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Dog Days End

The aroma of roasting chiles sneaks around town.

Summer winds down. Just one open window bears a fan at night, not two. Indian Markup arrives, and Zozobra burns two weeks later. Some Halloween gifts dot the “seasonal” spaces in stores. (Gotta have something to put there, right?) But we haven’t noticed the first year-end gifting ads. Yet. (Maybe just after Labor Day: it’s never too early.)

Politicians already ply the airwaves for the November elections. Everything they say is a lie. Including that, right? Oh, wait…

The Washington Post has set up a database of Trump’s false or misleading claims (4229 as of July 31, 2018). Politifact has a list of All False statements involving Donald Trump (10 browser pages long as of August 14, 2018).

But Trump has as much as told us items such as lists of his quotes are “fake news” and the free press is the “enemy of the people”.

Following the lead of the Boston Globe, many prominent publications united August 16 to denounce Trump’s villification of the press. Editorials appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the Chicago Tribune, and the Tampa Bay Times—to name just a few. Even the Santa Fe New Mexican spoke of the free press.

So now, Trump removes the security clearance of intelligence community members who publicly have criticized him. An intelligent move, indeed. (Not.)

Ever notice the contents of a page labeled “*** This page is intentionally left blank ***”? It speaks for itself.

Politicians ply the airwaves. America’s Dog Days.

(Sorry, dogs, no offense intended. “Rrrrr…uff!”)