Grounded Almost To Zero

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile./He found a crooked Pence, governing a crooked state./He bought some crooked crooks, who brought more crooked crooks,/And they all got to work in a little crooked white house.

One year on. Living with “mental” illness.

‘Nuff  said.


Mi casa es su casa

Collusion, obstruction of justice, money laundering, conflicts of interest, lying…

What does consistently enabling the Insane Clown say about Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunez, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Don McGahn, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, et al?

All will be remembered by history as hoodwinkers nonpareil.

The art of the steal.

The Same Old Same Old Stinks Anew

Sit back. Don’t choke on your pretzels or bay at the moon.

Just watch as old hands Hatch and Grassley stew in their dotage while young bloods Jordan and Gaetz give us a shout out for the new face of populism.




I hate to say I told you so but, I told you so.

– Ray Charles


Woofers & Tweeters

In March 1998 Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich staunchly defended the work of independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr…

all the while carrying on his own “affairs” of state…

with senate aide Callista Louise Bisek (later Gingrich), who was subsequently appointed Ambassador to the Vatican in 2017.

Statue representing Janus, Vatican Museum



Building A Brand That Matters

Almost one year in and it’s already quite evident how brilliant our Insane Clown Dotard was as he descended the golden escalator at 921 Fifth Avenue, set to brand his 2016 run for the White House Make America Great Again. File this under the eye-rubbing, aha moment of our continuing, consistently deteriorating predicament.

With every move, one part ignorance, equal part arrogance, himself is actually making America great again. He’s initiated a national civics lesson never imagined.

Unbeknown to him, he’s asked a forgetful nation to reconsider the basic tenets upon which our republic is founded. Indirectly asked us to remember our founders, who sought truth beneath a debilitating pack of lies.

The fiscal machinations of Mulvaney, McConnell, and Ryan are pathetic when we consider the fundamental fiscal accomplishments of Alexander Hamilton.

Small town Montana mountebank Ryan Zinke’s hatchet work is a deliberate insult to Teddy Roosevelt’s vision.

The events in Charlottesville compel us to  reexamine the tragic lies that have grown up around our Civil War and its aftermath. We must not forget that Lincoln saved the Union. Grant worked assiduously to preserve the Union.

The current wave of reactions to harassment exposes a patriarchy still feeling entitled to exercise power and privilege, no matter if it pertains to race, gender, or class.

For every action there’s a reaction. Every move our Insane Clown puts on our republic reveals the fundamental strength’s and philosophical energy that went into conceiving our experiment in nationhood. It reveals a systemic capacity to accommodate and grow through changing times. Hard work if you’re up to it.

He’s surrounded himself with mediocrities (think Pence, Sessions, DeVos, Kelly…)so that we may better appreciate Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton, Madison, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, ML King…

Through our fears, through our tears, an old cliche still passes muster. Take comfort in knowing, in these perilous times, that there’s still no place like home.


The Cabinet Of A Tin Horn Dictator

enabler #1

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Mike Pence

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Vice President


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Rex Tillerson

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Secretary of State


fast, loose, and out of control

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Steven Mnuchin

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Secretary of theTreasury


? of ? & The Mysterians

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James Mattis

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Secretary of Defense

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

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Jeff  Sessions

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Attorney General

small town guy

Ryan Zinke

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Secretary of the Interior

ethically challenged ex- governor of Georgia

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George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III

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Secretary of Agriculture


Former Chairman of the Board, Bank of Malta

Wilbur Ross
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Secretary of Commerce

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Alex Acosta

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Seecretary of Labor

the price wasn’t right

Eric Hargan

Secretary of Health and Human Services


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Dr. Ben Carson

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

standing by her men…

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Elaine Chao

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Secretary of Transportation

fossil fool

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Rick Perry

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Secretary of Energy

policy wonk

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Betsy DeVos

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Secretary of Education



 known as one of the “high priests” of patient centered care

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David Shulkin
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs

 public servant

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Elaine Duke
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Secretary of Homeland Security



Shape shifters…

  compromised compromiser

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John F. Kelly


White House Chief of Staff


veteran trade negotiator

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Robert Lighthizer


United States Trade Representative


keeper of the code of silence

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Dan Coats

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Director of National Intelligence

  Lady Macbeth

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Nikki Haley
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Ambassador to the United Nations


Mr. Walk & Talk it back

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Mick Mulvaney


Director of the Office of Budget and  Management

  his slippage is showing

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Mike Pompeo

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Director of Central Intelligence Agency

  the proverbial fox in the hen house, aka a nasty piece of work

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Scott Pruitt
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Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency



The Fabulous Moolah

Linda McMahon

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Administrator of the Small Business  Administration


An Homerican Catalogue

A recently discovered passenger manifest from the Access Hollywood grand tour caught our attention. What’s so amazing is how many clowns you can pack into one jitney.

Insane Clown President, Roger Ailes RIP, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Tim Murphy, Roy Price, John Besh, David Vitter, Hugh Hefner RIP, James Toback, Mark Foley, Dennis Hastert, Knight Landesman, George H. W. Bush, William Hall “Billy” Bush…Mark Halperin…Kevin Spacey…Dustin Hoffman…Brett  Ratner…drip, drip, drip…

All the while, off in the swamp, Robert Swan “Bob” Mueller III’s clock keeps tick, tick, ticking.

Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dream/Purge your thoughts of the life you knew before   Andrew-Lloyd-Webber

A Confederacy Of Redundancies

The past, what a blast. It resides in our present, even on into our future, kinda. – Bill Faulkner

During the 2016 campaign we kept being reminded to be patient, wait for the coming “pivot.”

To date, we’ve been counseled to be patient, history would conform, the office would demand the Insane Clown President act more presidential.

Figures right and left, people of good intent, keep telling us they’d like to  see an end to the lies and the name calling and the tweets and the lies.

Trusted voices reiterate that we must summon our “better angels,” invoke our “shining city on a hill,” emphasize “we’re better than that.”

Good luck.

We’ve run out of time. We can’t afford to reduce our life and times to a torrent of tweets.

Ask Jeff Flake, ask Bob Corker. Unfortunately their “enough” falls short.

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Foxes run in packs called skulks: Pence, [Price], Pruitt, Zinke, Sessions, Mnuchin, DeVos, Kelly, Graham, Perry, Carson, Chao, Pompeo, Huckabee-Sanders, Kushner, and Miller. We all need to be concerned about these foxes skulking around.

And where are the leaders who need to show leadership? Hey Mitch…hey Paul.

Despite the Insane Clown, Mike Pence political stuntman, Chuck Grassley, Richard Burr, Trey Gowdy, Devin Nunes, and the rest, Robert Mueller’s clock keeps ticking.

Patriotism is loyalty to the nation all the time, loyalty to the government when it deserves it.   Mark Twain

Gold Stars & Bars

General Kelly’s conduct yesterday is a sad revelation showing how he enables a dishonest, morally reprehensible Insane Clown President.

And definitely check out Jennifer Rubin’s op-ed piece in today’s WAPost:

And make sure to revisit my September 8 entry The Con, A Failed Presidency, And Those Political Liquidators as well as my September 19 entry Snap Redux.