In Books: “Lost in Bachmannistan”

E-Book Review: Bachmannistan: Behind the Lines by Peter Waldron and John Gilmore, Amazon, 2013.

If Star Wars director George Lucas made this part of the Jedi vs Empire serial, it might be called Star Wars VIII: The Teavangelicals Strike Back. Finally, an out of this world comedy without Mel Brooks.… [Read more]

Laws Cool: Shorten the Paper Chase?

The nice part of being a second-term President is you never have to worry about being elected again. The tired, lame refrains of the birthers and impeachers aside, a bulletproof President Obama is using part of his second term to lead in reducing the staggering cost of a law school education. Enter the bully pulpit.

We’re not talking about Texas Gov.… [Read more]

Intelligence and Manning

“Intelligence saves blood and treasure.” William J. Casey, former CIA Director.

Army Private FIrst Class Bradley Manning is a bad joke. Unfortunately, the joke is on him.

A long time ago, I was a serving naval officer, and subject to the same non-disclosure restraints as Manning was convicted of violating.

Technology has changed how information is collected, analyzed, promulgated, and stolen. … [Read more]

Ending the “Doctor Shortage”

We Americans do not have the world’s “best” health care, just the most expensive.

Health Care reform must consider skyrocketing costs if any progress is made. We walk a tightrope between cost and quality.

When I slung gin over the bar, one learnt rather quickly from frazzled nurses that “M.D.” too often stood for “Me, Doctor!”  The human body is a complex beastie, but we need choices other than which expired medico to raise from the dead, Dr.… [Read more]

Yoho The Yahoo

As a Basset Hound rescue volunteer for several years, veterinarians had a special place in my world. At least once, I recall blurting out in frustration with a specialist physician, “I’d rather see my veterinarian.” There is little surprise that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wasn’t quite smart enough for vet school dreams. It appears, however, that my admiration for the profession has limits, namely upon reaching Congress.… [Read more]

GOP: Bring Out Your Dead.

“I’m not dead yet!” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Perhaps I should be tiring of this country’s endless campaigns. As a political columnist, it does mean the well never runs dry for source material.

Ex-Sen. and flopped wannabe Presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-Opus DUH!) appeared on Meet the Press yesterday, “Rooster” Santorum, as his Penn State frat dubbed him, is the hapless, Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time performer who somehow escapes the reach of the old Vaudeville hooked cane.… [Read more]

The Emperor’s New [Farming] Clothes

For decades, the needs of agricultural rural states and more urban areas have been balanced by the once every five years Farm Bill. Farming states seek maintenance of the patchwork of subsidies and crop insurance programs in place for eighty years, and urban states answer the needs of constituents receiving nutritional assistance.  Never mind that rural states have SNAP/food stamp recipients in significant numbers, as well.… [Read more]

The Return of Witches of Elections Past

I was wondering when one of 2010’s greatest and most hilarious political flops, that of Delaware Tea Partier Christine O’Donnell, would emerge from her disproportionate drubbing for the Senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden by Sen. Chris Coons (D).

Christine O’Donnell is back, this time with a tale of political victimhood woe from the Internal Revenue Service.… [Read more]

Texas Tampon Two Step

“On second thought, let’s not go to Camelot. ‘Tis a silly place.” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

If the Texas Department of Public Safety was so worried about a potential attack as the state Senate ramrodded through extreme anti-reproductive health restrictions last week, one would think they would be more on the lookout for NRA board member Ted “Pantload” Nugent facing his 1960s draft board, than a concerned, orange-shirted woman with a Maxi-Pad in her purse.… [Read more]

All My Exes Live In Texas

Actually, they don’t, fortunately.

In a country where campaigning never stops, it was little surprise that wannabe Presidential motives are beginning to be laid at Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-Texas) feet again. After a special session attempt at a draconian anti-choice bill was filibustered in the Texas state house by  state Rep. Wendy “Red Running Shoes” Davis (D), Perry even tried to hitchhike off of Davis’ new-found stardom by using her in an attempt to sell his anti-abortion legislation.… [Read more]

Pass the ‘Fiscal Conservative’ Grey Poupon

As a political writer, my antennae always quiver to pick up blatant hypocrisy in elected politicians. The “do as I say, not as I do” mob on Capitol Hill never fails to provide madcap manna. Often, the quirky quarry are found in the oddest places.

