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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
She Was A Child
Minutes before the Derek Chauvin verdict, a white cop in Columbus, Ohio shot and killed Ma'Khia Bryant, 16, a black girl in foster care who was threatening another girl with a knife. Many details are unclear - it was reportedly Bryant who called police when older girls were attacking her - but goddamn why can't cops disarm a 16-year-old girl without pumping four shots into her chest within seconds of arriving? Just kidding. We know why.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue
The jury verdict that former cop and unrepentant sociopath Derek Chauvin is thrice guilty for murdering George Floyd for the nine minutes and 29 seconds of filmed savagery we all saw brings some solace and hope: Finally, a killer cop is declared a killer cop. Alas, one case does not systemic change make. J u stice would be George Floyd still alive. Accou ntability, a heedful first step, is Chauvin being found guilty for why George Floyd isn't still alive.
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Sunday, April 18, 2021
Do Your Best, Darwin
In this week's glass-half-full/half-empty news on COVID, half of Americans have now been vaccinated while all adults can be, and thousands of raving, paranoid, superspreading wingnuts just gathered in Tulsa - which evidently didn't learn anything from its last superspreader - to shriek "Q is the truth," argue vaccines are actually "experimental gene therapy," praise public hangings, and burn masks. Its woeful lesson: "Stupidity is the real epidemic."
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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Ranting Again
Stupidity reigns: A year after the deadly fact, the U.S. still has over 70,000 new COVID cases a day thanks to recalcitrant morons like Gym "What-sexual-assault?" Jordan, who spent a House hearing shrieking at Dr. Fauci about "lost liberty" and demanding, "When do Americans get their freedom back?" A weary Fauci: It's not "a freedom thing," it's "a public health thing." It finally took Maxine Waters to quash Jordan with, "Shut your mouth." Amen, auntie.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Rip It Out To the Studs: This Was No Accident
In a small, scant step toward justice, Minnesota cop Kim Potter has been charged with manslaughter for killing Daunte Wright at a "traffic stop" - for black Americans, the set-up for "the repeated outcome of an indefensible system that grants immunity for state violence." But Potter remains a bit player in a long harsh story that links Wright to George Floyd's girlfriend, Fred Hampton to Emmett Till, the trauma of every black victim to every black community where, still, nothing has changed.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Some Humans Ain't Human
Though they rank close to last nationally in health care, education, vaccines - and may face power shortages - Texas lawmakers are spending this week debating four anti-trans bills, including one to make it illegal/ child abuse to offer gender-affirming, often life-saving, health care to trans kids. One, an aggrieved Kai Shappley, 10, has had it with "asking adults to make good choices,” she said. "Please just listen to me, hear me, try to educate yourselves, try to understand...everybody."
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Monday, April 12, 2021
What's Going On?
It never ends. Even as another cop kills another black guy in Minneapolis, harrowing video shows yahoo unfit cops in Virginia pulling guns on, screaming at, pepper-spraying, kicking, handcuffing and threatening to execute Lieut. Caron Nazario, a black Latino member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps in his uniform for...NOTHING. "Why am I being treated like this?" Nazario keeps asking. Brutally simple: America, racism, "domination and humiliation of a black man" - again.
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Friday, April 9, 2021
Vaccine, Please. Restore Our Lives.
The U.S. COVID news is a murky mix: Steadily rising vaccinations - Saturday saw a record of over four million - along with cases. For millions grappling with COVID trauma, a Global Vaccine Poem project offers a chance to "hope abundantly," to use the potent tool of poetry both to make meaning of what we've been through and help us heal from it. Hundreds have written in, often movingly citing "the need for each other" and a call to do better: "Let us share/dear vaccine/the space around us/again."
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Wednesday, April 7, 2021
At That Point It's Just Pain
A renowned pulmonologist - the latest in a parade of somber eloquent witnesses, doctors, cops who say yes, just like it looked to the world, Derek Chauvin willfully murdered George Floyd with "totally unnecessary" force - has testified Floyd died from a knee "rammed" into his neck that left zero oxygen in his body. There is no defence. We don't know if any psycopath has ever been so manifestly culpable of murder. We do know that if he isn't found guilty, there's no hope for this country.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
On Baseball As A Communist Plot: 794 Idiotic GOP Strikes And They're Out
After baseball moved its games from Georgia in support of voting rights, a GOP obsessed with "cancel culture" has continued its death spiral with more crackpot attacks on things they once loved they now want to cancel - baseball, corporations, free speech, the Easter Bunny - with scary portents pickleball and apple pie are next. Their staggeringly stupid rants about baseball's ties to COMMUNISM have sparked savage mockery - also the observation, "Even the MLB lets people drink water."
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