisions were questioned by Sen. Kamala Harris, who figuratively took a high fastball from Biden and parked it […]


Donald J. Trump and his enablers have their collective knee on the life force of America, and they won’t remove it until our country is dead. R.I.P. George Floyd.

Garbha in the time of coronavirus

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today marks the opening of The Shinbone Star’s India Bureau. Author Yashodhara Sirur wrote a guest post for us in 2018, but has agreed to join our staff as a regular contributor as we expand our foreign coverage, with bureaus now in Canada, Israel and India. By YASHODHARA SIRUR India, like many other […]

Giving Thanks to A Few Special Leaders

EDITOR’S NOTE: Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving! Today, some members of our Shinbone Star family are taking time from their food preparations to give thanks to America’s true leaders, the ones who don’t waste our time tweeting about their own perceived importance. By clicking on any of the names below, readers can open a new window to learn […]

The very last thing sane Israelis want

By JASON F. GILBERT Shinbone Star Middle East Bureau Chief He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy. I stopped writing about The President after the whole Charlottesville fiasco. I realized that he was playing a cynical game with us; he would do or say something outrageous, we try to hold him accountable, and […]

What to the slave is the Fourth of July?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today, the Fourth of July, The Shinbone Star heeds the plea of staff member Macinelli by declining to cover the charlatan and criminal currently taking up space in the White House. Instead, we are reprinting the famous speech of a true statesman, Frederick Douglass, who, despite ignorant public assertions to the contrary, sadly left […]

All and all another Dick and no Wall

On a day first marked by the arrest and indictment of longtime confidante Roger Stone, President Donald J. Trump announced a deal to reopen government without anyone spending a dime on his border wall. The plan, which was announced this afternoon in the Rose Garden, will pay 800,000 furloughed workers and temporarily re-open the government […]

Be it resolved . . .

Just like reporters for any other major metropolitan newspaper, we here at The Shinbone Star have sources in all branches of the government, including some under-the-radar types in the West Wing. We’ll never divulge their identities — some may work as clerks, typists, janitors or in food service — but be assured that their everyday activities […]