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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Saturday, February 08, 2020
Fascist Clown Alert
Trump just proposed a cruel, stupid, immoral budget, "a knife in the back" to millions of poor and working families that would cut $800 billion from health, food and other key needs to give to fat cats and war - this, days after vowing he wasn't "touching" those programs, like he wasn't touching all those women and Mexico's paying for the wall and "the blacks" love him. Still, how could we not trust this guy, here "dancing with the sunset and strong winds." Real photo. Fake human being.
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Friday, February 07, 2020
Mobster At Work: Vindman Escorted From White House For Telling the Sordid Truth
In a new low, the impeached criminal, pathological liar, five-time draft dodger and vindictive gangster in power - "buoyed by the silent, the pliable, and the complicit" - just had Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, NSC Ukraine expert who documented his high crimes in House hearings, removed from the White House. From one sage: "It's no longer the people's house." Update: He also fired Gordon Sondland; an adviser called both actions a necessary "flushing out the pipes." Unleashed, utterly.
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Thursday, February 06, 2020
Redemption Songs: One Love, One Heart
For a break from the madness, and to honor a much-missed voice these days, we mark what would have been the 75th birthday of reggae great Bob Marley - legend, visionary, fighter for the rights of the oppressed and fervent believer "righteousness someday prevail." Marley died at 36 of cancer, an incalculable loss, but his music and message of resistance live on. "None but ourselves can free our minds," he sang. "Won't you help to sing/these songs of freedom."
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Midnight In Washington
The Senate did it. Now it will only get worse. For a touch of solace, for a sense of history, for fiery motivation needed now more than ever, watch Eleven Films' extraordinary, blistering, last-gasp call for an impartial justice they knew wasn't coming. (Thank you, Mitt Romney. Fuck you, Susan Collins.) The video's devastating montage of Trump atrocities and Schiff eloquence ends with one final, gut-wrenching lament: "Do you remember America? We do."
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Pelosi Goes Gangster
Turns out the state of the union is...not good. It began with Trump refusing to shake Pelosi's hand, devolved into an 81-minute campaign rant of lies, boasts and racism, and ended with Pelosi ripping up said rant as GOP cretins were still cheering it. Her action, she said, was "the courteous thing to do" in response to a "manifesto of mistruths" that should be " a call to action" for anyone who expects truth and sane policies. Later, she got down to it: "It was such a dirty speech."
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Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Sleaze Forever: The State of The Ceaseless Pilfering of the Union
Dragging his crimes behind him like dead skunks, the impeached dude is giving another Adderall-fueled SOTU speech to show he's "presidential" and prove the priceless claim he's "a deeply gifted orator." Ever-venal, he's again using the event to rake in campaign money, sending out frenzied pleas - we got one! - for "patriots" to donate so their names will appear on a livestream and on a list he gets and your name better be on there 'cause it is what it is which is totally normal.
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Sunday, February 02, 2020
We're Not In Kansas Anymore: Stable Genius Strikes Again
Sigh. So there was a Super Bowl. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers. With his usual linguistic and geographic acumen, Dear Leader tweeted his congrats to the Chiefs: "You represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire USA, so very well." Alas, Kansas City is in Missouri. At some point he (or his lackeys) deleted it. Because he is, as one social media analyst put it, "a stonecold fucking moron," he hasn't learned the Internet is forever. Let us pray he won't be.
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Friday, January 31, 2020
The Emperor's Clothes
Heading into the week of the fake exculpation of the fake president - and final, irrefutable proof of the GOP's utter moral bankruptcy - we seek solace where we can. And despite yet more criminal evidence surfacing - look, withheld Ukraine emails! - there's still honor and hope to be found: In patriots, women, lawyers, scientists sounding off; Schiff's assertion, "The facts will come out in all of their horror," and a Senate chaplain's grim, just prophesy, "We always reap what we sow."
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Just Desserts: Resistance By Wind, Cake, Shepherd, Tunnel and Hymn To The 81%
As the abject GOP cover-up lumbers on, so do we the steadfast people as patriots and outlaws fight back with wit, grit and rage. Thus the longest-ever, newly-unearthed tunnel under the "beautiful" border wall just blown down by intractable Mother Nature; the feisty Impeachment Cakes - "Don't Dessert Democracy" - sent to GOP senators; a Shepherd Revolt because equating Repubs to sheep is offensive - to sheep; and a stirring, defiant hymn, "a lament and a rebuke," to Trump evangelicals.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Please Send Help: Scumbag Rick Scott Makes "Hostage" Video and Nobody's Laughing
Annals of Asshattery: What better poster boy for the cretins covering up high crimes than Florida Sen. Rick 'Red Tide' Scott, the ghoul who committed the largest Medicare fraud ever, opposed gun control despite Pulse and Parkland, and banned the term "climate change." In a new video, he "jokes" he's been "taken hostage" with 99 people for impeachment hearings and living on milk and water. From unamused Twitter: Shut up, do your job, "and drink your fucking milk."
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