Welcome to the Rogue’s Gallery

Six “Winners” Who Merit Our Disdain

Highlighting a Few People That Are Disappointments to Civilization

As we all know, the world has at least its share of less than laudable souls walking the Earth. We might even feel that we are way over our quota of such people in recent years.

Still, even in this category of n’er-do-wells some people stand out as exceptional wastes of oxygen. Today, we call out six of them worthy of our highest scorn and our lowest esteem.

The Latest Trump Indictment Gives Us Two Such Individuals

One, of course, is Trump himself. If you have not yet read the indictment, I strongly urge you to do so. It is less than 50 pages, not complex, and sobering in the extreme. It is worse even than I expected. On top of that, I strongly suspect some of the most damaging material is not even cited, as the government would not want it cited in the trial, exposing it even further.

It is hard to overstate how much damage Trump may have already done with this material. It would be surprising if foreign agents had not already gone through at least some of it.

You can read the indictment at several sources. Here is but one of them:

Prefer an audio to listen to the indictment being read? MSMBC provides. Be my guest:

The second “winner” in this group is Kevin McCarthy. I am beginning to wonder if his mom accidently dropped him on his head as an infant. For about a week, he acted like an adult, in the debt limit matter.

He got a solid majority of his own votes and most Democrats. Behold, a formula to tell the “Freedom Caucus” to pack sand. Instead, he is back trying to woo them (and to be their whipping boy).

His comments on the indictment have been shameful and gave a green light to calls for violence and more from his extreme wing. Shame on him. The man has no moral core at any depth.

A close second is Lindsey Graham. Hard to believe the guy was once a lawyer and a military officer. He has been unhinged on all this.

Et Tu, CNN?

CNN fired its rather new in the job CEO, Chris Licht. Not a minute too soon. He took a reasonably serious electronic journalism center and ran it in the ground. He alienated his journalists, was arrogant and gave us the Trump Town Hall Meeting, which was basically a mob rally. Worst decision one could imagine.

The guy had some pretty good producer success in his kit bag but had zero understanding of journalism. The people who hired him in the first place are no better, but at least the close in failure is gone. Wonder who will be the next CEO?


I long ago gave up on professional sports. There are a few exceptions, but it is mostly millionaire players arguing with billionaire owners in fights over ego and money. They could care less about sportsmanship, their fans, or much else outside ego and money.

The sudden announcement that the PGA sold its soul to Saudi Arabia in a “merger” with the LIV sports empire was simply disgusting. They had their price and Saudi Arabia easily paid it. The US Government may ban this deal as anticompetitive. I hope so.

This is so bad and so immoral; one would hope to see dozens of star players speak out and big companies cut off their sponsorships. Not going to happen. May they all be caught in The Sand Trap of Life

RFK, Jr 

I remember when this fellow actually did some good things. He spent several years working to get winter heat to poor people. Guess we should have been wary that this included working with Chavez in Venezuela.

But now he has become a full-scale nut job. Anti-vaccine, multiple conspiracies – the whole fringe package. Looks like he plans to run for president (no kidding!). He actually has some decent early poll numbers, but only because people recognize the family name. I expect he will shortly fade to the obscurity he deserves, but he has enough money to plug away for some time.

Maybe Trump could use him as a VP nominee – that would be a fun pair. They are both so mature and mentally stable….

Several State Legislators

We will talk a lot more about this later. For now, just note that there is a rash of arrogant, dangerous legislation being passed, often against voters’ will, by gerrymandered legislators drunk with power. They have no education skills, but are happy to ban books for all of us.

They have no medical or ethical training but are glibly telling women they have no choice over their own lives or their own bodies. They find opportunities for even less gun control. They are working to make it harder for certain voters to vote.

They preach that parents have the absolute right to determine everything for their kids – unless those kids are Trans or LGBTQ – then the state has control and anyone who tries to help these folks risk prison.

This is all nuts and arrogant beyond measure. The courts will trim some of this. More importantly, I think a lot of voters in 2024 will clean house. People get it, just as they did in the last midterms election, but even more so.

What goes around, comes around.

See You Next Week

That is our list for this week. I try to remember that we all have a good side and a bad side, courage and shortfalls. But this crew makes one wonder if the gene pool for our species has about run its course.

These are people of privilege who have chosen evil for the most banal reasons. Their mother’s must be so disappointed.

Fingers crossed the Trump indictment today goes without violence. I do not expect much of a crowd, but given all the irresponsible encouragement, the risk of a lone gunman egged on is a genuine risk, from now until all the trials coming are done.

Bill Clontz

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3 replies to Welcome to the Rogue’s Gallery

  1. Outstanding commentary highlighting the actions of our current nominees for the Hall of Shame. We should send Kevin McCarthy an “I sold my soul and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” gift. Great job Bill!

  2. Bill, your observation that the indictment is “not complex” and “sobering in the extreme” is spot on and I echo your recommendation that everyone read it. On the first point, Janet opined that anyone with a high school education could read and understand it. Then she posed a question to a life-long friend who is a senior legal expert for the government: Is the writing style in this indictment different from other indictments? Her friend replied with a very firm YES. It lacks buzzwords, jargon, and legalese, making it very accessible to a broad American audience. I wish everyone over the age of 11 would read it.

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