Bowl v. tray

Great sporting events should not be watched live. Tickets are unavailable or too pricey, and from a stadium seat you see nothing anyway. The way to watch is in a bar. There, you have the best of all worlds: perfect view on the action,  food and beverage at hand,...

What Donald Trump says

Presidential candidate Donald Trump does not do retail politics. No glad-handing,no  baby-kissing, no phony folksiness at the diner counter, no TV debates. His events are High Masses of the MAGA movement. It is worth one’s while to listen closely, *** In his...

A dozen midterm reminders

15 Nov 2022. One week after the elections, I am in the plane back from the US to Europe. Time to kill, time to reflect: What’s the upshot? What was learned? Anything to keep in mind? It’s not that the event went unnoticed. The public reckoning is all-encompassing, the...

democracy

3 Nov 2022 A majority of Americans consider their democracy «in danger», «under threat» or «in danger of collapse», but they don’t agree why that is. Republicans demonize Democrats, Democrats demonize Republicans. One remedy (this side of the armed insurrection) is...

“Joe and the Ho gotta go”

A handful of impressions from a trip down South: There, the Ukrainian front is far, far away. Joe Biden is no war hero. What weighs heavily on people’s minds is the ever-rising price of carburants.   In May, the US South is still bearable. The plague of spring...