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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Their Worst Instincts: Alabama Newspaper Calls For the KKK To Ride Again

Because so much winning, another good ole bigot - with an actual bully pulpit - has crawled out of his cave to call for the Ku Klux Klan "to night ride again" and hang Democrats, "Republican Democrats" and "socialist-communists" with "hemp ropes to clean out D.C." The newspaper of one Goodloe Sutton has evidently long been "a cesspool of indefensible bilge." Hence, when asked about the propriety of his call, this defense of the Klan: "Well, they didn't kill but a few people." Thanks Trump.

Monday, February 18, 2019

They Took My House, They Took My Life, They Took Everything.

Israeli police just forcibly expelled a Palestinian family from their home in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and promptly turned it over to right-wing Jewish settlers under a convoluted racist law that declares Jews the pre-Nakba "rightful owners" of the property. The family has lived in the house for 67 years. Police also arrested the Abu Asabs' father and son, and assaulted other relatives. Video of the action is wrenching; it also makes clear the Nakba is ongoing.

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.

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.

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."

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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."

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."

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.

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.

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.