Ruling by Divine Right

  Long, long ago, some people argued that  kings derived their authority  from God and could not therefore be held accountable for their actions by any earthly authority. King Charles I of England was one of the true believers, and it got him beheaded. It’s hard to believe that in today’s America, this old fairy […]
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What Will Mueller Find?

As the Mueller investigation grinds on, snippets of information are showing up in the media, and they hint at a frightening conclusion. I don’t think many of us still doubt that Russian thugs played a major role in Trump’s election, or that Trump’s allies collaborated with them. And any average law student could make a […]
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Strange Bedfellows Indeed

  One of the most curious aspects of American society is the relationship between law enforcement and organized crime. From time to time, troubling stories emerge that indicate an undercurrent connecting prosecutors and the criminals they prosecute. I’ve read, for example, that a prosecutor who wrought havoc among mob families was suspected of being a member of […]
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Like a Gangster Movie

  This Trump presidency seems more and more like an old gangster movie. When the president’s personal lawyer invokes the Fifth Amendment  to avoid answering questions in a lawsuit involving a porn star, you have to wonder what’s coming next. You remember that mobsters were always “taking the Fifth” in those old gangster movies, don’t you? The […]
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What Trump’s Faithful Hear

  As the Mueller probe digs up increasingly incriminating dirt on Trump and his minions, the right-wing media concoct ever-more fantastic fantasies to feed his faithful followers. Here’s a sample from an article my nephew Chris sent me this morning: This year could turn out to be the defining year for the United States. It […]
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Man’s Inhumanity to Man

  There’s a mean streak in mankind, and if it is tolerated, it breeds monstrous behavior. Alarmingly, that’s what seems to be happening in today’s America. You can see it in social media where trolls bare their ugly souls.  You can see it in the news where unspeakable acts of cruelty and mindless rage are reported daily. […]
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The Hogs are Hollering

  According to a Jamaican proverb, when you throw stones into a hog pen, the ones that holler are the ones you hit. I’m sure you can hear the hogs hollering. The Mueller inquiry is producing results. Four Trump minions indicted already, two of them (so far) cooperating with investigators. Trump can hear the footsteps approaching and […]
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