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Today's lead editorial in the Washington Post (in the print edition entitled "Action in Congress") warns that amidst all the focus on the Mueller investigation and speculation about Trump-team collusion with the Russians, the more serious and pressing issue is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Morning Fog
A classic bit of handed-down wisdom, usually attributed to one's mother, is "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." It's so ingrained in our culture that even though I can't remember my own mother ever giving... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Morning Fog
In a little more than a day, barring a very close cliffhanger that requires a recount, we'll know whether Republican Roy Moore won or lost his bid for the vacant Alabama seat in the U.S. Senate. There's been a lot... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Morning Fog
What a great tale unfolded yesterday, as the right-wing self-appointed media watchdog group "project veritas" (lower case is entirely justified by the group's activities) apparently used a shill with a fake story about being sexually assaulted by Roy Moore in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Morning Fog
What better time to rev up the engine on my long-dormant blog than when the nation's politically minded are so intensely focused on a political contest right here in my own back yard? I refer of course to the facts... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Morning Fog
In various venues lately, Donald Trump has referred to some of the reporting from Charlottesville VA as erroneous or biased. Of course he has! But his formulation is curious: it's "lying fake news." Isn't that a bit like a double negative? Wouldn't lying fake news actually be true news? Is it possible that Trump, in his characteristic subtle way, is trying to tell us between the lines, even while casting more red meat to his base, that he knows the reportage is accurate? Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at The Tin Lizard
Dear Dopey: You have cemented your place in history as the ONE! (=Our National Embarrassment). We all knew you were an empty-headed, amoral, self-absorbed, unqualified demagogue but you fooled your way into the White House. Shame on us! Once. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at Morning Fog
As I suggested yesterday Donald Trump is hostage to the worst elements in his "own" party. But he isn't the only hostage on our political stage these days. The media! Ahh, the media. All of them -- liberal, conservative, mainstream,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Morning Fog
It's been a long silence on my part about Our National Embarrassment, Donald Trump. Is it because my mother taught me "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"? Actually she never taught me that - quite... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Morning Fog
You make a good point. And the drop-dead-from-a-heart-attack scenario is also scary for the same reason. Trump is a convenient cover and lightning rod for the more dedicated dogmatists like Pence and McConnell. Those are the ones who really need to be watched.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2017 on Pity the Poor Donald at Morning Fog
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Gee, with so much going on - staff troubles, failed legislative initiatives, international problems piling up, ever more realization that he's unqualified for the job, the limits of braggadoccio and tweetery closing in on him, poor Donald must feel overwhelmed.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Morning Fog
How inane that the media are engaging themselves in huge speculation about why Dopey Donny suddenly decided to attack a Syrian airbase when it contravenes everything he has said on Syria over the past year. Is it a shift in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Morning Fog
Let us hope that if Trump has the chance to nominate another justice to the court, that will occur after the Democrats have resumed control of Congress in about 18 months.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2017 on Confirmation - Of Our Worst Fears at Morning Fog
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Given today's events, the Democrats appear to have missed an opportunity to be seen as the adults in the halls of Congress. On the other hand, the very fact that Donald Trump was elected suggests that many voters don't seem to consider "adult" as a necessary qualification in political matters! Of course, if the Dems lost an opportunity, the Republicans avidly seized one: the opportunity to be viewed as the party of the first and only part, dedicated to their own dogma and far less concerned about the nation than about renewing their own grip on power. Over time, I believe the GOP loses, but they haven't yet realized it. Meantime the silver lining is that I frankly don't think Gorsuch will be the right-wing puppet that both parties expect he will be.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2017 on Confirmation - Of Our Worst Fears at Morning Fog
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I don't think the Dems should be filibustering to keep Neil Gorsuch off the Supreme Court. It's a lost cause, with some obvious negative consequences. The most serious is the institutionalization of the "nuclear option," which can't be walked back,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Morning Fog
We're told that we may get further information regarding what the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act may contain. I'm sure we'll be seeing plenty of views as to what's good about it, and what's not, but taking the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Morning Fog
So, just a couple of days after delivering an address to a joint session of Congress - a speech that made Trump fans, at least, hopeful he might actually qualify at some point for his new title of "President" -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Morning Fog
We tried an interesting wine yesterday - the Belle Glos Pinot Noir "Las Alturas" from Monterey County, California. It's not necessarily what you'd expect from a bottle of pinot noir, in fact you could be disappointed or surprised, because it's uncharacteristic - richer, more mellow, less acidic - but a nice wine nonetheless. And it comes in a beautiful bottle, which I guess is the "belle" part of the name ("glos" itself being a word that's not in any French dictionary I have). Yes, that's a wax coating on the neck and top of the bottle, reminiscent of those wax... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at The Tin Lizard
There's been much objectionable claptrap coming from the mouth of our titular U.S. President and his sycophantic Republican parasites of late that I've had to let a lot of it pass unchallenged. Until now. The proximate cause of my putting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Morning Fog
It just happened again! I went to a website I use regularly, tried to log in, and was told my password was invalid. The solution usually is to click on a "convenient" little tab, usually labeled "Forgot Your Password?" Well no, actually. I keep track of passwords, I have a list of them. I do not "FORGET" passwords. What apparently occurs, with some regularity, is that the company/organization/institution that runs the website revamps it and cannot be bothered to keep active passwords. It's easier (for them) to just trash them and make us all appear to be fools. Is it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at The Tin Lizard
I confess. We watched the ABC David Muir interview with Trump. We felt we needed to be informed. Disclaimer: rather than watch it in real time, and have to lose sleep with the predictably awful revelations dancing in our heads,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Morning Fog
Agree, it's difficult to be hopeful. Latest is the resignation yesterday - at my old stomping grounds at State Dept. - of several key high-level career management/administrative people, who had been forewarned they'd be dispensable in the new administration.
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Today, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Inaugurations are important as the beginning of a new administration, but they are pretty routine affairs. An oath, a bible, a speech, a march and some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Morning Fog
You are correct, of course, to be skeptical. I am too. But at the same time, I'm betting his ego will drive him to succeed on at least a few points, and his nature will require him to do so quickly. Which targets will he pick? If Democrats work wisely they may be able to steer his choices.
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Last week I addressed the question of appropriate "respect" for our President-elect. For more and better on that topic, see Dana Milbank's column in today's Washington Post. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Morning Fog