Now I can understand re-count demands initiated by the desperately but marginally defeated. But Jill Stein? The lunatic candidate that explored and expanded the outer limits of the deeper depths of public support?
We've all heard about the Crazy Uncle who disrupts family gatherings. It's a comfort to know that he's brought his "wife" along with him.
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Trump Will/Should Not Nominate Romney as SofS
It’s difficult to focus on specific issues whilst in the glow of celebrating the country’s release from the collectivist jaws of the Clintons and Barack Obama, but let’s force ourselves.
Through the floodgates of liberation, many candidates have suddenly been released from the collectivist closet. Prominently among them are candidates for Secretary of State.
For some reason, Mitt Romney is among them, and, incredibly, a…Continue
Nellie Lutcher—My Introduction to the Wonders of Black Culture
I was a teenager before I realized that blacks existed.
Without my knowing, blacks had been bussed to schools far from the ones I attended through high school.
But somewhere along the line, I heard, in my culturally liberal home environment, the recordings of Nellie Lutcher, and that launched me along a cultural path which has immeasurably enriched my life.
Looking back, way back, I have a clearer view of what…
Hip Pocket Guide to Turkey Day
Thanksgiving Day can be pulled off in many ways. The following are rated in terms of ease of execution:
Core Values a la Obama
When asked recently in Lima, rather intelligently I thought, whether Obama would follow the tradition of not carping on his successor, Obama responded in essence, “Sure, as long as he doesn’t fuss with “core principles.”
The threshold question is, of course, whether he’s talking about the core principles of the Democrat Party or of the United States, a somewhat larger and more significant organization.
Under Obama’s leadership, the core principles of the…
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Gigi Does Melania Trump
Adele comes on stage to accept a music award. She is in blackface and wearing butt-bumpers she borrowed from her favorite footballer. She says: “Ah luv my man, Massa Trump, and make sure that his ice box is full of fresh chitterlings. And we both luv our children, especially Watermelonisha.
Tasteless? Humorless? Disrespectful? You bet!
Yet Gigi’s pathetic imitation of Melania Trump was cut from the same fetid…Continue
Hamilton—A Vice-Presidential Elect Review
“The excitement ended at the metal detectors”—Headline of the New York Times review of Corpus Christi, a play by Terrence McNally
“The excitement began at the curtain call”—Headline of Pence review of Hamilton
“The general languor of an evening with the creators of Broadway’s latest “hit”…Continue
Get the Hook!
Although I’m the last to complain about Obama’s absence from the U.S., would it be too much to ask him not to make quite such a big fool of himself abroad?
Spiking the ball seems a curious gesture for a president whose “legacy” and chosen successor in office have just been trampled by an unlikely candidate whose only appeal to the public was a sworn resolve to undo all of Obama’s “accomplishments.”
Faced with larcenous and destructive riots by thieves taking…
Teaching—Then and Now in the Era of Obama
During my brief stint teaching English and Business Communications in San Diego, I was bemused by some trends in modern education that I thought were endearingly curious. Chapters morphed into modules and great value was ascribed to "reinforcing redundancies." These are detailed in my “unauthorized autobiography,” Wet Firecrackers. My fellow teachers consisted of recent junior college graduates who viewed travel as…Continue
One of the preconditions of forgiveness is reformation. Within hours after asking its subscribers to forgive its biased coverage of the presidential campaign, The New York Times issued two stories that are even worse than anything it apologized for:
Trump's Transitional Project is in "disarray."
Trump excluding the press from a family steak dinner at the 21 Club portends an epic lack of transparency for the history books.
If any further evidence of the total nervous…Continue
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Post-Election Melt Down
Eight years ago, shortly after the BO win, I received a copy of a general email penned by one with whom I had attended elementary, junior, and senior high school. As I recall, the gist was that we all should get behind our new “young” president, give him a chance, and wish him well.
I was happy to follow the advice as BO’s total lack of public accomplishment made him a bit of a tabula rosa, and I shared the excitement of electing the country’s first…
Added by Gordon Osmond on November 15, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
Obama’s November 14 Press Conference—Over the November Moon
The overwhelming theme of Obama’s presentation was that HE had been so generous as to hand off to poor lil’ Donald a pearl of great price. He trotted through the “highlights” of his eight-year tenure like a mother showing off her child’s tin trophies. CNN counted three instances of self-congratulation; I counted five.
Then how in the world did Trump triumph in the face of this incredible progress under…Continue
Trim the Fetid Fat and then Drain the Swamp
Trump, experienced in the real world of business, as opposed to smoke and mirrors of politics, will probably deal first with the easy decisions. I can think of a few:
• Terminate taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. If this organization’s mission is so noble, surely it can survive on private donations.
• Terminate taxpayer funding of Sanctuary Cities.
• Terminate payments for contraception devices. Women can surely…Continue
As the courts have approved, and prior practice has adopted, the concept of preemptive pardon, the question whether HRC should be granted a presidential pardon for her past misdeeds needs to be addressed.
I think so, for the following reasons and subject to the following conditions.
The destruction of a 30-year-old dream under such ignoble and humiliating circumstances is probably sufficient punishment.
The relief of no…Continue
In Defense of Gloating
As a general rule, gloating over victory is tasteless; noblesse oblige would suggest that modest silence is the classier course. After all, don’t the victors receive enough pleasure from the victory itself, and doesn’t defeat deliver sufficient pain to the losers? Expressed schadenfreude is not admirable.
But in the wake of Trump’s victory, one is tempted to ignore the etiquette as a consequence of how Trump supporters have been…Continue
CNN, having lost its standard bearer and, arguably, namesake, is busy evaluating possible participants in the Trump Administration. Surely the definition of delusional is imagining that a business titan, whose success was founded upon the ability to assess talent, would be influenced, forget about guided, by a group of dispirited “medians” who had only hopeful, and totally inaccurate, prognostications to offer.
A while back, a group of…Continue
Living with Losing
Some take to their beds.
Others take to the streets.
Others take to the airwaves or social media.
So far, none has taken a powder as promised.
Some are gracious.
Some promise productive cooperation.
The bedridden losers include those who can’t face the reality of classrooms or exams and are shamelessly excused from attendance by their faculty bedfellows and those who…Continue
What Should Trump Do with Ryan and other Disloyalists?
President Trump has an embarrassment of riches from which to select key members of his new team. I’ve posted on them previously.
But what of those who were slow, or never came, to the table.
Prominent members of this group are Ryan and Kasich.
I leave to Trump how best to bring this result about, but I think that the very bright Ryan should be a valuable financial consultant to the President, but should be…Continue
Added by Gordon Osmond on November 9, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
Last Call for the Ark
Throughout the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign, various persons from all walks of life—from show biz personalities to alleged intellectuals--have stated their intention to leave the United States should Trump prevail. Well, he prevailed, big time, so it’s all aboard!
As a result of this migration, the average IQ of both the United States and the countries where the Ark will be unloaded will rise. Good result, all around. Collateral Advantage.
Thanks so much for your message. I'm very pleased that you're interested in my "take" on today's happenings.
I want to respond before the polls open in the U.S.
You're quite right about my disdain for Hillary Clinton. In assessing a candidate, I think the most relevant criteria are qualifications, record, and character. On paper, Clinton is the more qualified, but on the other two, I find her woefully deficient.
Political leaders are frequently faced with a choice…Continue