19 students, two teachers killed in Texas elementary school shooting

Commentary American Exceptionalism at its worst. When will this stop? I was out with a friend yesterday afternoon. When I returned I switched the TV on and heard the horrific news: 14 children in the 2nd 3rd and 4th grades and one teacher were murdered at a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. As my headlineContinue reading “19 students, two teachers killed in Texas elementary school shooting”

The Nation: Insurrectionist Doug Mastriano Should Be Barred From the Pennsylvania Ballot

Commentary Details of Mastriano’s involvement with the coup attempt are overwhelming—and disqualify him under the 14th Amendment, argue constitutional lawyers. John Nichols writes in The Nation today, “Donald Trump’s choice for governor of Pennsylvania, state Senator Doug Mastriano, was affirmed last week by Republican primary voters who followed the former president’s order to nominate a candidate whoContinue reading “The Nation: Insurrectionist Doug Mastriano Should Be Barred From the Pennsylvania Ballot”

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?”

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)”

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”

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”