Gorsuch won’t bring much change to high court

  A question: Once Neil Gorsuch takes his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, how much different will that panel be from what it was a year ago? Answer: Probably not much. The high court likely will be pretty much the same as it was just before Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly last winter. Gorsuch says he’s a devoted disciple of Scalia’s brand of interpreting law and dispending justice. So, why should he be expected to blaze new trails on the high court? Sure, I think it’s outrageous that this appointment has fallen to...

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Where do I sign up to become a Muslim?

  As an agnostic of long standing, I think most, if not all, religions are based on nonsense. Still, I’m strongly tempted to declare that I’m a Muslim — just to counter all the Islamaphobic bigots out there. The principal targets of my wrath in this regard are Donald Trump and all the dimwits who think he’s really going to “make America great again.” He and they make me almost pine for the loathsome Richard Nixon, who helped engineer the Republican Party’s “Southern strategy,” whereby...

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The fuss over one of Trump’s stunts obscures another Trump stunt

  As the public controversy over Donald Trump’s policy regarding travel to the United States by refugees and citizens from seven Muslim countries raged on today (Monday), nothing much was said yet about a new executive order requiring that for every new federal regulation of business that’s implemented, two must be rescinded. The president put it this way in a statement apparently addressed to Congress and bureaucrats: “If you have a regulation you want, number one, we’re not gonna approve it because it’s already been...

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Trump unwittingly comes up with a good idea

  The best thing Donald Trump has done in the first week of his presidency — even if it won’t accrue to his political benefit in the long run — is propose a formal investigation of his claim that millions of votes in the November election were cast fraudulently. It’s such a good idea that it should be applied to all of the crazy stuff he’s said along the political trail. Congress should establish a subsidiary of the FBI dedicated exclusively to investigating debatable arguments advanced by...

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What will wingnuts do now that Obama is gone?

  Today’s transfer of power in the White House is fraught with ironies, not the least of which is that polls show that the outgoing president is much more popular than the new guy. More to the point, the departure of Barack Obama deprives the right-wing crazies, a noisy minority, of the principal target of their political invective. The time has passed for Obama to do all the evil deeds the wackos have long predicted. He wasn’t born in Africa. He’s not a Muslim.  He didn’t seize everyone’s guns. He...

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