As the 2020 presidential election approaches, that is the question. Some supporters of our president undoubtedly find his rhetoric funny and appealing. Most, I’m sure, do not.
Three mass shootings in one month – El Paso, Dayton and Odessa. Too many after too many. We always begin with shock, grief and prayers, appropriately so.
One very hot topic of the 2020 presidential race is that the U.S. legal immigration system is obviously in need of reform. The subject of many political diatribes and false assertions about racism, it is being used as political cheap shots while Congress completely fails to act.
That’s where we’re headed. Prosecutors in some areas are refusing to prosecute what they call minor crimes, often related to drugs. It’s okay to have three ounces of weed in Seattle, not to mention to shoot up or defecate on the street. Similarly in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The day after Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill, The Frederick News Post ran a headline that read, “Mueller: No Russia exoneration for Trump” above an Associated Press non-story about the event, focused primarily on his concern that Russian election meddling persists, and his concern that foreign help for American campaigns may become the new normal.
An old refrain with historic merit, now the outlandish rant of so many, the word is endemic in our political world today. The latest drama revolves around the “Squad,” Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D, N.Y), Rashida Tlaib (D, MI), Ayanna Presley (D, MA), and Ilhan Omar (D, MN).
People are saying the world has gone crazy. Can’t imagine why, particularly since Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presidential candidate, has just added a new item to her platform.
Today, June 12, 2019, is the 25th anniversary of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Coincidentally, I recently read Christopher Darden’s book “Contempt” about the murder trial. Mr. Darden, along with Marcia Clark, was a prosecutor in the trial that followed these gruesome murders.
I recently acquired an old Pillsbury Bake-off Cookbook. It is filled with casseroles of meat, cheese, and canned creamed soup to be baked by the middle class American housewife, recently recalled home after a stint building aircraft during World War II, and now engaged in providing timely dinners for husband Dan, children Dick and Jane, dog Spot, and cat Fluffy.
I’m there, in the countryside of Texas. Most everyone here is a card-carrying member the Red states of the U.S., happy “deplorables” all. Photos and calendars picturing President Donald J. Trump even hang in homes.
I once had the good fortune to visit Australia. One of our destinations was the Outback, with its’ iconic rock formations Uluru and Kata Tjuta, or, in English, Ayers Rock and The Olgas.
We hear his name frequently, Hungarian-American tycoon, thrice married, father of five, born in Budapest in 1930, lived through the Nazi occupation of Hungary, migrated to England where he received both bachelor and master’s degrees in economics and philosophy from the London School of Economics, emigrated to the U.S. in 1957.
So many things to talk about: continued political lies, the complete failure of Congress to act in any but their own interest, Republicans spending the next year and a half undoing Democrat obstructionist tactics to delay Trump government appointments and judgeships, instead of working on legislative issues.
Senate Bill 311, allowing physician assisted suicide, has failed in the Maryland Senate. There was a tie (23-23). That's how close we came.
I’ve been thinking about the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, a woman who beat a congressional leader, Joe Crowley, by 15 points after being outspent 18 to one, a woman who kept her campaign information in a brown paper bag behind the bar where she worked while campaigning.
Socialism is defined as an economic and political system of social organization wherein the means of production, distribution and exchange are owned by the community.
Sometimes one needs a break from politics. Hatred, vituperation, personal attacks, identity politics, and the rampant absence of fact-based proposals to make things better take a toll.
Congressman Steven King, of Iowa, is under fire in the House of Representatives because of comments he made recently asking when white nationalism, white supremacy and western civilization became offensive words. His history includes other questionably prejudicial or racist remarks.
On Sunday I attended Bob Woodward’s talk at the Weinberg Center. For those who have been under the bed for the past few months, this respected journalist who, along with Carl Bernstein, outed President Richard Nixon and triggered the Watergate crisis, recently published a book called “Fear,” about the Donald Trump administration.
A couple of interesting items appeared this week in the Frederick News-Post. The first was the story from 100 years ago of the champion girl farmer of Maryland, Miss Marie L. Grason, daughter of State Senator Charles S. Grason of St. Mary’s County.
It was an historic event at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning with the swearing-in of the Honorable Charles A. (Chuck) Jenkins and the deputies of the Sheriff’s Department of Frederick County. Thank goodness Chuck will be serving our community as chief law enforcement officer for another four years.
My neighborhood flag is flying at half-staff. Our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, has died. Today is a national day of mourning.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Thanksgiving was begun to give thanks for the survival of colonists of the “new world,” the future United States of America.
I’ve seen a lot of things, from the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, to a woman with her head on backwards after a car accident, to General Dien Bien Phu shooting a prisoner in the head in Hanoi, Vietnam, as shown on the evening news here in the United States.
For much of history, women have been considered second class citizens, prevented from voting, or even owning property. We were controlled by men, first fathers and then husbands. Even today, some women throughout the world aren’t allowed to show their faces to anyone other than their husbands or immediate relatives.
Voter turnout in the mid-term is often low, especially for the party in power. This year may be different, with the Trump-hating left eager to gain a majority in Congress, and the right deeply offended by some crazy leftist behavior.
Seven to fourteen thousand people are on their way, depending on the reporter of the moment. President Donald Trump says they’re not going to be allowed to enter the United Sates. He says there will be a wall of people at the Texas/Mexico border to stop them.
It’s coming. Early voting begins on October 25. Politics for the past two years seems to center on President Donald J. Trump, but, really, all politics is local.
The hearing/circus is over, and Brett Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court justice. That is a good thing. Perhaps most important for American men and women, the principle of innocent until proven guilty has been upheld.