Road to Kabul via Saigon

            Like Afghanistan, Vietnam was a bipartisan debacle.             From Kennedy to Johnson to Nixon to Ford. Wait. Ford?             Gerald – yeah. The “accidental president” was the one who, like Joe Biden, made the call to end a futile and interminable war, then presided over the chaos that followed.…

Stinkin’ rotten stupid COVID politics

            Tetanus. Polio. Measles. Mumps and rubella. These are vaccinations Texas required of my sons before they started school in the ’80s.             Over the years, Hepatitis B. Chickenpox and Hepatitis A were added to the requirements.             Ten years ago the Texas Legislature appended meningitis to the list.            …

They would not lie for him

            It is possible to low-ball even Donald Trump’s threshold for corruption.             I did. When reports showed he sought to extort Ukraine to torpedo Joe Biden’s candidacy, the assumption – my assumption – was that Trump had demanded an investigation of his most-likely Democratic rival.             Wrong. What Trump…

Deadly disease is no trolling matter

            Hardy har har.             Increasing numbers of Floridians are dying of a newly invigorated virus, and Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to make puns of Anthony Fauci’s name.             Yuckety yuck.             Amid a resurgence of death and devastation, Marco Rubio wants to mock face coverings – again.             Chortle,…

Comparing whom to Nazis?

            Republicans want their history laundered and starched.             This apparently includes likening facilitators of life-saving medical care to Nazis.             That’s what GOP Congresswoman Lauren Boebert did the other day before a red-meat CPAC audience.             “Needle Nazis” were coming to the doors of unsuspecting Americans to coerce them…

The insurrection that didn’t happen

            The day after Independence Day last week, Huffington Post had a fitting “tribute” to – well, let’s have HuffPost say it:             “They rejected democracy. They lied. And they spent July Fourth calling themselves patriots.”             Featured was a collection of gushing faux patriotism from Republicans who have shown…