Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Through the Venal Looking Glass, the Donald's Doing Swell
A moment for the vomit-spewing elephant in the room, who thanks to his breathtakingly inept campaign keeps turning up in our in-box seeking money in exchange for swag - Personalized Trump yard signs! Lunch with Eric Trump! Art of the Deal for $184! Campaign Gold Card just $49! Despite the desperate tone, new polls and apps just for Trumpsters show a glorious victory ahead in a mythic, twisted, hate-filled world where pesky facts have no place.
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Monday, August 15, 2016
This Is What You Get
The police shooting in Milwaukee of another young black man has proved "a spark to a powder keg" that is the city's longtime segregation, toxic racial climate, gross economic inequity and police abuses. The death of Sylville Smith has provoked sometimes violent protests by a community that "has nothing...To burn down something, to them, it meant, 'Do you hear us now?’” Smith's furious brother agrees: After all that came before, "This is what you get."
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Friday, August 12, 2016
The Other Olympic Sports: Racism, Sexism, Outing Gay Athletes From Violently Homophobic Countries
Amidst the graft, excess, jingoism, and social and environmental devastation of the Olympics, there've been stunning moments of drama and athletic perfection, most notably by the two triumphant African-American Simones, Biles and Manuel. Alas, their and others' achievements have too often been sullied by face-palm-worthy media coverage that's trivial, stupidly sexist, blatantly racist and - with one smirking piece of trash outing gay athletes hooking up - wildly unethical.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Each Other's Keepers: The Right to Record
With the ongoing police killings of unarmed African-Americans - and the all-too-common police harassment and arrest of those who dare to record them - dozens of high-profile documentary filmmakers have published a searing open letter urging their community to defend citizen journalists whose potent images "have moved white Americans closer to conscience and consciousness." They also call on justice officials to investigate those abuses of power that are, it turns out, everywhere.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Fighting For the People Six Feet Under
FYI, this is still happening: Chicago police have released video of their latest atrocity, wherein a swarm of panicked cops chased and wildly fired at a stolen vehicle before shooting in the back and killing its fleeing driver Paul O'Neal, who was 18, black and unarmed. Afterwards, the officers appeared to high-five each other. Officials say they likely committed a series of procedural "errors." O'Neal's family and many others say they carried out an execution.
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Monday, August 8, 2016
Collins Dumps Trump, and About Time
Maine's Sen. Susan Collins, one of the last of a dying breed of moderate, occasionally coherent Republicans , has finally summoned the strength of character to announce she will not support Trump in the election, thus becoming one of the most high-profile GOPers to abandon their lunatic flag-bearer. Announcing her decision in a WaPo op-ed, Collins listed a few excellent examples of Trump's "unsuitability for office," even at a Burger King.
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A Job Well Done: Someone Made Bond For the Inmate Who Assaulted Dylann Roof
In a much-hailed if morally problematic act of righteous revenge, an African-American inmate managed to inflict minor injuries when he sucker-punched creepy racist murderer Dylann Roof in the prison showers - an act that sparked online praise for the "vigilante hero," a flood of donations to his commissary account, and, finally, the posting of his $100,000 bond by a supporter. From another fan: "It's not justice, but it's something."
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Thursday, August 4, 2016
We The People Tossed Out of Trump Rally For Unspeakable Crime aka Holding Up Our Country's Founding Document
In Portland today, the orange cretin was blathering on to his rapt fans when a group of protesters stood and mutely held up pocket versions of the U.S. Constitution. Naturally, the crowd booed, hissed, hollered "U.S.A.!", tried to rip a book from its owner, and screamed "Traitor!" as the miscreants were hauled out. Great visuals, and unprecedented levels of irony if anyone there knew the meaning of the word. We think Constitution-waving should definitely become a thing.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016
On the Polyester Cockwomble
With our political landscape in deranged tatters, the air full of bile from the dreaded Orange One, and him heading today to our sweet little town, we're feeling overwhelmed. A quick run-down on why: Donald's nukes, lies, fraud, flameouts, "ideas," many spoofs, vicious crowds and - you gotta laugh or cry - what the world thinks of him. Samples: Leather-faced shit-tobogganist, incompressible zizztrumpet, tiny-fingered Cheeto-faced ferret-wearing shitgibbon. We dunno. Feel better yet?
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Fracking For President WTF?
Like your choices weren't pitiable enough, gas and oil industry pimps in Texas have launched a mock bid for the presidency on behalf of - wait for it - fracking. The stunt is part of FrackFeed.com, a website aimed at millennials and dedicated to the proposition that fracking brings you everything good in life - gas to A.C. to burgers to Santa Claus - and don't forget it makes your water tasty too. Their hilarious memes say so. It must be true.
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