Recent Cynicism Commentaries

Maniac
She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor, And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before. —Michael Sembello, Flashdance I’ll give Marjorie Taylor Greene credit for two things: she knows exactly who she is and exactly what she’s doing. Of all the Trump wannabes, Greene sits at the top of the heap. She takes self-aggrandizement to a new level. No, arrogance....
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May 10, 2024
Utter Chaos
Columbia University, House of Representatives, and the New York trial of former president Donald Trump: Pick a topic, and you will see what utter chaos looks like. Pro-Palestinian protestors not only defied Columbia University’s order yesterday to dismantle their encampments on the New York campus but assaulted and seized a building, Capitol building-style. All classes on the campus have been...
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April 30, 2024
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Man of 1000 Faces vs. . . .
Silent movie legend Lon Chaney was known as the “Man of a Thousand Faces.” So convincing was Cheney—who developed and applied his own makeup—he could disappear into roles from the “Phantom of the Opera” to “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and the cross-dressing old woman from “The Unholy Three.” Embed from Getty Images Donald Trump only needs three to convince...
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April 26, 2024
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We’ve Become Morally Complacent
My 90-year-old father was a Reagan Republican. When I told him that I was going to call to say hello to my uncle Don (his closest friend since grade school, so he was always referred to as our uncle), “Whatever you talk about,” he warned, “don’t mention politics. He’s a big Trump supporter.” Five years later, I would walk into...
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March 26, 2024
The Hallucinatory Effect of Donald Trump
Embed from Getty Images Atlantic columnist Mark Leibovich writes of Trump supporters, “You can dismiss Trump voters all of you want but give them this: They’re every bit as American as any idealized vision of the place.” I can accept Trump voters as Americans, but one thing they cannot justify is this: Trash talk, lies, and victimhood.  » Read more about:...
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March 15, 2024
Rigged. BIGLY!
Embed from Getty Images BREAKING: Grammy winner, pop icon and covert government operative, Taylor Swift, is secretly working with Rabbit Pizza to inculcate billions of Swifties as part of a broad political scheme to rig the 2024 election (just like they did in 2020). In cahoots with current boy toy and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Travis Kelce, Taylor is planning...
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February 2, 2024
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What Do Donald Trump and Ken Starr Have in Common?
Both willfully compromised the US Secret Service. Among the egregious behaviors former President Donald Trump inflicted on democracy was utilizing, to his own ends, a federal agency whose mandate was the nonpartisan protective mission of the Secret Service. During his time in office, it was axiomatic that anyone in Trump’s orbit faced a Hobson’s choice: loyalty to Trump or the...
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December 12, 2023
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A Nasty, Brutish Man
Seventeenth-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (known by his pessimist fans as Hobb-sy) warned us of Donald Trump. “It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.” In full-dress duplicity, Donald Trump fully embraces Hobbes’s notion. “I alone can fix it!” To his MAGA based, Trump is their hero of hate. (By the way, in Japanese, MAGA means confusion, complication,...
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November 28, 2023
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From Humanity to Inanity
As the death toll rises after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria, one dramatic story—a miracle, really—took our collective breaths away. Amid the rubble and the bodies in the town of Jinderis in northern Syrian, rescue workers recovered a baby which doctors believe was only 3 hours old. With the umbilical cord still attached, the mother had...
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February 10, 2023
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Shortness of Breath
How much anger and rage do five police officers have to have to beat a man to death after being pulled over for a traffic stop? Watching and listening to Tyre Nichols’s plea for help during a police gang attack in Memphis, Tennessee, the most heart-wrenching moment came when Nichols called out to his mother, twice. Nichols’s death is another...
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January 31, 2023