Kusikitisha Kukatisha Obama

— By Jerry Cates. First published on 19 December 2016 and last expanded on 19 December 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:12(5). In the following, Swahili words and phrases are interspersed as a means of explaining and elaborating on the title to this article. For those who celebrate their African roots, especially those with roots in ...

Karma’s Real Name

— By Jerry Cates. First published on 15 December 2016 and last expanded on 15 December 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:12(4). Karma, they say, is a … I won’t write it. It’s a bad word, one that starts with “b” and rhymes with “witch.” You know the one. Of course, karma — the net value ...

Gen. Petraeus & American Accountability

— By Jerry Cates. First published on 4 December 2016 and last expanded on 20 December 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:12(3). Gen. Petraeus went on television Sunday, 4 December 2016, renewing and expanding upon his oft-repeated mea culpa of 26 March. Speaking afresh on camera at ABC’s “This Week” he said “Five years ago, I made ...

Shakedown 101: Peanut Gallery Ruminations on Trump’s Carrier Deal

— By Jerry Cates. First published on 3 December 2016 and last expanded on 3 December 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:12(2). So, the Trump Team saved a bunch of jobs at Carrier (800-1100, depending on whose figures are used) and another bunch at Ford, within days of Trump winning the election. This was good news ...

Stark Contrasts: The Trump Team Shows Obama How…

— By Jerry Cates. First published on 1 December 2016 and last expanded on 4 December 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:12(1). Today Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence visited the Carrier Air Conditioning manufacturing plant in Indiana, celebrating the decision by United Technologies to keep over 1,100 jobs in Indiana that they’d earlier planned ...

America’s Electoral College: Warts, Genius, and All…

— By Jerry Cates. First published on 27 November 2016 and last expanded on 30 November 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:11(2). In America, what do we call a candidate for U.S. president who loses the popular vote, but wins the electoral college vote? Uh… “President”? Yep. According to history, that’s exactly what Americans call such ...

Democrats in Exile

— By Jerry Cates. First published on 21 November 2016 and last expanded on 26 November 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:11(1). Now that a new American president — a Republican, no less — will be taking the oath of inauguration on 20 January 2017, top Democrats in office are reacting in typical fashion. That’s a ...

Is Secrecy Dead?

— By Jerry Cates, et al. First published on 29 October 2016, this article was last expanded on 20 November 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:10(5). This article, which is in process, explores recent fluctuations in the worldwide concepts of governmental and personal privacy & secrecy. Records, observations, and reports on the perturbations involved have chronicled ...

Voter Fraud: A Third Rail of American Politics

— This article, by Jerry Cates, was first published on 20 October 2016, and was last revised on 23 October 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:10(4). So, Donald Trump is the most dangerous candidate for U.S. President, ever? Even some of the commentators on Fox News are parroting that line, and political “authorities” on all fronts ...

Straws, The Camel’s back, and… Our Only Fall-back Choice is Gary Johnson?

— This article, by Jerry Cates, was first published on 14 October 2016, and was last revised on 15 October 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:10(3). I well remember the allegations that swirled around Bill Clinton’s sex life in the mid-1990’s. At first, I did not believe it. Bill was so convincing in his denials. It ...