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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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
In the Face of Flaming Racism We Are Well and Truly Done With Decorum
Having seen the grotesque spectacle of a party of craven, slimy, old white bigots drop their careful masks, embrace their inner Klansman and furiously dance around reality by declaiming it's "unparliamentary" to call a vicious racist buffoon of a president a vicious racist buffoon of a president - and then seeing the House table impeachment - we wonder what it will take. We and Rep. John Lewis are some fed up: "I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it. The world is watching."
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Thursday, July 11, 2019
The Power To Do Anything, Because In Patriarchy No One Can Hear You Scream
Chutzpah Inc: Lawyers for rich white guy and sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein are asking he be released on bail to his $77 million, fake-breast-filled New York mansion because, despite many obscene crimes, a dozen more accusers and several new charges, Epstein is a victim of "the toxic political climate" who has "a spotless 14-year record" and didn't do any truly bad sex trafficking, like enslaving. Rebecca Solnit on our culture of impunity: "Truth is whatever the powerful want it to be."
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Mural Resistance: Judge Rules If Trump Can Spout Obscenities, So Can Artists
Marking the unholy first time "an American president's public pronouncements have been deemed too scabrous for repetition," a judge has ruled New Orleans officials violated an artist's freedom of speech when they tried to censor a mural quoting Trump's infamous "Access Hollywood" pussy profanities. Citing the foul-mouthed fuehrer, ACLU lawyers successfully argued city officials couldn't use labyrinthian rules to determine what is and isn't art that reflects tawdry life.
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Tuesday, July 09, 2019
A Place Where Ideals Go To Die: Defeat Mitch, Please
Badass Amy McGrath - staunchly progressive Democrat who lost her mid-term Congressional race by a whisker, former Marine fighter pilot and first woman pilot in combat with a Masters from Johns Hopkins, mother of three married to a Republican - is running to unseat Mitch "Vader" McConnell, and she is not fooling around. " Everything that’s wrong with Washington had to start somewhere," she says in her first fiery ad. "It started with this man."
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Sunday, July 07, 2019
That Time Chants of USA! Were Quashed By Equal Pay! and Fuck Trump!
Almost as cool as the Americans winning the Women's World Cup - bravo to fearless, lesbian, purple-haired, knee-taking co-captain Megan Rapinoe - was the way reality kept intruding onto the triumphant field. First, the stadium erupted in fiery chants of "Equal Pay!" for women earning less than 10% of their male counterparts. Then Fox News went looking for a little celebratory jingoism in a French bar, only to be drowned out by U.S. patrons yelling,"Fuck Trump!" There may yet be hope.
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Friday, July 05, 2019
We Move Under Cover to Terminal One: When the Revolutionary Army Triumphed Though They Ran Out of Hardtack and Covfefe
Behold the glory of our great revolutionary heroes, proclaimed General Bonespurs at his tank-bedecked sham of a July 4 spectacle. Dutifully reading his lines, he babbled and chittered about a bloody history wherein the army suffered through Valley Forge and "had nothing but victory (as) the star-spangled banner waved defiant.” On the arduous journey there, he intoned, “Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports." Yes, Twitter had at it.
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Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Douglass: Your Boasted Liberty, An Unholy License
Marking this surreal, mournful, furious Fourth - the "narcissistic travesty" unfolding in D.C., the kids sweltering in their ungodly cages - the hackers at 2600 Magazine have released a list of U.S. concentration camps in hopes of spurring action. To the American slave (and kid in cage), Frederick Douglass searingly said, "Your celebration is a sham... There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States, at this very hour."
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Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Never Again. Still. Really.
The atrocities still unfold, but so, thank God, does the resistance. As a new report exposed the grotesque conditions for prisoners in Trump's concentration camps, thousands marched to close them, the House called for hearings, a judge citing the Constitutional ban on arbitrary detention blocked a DOJ effort to keep migrants locked up, and 1,000-plus Jews and other protesters shut down part of Boston to protest the barbarism - because, "When Jews say never again, we fucking mean it."
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Monday, July 01, 2019
Unwanted Ivanka: Daddy Will You Buy Me A Pony or Country?
Because it's not bad enough the G-20 summit gave us Trump's blunders, photo-ops and "jokes" about killing journalists, we also got the "take-your-daughter-to-work" farce of Nepotism Barbie inexplicably turning up in flouncy pink at every event. After Macron's office released an excruciating video of her struggling to join the grown-ups - see their WTF faces - Twitter got its sweet revenge. Meet #UnwantedIvanka as she prances, Zelig-like, through history. Because you gotta laugh or cry.
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Sunday, June 30, 2019
Drags C'mon: A River of Pride (and Improbable Drag Queens)
Kicking off the global WorldPride event, hundreds of thousands marched in New York's liberated streets Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and a seminal moment in "a resistance whose time had come." For a supremely emblematic glimpse of the sea change that is gay rights, see the UK's TV show "Drag SOS," wherein footballer and stolid working bloke Shaun transforms into drag queen Poppy Love for his gay son in "a story of love, regret (and) being utterly fabulous."
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