Author Archives: Michael Pellegrini

A peaceful transition of power is not in the country’s best interests

I cannot imagine finding a person more the diametric opposite of “presidential” than Donald Trump. His most recent attack on civil rights legend, John Lewis, is more clear evidence of the thin-skinned, undignified, mean and petty person that is Donald … Continue reading

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Are the Russians really to blame for the US election hacking?

It could easily be the Russians. It’s that they haven’t provided any real proof at all. It’s like the recent headlines, “US intercepts capture senior Russian officials celebrating Trump win.” Yeah? So what precisely does that prove? Not a damned … Continue reading

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The Real Problem Is Trump

While the entire country is consumed by the hysteria about Russian hackers — with the thought that what they did to us is unique and reprehensible and absolutely terrible beyond words — I find it hypocritical that no one is talking … Continue reading

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Trumpet setting a bad precedent with Carrier deal?

Yes. Bribing companies to stay here does indeed set a bad precedent. But Trumpet didn’t invent the approach, though. Actually, Jay Inslee and Patty Murray spearheaded that magnificent effort right here in good ol’ Warshington state, with Boeing. You recall … Continue reading

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Trump is not fit to hold any public office at all, much less be President of the United States.

What did Trump do? Well for a starter, he’s hiring racists and bigots for the top spots in his administration. Why is that a big deal? Because it presages some very fundamental changes in our society undoing many of the … Continue reading

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Goddamned Russians!

                  I read a lot of news.   In the US, I read the Washington Post, the NY Times, the LA Times, Politico, ProPublica, the Atlantic and the Intercept, among others. From … Continue reading

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This is how democracy dies

A liberal’s long journey away from Barack Obama and the Democratic party   By Michael Pellegrini About seven and a half years ago following the 2008 elections, I wrote a blog post titled America: Disgraced then reborn.     I absolutely gushed about … Continue reading

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America’s war against Islam

  From a Muslim perspective, this whole “war on terror” has to look a whole lot like a “war on Muslims.” We’ve invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. Innocent civilian deaths in the Iraq war – and that’s just innocent civilian deaths … Continue reading

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Are you ready for the oligarchy?

The thing that disturbs me the most about this methanol/LNG mess is not the methanol or LNG per se.   Rather it’s that these issues bring home the hard, cold fact that while we were sleeping, there’s been a coup. … Continue reading

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