Abby Zimet, staff writer

Abby Zimet has edited 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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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Here's To the State of Mississippi
This week Mississippi elected to the Senate Cindy Hyde-Smith, an unrepentant, out white supremacist who gleefully wore a Confederate cap in a photo titled "Mississippi history at its best!" and glibly joked in her campaign about lynchings and disenfranchising voters. In a longtime red state where " racism is built into (its) very bones," her victory was unsurprising, but dispiriting. The good news was she won by far less than Trump. Still, from Nina Simone: "Mississippi goddam."
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
An American Horror Story
Be besting herself, the incomparable Melania has for a second year aptly chosen a Dystopian Nightmare theme for Christmas decorations, engulfing the White House in gaudy, shag, blood-red trees that are being likened to The Handmaid's Tale, The Shining, used tampons, Elmo pelts, furry KKK hats, a car wash, the empty void where her soul should be, or the blood of her enemies, gun violence victims, asylum-seekers and children in cages. Merry Trashy Christmas!
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Sunday, November 25, 2018
For I Was A Stranger and You Tear-Gassed Me and Then Denied It
Rage and horror fatigue from seeing U.S. border thugs inflict chemical weapons on poor, brown, terrified, exhausted people, many of them children, legally seeking safety. If they were normal humans, those in power could've sent buses or case managers. Instead, they now say the assault helped "a dangerous situation" as Trump lies they didn't gas kids and anyway they're all "stone cold criminals." Seriously, fuck these people and what they're doing to our country.
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Friday, November 23, 2018
ICE Is Trump's Gestapo
More barbarism. Plainclothes ICE officers in North Carolina just ambushed and arrested Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, an undocumented construction worker from Mexico in the U.S. for over 20 years who's lived in a sanctuary church 11 months while petitioning to stay here with his sick wife and teenage son. ICE grabbed him when he briefly left the church for an alleged immigration meeting; they also arrested his son and 27 protesters blocking their van. Video = a police state in action.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
The World Is A Dangerous Place, Especially With Venal, Amoral, Blood-Money Profiteers As "Leaders"
Having abandoned any meager pretense of moral principle by choosing "a record amount of money" that doesn't exist over holding the Saudis accountable for a barbarous murder, Trump has now doubled down on his perfidy by THANKING the Saudis for lower oil prices that also don't exist. Intriguingly, his final message to his blood-soaked co-conspirators could serve as the mantra for his loathsome reign - "Let’s go lower!" - even as, lest we forget, Khashoggi's loved ones mourn.
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Monday, November 19, 2018
Kissing the Ring: After Acosta Wins, White House Issues Imperious New "Rules" To Deter Further Uppitiness
Backing down after defeat at the hands of a Trump-appointed judge, the White House restored Jim Acosta's press pass, then swiftly, dare we say vengefully issued new rules aimed at curbing more "unprofessional behavior," like asking Il Douche a question he doesn't like. The rules - ask a single question, yield the floor pronto, lose access with "failure to abide" - were denounced by critics who note the folly of mandating "decorum" only for those interviewing "persons totally lacking any."
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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Rake America Great Again
God bless the Finns: They've been there for us after the Idiot-In-Chief visited a ravaged California and babbled how we have to "take care of the floors" and be like Finland where "they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things." Cue pics of dutiful Finns taking to the forest with their rakes and vacuums. Trump also said he still doesn't believe in climate change but "I want great climate." We do too, but first we want a president who's not barking mad.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Your Tax Dollars At Work: On the Utterly Lunatic Chimera of "Mission Enhancing Capabilities"
The lingo has changed - Operation "Faithful Patriot" aka "This Is Not A Heinously Wasteful and Cynical Political Stunt" is now "border support" - and the "invasion" of tired brown people remains weeks and miles away, but thousands of soldiers are in the desert anyway, playing cards, swatting bugs and senselessly flinging razor wire around. This week, Trump bigwigs visited to cheer on their noble if elusive mission. Short-term: Do what you're told. Long-term: "Somewhat to be determined."
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The "President" Says Democrats Are Wearing Disguises To Vote More Than Once and Buying Cereal Without Voter I.D. and It's A Disgrace Say What?
Faced with hordes of brown women in the House and that damn lurking Mr. Mueller, the Angry Toddler-In-Chief has retreated into his bitter bubble to sulk, brood, throw fits and spew batshit conspiracy theories about why he lost the election, like how wily commie voters went to their cars, changed their hats and shirts, and voted again, which they shouldn't do because... cereal. Scary, but Twitter is having a riotous time making Capt. Crunch jokes, so there's that.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
This Is Our Lane: Furious Docs Explain They're Not Anti-Gun But Anti-Bullet Hole
Hours before Thousand Oaks - this year's 307th mass shooting - the ever-judicious NRA decried "self-important anti-gun doctors" who want to reduce gun violence, sneering those laboring daily to pick up the gory pieces from NRA-funed carnage should "stay in their lane.” The seething response - letters, op-eds, #ThisIsMyLane hashtag of bloody pics - summed up by one pathologist: "Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn’t just my lane. It’s my fucking highway."
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