Verlander to Houston

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Justin Verlander paced in the living room of his apartment in downtown Birmingham. He was agitated, anxiously mulling his options. Kate Upton, his supermodel fiancée, was with him as he repeated: “Trust your instincts. Trust your instincts.” Verlander, the Tigers’ longtime ace right-hander, called his agent as midnight approached Aug. 31. HeContinue reading “Verlander to Houston”

The Art of the -Gate

A different version of this article appeared in The New Republic on May 16th. And so it seems we do have Dick Nixon to kick around some more. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, Jr., once again and in force, the shade with the five-o-clock shadow returned to hauntContinue reading “The Art of the -Gate”

On Syria and Confusion…

This essay was first posted on Intellectual Takeout : We were warned. What would happen? Who could we trust? In the era of fake news, “alternative facts,” insult, and innuendo, when the time came…who was to be believed? In the fog of war–even of limited war and tactical skirmishes–the truth splinters into half-truths, conflicting conclusions, and incompleteContinue reading “On Syria and Confusion…”

A TRUMP FOR THE PEOPLE: the first of two essays re-evaluating the 2016 presidential election

The dust has settled on the 2016 presidential election and many conclusions have been drawn as the first draft of history is all but written. The New Republic called it the “Democrats’ Biggest Disaster.” The Washington Post wrote of the “Decimation of the Democratic Party.” But wait, before the ink dries, let us consider, justContinue reading “A TRUMP FOR THE PEOPLE: the first of two essays re-evaluating the 2016 presidential election”

Trump, Conflicts and the Business of Bananas

To many (most) it has come as a surprise that the United States has no laws instructing the president to de-conflict his business ventures that overlap his duties as commander-in-chief. No laws mandate the selling off of foreign investments. No laws demand the transformation of companies into blind trusts…

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…