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Max’s Marvelous Middle Age Rage Phase

BY MAX BURBANK | As this publication’s resident political satirist, it may come as a shock to some of you that I know no other pundits. I do not rub elbows, hobnob or otherwise socialize with my fellows in any way beyond Facebook friendships of the “I know who you are, but you don’t know […]

Beware the Coarsening

Beware the Coarsening

BY MAX BURBANK | Fair warnings: First, the column you are reading is about bad behavior, moral blindness, and filthy language. As such, we need to spend a moment discussing the rendering of cuss words; a matter I have given perhaps more thought to than strictly necessary. Used for decades in newspaper comic strips, I considered […]

Canadian Newsprint Is Not The Enemy — Tariffs Are

BY DAVID CHAVERN | Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end. The fact that newsprint […]

Hunting for Easter Eggs in the Tale of Trump’s Relentless Rebirth

BY MAX BURBANK | To those of you who read my column on the regular (thanks, all six of you, sincerely), it may come as something of a shock that in addition to being an incisive writer of scathing satire, I am also Sunday school teacher. Admittedly, it’s an odd fit, as my writing demonstrates […]

What the Second Amendment Means

BY JOSH ROGERS | “A well regulated Militia.” That’s how the Second Amendment starts. It’s a fact often ignored by people on both sides of the gun debate. Increasingly, I hear people who favor more gun restrictions quietly say something along the lines of, “If only we could change or get rid of the Second Amendment…” […]

A Magnificent Torch for the Dreadful Olympics

A Magnificent Torch for the Dreadful Olympics

BY MAX BURBANK Oh lord, it’s here! The Winter Olympics! That magical time when everybody pretends to be wildly passionate and knowledgeable about figure skating, despite the fact it’s the only time they ever watch it. I mean, between cable, Dish, and the Internet, you could watch figure skating if not constantly, certainly weekly. People […]

Valentine’s in a Time of Trump

Valentine’s in a Time of Trump

BY MAX BURBANK Valentine’s Day is about a week away, and it’s going to go badly for you. Sorry to be a “downer,” but I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, or at least strongly suspect, am I? The preponderance of research I pretend to have read reveals that Valentine’s Day ends up […]

Donzo’s Proto SOTU: A Peek at Next Week’s Address

Donzo’s Proto SOTU: A Peek at Next Week’s Address

BY MAX BURBANK | On January 30, Donald J. Trump will deliver his first State of the Union Address — unless he doesn’t. He’s not legally required to, and it’s not like he gets what laws are, right? He loves not doing things other president have done; no Kennedy Center Honors, no White House Correspondents’ […]

Tantrums and Tyranny: An All-Access Account of Cut-Rate Leadership

Tantrums and Tyranny: An All-Access Account of Cut-Rate Leadership

BY MAX BURBANK | Breaking News! Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” ignites a media firestorm and turns Washington, DC on its head with the release of his scathing, tell-all indictment of a pathological Liar-in-Chief surrounded by la- la-la-la-la, etc. Well, it’s all crap. I don’t mean the book is inaccurate. It’s dead-on. I just mean A) […]

Words Matter

Words Matter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As with so many revelations about the Trump administration, the storm over seven words that staff members at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were warned last week not to include in budget proposals began with an unsettling news report, followed by a bewildering, nontransparent mix of official pushback, […]

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