Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Bonfires of the vanity

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Bonfires of the vanity

By Mike Tully First, they flipped their lids, then they set them ablaze.  Trump supporters who feel they were burned by their hero’s tête-à-tête with Democrats are setting fire to their Make America Great Again hats by the rackfull.  A private dinner with Chuck and Nancy?  Nice words about the Dreamers?  Neither was part of […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The time for Trump-shaming has come

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The time for Trump-shaming has come

By Mike Tully “Every crowd has a silver lining.”  – P. T. Barnum; “There’s a sucker born every minute.” – Barnum Associate David Hannum; “(Y)ou idiots just don’t understand …TRUMP understands ME!” – Trump Supporter Maxon Roads On April 6th New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof published a column entitled, “My Most Unpopular Idea:  Be Nice to Trump Voters.”  Kristof […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Boffo numbers, baby!

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Boffo numbers, baby!

By Mike Tully This column begins with a quiz.  See if you can correctly answer the following multiple-choice question. Q:  If you have a group photograph of Mike Flynn, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci and Steve Bannon, you have a picture of: A basketball team that consistently loses to the Washington Generals. The cast […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Abby normal

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Abby normal

By Mike Tully Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Ah! Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in? Igor: Then you won’t be angry? Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry. Igor: Abby someone. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby someone. Abby who? Igor: Abby… Normal. “Young Frankenstein,” (1974) On August 30, […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Welcome to the Pence presidency

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Welcome to the Pence presidency

By Mike Tully The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true. – Danny Kaye, “The Court Jester,” 1955 “Laughable and absurd.”  That’s how Vice-President Mike Pence described a report in the New York Times that he was conducting a shadow presidential campaign […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Ghost voters in the sky

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Ghost voters in the sky

By Mike Tully A delusion is a belief that is clearly false and that indicates an abnormality in the affected person’s content of thought. – Chandra Kiran and Suprakash Chaudhury, “Understanding delusions“ When a man sees things others don’t see, the most beneficial possibility is that he is a visionary.  Unfortunately, visionaries are as common as […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: I’ll be your public servant today so how would you like your sleaze?

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: I’ll be your public servant today so how would you like your sleaze?

By Mike Tully Introducing a fictitious politician, Governor of an unidentified state named S. Lee Zbag.  Call him “Governor Lee.”  He has a new acquaintance, a wealthy and ambitious businessman named Richard Guy.  Let’s call him “Rich.”  Governor Lee has expensive tastes and enjoys the good life.  Rich knows what the wealthy and powerful have […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: I’ve got a secret

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: I’ve got a secret

By Mike Tully The liberties of people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. – Patrick Henry Ally Miller, a local County Supervisor with a penchant for sluicing her official email through a personal email account, has a powerful new friend in high places.  Arizona […]

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