Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The Year of the Dog

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The Year of the Dog

By Mike Tully Salty was on the 71st floor of World Trade Center Tower 1; Roselle was on the 78th.  Both were at work when terror struck on 911, serving as guide dogs for their blind masters who worked in the building.  Salty and Roselle were yellow Labrador retrievers, trained at Guiding Eyes for the […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The Nunes memo and Trump’s greatest fear

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The Nunes memo and Trump’s greatest fear

By Mike Tully The Nunes memo was not just a “nothing burger,” it was a double-whopper nothing burger that drew derision and disdain.  It’s a pundit’s piñata, with commentators hammering the memo and its hyperventilating advocates.  MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program aired a video mashup comparing the hype over the memo to Geraldo Rivera’s “Al Capone’s […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Devin can’t wait

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Devin can’t wait

By Mike Tully Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation. – James Thurber Devin Nunes, a California Congressman with the I.Q. of a trilobite, is the scary clown in the Trump circus, tasked with undermining the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by Trump and/or his family members and staffers. […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Happy Birthday, or something

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Happy Birthday, or something

By Mike Tully In the Hawaiian Islands, the first birthday is a very big deal.  The celebrated “first baby luau” is a coveted invitation in social circles and has been for generations.  The first birthday is important throughout Polynesian culture and elsewhere – Korea, for example.  The importance of the first birthday has its roots […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Isms of the Czar

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Isms of the Czar

By Mike Tully One of my strangest radio interviews featured a gadfly named Joe Sweeney, who died a few years ago.  Sweeney repeatedly ran for office, losing nearly every election.  He seemed a harmless eccentric until he declared he was a “racist” when he ran for congress in 2004.  He ran as a Republican and […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The Prune Juice Platoon

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The Prune Juice Platoon

By Mike Tully “I fought the whole war in Oklahoma … You need to remember, there was not one Japanese aircraft that got past Tulsa.” – – George Gobel, 1969 It is just short of half a century since I enlisted in the Arizona Air National Guard and 44 years since I left with an (against […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Reaping chaos

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Reaping chaos

By Mike Tully I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.   – Bob Dylan Jeb Bush, a hapless presidential wannabe, enjoyed a rare moment of prescience when he labeled Donald Trump a “chaos candidate (who) would be a chaos president.”  Nobody else has explained the Trump phenomenon so precisely.  Trump is of, by, […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Welcome to the Boomtown

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Welcome to the Boomtown

By Mike Tully Welcome, welcome to the boomtown All that money makes such a succulent sound Welcome to the boomtown – David and David, “Welcome to the Boomtown” (1986) The Czar was exuberant.  He was in his favorite place, the Winter Palace on the Florida shore.  How he loved the giant, gilded ballroom, the gold-plated […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Trumpelstiltskin

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Trumpelstiltskin

By Mike Tully The Elephant was morose.  His followers did not love him.  True, they helped him control two of the Great Circus’ three rings, but the grandest ring of all eluded him.  “How I dream of living in the Gilded Palace in the Center Ring!” he said.  The Gilded Palace was the residence of […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The Whiffenpoof Song

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The Whiffenpoof Song

By Mike Tully (I first wrote this column on December 7, 2003 and have reprised it annually on Pearl Harbor Day to commemorate the Greatest Generation and the late Joe Tully, my Father.  – Mike Tully) The choir assembled when Hell stormed the Lord’s Day on December 7th, 1941.  It reconvenes every annual remembrance of […]

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