Home >> Author Archives: Michael R Shannon

Author Archives: Michael R Shannon

Target “Solution” Adds Uncertainty to Bathroom Etiquette


There’s an interesting controversy contrast between two of America’s leading retailers. Walmart controversies typically occur out in the parking lot and are signaled by raised voices or the occasional gunshot. Walmart executive involvement is normally limited to calling 9–1–1. Target controversies take place inside and are kicked off when an ever–vigilant socialist media commissar spots a political correctness violation. Target ...

Read More »

Republican Party Now Controlled by Depend Caucus


For a guy who’s billed as the next great Republican political wizard, he sure makes a lot of rookie mistakes. No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Speaker of the House Paul Ryan — the Hamlet of Pennsylvania Avenue. Now Ryan is doing the Hokey–Pokey over Trump’s just–released video “How to Impress Women Like the Stars Do.” ...

Read More »

Can the Hare Be Convinced to Train Like the Tortoise?


Instead of trying to turn Donald Trump into Mitt Romney, I suggest the campaign junta stop trying to construct a Debatetron 5000 and instead get Trump to utilize the assets that won him the nomination: Humor, the ability to connect with an audience and a willingness to say what programmed politicians won’t. He’s not trying to convince the New York ...

Read More »

Why the First Presidential Debate May Decide the Election


With apologies to George Ramos, this year the first presidential debate is the Big Enchilada. Independent voters will finally be tuning in to see both candidates boca–y–boca. This cumulative first impression will probably decide the election. And what will Independents be concerned about? Many are participating in betting pools based on the exact time Hillary will cough, with over–unders on ...

Read More »

What’s the Point of Having a Majority If GOP Doesn’t Use It?


Last week, during an aside in his speech at the Values Voters Summit, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R–TX) shared an insight into the timid appeasers comprising GOP congressional leadership. When he first entered the House in 2006 the talk was of the big things the Republican majority was going to accomplish. Then he attended a GOP House conference meeting and found ...

Read More »

Tim Kaine: Catholic of Convenience


One surefire way to spot an election year is to check Tim Kaine’s closet. If he’s been rummaging around inside, looking for his clerical collar, someone is going to be voting in November. This time Kaine is being introduced to a new, nationwide electorate as the senator from Virginia joins Hillary Clinton on the Democrat ticket. Kaine’s role in 2016 ...

Read More »

Chastity Backlash Breaks Out Among Christians


Evidently there’s a significant subset of the female population angry and resentful because they didn’t have more opportunity to be exposed to STDs in their younger years. Lyz Lenz, in particular, moans she “still has a stain” on her heart because she remained a virgin until she married. I would have thought that beat worrying about stains on your clothes ...

Read More »

Another Way Citizen’s Pay for Illegal Aliens


The Shannon family’s latest unexpected encounter with federal immigration policy couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time. Here it is almost tax day and my daughter is hit with an unexpected HOLA! bill. That’s HOLA as in Hidden Outlay for Left’s Amnesty. My daughter is driving along in Dallas and as she proceeds through an intersection, her car is ...

Read More »

Robot Buses & Lord of the Rings

Some customers are complaining about the fit & finish on Mercedes' new driverless bus.

A reporter at the Dailydot.com writes “We’re one step closer to the automated bus future of our dreams,” which tells you something about the content of nerd fantasies. Mercedes Benz is currently testing its “Future Bus” that’s described as “an autonomous, self-driving bus that can navigate complicated routes without the aid of a human being.” The most recent test took ...

Read More »

Maine’s Unpretentious First Lady Takes a Real Job

Maureen McDonnell explains how she lost 40 lbs. by having her portrait painted.

This summer we have an interesting contrast between first ladies at the state government level. Ann LePage, wife of Maine Gov. Paul LePage is waiting tables, while Maureen McDonnell, wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, is waiting to see if she can avoid going to jail. The other difference is how members of the political class achieve their desires. ...

Read More »

Obama Insults the Bereaved in Dallas

Obama lights fuse

It takes a special kind of president to travel to Dallas, ostensibly to speak at a memorial service for five assassinated police officers, and instead deliver a Black Lives Matter convention speech. A president completely oblivious to the purpose of the occasion and what decency requires. Obama delivered a speech the Daily Caller said was almost entirely his composition, so ...

Read More »

Comey & FBI Blink After Email Investigation

Hillary Rodham Nixon

FBI Director James Comey’s news conference on the conclusion of the Hillary Clinton investigation reminded me of another staged media event in a hostile environment almost 50 years ago. During the Vietnam War Commander Jeremiah Denton had been shot down on a bombing raid and was being held in a Hanoi prison camp. In May 1967 Denton was marched out ...

Read More »

Orlando and the Imaginary Wave of Islamophobia

Religion of Peace followers in London

When did shielding Moslems from criticism supplant baseball as the national pastime? The Washington Post features the shocking story of Hannah Shraim who extended her hand for a shake and was instead shaken to her foundations. “’They were avoiding my hand at all costs,’ said Shraim, a Muslim student from suburban Maryland who has worn a hijab since she was ...

Read More »

Brexit: UK Experiences Bureaucratization Without Representation

Farage Brexit

Call it the Forty–Year Itch, there’s something about being in a larger combination of former opposites that causes husbands and nations to get restive. Forty–four years after the Constitution was ratified in the United States the nation experienced the Nullification Crisis. That’s when South Carolina declared tariffs passed by Congress in 1828 and 1832 were null and void and would ...

Read More »

Great White Leftists Know What’s Best for Red Man

Redskins potato helmet

A handful of activists using “civil rights” as justification convince leftist reporters and publicity–hungry Democrats to support a cause that until recently was not a concern to anyone who didn’t subscribe to Mother Jones magazine. Carrying enough victim cards to fill a six–deck Blackjack shoe, they approach an unelected regulatory body and convinced the commissars to overturn the Constitution and ...

Read More »