Category Archives: politics

Sarah Silverman at the Democratic Convention

My affection for Sarah Silverman is no secret, but at least I don’t follow her (or anyone) on Twitter, as do Dan Dennett and Sam Harris! That said, I’ve always thought that this funny, dark, depressive secular Jew would be a perfect mate. Sadly, La Silverman is not the marrying kind, so we must admire […]

Hillary Clinton hires Debbie Wasserman Schultz, disgraced Democratic National Committee chair

Lord, just when we’re convinced that only Republicans make stupid and embarrassing mistakes that could cost their candidate the election, Hillary Clinton goes and does something enormously stupid. It confirms my view that she prizes loyalty above propriety, and her latest shenanigans will make me hold my nose even harder when I’m forced to vote for […]

Candidate contest: Big Fail (but I declare a winner anyway)

On August 8 of last year, I put up a contest asking readers to name three Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, to wit: “I’m having this contest now because it’s early on and many things are uncertain—remember the 2008 election? Some surprises are certainly in store. So I have a two-part question, and the winner is […]

A scary article about Trump

As I made a visit to Facebook last night, and saw that about 40% of the posts were about Donald Trump, all saying basically the same thing—the man is an idiot—I began to experience the phenomenon of Trumpfenschmerz, or “Trump Weariness.” I wanted to write on my page, “Can we talk about cats instead?”, but […]

Turkey continues to purge higher education

It really distresses me to see Recep Ergoan use the excuse of a military coup to exact retribution against all his enemies, real or imagined. If the coup was real—and I still think it is—it’s justifiable to fire the military who were involved, but reinstating the death penalty (abolished in 2004), as Erdogan wants to do, […]

The “My Little Pony” defense: GOP tarnishes its image further by refusing to admit plagiarism

Given the perfidy and bigotry of the Republican party, and the odious candidate they’ve chosen in Donald Trump, I’m not overly concerned about his wife’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s speech. Yes, it was wrong, yes, they should have fired whoever wrote that speech, and yes, they all deserved opprobrium. (Imagine the rancor the Republicans would have displayed had Bill Clinton done […]

Melania Trump goes full Jonah Lehrer, plagiarizes in her convention speech for husband Donald

Melania Trump, Donald’s wife, has kept a very low profile on the campaign trail, but she was more or less forced to give a speech at the Republican National Convention last night. It’s unthinkable that a future First Lady would remain a cipher to Americans until the election. And so she spoke. Unfortunately, several sources report […]

More trouble for Turkey?

Lord knows what this WikiLeaks tw**t means, but it can’t be good for Turkey, especially given the accompanying cartoon. ANNOUNCE: Get ready for a fight as we release 100k+ docs on #Turkey's political power structure. #TurkeyCoup #Soon pic.twitter.com/dhJuWza4Es — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 18, 2016

On Turkey and the destruction of Atatürk’s legacy

“I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap. My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth […]

The new Trump-Pence logo

You probably know that The Donald has chosen Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate. I suppose that was fairly savvy given the need for Trump to win the big Midwestern states like Ohio and Michigan. What wasn’t savvy, though, was the new campaign logo, as reporterd by Politico: It’s salacious, no? Former Michigan Congressman […]

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