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Dec. 29, 2017 12:22 pm
This will be my last post on BestThinking.com. It's been great to share my work with this unique and engaged audience. It's sort of fitting that this is the last cartoon I'll be posting. When I was asked to contribute to BestThinking, it was because I was more conservative than many political commentators. While that remains the case, most of my cartoons over the last several years have mocked...  Read More
Dec. 28, 2017 4:05 pm
Final blog-post @ bestthinking.com As we begin we want to thank Bob Butler for allowing me the privilege of writing at Bestthinking.com, the experience is incredibly cathartic, and am quite grateful for the opportunity! Thank you again, Mr. Butler! I wish the best for you, and for all ladies and gentlemen @bestthinking.com. Sincerely, Thomas J. Donegan Donegan will be writing @...  Read More
Dec. 21, 2017 4:24 am
The archived link to the website at the time it was posted is here. And the e-fossil of this blog post is HERE Best Thinking and Thinker Media Inc. should never have been an endangered species in e-publishing. Many of us contributing our ideas and efforts here dd our best to nurture it and to help keep it alive. Ultimately, the World did not do enough. Amongst other social problems, I...  Read More
Dec. 20, 2017 4:57 pm
In the spirit of Dickens's Ghost of Christmas Future, I thought again of the "demon" that I have outlined as a simple but over-arching vision of ideal pricing. It is easy to get lost in the many currents of discussion about the strategy and tactics of pricing -- and to lose sight of the deep connection of pricing to how enterprises think about their business, their customer relationships, and...  Read More
Dec. 20, 2017 9:28 am
We stole the above title from an MSN headline - we didn't read the article, but the article included a picture of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. This writer has a number of times posed this question: "What can one really know, or how much can one actually understand an individual, or an Administration, apart from what the Pres reports? The question has been asked before, but...  Read More
Dec. 20, 2017 12:40 am
On Fox News Sunday 17 December 2017, Juan Williams (Fox News analyst/contributor and columnist) and Donna Edwards (Democrat Congresswoman from Maryland), joined Rich Lowry (Editor of the National Review) and Brian Kilmeade (Fox News morning host) on the panel discussing – among other topics – the Republican Tax-Reform Bill. Naturally, Juan Williams and the Congresswoman were concerned about how...  Read More
Dec. 16, 2017 2:36 pm
Suppose that a very large group of people had been poisoned by a particular food which they had eaten and that the toxin - although quite deadly in all cases - may actually take years to extinguish the poisoned individual; further suppose that an antidote was readily available, and being offered at the local Catholic Church... The question is then proposed, "How many people would show up at the...  Read More
Dec. 16, 2017 1:20 pm
This is my final post on BestThinking. I’ve done more than 500 of them since 2012, and have been free to express my opinion on the issues of the day. For that I’m very grateful to this website, which has been a noble effort. As you know by now, BestThinking will shut down permanently on Dec. 31. I’m also thankful for my readers — or audience, as we say more often nowadays — for hearing me out....  Read More
Dec. 15, 2017 2:46 pm
What has happened to the Republicans? They used to be the Carrie Nation of budgetary temperance, crusading against deficit spending, and quite prepared to wreck the joint in order to have their radical way. Now they’re the falling-down drunks of deficit spending. Their sloppy patchwork tax “reform” plan shows the requisite contempt for the poor and working people while buying round after round...  Read More
Dec. 13, 2017 12:36 pm
(I must retract my "Last Post" notice [12.07.17] to add the following to "Senator Pedophile" [11.22.17]. I know this will infuriate my detractors, but I don't care.) Trumpy-Dumpy had a great fall. Everyone now smells it all. So he bannons for Roy -- Oh, he's a good ol' boy -- Forgetting America's moral.  Read More
Dec. 12, 2017 11:40 am
Former Federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy III (McCarthy is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York; he led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman - the bind sheik...) has been following and writing of the Russian-collusion probe since its inception. McCarthy has indicated that the probe is a predicate for impeachment, since there isn't...  Read More
Dec. 12, 2017 2:06 am
When asked why he robbed banks, the famous American bank robber, Willie Sutton, is supposed to have said, “Because that’s where the money is.” If it’s possible to be the reverse of Willie Sutton, it must be Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress. They’re robbing the middle class and poor taxpayers of America — who definitely aren’t where the money is — to give whopping tax breaks to the...  Read More
Dec. 11, 2017 10:40 pm
Conservative evangelical Christians are a falcon turning and turning in a widening gyre. The falcon seems to no longer hear the Falconer, and anarchy has been loosed upon the political world. The Falconer is, of course, the Christian message of the Gospel. These “Christians” no longer pay any attention to the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christianity. Evangelicals supported the anger,...  Read More
Dec. 11, 2017 3:17 pm
