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Thursday, December 20, 2018
The Final Adult Has Left the Room
Markets tank, shutdown looms, turmoil mounts as Defense Secretary James Mattis, the last of the "Axis of Adults," quits. His fiery resignation letter, described as "a 21-gun fuck you" to an idiot king who's out of control, declares one last time that tyrants are bad and allies are good and Trump is wrong about everything. With just him and his mindless ghouls left, the consensus is we're all gonna die. In the meantime, be kind to each other.
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Stigma Not Science: And Then They Came For the Military With HIV
Two HIV-positive members of the Air Force have filed suit against Trump's Defense Department for discharging them as “unfit (for) military service" - aka icky - though both have been treated, suffer no bad health from the virus, and are highly recommended by superiors. Lawyers say the airmen's firing under an insidious new rule violates their equal rights under law and is “arbitrary, capricious (and) an abuse of discretion," which pretty well sums up the reign of our current mob boss.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
We Won! And That's the Way We Want It! And They're All Coming Back! And I Have No Idea What I'm Talking About! Like, None!
Sure, bring our troops back from Syria et al in a rational, informed way. But Trump unilaterally, incoherently declaring victory over ISIS - still 30,000 strong - isn't it. In a bonkers, blathering video, he celebrates fictional "historic victories," praises U.S. troops as "heroes of the world" who've "killed ISIS," claims “we’ve taken back the land,” and says our dead soldiers - points to sky - are “up there looking down on us, and there is nobody happier." What the ever-loving fuck.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Blind, Burrowing, Thin-Skinned: Meet the Dermophis Donaldtrumpi
To those who consider Trump a reptilian shape-shifter, mazel tov: Now he officially is one. Thanks to a species-naming auction for Rainforest Trust, a small, blind, worm-like, newly discovered amphibian who buries its head in the ground will be named Dermophis donaldtrumpi. The name, says its creator, is "perfect" for the new caecilian, from the Latin for "blind...perfectly mirroring the strategic vision (Trump) has consistently shown towards climate change.”
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Monday, December 17, 2018
Voice For the Voiceless
A small feel-good sliver in a feel-bad framework: Pihcintu, a sweet-voiced, multicultural chorus of refugee girls and women here in Portland, sang today at the U.N. to celebrate a new Global Compact on Refugees aimed at supporting the largely poor countries that host the world's 25-million-plus refugees. The compact, which will help the U.N give food, shelter and succor like that once accorded Pihcintu members, was approved by all but two countries; the U.S. was one.
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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Loud Noises From A Bonkers Year
During lo these long 300 years of his reign, Trump has committed crimes against many things: Empathy, decency, integrity, the rule of law and - cue incoherence and dog whistles and shameless, ceaseless lies - language itself. So it's apt that Yale's 2018 list of notable quotes is topped by Giuliani's "truth isn’t truth." Happily, "stable genius" also made the cut, though Sarah Sander's "transparent and honest" legacy was too late. Still, she got an outstanding response: "Bitch, please."
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Then They Came - Senselessly and Truly Friggin' Unbelievably - For the Vietnamese
What fresh hell is this. In another cruel, racist, utterly pointless move aimed at distracting us from his dumpster fire, Trump et al want to deport some Vietnamese refugees, formerly protected under a 2008 accord, who came here after helping us raze their country, who have lived here for decades, and who are largely 60-and-70-year-olds growing lemongrass in kiddie pools in tiny, immaculate backyards. Many online are trying to think of new words for "evil" and "monster." So are we.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
In the Hands of Justice: White Supremacist Gets Life In Prison Plus 419 Years For Murdering Heather Heyer
A jury has sentenced neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. to life plus 419 years for killing Heather Heyer and injuring 35 others when he rammed his car into a crowd at the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. The sentencing of Fields, convicted last week of first degree murder, came after emotional testimony from his victims. "Heather was full of love, justice, and fairness," said her mother Susan Bro. "Mr. Fields tried to silence her. I refuse to allow that."
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Monday, December 10, 2018
Where There's Smock There's Covfefe
Laughter Is the Best Medicine Followed By Impeachment and Jail Time Dept: A bad day for our perilously insecure "president" for whom mockery is the ultimate threat. Not only were his peeps laughed/ shamed off the climate talks stage by talking up "clean" coal and oil, but social media was alight with his latest moronic best words on "No Smocking Gun...No Collusion" - which, it was universally agreed, "makes a smockery of our democracy."
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Friday, December 7, 2018
Wendi Was No One's Enemy
More bedlam. Before the Mueller memo declared Trump a felon - and the felon, deep in his lunatic fog, proclaimed "Totally clears the President" - Trump spent hours rave-tweeting and again spewing the vile, “FAKE NEWS. THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” A friend and colleague of the Capital Gazette's Wendi Winters, shot dead for doing her job, wasn't having it. In a fierce, sweet, heart-rending remembrance of her, he ends with the vow, "We’ll keep on doing the work. Its what we do."
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