August 8, 2017
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That’s over with. And not a moment too soon. It’s usually at this point when I start reviewing what I’ve seen and heard over the past several months and try to make some sense of it, not unlike what a psychologist might do with a particularly vivid and disturbing nightmare.
Charles Dickens wrote this about the French Revolution: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair … ” There’s no better way to describe America on the morning after the midterms.
One evening, my senior year in college, there was a knock at my door.
To all of my friends who happen to be Democrats – and I do have many – I offer the following: If you’re enjoying the presidential stylings of Donald J. Trump, keep doing exactly what you’re doing. And if you want to help cement the GOP majority in the Senate, don’t change a thing.
Autumn in East Texas is usually ushered in by a yearly “cold snap,” meaning we have a few days in late September or early October when the daytime temperature drops below 90 and we don’t have to handle our seatbelt buckles with fireplace tongs.
It pays to be friends with Jared Kushner. You can get away with murder. Or so thinks Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
It was an inspiring lecture. One of my finest. And then, I brought up D-Day. Spend enough time in the classroom and you learn to read students’ faces. They say so much.
With school back in full swing, I’d like to say a few words about teachers, without whom none of us would know what in the heck to do with the word “whom.”
Regardless of your political persuasion, it’s always refreshing to hear honesty from an elected representative, no matter the agenda or party.
In the spring of 2011, then-Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination, ending months of excitement among conservatives around his possible run. His family’s reservations under the spotlight far outweighed any political pressure he may have been feeling, and he gracefully bowed out.
Hurricane Florence tearing up the south Atlantic coast is nothing compared to the hypocrisies tearing up our country over Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that Brett Kavanaugh tried to pull off her clothes at an alcohol-fueled house party when they were teenage minors.
Yes, it’s that time of year again!
Months ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewed, discussed, and passed bipartisan legislation that would protect Special Counsel Mueller from a politically-motivated firing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, refuses to let the legislation come up for a vote in the full Senate.
Donald Trump may scream that we are less, and he is wrong. Colin Kaepernick may silently condemn us for being unjust, and he is wrong. They are the same, in their shameful displays of ingratitude.
You remember the truth. At the moment it’s gasping for air beneath a heap of political agendas.
Congressional Republicans continue to abet and excuse Donald Trump’s relentless assaults on democratic norms and the rule of law. But if we were to focus on one particular guy who best embodies that spinelessness, someone who is a veritable metaphor for a party in moral eclipse, I strongly nominate Ben Sasse.
As you enjoy the pleasant weather of late summer and early autumn, you are likely to encounter local wildlife. No, I don’t mean the neighbors’ children, but actual non-humanoid, indigenous animals.
On the cusp of the autumn general elections, grassroots Democrats have sharpened their message that diversity will make America great again.
A grateful nation mourns John McCain now, but was able to reach out before his death through social media and salute him.
Obama’s astonishing takeover of the automobile industry was accomplished through a process even more corrupt than his takeover of the health care sector.While both involved backroom deals, the auto takeover was sealed in a backroom from which both the American people and our elected officials were completely shut out.
The first case of what I call “#MeTwoFaced”is Asia Argento, the Italian actress most recently known as the girlfriend of Anthony Bourdain.
On August 2, we boarded the Southwest Chief here in Kingman. Our final destination was Bar Harbor, ME so we needed to take 3 different trains. Of the 3 trains that we traveled on, the Southwest Chief was the best. Nice compartments, decent food and good service.
When I watched someone who I thought was little more than a pompous, know-nothing goofball descend from his gaudy golden escalator to kick off his campaign, I thought he’d be nothing more than a laughingstock and a sideshow.
White Supremacists were supposed to descend upon Washington, D.C. this past weekend for a demonstration commemorating the anniversary of last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. One problem. Next to no one showed up.
Welcome to another installment of ‘Things You Should Do Before A Wild Saturday Night Consists Of Cruising the Aisles at Walgreen’s for Prune Juice and Denture Adhesive’!
In the interest of accuracy and representation, here is a timeline of recent events as I was involved in them: Multiple members of the public have voiced concern about the location of the Kingman Farmers Market, for varying reasons from the heat to the flag potentially being perceived by some as unwelcoming.
