When you look at what’s going on in the Trump White House, at times it reads like a spy thriller, including foreign locales, exotic women with names to match and an intricate story that, in the end as many espionage plots go, will wind up being about larceny, albeit on a global scale with the theft of security and ideals as much as money. Except the central character of the Trump White House saga, with its bare-bones staff (still, how many positions to be filled?) is nothing like the serious and capable protagonists of a Clancy or Ludlum piece. With his quirky and semi-comedic mismanagement style, it’s more a plot-device worthy of Matt Helms or Remo Williams, at least I’d thought originally. Then along came Scott Pruitt and I got smart. Continue reading
A column of tholeiitic basalt, part of the North Mountain Basalt lava flows of Jurassic age, between Tiverton and Central Grove in Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada.
When you think of balance what comes most immediately to mind? Many of us would think of a scale, as in the Zodiac sign of Libra, the old-fashioned type where you had to equalize the weights of each of the scale’s trays. Or, maybe some of you think of a linear line, possibly considering the phrase, I’ll meet you in the middle, something commonly heard or thought of during times of crisis and compromise. And while I think of both, these days when I think of balance, I see in my mind’s eye, the many balancing rock formations precariously located around the world. I imagine them and I ask myself, why not us? Continue reading
“We thank you for the opportunity and the blessing to serve your agenda.”
Reince Preibus – Trump Chief of Staff
One of the things always bandied about by conservatives-and others to be fair-is what must the nation’s forefathers think of us or specifically, how can we today, with all our modern necessities, ideals and ostensibly “new” standards of existence, remain true to the original vision of America, the future home of the truly, free man. As I watched Trump’s cabinet “bless him” for all his good works, I immediately thought that this was what they hoped to avoid back then and probably had no inkling that anyone settling in this great nation, past, present or future, would be without balls to such an extent. Continue reading
Say the words, the old white man with the chip on his shoulder. It rolls off the tongue like classical literature, something reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea. And like the Hemingway story, the tale of the Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and Fox News decades-long partnership could endure in similar fashion except it would evoke dark images of reprisal, corruption, bitterness and jealousy.
That’s because the main thing the newsman has wrought upon us, his biggest contribution to society left in his wake is his counterculture, dismissive and hateful viewpoint, fed to us in the guise of no-spin, no bull shit discussion.
As reported in Media Matters, “Fox News Bill O’Reilly has helped set the bar for the normalization and dissemination of right-wing hatred…” And, it’s that same coziness with the alt-right that now threatens to bring everything crashing to the ground. The problem is Ailes, O’Reilly and others still at Fox forgot something about the hateful demographic they were trying to invigorate and seeking to control; and that is that it will get under your skin and become a part of you. Continue reading