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 »

“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 »

Chair: Sir Icarus del Sol – Physical Center of the Solar System. He Who Must Be Obeyed. Members: Mercury – Tanned, self-centered, fitness enthusiast. Over – compensates for lack of stature. Venus – Curvaceous, blonde, self-help guru.  Multi-Platinum winner of “Shapeliest Orbit in the Galaxy”. Earth – Petulant, whiny, adolescent.  Habit of trying to hit other planets with bits of garbage. Mars – Florid, stony-faced, argumentative. Secretly writes romantic fiction. Jupiter –  Huge, imposing, father of countless satellites and rocks. Accompanied by his planet-sized Galilean… Read more »