WASHINGTON — Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the White House had put forth “alternative facts” to ones reported by the news media about the size of Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd. (New York Times, Jan 22, 2017) After waiting in the hallway for what felt like hours, but was really only fifteen minutes, Bob Roberts was ushered into a small room containing a large executive desk and a small plastic chair…. Read more »

[Note: For the uninitiated, “Milliways” is the name of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe – the title and main location of the third part of Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series.  Via the Laws of Improbability, one can meet and greet anyone from any time or galaxy, sometimes more than once.  The highlight of the evening is to watch the End of the Universe – which is featured at every sitting, in a little over half… Read more »

  [Previously, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse had been Ordered to stop The Trump from reaching the Seat of Ultimate Power.  On the cusp of seeing their plans destroyed by Hypocrisy and Stupidity, the Horsemen are summoned back to HQ to explain themselves.]  Scene One: The Boardroom. Headquarters. About Teatime. Death was nibbling nervously on his bony fingers when, with a blast of celestial trumpets, the Lord swooped into the room, his eyes glittering like freshly-cut diamonds.  Nervously, the other Horsemen looked… Read more »

“When angry, count to four. When very angry, swear.” Mark Twain. One of the more interesting results of the recent “Brexit” referendum was the outpouring of savage yet creative insults hurled by Twitter users towards Donald Trump. It was encouraging to see such a dazzling display of wordplay and literary entrepreneurism.  As a British expat, it was heartening to see that the ancient Anglo-Saxon talent for obscenity is far from a figment of our distant medieval past. Much to my (American) husband’s chagrin,… Read more »

“…And, lo, it came to pass that during the Sixteenth year of the Second Millennium, there arose in the West a sulfurous presence that threatened to destroy all who came before it.  So noxious were its fumes and emissions that it felled all competition in its lust for power.  The people of the land quaked in terror of the darkening sky and searched wildly for one who could save them from the eye-meltingly orange demon that swore to destroy all they… Read more »