Caning

Caning does not get a lot of attention in the United States these days. Way back in 1994, Singapore caned a U.S. citizen as punishment for some petty crime. This event attracted considerable attention in the U.S. press and an official protest from the U.S. government. Being annoying that way, historians of the United States…

Poor Spicey

I almost feel sorry for Sean Spicer, but his recent experience is just an object lesson in the perils of being a dutiful conservative, especially in the United States. Recent stories have emerged about how Spicer, apparently a devout Catholic, wanted very much to meet the pope during the recent visit by his boss, the…

I Was Right!

I recently posted a retraction/modification of an earlier post, because I had originally claimed that the so called president is no different from his crooked predecessor, Richard Nixon. Former Reagan staffer Bruce Bartlett pointed out, quite correctly, that Nixon was far smarter than Trump, so I felt obligated to acknowledge this difference. I will now…

Don’t Count on Impeachment from Republicans, redux

On February 15, 2017, I published a post with the title, “Don’t Count on Impeachment from Republicans.” My argument was that, since most Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted against articles to impeach Richard Nixon, even as members of the Committee repeatedly read from transcripts of tapes recording conversations in the Oval Office plainly…