Tactical blunder

Restating the Obvious

I don't know who scheduled the time and place of the hoopla meeting for the development of the Maui High site at Hamakuapoko, but by making it at 4:30 at Paia Community Centee, he guaranteed that everyone coming from Kahului hit the Paia traffic jam. From 2:30 on, the slowdown starts at ...


Book Review 380: The House of Mondavi

Restating the Obvious

THE HOUSE OF MONDAVI: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, by Julia Flynn Siler. 452 pages, illustrated. Gotham, $28 Despite being written in broken English, the outlines of the story are moderately interesting: Young immigrants, Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, scrap around and end up in ...

Whip Obamacare now!

Restating the Obvious

The weeks since inauguration day are the longest period that Congress has failed to vote to repeal Obamacare. Just sayin'. The Times reports: As liberals overwhelm congressional town hall-style meetings and deluge the Capitol phone system with pleas to protect the health law, there is no ...

More voting shenanigans

Restating the Obvious

And, no surprise, the perp is another Trumpeter. There are more illegal voters in the Trump White House than among all the illegal immigrants in the country. You cannot make this stuff up.


The ruination of Judge Gorsuch

Restating the Obvious

When Senator McConnell announced the Republican conspiracy against Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution, my mind leapt forward to wonder what would happen if they got what they wanted: a Republican president. Would he be able to find a lawyer of high skills with so little self-respect, ...

The not-so-grand inquisitor

Restating the Obvious

"The agent pressed. Did my meetings and talks abroad focus on US law or the law of other countries? Not understanding what any of this had to do with my ability to return home, I found myself explaining that in addition to the Constitution, the United States is bound by international treaties. ...

Maui makes A

Restating the Obvious

Or perhaps the US Tennis Association did it, on Maui. Either way, bad publicity. About 40 years ago, I covered the first professional ice hockey game in Norfolk, Virginia, and the stadium played a recording of "God Save the Queen." The players, who were mostly Canadians, almost fell off their ...

Buchi Emecheta has died

Restating the Obvious

The Times reports that Buchi Emecheta has died. She was, in my opinion, one of the finest writers of fiction in English of our time, both for style and story. But I mention her career for the tenacity she displayed. The Times reports some of that but omits how she did it. After leaving her ...

Afternoon thé dansant of the Long Knives

Restating the Obvious

RtO predicted a Night of the Long Knives, and soon, for the Trumpeters. And, lo! it occurs. Only, typically for a Trump operation, it is tackier and sillier than the model, more of an Afternoon thé dansant of the Long Knives. Don't thank me. RtO is in the business of stating the obvious, ...


Restating the Obvious

There have been numerous calls to action in the past few days, of which perhaps the most temperate was by Eliot Cohen in The Atlantic. I suppose that RtO's labeling of Trump as a Nazi was another such. It was a deliberate thought though likely to be misinterpreted. Not Many Americans have ...

Trust them, they have a plan

Restating the Obvious

And as soon as they figure out what it is, they'll tell you. The Washington Post and several others got a tape of a meeting of Republican lawmakers to talk about what to do about health care policy. Forget what they said -- although that is interesting in itself -- and think about what that ...


Book Review 379: The Buffalo Book

Restating the Obvious

THE BUFFALO BOOK: The Full Saga of the American Animal, by David A. Dary. 384 pages, illustrated. Swallow paperback David Dary’s book is as much about the American gun nut as about the buffalo. Give an American a firearm, and his instinct is to kill something. The bigger the thing, the ...

Tulsi Gabbard is a disgrace

Restating the Obvious

I am 70 years old, and all my life American politicians have been finding reasons to support rightwing tyrants. They at least pretended to be motivated by a desire to see the oppressed people eventually achieve democratic self-government. Even if that was crap, at least it sounded nice. But ...


Book Review 378: A Fiery Peace in a Cold War

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A FIERY PEACE IN A COLD WAR: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon, by Neil Sheehan. 534 pages, illustrated. Random House, $32 A favorite slogan of antimilitarists goes, It will be a great day when schools get the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a ...

Voter fraud alert!

Restating the Obvious

RtO interrupts its review of the subimbecility of Trump's advisers to bring this news about voter fraud from CNN: Donald Trump's nominee to head the Treasury department, Steven Mnuchin, is registered to vote in two states, a CNN KFile review of paperwork obtained through open records requests ...


Book Review 377: The Ten-Cent Plague

Restating the Obvious

THE TEN-CENT PLAGUE: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, by David Hajdu. 434 pages, illustrated. Farrar, Straus, $26 Those who did not have to live through the early ‘50s can hardly imagine how stifling the state of public opinion was then, nor how terrified the ...