Politics, Moderate



Trump Intimidation

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

"We are a big tent party," said House of Representatives Republican leader Kevin McCarthy. For McCarthy it was nearly a psychotic departure from reality. He was in the process of engineering the bloody removal of Liz Cheney from the No. 3 spot in his House leadership team.

It seems that under his big top ... excuse me, big tent ... there are ...Read more

Memories Of Bo

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

I always feel sad for people who are uncomfortable around dogs, because they miss out on the laughs, enthusiasm and attachment of unconditional love. But one of nature's cruel tricks is "dog years," a concept familiar to everyone who has welcomed fur babies into their families. The age of your canine companion is equivalent to seven years of ...Read more

The GOP Takeover

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It makes a difference whether it's a politician or if it's a TV personality who makes a "stupid mistake" and says something over an open mic. If a TV personality does it, it really is a "stupid mistake." The politician claims it was unintentional, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did before he appeared on "Fox and Friends" recently. But ...Read more

Racist Country?

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

"America is not a racist country." That was Sen. Tim Scott giving the Republican response to President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress, calling on the nation to "root out systemic racism that plagues America."

Scott is the only Black GOP member of the Senate at this time. Joe Biden is not the only white Democrat, but ...Read more

The Bard And Biden

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

"What's in a name?" as William Shakespeare wrote. But it doesn't take a Shakespearean presidential speechwriter to know that the name means a lot. That's why we have Joe Biden's "American Rescue Plan," which is what the administration calls his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan, already signed into law. The "American Jobs Plan" is his preferred...Read more

Race, The Dark Reality

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Before we get too immersed in the news that caused national self-congratulations, let's remember why it was news at all. A Minneapolis jury convicted policeman Derek Chauvin of three murder charges nearly a year after he killed George Floyd. The jury simply could not ignore the fact that Chauvin kept his knee on George's neck for almost nine and...Read more

Canine Canny Diplomacy

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

"Diplomacy is the art of saying, 'nice doggie' until you can find a rock."

Will Rogers was correct: The world kennel is filled with junkyard dogs yapping and threatening to mount each other as a power play, but stopping short of an all-out fight. Canines raise a leg and let fly. Humans use diplomacy. It's the same thing.

The rules for people ...Read more

Reviewing Trump's Future

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Could it be that Donald Trump is losing his touch? "Who?" you ask, and that's exactly the point. With the Trumpster sliding from the main stage to lounge act, we may soon imagine a world where he's traveling from small town to small town in a rickety old bus, playing before a handful of seats in a shabby motel with a dwindling number of old ...Read more



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