Archive for the ‘America’ Category

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An open letter to President Trump

January 30, 2017

Dear President Trump,

You’re a busy man, so I’ll keep this short. It is apparent, from your choice of Myron Ebell to lead your transition team for the EPA and Scott Pruitt to lead it, that you walk the walk as well as talk the talk when it comes to climate change denial.

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Trump Thoughts

January 12, 2017

My record as a pundit is pretty poor as I didn’t think Trump would get this far (but then, I reckoned without the Russian / Wikileaks / FBI interventions). But, for what it’s worth, here’s my reading of the situation and a prediction for how things will pan out.

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Who’s Trumped?

June 8, 2016

There’s an old joke about a lawyer who, when the facts are against him pounds the law, when the law is against him pounds the facts, and when both are against him pounds the table. Thanks to the arrival of Donald Trump on the scene, we know of another option in such a scenario – hurl abuse at people on Twitter.

What can be said about the Trump phenomenon that hasn’t already been said? He’s brazened or bulldozed his way through scandals that would have felled most other politicians (remember when his remarks about John McCain’s capture were going to be the end of his quixotic short-lived campaign?) He shows absolutely no intellectual curiosity (a common Republican trait, to be fair), but takes it to the next level by buying into any conspiracy theory going, coming up with his own when Alex Jones doesn’t have anything suitable. He lies or, more accurately, bullshits his way through his campaign and instead of being exposed for it, there’s a collective shrug of shoulders: “well, it’s Trump, whaddaya going to do about it?” His latest spiffing wheeze is to claim that any federal judge from a community he’s disparaged is inherently unfit to judge him due to the resulting conflict of interest, a position which could rival the traditional definition of chutzpah.

The question is – will he win? I think he will not, for at least the following reasons…

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A few brief thoughts in advance of tonight’s Rebublican debate

August 6, 2015

In essence, the candidates will be making a pitch to the Republican “base” i.e. their core supporters, in the hope of getting nominated as the Republican candidate in US presidential election of 2016. The Republican base consists of three main elements:
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Multiple Shooting Atrocity I-Spy

June 18, 2015

Multiple shootings are as American as apple pie, Frasier, and disastrous foreign military interventions. But when one happens, how many of the following can you spot in the minutes, hours, days and months afterwards?

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Thoughts on Republican Obamacare madness (and the fraud of private health insurance)

October 5, 2013

One of the things the Republicans used to say about Obamacare (a.k.a. “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act“) was that they would “repeal and replace” it. Lately, there’s been nary a squeak about the “replace” part of it, and rather than “repeal” (which implies an action taken in accordance with the will of the people as expressed through the ballot box), the strategy is to sabotage it and hold the economy to ransom in an attempt to defund it.

Amid all the Republican tantrum-throwing, it would be nice to see from them an articulation of why the existing model of essentially unregulated private health insurance works and should be left alone. The reason such a paean to the merits of the current model has not been forthcoming is quite simple. The current model does not work, and cannot possibly work.

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Predictions for 2012

January 1, 2012

Presented without undue ceremony, here are my predictions for 2012. I don’t claim any great expertise in the realms of prognostication, politics or pop-culture, so they may be utter nonsense. But you can always check back in 12 months to see how I did.

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