Impeachment 102, by Penny Smith: 10/24/2019

Number 2 in a series (watch this space for more)   Have the Democrats impeached Trump? The Democrats have not yet impeached Donald Trump. They are in the process of holding investigation hearings to determine if there is sufficient evidence to impeach him....

Whopper of the Week, by Penny Smith: 10/23/2019

“We’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we’re building a wall in Colorado, we’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works that you can’t get over, you can’t get under and we’re building a wall in Texas. We’re not building a wall in Kansas...

Barn Dance – October 19, 2019

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Under the Radar – #2, by Penny Smith

An advisory panel begun while Ryan Zinke headed the Interior Department is recommending that the National Park Service privatize their campgrounds. The Subcommittee on Recreation Enhancement, a delightfully ironic name, suggests we can make our wilderness experience...

Joe Sam Queen – Raleigh Report 10/14/2019

Last week Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger announced that he plans to adjourn for the remainder of this year by the end of October without passing a budget for our state. Stay tuned. North Carolina needs a real, comprehensive, balanced budget that meets all the...

What I’m Reading: Mark Bowden “General Chaos”, by Penny Smith

The Atlantic (November, 2019); 42-49 Mark Bowen’s article is subtitled: “What Top Military Officers Really Think about Trump.” He divides his critique into five categories, each of which should make you shiver a tad. First, President Trump “disdains expertise.” We...

Thom Tillis Watch: 10/10/2019, by Penny Smith

From the US Congressman Thom Tillis Twitter Feed: “It’s easy to sleep knowing that Justice Brett Kavanaugh serves on our Supreme Court, upholding our Constitution and protecting our values.” Yes, indeed, I sleep better knowing the man who, as an adolescent, bragged...

Thom Tillis Watch: 10/9/2019, by Penny Smith

According to US Congressman Thom Tillis, Impeachment is “a waste of resources.” Lawmakers need to focus on our economy rather than shift “resources away from what I don’t believe rises to the level of any kind of impeachment inquiry or impeachment.”  One very...

Under the Radar – #1, by Penny Smith

September 24, 2019 (missile treaty): Based on an article in the September 23, 2019 issue of The Nation. I doubt many of us go to bed at night worrying about the INF Treaty. If you’re like me, you weren’t really even tuned in to its existence.  The Intermediate-Range...

What is America?, by Penny Smith

We were an idea, before we were a nation. Our borders were of less concern to our founders than a constellation of what were then almost unspeakable notions, like all men were created equal and they had, inherently, certain rights. Those rights were not granted by a...

Whopper of the Week: 10/7/2019, by Penny Smith

“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).”   (Donald Trump, October 7, 2019)...

Welcome to OZ, by Penny Smith

The arrival of a new movie about the last months of Judy Garland’s life started me thinking about my first encounters with her professional work. It was all those “Let’s put on a show” movies with Mickey Rooney. You’d rush to your neighbor’s house after school (they...

Impeachment 101, by Penny Smith

If I want to find out about impeachment and don’t want to read beyond a short, bulleted explanation, what do I do?  Rather than read what follows, check out Jane Koenig’s regular Democratic e-mailed newsletter. She summarized the process in late September, 2019. You...

Beware Invasive Species, by Penny Smith

At Governor’s School, where I taught for several summer, a famous computer scientist from MIT was once a guest speaker. I’m talking a name that was off the charts in his field. Yet, early in his lecture he completely lost his audience of high schoolers, when he...

An Imperfect Metaphor, by Penny Smith

Organ Pipe Cactus National Park is in Arizona. It contains some of the oldest plants in the United States and is one of our globe’s most fragile eco-systems. Home to Saguaro and Pipe Cacti, it also houses at least 22 archeological sites. Its existence is so rare and...