A New Budget, And A New ‘America First’

On Thursday, the 45th president released a “blueprint” for the 2018 budget and tweeted that it was “a budget that puts #AmericaFirst.” America First. That’s something we’ve heard a lot lately. So what does “America First” mean? Well, today it means a $2.6 billion cut to the Environmental Protection Agency. Because Americans don’t need fresh […]

The Republican stench of complicity

My hat is off to Saturday Night Live for a couple of bits they performed the last two weeks that most of us recognize as bitingly true of the Republican Party. In the first bit, cast members in several settings hailed the GOP leader who stood up to the The Current President (TCP) and helped […]

Let Them Eat Cake

I keep wondering, when will America have its “Let Them Eat Cake” moment? When will the American people finally realize that those in power really only care about those in power? Marie Antoinette was prematurely separated from her head because of supposedly saying the French equivalent, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche,” when referring to feeding the starving peasants […]

A few choice words about choice

The Deplorables in the Cabinet and Congress have embraced choice in a big way lately. Not reproductive choice, silly. They’re still adamant that the moment Mr. Sperm meets Ms. Egg, the woman becomes just a host organism, and if she didn’t want to be pregnant, why did she have sex? But when it comes to […]

Trump by the numbers

Popularity 62,985,106: Number of people who voted for Trump (source: The New York Times) 65,853,625: Number of people who voted for Clinton (source: The New York Times) 230,585,915: Number of eligible voters in the U.S. (source: United States Election Project) 27%: Percentage of eligible voters in the U.S. who voted for Trump 28%: Percentage of […]

Trump and Organized Crime: What’s the Rest of the Story?

Long before reports of Russian connections started dogging him, the Bully President spent hours with federal law enforcement types trying to explain away his association with known mafia types as he scrambled to keep his flailing business empire afloat. The closed-door encounters with investigators spanned decades. The content of these conversations coupled with exhaustive research […]

A time to stand up, a time to divide

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared on the author’s other blog, Roamin’ Gnomials. My real name is attached to this commentary, but it wasn’t always that way. When I started my first blog, I tried to adhere to sensible precautions that my words would be seen by thousands of people, some of them quite possibly dangerous. […]