The Buffalo shooter had plenty of co-conspirators: the Republican Party and Fox News stars

Commentary By spewing “race replacement theory,” the right, politicians and pundits alike, are culpable in this massacre. As is GOP leadership for their criminal inaction for not reigning in the crackpots in their party or supporting gun control. The mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday was tragic. It was horrific. Average people out food shoppingContinue reading “The Buffalo shooter had plenty of co-conspirators: the Republican Party and Fox News stars”

Witch hunt here, witch hunt there, is there a witch hunt everywhere?

Commentary But, what is a “witch hunt” anyway? With the news that the five GOP Congressmen who have been subpoenaed by the January 6th Committee characterizing the subpoenas as a “witch hunt,” I thought it appropriate to take a quick look at what a witch hunt is. Oxford, which naturally uses the English spelling ofContinue reading “Witch hunt here, witch hunt there, is there a witch hunt everywhere?”

“A house divided against itself, cannot stand.”

Commentary Almost 164 years later, those words are truer than ever. On June 16, 1858, in accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination as that state’s U.S. senator, Abraham Lincoln began his speech with these words: “A house divided against itself, cannot stand.” At the time, the divide Lincoln was referring to was slavery. He wentContinue reading ““A house divided against itself, cannot stand.””

Minority rule in America is actually worse than you think

Commentary In a recent state-by-state survey, only seven states, representing less than 9% of the population, are strongly against legal abortion while 26 states (59% of the population) are strongly for it! I wanted to post a quick follow-up to yesterday’s column, “Is it ‘ennui’ or ‘depression?’” and more specifically to that column’s sub-headline, “WhateverContinue reading “Minority rule in America is actually worse than you think”

Is it “ennui” or “depression?”

Commentary Whatever it is, it’s driven by America’s convoluted rule of the minority! In my last column, “Around the Block catches up on the not so good news” (https://around-the-block.com/2022/05/03/around-the-block-catches-up-on-the-not-so-good-news/), I speculated that one of the reasons I hadn’t posted anything in over a month was due to ennui…boredom, lethargy, weariness. A reader, and a goodContinue reading “Is it “ennui” or “depression?””

Around the Block catches up on the not so good news

Commentary April wasn’t a great news month for the country and the world. May is starting out just as bad! It’s been a while since the last Around the Block. Over a month in fact since my last post on March 30. That post was called, “Cruising, Covid, and Trump being Trump.” (https://around-the-block.com/2022/03/30/cruising-covid-and-trump-being-trump/). I checked backContinue reading “Around the Block catches up on the not so good news”

Cruising, Covid, and Trump being Trump

Commentary What I learned about America and Covid from a cruise vacation and its aftermath Today is Wednesday, March 30, 2022. After returning from an eight-day Caribbean cruise on Sunday I began to get flu-like symptoms. I took a rapid Covid-19 at home on Monday morning. It was positive. I don’t know if any ofContinue reading “Cruising, Covid, and Trump being Trump”

Can it get any worse? I’m talking about Ketanji Brown Jackson’s SCOTUS confirmation hearings!

Commentary When you combine the reprehensible conduct of GOP senators, with the total deceit of the court Judge Jackson is striving to be on, one wonders, should SCOTUS stand for: Shameful Court of the United States? (Note: This is a longer than usual story. But it is also a more important than usual story. IfContinue reading “Can it get any worse? I’m talking about Ketanji Brown Jackson’s SCOTUS confirmation hearings!”

The “Party of Lincoln,” and the “not-so” Grand Old Party (aka, the GOP)

Commentary Around the Block and Heather Cox Richardson unpack Republican amnesia and deceitfulness Heather Cox Richardson is an American historian and professor of history at Boston College. She previously taught history at MIT and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her spare time Professor Richardson publishes a daily email newsletter, Letters from an American. Her mostContinue reading “The “Party of Lincoln,” and the “not-so” Grand Old Party (aka, the GOP)”

Vacation is coming at the exact right time

Commentary I’m hoping that when I return from a week at sea the world (and my Apple devices) will be in a better place. Thank goodness I’m leaving for a week’s vacation tomorrow. Beyond the unfathomable, multiple geopolitical crises and the country’s seemingly unstoppable drift (rush?) to the uninformed, misguided, ignorant right, the last fewContinue reading “Vacation is coming at the exact right time”