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Friday, February 15, 2019
We Will Be Here: On Donuts, Dogs, the Duck of Justice and Other Non-Emergencies
Needing a break from the latest executive follies - nominating himself for the Nobel, grazing for omelettes, whining SNL is "the real collusion!" - we turn to the improbable, heartening, slice-of-Maine-life that is the Bangor Police Department's Facebook page. Herein, find wry tales of good deeds, small crimes, hope, grief, empathy, larceny, cereal, rules on snowstorms and flannel shirts, the painful universal "fight to find the light," the grace of small acts of kindness, and, yes, donuts.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019
1,200 Kids' Gun Deaths Since Parkland: Did I Say I Love You?
A year after the Parkland slaughter, a hopeful sliver of light with the Dems' passage of a background check bill, the first progress in years. Alas, it comes not a gut-wrenching moment too soon: Since Parkland, nearly 1,200 more kids - roughly, inconceivably a Parkland every five days - were gunned down in our bloodstained country. The Trace chose to tell their stories to render them, not numbers, but "human beings with rich (if achingly short) histories." May they rest in peace and power.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Another One: Falling Asleep In Your Car Outside Taco Bell While Black
Yeah, it's still happening. It took six Vallejo, CA. cops firing "multiple rounds" to kill Willie McCoy, a 20-year-old rapper who fell asleep in his car with a gun in his lap, woke up and was evidently too startled to follow commands to raise his hands, thus causing all six cops to “fear for their own safety." Vallejo has a history of "killing us in the street," says McCoy's cousin and manager David Harrison. "It looks like my baby cousin was executed by a firing squad."
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
The Kids Are Alright In Denver
Proclaiming the district "Can't Put Students First When They Put Teachers Last" and "I'd Rather Be Teaching But This Is Important," Denver teachers remain on strike against low pay, random bonuses and profit-driven “reform” that drives out many teachers. Students rallied to support them by walking out, sitting in, holding dance parties and joining picket lines; argued one, "We know the money is there - it’s just not going to those who need it."
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This Country Belongs To The People
Needing a reprieve from El Paso's lunacy - journos attacked, babies executed, a Green New Deal that will ban cows and air travel - let us honor Abraham Lincoln, born on this day in 1809. (So was Charles Darwin, but Trump's never cited him, likely 'cause he's never heard of him.) Today, Lincoln resonates more than ever, from "If you want to test a man's character, give him power" to the power of we the people: "If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
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Saturday, February 9, 2019
He Lies (Again) and El Paso's Pissed
The Great Pretender's wall hysteria is happily, increasingly running into its own wall - people in border areas pushing back, from Nogales, AZ taking down his razor wire to New Mexico pulling back his troops. Now to sell the wall he's brilliantly heading to El Paso, where his lies have enraged everyone; he'll be met by protests, Baby Trump, a March For Truth and counter rally led by homeboy Beto O'Rourke, and the furious, widespread avowal, "!No Mames!" - no friggin' way.
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Thursday, February 7, 2019
You're Killing Us: On Love, Grief, Rage, Action and Dead Baby Jokes
To the GOP douchebag at the gun control hearing who argued we just need a wall and then tried to eject a Parkland victim's father for protesting: Meet Manuel Oliver. Since his son Joaquin was murdered, Oliver has fiercely fought - with art, advocacy, die-ins and now a brutal mock Louis-C.K. "stand-up" - to give Joaquin "a voice," proclaim "Never Again" on behalf of "a new generation of dead kids," and plead, "Remember our son" - though God knows he shouldn't have to.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Bought and Paid For: We Are Well and Truly Done With Susan Collins
Huh. Turns out Susan Collins' betrayal of women and decency - aka her vote for drunken liar, frat boy and sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh after ignoring months of heartfelt pleas and protests by us, her alleged constituents - netted her a cool $1.8 million, or the most blood-money she's ever raised. Just $19,000 of that came from Mainers, with most from Brett's sketchy fans. Now we have $3.8 million to elect someone with a spine, and Collins, please God, will be gone girl.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
More Words
If you understandably stayed hunkered in your cave last night, the non-news is the idiot monster read some words at us. Immigrants: bad. Jobs: good. Socialism: even more bad. Accountability: meh. What climate change? Lie lie lie. Children: good, except the ones we ripped from their families and put in cages. Walls: they work, especially this border collie one. Van Jones best summarized the bullshit: "A psychotically incoherent speech with cookies and dog poop."
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Monday, February 4, 2019
Get Them Rags Off: From Slavery Onward, A Black Woman’s Body Was Never Hers Alone
To mark Black History Month and the birthday of Rosa Parks - "The only tired I was, was tired of giving in" - we honor Recy Taylor, the young black mother abducted and gang raped in 1944 Alabama by six white boys who were never indicted. Taylor was one of too many unnamed, unheard black women victimized in the Jim Crow South by a common "weapon of terror." But uncommonly, she spoke up. Her rape prompted an NAACP campaign for justice led by a tough women's rights activist - Rosa Parks.
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