Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kelly Maddow Moore Trump

I get a kick out of what Michael Moore, lefty documentary film-maker, said to Megyn Kelly, right-wing Fox broadcaster, re Trump's refusal to participate in the Republican debate if she, Kelly, served as one of the moderators, which she will.

Moore congratulated Kelly thus:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

no longer twenty . . .

Maybe it's because I'm no longer twenty, but I dread Trump and/or Cruz infinitely more than I dwell on differences, significant as they may be, between Clinton and Sanders.

For me, there clearly is a two-party system, the dividing line being sanity. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Fatwa on Chess

Saudi Arabia's leading religious authority, Grand Mufti Abdelaziz Al Sheikh, has put a fatwa on chess in advance of a tournament scheduled to be held in the holy city of Mecca.

To be sure, some of his indictments of the game have merit. For example, he calls it “the work of Satan,” and who of sound mind, from novice to master, could object, as in who but Lucifer himself could have cooked this game up? 

Friday, January 15, 2016

President Fuhgeddaboudit

When I compare Ted Cruz to Donald Trump, I confess I lean toward Trump. On the other hand, when I compare Donald Trump to Ted Cruz, I confess I veer toward Cruz. When I measure either or both aginst  anything like a decent grasp of reality, to anything like sanity, well, fuhgeddaboudit

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


I'd put Bowie out of mind for a while. Like most everyone, didn't know he was dying.

The conversations about his dying revive his work intelligently. I heard him on NPR talking about his friend John Lennon, and how Lennon, who, he said, never suffered from a deficit of strong opinions, showed him that rock could draw on and integrate other art forms — dance, theater, film.

Lennon, of course, picked this up from Yoko, a superb visual/conceptual artist. He was looking to pick it up. Why he dug her. 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

twenty-second amendment

There may be good reason for the twenty-second amendment, passed by Congress in 1947 and ratified by 36 out of 48 states in 1951, limiting a president to two terms. Or maybe that was all about republican fears that the New Deal coalition forged by FDR would extend itself in perpetuity.

I'd like to know more about the twelve states that did not ratify the twenty-second, and why, and may do due diligence to inform myself. In the meantime I'm sorry the twenty-second means that as of next year's election President Obama will no longer be in office.

It's absolutely crucial he be succeeded by a democrat — in re nominations to the Supreme Court; that peculiar predilection of his for peacemaking, when possible, over warmongering; health care; anti-racism; gay rights; overcoming the frozen grip of Cold War politics as with Cuba etc. — but none of the dems on tap have his stature.

Does he have limitations, weaknesses? Of course. I could name a few with ease. But I'd prefer to assert that his strengths grow stronger, along with his humanity, his genuine ability to express it, and his ability to learn on the job.

He's the smartest guy in the room — except, it need hardly be said, when Bill Clinton sits in, when it would take an Einstein — and it will be a shame to lose his hard-won know-how come November.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Rahm Emanuel/Rudi Giuliani

Deep dish pizza hails from Chicago. And Chicago is a deep dish place with regard to politics as well as cheese, toppings, and crust. If you've been reading Rick Perlstein in the New Yorker** on the police killing of Laquan McDonald and what looks like the  cover-up Mayor Rahm Emmanuel can't quite cover-up, then you know how deep dish Chicago this story is, how suffused with the city's history.