Kevin Brady, subtle humorist….

Am I the only one to detect a playful sense of irony in the words of Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Chairman of the US House Ways and Means Committee? On the day that the House decided to summarily do away with our online privacy, he pontificated in the wake of a vote where House Republicans blocked an attempt by Democrats to get a look at Trump’s tax returns.

Here is the direct quote: ” Civil liberties and privacy are still rights worth protecting, and I intend to …

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Trump’s genius

For the past week I have had this maddening tune stuck in my head:

“They’re Pinky and the Brain,

One is a genius, the other’s insane”. Repeat ad infinitum….


Those of you who were kids or had young kids at home in the ‘90s may remember the Spielberg-produced animated show. It has its own Wikipedia page, where I found this not inaccurate description of our current presidential predicament:

“ Brain is self-centered and scheming; Pinky is good-natured but feebleminded. In each episode, Brain devises a new plan to take …

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“The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog”.

“The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”


That was one of the sentences I used to practice typing. Since November 8, in my imagination, the quick brown fox quickly slaughters a few of the denizens of the henhouse, frightens some sheep and eventually skulks away back into the forest once the farmer, awakened from his slumbers, recalls the dog – who was not lazy, really, just sound asleep, and had run away to Canada after the fox stole his lunch together with his “guardian …

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Once more into the breach

In Texas, early voting starts on October 24. As an election worker, I will be seated next to my Republican counterparts. I already know most of them, we get along well, as they are generally charming people. I have a feeling that most of the people I work with will not be voting for Trump, but of course we never talk politics when working elections — it would be not just bad form, but against the law.

I do not want to implicate my Republican coworkers …

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Rockwall’s “bathroom” ordinance defeated.

In our little corner of Texas, wildflowers are bloomin’, Texans are sneezin’, and cities are (occasionally) misbehavin’.

Mayor Jim Pruitt, in response to a policy instituted by Target, proposed an ordinance, similar to that in North Carolina, that would have made it a punishable offense ($500 fine) to use a bathroom that did not correspond to the gender indicated on one’s birth certificate.

I do not think that Mayor Pruitt is necessarily a bigot. He is a capable mayor. He may have felt genuine concern for his …

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Bombast in an age of resentment.

The word bombast — now used for inflated rhetoric — once defined cotton padding sewn or inserted into clothing to make the wearer’s size look more impressive. King Henry VIII of England was a fan, and so were those who wanted to boost their image and could afford to. To my mind, Trump is the poster boy for bombast. Everything about him invites caricature, be it his orange tan, his girth, his improbable combover. He struts onto the stage with exaggerated confidence, he talks about …

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