Fascism Next Door

  The hate filled attack on “the media” by my Tampa Bay neighbors yesterday leaves me stunned and dismayed. I cringed as I watched a video of the pro-Trump crowd heckling CNN’s Jim Acosta. Faces I might encounter in Publix, as we exchange polite smiles and “excuse me’s,” are contorted in rage. Folks who might […]
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A Day in the Age of Trump

    No interruption so far in access to the blog site, so I’ll keep blogging until I hear something more from Xavier… It’s another day in Trumpistan… The Trump faithful may be taking comfort from Rudy Giuliani’s  rambling interview on TV yesterday, but the rest of us are left wondering what that was all […]
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Feeling the Contempt

  I can understand why CNN’s Anderson Cooper (lower photo)  had to fight back tears as he defended Haiti after Trump (top photo) described it as a “s—hole country.” Haiti has been through more than its share of horrors and deserves sympathy not contempt. But Trump’s disdain is not restricted to Haiti. He included El Salvador […]
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A Real and Present Danger

  I didn’t tune into Trump’s rally last night. I figured I already knew what he was going to say. And why. So when I read this morning that TV viewers – and CNN’s Don Lemon – were shocked and appalled, I wasn’t surprised. From the reports I read, this was one of Trump’s most “unhinged” […]
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Are You a Racial Profiler?

  I confess, when I read that some guy named Anthony Scaramucci was suspected of shady business with the Russians, I thought the worst. Yes, I am a racial profiler. I wonder whether the same instinct might have betrayed those three journalists who had to resign from CNN after producing a flawed story about the Trump transition advisor (with […]
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Faking out the Media

I like Don Lemon. He seems to be fair and reasonable. But he does have his candid moments. Last night, for example, he told a guest on CNN: If you don’t want to participate in the news stories of this network, then don’t come on and participate. And, moments later, he cut the show short to […]
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Did Anderson Email Me?

As I read the emails, supposedly from CNN and touting some online work-at-home deal, it occurred to me that they had the tone and feel of one of those videos about curing diabetes by eating foods recommended in the Bible. There were two emails. Official looking, with the CNN logo boldly displayed. One message, supposedly from Anderson […]
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Do We Deserve Trump?

  As Alexis de Tocqueville is supposed to have said, people get the government they deserve. And if Donald Trump becomes US President, the old saying will be proved right. Trump’s victory would be the result of gross negligence on the part of decent Americans who just couldn’t be bothered to vote. A new CNN/ORC […]
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Talk is Cheap. And Endless!

  Surely by now, American voters – voters everywhere – are aware that anyone might say anything in an effort to get elected, but (as they say in Jamaica) “words are wind”? I could stand on some podium and promise a chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage if you-all made me President […]
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Aren’t You Tired of Trump?

  I switched off the news channels early last night and went to sleep. Usually, I can make it through Rachel on MSNBC, but last night I couldn’t get past Chris Hayes. And switching to CNN didn’t help. Both cable channels were obsessed with Donald Trump. Did he disrespect women who worked for him over […]
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