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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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
A Shelter For Fragile Egos: Jeff Sessions Tells Pre-Screened Law Students Asking Pre-Screened Questions That He Loves Free Speech (Except For, You Know, Black People)
Surrounded by a massive police presence, the country's top law enforcement official told a group of carefully screened students at Georgetown's Law School that, "In this great land, the government does not tell you what to think or what to say." In his speech, only announced the day before, Sessions went on to denounce uppity knee-taking football players and defend his boss' call, hours before, for them to be fired. We may need to upgrade the ole Irony Alert buzzer. It can't keep up.
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Monday, September 25, 2017
We're Sorry, Are These Disabled Protesters Who Could Die From Your Bill Disturbing Your Rest By Getting Dragged Out In Their Wheelchairs?
Chanting "Kill the Bill, Not Us," over a hundred activists, many in wheelchairs, halted the only hearing on the Graham-Cassidy anti-health-care bill and were met with a response only the current cretins in power could conjure up: They were removed and arrested by police, Chairman Orrin Hatch told them to "shut up," and Bill Cassidy literally yawned through the turmoil. Democrat Ron Wyden called the spectacle "an abomination,” which aptly sums up the state of the Republic.
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
This Is What Democracy Looks Like
Small gesture, big moment: Electrifying to see over 100 NFL players, and some owners, fight for their rights by taking a knee, sitting down, locking arms or not showing up during the National Anthem - that fraught but too often empty symbol of democracy - and to see much of America support them. Have no doubt, those guys were standing together against racism and police brutality, and sending a message to our racist, divisive, vindictive Dolt-In-Chief: "Get that son of a bitch outta here."
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Trump Says Frederick Douglass Is Doing An Amazing Job Making All His Friends Rich In Nambia
With death lurking daily - from un-health care or North Korea repaying our "deranged" leader by setting off a hydrogen bomb - we're thinking of moving to Nambia, which doesn't exist but didn't stop Trump from praising it to African leaders at the U.N., probably for its great covfefe. He also commended them for Africa's "tremendous business potential,” smirking, King-Leopold-like, “I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich!" What can we say? Pray for Nambia, and us.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tom Price Is Enhancing the Health of the American People By Wasting $60,000 On Private Jets, Trashing Medicaid and Committing Other Crimes Against Humanity
Hypocrisy, thy name is the malignant gang of grifters, liars and swamp monsters trying to rob Americans of their right to health care. Primary among them, Health and Human Services' Tom Price, who just spent $60,000 for private jets - look Ma, I'm ripping people off! - on several short trips he could have taken for as little as 50 bucks. This is a guy who rants about cutting waste, wants to slash Medicaid, opposes funding children's health and fighting AIDS. This is "a fantastic piece of shit."
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
John Kelly Is All Of Us
That terrifying, bombastic, moronic, incoherent rant that was our Buffoon-In-Chief's speech to the U.N. elicited the horror and flood of Rocket Man jokes it so painfully deserved. It also prompted some memorable visuals in the often-stunned faces of his listeners - no more so than that of John Kelly, evidently lamenting some of his life choices.
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Monday, September 18, 2017
Whose Streets? The Police State's Streets
Once again, a judge has declared it's legal for cops to murder black people, even if cops scream beforehand they plan to, shoot to kill five times, and plant a gun on the victim to ensure they get away with it. The acquittal in St. Louis of Jason Stockley in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith sparked days of protest; police have arrested and tear-gassed scores, appropriated the "Whose Streets?" chant, and boasted, "We're in control."
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Friday, September 15, 2017
We All Did It: The Birmingham Church Bombing
Friday marked the 54th anniversary of the Ku Klux Klan bombing of Birmingham's largest black church, which killed four black girls, and injured 19 more. Martin Luther King - who just three weeks earlier had delivered his "I Have A Dream Speech" - later noted the absence of white officials at the girls' funerals and declared, "More than children were buried that day; honor and decency were also interred."
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
National Security Head Issues Bold New Anti-Leak Plan, Which Quickly Leaks
Fed up with the "staggering" number of leaks from a fractured White House, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster just issued a sweeping call for government-wide training to prevent unauthorized disclosure of both classified and some unclassified information that, he said, "causes harm to our Nation and shakes the confidence of the American people.” Some rogue staff evidently found him less than convincing: A few days later, Buzzfeed was sent the memo.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
A Good Look: NYPD Investigating Anti-Hate Vandalism of Murderous Colonizer As...Umm... Hate Crime
Irony Alert: After unknown perpetrators crept into New York's Central Park to give a statue of genocidal, native-enslaving, disease-spreading Christopher Columbus blood-red hands and a message reading, "Hate Will Not Be Tolerated," the NYPD announced they will investigate the act as a "hate crime." Some heretical New Yorkers, however, deemed it "a good look" for the explorer who sought to "ravage, kill, mangle and destroy" in the name of greed.
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