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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Enough, My Beloved Colleagues
In a wrenching addendum to the drama of a day that saw the only U.S. president in history be impeached twice, the righteous charge to remove him was led by Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, whose 25-year-old son Tommy just died by suicide. The day after burying Tommy and feeling him " very much with me and my heart," Raskin was applauded by colleagues who knew of his loss as he came to certify the vote cut short by the riot; he did his duty because, "Change is made by people who show up."
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We Have Questions
In the DOJ's first on-camera response to the Capitol riot, Acting A.G. Jeffrey Rosen vowed "no tolerance whatsoever" for any further violence from "wrongdoers" - a move, many observed, that would have been far more reassuring if it hadn't come a week late, at midnight, on YouTube, from a weird guy with pandemic hair who blinked too much while seeming to try to sell us a can opener in a badly filmed hostage video from the 1970s. The consensus: "He inspires absolutely no confidence. Like, at all."
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Sunday, January 10, 2021
A Pariah Everywhere
With a historic second impeachment underway for a mad king charged with "incitement of insurrection," even the golf world - his cherished refuge and shameless hideout as America burned - is turning against him. In a first step, the PGA has stripped Trump's Bedminister Club of 2022's championship; in a sign of unwelcoming things to come, many also vow a "racist con man" and "brazen and amoral insurrectionist" guilty of "manifold indecencies" should, in the end, "find no safe harbor in golf."
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Wednesday, January 6, 2021
The GOP Owns This
The mob's gone home, sinfully, mostly unmolested, as the country sifts through the rubble. Amidst the outrage, exits and harsh truths - Pelosi: "This man is deadly, to our democracy and our people" - there is broad consensus the raving, flag-draped MAGA thugs assaulting the Capitol were inseparable from the pandering, well-groomed GOP suits abetting the madman who incited them. Solnit: "Inside and outside were two faces of the same thing...This is what he wanted (and) this is what we got."
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The Tip of The Spear
Wow. Jon Ossoff, Rev. Raphael Warnock, Stacey Abrams, thousands of black women who called and canvassed - they all, in the Times' careful language, have "pretty likely" won the Senate. In what sounded a lot like a victory speech, Warnock cited his "improbable journey," paying tribute to his mother's "82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else's cotton" and to the legacy of Martin Luther King's home state, which “has long been the tip of the spear for change in America." Please, let it be.
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Sunday, January 3, 2021
Give Me A Break: When Darth Vader Improbably Takes the Moral High Ground
It gets weirder. Trump's mutation into full Godfather mode by asking Brad Raffensperger to "recalculate" Georgia's election votes - a move that makes the Watergate tapes look "quaint" - is as gonzo as the purported good guys trying to save us from it. Combatting the once-unthinkable, ten former defense secretaries wrote a letter arguing to involve the U.S. military in an election outcome would take us into "dangerous territory." Its creator: Famous patriot and war criminal Dick Cheney.
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Friday, January 1, 2021
2020 Be Gone
An unfond farewell to this relentless, exhausting, heartbreaking, God-awful year of grief and loss and fury, a year of helplessness and hopelessness strewn with merciful moments of faith and promise. Yes we will be rid of the monster at the helm and his mob of loathsome cretins, but the damage they did to a now-battered country is profound. We breathe deep, and step forward. W.S. Merwin: "Our hopes such as they are/invisible before us/untouched and still possible."
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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Welcome To Operation Warped Denial of Reality
Grim times. As U.S.COVID deaths spiral near 350,000, we hit daily records, hospitals overflow and the U.K.'s lethal new strain turns up, the murderous bunglers in charge have vaccinated just 2 million of a promised 20 million Americans. Still, dumbly defiant Repubs party and succumb. Luke Letlow, 41, Louisiana's new rep, died after long going maskless and arguing we have to live with COVID. He now joins 3,000 health workers. Twitter: "Let the party of personal responsibility take some."
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Tuesday, December 29, 2020
On Wounded Knee: We Fight To Mend the Hoop
On this date 130 years ago, U.S. soldiers with the 7th Cavalry massacred nearly 400 hungry, frightened, unarmed Lakota, mostly women and children, on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation - a final slaughter of Native Americans in the cold and snow, where soldiers proudly posed by mass graves, that became an enduring symbol of genocide and historical trauma for Natives. "The sacred hoop of humanity was broken that day," one writes. "Black Elk said the dream died. We will not let it."
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Monday, December 28, 2020
Jumping the Shark with Stalin
The GOP's now tilted so beyond our earthly sphere that intrepid Dumb Guy Louie Gohmert is leading a new effort to overturn the election by suing Mike Pence, arguing he has “exclusive authority and sole discretion” to decide what votes count under 1887's Electoral Count Act and citing democratic icon Joseph Stalin to prove it. Alas, there are some problems. Pence is hiding in Vail, CO with a Secret Service army hitting the rich slopes in defiance of CDC guidelines - and the scheme is "insane."
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