Trumped by Congressional Power and Nancy Pelosi

By |January 3rd, 2019|

Trumped by Congressional Power and Nancy Pelosi photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times THE FIRST time Representative Nancy Pelosi ascended to the speaker's chair (see the photo above), I was inside the Capitol waiting for history to be made, along with activist Democrats. Howard Dean walked by and gave me a brief interview. [...]

Bernie Sanders Fades

By |January 3rd, 2019|

Bernie Sanders Fades “I was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case.” - Senator Bernie Sanders IF A progressive presidential candidate can't be bothered to run a campaign with rules about gender equality and behavior. He doesn't deserve to be the Democratic nominee. Senator Sanders got a [...]

Flaw in McCay’s Brilliant ‘Vice’ (Spoiler Alert)

By |December 30th, 2018|

McKay also bookends the movie with what I think of as cinema’s Universal Bimbos, those young, dumb counterparts to the mean old ladies with puckered mouths whose clucking is meant to symbolize small-town hypocrisy or whatever. In “Vice,” some women dancing in slow motion and a female fan of the “Fast and Furious” franchise pop [...]

Olivia’s Turn: 2018 Big Giant Book Rank

By |December 21st, 2018|

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A Psychic Peek Into the 2019 Thriller, MAY BE FATAL

By |December 6th, 2018|

A Psychic Peek Into the 2019 Thriller, May Be Fatal Contrary to conventional wisdom, stunning evidence from the evolutionary sciences makes the case that we are more evolved than animals because we have more instincts, not less. In other words, your instincts are not dark and primitive, but rather they are ultimate problem [...]

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Gillian Flynn, The New Thriller, and the Mystical Beyond

By |November 29th, 2018|

“I really do think the world can be divided into the people who like to look under the rock and the people who don’t want to look under the rock,” Flynn told me. “I’ve always said, since birth, ‘Let’s look under the rock.’” [New York Times] WHEN A PERSON gets desperate she or he can [...]

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Top 10 Reasons I Became A Writer

By |November 23rd, 2018|

Top 10 Reasons I Became a Writer.

On Thanksgiving, It’s Saudis First for Trump

By |November 21st, 2018|

On Thanksgiving, It's Saudis First for Trump “Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!” he wrote from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where he’s spending Thanksgiving. [MSNBC] THANKSGIVING means nothing to the accidental occupant of the White House, as his behavior illlustrates. Instead of being grateful for the military [...]

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Sheryl Sandberg, From ‘Lean In’ to Lean On

By |November 16th, 2018|

Sheryl Sandberg, From 'Lean In' to Lean On Mr. Stretch and Mr. Stamos went into more detail with the audit committee than planned, warning that Facebook was likely to find even more evidence of Russian interference. The disclosures set off Mr. Bowles, who after years in Washington could anticipate how lawmakers might react. [...]

Midterm Reckoning, Political Realignment Against Trumpism *Updated*

By |November 6th, 2018|

Midterm Reckoning, Political Realignment Against Trumpism “I’m very worried about Don Jr.,” said another former West Wing official who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The possible exposure would be that Mueller would demonstrate that Don Jr. perjured himself to investigators when he said he didn’t tell his father beforehand about the June [...]