Politics, Moderate



Baseball strikes out

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Remember when baseball was referred to as the "national pastime"? Well, these days hating is the national pastime. Look no further than President Donald Trump's venture out to watch a World Series game last month. He encountered a tidal wave of boos and other unprintable jeering when he was introduced via the Jumbotron.

But then look what ...Read more

Beto went from 'next big thing' to the 'same old, same old'

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Here's the thing about those bright, shiny human objects that are so irresistible to those of us in media: The truth is that, like so much bling, they are merely fool's gold, soon tarnished by reality. It turns out that the overexposure reveals that there's little under the gloss, and this "next big thing" is very quickly reduced to "same old, ...Read more

Torturous analogy, talking treason, dog eat dog

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Once again, out of the fog of war there has emerged a heroic dog of war. Conan is a Belgian Malinois, a shepherdlike puppy that was slightly wounded during the commando raid that resulted in the explosive death by suicide vest of ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria. Belgians are a favorite of military forces and law-enforcement ...Read more

Trump plays a deadly game

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Let's give credit where it's due: As commander in chief, President Donald Trump can claim success for the military operation that took out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the long-elusive founder of ISIS, who, according to the White House and military sources, blew himself up setting off a vest of explosives that also took the lives of three of his ...Read more

There will be a lot of smoke from the rubble left by Trump

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Carl Sandburg said it, giving his advice to attorneys:

"If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell."

Sandburg, as you know, wrote the massive biographies of Abraham Lincoln. Taking anything he said and applying it to ...Read more

Right now there's finger-pointing everywhere

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's really difficult to tell because his hands are so small, but it looks for all the world that President Donald Trump has an extended middle finger raised at, well, all the world. Who knew that he could speak in sign language? Or at least that he knew how to say one word? Come to think of it, it's two words. He seems to have decided on a ...Read more

Baseball and the political games played on Capitol Hill

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Oct. 15 meant that those of us who call D.C. home had to make a decision. We were forced to pick between keeping tabs on another Democratic presidential candidate debate or going to the ballgame to watch Washington at Nats Park sweep the St. Louis Cardinals (sorry for gloating, St. Louis), thereby winning the National League pennant and heading ...Read more

Trump's enablers employ a verbal smokescreen

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

President Donald Trump and his accomplices are really busy deflecting all the damning charges against them by using every misleading tactic available. They are putting the "con" in "Constitution." When he doesn't flat-out lie, his lawyers are utilizing that time-dishonored tactic of obfuscation, muddying up the clear meaning of the nation's ...Read more


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