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One of my occasional interlocutors forwarded me something the other day about the Honduran "caravan" making its way toward the U.S., claiming that it seemed clearly "orchestrated." I must say, I agree! This manifestation has a lot of the earmarks... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Morning Fog
"... every sensible, fair-minded person was surely thinking ... [that] the hearings that brought both Kavanaugh and Ford to tears were driven by a partisan quest for power without regard for the human collateral damage." That's a quote from a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Morning Fog
A recent dispute at U-VA offers an interesting follow-up to my last post. In Charlottesville, where last year a neo-Nazi rally turned deadly and Trump suggested that there were good people on both sides, the University of Virginia, a respectable... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at Morning Fog
D, You're right, of course, it's far too early to expect that many will be spurred to action yet. Trump's egregious Russia errors may convince a few more of his staff, or another Congressman or two, to head for the door. But Trump voters will need to feel how his tax "cuts" and tariffs actually kick them in the pants before they are ready to bail on him.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2018 on The Stable Genius at Morning Fog
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Stable Genius? Trump? Nope. Unless we realize the term comes from the epicenter of the "fake news" movement (i.e. the White House itself). I'm sure they mean this to convey that Trump, if he were to find himself in a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at Morning Fog
The Reinking who is the catalyst for this post is of course Travis Reinking, the fellow who was recently arrested for "allegedly" killing four innocent victims in yet another needless shooting in a Tennessee Waffle House. But this is more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Morning Fog
I have often found myself complaining, in the past few years, that characters in on-screen dramas seem to be clones of one another. The accused-but-innocent defendant's lawyer will be a tall, lanky blond guy, but so will one of the most likely suspects in the case. And often, these look-alikes will end up doing something that's out of character (for the other one), so I'll need to clarify between two middle-aged women, both of whom have round faces, long hair, and glasses: Ask my wife, "wait - isn't that the business tycoon's wife who just shot Philomena?" No, she'll say,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at The Tin Lizard
How true! On the other hand, one could always imagine the unstable Kim might take DT hostage. That would be quite entertaining - Kim probably has never read that O Henry story, "The Ransom of Red Chief." At this point I'm convinced the meeting will never take place, so it's all moot.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2018 on Sum Summit at Morning Fog
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So, Little Donnie was set to play statesman, and agreed off the cuff to meet with the other currently deranged world leader, Kim Jong Un. I was really excited about the Summit of the Curiously Coiffed. Alas, probably to no... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at Morning Fog
The most recent tragic school killing in Florida generated considerably more active response from the young people who were targeted, raising hope that some of the most egregiously self-destructive aspects of U.S. gun law might be moderated. They are learning... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Morning Fog
We all age. If only because we don't like to even think about the alternative. In some respects, I have always felt that I'm staying "with it" pretty well. In a recent transaction, my bank wanted some documents and the woman on the phone was carefully explaining how I could take them to the branch, and they would scan them and send them to her. So, I said, I guess I can scan them myself and send them to you? Pause. Why, yes, she said, you could do that. I know the surprise was because she assumed, or had reason... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at The Tin Lizard
Another "big" school shooting, this time in ... gee, hard to remember without checking, there have been so many ... I think this one was in Florida. And people are up in arms about it. (Or is that a poor... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Morning Fog
Morning Fog has skewed heavily toward politics, but it's time to lighten up a little, and winter is the perfect time for that. The proximate cause of this outburst is all the great events, full of excitement and spectacle, that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Morning Fog
Yes! You'll get no argument from me on his loathsomeness, and I certainly didn't expect to be enlightened, much less uplifted, and in general I hate the SOTUs (even Obama's was a drab laundry-list). But I did feel a need to listen in, if only to see if he could make it all the way through reading a prepared text without going off. More or less, he did - no doubt sufficiently to "impress" some of his softer-headed listeners that he is "presidential," even if his stiff, smarmy smile showed his utter contempt for them.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2018 on Disgrace at Morning Fog
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I feel sure no one - left wing, right wing, or buffalo wing - will be surprised that President trump decided to release Congressman Nunes's memo alleging political bias behind the FBI's investigation of Our National Embarrassment. Hey, it's divisive,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Morning Fog
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 Jan 19, 2018 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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