Ashli Babbitt, who the day before tweeted, “Nothing will stop us…the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours,” is now dead. Ms. Babbitt, an ardent Trump supporter, served 14 years in the United States Air Force. On Wednesday she died believing she was “protecting” her country, shot by a fellow American protecting the Capitol and the senators trapped within its rooms.
Continue reading “OPINION | Insurrection and Death: America’s Darkest Winter”
Wait. Close your eyes. Is it just me or do you feel it too? Ask yourself, what is the source of this horrendous weight? The evisceration of environmental safeguards? The withdrawal from the Paris Accord? The only answer is—the world literally”sucks” because of Donald Trump.
Continue reading “The World “Sucks” Because of Trump: the War on Transgender Military Personnel”
It may have been the caffeine that kept me tossing in bed, heart pounding between the sheets. Then the sudden horror—the vision of hordes of illegals climbing walls, pillaging, murdering! Sadly, it wasn’t the caffeine, but rather the incarnation of Trump’s border “crisis” coupled with the immutable fact that Donald J. Trump continues to lie. Continue reading “Opinion | Donald Trump’s World War Zed: the Imagined Crisis at the Southern Border”
Donald Trump is playing five-dimensional chess, so he has brainwashed his base into believing. He is playing a game, albeit more akin to Tic-tac-toe. But even children’s games have a strategy. Continue reading “OPINION | Searching for Bobby Fischer: The King’s Gambit of the Trump Presidency”
Pick any half decent science fiction film. They always muck with the timeline—Back to the Future, Star Trek, Terminator. The premise is always the same—something catastrophic occurs in the distant past, the hero must return to fix it, and when the pivotal moment arrives, the hero must choose a different path in order to repair the timeline. Trump has proven that he does not watch science fiction, as he habitually repeats the same feckless loop resulting in a presidential timeline that can never be repaired. Continue reading “OPINION | Why Trump’s Alternate Reality is about to Vanish”
The Trump administration has pulled one of its most successful vanishing acts to date—they have disappeared the migrant children from their parents. To date, the children remain missing. Trump may argue that family separation is the price of flaunting rules at the border, but he is not one to speak as he continues to obfuscate the tenets of natural justice in his struggle to avoid the Russia investigation, and to preserve his presidency. I’m quite sure his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels broke at least a moral rule, if not campaign finance laws. Continue reading “MINI OP-ED| Where Have the Children Gone?”
I am a bystander trapped in time along with millions of others. It’s Heather Heyer’s memory that keeps us here. It is the very worst version of Groundhog Day but without the happy ending. Yes, it’s been one year since that Saturday afternoon when I first heard the news, saw the footage. Big strong men aren’t supposed to cry, but there are exceptions. Continue reading “OPINION | The Day America’s Leader Forgot to Mourn”
In 1941, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government unilaterally decided that Japanese Canadians posed a threat to national security. Under the War Measures Act, the roundup began as Japanese Canadians were stripped of their homes and business, and sent to internment camps, thus beginning one of Canada’s darkest periods in its relatively short history as a nation.
My university film theory teacher was such an internee. Although never discussed at length, as he taught us about Kuleshov and Eisenstein, he was also teaching us about his life, and resilience.
Continue reading “OPINION | “Does Anyone Know, Where the Love of God Goes when the Waves turn the Minutes to Hours?””
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have now left the Singapore summit, and with their departure, a silence fills in the anticipation and the apprehension of the meeting. Both leaders were supposedly looking for something, but it is uncertain whether it was peace.
From a political point of view, the summit was a success for both leaders. Let’s be clear, Trump was not the first to propose a sit-down, but he was the most pugnacious, and the least criticized when the idea was proposed. Was he looking for an end to tensions between North Korea and the world at large or a photo opportunity to boost his poll numbers? Continue reading “OPINION | The Quest for Peace or Popularity?”