The Race to the Bottom

Commentary/News with a Twist Rounding the final turn, Abbott and DeSantis are neck and neck The GOP Governors’ Derby, “The Race to the Bottom,” is rounding the last turn with Texas’ Greg Abbott and Florida’s Ron DeSantis neck and neck, leaving the rest of the field in the mud(slinging). Abbot had pulled slightly ahead ofContinue reading “The Race to the Bottom”

Палки и камни могут сломать мне кости, но слова никогда не причинят мне вреда.

Комментарий/Новости с изюминкой – Commentary/News with a Twist Сказки могут стать явью, они могут случиться с тобой… Now that I have your attention, let me explain. In what many in the West consider a potential escalation of the unprovoked “conventional” war he has unleashed on Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered his defense minister andContinue reading “Палки и камни могут сломать мне кости, но слова никогда не причинят мне вреда.”

Quora Digest poses the two most important questions of the day

Commentary Mushroom clouds or Jennifer Aniston’s… Even in times of world crisis you’ve got to step back and maintain a sense of humor. I’m not sure if the editors of Quora Digest were chuckling when they sent out today’s subscriber email, but if they weren’t, they should have been. I pointed out recently how thereContinue reading “Quora Digest poses the two most important questions of the day”

Is history repeating? 1939: Germany/Japan; 2022: Russia/China

Commentary In 2022, the only thing missing from the GOP is Charles Lindbergh In 2022 Putin’s Russia invaded a sovereign nation, Ukraine, in an unprovoked attack, after annexing part of that sovereign nation, Crimea, in 2014. In 1939, Hitler’s Germany launched an unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation, Poland, after annexing a part of anotherContinue reading “Is history repeating? 1939: Germany/Japan; 2022: Russia/China”

Happy President’s Day from the RNC

Commentary When it comes to ignorance, mean-spiritedness and general lack of class, how low can the GOP go? Plus a short addendum: Anti-Semitism in Marin County I was researching and plotting out another story when the above image flashed across my screen. Although the other story was important, it was not time sensitive. Coming rightContinue reading “Happy President’s Day from the RNC”

Cars lost at sea creates mental health crisis

News with a Twist Coping with the loss of a loved one – Porsche/Bentley edition The big news in some parts of the country this week was not the impending confrontation between the United States and its NATO allies over the Russia’s potential invasion of Ukraine. Nor was it a judge’s ruling that Donald TrumpContinue reading “Cars lost at sea creates mental health crisis”

From the ‘ridiculous’ to the ‘sublime’

Commentary ridiculous [ ri-dik-yuh-luhs ]: stupid or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at; Marjorie Taylor Greene. sublime [sə-ˈblīm] extremely good; admirable; nine-year-old Khloe Joiner By now, even if you didn’t read my last post, “You say “Gazpacho,” I say ‘Gestapo’…” (https://around-the-block.com/2022/02/10/you-say-gazpacho-i-say-gestapo/), I’m sure you’ve read about Marjorie Taylor Greene’s “Soup Nazi” moment. Calling herContinue reading “From the ‘ridiculous’ to the ‘sublime’”

You say “Gazpacho,” I say “Gestapo”…

Commentary “…Let’s call the whole thing off…at least the ‘Gestapo’ part.” I’m not in the habit of posting more than one column a day; some people think it’s overkill, bordering on presumption. But, I am relenting just this once due to overwhelming reader demand, characterized by this comment from one of my most devoted readersContinue reading “You say “Gazpacho,” I say “Gestapo”…”

Supreme Court overrules lower court panel requiring Alabama to draw new voting map

Commentary The stench of the Roberts Court gets “stinkier!” The judicial militia of the Republican Party made the news the other day. The militia, otherwise known as the majority of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), reared its ugly, un-democratic head in a 5-4 decision stopping a lower court order requiring Alabama drawContinue reading “Supreme Court overrules lower court panel requiring Alabama to draw new voting map”