Reality to US: My Condolences

I'm still trying to figure out how you actually mess up a condolence call to a soldier's family and turn it into a national nightmare when the White House Chief of Staff has to lie to cover up for the president's lies. And just to make it worse, the White House Press Secretary then questions an American's right to ask questions simply because the Chief of Staff is a Four Star General. I'm all for respecting the military and the soldiers who serve our country. What I strenuously object to is the idea...

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The Retreat Becomes a Rout

And, no; I'm not talking about Democratic failures in the face of the Republican onslaught. What's being routed is common sense, practicality, reason, and stability. The president has ultimately decided that if Congress is not going to strip health insurance from millions of people, essentially box them into buying policies that have unconscionably sky-high deductibles (because they'll be the cheapest ones) or do not cover essential services such as addiction, mental health or family planning,...

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Shooting Policy Blanks

We learned this week that the Republican Party is so concerned about religious rights that they'll compromise women's health and allow people who are supposedly committed to love and compassion to discriminate against fellow human beings who love differently than they do. We also learned that the only suggestion they can come up with when scores of people are killed by altered weapons is to get rid of the alteration, thereby condemning the country to another mass shooting massacre, which I predict...

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Tax Cut Pizza Math: How Many Slices Will You Get?

Raise your hand if you thought the Trump tax plan would favor the middle class and the poor. I see no hands. Democrats in the House and Senate can fulminate all they want, and the responsible media - and you know who they are - can put banner headlines about economic inequality on their sites and publications, but in the end, cutting taxes for the upper class will always be the GOP's number one priority. What's different this time around is that the deficit hawks who haunted President Obama...

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The Dotard Wants War and Concussions

Take that, you John McCain you. And NFL players who kneel for the national anthem? You need to speak the way we want you to speak. And hit harder, man! Be like Aaron Hernandez. But what's happening with Stephen Curry you ask? We don't want your NBA Championship demeanor and terrific play and ambassador-like personality anywhere near the White House. You're not invited! Kim Jong-un should not, in any way, feel singled out. But I certainly understand how hurt he must be that the old man in the White...

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The New Normal Is Still Not Normal

Is it just me or is the political circus breaking for an intermission? Yes, I know that the president watched FOX News, then tweeted that the British knew who the suspects were in Friday's terrorist attack. And he also reiterate his position that civil rights agitators are just as bad as Nazis and Klan members. But somehow, it feels different. Maybe it's that the president struck a deal with Democrats about the debt ceiling and agreed with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that we shouldn't...

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It’s Just the Weather. Nothing to See Here, Citizens. Move Along.

No, it's not the Apocalypse. That happened last November. This is just weather. Just weather. And the earth. How quaint. Three hurricanes, and a major earthquake that very few people outside of Mexico are paying attention to, are taking their physical and psychic toll on a country that does not need any more bad news. Add in a cleanup that will be expensive, daunting and political, and you'll see more partisan bickering in addition to the usual American disaster response which will include...

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