From Russia, but not with love

Well, it sure as hell looks like the Russians hacked the emails revealing DNC officials tried to undermine Bernie Sanders.

Hardly shocking that the Russians would do the hacking or that the pro-Hillary DNC wasn’t playing fair.

This is not a world made up strictly of lollipops and balloons.

Russia likely had two motives: discredit our political system (RNC and DNC delegates really don’t need much help in doing that)) and give an edge to Donald Trump, who has been kissing up to Vladimir Putin — a guy who in turn despises Hillary.

I bet you a shot of vodka that a Trump Tower will be coming soon to Moscow.

Two other Democratic convention observations:

Michelle Obama hit it absolutely out of the park. The Phillies should sign her now that she is job hunting.

I now am in love with Sarah Silverman, whose “To the ‘Bernie-or-bust’ people: You’re being ridiculous!” will be the signature line of the convention.

Kaine and Pence poll favorably with insomniacs

This year’s veep picks, Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, may not be quite as bland as pundits are making them out to be, but neither can light up a room unless they turn on the switch.

Fireflies are more illuminating.

The conservative Pence definitely will not overshadow Donald Trump on the campaign trail and the centrist Kaine hardly will be a strutting peacock stealing the spotlight from Hillary Clinton.

Unless Pence accepts another gift that might be ethically questionable.

Are we on the eve of destruction with or without Donald Trump?

Listening to Donald Trump’s dark and frightening convention speech, which made funeral dirges sound cheerful in comparison, it made me recall Barry McGuire’s lyrics:

And you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve of destruction

Personally, I don’t think so. But with a beleaguered binary choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton this November, we likely are not on the eve of resurrection.

Cruz snubs Trump and that ain’t no lie

Ted Cruz’s mutiny on the GOP Clown Ship last night was compelling television.

He either committed political suicide or positioned himself for a shot at ultimate conquest and transcendence.

If Donald Trump wins this fall — after all, meteors can hit the Earth, too — Cruz will be toast looking for the nearest, biggest vat of butter.

If The Donald goes down in flames, Cruz could be the early GOP frontrunner for 2020.

For what it’s worth, I don’t blame Cruz for not endorsing Trump, who during the primary campaign kept calling Cruz “Lying Ted” and sent out Twitter messages threatening to “spill the beans” about Cruz’s wife, Heidi, and Trump implied that Cruz’s father had been photographed with Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin who killed President John F. Kennedy.

A prince of a guy, that Trump.

Pence is the plural of penny and no Trump twin cell

Let me be first to write that politics makes for strange bedfellows.

Mike Pence, so conservative that he ignores his left hand and who loathes Donald Trump’s politics and platform points, now is his running mate.

While he may balance out the GOP ticket, their tag team should be clumsier than wrestling with a crab claw.

Pence probably will campaign with a cage of rabbits in his stomach, waiting for Trump to fire him.

The black and white of all this violence: Color America with the crimson of shame

In the aftermath of the horrific eruption of racial killings searing this country’s soul, it’s time to catch a riff of retrospection and ponder why in the hell we have such an intolerable cycle of violence.

These senseless murders have worked over our emotions with a tire iron.

Breathing in air redolent with the musk of blood lust is an anguishing experience.

Suddenly we feel like prisoners of lost time. Wasn’t there a civil rights movement in America once upon a time?

There is an undercurrent of hate bubbling below the surface that geysers up whenever flash points of friction trigger a glandular, irrational response.

This toxic infection is alarmingly extrapolated when firearms are as abundant as people in this nation.

It would be wonderful if we could remove the hinge on the door that would open a better tomorrow.

Sadly we are stuck with the tragedy of today.

Sadly, we all knew that the FBI wasn’t going to mess with Hillary

In a decision decidedly less shocking than witnessing Donald Trump’s comb-over unravel in a high wind, FBI Director James Comey recommended today that Hillary Clinton not face criminal charges for handling classified information on her private email server while Secretary of State.

Granted, Comey did skewer Clinton for being “extremely careless” but that was pure window dressing to diffuse public outrage over his decision.

Comey granting Hillary a free pass is more nauseating than eating donuts, egg rolls and live bait for breakfast.

With a sitting Democratic president, it seemed ordained that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee wasn’t going to receive anything more than a slap on the wrist.

This disgraceful decision will remain vivid in the folds of time.