Trump’s Ten Ties to Russia


Arlo Guthrie famously opined, “once is a crazy man. Twice is a coincidence, But three, three is a conspiracy.1 In the same tradition, WC offers ten ties between Trump and Russia. Mind you, ther are a lot more than ten; but ten should suffice to establish that there is a consipracy. Even if it is…

They Were All Out of Step But Jim

Who Has Condemned Trump This Week?


Did you see my little Jimmy marching with the soldiers up the avenue? There was Jimmy just as stiff as starch like his Daddy on the seventeenth of March. Did you notice all the lovely ladies casting their eyes on him? Away he went to live in a tent over in France with his regiment…

Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, via Wikipedia

Understanding America’s Future Under Trump


With very little fuss or national media attention, Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is being liquidated. All references to Trump have been carefully removed but, make no mistake, this is Trump Taj Mahal, Donald Trump’s biggest project, which is being sold to the highest bidder. This week, the contents were sold. A…

Tom Chitty, New Yorker, March 27, 2017, p. 48

The Essential Contradiction of Today’s Republicanism


As the New York Times notes, for the first time in decades Republican Senators who support Senator Mitch McConnell’s alleged health care bill did not participate in 4th of July parades. While they are nominally on break there are precious few constituent meetings, town halls or other public events scheduled. You’d almost think they don’t want…

First Law of Holes

When Trump’s Resignation or Impeachment Became Inevitable


WC thinks that this is the week when, with the benefit of hindsight, President Donald Trump’s resignation or impeachment became inevitable. Historians will look back on mid-June, 2017 as a turning point. The Washington Post has broken the news that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation has turned to possible obstruction of justice by the President. What’s…

Comey, Trump and the Truth


Before Comey had even finished his appearance before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, the right-wing pundits were frantically spinning his testimony. Jack Posobiec, a pro-Trump activist notorious for his amateurish sleuthing into red herrings like the “Pizzagate” hoax and other conspiracy theories, wrote on May 17 that former FBI Director Comey had “said under oath that…

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

How William Butler Yeats Was Right


Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. . . . . . And what rough beast, its hour come at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? – William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming,”  Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921) Yeats was writing about the period after World…