Credit: Norwegian news outlet VG, December 2016, Tidsånden flirer ikke lenger

A Matter of (In)Competence


Amy Davidson, writing in New Yorker, said of Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer: President Trump has given an important job to a person not competent to carry it out.  . . .  Then again, in the Trump Administration, what would competent communications looks like? How do you persuasively promote the travel bans, or Ivanka’s role in matters…

Would you buy a used car from this man?

Fixing Things That Aren’t Broken


President Trump issued an Executive Order on March 13, 2017. It’s something like the 19th of his presidency, if anyone is keeping count. It’s grandly titled, “A Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” It’s not a plan, it’s not comprehensive and it doesn’t reorganize anything. But it is potentially very dangerous, and worth a look.…

It's always awkward when the chickens come home to roost

The Thankless Task of Defending Donald Trump


If there is one thing to take away from the 5.5 hour hearing of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, it’s this: The Republican’s defense to the confirmation that Trump ties to Russians are under investigation was to demand an investigation on how the news became public. Let’s be clear about this: The Republicans’ defense is that…

Would you buy a used car from this man?

The Lies of Donald Trump: Employment


The President claimed that his inauguration crowd was the biggest ever. The lie was demonstrably false. The President claimed he lost the general election because millions of votes were cast illegally. There isn’t a shred of evidence to support the claim. The President has insisted, with no evidence, that his predecessor tapped his phones. President Trump has also…

The Lies of Donald Trump: Immigration


The President is determined to address the claimed crisis of illegal immigration. He signed an unconstitutional executive order, fired the Acting Attorney General who refused to enforce it, and fought the illegal order through the Ninth Circuit. He issued a second executive order kicking out all crime-committing undocumented aliens – traffic tickets count – and…