“A shameful spectacle.” That is what Americans witnessed on February 27, 2019 during the testimony of Michael Cohen during the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into potential crimes of Donald J. Trump. Republican members of Congress immediately began yelling at Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal attorney and fixer. Republican wrath made little sense but the GOP Congressional theatrics were on dolorous display for the country and the world. Without asking Cohen a single question about the investigation into Trump’s highly questionable actions, GOP leaders showed themselves as well practiced in hysteria during their verbal assault on Cohen and his character. What seemed entirely lost onRead More →

A Poem for White Supremacists Brutal shootings in the streets, AK-17s in bowling alleys, churches, in schools; handguns in bedrooms— racist, sexist anger gushing out of geysers of America’s blood-stained soil, fertile ground from which corrupt pols stir foment, cast lies and lines to people living in a lobster pot of fear and ill-defined discontent— juxtaposed against the rich and famous: gold toilets, hand-painted, inlaid ceramic tile pools. A dull, illusory movement across plasma screens of phosphor-filled cells feeding Americans drooling from corners of their mouths shaped by lust, want, greed, and simmering rage. How easy it was for a puppet to hold their strings and become puppet master,Read More →

Trump, Trump, Trump, All the Time Recently, we acknowledged Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but every news feed—from the top newspapers to the online news outlets, AP, Google News, Yahoo News, television stations—all had front-line coverage of, who else but Donald Trump, the illegitimate President spouting some new insanity, inciting hatreds and divisions, promoting Russian interests and his own criminal enterprises. Trump literally dropped a wreath at the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, D.C. and stayed for all of one minute and 48 seconds. Even when his louse is turned out for everyone to see, Trump is still getting the attention he demands. OnRead More →

Pavlov’s Right-Wing Dogs and the Conditioned Response to Smart, Strong Women in Politics Read a news headline about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the first-term Congresswomen from New York’s 14th District, and watch the right-wing bots and humans salivate their maliciousness like Pavlov’s dogs on hearing a bell. By way of background, the dogs used in Pavlov’s experiments were conditioned to respond to a bell in anticipation of a food reward, stimulating the flow of the dogs’ saliva. The young Congresswoman has already built herself a reputation for speaking her mind and standing up for her constituents regardless of political hierarchy. All of the qualities that Republican votingRead More →