a brief interlude, I

      Recipe for a Donald Serving Size: 1 Litre Cooking Time: 4 Years 1,984 cals Directions: 1. In a large skillet, melt a generous portion of Jacksonian populism (clarifying, not necessary.) 2. Coat a yuuge slab of T Rex’s grandiosity with a glaze of Taft’s ample appetite. 3. On the side, whip up Wilson’sContinue reading “a brief interlude, I”

Drawing a Red Line: Mnuchin’s Racist Resume

From his time overseeing credit default swaps as a partner at Goldman Sachs in Manhattan to his job heading foreclosure filings at OneWest Bank in Pasadena, Steve Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, has been tagged by Sen. Elizabeth Warren the “Forrest Gump of the financial crisis.” The disclosure of OneWest’s pernicious foreclosureContinue reading “Drawing a Red Line: Mnuchin’s Racist Resume”

Fascism in the USA, A Rebuttal

You can hear the bass drum pounding away as you read the headline of Paul Krugman’s latest New York Times editorial: “How Republics End.” Hitler, Franco and Mussolini. Here we have the other Big Three, the degenerate offspring of the 1920s and 1930s, and the list to which Krugman proposes to add President-elect Donald Trump…

Madman 2017: The Dawn of a New Nixonian Era

Richard Nixon sent 18 bombers, loaded with thermonuclear payloads, to threaten the borders of the Soviet Union. They flew aggressive patterns for three days. For Nixon had an idea. He called it his “Madman Theory.” And he believed it could win, or at least end, a war in Vietnam that had stretched nearly five years.Continue reading “Madman 2017: The Dawn of a New Nixonian Era”

Gay and 13; Bullying and Suicide

Australian Tyrone Unsworth was gay. He was 13. He was bullied violently and relentlessly. He killed himself. Let’s Americans support our Australian brothers and sisters, in whatever small way we can, to “creat[e] safe and supportive school environments” and “reduce homophobic and transphobic bullying and discrimination in schools.” Please sign and share the petition begun by Tyrone’s motherContinue reading “Gay and 13; Bullying and Suicide”

The Once Essential War

It was not too long ago that Vietnam stood as the model war against which to measure all other wars. It took years to digest the tragedy. But, eventually, a consensus was reached that the first and most vital lesson learned from the ill-fated incursion was that the United States should not fight a warContinue reading “The Once Essential War”

Elizabeth Warren, The New Great Communicator

President Ronald Reagan has gone down in history as the Great Communicator for his ability to pare down complex ideas into simple, understandable prose. Reagan was artful, articulate and pithy, using seemingly simple mantras to capture the complex issues of his day: “Tear down that wall, Mr. Gorbachev,” “Trust but verify,” “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” “Morning in America.” He had the ability to artfully and succinctly excoriate his opponents. Let’s not forget, Reagan had an edge…

The Misogynist and the Manager

The great irony (or perhaps paradox) of the 2016 presidential campaign was that Donald J. Trump, the grand wizard of misogyny, the dean of sexism, won his election by subordinating his campaign to a woman. On August 17th, an unruly and undisciplined Trump campaign hired Kellyanne Conway as its campaign manager. And now, amidst the wide-ranging disappointment over the defeat of the first possible female president, barely acknowledged has been the fact that Conway’s leadership stood as a milestone in American democracy…