…Trump Is Wasting Our Immigration Crisis …

The system needs to be fixed, but “the wall” is only part of the solution. Migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, wait to be allowed to apply for asylum in the United States. SAN DIEGO — On April 12, I toured the busiest border crossing between America and Mexico — the San Ysidro Port of Entry, in … Continue reading …Trump Is Wasting Our Immigration Crisis …

… Pete Buttigieg …

... Mayor Pete ... Newton’s third law of motion also helps predict America’s presidential succession. After Richard Nixon’s sleaze, voters picked a Georgian Sunday School teacher who promised never ever to lie to them. After eight years of interracial progress and cool intellectualism from Barack Obama, they chose Donald Trump. Whoever succeeds him is liable … Continue reading … Pete Buttigieg …

…3 Card Monte…

Barr’s March summary was a weapon used by Trump to gaslight the American people. Later today, William Barr, the US Attorney General, will release a redacted version of the Mueller Report. “Redacted”, of course, is a fancy word that means “censored for public viewing.” Because the nature of Barr’s redactions will not be known until … Continue reading …3 Card Monte…

..Pace of Bering Sea changes startle scientists…

Jessie Royer passes icebergs in open water on Norton Sound on March 13, 2019 as she approaches Nome, Alaska, in the Iditarod trail sled dog race. When a Feb. 22 storm pounded Norton Sound, water surged up the Yukon River and into Kotlik, flooding low-lying homes. The Bering Sea last winter saw record-low sea ice. … Continue reading ..Pace of Bering Sea changes startle scientists…

…Feeling the heat donny boy?….

The Trump's Legal Problems Are Far Far From Over. To wit What's Happening in New York. The enormous volume of coverage and commentary regarding Mueller’s failure to “establish” criminal collusion has obscured Donald Trump's legal troubles in New York. While there are still a lot of questions about what’s actually in the Mueller Report, the … Continue reading …Feeling the heat donny boy?….

…Why the Assange Arrest Should Scare Reporters…

The WikiLeaks founder will be tried in a real court for one thing, but for something else in the court of public opinion Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 in London, England. After weeks of speculation Wikileaks founder Julian Assange … Continue reading …Why the Assange Arrest Should Scare Reporters…

…The Government Is Detaining and Interrogating Journalists and Advocates at the US-Mexico Border…

........ ...so much for Freedom in America ......... In what looks like a coordinated attack on constitutional rights, the U.S. government has reportedly been targeting journalists, activists, and lawyers working to raise awareness of issues facing migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. On Wednesday, the NBC affiliate in San Diego revealed leaked documents showing that authorities … Continue reading …The Government Is Detaining and Interrogating Journalists and Advocates at the US-Mexico Border…

…Is America Becoming Trump’s Banana Republic?…

George Conway and the Senate’s Twelve Angry Republicans say not quite yet. Although he acts like an all-powerful strongman, Trump could make himself the first President in decades to leave the office with less power than he had when he entered. Interrupting a previously scheduled “Briefing on Drug Trafficking on the Southern Border,” President Trump … Continue reading …Is America Becoming Trump’s Banana Republic?…

… Trump’s New Budget Exposes his Lies About Protecting Medicare and Medicaid…

Did anyone really think they were going to leave that money alone? The President’s latest budget proposal runs directly counter to his campaign promise to safeguard Medicare. I’ve noted before that Donald Trump lives by a famous dictum from Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propagandist: “When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it.” … Continue reading … Trump’s New Budget Exposes his Lies About Protecting Medicare and Medicaid…

“ ‘Green Book’, Road Trips, and NBA Fans”

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In case you were in Antarctica last week, “Green Book” won the Oscar for best picture of 2019.  It’s time for some family pride.  Our son-in-law Patrick, is the Editor of this delightful story. Last Sunday night our family and many friends celebrated as we watched our beautiful daughter Stephanie, and Patrick take the final stage. This movie basically tells the unlikeliest story of a ‘record promotion’ road trip taken with an erudite Jazz/Classical pianist, who is African American and his ‘low-grade bouncer/thug’ Italian driver. One of the stars of the show is a 1961 lime green Cadillac, in which much of the dialogue of the movie takes place. The trip takes them through the Jim Crow south.  The Green Book was used by blacks to know where they would be welcomed in that brutally racist world.  About a year ago Patrick shared with us about…

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..Fifteen Questions for Allen Weisselberg…

... C.F.O. of the Trump Organization... It seems likely that Allen Weisselberg (center, with the President and Donald Trump, Jr.) knows more than any other person about the specifics of how Donald Trump has made his money. On Thursday 2/28, the Daily Beast reported that Allen Weisselberg, the C.F.O. of the Trump Organization, will soon … Continue reading ..Fifteen Questions for Allen Weisselberg…

…9 Quotes From a Sioux Indian Chief…

... That Will Make You Question Everything About Our Society... Luther Standing Bear (December 1868 – February 20, 1939) was an Oglala Lakota chief notable in American history as a Native American author, educator, philosopher, and actor of the twentieth century.  Standing Bear fought to preserve Lakota heritage and sovereignty and was at the forefront of a Progressive movement to change government policy … Continue reading …9 Quotes From a Sioux Indian Chief…

…Time to Panic…..

The age of climate panic is here. Last summer, a heat wave baked the entire Northern Hemisphere, killing dozens from Quebec to Japan. Some of the most destructive wildfires in California history turned more than a million acres to ash, along the way melting the tires and the sneakers of those trying to escape the … Continue reading …Time to Panic…..

…How to Escape Pseudo-Events in America: The Lessons of Covington…

In an era defined by virality, is there any way to stop a non-story from becoming a real one?   This past October, Jane Mayer reviewed a book by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a professor of communications at the University of Pennsylvania, titled “Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don’t, Can’t, … Continue reading …How to Escape Pseudo-Events in America: The Lessons of Covington…

……. 2018 Glancing Back In The Rear View Mirror….Ala Dave Barry….

Before 2018 fades from view...........let's take a glance back with Dave Barry.......who summarizes 2018 in two words: It boofed. We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it … Continue reading ……. 2018 Glancing Back In The Rear View Mirror….Ala Dave Barry….

..The Oceans Are Warming Fast, and Our Lives Are About to Change…

Vanishing coral reefs, intensifying hurricanes, rising seas — new studies confirm the toll of climate change Sea ice melts on the Franklin Strait along the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. AP/REX/Shutterstock Climate deniers want you to believe otherwise, but the basic physics of climate science is as solid as the basic physics of gravity … Continue reading ..The Oceans Are Warming Fast, and Our Lives Are About to Change…

…Veterans Pay High Price as Lenders Push Cash-Out Home Loans…

The VA is worried about “subprime lending under a new name.” Eric Kandell, president of Low VA Rates. Eric Kandell is making his pitch to veterans. Wearing a red T-shirt, with the words “Low VA Rates” emblazoned across his chest, he looks fit and muscular, as if he had stepped off an Army base himself. In … Continue reading …Veterans Pay High Price as Lenders Push Cash-Out Home Loans…

..’Deadwood’ Movie First Look Released…

The movie adaptation of HBO's Deadwood is now in production. Of course it's only appropriate to start off this Deadwood movie promotional push with the principal two characters of the series, gangster/ bar owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), and violent lawman, Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). Swearengen seems to be behind the bar, as usual, plotting … Continue reading ..’Deadwood’ Movie First Look Released…