An individual today - in this writer's hearing - mentioned Dan Rather in passing, and upon hearing Rather name a number of memories regarding Rather were recalled. In 1987, or thereabouts, this writer regularly would go to the College Union a couple days a week (the writer had a couple of hours to kill between classes). At the Union - one particular semester - five or six students (to include...  Read More
Dec. 11, 2017 12:58 pm
10. “The right-wing, fascistic refusal to recognize the damage being done to Gaia the earth by the burning of fossil fuels, over-harvesting of the oceans, and systematic, illegal suppression of alternative sources of energy condemns the next generations of human beings across the entire planet to an existence of misery and slavery, which is the ultimate goal of the autocracy now destroying...  Read More
Dec. 11, 2017 12:20 pm
In Contemplation of the Ideologue, and consideration of terminology... We wrote this note sometime during the last year, in addressing some concern of, and in response to, Professor Allen Shoaf (we do not recall when, or to which of his blog-posts this was written...); we post it now, for it addresses the apparent intellectual incongruity which is presented by the terms: "right-wing," and...  Read More
Dec. 9, 2017 8:26 pm
7. “The self-evident ascendancy of greed producing multi-billionaires and, soon enough, trillionaires has generated a culture of inequality and inequity that can only lead to destruction of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Effectively establishing a sick, febrile royalty identical to the sick, febrile royalty from which the founders of America fled in the 16th and following centuries,...  Read More
Dec. 9, 2017 1:14 pm
At a rally last week in Missouri, our so-called president, Donald Trump, called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a “sick puppy.” Trump, who Kim’s state-run media calls an “old lunatic,” probably knows a sick puppy when he sees one. And he sees one every morning in the mirror. Vanity Fair has quoted White House insiders who relate that Trump is “unraveling mentally.” One of Trump’s hometown...  Read More
Dec. 8, 2017 6:06 pm
6. "The Republican Party turning a deaf ear and blind eye to pedophiles, violators of women's bodies, and hypocritical patriarchs who crucify the teachings of Yeshua by beating their wives and children mercilessly to bolster their own fragile egos’ gross insecurity, effectively isolates and identifies the Republican Party as the avowed enemy of the spirit of liberty that inspired the founding of...  Read More
Dec. 8, 2017 4:22 pm
We are sorry that this is late! As the season of Advent began Sunday, December 3rd (2017), some may like a good read to prepare for the birth of the Lord, Redeemer, sign-post for Salvation (Jesus Redeemed fallen Man, and delineates the path for Salvation; more than professing Him "Lord and Savior" is involved in Salvation; see Matthew 25: 41-46, for a description of the damned...) and the "way,...  Read More
Dec. 8, 2017 2:28 am
Our responses to Professor Allen Shoaf are indicated below. 4. Every vicious exploitation of media, what I castigate as DIGITALIA , from fake news to idiot-o-logical claims of “objective truth” (which only serve savage materialism's totally subjective greed), can be instantiated in all contemporary political machinations but most especially in those of the Republican Party and its subversion of...  Read More
Dec. 7, 2017 1:57 pm
Addressing Shoaf's Theses Two and Three Here we continue our response to Professor Allen Shoaf's blog-post: " Eleven Theses Against the Right-Wing, Fascistic Destruction of America" Professor Shoa's theses are italics. 2. "Murder resides at the heart of the fascistic tyranny, who are prepared to murder tens of millions of Americans, especially Americans of color, in order to strike their...  Read More
Dec. 7, 2017 11:56 am
This is my last post to BESTTHINKING.COM. My new Blog piedpiperphilology.com is now on-line and receiving visitors. I want to end my my almost eight-year association with BESTTHINKING.COM by thanking Robert Butler and his colleagues for all that they have done, displaying herculean effort and abiding good-will. When they write, "It hasn't helped that we have entered an age of...  Read More
Dec. 7, 2017 11:07 am
Professor Allen Shoaf posted a blog @ bestthinking.com (https://www.bestthinking.com/thinkers/arts_and_entertainment/literature/poetry/al-shoaf?tab=blog&blogpostid=25038); he titled the blog-post: Eleven Theses Against the Right-Wing, Fascistic Destruction of America" We address his first thesis below, and will address his other theses in subsequent posts... Hi, Allen/Professor Shoaf! We...  Read More
Dec. 6, 2017 2:40 pm
Cody Jarrett, the fearless robber and sadistic murderer played by James Cagney in the 1949 movie “White Heat” was intended to be the toughest and most menacing gangster in filmdom. To achieve that end, the writers and production team followed Cagney’s advice to “make him (the character) nuts.” I haven’t seen the movie in many years, but I refreshed my memory because I was thinking about another...  Read More
Dec. 6, 2017 1:18 pm
In Greek mythology, Medusa was a Gorgon whose visage — with a tangle of venomous snakes for hair — was so hideous, it would turn viewers to stone. Nearly 22 years ago, I depicted Bill Clinton’s telecommunications legislation as a “bill of goods” with a Medusa head. I’m not an expert in telecommunications policy, and I can’t recall all the details, but at the time I thought it was a bad idea. I...  Read More
Dec. 5, 2017 9:12 am
For those who may remain interested in my poetry and prose, I have initiated a Blog on WordPress: https://piedpiperphilology.com and I will develop this and related sites over the next year. My thanks to all who have encouraged me in my work. Al  Read More
 
 
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