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, December 13, 2017
"My Eyes Just Burning, Ain't Nobody Crying": Doug Jones Wins
Whew. That was way too close for comfort. And yeah, the country's in a sorry state to have come to this. But not only does Doug Jones become the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama in 25 years; his win is a blunt rejection of all the hate-mongering, gay-bashing, race-baiting, sexual-assaulting, serial lying crap of losers Moore and Trump and Bannon and their ugly ilk. Forward to mid-terms. And once and for all, to Moore in all his evil: "Fuck you and the horse you (badly) rode in on."
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Monday, December 11, 2017
Cringe. Let's Send a 12-Year-Old Girl To Interview Roy Moore and If She Escapes Unscathed We Should Elect Him (But Hide Our Young Pages Just In Case)
Wow. These Alabama members of the "We Need More Pedophiles In Congress Club" are a piece of sketchy work. Their latest dazzlingly astute idea to prove Roy Moore is a good guy who belongs in the Senate: Send a Trump-loving 12-year-old girl to interview Moore, and if he doesn't molest her, all those accusers must be fake news so all good. See if you can watch the interaction without heart palpitations.
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Friday, December 08, 2017
Nursing Wounds With Music
Taking a break with these jubilant street kids in Uganda as they lip-sync, get down and act out against police repression to the new song "Anti-Kale" by Ugandan pop star Spice Diana. The singer was recently arrested and beaten by their infamously abusive police; afterwards, she lamented, "Why should we be treated like strangers in our own country?” No thanks to Google translate, you have to coax out the story from the video. Still, the triumphal kids kill it.
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Thursday, December 07, 2017
Justice Delayed But Not Escaped: This Is What Accountability Looks Like
In a historic move, a judge has found former South Carolina cop Michael Slager guilty of second-degree murder when he shot Walter Scott, a black unarmed motorist, five times in the back in April 2015. Slager, the first police officer convicted of murder, was sentenced to 20 years. At the time, key cell phone video by an eyewitness refuted a bogus police narrative. It was taken by a Dominican immigrant who argued, "We are here to be each other's keepers."
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Wednesday, December 06, 2017
On Stomping Into A Bone-Dry Forest With A Naked Flame
It took only hours after Trump's heedless "act of diplomatic arson" against Palestinian rights and hopes for furious protests to break out in Gaza, the West Bank and around the world. Thousands took up marches, flag burnings, chants that "America is the mother of terror" and warnings that, "A storm is coming." Jerusalem, say Palestinians with fervor, "will always be the capital of Palestine." Barging into "this delicate thicket" of history and faith, Trump has no clue what he's unleashed.
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Susan, Was It Worth It?
The hundreds in D.C. protesting the GOP scourge of a tax bill have untold kindred spirits here in Maine, where people are enraged by the yes vote of ever-coy Susan Collins. The fallout: a backs-turned airport reception, a sit-in, multiple protests, a pledge to unseat her, a vow, "This betrayal will not be forgotten," and, when she tried posting a feel-good story, the searing response, "Oh hey, look. It’s the Senator (who voted) for tens of thousands people dying for a TAX CUT FOR THE RICH."
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Monday, December 04, 2017
Willfully Protecting the Monsters
Sorry, more icky news. The same day that a woman who accused Roy Moore, who said he'd never met her, produced a scrapbook to prove he's lying, the Predator-In Chief went for it and endorsed a mini-me predator - telling him, in wildly regrettable terms, "Go get 'em, Roy!" - and the GOP said it now supports a child-molesting bigot 'cause really at this point having sold what was left of their shriveled little souls why not. Dear God, make it stop.
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Friday, December 01, 2017
Dumbest. Criminal. Ever.
After the week's delirious roller-coaster - from Flipping Flynn Friday to Trump's "Lock Him Up" reception from thousands of enraged New Yorkers - perhaps the most apt culmination was Saturday's nitwit admission by the Tweeter-In-Chief of his own guilt. Some of the best responses came from Rogue SNR WH Advisor - "You just admitted obstruction of justice. Guards! Take this meat lump away!" - and Abe Lincoln: "No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar."
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Friday, December 01, 2017
On Shame and Rot
At the end of a freakish day in D.C., Democratic lawmakers got and savaged the most freakish indignity of so many: Finally, a copy of the multi-billion-dollar GOP tax scam for the rich, all 479 pages, complete with scribbled, last-minute, hand-written goofs and adds and changes - this, a coupla hours before the vote on it. See a livid, incredulous Elizabeth Warren try to decipher the demented chicken-scratch muddle before fuming, "This is how the Republicans make tax policy."
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Woman Created by God, Glorious In Her Place and Conduct: The Immeasurable Creepiness of Roy Moore
Because it's not bad enough he's a bigot and child molester blaming liberal/gay/trans/socialist elites - wait, all of 'em? - for his crimes, Roy Moore also co-authored a legal "textbook" that taught men about "Biblical patriarchy," the "heresy of feminism" and the dangers of women holding office because, “The world is in such pressing need for mothers (that) none can be spared for public life.” Of course he did. The reviews of his Gilead-like view are stellar: "Like ISIS, but more Jesus."
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