Category: America

Nov 09 2017

Trumpet players have taken up the cornet

With Paul Manafort’s indictment, Donald Trump is done

By Garrison Keillor, Tuesday 31 October 2017 08:13 GMT

 

When his old campaign manager was indicted Monday, Mr Trump called me on the phone, crying like a baby, and begged me to endorse him. I said, “You’re already President, Mr President. You were elected.” He said, “I’d still like your endorsement.” I have a recording of the phone call. It’s so sad. Donald Trump is done. He couldn’t get elected … [more]

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Nov 06 2017

Thoughts and prayers

Why I’m no longer talking to God about gun sprees after the Texas shooting

By Grace Dent, Monday 6 November 2017 17:36 GMT

 

After the killing on Sunday of 26 members of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in Wilson County, shot dead in the middle of a church service, I am calling a personal moratorium on the issue of solving gun-related terrorism with “thoughts and prayers”.

I just don’t think my prayers are working. Obviously, I … [more]

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Nov 03 2017

Shameless wealth transfer

A Tax Plan for a New Gilded Age

By the New York Times Editorial Board, November 2, 2017

 

With their new bill that would slash taxes on the wealthy and blow up the federal budget deficit, House Republicans and President Trump are making it absolutely clear whom they are working for — the top 1 percent — and whom they consider dispensable. Well, that’s pretty much everybody else.

The bill, which House leaders unveiled on Thursday after weeks … [more]

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Oct 23 2017

He was too stuck up

Important!

The following letter to the editor, titled “Crooked stuff”, appeared in the Sunday, October 23, 2017 edition of the Sentinel Record.  It’s typical codswallop from exalted sister Mary Robinson (bless her heart), so no further introduction is necessary.  The photographs that follow represent about a minute of Google searching…

— Monsieur d’Nalgar, Lundi 23 octobre 2017

 

Dear editor:

When someone is lying and doing a bunch of crooked stuff and you know they’re lying and doing a … [more]

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Oct 18 2017

Half-baked, spurious nationalism

Remarks by Senator John McCain at 2017 Liberty Medal ceremony

October 16, 2017

 

Important!

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following remarks after being awarded the National Constitution Center’s annual Liberty Medal. Vice President Joe Biden, Chairman of the National Constitution Center’s Board of Trustees, presented the 2017 Liberty Medal to Senator McCain for his lifetime of sacrifice and service to the nation:

 

“Thank you, Joe, my old, dear friend, for those mostly … [more]

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Oct 17 2017

Because a few inky wretches say so

Important!

Hot Springs, Arkansas, with its deep lakes and “sin city” notoriety, is the unnatural habitat of shallow-thinking, obsessive letter writers (I’d throw in fundamentalist, too, but that would just be piling on tautological tomfoolery).  Little brother Lloyd Hoffman (endlessly quoting Billy’s boy Franklin Graham) and little sister Mary Robinson (oy vey! will she stop already with her “America, bless God” adieus?!) are just two that come to mind…

My latest response to these clannish brethren, these self-righteous christianists trying … [more]

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Oct 06 2017

Distinguished intellectual tradition

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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