Thursday, July 28, 2016
We, The Heart of Our Democracy
If you just couldn't watch Hillary - and we get it - you might have missed the electrifying call by Rev. William Barber, head of North Carolina's NAACP and leader of its Moral Mondays, to embrace "a moral revolution of values" and continue fighting for progressives causes. Citing Jesus, "a brown-skinned Palestinian Jew" - and only briefly referencing Clinton - Barber proclaimed, "We must shock this nation with the power of love. We must shock this nation with the power of mercy."
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Bernard and His Brother: You Cannot Stop the Movement That Has Begun
One of our favorite moments from the convention was the poignant, fiery, tearful vote for Bernie of one Democrat from abroad: His older brother Larry, a longtime U.K. activist - first Labor, now Green - who paid tribute to their parents, New Dealers who "would be especially proud that Bernard is renewing that vision." Larry's painful mix of pride and sorrow - “I think he’s already made quite a difference. But I would have liked Bernard as president" - is many of us.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Living In the Real World (Which Sucks), Looking In Your Kids' Eyes
Last night's DNC was tough to watch: The parade of "progressives" caving to big-money, war-mongering centrism, the furious and weeping supporters, the mensch himself nodding to the fraud and lies and scorn that came before to sorrowfully note, "Brothers and sisters, we live in the real world." Bernie's political revolution, he insists, will go on; the extraordinary, impassioned, unending and moving applause that greeted him gives us hope it will be so.
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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Beware Of My Starving/ and My Rage
Once more, Israel veers ever farther from the beacon of democracy it ludicrously claims to be: Its ultra-nationalist Defense Minister has objected to the airing of the work of revered Poet of Palestine Mahmoud Darwish, vilifying it as akin to Hitler's “Mein Kampf.” The deeply humanistic Darwish, who for decades explored exile and dispossession, would be appalled. "How large the revolution," he once wrote. "How small the state."
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Friday, July 22, 2016
Stewart To the Ugly Madman In the Castle: This Country Isn't Yours
Where to begin with the GOP's upstart vulgarian and his portrait of an apocalyptic hellscape of America, all fear and lies and venom? Maybe start with revisiting Norman Mailer and his prescient 1968 view of that "psychic island" of "an insane Republican minority with vast powers of negation and control." Then to Jon Stewart, briefly back in his glorious righteous rage to remind Trumpsters, "This country isn't yours. It never was."
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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Police Have A New One: Caretaking An Autistic Patient While Black
Man. Even as Repubs shamelessly fan the flames of a divided nation, cops in Miami shot an unarmed black behavioral therapist trying to calm an agitated autistic patient playing with a toy truck, even though the caregiver was lying on the ground with both arms in the air trying to explain to jumpy armed cops, "Sir, there's no need for firearms." Muses the black onlooker recording the incident, "Why they shoot the black boy?" Hmmm.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Our Almost Perfect Crimes
Little noted by a mainstream media willfully blind to America's ongoing human rights abuses, Mohamedou Ould Slahi's "endless world tour" of detention and torture over 14 harrowing years at Guantánamo may come to a close after being cleared Wednesday for release. The author of the searing Guantánamo Diary and reportedly Gitmo's most tortured prisoner, Slahi - it is vital we remember this - was never charged with a crime.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Melania Trump: I Am Spartacus, and Four Score and Seven Years Ago I Had A Dream
We were gonna leave the RNC jamboree to its own demented devices, but this! It seems the carefully posh Mrs. Drumpf, having to come up with words from her own wee little brain, made the carelessly dumb move to steal Michelle Obama's instead. When news of the plagiarism hit - the campaign evidently hasn't heard of the Internet - #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes went berserk. Now the GOP is trying, in Melania's memorable words, to float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
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Monday, July 18, 2016
The Bizarro GOP Circus Is In Town and Colbert Already Crashed It
Showtime, nation. The GOP carnival has begun with an, umm, intriguing lineup of Trump offspring, batshit pols, reality show and soap opera stars - The Bold and the Beautiful! - and deranged deadbeats you've never heard of. The only good news: Jon Stewart will be telling us about it with Stephen Colbert, who briefly hijacked the mic to launch the “Hungry for Power Games.” He got dragged off declaring, "I know I'm not supposed to be up here, but let's be honest, neither is Donald Trump."
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Friday, July 15, 2016
Grace Always Bats Last
Another savage week, St. Paul to Nice. With no words left, listen to Toronto's Choir! Choir! Choir!, an experiment in harmony and community - "When it works, humanity amplifies" - that gathered Rufus Wainwright and 1,500 strangers to sing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah” and raise our ragged spirits. Because: "i held an atlas in my lap/ran my fingers across the whole world/and whispered/where does it hurt?/it answered/everywhere/everywhere/everywhere."
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