Posts by: Abe

Are you enjoying the summer of mosquitoes, Donald Trump and chaos on the University of Akron campus?

Thought so. There are, however, two rays of hope. The mosquitoes will move out with the season. And the public will tire of Trump’s hysterical comedy routine.

Unfortunately, the UA chaos is another matter that could become the face of its new polytechnic brand around the land..

The workout on the school’s budget deficit could hardly have been handled in a more ham-handed manner and raises serious questions about the competence of the school’s president (Toledo was the last stop in his […]

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With Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine, life is just one damn presidential candidate or another. That much became clear in a Plunderbund report that DeWine has again switched an endorsement for a GOP presidential contender.

If you’ll recall, DeWine pulled the same stunt in 2112 and startled the planet when he switched from Mitt Romney to Rick Santorum in the heat of the GOP primary season. It was a down moment for Mitt and served DeWine’s ally, Summit County Republican chairman Alex Arshinkoff’s need to join the parade by splashing Santorum into a big Republican county dinner, where Alex could boast […]

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Kurt Vonnegut wrote a short story titled “The Euphio Question” in which a fictional Dr. Fred Bockman, a physicist, had picked up a strange hiss from a void in the Universe with a radio telescope. As he amplified it for friends with a contraption he called a euphoriaphone, everyone within hearing range became uncontrollably happy. When a friend tried to explain it later, he described the mysterious sound as “the voice of nothingness”.

I thought of Bockman’s device as I watched Gov. Kasich’s announcement of his presidential candidacy, which had become a cliche for months as he travelled the land […]

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Donald Trump’s virulent assault on Sen. McCain is further evidence that he is Joe McCarthy with layered hair.

 

 

Who can forget that it was the monstrous Republican Wisconsin senator who  smeared President Eisenhower,  members of Congress and others as “comsymps”  at the height of the Red Scare of the 1950s?  But it did finally contribute a memorable response from Joseph Welch, the grandfatherly lawyer at the Army-McCarthy hearings whose law firm was a member of the alleged red National Lawyers guild.

“Until this moment,” Welsh hurtfully replied to McCarthy at the televised  hearing, “I think I never […]

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Is there anything under the sun that money can’t buy?

You wonder.

Item: You think of the recent 4-2 decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to pitch out a case in the 2012 recall campaign in which Gov. Scott Walker was accused oft playing pattycake with major conservative contributors to spare him of walking the plank.

Actually it’s been an ongoing insurance policy for Walker over the years by such well-heeled outfits as the Wisconsin Club for Growth and the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, both operating on the far right and looking after their interests with the state supremes.

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I see that Gov.Kasich has scheduled five more visits to New Hampshire next week , one short of qualifying him for dual citizenship in that state. That will come.  Among other things, it will permit him to establish residence there to run for governor when his second term expires in Ohio.  It also serves as his Pearly Gates for his presidential campaign until something better comes along.

Speaking of Pearly Gates, it is part of his outburst to the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick, a wealthy Republican,  at a conference sponsored by the Koch Brothers in California in […]

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Where’s the outrage?

After all of the teasing talk by Gov.Kasich and state lawmakers that reforms for charter schools are on the way for the $1 billion tax-funded industry, the Ohio legislative class merely kicked the idea down the road until September at the earliest and left town for summer fun. Meantime Kasich scheduled more out-of-state visits for his presidential candidacy that he will officially announce on July 21, thus giving convenient reason to return to his home state.

As Innovation Ohio reported: “After months of bipartisan momentum to improve Ohio’s nationally ridiculed charter school laws, the Ohio House […]

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On July 21 Gov. Kasich’s Starship will touch down in the Student Union at Ohio State University. There, with word from the Lord, he will announce his intention to seek the presidency to rescue America from President Obama as well as the immortals who are already on the Republican list of first responders to the lure of the Oval Office..

Not a moment too soon. For months he’s been flying around the country with the itinerary of a Johnny Appleseed, planting his bountiful seeds for voters in such dog-eared candidate visits as New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina. Not since […]

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Now that the Supreme Court has spoken grandly  on two issues so damaging to Mike DeWine’s holy war in Ohio, shouldn’t the attorney general’s friends give him a gold watch and send  his agenda down to a burial mound on the Ohio River?  It would be a major step in ushering the state into the  21st Century.

As you may have heard, the Supremes ruled that Obamacare was the law of the land and also decided that same-sex marriage was OK in all 50 states. Both meteoric decisions struck a fatal blow to DeWine’s own failed reading of […]

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Once upon a time, in the land of Milk and Money, it came to pass that a political man  of some note chose to lead his Republican  colleagues in a determined effort to humiliate the first African-American president into historic disgrace forevermore. So it was that John Boehner  (often pronouned Boner by his crude enemies) wore his title of Speaker proudly in presiding over more than 50 attempts in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  And in a clever maneuver to hang the measure as a millstone around the president’s neck, decided to call it Obamacare […]

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Did you see that the new Gov. Kasich has now decided to reveal his more engaging  side by cracking one-liners during his standup campaign appearances? Henny Youngman he’s not, but that doesn’t discourage him from snapping off several in a single monologue,  as he did at  the Ingham County Republican reception in Lansing, Mich.

A brief sample of his humor is all that I can suffer from the hard-edged guy who once limited his talent to acidly  slamming anybody who annoyed him.

“Do you know  why God created economists?” he cracked. “To make astrologers look accurate.” There are countless variations […]

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