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Irregular commentary on whatever's on my mind -- politics, sports, current events, and life in general. After twenty years of writing business and community newsletters, fifteen years of fantasy baseball newsletters, and two years of email "columns", this is, I suppose, the inevitable result: the awful conceit that someone might actually care to read what I have to say. Posts may be added often, rarely, or never again. As always, my mood and motivation are unpredictable.

Buster Gammons

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Remarkable Figure In History

"Barack Hussein Obama is one of the most remarkable figures in black and American history.  His unlikely rise is not only, as he would have it, the beautiful completion of a trajectory of American exceptionalism.  It is, too, the triumph of an improbable black life that grew from a community where black death has been the norm for some of its most gifted leaders.

"We are exceedingly happy that he made it through alive.  We are crestfallen that the man succeeding him, like so many of those who voted for him, hated each breath that he drew."

                                                               -- Michael Eric Dyson 

Writing Is Hard, Presidenting Will Be Easy

Hey, Idiot Nation, here's the fraud you elected pretending he knows how to write:

Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, three weeks ago. Looking forward to Friday.

Instantly, far more intelligent Twitter users than he had some outstanding reactions:

"That's not how people write, Donald.  You need to put the paper flat on the desk and open the notepad."

"Also another foolproof tip, I find, is to look down at the words you're writing."

"Were you constipated while writing?  Sure looks like it."

"BTW, the 'Winter White House' is the White House."

"Yo, what's with the tiles behind you?  Are you writing inside a Turkish bath?  Or is that a room at the Kremlin?"

"Who is translating it from the original Russian?"

"You look as depressed as we feel."

"Oh, honey, this looks terribly staged.  Is that a Magic Marker?"

Obama May Be Leaving Office, But I'm Keeping My Swag

Hail and farewell, President Obama!  I'm really going to miss you.

Trump's KKK Kabinet -- Kooks, Klowns and Kommissars

To:  Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Subj.:  Cabinet Confirmation Hearings

Betsy DeVos is utterly ignorant of education law and thinks guns in schools is an OK idea, in case of "potential grizzlies."  Are you kidding me?  Just say no.

Like DeVos, virtually all of Trump's cabinet picks are obscenely unqualified and strongly opposed to the purpose of the agency they would lead.  It's like hogs to the trough.  Tom Price for HHS, Ben Carson for HUD, Scott Pruitt for EPA, Andy Puzder for Labor -- they're all just ideological hacks temperamentally unsuited to the task at hand.

Want more?  The pick to lead the DOJ, Jeff Sessions, is an anti-immigrant racist devoted to voter suppression.  The Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson, is in league with Russian oil oligarchs.  Rick Perry, the choice for Energy, wants to eliminate that very department!

I could go on and on with more absurdities, but I won't.  As your constituent, I urge you to resist the rush job and vote to deny confirmation to all of Trump's unqualified and unsuitable cabinet picks.  We must do better.

Glasgow's Sunday Herald TV Listing Is Brilliant!

The Sunday Herald TV Section wins today.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Friday! Friday! Friday! Capitol Mall Carnage!

Trump Plagiarizes His "Best Ever" Inaugural Address

Being infamously possessed of a third-grade vocabulary, Little Donnie Diaper-Pants knows he'll need all the help he can get to deliver a passable speech on Friday.  He's seeking inspiration from history and, if these top-secret draft excerpts are any guide, he's "borrowing" heavily from the well-known texts of previous inaugural addresses (and if you don't know the original words, I'll leave it to you to Google them):

"And let us reflect that, having banished Muslims from our land with our religious intolerance, we now gladly countenance a political intolerance just as despotic, as wicked, and as capable of bitter and bloody persecutions."  March 4, 1801

"With malice toward all my many enemies, with charity for none, with firmness in the alt-right, as God gives me to see the alt-right."  March 4, 1865

"Much has been given us, and much will be rightly expected from us.  We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we will shirk both."  March 4, 1905

"We are provincials once again, not citizens of the world.  We are turning back."  March 5, 1917

"Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is the lying liberal media, and also Mexico, Muslims, China, nasty women, Saturday Night Live, Obamacare, Meryl Streep, John Lewis, political correctness, Crooked Hillary, the EPA, . . . "  March 4, 1933

"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for My Brand."  January 20, 1961