1984 how many fingers

What Trump Just Said is Not a Lie…

Stuart Lyle How many fingers am I holding up, Winston? If that quote sends shivers through you, then you know it’s provenance, George Orwell’s 1984.  “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston,” says the interrogator, while ostentatiously holding up 4 fingers, “if the party says that it is not four but five…?” Those in…

Pittsburgh Synagogue murderer

Tree of Life

The author of this comment on the massacre of 11 very old Jewish citizens in their Pittsburgh synagogue is a 73 year old Pennsylvanian who lives close by Pittsburgh. I have known Bill for many years and although we disagree on some major issues like “guns,” I found his very thoughtful comments on this horrific…

Peter Van Burean

I Have Been Permanently Banned from Twitter

With a President who vociferously defends his use of Twitter to circumvent political norms, evade his ostensible “handlers,” and to stoke racial and xenophobic tensions, Twitter has become an important free-speach frontier. But Twitter is a private company and has chosen to silence accounts it deems abusive or dangerous.  Not Donald Trump’s support for armed…

Donald Trump Nazi Hitler

A Very American Coup

Donald Trump, in an interview yesterday with a reporter, referred to we, American citizens, as “.. I would like my people” “to stand up” when he wanted them to show obedience just like the North Korean people do for Kim.  That is a dictator talking about his role after he has taken power in a…

Michael Cohen

The Big Con

b. traven The well-planned. “hail Mary” rescue of Michael Cohen crafted by former federal prosecutor Giuliani for Donald Trump is now being played out on live TV while the pundits are still calling it a mistake by big mouthed Giuliani. No this is not a mistake. It is a well planned and clever ruse to…