Trump threatens to leave the country if he loses the election

Commentary He’s said and done many bizarre things recently, but does he really mean it – Leave the country? The last few days have been pretty bizarre for President Donald John Trump (I), even by Trump standards: He abruptly ended a solo interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” Tuesday and did not return for anContinue reading “Trump threatens to leave the country if he loses the election”

Palm Beach County: “You’ve come a long way, baby!”

Commentary 20 years after the “hanging chad” debacle, Palm Beach County is doing the election right. Yesterday was the first day of early voting in Florida. Although Sharon and I vote by mail-in ballot, this year we didn’t mail our ballots but waited to place them in the polling place drop-off box at our neighborhoodContinue reading “Palm Beach County: “You’ve come a long way, baby!””

“You could drive a person crazy, you could drive a person mad.”

Commentary Sondheim was right – what’s happening now could drive a person crazy. My therapist has counseled me that this is a particularly difficult time for many people in therapy. That people who suffer from anxiety, apprehension, unease, dread, consternation,…you know, I think she used the more common psychological term, the heebie-jeebies, are agonizing evenContinue reading ““You could drive a person crazy, you could drive a person mad.””

Will you still need me when I’m, er, 84 (or 85 or 86 or…)?*

I’ve received an enormous amount of feedback from Saturday’s column, “Dianne & Lindsey Sitting in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!”

While some of the commentary concerned Senator Dianne Feinstein’s imprudent praising of and hugging with Senator Lindsey Graham at the conclusion of the Senate Judiciary hearings on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, many more comments revolved around age-related decline in cognitive functions and Congressional tenure and term limits.

Dianne & Lindsey sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!

At the conclusion of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member, said to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the committee chairman, “This has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in.” Feinstein then went on to hug Graham. Neither were wearing masks.

Feinstein’s actions upset many liberals and progressives across the country, but in particular Californians, constituents who have been voting for her as their senior senator since 1992.

Business Insider: NY Post story that sent Trumpworld into frenzy is riddled with holes and red flags

News with a Twist In a first, this story contains two kinds of “News with a Twist:” One from the NY Post (which they believe is not “twisted”); followed by another from Around the Block. With a bit of Commentary thrown in for good measure! Several news outlets have commented on a New York PostContinue reading “Business Insider: NY Post story that sent Trumpworld into frenzy is riddled with holes and red flags”

The value of higher education

Commentary Truth, perhaps. But not always . A friend of mine showed me this Facebook post featuring Rachel Maddow: “If you don’t think education matters, then you probably get your news from the dropouts,” says the post, comparing getting “news” from the highly educated Rachel Maddow to “news” from dropouts like Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck.

Kim jung-Trump calls for arrest of Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Commentary Criticizes AG Barr, SecState Pompeo, FBI Chief Ray for not taking action In a departure from the norm, Around the Block will, except for the headline, add no snarky remarks to today’s story. I will just reprint CNN’s commentary of Trump’s two Fox interviews yesterday, the first with Maria Bartiromo, the second with SeanContinue reading “Kim jung-Trump calls for arrest of Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton”

Covid-19 Live Updates: Treatment That Trump Called a ‘Cure’ Was Tested With Cells Derived From Fetal Tissue

News with a Twist Trump administration suspended federal funding for most new scientific research involving fetal tissue derived from abortions. The New York Times reported today that the antibody cocktail for Covid-19 that President Trump touted on Wednesday afternoon was developed with cells originally derived from fetal tissue, a practice that the president has repeatedlyContinue reading “Covid-19 Live Updates: Treatment That Trump Called a ‘Cure’ Was Tested With Cells Derived From Fetal Tissue”