I wrote a post earlier today about James Comey slipping on political ice. While I’m not so much concerned with his fall from grace, we should think of Comey as a symbol. Partisan rhetoric is nothing new, but it’s definitely intensified since the humble beginnings of the 2016 presidential election. Both Democrats and Republicans have recently shunned the FBI. The Democrats used Hillary Clinton as a suitable martyr. Most Republicans will defend Trump at any ideological cost. Comey has alienated both sides of the aisle, and it looks like things won’t improve for him anytime soon. So, the important question: […]

Will Comey’s Ethical Stance Fall Flat?

Trump-28 flickr photo by TaylorHerring shared with no copyright restrictions using Creative Commons Public Domain Mark (PDM) The Nunes Memo was released earlier today. It revealed that the FISA court warrant that allowed the FBI to continue to spy on Carter Page was largely granted because of the Christopher Steele dossier. Of course, the Democratic counter-point memo has yet to be released. Many commentators have talked about how Putin is jumping with glee right now because his goal of dividing the United States, both at the government and electorate level, is obviously a reality. Rather than be interested solely in […]

Putin’s Game: Trump’s Self-Preservation

So, a couple of days ago, I posted about how Trump’s American Carnage, a numb-minded utterance from his first speech as president, has borne fruit. Trump described this carnage as derelict factories under the shadow of malevolent elites. While Stephen Miller’s handiwork is all over this, the President breathed  angry life into the words that deeply resonated with conservatives. Much of this carnage has to do with the language itself. It emboldens racists, who then aren’t afraid to express themselves. This racism occurs on many fronts, from anti-African American sentiments, to violence and hatred directed at immigrants. During his fiery […]

Trump’s “American Carnage” Part 2

Donald Trump flickr photo by cornstalker shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license Donald Trump’s mental fitness for office has been a lingering, vocal question since even before his inauguration. He has railed against perceptions of his incompetence for as long as the question has been alive. Yesterday, details of Trump’s mental and physical status were released, with a medical professional standing on a podium to give it credence. While it would seem counterproductive to stoke public opinion about your cognitive impairment, and even though I don’t think Trump deliberately perpetuates the narrative of incompetence, considering he requested a cognitive […]

Trump’s Incompetence as Political Maneuvering

Oprah and Barack flickr photo by whoohoo120 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license The big news recently is that Oprah could run for president in 2020. It’s definitely preferable to the mess in the White House that we have now. Some caveats though. While I don’t think she would run on a platform of destruction like the current POTUS, it’s unclear whether or not her unique governing style would be effective, either domestically or when it comes to foreign policy. Another word of caution is that falling for the illusion of competence due to perceiving celebrity status could lead […]

Oprah For President? Celebrity vs. Ideology

Couple of things. I wrote another post concerning the Roy Moore/Doug Jones debacle. You can read up on it here.   Al Franken is resigning! After more women spoke up against the Minnesota Senator, Al Franken finally caved and supposedly will be turning in the satchel and gold-striped pen of office in the coming weeks. Big news. That means another Senatorial seat will be up for grabs. Franken booting himself out is a good thing, but Republicans will also have a chance to bolster their slim majority in that fateful chamber of the legislative branch. I’d like to delve into […]

Al Franken/Roy Moore put Together in a Steamy Cauldron

A reporter from The Guardian, Ben Jacobs, was body slammed by Montana special election candidate, Greg (without a “G”) Gianforte. Is this the “change” that everyone talks about? At least these little indicators of authoritarianism are only temporary. “Change! Change! For the love of god, Change!” Or, as its more commonly known “Peace Through Change.” I like change. Change is good. I also liked it when my left foot was amputated (it wasn’t really, I just like imagining it sometimes).

A Guardian Reporter Gets Body Slammed!

