Hot Springs, Arkansas, with its deep lakes and “sin city” notoriety, is the unnatural habitat of obsessive, shallow-thinking (I’d throw in fundamentalist, too, but that would be piling on needless tautological tomfoolery) letter writers. Little brother Lloyd Hoffman (endlessly quoting Billy’s boy Franklin Graham) and sister Mary Robinson (and her tedious “America, bless God” adieus) are just two that come quickly to mind…
My latest response to this clan of self-righteous christianists was published in the Sunday edition of … [more]
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Let’s be honest about the Second Amendment
By Matthew Walther, October 6, 2017
The Second Amendment clearly and definitively does not say what so many gun-rights absolutists in America claim it does. This is interesting when you consider conservatives’ otherwise consistent adherence to constitutional originalism.
Consider, for instance, that one of the soundest, if clearly not the most persuasive, arguments made against legalized abortion in this country is that the actual text of the 14th Amendment, so far … [more]
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By Ernest Dumas, September 28, 2017
Whenever Donald Trump in his serial bouts with failure decides he must re-energize his base of white nationalists by doing things like demonizing black athletes who protest discrimination, the mainstream press falls for it and gives him maximum space and time. We’re addicted.
Who could pass up the president’s words at an Alabama political rally: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, … [more]
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Well, folks, this is what we’re dealing with… Once again, with feeling (feeling nauseous), here is another visitation by something even scarier than a Stephen King clown, the one, the only (if only) Lloyd Hoffman. This unabashed adoration of Donald Trump was in today’s Sentinel Record. If Jesus still weeps, I know he has to be weeping now.
— Monsieur Jacques d’Nalgar, Samedi 23 septembre 2017, ère commune
Kudos for Trump’s speech
After President Donald Trump … [more]
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Following is a letter to the editor, from yesterday’s Sentinel Record, that well illustrates everything wrong with our American government (you know, by the people, for the people, etc., etc.)…
Apparently our thrice-named scion of local fame and fortune is irritated that “his” bought-and-paid-for” US Senators are not performing to his satisfaction.
— Monsieur d’Nalgar, ce jeudi 14 septembre 2017
I know our Arkansas congressional representative, Bruce Westerman, and his colleague, Sen. Tom … [more]
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Maybe Trump is a kind of cry for help from the Earth, a human flare
By Frankie Boyle, Sunday 27 August 2017 04.00 EDT
So are we heading for a Mad Max-style future? I don’t think so. After having lived through Donald Trump we’ll surely just call him Max. Trump is behaving so strangely, we’re probably about a month away from not being allowed to make jokes about him. He’s gone past Charlie Sheen and we’re now … [more]
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Sebastian Gorka, the West Wing’s Phony Foreign-Policy Guru
By Bob Dreyfuss, August 10, 2017
The Breitbart News headline, back in November 2014, rang like a five-alarm fire bell: MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD OVERRUNS NATIONAL CATHEDRAL IN DC. Its author, Breitbart’s national-security editor, was Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka, who currently occupies a top White House post as “deputy assistant” to President Donald Trump. And like just about anything Gorka has said or written, the Breitbart headline was wrong in every … [more]
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