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Democracy at the bat: Post-Trump edition

With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer, the author—in 1888—of this famous poem, here is my updated, truncated, post-Trump 2016-election version of “Casey at the Bat.” “Democracy at the Bat” The outlook was quite rosy for Democracy that day; The polls stood almost even, with the election on the way. And then when Florida died at…

Pence does Python

It appears that Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence has been watching “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Not just watching, but channeling. In the Vice Presidential debate last night, Pence did a pretty good imitation of a character played by Michael Palin in the famous, hilarious, “Dead Parrot” sketch, which first aired in 1969. In case…

Political quotes: “To err is human…”

  Everything is political. Our long-running series of political quotes proves that–we think. We’re always on the lookout for quotes–contemporary and historical–that are pertinent to the current political environment. Our illustrator is Christopher Burke, whose unique, quirky cartoons add a touch of whimsy–which we really, really need in today’s political realm.        …

White House Correspondents’ Dinner can be Culturally Alienating

If you are a reasonably affluent progressive, the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner had to be a real gas. President Obama and comedian Larry Wilmore came out swinging, taking jabs at just about anyone of any political stripe. This was not an event for everyone. You had to be politically knowledgeable, even politically sophisticated. You…

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Trump’s April 1 lawsuit barrage

Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to sue people and organizations that he believes have treated him unfairly. Today–April 1, 2016– he is making good on those threats, filing a barrage of lawsuits in courts all over the United States. Here are some of them: Trump v Trump: Claiming that his primary campaign funder has been…

Donald Trump and the Evangelical Industrial Complex

Republicans tend to believe that the bulwark of their strength comes from those people who are very conservative, which includes the millions of Evangelical Christians in the United States. In order to appeal to these groups, Republicans do, used to take on the mantle of what linguist George Lakoff has called “the stern father image.”…