With fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before, it’s Monday Mail.

Eye spy

Today’s the big solar eclipse, of course, so don’t forget to not look at the sun unless you’re wearing a pair of those eclipse glasses everyone sold out of a week ago, or you’ll spend the rest of your life with spots in your eyes, or something like that.


Today we have a couple of reader reactions to political parody, first this one from retired newsman Dick McMichael in reference to a July 9 column on the impersonal emails some congressmen send constituents in response to legitimate concerns. The column suggested a form letter people could send back:

Seems you saved the best part for the climax. Always good to have a big finish.



Dear Dick:

Thanks. I wish everything could have a big finish. Or at least a happy ending.


Here’s an email from Cliff Tucker regarding a July 31 column satirizing the president’s speech to the Boy Scouts:

Good parody regarding Trump, however, you must admit that many of these things he would have said had he thought of it.

Dear Cliff:

Actually he did say a lot of that, or something similar, because I borrowed some of it from the text of his speech.


Wouldn’t it be great if all that fake news we’ve been getting were just a game?

Well, now it can be, apparently:

Hi Tim,

While Trump may expose others for being fake news, he’s been parading himself as such in his golf resorts. A fake TIME Magazine has been uncovered in his clubs donning the Donald’s face.

Seen as a self-proclaimed expert on fake news, now even Trump can’t spot the difference between real and fake… But could you?

Now you can put that expertise to the test with Fake News/Real News, the past-faced card game created by Jayson Esterow and Lloyd Mintz. This quick-thinking game was inspired by the unpredictable and highly-quotable 2016 Presidential campaign.

The new game features quotes from Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Ben Carson, Reince Preibus and many more politicians that have said some hard-to-believe statements.

According to co-creator Esterow, “the presidential campaign was so gripping that we thought what better way to break the tension than with a fun-filled, non-partisan card game that celebrates the words and quotes of the 2016 presidential election cycle and current administration.”

The game puts your political knowledge to the test. Unlike the guests at Mar-a-Lago, could you spot the fake news if it was right in front of you?

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to try Fake News/Real News.



Dear Alix:

I don’t think so. I already lived through the 2016 election once, and I’m still having bad flashbacks and nightmares.

Also it sounds a little too much like work.

Bad news

Speaking of bad news, here’s an email about a guilty plea in a homicide case in which a man was gunned down for talking back to a guy:

Hi Tim,

I read your article on the Hightower killing, and I have an observation. In Dictionary.com, disrespect is defined as “to regard or treat without respect; regard or treat with contempt or rudeness.”

That gangster killed Gerald Hightower Jr. for disrespecting him, but these people (and I use the term loosely) show no qualities deserving of respect. By extension, it looks like everyone with a modicum of morality is a potential target for these thugs, since no civilized citizen could possibly hold any respect for any of them.

Just an observation.



Dear David:

Well, at least one thing’s obvious — some people have no impulse control.

That was clear during last year’s elections, too.

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