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 21, 2020
Moms, Dads, Vets, Patriots Respond to Trump Gestapo Surge: Right Back Atcha
Trump's move to go full fascist invasion by sending troops into cities "plagued by violent crime" wasn't unexpected, but to the masterful bungler of the art of the deal, the fierce resistance of a livid nation may be. In Portland, his goons have met with swelling protests, a resolute Wall of Moms, and a Wall of Dads using leaf-blowers to reverse the teargas. Now thousands more - moms, dads, vets and " just us normal people out here" - are vowing to do the same. So yeah, he may yet get his wall.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Flying Blind: Delusional, Our "Favorite President" Is
In unsurprising news unless you're locked down even more zealously than we are, the first broad review of US COVID-19 data shows a disastrous "failure of national leadership" resulting in "a cacophony of confusing data.” Still, our brave leader just gave us an update on "the China virus": After 4 million cases and 140,000 deaths, they're "developing a strategy that's going to be very, very powerful," masks may be a good idea for now, and he sends best wishes to Ghislaine Maxwell.
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Sunday, July 19, 2020
Then They Came For the Drummers, Chanters, Chalk Artists, Trash Pickers, Balloon Carriers, Bike-Helmeted Moms and Naked Athena
Having giddily praised the "fantastic job" by federal goons in Portland tear-gassing moms, medics, reporters and stubbornly peaceful protesters, TrumPinochet is now making the "decidedly fascist" threat to invade other American cities to protect them from "violent anarchists" painting on the sidewalks - though social media shows endless video of rabid, rioting police. "This is how it starts," intones the newest Lincoln Project ad. A few days ago, it seemed over the top. Now it's not.
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Saturday, July 18, 2020
Our Conscience: John Lewis Dies
John Lewis - sharecroppers' son, civil rights icon, maker of good trouble, indefatigable "conscience of the Congress" who for 60 years strove to "redeem the soul of America" - has died of cancer at 80. From the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma - "When you lose your sense of fear, you're free" - until the end, Lewis held fast to his fierce moral clarity and determination to forge a "beloved community" of equality. Always, he asked, "If not us, then who? If not now, then when?" Thank you, sir.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Doctors to Idiot Repubs: Listen to Fauci, Stay On Your Couchy
Nothing To See Here Chap. 574: As COVID-19 soars in the U.S. - today, 3.5 million cases and 138,000 deaths - the Crime-Boss-In-Chief is selling beans, hiding the deadly stats, and sending his minions to, however implausibly, blame the carnage on renowned infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. Uh, no, say a crush of doctors, including 12,000 of his close colleagues, who call bullshit: To end this crisis, "America must support public health experts (and) Dr. Fauci, and stand with science."
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Nepotism Barbie to Huddled Masses: Try Something New To Eat With Your Cake!
Marking Bastille Day though in truth they likely didn't know it because, books, Trump and his clueless daughter Ivanka Antoinette just launched their latest sick joke of a balm to 50 million Americans out of work with benefits ending and immunocompromised parents and kids about to be forced into plague-ridden classrooms: a shiny new ad campaign and website - with no attendant plan, money or support - touting the vapid slogan, "Find Something New!" And yes, many people plan to on Nov. 3.
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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Mass Death By Public Policy: We Are All Grieving
The bodies mount, as do the lethal lies, feints, deflections from our "genocidal gaslighting ghoul." As COVID cases soar - Florida's grim record of 15,000 new cases in a day marks a 1,237% hike - Trump slings mud at Fauci, suppresses vital info, babbles cheery hokum and quotes conspiracy theories. Meanwhile, front line medical workers "bear witness to the absolute devastation," from inflamed airways to grieving families. Their message: The horror must be seen , and "I am not your fucking hero."
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Friday, July 10, 2020
Scuzzy Crook Frees Scuzzy Crook
Mob Boss Strikes Again: In another gobsmackingly venal but entirely unsurprising move, Trump just commuted - even better than pardon! - the sentence of longtime henchman and Nixon fanboy Roger Stone, because even though Stone was convicted by a jury on seven felony counts of hiding the grim fact Russia owns us now, what really matters is he knows where the bodies are, and could tell unless... This is not a democracy; it's a crime syndicate, increasingly brazen. Most. Corrupt. Ever. Also: VOTE.
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Thursday, July 09, 2020
Loser
Welcome cracks in - if not the devoutly-to-be-wished end of - the malignant morass that is Trump's "imperial presidency," with the SCOTUS ruling he'll have to reveal his tax scams and cons because "no one – not even a president – is above the law.” He was still having a Twitter meltdown when a judge also said not so fast on dismissing the case against Michael Flynn because, again, pesky law. Oh yeah, and New York just painted a huge Black Lives Matter in front of his sleazy house. Not a bad day.
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Saturday, July 04, 2020
John Prine as Tender Poet: The Best That I Could Do
Months after the grievous loss of John Prine - songwriter's songwriter, good ole boy of wit and grace, beloved best friend to glad thousands he'd never met - his home state of Illinois has named him their first Honorary Poet Laureate. It's another bittersweet twist in a bitter year: His last song, "I Remember Everything," also just became his first Billboard #1 hit. The song is pure Prine, as lustrous and clear as the waters of Lake Marie. Sweet revenge for a Handsome Johnny, much missed.
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