Saturday, July 22, 2017

REGIME CHANGE

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in an interview, today, cautioned the U.S. strongly about regime change anywhere in the world.  His sound advice came too late to prevent meddling, by his Government, in the the U.S. elections in 2016.  

Somehow, I cannot shake the feeling that he exempted Russia from the equation.

REVOKING JARED/IVANKA SECURITY CLEARANCES

Sorry, fellas, can't sign that petition calling for revoking the Kushner/Ivanka security clearances.  If that's done and Trump wants them to know, he can just declassify the material so that anyone can read it.  I'd rather that Jared/Ivanka be subject to laws governing the dissemination of classified material than for having sensitive material being declassified. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

THE ARROGANCE OF IGNORANCE

While we all know of arrogant doctors who despite their learning, which should have taught them how little they know when compared to what they do not know, act as if they are infallible.  

We sometimes forget that at the other end of the spectrum, there are others, who know even less, who wear their ignorance as a badge of honor.  These modern day "Know nothings"  will blithely deny climate change or evolution or steadfastly subscribe to the flat earth theory.  Regretfully, the "Know Nothings" are more likely to vote as a bloc and may be more of a danger to society than arrogant physicians.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

RAKs THE NEW PEJORATIVE

For many years now, Conservatives have enjoyed using the phrase "Tree huggers", as a pejorative to describe Liberals.  It is not till now that, courtesy of Donald Trump, Liberals can return the favor by calling conservatives, RAKs: "Russian Ash Kissers" 

COLLUSION AND CRIME

To those who may be confused by those saying that collusion is not a crime: Two or more dieters colluding to sneak out to the ice cream parlor does not constitute a crime; two or more yeggs colluding to crack some safes are.

Collusion is a synonym for conspiracy, which most people think is illegal but which, like collusion, requires a criminal act to describe, before becoming a felony.  It has to be a conspiracy to commit a crime before it is actionable.  

So when Trump tells you there was no collusion, he is wrong, as usual.  There is no doubt that there was collusion; what remains to be determined is whether it was also a crime.    

Friday, July 14, 2017

IMPECCABLE LOGIC

When the Trump Family is criticized for coming up with different stories, almost daily, to explain a set of particular facts, surrogates rightfully place the blame on the critics, themselves.  "If people would just accept the first story, we wouldn't have to be changing them so frequently!"  The logic is impeccable but critics still try to imply that somehow it is the Trump Family that is trying to hide something.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

SPECIAL COUNSELS AND THE RENEWAL OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

Much as American politicians try, through their venality and greed, to bring down the status of our nation, the existence of our peculiar office of a Special or Independent Counsel will renew our standing, among nations.  More than our nuclear bombs and supersonic aircraft; more than our missile submarines and our rapid deployment capabilities, it is our ability to, somehow, repair our institutions that make our country an island of stability in an unstable world.

I think that there is hope that one day, when we are cleansed of today's aberrations, we will regain our standing among nations.