Abby Zimet, Further columnist

Abby Zimet has written CD's Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning print journalist for newspapers and magazines, she lived in the Maine woods for about a dozen years before moving to Portland in 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.

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Monday, October 26, 2020
Ours Is A Cold and Righteous Anger
They did it. Shredding the norms of democracy and decency, the GOP rammed through Amy Coney Barrett, the woman walking through the doors RBG opened so she can slam them behind her. On a dark day, people grieved, vowed voters' vengeance, raged at a venal GOP and "morally hideous" Barrett willing to join their illicit power grab, prayed she'd be forever tainted by shame and the stink of bias. They also hoped she'd remain haunted by RBG, towering above her.
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Friday, October 23, 2020
Hubris Unending
With the White House openly giving up on the pandemic, it's fitting the Lincoln Project's put the couple from hell known as Jivanka on massive billboards in Times Square as a reminder they likewise don't give a shit about you. Their lawyer wants to sue over the "malicious and defamatory" ads; the Project says their indifference and entitlement are real, their "indignant outrage (is) comical," and "their empty threats will not be taken any more seriously than we take Ivanka and Jared."
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
On Trump's Full, Flowing, Magnificently Brilliant Answers
Poor little snowflake Donny's been super busy throwing tantrums after one of those mean girl reporters hurt his feelings again. When 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl started her interview with, "Are you ready for tough questions?" - and then asked some - he was so mad he left in a huff and posted it all to expose her "bias, hatred and rudeness," aka her competence as he lied, dodged, stumbled. And earlier he even gave her a big book of all the health care things he's done! It was blank, but still.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
It Would Evidently Be Inappropriate for Amy Coney Barrett To Opine on the Existence of Gravity
Dems plan to boycott the Senate Judiciary Committee's damn-the-torpedoes vote on Amy Barrett by a power-hungry GOP despite ongoing leaks of horror stories from her past. Little wonder she has secrets: In 184 pages of newly released, follow-up testimony, she again declined to "opine" on health care, climate change, systemic racism, voting, women's and LGBTQ rights, or even whether it's ok to vote twice in an election, which she deemed an "abstract legal issue."
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Monday, October 19, 2020
Dumb Bastards Are Killing Us
The horrors go on. With "Fat Elvis" having lost the narrative, he's now calling health experts "idiots" as he abandons any pretext of slowing a "wildfire" of a pandemic soaring in 48 states. And it's worse behind the scenes. In an alarming look at the "Den of Dissent" that's the COVID task force, WaPo reveals an embattled mess of "distrust, infighting and lethargy" led by a clueless, power-hungry, widely denounced quack who's been nothing but wrong on COVID "early and often."
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Sunday, October 18, 2020
In the Name of Humanity: I Am My Mother's Savage Daughter
The latest Women's March brimmed with hope, rage, resolve, stellar signs - "I'm Speaking, The Future Is Equal, No Country For Old Men" - and vows women will "walk over broken glass" to vote the fascist out. With milions of teens who can newly vote or soon will, it also featured many young people galvanized by the times and good parents. In a speech, Charlotte Meyer, 9, summoned the spirit of RBG: "Let’s (all) stand up for one another, and create the world she hoped for.”
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Saturday, October 17, 2020
Worst, Ever
In an electrifying shift from their long-timid criticisms of the current horrors, the New York Times just went full scorched- earth on the "racist demagogue" and "man of no integrity" whose rampant corruption, racism, violence, gross negligence and "breathtaking disregard for the lives and liberties of Americans" renders Trump "the nation's most pressing problem" and by far "the worst American president in modern history." But tell us how you really feel.
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Thursday, October 15, 2020
Someone's Crazy Uncle
Huh. Because the more Trump speaks, the worse he looks, NBC's morally dubious move to let him have his lunatic say at his own town hall proved pretty revelatory. The night-and-day result: Biden spoke calmly and competently about Covid, climate change, racial justice, LGBTQ rights. Trump ranted, raged, lied, attacked Savanna Guthrie for challenging him - yes! - and praised QAnon for being " very strongly against pedophilia." So much for "duelling" town halls. Yeah, tough call.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2020
All You Fascists Bound To Lose
Because we need a break, and you may too, here's a potent new video to mark the debut album of The Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of 60 women protest singers formed after the Women's March who seek "to breathe joy and song into the resistance." Offering their music as "your soundtrack to defeating fascism at the polls," the video accompanies a soaring cover of Woody Guthrie's 1942 anthem, "All You Fascists Bound To Lose" - because "we are many, and they are few."
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Monday, October 12, 2020
Pandemic As Love Fest: Over 396,000 Dead But None of Them Named Trump, So It's All Good
Surreal: Tinhorn Mussolini is again holding pointless, spittle-flying, ego-boosting, racist-dog-whistling rallies - and, thanks to the drugs, jubilantly tossing masks and boasting “I feel so powerful!” - while ignoring the deadly reality he's spawned. A new model says COVID deaths may double by February to at least 396,000, even as harrowing stories emerge from the slaughter. But not to worry: Mitch is still cacklling about it "like a Confederate Voldemort." These people are fucking monsters.
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