Latest musings, analyses, and general madness

Thoughts on Walking in a Storm

Kathy Zhu, a University of Michigan student who was recently crowned Miss World America, has been stripped of her title because she supports Donald Trump, she commented online about the rates of black-on-black gun violence, and — perhaps most serious of all given her home state — she refused to put on a hijab at a Muslim information booth’s “try on a hijab”...

The Death of Citizenship

Back in the fall of 2011, when the world was more innocently dying, the last bastion of liberty was led by a Marxist president, the erstwhile constitutionalist movement known as the Tea Party had not yet been “crushed” (Mitch McConnell’s vow) by the Republican Party establishment as it would be crushed five years later with the Trumpian Hammer, and I was busily insinuating...

Exposed! Americans Are Sheep!

Ted Cruz chaired a deeply important hearing in the U.S. Senate on a theme sure to win him favor with the Trump cult, which of course is the chief motivation for everything he has done for the past two and a half years. Continuing his paternalistic, optics-mongering vendetta against the big internet companies, Cruz “proved” what everyone already knew, namely that Google rigs...

Quick Takes: Discrimination and Caring

Senator Tim Kaine (Communist-Va.) claims that President Trump’s moronic tweets urging four lightweight socialist activist congresswomen to go back where they came from “violated federal anti-discrimination law.”  Maybe he’s right. If so, then the United States is already a full-out tyranny, and you can stop the electoral dog-and-pony show right now, and proceed straight to the secret police and gulags. There should not...

Is Trump a Racist?

I have answered this essay’s title question before — I said Trump is not a racist — but the latest brouhaha he has caused with his “go back to where you came from” tweets seems to warrant a revisiting of the issue. Today, I received an e-mail from a long-time reader, asking a question I have seen a lot over the past twenty-four...

Addendum on Everything that Works

Donald Trump tells several Democratic members of Congress to “go back to where they came from” — which, in three of the four cases, happens to be American cities — and in the process reunites a critically fractured Democratic Party by giving them an easy rallying point against their common enemy. “But it worked! It worked, didn’t it? He’s got the Democratic establishment...

My take on Trump’s thought-provoking “Go back where you came from” reflections

Donald Trump is an idiot. We all know that, when we are not lying to ourselves. He is also a vain, megalomaniacal blowhard. We all know that, too. Furthermore, he will do or say absolutely anything that he perceives as being to his advantage at this millisecond — where “his advantage,” given that he is an idiot and a vain, megalomaniacal blowhard, typically...

Reducing the Odor of Social Justice War

Good news, everyone! The U.S. women’s soccer team, which is currently enjoying its fifteen minutes of stench as celebrity social justice agitators du jour, is about to gain a much needed influx of deodorant. Literally. A few days back, I wrote about the soccer persons’ lack of basic economic understanding — or rather, the fact that their greed is bigger than their worth...

Trump’s Korean Legacy

For years, the world watched as American presidents, inheriting the never-ending Korean War and the quandary of dealing with the increasingly ambitious Kim dynasty in communist North Korea, failed to come up with a sensible strategy — or the intestinal fortitude — to confront the problem effectively. Now, at last, the world, or at least the semi-rational minority faction within it, has to...

How “The News” Works

“Fake news.” The problem with Trump’s popular expression, apart from the dishonestly selective manner in which he uses it, is that the phrase is redundant. What we call “news” today is fake by definition. Hence, calling any media outlet “fake news” is like calling someone a “dishonest liar.” News is just opinion-mongering, propagandizing, commercial advertising, and political insinuation by another name. I will...