“One hundred years?!” Trump repeated himself, fiddling in his pocket for a handkerchief to soak up his forehead sweat. “Looking for your cellphone?” Trump nodded, looking so wronged and so young. “Good news is I have your cellphone!” Trump’s eyes twinkled. “Bad news is it’s practically worthless! AzureStar no longer has employees.” Trump lurched forward. “I’ll talk to ’em. I’ll talk to the CEO.  We’ll create jobs and get out of this mess!” “No one cares about jobs, anymore, Donald. Look around you!” Donald looked around him. One of the orcs was giving him the fish eye. “Could use better […]

A Wasteland President, Part 4

Trump was escorted from the ruins of Mar-a-Lago by a rough-handed orc. The beast reminded him of someone, but he couldn’t quite place it. All he knew was that he wanted to ask it questions, to ask it advice. It was far more attuned to this world than he was, seeing as how the world seemed so different from the one he had known less than three hours ago. “You’ll take me to your leader?” he asked the orc. “Wait, what am I saying? I am your leader.” The orc merely grunted, pulling Trump’s arm so that what was attached […]

A Wasteland President, Part 3

With the heat from the dead Secret Service agent nearly spent, Trump wondered what would come next. He was all alone finally. No one to distract him from what was really important. “I’ll just wait for someone to come along. Yep. That’s the plan.” “But nothing came along” ” Wait, did I say that out loud? Maybe if I talk loudly enough, someone will come. They always do. They have to.” Something that sounded like a car engine came closer.  One wall came crashing down, chunks of debris being unceremoniously flung to forgotten corners. “Are you Trump?” an orcish voice […]

A Wasteland President, Part 2

Not all keys are shaped like keys He found that out the hard way Sometimes they are shaped like medals Not necessarily earned But infallible anyway His entourage waited in the shadows “Only niche journalists would care about them” He thought They waved and smiled dutifully He smiled back when the cameras weren’t looking They weren’t so bad They just needed a little training was all New suits New haircuts New reputations Sometimes the little things Could go a long way

The Keys to a Kingdom (Donald Trump’s Psyche)

It sounds much more dramatic and steeped in history when I put it that way, right? But the Obama administration was embroiled in its own scandal, which eventually led to a damning report by Republicans.  The report criticized the US government’s military response to its diplomatic compound in Benghazi Libya being attacked.  Since Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State during these events, her competence, as well as that of the Obama administration, was put into question. As far as I’ve understood, there was controversy over the initial narrative given by the Obama administration, that the attacks were spontaneous in nature. […]

Obama and the Benghazi Affair

The moorings of time have eroded Leaving the lump atop his mountain To fight outta obscurity Thomas Cromwell wasn’t made in a fortnight Just ask his successor Pope-fighter and establishment-buster Emperor Vader-Cheney Made imperious by hyphens and self-bestowed titles He defies time in a fractured state Velocity increases, only increasing the torture in that chamber Vader waits, gliding in a circle around the room Known as the “war chamber” Hussein was there Bin Laden too All the forgotten people Waiting to released from the chamber Cheney wants just one more chance That’s all he needs To prove himself to his […]

Stephen “Steve” Bannon–The Forgotten Lump

His lips were stretched into a perfect line Perfect and pious Straight and flawless Pence preens his suit For the inauguration ceremony Maybe a trim is in order Everything has to be “just so” Line up the conspiracy theories They’re important too Save the most poetic lines For a human that’s smooth all over But behind it all Behind the glitter and confetti Stands the shadow of an elephant piercing a lion “Those nutty puppets peddling their theories” Though similar structures can’t be ignored When you place them side by side (Recent Posts) Trump is More Than Just the Man […]

President Pence Steps Off a Tainted Carousel

I’ve thought about this–at least for a couple of minutes. For very obvious reasons, Donald Trump is molasses to the legislative process. Seems to me that this should make Democrats content. Every little infusion of chaos freezes the legislative body, or slows them down to a great degree. While he might have seemed like a pleasant distraction so that the public wouldn’t focus on the Machiavellian legal overhauls such as the Republicans’ version of healthcare (just look at what they’re attempting to do to people with disabilities), he has proven to simply highlight congressional turpitude (I hope I sounded like […]

Donald Trump is legislative molasses–So is Impeachment Really the Answer?

