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Kavanaugh — Outrage, Lies and Partisanship

The Hearing On September 27 Christine Blasey Ford testified at a U.S. Senate hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.  She alleged that a drunken Brett Kavanaugh had attempted to rape her some thirty-six years ago when both were teenagers. Judge Kavanaugh denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. By mid afternoon, the hearing’s… More

Hold That Nobel Prize for Peace with North Korea

Eliminating the threat of Nuclear War It looks like the Nobel Peace Prize is once again up for grabs—at least to one individual. In the singular mind of Donald J. Trump, no one is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than Donald J. Trump himself. After all, it was solely his negotiating skills that… More

The Black Klansman and Today’s Racism

The Movie Last week I was asked to join friends to see Spike Lee’s movie, The Black Klansman. Though I knew little about the movie, I did want to spend time with friends, so I went along. The movie is based on the memoir of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs… More

Useful Idiots – Danger Signs Blinking Red

Origination of “Useful Idiots” In a political context, the disparaging term “useful idiots” describes individuals who, wittingly or unwittingly, provide propaganda for a cause not fully understood, and are regarded contemptuously by the leader of that cause. Though never confirmed, many believe the Russian, Vladimir Lenin—a master of propaganda and manipulation, and founder of the… More

The Fifth Column—Can History Repeat?

Origin of the term and its impact For those unfamiliar with the term, a fifth column refers to a group of subversive people who undermine their own country by any overt or clandestine means to collaborate with an enemy. The term originated in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War when troops of the fascist General… More

Putin’s Puppet Donald Trump

Putin’s Puppet Congratulations Donald Trump on the enormous satisfaction you provided Russian President Vladimir Putin at Monday’s summit in Helsinki. You’ve done something no other President ever did before. You groveled before a tyrant who rules a major adversary of the United States. But I guess that was to be expected. You’ve given new meaning… More

Republicans’ New Pledge of Allegiance

Updated version of the Pledge of Allegiance In honor of Independence Day 2018, I think it fitting to publish a new and more relevant version of the Pledge of Allegiance that acknowledges the fealty demanded by the President of the United States from the Republican Party, especially the members of Congress, the Government’s propaganda arm—Fox… More

Shame on You — Shame on Us

Child Abuser in Chief Shame on you, Donald Trump, for introducing a policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. You are now the Child Abuser in Chief. And shame on us, those citizens of the United States who are tolerating such outrageous actions taken against children, so contrary to the values that have made… More

Saving China Jobs—Trump’s New Policy?

Saving jobs in China How comforting to learn that on the way to Making America Great Again, President Trump is now determined to save jobs in China. Is this his new policy? In April, the U.S. Commerce Department banned the export of U.S. components to ZTE, a $17 billion Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer. ZTE had… More

Politics at the Water’s Edge

Politics and Nonpartisan Foreign Policy There are different opinions as to who first echoed the classic phrase, “Politics Stop at the Water’s Edge,” but both parties have made that assertion when they were the party in power seeking nonpartisan support for its foreign policy.   In an article published on the Oxford University Press blog,… More

Sanctions—Maybe

Sanctions on Putin’s Inner Circle The day after my last posting, I was briefly buoyed by the announcement that sanctions were imposed on seven Russian oligarchs with close ties to President Vladimir Putin and the twelve companies they own or control, seventeen senior Russian government officials and the government owned weapons trading company, Rosoboronexport. Well,… More