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Everyone is afire about the leak of the U.S. Supreme Court's supposed "draft" decision on Roe v. Wade. Ho-hum. There are things to be said about Roe, which I'd like to address later, but for now, I'm just wondering, since... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2022 at Morning Fog
Washington Post Political Columnist Dana Milbank recently explored the new Trumpie social media platform "Truth Social" to see what kinds of posts are appearing there. (See "I tried Trump's Truth Social So You Don't Have To" in today's Post.) And... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2022 at Morning Fog
The phrase "second thoughts" usually implies changing an opinion or a decision. But my second thoughts on Ukraine, Russia, and the United States have only brought me to double down on opinions previously expressed, to wit: As regards the U.S.:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2022 at Morning Fog
I had not wanted nor expected to resume this blog after a year's silence with a war on our hands. Nevertheless, no one can deny the Soviet elephant in the room (or across the border). In Ukraine, Russian President for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2022 at Morning Fog
The Prosecution: A great job. The presentation just blew us away. But the case was not a difficult one to make. The Defense: Constitutional scholars have debunked the silly notion that the President may not be judged guilty now that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at Morning Fog
It's really difficult for me to understand why elected Republicans seem so reticent to spend money on economic recovery. Specifically, that besides their general complaint that the Biden plan is too expensive, they want to cut the amount of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at Morning Fog
Two weeks ago, in its magazine section of January 17, the Washington Post invited a group of randomly selected "experts," and seven "artists" (?), of many of whom I've never heard, to write essays about "one surprising thing" the incoming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at Morning Fog
Absolutely. It's too early to suggest that Biden can't bring at least some degree of cooperation in government, though I am less optimistic that he can change voter attitudes - that will take longer but will proceed faster if a few Republicans get involved.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2021 on The Art Of The Possible at Morning Fog
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What happens when politics, the "Art of the Possible," tries to survive in a world where nothing seems possible? There are a lot of teeth-gnashing reports in many quarters of our media, worrying that Biden's pledge to unite the Disunited... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at Morning Fog
What's in a name? Columnist George Will's recent column "The Sensitivity Sweepstakes" reviewed the art of political correctness and the extremes to which it went in 2020. It's worth a read. To cite just a couple of his examples, in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Morning Fog
For years, the G.O.P. stood for fiscal responsibility and conservative spending. It occurs to me, though, that in recent years, at least the past couple of decades, that has changed. Nowadays, they are for such conservative policies when Democrats are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at Morning Fog
I praise columnist Eugene Robinson's piece of January 15, entitled "The GOP Is out of Time to Reject Trump's Lies." You can find the entire column on the Washington Post website, or elsewhere online, but I would just quote the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2021 at Morning Fog
Years ago, there used to be an old joke people would play right before an election day. In a group - your office, your class - somebody would post a notice like this: "To relieve congestion and crowding due to the expected high turnout in tomorrow's election, the government has announced special procedures. All Republicans will vote on Tuesday, while Democrats will vote on Wednesday." (That's the Republican version, of course.) No one in the room was ever fooled by it, and most got a bit of a good-natured bipartisan chuckle from it. But that was in easier-going times. Today,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2021 at The Tin Lizard
We in the U.S. all tend to think of a new year - whether it's the calendar year, or the chronologically later beginning of a new President's term, as a fresh start. Out with the old problems, on to new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2021 at Morning Fog
Over the past weekend, in my county, there was an evident uptick in activity to deliver anti-covid vaccine to a broader section of the population. We're still not at the stage where everybody has access, but we've moved beyond the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2021 at Morning Fog
As the occupation of the U.S. Capitol by Trump dupes unfolded two days ago, I noted, as many did, that planning for the security of the building clearly had been inadequate to the need. This must have been an error... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2021 at Morning Fog
Well, today's events at the U.S. Capitol certainly merit the term "shameful," as rioters egged on by our mentally deranged criminal-in-chief stormed the Capitol, seeking to disrupt the proceedings. There is lots of shame to go around: for the "protesters"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2021 at Morning Fog
I wonder if many people these days recall the character in the "funnies," as we used to call them, named "Baby Huey." Read all about him here on Wikipedia (make a donation to support them while you're there); but he... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at Morning Fog
A good point that local conditions make a lot of difference. Definitely there are no easy answers. The news of the vaccines will help, eventually, but that's six months away for much of the population and won't come soon enough to save many small businesses. It's galling to think how Trump could have an extremely beneficial effect, especially with his base, by making a short, simple, statement, but he won't, of course.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2020 on Pandemics And Politics at Morning Fog
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Is the coronavirus pandemic really just a health issue? It's natural, I suppose, to think of it that way, because previous dangerous contagions -- the influenza of 1918 (I wasn't around for that one), polio, smallpox, AIDS, ebola, and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at Morning Fog
I've been busy this week and may have missed some news items, but it's clear that Trump's desperate measures to deny reality have only become more and more bizarre. Why should we - citizens of the United States, of any... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at Morning Fog
Yes indeed. I would like to think that Trump Junior's public screeching about "stopping the steal" would absolutely annihilate him as a potential Presidential candidate in 2024 but unfortunately voters have very short memories.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2020 on Is Insanity Contagious? at Morning Fog
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Today is Veterans Day in the U.S. I'm a veteran, and I put my U.S. flag out this morning, as I do for other key national holidays, e.g. Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Flag Day of course, and others.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at Morning Fog
Yes, it really is dark here around the nation's capital as the remains of Hurricane Eta work their way north, bringing us as much as 2 inches of rain today. But there's another darkness. A President who has referred to military service as being for "losers" and "suckers" is expected to preside over Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, if he dares appear (or if he doesn't cancel due to rain). If he does show up, I can't help thinking what a great welcome military vets on hand could give him to perk up his blood and get him... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at The Tin Lizard
As noted here before, the fellow waiting in the wings to try out the job of ex-President greeted the election outcome with outrageous and incendiary falsehoods. Since that time a few days ago, I've heard people who know Trump well,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Morning Fog