As you know, several weeks back there was a spoof done here in Kingman in front of a small crowd of Kingman residents by Sacha Baron Cohen, apparently a fairly well-known spoof reporter, wherein he proposed that Kingman was about to become the recipient of the largest mosque in the world outside of Mecca. I did not learn about this until Tuesday.
The lies rain down on us so relentlessly that we’re often benumbed. Shortly after Donald Trump tweeted last week that the Russians would help the Democrats win the midterms, we learned that the Russians have tried to hack the 2018 campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill - a Democrat.
This year, in my family’s ongoing quest to turn ourselves into an enormous package of extra-salty beef jerky, we decided to take a family road trip to South Padre Island, Texas, for the third summer in a row.
“90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving.”
Two House Republicans have chosen to capitulate on major agenda items on the liberal left – and are learning a familiar lesson the hard way.
Every time Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens his mouth he somehow manages to stick his foot in it. It’s not so much what he says that is harmful to both himself and his company, it’s how he says it.
In 1949, President Harry Truman led the way in forming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known today as NATO. For more than 60 years, this alliance, founded on the idea that “an attack on one is an attack on all,” has stood as a cornerstone of the interconnected world that Truman worked to build – one of allies who share common interests and common values working together for the greater good.
Other than Dallas Cowboys fans living in Philadelphia, no collection of individuals is subject to as much vitriol and opprobrium as those in public life – politics, entertainment, business, media or professional athletics.
Earlier this week, a producer from a Philadelphia television station called to inquire if I would like to come on and defend the separation of parents and children at the border.
Though it’s cliche, Memorial Day reminds us that freedom isn’t free. It costs us, sometimes dearly. This is especially true when we find ourselves unprepared for a conflict we probably should have expected to be drawn into.
What is astounding is the level of protest on the left and the right.
“There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it? Will you think about it?”
It’s been a rough week in Washington for Jared Kushner. Kushner – a senior advisor to his father-in-law, President Trump - has been formally downgraded from his Top Secret security clearance. As of the time of writing, he appears to be staying in the White House, ostensibly continuing work on his massive portfolio via a temporary clearance of a lesser level.
With wages rising and the economy strengthening, the most important priority for Congress in 2018 should be to lock in these historic accomplishments.
Chaos theory has been called the study of predicting “inherently unpredictable” systems.
President Trump’s dismissal of nations and continents peopled by those who don’t share his skin tone is frightening.
With healthcare reform in abeyance, tax reform done, and the White House starting to pivot toward immigration, is there still room for the trade agenda?
At the outset of 2018, the unemployment rate is 4.1 per cent (de facto full employment); economic growth is slightly above three per cent (well ahead of that of recent years); new jobs are being created at more than 200,000 a month; consumer spending and confidence has risen above last year’s levels, and the stock market breaks records daily (it’s now closing in on 25,000).
The words we choose are always important – especially when it comes to crafting government policy.
The chain builds stores where folks are down on their luck, where 20 percent of customers receive government assistance, and where even Walmart won’t bother doing business
The tax plan the president and Republicans have sold the public is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme of epic proportion
Democratic party apparatchiks and sympathizers in the media who cling to the Clintons like barnacles to the hull of a garbage scow, spring into action at the first hint of accusations
The only news that isn’t “fake news” for the president is that which airs on Fox News
Last week, Texas Republican Kevin Brady introduced another of what’s known as a “manager’s amendment” to the tax reform bill
Who is welcome anymore?
We are supposed to believe that Russia bought the American presidential election last year with $100,000 in Facebook ads and some other digital activity.
Susan Stamper Brown isn't impressed by the mainstream media's inattention
Natural disasters are no laughing matter, but you’d never know that recently watching God-denier Bill Maher and his “Real Time” show audience.
Global business practices are now under scrutiny like never before thanks to President Trump’s pledge to pull the U.S. out of bad trade deals.
The media, the entire left-wing political establishment and three renegade Republican senators – John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins – once again demonstrated why it is virtually impossible to get rid of entitlement programs.