Politics, Moderate



Bolton should thank his lucky stars he's shut of fickle Trump

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's the really big question in Washington, which goes to show how pathetic things can get here: Did John Bolton resign, or was he fired? President Donald Trump and his now former national security adviser disagree about that, much as they disagreed about everything else. It was not exactly a marriage made in heaven.

To call Bolton "abrasive" ...Read more

Trump used what he learned from the WWE during his "Dorian crisis"

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's a good thing that President Donald Trump has spent time with WrestleMania. He obviously used that experience to finally muscle his way into the main event, when he had been body-slammed aside by the real reality of the devastation from Hurricane Dorian. Yes, I know "muscle" is probably not the first word you'd use when you think of the ...Read more

Sharpies And The Not-So-Sharp

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Weather forecasting really has come a long way, as evidenced by the days and weeks of advance notice we get in our part of the world when disturbances that may become massively dangerous hurricanes form far, far away off the coast of Africa. But, as Hurricane Dorian demonstrates, the science has a long way to go.

Precisely how close to home a ...Read more

Androids Rule

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

I have gotten to the point that every time my cellphone blasts its generic ringtone, I assume it's a robocall. My algorithm favorites are the recorded voices that start out saying, "Can you hear me?" and then pause a few seconds before continuing. I've taken to filling that brief void with a Bronx cheer or some other obnoxious sound. Then I hang...Read more

Trump Hotel

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

True story: I used to live a couple of blocks away from the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States, which is the official name of the Vatican's diplomatic mission in D.C.

Its proximity had obviously not been a problem -- at least for me. That changed in 2015, when Pope Francis came to tour America and, for the duration of his...Read more

The Best Insulters

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

To paraphrase the country-western song, when it comes to outright scorn, the North Koreans were insulting before insulting was cool.

All those decades of practice mean they are still setting the standard. Who else would refer to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a "poisonous plant"? Yup, that's what the North Korean Foreign Minister Ri ...Read more

The Bigotry Of The Pious

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

For a man who doesn't read a lot, President Donald Trump sure has been influenced by history. What's amazing about the days of yesteryear is not just that we keep repeating their errors, but that these mistakes move so seamlessly through time, the past being prologue and all that Shakespeare stuff.

So it is with the defining tradition of bias ...Read more

Greenland: Not Another Trump 'folly'

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

President Donald Trump has broached the idea of purchasing the massive and largely frozen island of Greenland from Denmark. Cue the laughter. My Montreal-raised wife tells me that in the nearly uninhabitable frozen tundra country of her youth, she and her Canadian friends grew up exclaiming, "It's as cold as Greenland!" But POTUS, evidently, was...Read more


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