Oct 14 2016

Thank you!

Dear editor,


We the People are about to roll the dice and elect our next president.  Just enough time left to dash off a few well-deserved thank you notes…

So first of all, a great big thank you to our ever-vigilant tea parties, and to their patron saints the Brothers Koch, for breathing new life into the smoldering ashes of daddy’s John Birch Society.  Good old-fashioned, flag-waving, bible-thumping, patriotic paranoia never goes out of style.

And a special thanks to our very … [more]

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Oct 13 2016

2020 is already under way

Growing Cotton in Iowa

The Economist, Oct 15th 2016


AS THE election of 2016 lurches to an unmourned end, it feels cruel to report that the presidential race of 2020 is already under way. This haste makes sense, at least on the Republican side. If voters on November 8th consign Donald Trump to a life of brooding defeat, filled with cable TV interviews, restless travel and insomniac tweeting, he will leave a party primed for civil strife. For a … [more]

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Oct 13 2016




I’m not sure where the Saul Alinsky poison kool-aid counter is, but it seems like there are lots of folks bellying up to the bar these days.  This dire warning was in today’s paper under the title “Don’t be fooled” — I wasn’t…

— Jacques d’Nalgar, October 13, 2016



Dear editor:

OK, we have the mainstream media against Trump from the beginning. Constant negatives and none for Hillary. Progressives obviously control the media. Hopefully our voters … [more]

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Oct 12 2016

Cheez Whiz and lye


Here’s a little something I wrote (borrowed, actually, with permission) that appeared in the Hot Springs Sentinel Record on Monday, October 3, 2016 and in last week’s Arkansas Times.

— Monsieur d’Nalgar, Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Dear editor:

Mister Sniffles’ ardent fans often attempt a diversionary tactic to deflect each and every criticism of their much-prayed-for sweet potato.  It’s an old debating trick to ignore the critics and instead demand an immediate and compelling explanation of why … [more]

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Oct 05 2016

Act in haste, repent in leisure

Another Deadly Drone Mistake: At What Point Do We Say Enough?

By Ted Gup, October 3, 2016


It was an obscure item last week that drew little media attention. An apartment building in Afghanistan’s remote Nangarhar province was apparently hit by an American drone strike, killing at least fifteen civilians and injuring thirteen more. The villagers were gathered to welcome a returning tribal leader.

Such stories are easy to ignore as inevitable errors of war. But the tally … [more]

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Sep 28 2016


Shimon Peres was no peacemaker. I’ll never forget the sight of pouring blood and burning bodies at Qana

By Robert Fisk, Wednesday 28 September 2016 11:00 BST


When the world heard that Shimon Peres had died, it shouted “Peacemaker!” But when I heard that Peres was dead, I thought of blood and fire and slaughter.

I saw the results: babies torn apart, shrieking refugees, smouldering bodies. It was a place called Qana and most of the 106 … [more]

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Sep 21 2016

The full measure of its guilt


Just a little over 15 years ago, one day after September 11, 2001, Ward Churchill, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, wrote the following essay.  He was roundly condemned for his troubles by media pundits, who called for his resignation and deemed him unfit to teach. The university’s Board of Regents publicly apologized for Churchill’s writings about the 9-11 attacks, investigated him for academic misconduct, and then fired him.  Churchill filed a lawsuit against CU and … [more]

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