The injustice of Jeff Sessions


Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is one in a long line of reprehensible characters likely to inhabit the Trump White House. Now that he s confirmed as the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer, Sessions is in a position to provoke extraordinary harm in the lives of ordinary Americans. As U.S. Attorney General, Sessions will run the […]

US sets a bad example

Peace on earth? Good will to all men? Hardly. The latest terrorist attack in Germany has added a cruel exclamation point to a holiday season already punctuated by unspeakable assaults on the very idea of humanity. The so-called Islamic State has claimed credit for the Berlin atrocity, in which a tractor-trailer truck intentionally plowed into […]

The real war on Christmas


If you’re surprised, you shouldn’t be. The West Virginia official who posted racist comments on Facebook in reference to First Lady Michelle Obama following Donald Trump’s election — “It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a (sic) Ape in heels” […]

The strange delusions of our politics


The cult classic, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” is among my favorite films. Released in 1964, it’s a brilliant satire of a certain paranoid period in recent American history. It was a time when fears of a nuclear-armed Soviet Union infused politics with a sense of doom; […]

Down the rabbit hole to TrumpLand


If you’re feeling a little like Alice in TrumpLand these days, it’s no wonder. Reality has been turned upside-down, grossly distorted, rendered a hall-of-mirrors hallucination. We’re going down the rabbit hole to find the Mad Hair, er, Hatter. It seems just a couple of months ago (it was, wasn’t it?) that Donald Trump was running […]