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Saturday, September 9, 2017
Sing Me Back Home: RIP Don Williams
The great, tender, plain-spoken Don Williams, "gentle giant" of a Zen country music of grace and soul, has died at 78. Country? We know. But it's a grievous loss for those of us who once listened to him on 8-track in pick-ups gliding through the beatific woods. Williams' songs, said the Country Music Hall of Fame, were "a balm in troublesome times, (offering) calm, beauty, and a sense of wistful peace." May his voice endure, till the rivers all run dry.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017
Toppling A Racist, Lying (Cardboard) Sessions
The news on DACA outraged on many levels, from the "disruptive wanton fuckery we can accurately call evil" that was the mindlessly cruel act itself, to the spewing of nativist lies by longtime racist Sessions, to his sick giddy delight at destroying so many people's lives. The response by Latinx-rights group Mijente nailed it: They built a cardboard statue of the "tiny little liar" and tore it down at the "Justice" Dept. - where its head rolled aptly, forlornly away.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Standing In Peace For Peace
Midway through a week of inventive, determined actions - from lie-ins to locking onto each other to hanging from bridges - dozens of activists have been arrested protesting a massive London arms fair that brings together the world’s most oppressive regimes with its biggest arms dealers, an event Amnesty International says offers "torture on your doorstep." As UK planes bomb Yemen, organizers ask, "What will be the next atrocity they are used in?”
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Monday, September 4, 2017
Man Made Borders On This Earth
This is worker, Dreamer and DJ Alonso Guillén, who disappeared after leaving work with two friends and a small boat to rescue survivors of Harvey. Sunday, his family pulled his body from the swollen waters as news leaked that Trump, his " tone-deaf cruelty set on auto pilot," would end DACA. Coming from Mexico to bury her son, Alonso's grieving mother was first turned back at the border before officials issued her a "humanitarian" visa. We assume they had to look up the word.
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The Union Was the Only Friend He Had: On Joe Hill, Now More Than Ever
So many offenses against human decency, so little time. For Labor Day, we note the "death by a thousand cuts" that are Trump's "staggering" assaults on workers' rights. The latest: Under vile cover of Harvey, OSHA has scrubbed a list of workers killed on the job, burying it - without names - and replacing it with back-slapping news of great companies not murdering too many people. Point made: "The Chamber of Commerce is fully in charge at OSHA."
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Friday, September 1, 2017
We Must Love One Another Or Die
Today, over 75 years later, W.H. Auden's poem September 1, 1939 resonates more than ever. Marking the start of World War ll as Germany marched into Poland, it feels the "waves of anger and fear," foresees the suffering ahead, mourns what may be lost, but defiantly insists, "The lights must never go out/ The music must always play." With "our world in stupor," Auden writes, the need remains "to show an affirming flame."
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Thursday, August 31, 2017
America To Dear Leader: This Is Not First Hand, and You Are A Freaking Moron
Because everything he touches turns to foul dust, people are some done with Trump's brief, bungled stop in Texas, aka "Grifter Hat Salesman and Stilettoed Wife Swing Through Texas For Backslapping Orgy." After not meeting a single storm victim, seeing a drop of rain or getting within miles of the disaster, he had the chutzpah to boast of "witnessing first hand the horror & devastation." Poor fragile, pathological liar, traumatized by a map. From one succinct patriot: "You are a disgrace."
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Let Your Greatness Bloom (As Long As You're Not, Ewww, Like, Gay)
Sigh. Just as the country needs healing, we get the Nashville Statement, a vengeful, unholy manifesto on "Biblical sexuality" from 150 godless evangelicals preaching that, yup, gay, trans and other sexual "others" will definitely go to Hell. They call this a much-needed "moment of gospel clarity." Other Christians call it a vile regression to an " Iron Age belief system based on ignorance and fear" by an endangered church that's " preaching hard to what’s left of our hateful choir."
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Welcome To Lethal Lace and Packin' Neat, Coming To A Gun-Death-Wracked City Near You
Exhibiting their usual supreme sensitivity to America's soaring gun deaths, the NRA held a Carry Guard Expo in Milwaukee - a city torn by gun deaths - offering workshops like "Every Day Carbine" and "Bullet Proof Mind for the Armed Citizen." It also boasted the first Concealed Carry Fashion Show, featuring bra, waist and ankle holsters to help you stay armed in any situation because, really, that's what we need at this divisive and volatile juncture in our nation's history.
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Monday, August 28, 2017
Together We Will Make It: This Is What Makes America Great
With Harvey's devastating rains and floods ongoing, a sliver of heartening news. Urging "Houston Hang On," members of Louisiana's volunteer Cajun Navy, a ragtag group of several hundred "citizen samaritans" and "bad asses who save lives" have arrived with boats in tow to join rescue operations. Most cite a simple logic: If they have a boat, they want to help. Others take a broader view: "We don't have an American leader, but we have each other."
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