- September 1, 2017A Texas Farmer on Harvey, Bad Planning and Runaway Growth
We were sitting around a cluttered table in his Bay City, Tex., office over a plate of barbecue, this old Jewish rice farmer and I, and before either of us knew it, we had chewed our way down to the shank of the afternoon talking about Texas, and the Talmud, and the weather. “I’m sure they told you that if you asked me the time, I’d tell you how to build a watch,” the old man said, chuckling. Indeed they had. And in those very words.
- November 12, 2016WTF Did You Think Was Gonna Happen?
“Put yourself in the shoes of the people I just described. You’d never tolerate it. That’s why you have guns, you tell me, just in case the government ever even thinks about doing to you what this man has promised to do them.”
- October 11, 2016Trump Must Be Defeated Bigly
All of the world, not just his puppet master Putin, but France, and Germany, and North Korea, now have carte blanche to question our judgement and our moral authority to lead on any question. The fact that he has risen so far, so fast, and the fear that another Trump, perhaps more polished, could ride the same wave and go further next time, has those nations weighing their options today, and that makes the world a much more dangerous place.
- August 2, 2016Words Fail Me
For a few days now, I’ve been trying to come up with a cogent argument that would persuade potential Trump voters that he is so far outside the normal or even tolerable bounds of political discourse, that a vote for him would actually be tantamount to voting “no” on a referendum on the future of the Republic. And I flatter myself I’ve come up with several very good arguments. But now I’m giving up..
- May 16, 2016Eye (Candy) of the Beholder
So Morning Joe Goebbels went into aphorisms today after Rowanne Brewer Lane, the woman mentioned in the lede of the Sunday New York Times piece on Trump’s general creepiness toward women, took issue on Fox with the characterization of her experience. I… Read More
- May 9, 2016Feet of clay, jaw of glass
Well, that’s disappointing. Just had a rather lengthy chat with Dave Gonzales, the curator of the Hemingway House and Museum in Key West, generally recognized as an expert on Papa. I wanted to ask him whether he thought the old man would have been the… Read More
- May 6, 2016Make China Great Again
There are a great many things over which I disagree with Hillary Clinton. This may be the biggest. Trump, clueless as he is, is not a “risk”. He’s a guaranteed gold-plated disaster, and that’s just based on the things he actually would do on purpose. Forget the stuff he’d do by accident. You can take that to the bank. But if I were you, I’d hurry.
- May 5, 2016If Trump’s elected, we’ll need to swap the eagle for a buzzard
Instead, what you find is a brutish willingness to blow things up, and then to swoop in on the chaos that he created, carrion like, and pick out the entrails of the victims of the catastrophe he created.
- May 3, 2016My Goodness! What Would Mika Say? (Never Mind. We Know)
Okay. I’m doing my goddamndest to satirize this election. Honestly I am. But when Donald Trump goes full Weekly World News and accuses Ted Cruz’ father of the Kennedy Assassination, and Cruz breathlessly responds by claiming that news of Benito’s vario… Read More
- April 29, 2016The Wrong Side of the Wall, Number 2
The electricity had been out for over an hour, and the emergency lights at the corner of the bar – powered by an ancient, sputtering, apneatic generator just outside the back door — made the whole place look even more desperate, desolate and forgotten… Read More