Identity Politics?

Having a seat at the table and being offered a meal is different. It is becoming harder and harder for me to watch the dream of the American melting pot being turned into a bad stew. While President Trump spreads his veiled racist message of fear and loathing to every cul-de-sac and suburb in America,…

Kitchen Table Kibitzing Friday Did we hate being seventeen?

Seventeen is an American bimonthly teen magazine based in New York City. The magazine's reader-base is 13-to-19-year-old females and is published by New York City-based Hearst Corporation. Since its debut in New York City in August 1944.[2] It began as a publication geared toward inspiring teen girls to become model workers and citizens.[3] Soon after its debut, Seventeen took a more fashion- and romance-oriented approach in presenting its material…

The Sleep, The Woke, and The Smart

For most black people in America, we encounter three types of white people. The first are the sleepers, those who live in a somnambulant world where race relations are a nightmare that disturbs their rest. Secondly, and the most disturbing, is the woke. They listen to Cardi B, wear Authentic Vans, Lululemon yoga pants, and…

Mr. Trump?

< p style=”text-align:justify”>Moderator: Mr. Trump, how would you protect the suburbs? Trump: BOO! I am not sure at what time or where the first presidential debate will take place but I feel certain the answer to every question put to Mr. Trump will be; BOO! The President is ignoring the latest warning from the Department…

The Would-be King

Only kings or potentates, dictators, and despots believe the propaganda of their own words. The worst of them, impose it by force and murder.  King Salman, President Erdogan, Supreme Leader Khamenei, and President for life, (lest you risk being poisoned), Vladimir Putin have all declared themselves either supreme or believe they should be leaders for life. Fortunately,…

Is it About Who Demands the Justice?

It strikes me as curious as to why the Black Lives Matter slogan is such an irritant to a large number of conservatives. It seems a simple premise, include us in your view of the sanctity of life. When  Donald Trump bellows “America First” does that mean that Europe, Asia, and Africa should rebel in…

You Don’t Have to Love Us, Just Don’t Shoot Us

I have lived a lot of years, and I have seen a lot of injustices.  The “talk” that has been so widely spoken about in the media and by black mothers and fathers is a real thing. There was a time, when it was a mitigating factor but never eliminated the violence inflicted upon black…

Yadda—Yadda—Yadda

When Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, famously created the television sensation of the late 1980s Seinfeld, they hyped it as the show about nothing.  The resulting enigma of laughter about nothing resulted in some famous flashes of comedic brilliance known as, Seinfeld moments. Well, the Republican National Committee announced its’ party platform Monday night, and…

It does not take Extraordinary Cognition

In 2015, writer, Ramesh Ponnuru wrote a scathing rebuke in the National Review of President Trump’s sister, then federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry. Like most who oppose partial-birth abortion, he seized upon gory detail, describing the procedure in its most medieval incarnation, all the while ignoring its medical necessity or rarity. Setting aside your or my…

‘Build the Yacht, Build the Yacht'

The man, most responsible for the xenophobic policies of Donald Trump, was arrested yesterday morning. Steve Bannon was probably startled at 7:15 am aboard a 150-foot yacht when agents of the United States Postal Service, took him into custody, the charge, fraud.  I can imagine Mr. Bannon dining on stuffed French toast, tiramisu, and freshly pressed…

Why Democrats Failed to Exploit the Obvious

Imagine, for a moment, if in 2008 Obama campaign manager David Plouffe had coordinated with Wiki Leaks and the Russians to infiltrate and influence the readers of America's social media apparatus. Imagine then, if Mr. Obama was caught on tape regaling his exploits of how he molested women; only to have that revelation obscured a…

Distant Replay

If you listen to Donald Trump, he is the Bigly master of distraction, with the Greatest talent for lying. He says, Believe me, because he is a Winner. These are the repeated themes of a man with little imagination, little thought, and little compassion. He speaks in a con man’s parlance because that is precisely…

Kitchen Table Kibitzing Friday – my absentee ballot experience.

Trump has franked all of us. Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice…

QAnuts

Remember when the Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Party was the darling of conservatives. They elevated the profiles of people like Michele Bachmann, Sharron Angle, and Scott Brown.  The group of so-called grassroots activists was in reality bankrolled by a group called FreedomWorks and given free media access by Fox News. Freedom Works was headed up…

The History of Trump's World Part 2

In Mel Brooks’ brilliant cinematic spoof, the ‘History of the World Part 1,’ world history is pilloried,parodied, and pushed to the limits, creating uproarious laughter, but that is a movie. In his most serious and somber, oh so somber voice the President credited the 1917(sic)Spanish flu with ending World War II. “The closest thing is…

Trumpel-thin-skin

In the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin, the story is known for a blonde mane, braggadocio, getting caught by lies, abuse of a child, and finally a disastrous end. Although a fairy tale, the Grimm fable was more a nightmare for little German children.  That brings us to present-day America, a president spinning tales…

Praise Yeezus

The Republican Party is falsely worshiping at the Yeezy clad feet of new ecclesiastic fundamentalism, all hail Kanye West. Mr. West is the subject of daily jokes and has become a virtual walking meme on every social media platform in the world. The GOP has launched an insulting and racist campaign to get Kanye’s name…

Nobody Voted for Bush Either?

When George W. Bush stood in the rubble of the World Trade Center in 2001, a plurality of Republicans and to be fair a large number of Democrats cheered him. George W. Bush rallied America in the midst of its 9/11 sorrow, in response to firefighter Rocco Chierichella yelling, “We can’t hear you!” Bush said,…

Come on Down

Two of the most iconic voices on tv were a part of two of the most famous programs in television history, The Price is Right and Saturday Night Live. Don Pardo, an alumnus of both, introduced a generation of young, wide-eyed, college-age kids to the Not so Ready for Prime Time Players and the other…

The Juggler

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece warning the American people to keep their eyes on the juggler, not the balls in the air. Yesterday, on the day the nation buried one of its voter rights heroes, Rep. John Lewis, Donald Trump tossed an ornate ball in the air.  On the streamer was a…