June 17th, 2023 - 10:35 pm § in Misc.

Was Daniel Ellsberg a hero or criminal?

Daniel Ellsberg (bio here), who leaked the Pentagon Papers (described here) to the press, died on June 16, 2023, at age 92. Ellsberg’s name will forever be synonymous with the term “whistleblower.” He may be unfamiliar to younger generations, but he was a hero to the Vietnam generation[...]

June 17th, 2023 - 1:23 am § in Donald Trump, News Media, Politics

Three of a kind

Demagogues have more in common with each other than us. America’s Trump, Britain’s Boris Johnson, and Italy’s Berlusconi aren’t carbon copies of each other, but they do bear a strong resemblance. For one thing, they lie a lot; and they’ll subvert the rule of law “[...]

June 16th, 2023 - 7:10 pm § in Hypocrisy, News Media, Republicans

Fox talking head’s stunning flag hypocrisy

This is Pride Week, and the Biden White House is flying a Pride flag. When I read this, I knew Republicans would be triggered. Boy, ever! A Fox banshee shrieked (here), “It is a flagrant violation of U.S. Flag code 7 E, to have the US flag not at a higher point and centered”! Harry […][...]

June 16th, 2023 - 6:57 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

DeSantis promises more Thomases and Alitos

Ron DeSantis called Thomas and Alito “the gold standard” on a talk show this week, and promised to appoint more justices like them if he’s elected president. Thomas, a highly controversial appointee, is embroiled in the Supreme Court’s biggest scandal in decades for taking &#[...]

June 16th, 2023 - 1:13 pm § in Christianity, Humor, Misc., Politics, Republicans

Hanging out with Jesus

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis “says he would have loved to hang out with Jesus and his disciples.” (Read story here.) Uh-huh. All I’ll say is be careful about what you wish for. Below: Hanging out with Jesus (left and right of Jesus). Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

June 16th, 2023 - 12:09 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Would Republicans ever criticize another Republican?

The way you test this is by finding a GOP candidate who stands naked in his door flashing the disability van driver when she goes by. Long Island town council candidate Kevin Sabella Sr., a Republican stalwart and pillar of his community (Knights of Columbus, church, etc.), has allegedly dropped suc[...]

June 15th, 2023 - 9:06 pm § in Business, Economics

Employers steal more $$$ than criminals

I was surprised to read that in the U.S., workers “have an estimated $50bn-plus stolen from them every year, … surpassing all robberies, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts combined,” the Guardian said on Thursday, June 15, 2023 (read story here). I knew wage theft was a problem, a[...]

June 15th, 2023 - 12:39 pm § in Donald Trump

Miami Cuban restaurant photo-op was classic Trump

Trump went straight from his Mar-a-Lago documents case arraignment in a Miami federal courthouse to a Cuban-cuisine restaurant called the Versailles, where he called out, “Food for everyone!” On their own dime, it turned out, because Trump left before anyone could order. He himself ate [...]

June 14th, 2023 - 2:12 pm § in News Media

Fox News has a rogue employee

It seems this screenshot was unauthorized. “Fox News on Wednesday acknowledged that an onscreen banner calling President Joe Biden a ‘wannabe dictator’ was inappropriate and said it had taken steps to address the situation internally,” CNN said on June 14, 2023 (read story he[...]

June 14th, 2023 - 2:28 am § in Donald Trump, Politics, Republicans

Nikki Haley says she’ll pardon Trump

Nikki Haley, who’s running for president, says if she’s elected she’ll pardon Trump for his classified documents crimes (see story here). “When you look at a pardon, the issue is less about guilt, and more about what’s good for the country,” Haley said. Right. From that persp[...]