Congress looks like America, or at least like the Hamptons on Long Island as far as wealth goes, with more multimillionaires to shake a ‘Murrican Exceptionalism stick at.… [Read more]

Where’s Waldo?

In the TS/SBI/LIMDIS/NOFORN/CODEWORD National Security Agency soap opera edition of “Where’s Waldo”, our Waldo, Edward Snowden, is allegedly still at the Moscow airport transit area.

Reading that the U.S. asked Russia to send Snowden home-made me wonder if Secretary of State John Kerry managed to keep a straight, Botox chiseled, face doing so. Great future as a stand-up comedy ‘straight man’ if he could.… [Read more]

What ‘War On Men?’

Wall Street Journal conservative columnist James Taranto played fire-breathing dragon  again slamming Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and her hold on the nomination of Lt. Gen.Susan Helms to become the vice commander of the U.S. Space Command. Lt. Gen. Helms was the second Air Force general officer to overrule a sexual assault courts martial conviction in the past year for a subordinate officer, and Congress is holding officers accountable, starting at the top of the Chain of Command.… [Read more]

Farm Bill: Adventures In Sausagemaking.

For those of us who have breakfasted often in Britain and Ireland, we might love black and white pudding sausages, but we tend not to think about how sausages are made if we want to keep from vomiting.

Among the occupations on this columnist’s resume was a stint as a budget analyst at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington during the mid-1990s.… [Read more]

Still Nazis Among Us?

An Associated Press report that 94-year-old Minneapolis retired construction worker Michael Karkoc was allegedly an officer in a Nazi-affiliated Ukrainian militia accused of war crimes during World War II has neighbors stunned and criminal justice agencies in Europe and the United States launching an investigation.

Many crimes are subject to a statute of limitation years after alleged commission given that reliable evidence may no longer be available, and that memories of witnesses fade with time.… [Read more]

McCain Gets His iPhone Wish

As a political columnist who has been guzzling the Cupertino Kool Aid in the late Steve Jobs’ “Reality Distortion Field” from the days of the original mid-80s 128k Mac, I just had to wonder.

Arizona Sen. John McCain (R-Geritol) groused to Apple CEO Tim Cook at a multinational corporate tax hearing last month as to why Sen.… [Read more]

Spies Like Us

Despite all the Ludlum-Jason Bourne film genre adaptations, Americans are pretty “Johnny-Come-Lately” lame for the snoopery schtick. For all the hype over the exposé from The Guardian (a newspaper NOT yet owned by “Rupert From Oz” Murdoch) over National Security Agency snooping of your Verizon call information, Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald is a bit too tidy for Hollywood’s typecast scruffy, twenty-something Brit journalist with a hipster messenger bag meme getting snuffed by a Central Intelligence Agency hitman in London’s Victoria Station for his scoop.… [Read more]

Washington Musical Chairs

It’s senior-level Musical Chairs time at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., with the just-announced resignation of National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. In some enjoyable rubbing-salt-in-Republican-sore amusement, the White House is appointing embattled Benghazi piñata United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice to succeed Donilon. Experienced former White House human rights adviser, Prof. Samantha Power is the nominee-apparent to go to New Yawk City as Ambassador to world body to fill Dr.… [Read more]

Don’t Worry Your Pretty Little Head, Dear…

After last week’s mourn-a-thon following Tea Party doyenne Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) wee hours video bailing on the 2014 election follies, we Fifth Estate scribblers, along with cartoonists and late night comedy writers, wondered who we would have fun harpooning and lampooning next. It would be hard to beat the legendary lesbo-phobe Minnesota gadfly, who conveniently was on a Congressional junket to Russia The Cold War is long over, but a nostalgic visit to the cellars of the Lubyanka could serve as a fitting conservative martyrdom finale for our nutter femme fatale.… [Read more]

Bye, Bye Bachmann

Sometimes insomnia is a bane for political columnists. At other times, though, it’s a blessing. Of course, not being Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, I did have to carefully check to see if breaking wee hours news that Tea Party doyenne Rep. Michele “Fact-Free Diet” Bachmann (R-Minn.)’s local video announcement that she would not be seeking a fifth term in Congress did not have a byline from The Onion, Daily Currant, or a late night comedy writer.… [Read more]