Trump loyalists top McCarthy’s list of picks for the Jan. 6 inquiry, signaling a partisan brawl

House Minority Leader Joseph McCarthy…er…Kevin McCarthy (sorry, Freudian keyboard slip) announced which of his members will serve on the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. 

Cancel Culture: County opts to honor Black professor, not slave owner

I don’t know about you, but I’m conflicted about this “cancel culture” phenomenon, particularly the part in which public institutions are being considered for a name change because they’re named after an individual who is now considered unfit for the honor.

Education – then and now

Commentary Then: Conquistadors were heroes; Now: Racism isn’t systemic; it’s just a bunch of individual racists. I recently posted a column, “The revelations of a road trip,” which was sub-headed, “How a drive in Florida reminded me of what I learned and didn’t learn in school.” You can read the column here: https://around-the-block.com/2021/06/04/the-revelations-of-a-road-trip/. Among the commentsContinue reading “Education – then and now”

The land where almost no one visited and its favorite son, Joe, Duke of Manchin

A Fable The story of one ambitious man’s rise to power, influence and breathtaking lack of irony. Once upon a time there was a land where almost no one visited. The land was unblessed, except for one thing. Black, dusty stuff that came out of the ground. No one in this land knew what toContinue reading “The land where almost no one visited and its favorite son, Joe, Duke of Manchin”

Federal judge overturns California’s ban on assault weapons

Commentary Ruling leads to the first annual Around the Block “One of these things is not like the others” contest Before we get deep into the headlined story, I thought it might be fun if we’d first take a break and warm up with the first annual Around the Block “One Of These Things IsContinue reading “Federal judge overturns California’s ban on assault weapons”

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

Commentary A Daily Kos reader responded to a recent Around the Block about voter suppression lamenting “sarcastic diaries*” like mine, I guess, while “…still waiting for someone who has an ingenious solution.” I believe it will take more than “ingenuity.” (*”Diary” is the Daily Kos term for a story.) I frequently re-post Around the BlockContinue reading ““I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!””

If you can’t ‘beat em,’ ‘cheat em!’

Commentary With GOP-led voter suppression bills spreading around Red States like wild-fire, Around the Block asks, are they really going as far as they should? Well, it’s official – my adopted state of Florida has joined a growing list of Republican-led states in making it more difficult to vote. The Florida law, signed by theContinue reading “If you can’t ‘beat em,’ ‘cheat em!’”

Mitch McConnell to Corporate America: “STAY OUT OF POLITICS!”

News with a Twist Senate Minority Leader discusses his position in an exclusive one-on-one interview with Around the Block Around the Block: Good evening Senator McConnell. Thank you for agreeing to this sit down. This is an exciting moment for Around the Block and our readers.