As the outrages pile up, the Empire State strikes back

Oval Office Occupant Donald Trump is a lying, cheating, thieving, racist, traitorous, vile, backstabbing, miserable son of a bitch. And those are his good traits. His insidious war on highly respected (by other than Trump and his worshippers) Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, is another of his “shoot the messenger” tantrums. […]

The true meaning of patriotism

My great-uncle, U.S. Marine Corps Private William L. Brasfield, also known as Lee, died long before I was born, but I heard all the stories. As a young man, he enlisted because he believed that was what a patriot was supposed to do. For a while, he wrote fascinating letters home to rural Alabama about […]

Our Pandemic Playlist

As the COVID-19 shutdown continues, many of us are finding solace in music. The Shinbone Star staff has come up with a dozen favorite songs that are helping get us through. Some of these tunes have taken on a special meaning in this pandemic crisis. Others are here just because we like them. And if some of […]

Gag me with a spoon: The Gaggy Awards

In its three years and nearly four months, the current administration has produced more than its share of questionable statements. But some of the stuff emanating from 45 and his supporters lately has made me think that MAGA now stands for MAKE AMERICANS GAG AGAIN. Since the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the country and brought […]

Yes, I’m violating the hell out of community standards

You know, I really didn’t plan to write today, but looking at some of these goddamned pictures was like putting my balls in a meat grinder and turning the crank. I don’t think I can adequately convey my contempt for these fucking “liberate” people. Set aside for a moment whether fewer Americans might have died […]

Trump: The Diabolical Great Divider

“The body of Christ, or the people that are the whole of humanity, are a team. The body is not supported by one person, but by all of us. We are one, we are strongest working together in unity. Teamwork is the key to living life in harmony, so that we can do God’s will.” […]

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’ […]