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, February 17, 2020
Aww Look: Nazis Getting Married
So cute: Partners in crimes against humanity Stephen Miller, who likes to rip brown kids from their parents, and Katie Waldman, who called teargassed migrants "a violent mob," just got married - at a Trump hotel, duh. The event featured white nationalist cake, Elvis, God - "I object" - and a crowd of festive GOPers, though some reportedly worry Waldman doesn't look quite master-racey enough. The happy couple, who are totally not fascists, hope to soon cage children of their own.
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Friday, February 14, 2020
Brilliant New $5.34 Ladder Defeats Not So Brilliant $2.5 Billion Trump Fever Dream
Less than shockingly, persistent Mexicans have found another cheap, smart, handy way to scale Trump's "beautiful" and "impregnable" border wall. Having breached the stupidity with ladders, power tools, free climbing, at least one car and Mother Nature - a gust of wind - aspiring migrants are making camo, hook-and-ladder rigs from lightweight rebar used in building and (LOL) the wall itself. Cost: 99 pesos, or $5.34, at the Hágalo hardware store. Translation: Do It Yourself.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
After Trump Shoots Susan Collins In the Middle of 5th Avenue, She Says She's "Troubled" But Still Supports Him
Maintaining her ceaseless, craven political posturing, hopefully former Sen. Susan Collins somehow continues to deny Trump's atrocities and her own culpability. This week, she fled a query about whether she still thinks Trump learned his "lesson" from impeachment, and dismissed his ugly Revenge Tour by placidly explaining he's just " angered" and that's "reflected in (his) personnel choices." Her Presidential Medal of Waffling is probs in the mail. But b efore it arrives, vo te her out.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Thugs R Us: Roger Stone Prosecutors All Quit After DOJ Meddles in Sentencing To Appease Mad King and There's More
Nothing to see here in an unraveling republic, except all four prosecutors of convicted felon, political cockroach and Trump bestie Roger Stone just quit the case when the Justice Dept (sic) weirdly overrode them to cut Stone's sentence. Of course it had nothing to do with Trump throwing a 2 a.m. hissy fit and anyway what is this "justice" of which you speak? He's also going after more mean truth-tellers. Horrific consensus: "It's a break-glass-in-case-of-fire moment for justice in America."
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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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