He watches the garden through his window Thanking the neighbor girl for spotted dough Now is a time for reflection To understand the flow of time To assimilate the mind with a broader human nature He was calm in the moment Toying with the overdone circle Quietly devouring chocolate Careful not to make a scene The garden swayed obediently Amusing the former director The tomatoes were hyper-vigiliant They even quivered between their metal holders Wondering when fatigue would set in “They will make fine ingredients some day” Comey thought “They have to develop just a little bit more” ” So […]

Mr. Comey

He’s the man of minute He’s the man of every second Like a trusted confidant, he’s always there when you need him. In my incredibly recent post about blogging, I talked about how many successful blogs seem episodic in nature. Because they are. And Trump is perfect for the little screen. He’s provided the basic framework of his personality. Events are then combined in slightly different ways to give you that quick vaccine of novelty against momentary boredom. “Please inject me with more novelty.” That’s the mindset. Poor impulse control from the entertainer begets poor impulse control from the audience. […]

Trump is More Than Just the Man of the Hour

He seemed to perfectly meld with the shadows A man wrapped in intrigue The boot was a promotion Seen through the eyes of hungry crowd A tumultuous sea was born that day A captain taking his rusty bucket To the center of the seven seas Now peeling skin replaced shadows It was novelty for the warrior The sail swelled at fragmented threats But the captain held onto his hat Marveling at gigantic red feathers Water devils came from all sides He had it covered The cameras came to his heel The lighting was perfect The water sprayed with absolute perfection […]

A Warrior Leaves His Shadows

A noble man is lain flat Across the eagle’s crest The olive branches wait To beat on their mystical drums   Something was happening on that great hill More important than a man laced with cholera Or an independent legal eye Or the expense of jet fuel Compared among giants   Velocity was rearing its ugly head A surreal truth coming home to roost Boasting more voices than a certain man And his liver pills   It was hawk vs. eagle The former delivering those voices with courage Motivated by a cannibal Enriched by friends and fallen foes Crossed like […]

Hawk vs. Eagle

Don’t mind him He’s just a burden of the people A hellhound bent on removing a pound of flesh Alongside each transgression Purgings are like spring flowers Lovely but they haven’t reached full bloom Those people once used by the all-seeing hand Know not what is being done to them But it hardly matters As civil servants Let their feet hit majestic roads Emptying various bodies Leaving them husks Though, if you think about it Husks can be revitalized for nearly any purpose You can fear the efficiency of tarnished trumpets They were used for one thing Now for the […]

A Land of Opportunity

A ship sailed clear sunny waters Wondering when words would bring it to life again It waited out the sun as it gave way to its orange tired self The words would have to come soon To maintain efficiency The hull was far from rotting The deck bristling with order Or at least pressed uniforms Clipped smiles And stiff salutes Everything was rightly prosperous Even lovely letters did what they were told Transporting themselves to the proper locales At the right time, the perfect hour Meanwhile, the ship sat suspended In a sea of conflicting orders But uniforms saved the […]

Ghost Ship With Mortal Chains

Later, then Put off the snowman The agents clutching rolled-up newspapers Especially the phone cords leading to an ivory tower Of course the old man Twirls them about his fingers Rubbing them against beady eyes Pondering betrayal Sensing more ties being severed It was all his fault The man in the fine white palace Ignoring the land where an agent’s shadow Still looms Shame was forbidden among titans But there it was Glittering like sun-drenched snow Later

The Glasses Are Coming Off

A suit wandered the coastline, sensing disaster What would the collar and tie say tomorrow He was the mouthpiece for everything on the brink It was his civic duty Too much to bear He just wanted a good night’s sleep Or even a little sympathy To douse the dry criticism of the wee hours But an upside down flag was all he could hope for A little absurdity to make the pain go away Then the flag seemed to wilt And the alarm clock buzzed A new day More chewing gum No on really got it He was all alone […]

Even press secretaries need love

President Park-Geun-hye was removed from office following a unanimous decision by eight judges. What exactly is poetic about this? I don’t know. I guess she looks peaceful in repose amid the deployment of the THAAD system. A twenty-one gun salute in this day and age. Politicians can’t rest in this wicked sunless camp called the world we now live in. You know, just a couple of months ago I was sitting in front of the television thinking that I had captured obama’s face in a potato chip. Now everything seems absurd and you know that you can’t go home again. […]

South Korean President Impeached

Zoom into the U.S. tenfold. You see wiretaps, Russians, the glint in Mitch McConnel’s eyes. The shine of Donald Trump’s shoes as it obscures the breaking of his shoestring promises. But this is only part of the picture. What if Marine Le Pen were to win the French presidential elections? As other media outlets have commented, she will push for the exit of France from the E.U. (Frexit), which will spell its imminent demise along with severe economic reverberations across the West, and with economic reverberations come other unforeseen consequences. Because nationalism doesn’t occur in a vacuum.    

