Bob Woodward’s Own Controversy

(Disclaimer: I am not qualified to work in mental health or any other scientific field, and I am not a journalist. The statements in this blog post are based on observations prompted by news accounts.) Former Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward’s new book about Donald Trump, titled Rage, will be out on September 15. I don’t have an advance reader copy, so I won’t comment on the book itself. This blog post addresses information that Mr. Woodward made public this week, which prompted a public debate on his ethics as a journalist. Mr. Woodward has disclosed — way after the … Continue reading Bob Woodward’s Own Controversy

Wise, Brass Tacks Commentary by Sarah Jones

(Disclosure:  This post underwent minor revisions shortly after 2:00 p.m. PDT on Monday, March 25, 2019.) As human beings, we suffer from an innate tendency to jump to conclusions, to judge people too quickly, and to pronounce them failures or heroes without due consideration. — Prince Charles You may not recognize the name in the bold print above this post.  To be honest, I don’t either. Sarah Jones has written a first rate opinion piece, though.  It appears on MSN’s site, via New York Magazine’s Intelligencer. Please click the link to read her comments on why Americans expected too much from Robert … Continue reading Wise, Brass Tacks Commentary by Sarah Jones

Yes, Another Book

Stormy Daniels and I have a nineteen year age difference.  I have no idea whether I would be charmed by her if I ever met her, but as it stands I feel protective the way women often feel protective toward younger women. I won’t suggest Ms. Daniels — Stephanie Clifford — is a hero.  She had an intimate relationship with a married man, and now she is profiting from that.  However, more ordinary people who want to rescue the country which has been damaged by Donald Trump recognize that Stephanie Clifford has something to offer, even if it’s through default. … Continue reading Yes, Another Book

Always Dignified (Ironic Statement of the Day)

If any Americans are still excited that the United States is a superpower — and it’s a sure thing some of us still feel proud of that — just remember that our tabloid-grade spectacles are even more conspicuous than the scandals in other countries. The world is watching. Warning: The post in this link contains explicit language.  You are familiar with the four letter T word, aren’t you? Continue reading Always Dignified (Ironic Statement of the Day)

Don’t Expect Fox News to Report This

Please click the link below to read Jon Swaine’s article, posted today on The Guardian’s site.  It’s a meticulously researched piece which exposes one of the Orwellian strategies of Sinclair Broadcast Group, and catches Sinclair’s chairman in a lie about his own political financial contributions. By the way, the current state of Sinclair Broadcast Group is the reason our government should not have eliminated the Fairness Doctrine in the late 1980s.  It’s also the reason our government did eliminate the Fairness Doctrine. Continue reading Don’t Expect Fox News to Report This

Did I Make a Mistake?

I skipped the Stormy Daniels interview on 60 Minutes. Maybe it was wrong to miss something which is taken so seriously.  Besides, I don’t like Donald Trump, so anything unflattering to him should be welcome. The Donald is beholden to the Russian government, and he may eventually blow up the world.  Under the circumstances, it’s difficult to believe an interview with a porn star who had a relationship with him is worthy of attention. The comment section of this blog post is available to readers who care to express their opinion on this matter. Until I can be convinced otherwise, I’ll … Continue reading Did I Make a Mistake?

It’s Easy to Take From Others When You are Incapable of Empathy

Predictably, the poor will suffer the worst under Donald Trump’s planned budget cuts.  National austerity policies do further damage to strained economies, but the only wealthy people who can see that are individuals who have personally learned how to survive outside the Privilege Bubble. Okay, Donald Trump is more bizarre than most rich people, but you get the idea. Sometimes the Republican types who make me angriest are working people who are having trouble getting by.  They haven’t reached the point of applying for food stamps or Medicaid, so they brag that they bust their respective asses to make ends … Continue reading It’s Easy to Take From Others When You are Incapable of Empathy

Listen to Pat Kiernan, and Then Make up Your Mind

I promise this will be the last thing I post today — unless I think of something else.  Whatever. NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan has presented a strong argument in favor of not repeating the derogatory term used this past week by Donald Trump in referring to the African Continent and Haiti — as well as immigrants from those regions. By now, we’ve already heard the term.  At first, there was a good reason for news outlets to set aside the prohibition on the word shit, to make it clear how blatant the President (sic) had been in denigrating other countries and cultures.  … Continue reading Listen to Pat Kiernan, and Then Make up Your Mind

Jonathan Martin on Michael Wolff’s Book

Jonathan Martin, Political Correspondent for The New York Times, has offered fact-checking and observations for anyone reading Michael Wolff’s Trump book, Fire and Fury (see link below). On Friday, I tried to buy a hardcover copy from an indie bookseller in my neighborhood and learned every copy in the store was either sold or on reserve.  I fell back on Kindle’s electronic edition, and hoped to find time to read it during the weekend. No such luck.  I’ll still read the book, but will do so carefully.  Jonathan Martin’s review provides guidance on why critical thinking is more important than absorbing claims … Continue reading Jonathan Martin on Michael Wolff’s Book