There’s been a lot of troubling news from Texas lately, and thinking of Texas reminds me of a sad anniversary, the passing of Texan Molly Ivins in February of 2007. But as sad as the anniversary is, reflecting on Molly Ivins herself is irresistibly uplifting. Here’s a brief sample of Molly’s irreverent wit that ran as a tribute on PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour after her passing. It’s all you need to know about Texan art. [Read more…]
Time once again for a culture break, this time a two-fer. Here’s not only a taste of musical heritage (Light Opera), but some history also tossed in the mix! It is the Very Model of a Modern Roman Empire Fall! [Read more…]
IOIYAR (It’s OK If You’re A Republican; i.e. Republican Hypocrisy) How many times have you asked yourself, after reading or hearing reports about the latest inane, inflammatory or insulting utterance of No. 45—How would Republicans have reacted if Obama had been the speaker? Would they have shown the same deference, the same equanimity to him as they’ve been showing to the current POTUS? Sometimes the power of imagination can be tested by this kind of thought experiment. To make it easier, Bill Maher arranged for Barack Obama (well, pretty darn close) to deliver a few of the more mind-bending pronouncements of the current occupant of the Oval Office. Now, just try to imagine Republicans being cool with this state of affairs. [Read more…]
Returning to our theme of providing culture to our readers, here is a mashup of an art form—Opera—that screams “Class!” (but not in the way Ms. Farkas used to holler at us in sixth grade; more in the way that being chauffeured in a Bentley does) and the news form—TV anchor—that insists “Seriously!” With a nod to Adam Sandler’s SNL character Operaman, the group Operatico Politico presents a roundup of recent events involving Trump. [Read more…]
I really, really, really, really, really, hope that the the Republican’s attempt to pass “healthcare reform” (i.e. tax cut for the 1% paid for by gutting Medicare & Medicaid) is the Norwegian Blue parrot in this classic Monty Python sketch. “It’s run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible”. But Politico reports that White House budget director Mick Mulvaney recently opined that the Senate should not vote on anything else until it’s voted again on repealing Obamacare. “It’s not dead. It’s pining for the fjords …” [Read more…]
I was rereading “The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump” and was reminded that point number 10 is: “JOIN THE ARMY OF COMEDY: Trump’s Achilles heel is his massively thin skin.” So, in the furtherance of carrying out what I believe to be my patriotic duty, I present a recent Funny or Die video that pokes fun at our Tweet-obsessed leader’s somewhat idiosyncratic lexicon.
Believe me, we’re all Donald Trump. It’s true. He’s like us. You can take that to the bank. I wouldn’t be saying this if I didn’t know it’s true, about you and about me.
Let me give you a for instance. [Read more…]
By Bob Dorn
Hi. I’m a robot?
Are you amazed I can talk like a freshman on speed?
Don’t be. It’s all just zeroes and ones, yeses and nos, exes and minuses that can account for the way I so humanly can flick my long blonde hair over my earpiece, or, in the case of my boyfriend, yell Wahoo!!! when there’s a story about the Chargers pledging $1 million for a new stadium on the waterfront. [Read more…]
While Mike Pence decided to recognize Black History Month by honoring a white man, Donald Trump was busy vaguely listing the few black people he’s heard of throughout his 70-plus years of ignorant life in a zero-hearted attempt to care about anyone other than himself.
One such man was Frederick Douglass, the ex-slave turned abolitionist, author, suffragist, editor and diplomat. Here’s what Trump said:
“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.” [Read more…]
By John Loughlin
Restaurateurs make a political statement by adding a surcharge to ‘cover’ the cost of paying the poorest workers a higher wage.
The Union-Tribune article helpfully provides a list of restaurants to boycott as well as some to support.
Back in May 2016, David Cohn speaking at a CREW event “It is so easy to vote for that [minimum wage] increase, but it is going to really raise your cost of entertainment and spark a new round of inflation that we haven’t seen since the 1970s.” He was reported as predicting that the results could lead to menu prices increasing a minimum of 30% over the next few years. From Jan 1, 2017 the Cohn Restaurant Group is adding a 3% surcharge to cover ‘mandated’ cost increases. [Read more…]
Regarding the proposed expansion of the military–
By all means we must ramp it up, for the following rational reasons, in no particular order:
The weapons manufacturers are in dire need of further enrichment,
and Congress needs the various kinds of kickbacks available in order to avoid being poverty-stricken; [Read more…]
By Patricia Staley
I’m getting sick of stump speeches and I have a deep-rooted distrust of politicians, in general.
How many leaflets can you bear to pull out of your mailbox?
Every branch of government is at stake and it makes you feel like a sap if you don’t vote.
The grass roots movements have lost momentum. It seems like everything is supported by hedge funds and other big financial off shoots.