We’re doing it again

Oh I don’t know A place away from pockets of isolation Seems like a good way to go The water knows how to sit Obeys commands like “fetch” and “look reflect-y” Fingers touch that rippling world Wondering why nature’s cracks just appear Without reason or the wait for approval Still beautiful though Murky and teeming with life Oh look, my cellphone is ringing A text alert saying My hair isn’t slicked back But they’ll be here any minute With microphones And questions skirting around a bubble Wish

Diversion becomes a way of life

“Aides sat with blankets in their laps or around their shoulders in the overly air-conditioned room. One snuck in a box of Dunkin’ Donuts “Munchkins” to share.” Did CNN just endorse Dunkin’? “We’d rather focus on minutiae, thanks.” So much for whipping up hysteria to strengthen democracy. Munchkins are the “bricks and mortar” of a healthy government of checks and balances.

Obamacare. It’s all over, folks!

Don’t look now It’s that word again “Nuance” Creeping up on rigid pillars Weaving its way through Dark suburban bedrooms And majestic kempt lawns Stealing the thinking man’s hardhat It needs to be expunged Because categories are so delightful Who is nuance, a word among many To challenge that? Complexity is just trying to be sneaky Corrupting the natural order of 100 years ago And buildings were demigods Words from the academy sacrosanct The grey-haired shamans from a simpler time Reveled in anarchy The economy was also good Because it would bend to your mind A seething complex thing that […]

Simple good

Just a quick random thought. Remember how, what seems like ages ago, the furor caused by the initial immigration ban all but obscured Bannon’s act of slithering into the National Security Council? Well. What is everyone talking about at the moment? Wiretaps. Russians. A revised immigration ban doesn’t seem to be getting as much attention. Barely any by comparison. Seems intention when you look at the patterns that emerge. See the thing that is causing the most controversy, then look for “satellite events” put in motion by the administration. Little things that should be getting more attention.  

Trump’s Presidency of Distraction

They swarm in and out Agents of Empire Brandishing imperial writs Given life under a distracting cloud They do as please Waiting for the next writ The red royal seal making their hearts Go aflutter One day the orders ceased No calming slips of paper To heal fresh cracks So they decided to write their own Until the lights came back on What fun they were having Trying to mimic the language That air of fractured authority Once done they gazed at their handiwork Everything looked great Ts were crossed, Is were dotted They pinned it to the wall Hoping […]

The lights will cease

It’s a common sentiment that journalists are concerned with inadvertently empowering the alt-right through specific types of media coverage. While journalists obviously already embed politics into their reporting, it’s worth considering more of an overt focus on the “political packaging” of articles. This seems like it advocates a deviation from the truth, but journalists might already be perpetuating a type of bias that is already self-harming. For instance, theguardian has noted that liberal groups fear normalizing the views of the White House administration. But a contrary view from the alt-right suggests that painting the administration as being perfectly aligned with […]

Journalists and reforming their “political packaging”

He would parlay his penchant for speed into results It wouldn’t take long For things to reach the desired shape To coalesce into something absolutely fantastic But reality had a hard time catching up He had to give it credit for trying Reality was resilient despite its decrepitude An old man chugged uphill Ignoring the grass and dirt Shrugging his shoulders at the chill Flipping off anything new Wondering when a comfortable religion Would come around the bend again via Daily Prompt: Parlay

Hedgehog’s Dilemma

The former Indiana governor Made an error State business becomes a private parlor Recreation at best A hair’s worth away from apocalypse at worst Now he’s forced to live out his life as a wax figure As punishment But there’s no reason to care When russia-phobia dissolves all those little worries  

Should we care?